Monthly Librarian’s Report

August 10 Librarians’ Report

July’s Statistics:

Circulation: 1,852                                            Attendance: 2,654

Website visits: 70,357                                     ILLs: 40 borrowed / 16 sent

Computer usage: 225                                      One Click: 82 circs / 1 new patron


  • The Book Club met on July 19 to discuss Lab Girl by Hope Jahren. All seven attendees much enjoyed the book. For our August 18 meeting, we’ll be discussing the Civil War historical novel Neverhome by Laird Hunt.
  • The Friends of Pettee Memorial Library’s (FPML) annual book sale was held on July 22 and earned over $500. Contributing to that success were sales of FPML’s book bags: a $20 donation allowed each contributor to fill a bag with books at no additional cost.
  • We hosted a Poetry Party on July 28. Three people were in attendance; in addition to our readings and our composition games, we strategized re our submitting a collaborative poem to the 2017 Vermont Writer’s Prize contest in October.
  • At Memorial Hall on July 29, Linda Radtke’s beautiful and engaging performance of Vermont History through Song was a success, with forty people attending to listen to a program of songs, composed from the late eighteenth century to the present, about our state and its people.
  • On August 1, the Vermont Department of Libraries rolled out its new interlibrary loan website. While it is presenting a bit of a learning curve for librarians throughout the state, among its most attractive features is the promise that eventually it will make requesting materials a much faster and easier process.  People must be enthusiastic about trying it out, as we’ve already processed 15 books to be sent out to other libraries in a little over one week.
  • Our information with Keene Mutual Aid has been updated to reflect the current staff and trustees of the library.
  • Our last big program of the summer is Sue Morse of Keeping Track on August 31 presenting “Animals of the North.” Sue will discuss hos climate change affects animal populations and will present her own photographs taken on artic expeditions.
  • NELA has announced its annual conference information. The conference will be held in Burlington this year.  I would like to attend.  The cost is $220 to attend the conference and $159/night to stay at the hotel.  Early bird pricing ends soon, so I would like to register while we can get the lower rate and there are still hotel rooms available.
  • I (Allison) have been working on catching up as quickly as I can. I am slowly working up to coming back full time, but at the moment I am only working part time.  I have a few projects in the works as well as covering StoryWalks and other youth events.


  • Youth Services:
    • As part of the Salsa Block Party on July 22, well-attended performances and activities on the library lawn included Bending Gravity (a “mind-boggling show of object manipulation”), Serenity Circles (illuminated hula-hooping and giant bubbles), and April Horton’s face-painting.
    • We launched our first StoryWalk® on July 31 at Molly Stark State Park. (A MOOver StoryWalk® planned for July 24 was rained out.) Over fifty children and parents attended. As part of the Vermont Blueberry Festival, the book for this StoryWalk®  was the classic Blueberries for Sal, and afterward attendees enjoyed blueberry snacks and crafts.
    • StoryWalk® on Monday, August 7 had a nature theme. We read Miss Maple’s Seeds, did nature bingo, and created nature framed art.  Twenty people attended, despite the imminent threat of rain.
    • Some very promising applications have been submitted in response to advertisements for the position of Youth Librarian, and interviews will begin soon.


Respectfully submitted,


Allison Maynard

Jennifer Razee