At the beginning of each year, libraries compile numerous annual reports for state and federal agencies.
Lots and lots of numbers fill dozens of pages. Here are some of the highlights of what happened at Huntington Memorial Library last year:
Total books and magazines: 65,092
Other materials: 3,862
Magazine subscriptions: 103
Items added to the collection: 4,453
Total circulation: 177,541
Reference questions: 3,962
Internet Users: 12,459
Total visits to library website: 62,627
Adult programs: 32
Children's programs: 425
Total library card holders: 9,709
2011 Budget: $674,470
"Weekend Hats" by Cecily MacDonald contains patterns for 25 knitted caps, berets, cloches and more. Lots of attractive hats for all skill levels for women and men. With plenty of cold weather to go, you'll have a new hat in no time.
"The Beginner's Guide to Growing Heirloom Vegetables" has information on the 100 easiest vegetables you can grow. Author Marie Iannotti tells you the background behind many of these tasty varieties and also tells you how to grow them successfully.
Brett Blumenthal's "52 Small Changes" allows you make small, simple changes to your life at the rate of once a week. Do these changes one at a time, over the course of 52 weeks, and you'll have made great strides and big changes that can have lasting results. This book can help you eat more healthfully, take up exercise to get fit, learn a new hobby and so much more.
Lola has a new baby brother and whatever the situation, Lola has the perfect book to read to him. Brothers are a lot of work, as you'll find out in "Lola Reads to Leo" by Anna McQuinn.
Ted keeps looking at a boring wall. What could he do with it? Well, take a little ketchup, add some mustard, some imagination, and what do you have? Find out in "Artist Ted" by Andrea Beaty.
"My Big Word Book" by Roger Priddy is a board book for the younger set. Lots of pictures, grouped by subject, contain the word printed underneath. Children will love to point and say the words, while answering questions from the text.
"The Great Molasses Flood" occurred in Boston in 1919 when a huge tank of molasses exploded creating a sea of sludge. Buildings collapsed, people were hurt, and what a mess it made. Author Deborah Kops writes of this strange historical incident and photos from the period are included.
Library Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday.
Marie Bruni is director of Huntington Memorial Library in Oneonta. Her column appears in the community section of The Daily Star every Thursday. Her columns can be found online at www.thedailystar.com/librarycorner.