by Jeanne Gamage, Adult Services Librarian
March 2002Here at Lane Memorial Library in Adult Services, February was a month of contrasts. We counted nearly 5000 patrons coming through the door upstairs for various reasons during a month that had only 23 days in which we were open. This was an increase of 600 patrons from January. We do not count those folks large and small that head downstairs to Children’s Services directly. The adult circulation was down a bit from last month, especially in the area of fiction and videos. Conversing with the staff about possible reasons for this, we realized that the Olympics took up many nights; ergo, fewer videos circulated. Patrons often remarked they did not seem to have enough time to take more than one book. We also had more patrons due to the Tax Assistance Program for seniors, tax forms, and the economic climate, which has caused people to be laid off. They have come to the libraries to look for jobs on the Internet and take out materials on writing a resume or cover letter. We did see an increase in patron registration from January and in comparison to last year. For whatever reason, Hampton folks didn’t take out as much of our collection as in previous months, but they did come to the library!
We have made two definite commitments on programming for the months ahead. Dan Brown will give a talk and sign books here on April 17 (National Library Week). We are coordinating the sale of his books with Water Street Books in Exeter. The other scheduled event is a book group that will start on April 1. We will read 3 books (provided by the Book Bag at NH State Library) and view the films from which they are derived. We need a minimum number of people to sign up and the group will be a “go”. Please call 926-3368 for details. We are in the process of identifying scholars who may come to talk with the group about the books and films. If we can get a commitment from one or more of these individuals, we can apply for a grant to pay some of their expenses from the NH Humanities Council. There are other programs we would like to offer to our community. We are hoping to have another program on herb planters with Pettingill Farms sometime this spring. They presented a very popular program on making a cranberry centerpiece just after Thanksgiving. Later in the spring we hope to have David Eastman, the author of “Outlaws in Vietnam”, do a presentation. Dates for the above events will be announced here and on the Channel 22. Please stop in and see us. As the American Library Association says, we are Alive! @ the Library!