2018 Annual Report

Curiosity! Inspiration! Connection!

One of the biggest accomplishments of 2018 was the creation of a Strategic Plan for 2019-2021 (see link at the bottom of the page for more information). The process involved community and staff focus groups. Over 400 people took the time to respond to a comprehensive survey soliciting feedback from the entire community. A committee consisting of staff and trustees synthesized the data and developed a strategic plan that the Board approved in August.

Programs are an integral part of the library experience. They help form a sense of community, giving people the opportunity to engage with experts and professionals and their neighbors; to have fun and be entertained, to express opinions and be heard.

In 2018 in the Children’s Room we continued programming with a focus on early literacy emphasizing the importance of caregiver involvement with child development and STEAM programs (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) integrating these important concepts in a fun, non-threatening way. This year we also became partners with the Nyack School District on a community-wide initiative called Nyack Basics. Among other program offerings for our youngest patrons are school-aged book discussion groups, Lego building programs as well as yoga and zumbini!

Our teen patrons enjoy writing workshops, cooking and craft classes and SAT prep workshops. And, let’s not forget ValCon 4, a very community-centered event bringing in almost 300 people to the library! Additionally, both the children’s and teen librarians visit the NSD schools throughout the year doing book talks and gearing the students up to get involved with our summer reading clubs.

Our 20-30 something crowd attend our Adult(ish) programs which increased substantially this year. In 2018 the library was the proud recipient of the NYLA Public Library Section (PLS) Innovative Program Award as well as an honorable mention for RCLS Program of the Year! The extremely popular Book and Pub Club celebrated its 5th anniversary in 2018 and continues to draw in new people. And, the Cookbook Club in its third year continues to be a very popular community event.

In 2018 we offered 380 programs to the Adult community which included weekly standards like Mah Jongg and yarn therapy, meditation and movie matinees to programs such as pastel for beginners, beading, poetry, author talks, etc. Our Sunday Concerts (there were 24!) continue to bring in full capacity attendance throughout the year. They are celebrated opportunities for our community to enjoy high caliber performances. Our changing monthly art displays are another way we offer a cultural experience to our patrons.

All of these programs are opportunities for community conversations and what better place for them to begin than your library? Come inside. Your Library has just what you need!

Amelia Kalin, Library Director


Below are some facts and figures for 2018:

Hours open each week 62 (58 in summer)
Active cardholders 6,059

Library Transactions
Reference questions answered 17,688
Public Internet users 15,925
Wireless Internet sessions 78,934
Interlibrary loan transactions 49,516

Total items circulated 145,654

Materials Owned & Downloaded
Adult, Teen & Children’s books 90,956
Audio Visual materials 22,001
Print Magazine Subscriptions 128
Digital Magazines Subscriptions (Zinio) 126
Adult & Children’s EBooks 23,667
Downloadable audio books 8,902
Downloadable videos 483

Adult programs 380
Attendance 5,686
Children’s Programs 359
Attendance 5,163
Young Adult Programs 80
Attendance 678
One-on-One programs 453

Summer Reading Programs
Children’s program sessions 115
Attendance 1190
Young adult program sessions 28
Attendance 446
Adult program sessions 51
Attendance 575

Early Literacy programs
Sessions 310
Attendance 6,153

Adult Digital Literacy Programs
One-on-One Sessions 176

Operating Budget

2019-21 Strategic Plan

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