Keeping busy here at the library!
No one has been looking forward to this week; i.e. the start of our reduced weekly hours’ schedule.
“During the budgeting process, it became apparent that we needed to make some difficult cuts in order to reduce our projected deficit, or we were going to run out of our fund balance by 2016,” said Jessica Keyser, Director of the Ferndale Public Library. “Before determining where and when to cut hours, we evaluated statistics regarding circulation and visitor traffic and considered the hours of nearby libraries that belong to the Library Network cooperative. While it is our hope to restore Friday hours in the future, our current projections for tax revenues do not allow for that in the foreseeable future.”
But this month’s circulation statistics alone can prove that this library, its available materials and regular services, are as vital as ever for the community. More than 13,000 items (books, DVDs, CDs, magazines) were checked out during the month of June. Nearly 10,000 patrons used our online catalog. We issued more than 100 new library cards to residents and more than 13,000 people stopped in to use the library in some way– just one month.
Undaunted during a period of austerity, the library promises to continue providing the best service possible, with access to more than 100,000 titles in books, film and music, with now 40 public access computers and a calendar-full of special programming and hosted events for the public.