Annual Reports

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To:         

North East Borough                                            February 26, 2019

North East Township                                                                                     

Erie County

State of Pennsylvania

 

From:  McCord Memorial Library

             32 West Main Street

             North East, PA  16428 

             814-725-4057     

             website:    www.mccordlibrary.org   

             email:   mccordlibrary@gmail.com

McCord Memorial Library is dedicated to serving the North East and Erie County areas by assembling, organizing, preserving, and making accessible books, materials, and evolving technologies to provide stimulation, education, and recreation for all citizens.

McCord Memorial Library Board of Directors 2018

Dennis Priester, President

Lorraine Benedict, V. President

David Hatfield, Treasurer

Marianne Phillips, Secretary

Agnes Huntley

Richard Bardol

David Kuchta

Chris Eastbourn

Tim Ziek

 

McCord Memorial Library is open 54 hours a week, except during the winter months, from DST to EST, when we are open 50 hours a week.  Our service area includes 10,609 residents in North East Borough and North East Township, and all of Erie County.  Funds we receive from our local governments are necessary to the McCord Library’s ability to operate efficiently. Activity and use that McCord Memorial Library offers and benefits our residents receive below.

Statistics   January – December 2018

Circulation – adult/juvenile & databases:  52,644 

Patrons:  8,093   Items:  40,689     Holds/ILLs: 15,657

Computer use/WiFi/Lab& other electronic    15,546         

                                                                                 68,190                           

October 2017 McCord Memorial Library Association 2018 projected budget approved               $232,998

 

The budget includes areas for: Collection,  Maintenance,  Audit, Utilities, Computer, Cleaning, Staff, Insurance, & other miscellaneous expenses.                                 

PROJECTED INCOME                                                                                       RECEIVED

GOVERNMENT ENTITIES                                                                                         12-31-18

$  16,000         N.E. Borough             $  15,644

$  31,000         N.E. Township          $  32,908

$  49,280         Erie County               $  61,599  (3/4 rec’d 2017, last ¼ rec’d 2018)

$  38,000         P.A. State Aid            $  38,802

$134,280                                             $148,953

As of 12-31-18: 111% government funding received.

 

CLASSES & PROGRAMS OFFERED BY McCORD THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

We have nine Internet computers for use by the general public

Nearly 2,000 people signed onto these computers.  WiFi usage in 2018 was about 1,750 people.

Our service area population is 10,609; we have 8,093 current library card holders.

JANUARY

Annual appeal 2017-2018       $12,600

Book clubs: on going throughout the year:  Page and Screen; Beyond the Words; Daytime book club

Christmas basket winners:  Nancy Szyklik; Shelly Hull; Lorraine Maloney; Donna Young

Programs:  ongoing coffee & colors; Krafts with Kathy; Kards with Kathy

Computer help:  weekly schedule or by appointments.

Board of directors decided to implement a strategic plan

FEBRUARY

Speaker Series:   Teaching English in Russia; Historic Vignettes of N.E.; Tour Du Mont Blanc; Mania & Marjorie D. Armstrong.  Each Saturday in February, Total Attendees: 193

MARCH

Friends of the Library used book sale – netted nearly $1,800; March is Shakespeare month – focused on his work each Monday with themed activities for all ages

The Library Director Mary Kieffer, attended the Public Library Association held in Philadelphia.  Attending many motivating workshops and seminars.

APRIL 

Poetry Month Tuesdays – poetry crafts; Camp NaNoRiMo; Autism Awareness Month observed, with displays, digital & print resources available for individuals & families.

National Library Week April 8-14 celebrated contributions of our nation’s libraries and promoted library use & support.

MAY   

Special focus: Seniors and Computer– classes offered entire month.

JUNE   

SUMMER READING PROGRAMS (SRP) – We devised & created all our own special themes, activities, and programs this year with a theme of “Take Time to Read”.

                       

Juvenile

Take Time to Read & Learn Something; Multiple – Three Special Programs +

Story Hours.

