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Did you know …? What the numbers say about your library

Grants from foundations and corporations are a major source of operating funds for the Sisson Library. These organizations require lots of figures to prove that any library requesting donated funds is well managed and also an integral and valued part of its community. Here are some the numbers that we provide grant donors and thought you’d find interesting — a look behind the scenes at what makes your library run.

• During the year 2009, we did a lot of weeding in the junior fiction, junior nonfiction and children’s collections. As a result, the number of books in these areas dropped a little, as we decided to strive for quality over quantity because of limited space.

• 93,795 patrons visited the library last year, up 12 percent over 2008.

• 81,095 materials (books, magazines, CDs, audio tapes, DVDs and videos) were checked out last year, up 17.4 percent over 2008.

• Attendance is way up for our special programs for children (up 40 percent), which is great news. Unfortunately, attendance is down a bit for teens (-4.4 percent) and down a lot for adults (-21.1 percent). Our staff have several ideas for new programs that we hope will increase those teen and adult numbers.

• Number of new cards issued has jumped 60.1 percent to 1,703 in 2009.

• Interlibrary loans continue to increase dramatically, up 93.2 percent to 1,231 in 2009. Our books loaned to other libraries are up 7.1 percent to 437 in 2009.

• For the first time since we introduced free computers when we moved into our renovated library in November 2005, computer use has dropped a bit. On an average day 85 people use our computers, compared to 88 last year. We surmise that this drop is because fewer kids have been coming in after school because they’re going to Pagosa Game Space.

• If you want to plan your visits, be aware that Wednesdays are consistently our busiest days for checkouts at the library.

Large print

“The Chocolate Cupid Killings” is a chocoholic mystery by JoAnna Carl that includes tasty chocolate trivia. “The Law of Nines” by Terry Goodkind is a suspense novel about a young man turning 27, with sinister consequences. “A Gate at the Stairs” by Lorrie Moore is about a part-time nanny and college student who works for a family that is both mysterious and glamorous. “Rizzo’s War” by Lou Manfredo is about a pair of detectives given the delicate task of finding the runaway daughter of a city councilman. “Blindfold Game” by Dana Stabenow is a thriller which the author researched by spending 16 days patrolling the Pacific Ocean in a U.S. Coast Guard cutter.

Books on CD

“Vanished” by Joseph Finder is a thriller about a Special Forces man who seeks to find his estranged brother who vanishes after he and his wife are brutally attacked. “The Horse Boy” by Rupert Isaacson is a true story of a father and his autistic son’s relationship with horses. “The Blind Side” by Michael Lewis is the true story of a child of a crack mother saved by football and an evangelical family.

Self-help and motivation

“The UltraMind Solution” by Dr. Mark Hyman offers tips to defeat depression, overcome anxiety and sharpen your mind. “Drive” by Daniel H. Pink offers a science-based case for rethinking motivation, and then provides the tools you need to work smarter and live better. “The Shift” by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer describes how you can take your life from ambition to meaning. “All Things At Once” by MSNBC morning TV star Mika Brzezinski is an unflinching account of her struggles as a working mother and issues as part of an overachieving family. ”“They’re Your Parents, Too!” by Francine Russo is subtitled,“How Siblings Can Survive Their Parents’ Aging Without Driving Each Other Crazy.” “Raising Happiness” by Christine Carter provides 10 steps for more joyful kids and happier parents.

Health and medicine

“Why Our Health Matters” by Dr. Andrew Weil shows how we have let health and medicine become a major crisis in our society and what we all can do to resolve it. “The Healing of America” by T.R. Reid describes a global quest for better, cheaper and fairer health care in the U.S., which was ranked 54th in the world by the World Health Organization in terms of fairness. “Autism’s False Prophlets” by Paul A. Offit explores the controversy surrounding vaccine side effects for autistic children and challenges those who have said that vaccines cause autism. “A Better Way of Dying” by two sisters — Jeanne Fitzpatrick, a doctor, and Eileen M. Fitzpatrick, a lawyer” — is a step-by-step approach to controlling your end-of-life care.

“The 10 Best Questions for Living with Fibromyalgia by Dede Bonner draws on cutting-edge research and advice from 60 experts to help sufferers of chronic pain get a correct diagnosis and treatment plan.

New novels

“Brava, Valentine” by Adriana Trigiani is the second in the series featuring shoemaker Valentine Roncalli, set in Tuscany, New York City and Buenos Aires. “Her Highness! First Murderer” by Peg Herring is a murder mystery set in London in the days of Henry VIII. “Winter Garden” by Kristin Hannah brings two totally different and estranged sisters together to hear an amazing family story when their father falls ill. “Point Omega” by Don DeLillo is a novel that looks into the mind and heart of one of the men involved in the management of the American war machine. ”“Flirt” by Laurell K. Hamilton is a supernatural novel about what happens when a client asks Anita Blake to reanimate his wife.

Quotable quote

“If books are not good company, where will I find it?” — American author Mark Twain.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week we thank Jerome Baier, Diane Burnett, Kathleen Cangialosi, Kerry Dermody, John Egan, Connie Gabriel, Nancy Green, Beth Ingham, Susan Kanyur, Kim Laverty, Carol Mellberg, Bill Wert and William Wetzel.