Annual Reports

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March 8, 2021


North East Borough   

North East Township                                                                                 

Erie County

State of Pennsylvania


McCord Memorial Library

32 West Main Street

North East, PA  16428 


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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 2019

  • Dennis Priester, President
  • Lorraine Benedict, V. President    
  • April Boyd, Treasurer
  • Joyce Beardsley, Secretary 
  • Chris Eastbourn
  • Richard Bardol
  • Agnes Huntley   
  • Kathy Cunningham
  • 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 and state governments are necessary to McCord Library’s ability to operate efficiently. Activities and services that McCord Memorial Library offers benefits our residents.

Statistics   January – December 2019

Circulation – adult/juvenile & databases:  44,054Patrons8,191   Items: 41,812 Holds/ILLs:16,269
Computer use/WiFi/Lab& other electronic    6,604

October 2019 McCord Association members   approved     2020 projected budget $245,365 The budget includes funds for: Collection,  Maintenance,  Audit, Utilities, Computer, Cleaning, Staff, Insurance, & other expenses.


$  16,000 N.E. Borough $  15,620
$  31,000 N.E. Township$  32,370
$  53,045Erie County$  53,045 
$  42,000P.A. State Aid  $  42,364
$136,080  Total $143,399

As of 12-31-20: 105% government funding received.


We have nine Internet computers for use by the general public

The number of people who used those computers was 557.  WiFi usage in 2020 was 907 log-ins.

Our service area population is 10,609; we have 8,191 current library card holders.

We had 11,471 “yearly” number of visits to our website.

2020 Review

{   December 2019

  • PA Forward Star Program
    • Basic Literacy  
    • Information Literacy  
    • Civic and Social Literacy 
    •  Health Literacy
    • Financial Literacy
  • We announced our intention to start earning stars  in the PA forward Star program

(We earned a bronze star)

  • Note that COVID derailed many of these plans }


  • Variety of programs
  • Christmas Gift Basket Winners:
    • #1 Michele Parrish
    • #2 Rae Lindsey
    • #3 Barbara Wood
    • #4 Mary Lorei
  • Annual Appeal 2020 earned more than $12,000
  • Our theme was
    • Partnerships Strengthen our Community
  • Rae Lindsey announced her retirement as Children’s Programmer, 35 years, end of April
  • 2020 Friends of the Library
    February Speaker Series (total attendance 159)
    • Annual program hosted at McCord Memorial Library each Saturday morning at 10:00 in February, utilizes SmartBoard, in the Multi-purpose room.
    • Community welcome to attend and enjoy the presentations by noteworthy local professionals. Free and open to the public.
  • FEBRUARY 2020 — 5 speakers!
  • February 1st:  Family, Friends, and Faith: Lessons I have Learned
    • February 8th:  A Look At Some Aspects Of Re-enacting Available In The Erie Area
    • February 15th: Chosen International Medical Assistance
    • February 22nd: Veil Maternity Hospital
    • February 29th: Return to Nepal
  • New Voting Machines
    • Pennsylvania introduced new voting machines
    • We created an informational video


  • March book madness  (online voting for favorite book)
    • Our winners were:
    • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

For the Adult bracket

  • On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

For the Young Adult bracket

Other programs were scheduled…

        And Then…



(Programs moved online)


  • Poetry Contest
  • 4 poems submitted


: Reopening

  • We had an informational video made
  • Curbside Pickup Began June 15th


: Outdoor Browsing, then reopening

  • We purchased a pop-up tent
  • Outside browse 1 week   July 6th to 10th
  • July 13th : Reopening indoors
  • Masks and sanitizer, reopened with limited public attendance
  • Chairs and computers removed
  • Acrylic guards purchased for the circulation desks, were made locally by Sacco
  • Floor were marked with removable dots for social distancing

Summer Reading 2019 vs 2020

  • Children: In 2019 267 Registered birth to 4th grade
  • In 2020 43 Registered birth to 4th grade
  • Teens:  In 2019 95 Registered5th-12th grade
  • In 2020 26 Registered 5th-12th grade
  • Reading- Adults  In 2019 169 patrons participated
  • 4 programs 36 participants In 2020 131 participants
  • In person programs not allowed

Grand Prize winners

  • Kindle Fire Tablet (Adult winner): Joe Rizzo IV
  • Teens and Kids Winners:
  • Sparrow Magill
  • Charlotte Magill
  • D.J. Meehl
  • Rita Reedy

New Online Programs

  • How to videos created & placed on our website


: Erie Gives

  • Over $6,700 in donations




  • October: Used Book Sale cancelled due to Covid
  • Teen Read week was replaced by “TeenTober”
  • Entire month of October
  • Activities planned for each week
    • Week 1: Cyber safety
    • Week 2: Writing
    • Week 3: Technology and Gaming
    • Week 4: Art and Music
  • New this year:
  • Food for Fines Food Drive
  • During October and November we accepted nonperishable food items for an equitable amount in fines accrued after September 30th, 2020
  • Fall Reading Challenge (Beanstack)
  • October 1st to December 1st
  • Available online and in person
  • “Beanstack” made available by Erie County Public Library software shared with (Public Libraries of Erie County) PLEC
  • Prizes offered for all ages who complete activities


  • Election day
  • Activity kits given out to all ages: Pumpkin and hand turkey kits


  • Doors were relocked after Thanksgiving
  • Back to by appointment only, hybrid model
  • Allowed 15 min appointments for copy, browse, computer, etc.
  • Activity kits: Hanging stars, Gnomes
  • Fall reading program ended: 141 participants
    • Adult 55
    • Teen 27
    • Youth 30
    • Pre-school & younger 29

Our Mission at McCord Memorial Library is to dedicate this library to serve the North East area by assembling, organizing, preserving, making accessible books, materials, and evolving technologies to provide stimulation, education and recreation for all citizens.

During 2020 we strived to accomplish this goal, limitations and restrictions made the service to our community less than we hoped.  Efforts were made to open our collection and facilities as much as we could.  But, maintaining the safety of our staff and patrons was tantamount. 

The programs and statistics presented in this report show our determination to do what we could.  In 2021, we will strive even harder to reach as many of our residents as possible.  We have virtual programming in the works, with camera, tripod and software to make this possible.  We’d also like to be able to offer more             e-books and e-magazines to the public as well as resources such as databases that are accessible online to the communities we serve.

We appreciate the funds received from our supporters, including:  Erie County; North East Township; North East Borough; and the State of Pennsylvania.  As well as our local contributors and donors.

Thank you.

Respectfully Submitted,

Mary Kieffer

Library Director

McCord Memorial Library

32 West Main Street

North East,  PA  16428


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