2015 Annual Report

HAZEN MEMORIAL LIBRARY

It is our pleasure to share with the residents of Shirley the 2015 Hazen Memorial Library Annual Report. The activities recounted in this report demonstrate the commitment of the library to fulfill our mission to service the community. This report is just a glimpse into the hard work of our dedicated staff and the many ways in which we are evolving the scope of our library services to better the experience for our community.

We encourage you to visit your town library and take advantage of all its services. Did you know we have e-books, audios and videos that you can borrow for free?  No need to pay for books, magazines or audiobooks when you have a library card. With an active library account, some of our services are available to you right from the comfort of your own home.  Do you need to do research? Use the numerous reference databases linked to the library website. Browse our website at www.shirleylibrary.org, where you will find all the information you need to know about using the library. Call us at 978-425-2620 with any questions you may have, and we’ll be happy to help.

PROGRAMS

Some of the many programs offered in FY15 for children and families were: Mother Goose on the Loose, a 30-Minute nursery rhyme program for children from birth to age 3, Preschool Story time, for children ages 3 to 5. This program includes stories, puppets, songs, activities, rhymes & crafts. Mini Motions Instructional Preschool Fitness with Karyn Farnsworth for children ages six and under. Music with Nancy, with Early Childhood Specialist Nancy Railsback, a morning of music and creative movement.  Read to Sophie, the Golden Lab. Children have a 15 minute one on one reading session with Sophie the pet therapy dog. This program is a great way for children to practice reading in a fun, non-judgmental environment. Pets and People Foundation is a non-profit organization of certified volunteers who provide physical and or psychological therapy through pet reading programs. Legos at the Library for ages 12 and under.  Drop in and create with Legos.  Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grade Read to Me Book Club; we take turns reading a chapter book to each other! Science Educator Steve Lechner from The Science Works provides an enrichment series featuring creative and innovative inquiry-based science experiences for children aged 3-7. Utilizing hands-on experiments, puppets, activities, a bit of magic and just plain fun, Steve introduces children to the wonders of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M.) Steve Lechner’s programs are sponsored by Family Partnership.  Middle School Cupcake Book Club.  Book club for children in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades, and many more programs for children throughout the year, including our Summer Reading Program. 

Adult programs of interest included: Grieving and Healing: Journey Through Grief Support Group, and You Too? Me Too! A Saturday Morning Women's Social sponsored by Nashoba Nursing Service and Hospice; Yoga classes for Seniors and Adults; Science Fiction and Fantasy book club; Holiday Fair and Cookie Sale; North Central Mass Networkers, for area job-seekers; and more!  What interests you? You just might find it at the library.

VOLUNTEERS

We give a heartfelt thanks to all our volunteers for their dedicated service, especially to Barbara Masiero for her many years of outstanding service to the library. We are so fortunate to have her, and we appreciate her enthusiasm and support. It wouldn’t be the same without our Barbara!

Thanks to the teen volunteers who help in the children’s room with decorations, crafts, and keeping the shelves neat and clean, with special thanks to Texas Manning for her many years of volunteering after school. We wish you much success in college Texas, and we will miss you!

The following people and organizations donate their time and talents to further the library mission, and we thank them for all their help:

-        Pets and People Foundation’s Martha McCown for sharing Sophie the Reading dog.

-        Nashoba Nursing and Hospice for providing bereavement counseling.

-        Mary Krycka for offering after school math tutoring.

-        Susan Baxter and Lynda Hadley who devote so much time and energy to improve the library grounds and landscaping.

-        Lien Fleming who volunteers in the Children’s room to help keep all the books in all the right places.

-        All the generous folks who donated baskets and other items to the Friends for the Holiday Fair and Summer Reading raffle.

-        The Friends of the Library for supporting our programs and enriching our library.

 

LIBRARY BUDGET AND EXPENSES

Hazen Memorial Library Budget Totals FY15

     

July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015

       

Expense Item

FY15

Budget

Town

Appropriation

State Aid

Trustees

Total
Expense

           

Expenses

   46,477.00

       

Library Materials

 

36,929.00

3,532.80

861.10

41,322.90

Repair/Maint.

