Book borrowing rises at Anderson library

George L. Winship, Editor

Book borrowing continues to climb at the Anderson branch of Shasta Public Libraries even as the number of borrowers increases, but there were fewer internet sessions recorded during 2012, said Kim Niemer in a report given Tuesday, April 16, to the Anderson City Council.

Niemer is the City of Redding’s community services director and oversees the Shasta Public Libraries serving residents through branches in Redding, Anderson and Burney.

Combined, the libraries offer access to a collection of more than 191,500 books and other media, provide free computer labs with internet access and offer a variety of literacy programs and educational events for patrons of all ages, Niemer said.

“The 2012 year proved to be another successful year. Use of the Shasta Public Libraries system was strong with circulation of library materials and other measures remaining high,” Niemer stated in her opening remarks.

Of particular interest to the Anderson council members, the Anderson branch continues to grow in terms of items in circulation with 37,579 items borrowed in 2012, a nearly 8 percent increase from 2011 when 34,825 items were borrowed and a 20.5 percent increase from 2010 when 31,182 items were borrowed, Niemer stated. In 2011, borrowing increased by nearly 12 percent from the previous year, statistics show.

The number of registered borrowers in Anderson also increased by 433, albeit at a slightly slower rate of 3.5 percent, from 12,225 library card holders in 2011 to 12,658 in 2012, Niemer’s report shows.

Many of those care holders made multiple trips to the library since the total number of people walking through the Anderson branch doors was 53,705 during 2012.

However, the report shows no comparison numbers for total visitors in prior years.

Also of note, the number of borrowers has slowed since 2011 when 864 new borrowers signed up for library cards, a 7.6 percent increase from 2010’s base of 11,361 card holders, states the report.

Surprisingly, although more employers are requiring job applicants to apply online and submit digital resumes, the number of internet sessions reported at the Anderson Branch Library during 2012 was 653 fewer at 12,175 than the 2011 total of 12,828 sessions, and that number was 787 lower or another 5.8 percent drop from the 13,615 internet sessions recorded in 2010.

A total of 1,843 books and other items were added to the Anderson Branch Library collection during 2012 while the entire system added 20,259 new items.

A variety of grants and financial donations totaling $259,138 system-wide made those purchases possible, Niemer said.

“Areas of significant purchase in the adult nonfiction collection included replacement of damaged books, books containing out-of-date information as well as filling gaps in popular series, updating classic book titles and adding prize-winning titles.

In the young adult biography collection, special emphasis was placed on books at least 200 pages in length to comply with requirements for high school research projects, she noted.

Also, Independent Living Services of Northern California donated 25 children’s books in Braille to the Redding Library, she said.

To provide its services, the Anderson Branch Library used 1,289 hours of volunteer time with Janice Nutter receiving special recognition as Volunteer of the Year in Anderson with more than 90 hours of volunteer service.

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