BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – Branch Librarian Andrew delivered positive news in his branch manager’s report during the April 19 Fannin County Public Library Board meeting.
Vickers announced that total circulation for the library’s third quarter of fiscal year 2017-18 (January, February and March) was up by 6 percent over the third quarter of last year. According to Vickers’ report, 16,386 items were checked out during the quarter this year as opposed to 15,386 in last year’s third quarter.
Despite the fact that overall attendance experienced a 3 percent decline from last year, Vickers did report that juvenile attendance was up for the quarter by 20 percent. Overall for the quarter, 11,388 patrons visited FCPL in the first three months of 2018.
“With the weather we’ve had, to only be down 3 percent (in total attendance) that strikes me as being actually pretty good,” FCPL Board member John Turner stated.
“Every time I come in, I’m always impressed with the number of people that are in the library, using the library, using the computers, wandering the stacks,” FCPL Board Chairman Gordon Riddoch said. “I always think, for myself, we have to park down the street and walk over here. It’s amazing the attendance we have (because) we have to fight all the elements and everything else to get here.”
Vickers also presented the financial report for the third quarter. According to the report, the beginning balance for the quarter was $9,521.13 and as of March 31 stood at $11,322.50. However, Vickers explained that since the end of March, the library had purchased about $1,400 in furniture upgrades. Regarding the purchase of the new furniture, Vickers stated, most of the cost was covered from $1,200 in donations to the library in memory of longtime library patron Dan Berry, who recently passed away.
Other donations received by the library during the quarter included a $250 donation from Emily Griesinger, who works in the English department at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. Vickers stated Griesinger specifically requested for the donation to be spent purchasing Caldecott Award-winning and Honor books for FCPL. Another donation of $500 was given to the library from Rhapsody in Blue during the quarter. Vickers also said the Friends of the Library had approved a $750 donation that had not yet processed.
Also in the financial report, Vickers mentioned the library had purchased 241 unabridged audio books for just over $1,500.00, which amounted to a $6.40 cost per audio book. “Which is definitely a bargain,” Vickers added, “especially when you look at the average cost of an audio book is about $25.”
The financial report was approved by the board unanimously.
Vickers also updated the board on recent library activities and upcoming library events. In March, the library celebrated the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, with a birthday party and a Cat in the Hat performance from Reuben Haller. According to Vickers, 50 children and 45 adults attended the event held at First Baptist Church of Blue Ridge.
The library recently added a second Storytime session with library assistant Darcy Arnell on Tuesdays. Arnell now leads Storytime sessions at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. every Tuesday. Vickers stated that the 11 a.m. Storytime session Tuesday, April 17, saw 20 children and 13 adults in attendance. “That’s a big number for it not being the summer. That’s a good number,” Mountain Regional Library System Director Vince Stone commented.
A children’s wishlist has also recently been created by the library on Amazon.com. “We’ve made that wishlist public in case any patron or business wants to donate to our summer reading program,” Vickers said. Anyone wanting to fulfill donations from the library’s children’s wishlist can visit the link on the library’s Facebook page.
On Friday, May 4, FCPL will hold a Star Wars Day event starting at 5:30 p.m. at the library. Star Wars themed snacks and activities will be available at the free event, aptly dubbed “May the Fourth Be With You.” A showing of the latest Star Wars release, Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, will start at 6:30 p.m.
Vickers also reminded the board of the upcoming Friends of the Library Book Sale to be held May 25 through 27. Vickers said volunteers are still needed for the days of sale as well as before and after the dates of the sale for preparation and breakdown. Anyone interested in helping with the book sale can contact the library at 706-632-5263 for more information.
The Summer Reading Program schedule was announced during the meeting as well. The theme for this year’s program is “Libraries Rock!” Among the many events occurring during June and July this summer will be the program kickoff event Tuesday, June 5, at 11 a.m. and the teen Summer Reading Program kickoff Thursday, June 7, at 4 p.m. The library will also hold four Flicks in the Sticks movie showings in the city park: Coco will be shown Friday, June 15; Wonder will be shown Friday, June 29; The LEGO Ninjago Movie will be shown Friday, July 13; and the Fannin County Fire Department will sponsor a Family Fun Night Friday, July 27, at 7 p.m. where Cars 3 will be shown. All other Flicks events begin at 9 p.m. For a complete schedule of all the library’s summer events and activities, visit the FCPL website at http://www.mountainregionallibrary.org/fannin-county-public-library.
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BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – On Tuesday, March 13, the Fannin County Public Library is proud to present the Cat in the Hat for a Dr. Seuss Birthday Party! Join the party at the Blue Ridge First Baptist Church Youth Center for an afternoon of FREE entertainment, games, refreshments, and snacks! The show starts at 4 p.m., so come grab your seat, enjoy the show, and get ready to have some fun!
Fannin County Public Library: Book Donations
Dear Citizens of Fannin County,
Please be informed, due to space and storage constraints, the library can no longer accept large volume donations. We will only accept boxed donations on Mondays. One to two boxes may be brought in at any time on Mondays, and donations of three to four boxes may be accepted, but only by appointment. We will not accept five or more boxes at one time under any circumstances. Please contact the library at 706-632-5263 to set up a time for drop off. Smaller donations of ten items or fewer may be accepted during the week, so please plan your donations accordingly.
Also, the library will NOT accept donations of textbooks, cassettes, encyclopedias, or VHS tapes. We cannot accept books that are moldy, damaged, or over twenty years old. Please check the condition of the books you plan to bring in, because we will not accept books if they are in poor condition. Also, boxes that have been in storage for a long time tend to collect small animals such as roaches, spiders, and other creatures. Please check all boxes before bringing them in or they too will be turned away.
Thank you for your cooperation!
[Featured image: Reuben Haller performs as The Cat in the Hat at last year’s Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration Party.]
On Monday, February 27, at 4:00 join the Fannin County Public Library at
the Blue Ridge First Baptist Youth Center on East First Street for The
Cat in The Hat Dr. Seuss Celebration! First, the Cat in the Hat himself
will present Dr. Seuss’ famous book, and afterwards we will serve Dr.
Suess-themed snacks to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Everyone is
welcome and the event is free!
Clare Barton, Librarian
Fannin County Public Library
phone 706-632-5263 fax 706-632-7719
400 W. Main St. Suite 104
Blue Ridge, GA 30513