2011 at Your
On behalf of the Library Board and staff, I am pleased to present the
Library's 2011 Annual Report.
Our county residents continue to make the library an essential part of
their lives. There were 75,400 registered borrowers who checked out
1,483,368 items. St. Mary's County Library continues to rank
#4 in the state for the number of items checked out per
resident. We also have the two busiest libraries in all of
Southern Maryland: Lexington Park and Leonardtown check out more
items than the other 8 library branches.
Your library staff took the initiative to seek out other funding
sources. They secured a $90,000 grant which allowed us to upgrade
the sound system and to install video and audio teleconferencing in the
Lexington Park meeting rooms. The staff also secured a state
capital grant of $875,000 and we continue to work with the Board of
County Commissioners to ensure that these funds will be spent to improve
our library facilities.
Thank you to the elected officials who support their county library
system, our very active Friends of the Library Board members, and the
many local residents who made donations to purchase more materials or for
special projects such as Dr. Julia King's donation for the Midge Cannetti
Finally, and most importantly, THANKS to you, our valued library
customers. It is you who make the library your community hub for
learning, discovering and relaxing!
E. Dillingham, President
Mary's County Board of Library Trustees
above are Board Members (seated left to right) Vice President Joan
Springer, President Alan Dillingham, Treasurer Carole Romary; (Standing
left to right) Lynn Newkirk, Everlyn Holland, Carolyn Guy and Dan Burris.
teleconferencing and an improved sound system were installed in
Lexington Park's meeting rooms. This was made possible through a
$90,000 grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services with
Library Services and Technology Act funds through the Maryland State
Department of Education Division of Library Development and Services.
* A new website was designed and
launched, improving access to the library's many online
resources. The website averages 10,000 hits per month.
Active Learning Centers were installed at all three branches,
providing opportunities for parents to enjoy meaningful play with their
children while also helping them develop early reading skills.
The eReader went viral at your library: a variety of different
eReaders were purchased for customers to try in the library, eBook
workshops were conducted, and individual eReader instruction was
Credit card payment was made available. Online credit card
payments are planned for next year.
Online registration for new library cards and renewal of current cards
Use of the meeting rooms by businesses for a fee of $25 per hour was
introduced. Use by non-profit organizations and individuals
continues to be free.
operating cost for each item checked out continues to be the lowest in
Southern Maryland, at $2.37 per item checked out.
fee schedule was revised for the first time in more than 10 years to
encourage the return of materials and to raise revenue to purchase more
264 volunteers provided 5,526 hours of service to help staff with a
variety of tasks and special projects.
Julia King made a donation in honor of her mother-in-law Midge Cannetti
who was a Reference Librarian at Lexington Park from 1959 to
1984. The donation provided sufficient funds to create The
Midge Cannetti Reference and Grant Seeker Resource Center.
The Friends of the Library (FOL) had another banner year
raising funds. They introduced the Fall Mini Book Sale which
raised $3,000. The March Mega Book Sale at the County
Fairgrounds raised $29,000.
of the Library Board Members
(left to right) Connie Stoker, Alice Dougherty, Mary Kukla. Standing
(left to right) Trish Parkinson, Dave Roberts, President Louise
Snell, Secretary Sue Gibbs and Jill Zitnick. Not pictured:
Sara Fisher, Annette Madel, Joan Marsh, Vice President Joe
Mattingly and Treasurer Phyllis Krasnokutsky.
Spirit Days were held this summer to combat the "summer reading
gap" with 7 schools participating. A total of 329 students
and 76 teachers enjoyed library tours, scavenger hunts, and
crafts. All elementary and middle schools will be invited to participate
children who attend the 3 Head Start Centers experienced the joy of
owning their very own book! Twice a year, the library staff give
a book to each of the 150 children.
Park Library hosted an archaeological exhibit featuring artifacts found
throughout the county and stored at Maryland Archaeological
Conservation Lab. The exhibit was developed by Maryland
Historical Trust and Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum.
Many of the staff participate in local organizations: Commission
for People with Disabilities, Early Childhood Team, Highway Safety
Program, Homeless Prevention Board, Judy Center, Leonardtown Business
Association, Lexington Park Business Association, Local Management
Board, and more.
Busiest Year Ever!
We continue to be #4 in the state in number of items checked
out per resident!
37,000 attended 1,300 programs
264 provided 5,526 hours
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