Every year, libraries chartered with New York must submit a lengthy list of statistical measures to the Department of Education. In addition, libraries submit a report to the community. The Huntington Memorial Library’s Report to the Community can be found on our website, www.hmloneonta.org, or in print at the library. All statistics are reported for the 2013 year.
Last year, the library held 42,784 items including books, magazines, books on CD, DVDs and downloadable content. The vast majority of these items were in print format. These items were checked out 155,920 times.
The library is a busy place. Last year, about 59,800 people visited, and the staff answered 6,084 reference questions. There were 8,921 registered patrons, with 42 percent residing in the city, 18 percent from the town and 40 percent from other areas.
We also have meeting space that can be used by community organizations, nonprofit groups and clubs. Last year, 249 non-library meetings or programs were held in the library’s meeting room.
The library seeks to provide enriching programs for all ages. Last year, we held 46 programs for adults and 333 youth programs including the popular programs provided by the Friends of the Library, and 2,288 community members attended these programs, which included workshops on digital literacy. There were 36 workshops and 64 one-on-one consultations to help our community learn how to navigate the new frontier of digital technology.
We also provide additional technology services to the community. Last year, 12,574 sessions were logged into our four public computer stations. Our wireless service was logged into about 5,460 times. According to the Technology Impact Survey, 86 percent of all respondents felt that public computing resources are important or very important to the community. Of the people who received technology help at the library, 91.5 percent stated that it was very helpful. A new website was launched and there were 55,330 visits to it. A Pinterest account was our first foray into social media technology. We offer Boards on local history, literary quotes, cool bookshelves, monthly themes and more. We’re hoping to interact with the community on Pinterest so follow us and send us book requests, opinions on what you’re reading and more.