 

2,805.65

-

2,103.50

4,909.15

Maint. Supplies

 

602.37

-

-

602.37

Prof/Tech

 

-

-

350.00

350.00

Phone

 

700.00

-

-

700.00

Office Supplies

 

1,072.92

149.99

-

1,222.91

Custodial Supplies

 

660.55

-

-

660.55

Online Cost

 

647.91

8,317.00

-

8,964.91

Postage

 

194.43

-

2.69

197.12

Book Processing

 

708.91

62.37

-

771.28

Miscellaneous

 

-

-

-

-

Other Supplies

 

-

-

417.57

417.57

In-State Travel

 

-

239.42

-

239.42

Program Expenses

 

-

90.97

911.08

1,002.05

Utilities

   9,940.00

13,504.04

1,051.44

-

14,555.48

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salary, Appointed

53,160.48

53,160.48

-

-

53,160.48

Wages, Hourly

   98,853.07

97,444.29

-

-

97,444.29

           

Total Budget:

208,430.55

       

Total expenses:

 

208,430.55

13,443.99

4,889.90

226,764.44

 

Circulation and Services

FY15 Circulation

Total

Direct - at the Library

52,939

Direct plus state-wide circulations

61,321

Overdrive Digital Circulation:

3,413

Total Direct Circ Activity:

56,352

Interlibrary Loans:

 

Provided to other libraries

10,943

Requested from others

4,770

Net Lender Circulations:

6,173

Visit Counts:

 

Total visits

44,561

Number of days open

240

Number of hours open

1,725

Card Holders:

 

Shirley Residents with library cards

3,262

Other Residents

488

Avg. new Cards per month

15

Copy Holdings:

 

Adult

27,512

Children

18,298

YA

1,727

Copy Total:

47,537

Copies Added:

 

Items added in FY15

3,724

Children's & YA Programs:

 

# Programs held

238

Attendance

3,893

Adult Programs:

 

# Programs held

252

Attendance

3,537

Meeting Room Uses

398

 

FRIENDS

Many popular events were again made possible in FY15 by the hard work and inspiration of our Friends. All the museum passes are paid for by the group’s fundraising efforts: Butterfly Place, Fruitlands, Massachusetts State Parks, Museum of Fine Arts, and Ecotarium. Summer reading prizes, adult programs and children’s special performances such as Mini-Motions Preschool Fitness classes are all funded by the Friends.

The 12th Annual Holiday Fair and cookie sale fundraiser was held in November. You can also support the Friends’ efforts through membership dues, buying books from the lobby book sale and by purchasing items from AmazonSmile.com. A percentage of each purchase benefits the Friends.

Ted Reinstein of WCVB Chronicle came to the library in April to talk about his book “New England Notebook: One Reporter, Six States, Uncommon Stories”.  If you missed this very entertaining event, look for it on our local cable channel – it was filmed in its entirety for all to enjoy.

The Paint Night Fundraiser held in May at the Bull Run was a fun event that brought more than 80 people together to learn a new skill and create beautiful paintings worthy of framing, not to mention a grand time socializing and enjoying a beverage or two.

The Summer Reading Kickoff Barbecue in June was great fun, and we were lucky to have perfect weather for all the outdoor activities and good food. Big thanks to Jessica Myshrall for all her hard work putting this event together.

Look for the Friends flyer this fall and please consider renewing your membership, or perhaps contribute for the first time. The Friends are a 501(c)3 organization, and donations are tax-deductible. If you are looking for a rewarding volunteer experience, check the Library’s online calendar of events and come to a Friends meeting, usually on the third Thursday of the month, from September through June. Every library needs Friends! We are very grateful for ours.

STAFF

Thanks to the Hazen Memorial Library staff: Director Debra Roy, Assistant Director Sue Cusick, Youth Services Librarian Kathleen Farrar, Library Aides Carol Landers and Steven Banks, and Custodian Shirley Lanteigne, all of whom provide the best customer service possible to make our library successful and this board a pleasure on which to serve. Behind every great community is a great library, and Shirley has both.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Debra Roy, Library Director, and

Trustees of the Hazen Memorial Library, FY15

Elizabeth Quinty, Chair

Heidi Korhonen, Vice Chair

Kathryn Lyon, Secretary

Dwight W. Smith, Treasurer

Judy Stanislaw

Charles Waite