Annual Reports

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August 5, 2020


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
  • Kathy Cunningham, Secretary
  • Agnes Huntley 
  • Lorraine Benedict, V. President 
  • Richard Bardol 
  • Joyce Beardsley
  • David Hatfield, Treasurer
  • 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 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:  62,708Patrons8,361   Items: 40,826 Holds/ILLs:16,490
Computer use/WiFi/Lab& other electronic    14,788

October 2018 McCord Memorial Library Association 2019 projected budget approved               $234,314

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


$  16,000 N.E. Borough $  15,485
$  32,000 N.E. Township$  32,052
$  49,280 Erie County$  53,045 
$  38,800 P.A. State Aid  $  38,802
$136,080  Total $139,384

As of 12-31-19: 102% government funding received.


We have nine Internet computers for use by the general public

The number of people who used those computers was 2,366.  WiFi usage in 2019 was about 1,822 log-ins.

Our service area population is 10,609; we have 8,361 current library card holders.

We had 16,229 “yearly” number of visits to our website.


Annual appeal 2018-2019       $10,600

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

            Daytime book club.

Programs:  Krafts with Kathy; Kards with Kathy; Teen Advisory Board (TAB); Tween’ Teen Time (T³);

            Legos; Crafty Teens; Zentangle; Camp Na-No-Ri-Mo; D & D Club. 

Most of these clubs/ programs continued throughout 2019.  Computer help:  weekly schedule or by appointments.

Laptops available for in-library use for patrons who want to work on classes via Wifi.

Board of Directors began a strategic plan in 2018.  Many of the issues and challenges that had been

            decided upon to change and improve were applied and/or put into practice.


Speaker Series: 2020 –  “Family, Friends, and Faith: Lessons I Have Learned”; “Do YOU want to

become a Re-enactor in the Erie Area?”; “Experiences with Chosen International Ministries”; “Veil Maternity Hospital; and Return to Nepal”. 

Each Saturday in February, Total Attendees: 159.


Friends of the Library used book sale – netted nearly $2,200.

Our Children celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday with visits from our own Cat in the Hat, Rae Lindsey.


National Library Week April 1-13 celebrated at McCord, themed as: “Libraries =Strong Communities”

April is Autism Month (ASAN), we prepared free resources for individuals with questions to learn more about this condition.

Poetry Month – we launched a poetry contest, many excellent submissions were received and were printed in our newsletter, “Books & Banter” and published online.

            Love Your Library Art Show, participants brought in various forms of art and were judged by unbiased

members of our community.  Very uplifting to have artwork displayed in our library for the month of April.


A Career Link representative was here throughout the year, by special appointment to also assist those people searching for employment or better positions.


SUMMER READING PROGRAMS (SRP) – “Universe of Stories”  June 10-August 13 in 2019.

All grades and ages.  Many people participated in the SRP and attended programs offered for education, STEM and entertainment.

CENSUS 2020 contacted us and asked our library to assist with sharing information and special programs to get the word out.


Continued with the SRP themes from June.  Many programs offered for the public to enjoy.


McCord participated in Erie gives in conjunction with many other non-profits in Erie County.  Every year thus far we have raised more than the previous year.  2019 was $6,775.


McCord friends and patrons volunteered for the Wine Fest held annually in North East.  In 2019 we garnered about $3,100 for the library.

We have introduced a new device for our patrons.  It is a ‘hotspot’.  These devices allow an individual without access to anything online, to log into and connect the Internet to their phones

or computers.  They are checked out for 10 days.  Very popular and usually long list of holds. 


Annual McCord Memorial Library Association meeting was held.  The State of the Library was given; Association members endorsed our budget and new board members and any changes in policies.  Our longtime and friend and Board Member David Hatfield passed away earlier this year and is and will be sorely missed.  He was chosen also as our “Volunteer of the Year”, he was selfless in assisting the McCord Library in any way he could.

Teen Tober replaced Teen Read Week.  Teen “Drama” activities were held and prizes for books read with a grand prize drawing.

Fuller Hose Fire Station was the destination for a field trip for our juvenile patrons.

Our Friends of the Library held their fall book sale in October and about $1,900 was raised for the library.

PaLA conference 2019 was a success. 400 librarians and 100 exhibitors attended this annual gathering at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie. The McCord employees who attended completed PA state continuing education requirements for the next two years

Our volunteer of the year was David Hatfield, a true Friend of McCord Memorial Library


            We launched our Annual Appeal 2019-2020 this month, “Partnerships Strengthen Our Community”.

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

National November Writing Month was held this month, part of the NaNoRiMo program.  Thirty days

of writing, 50,000 words.  McCord is an official “Come write In (CWI) location.  Novel writing activities were offered here.


In 2019 McCord Memorial Library earned a Silver Star in the PA Forward Star Program, which focuses

on five key subject areas to better serve our community. Each point of the star makes up part

of the whole.   Basic Literacy is reading and writing;  Information Literacy aids individuals to learn to use online resources and current technology.  Civic and Social Literacy is focused on the improvement of communities through civics. Health Literacy, the fourth point on the star, is related to making informed health decisions.   Financial Literacy helps individuals gain the knowledge to manage money and assets.

Respectfully Submitted,

Mary Kieffer

Library Director

McCord Memorial Library

32 West Main Street

North East,  PA  16428