Teen & Tweens:  Take Time to Read & Learn Something; five Programs & many activities;  

Adults:  – Take Time to Read; five Programs in June.  Prizes were offered for books read.

 

At the regular meeting of the board of directors in June, a decision was made to waive fines for children for the summer reading program

JULY    

Continued with the SRP themes from June.  

To make easier emergency entry to the library, should a need arise, we purchased a lockbox and gave keys to the Fire Departments in North East.  It was installed near the Park  Street entrance.

 

AUGUST

Collected pull tabs throughout the summer as a contest … which age group would win?  The adults by a landslide.

               

McCord participated in Erie gives in conjunction with many other non-profits in Erie County.  Every year we earn more than the previous year.  2018 was $6,576.

 

FINES WILL CONTINUE TO BE WAIVED FOR OUR JUVENILE PATRONS.

 

SEPTEMBER 

 

District Programmer (an individual hired specifically to hold programs at each of our District  Libraries) the following were scheduled and held at McCord:

Adult – Teens & Tweens 3 programs = 20 people attended;

children – 2 programs= 29 people attended.

 

Wine Fest in North East is a major fundraiser for our library.  Our volunteers include

Friends of the Library, Library Association members, staff & board, as well as general supporters of our library.  We raised $3,300 for our efforts.

 

Afterschool teen & tween program began, called: Teen Tween Time, (T-3).

Each meeting has a theme, may include a short lesson, craft, or activity, (ex. make cards for friends, all supplies included)

 

Glass class for adults – two drinking glasses painted as sunflowers.

 

The PUBLIC LIBRARIES of ERIE COUNTY (PLEC) (originally called PLECSC – shared catalog) was signed in 2005 to continue the arrangement made to share our COLLECTIONS and database among all the patrons of the libraries in Erie County, including all the independent libraries:  Albion, Corry, Rice Avenue, Union City, Waterford and McCord. 

The pact detailed strategies and procedures in which all libraries were to be treated equally and fairly. It also detailed how patrons from the entire Erie County population would be served by the unique collections of each library.

THIS MONTH WE JOINED WITH EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS AND CONCERNED ENTITIES IN OUR AREA

McCord Library, worked in conjunction with 4.N.I.N.E.; Hi-ED; PA CareerLink; and IU # 11 Community Education & Workforce Services; to offer the use of laptops in the library, and make information available to support and encourage individuals in their endeavor to improve their lives.  These computers are preloaded with resume and cover letter templates, job search assistance, workforce development resources, and can be used for GED training.   

 

The McCord staff will soon be able to administer a GED pretest and assist in some aspects of distance learning.

 

We are working together to help those in need of job preparation, GEDs, improving their positions, or finding new jobs and careers, i.e. the workforce. 

 

Also we waive requirements for library cards and give 10 free copies for people sending in resume letters.

 

OCTOBER       

Annual McCord Memorial Library Association meeting was held.  They discussed the State of the Library; and endorsed our budget and new board members.

 

Canvas class for adults, apples were painted.

Friends of the library used book sale netted over $1,900.

 

Our volunteer of the year was Ben Mosier, who has generously assisted the McCord Library in many endeavors.

 

NOVEMBER   

McCord is one of the polling sites for the borough of North East.

TEEN READ WEEK “WRITTEN IN THE STARS READ!”

NANORIMO NOVEMBER WRITING MONTH  Adults & Teens.

ANNUAL APPEAL “McCord Memorial Library: “KEYSTONE OF OUR COMMUNITY” began.

 

DECEMBER    

AS A GIFT OF GOOD WILL FOR OUR PATRONS, ALL FINES WERE WAIVED FOR ALL PATRONS. 

 

Throughout the year Strategic Plan meetings were held.   A survey was distributed to determine needs, issues and ideas to improve McCord Library. The last strategic plan at our Library was begun in 2006 and was completed in 2010.

                       

Respectfully Submitted,

Mary Kieffer

Library Director

 

McCord Memorial Library

32 West Main Street

North East,  PA  16428

http://www.mccordlibrary.org

mccordmemorial@gmail.com

814-725-4057