Friday, November 20, 2009


This is one of my favorite library programs during the year. From Monday, November 23 through Saturday, November 28, Fine Free Week will be occurring at the Wabash Carnegie Public Library. Bring in your overdue library materials with canned good(s) for FISH (Friends in Service Here) With the overdue items and canned goods, the Library will waive any overdue fines currently on your account for donations of a canned goods. Fines will only be waived for overdue fines, not replacement or damage charges. In order for the fines to be waived, the materials returned must be undamaged.

This is a wonderful program for a number of reasons. First, it helps people in our community who are facing financial hardships and struggling. With this week being Thanksgiving Day, it is especially appropriate. The current unemployment figures testify to the hardships many in our community are facing. Second, it hopefully encourages patrons who have not used our services recently to come back and start checking materials out again.

I want to thank Theresa Singleton for organizing Fine Free Week and for everyone who participates.

See you at the Library,


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Challenge to new Circulation total

Although customer service and welcoming environment are the most crucial factors in my mind in regards to how well a library is doing for the community, statistics play an important aspect of determining our library's performance. Statistics provide insight in regards to such things as how much are the Library's resources being used and is the library providing reading materials that our patrons want.

Last year, a total of 145,783 Circulation transactions occurred (or total number of checked-outs of items in a year) in 2008. This is the highest total since 2004. As of October 2009, a total of 121, 141 circulation transactions have occurred (total number of check-outs). So there are two months left. If 12,072 check-outs of items occur in both November and December of this year, the library will have a new record of 145,784 (if higher that is even better). So I am putting a little challenge out there to our patrons. Lets beat last year's total and see if we can surpass 145,783 items!

As aways, thank you for your support and utilizing the library facility and resources.