Plainview Public Library

209 N Pine St., Plainview, NE

2019 Annual Report

Written By: Donna Christiansen

I respectfully submit this report for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2018 and ending on September 30, 2019.  Following are the totals for the fiscal year:

CIRCULATION: The Library circulated 10,753 (last year 10,644) adult materials and 9,207 (last year 9,120) children’s materials for a total of 19,960 (last year 19,764) total circulation.  The library received 64 books through interlibrary loan.   Through Nebraska OverDrive had 585 checkouts for adult e-books & audiobooks and 344 checkouts for children = 929.

REGISTERED PATRONS: There are 906 registered patrons.

COLLECTIONS: The library holds 14,712 books; 881 audiobooks; 569 DVD, 111 cake pans and puzzles; 25 print subscriptions and 25 databases through Nebraska Library Commission.  Total library collection is 16,273

COMPUTER USE: We had 4,323 (last year 4,310) patrons use the computers.  Whether it was checking their email, using facebook to keep in touch with friends and family, doing research, searching for jobs and filling out job applications, healthcare forms, irs forms, college course work, etc. or just playing games, they’re thankful that we have computers and free wi-fi for their use.

ANNUAL ATTENDANCE AND HOURS OF OPERATION: The attendance for the year was 12,514 (last year 12,455).  The library was open a total of 305 days.

PROGRAM ATTENDANCE: The library’s program total attendance was 6,456 (last year 5,715) with 297 (last year 254) programs held.     

REFERENCE QUESTIONS: We were asked 641 (last year 665) reference questions by our patrons.

MATERIAL EXPENDITURES: The Library spent $6,695.02 on books, audiobooks, and ebooks.

OTHER EXPENDITURES: The library spent the following: Staff: $65,526.44; Utilities: $4,302.69; Insurance: $3,261.72; Telephone: $857.86; Freight: $59.82; Printing: $180.66; Operating: $10,116.62; and Continuing Education: $380.00; = $91,380.83

RECEIPTS AND GRANTS: The Library received $5,500 from the County; $890 from State Aid; $61.93 through the E-Rate program; $1,000 intern grant; $500 Youth Grant; $350 donation, and $1,900.64 for copies, faxes, fines, books sold, laminating and meeting room reservations and $3,500.00 from the Foundation.  = $13,702.57

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Story Time for K-2nd graders held on the Mondays during the school year. Library Time for the 3-5 grades were the 3rd Tuesday afternoon, with the last Tuesday where they went to the Manor for Crafts with the Residents.  Preschool programs were on Monday mornings and LapSit were on the 3rd Saturday of every month.  Lego club on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays.  Also for the Early Outs after School we had a movie for the kids.

During the summer, we had the Summer Reading Program.  We partnered with the Pierce County Extension for activities for the program.  SRP was held on Monday through Thursday starting on July 9th with Dr. Oxygen and ending August 8th with a swimming party. 

Also held a Paint Party, Nebraska Author book talk and signing, Lego Fair, and were lucky enough to participate in the Innovation Studio Project through the Nebraska Library Commission where we received various equipment for several weeks to “try out” before they went to the next library which began in July 2019 and will finish in February 2020.

The meeting room was reserved and used for different occasions: meetings, craft nights, workshops, baby shower, birthday parties, ladies game days and mahjong.

Looking forward to 2020 and what it will bring to the Library and the Community.

Thank you to the Library Board, City Administrator, City Clerk and the City Council for your vision and help in accomplishing all that we have done.

Respectfully submitted,

Donna Christiansen, Director