Coronation Memorial Library Manager Eunhye Cho and Library Board Vice Chair Marilyn Polege presented council at their regular meeting on Mar. 12 with a detailed account of the 2017 library statistics and the goals they hope to achieve in the upcoming year.
In 2017 there were 9,073 visitors, 2,533 online visitors, 138 people participating in 27 hands on programs and 696 members borrowed 9,373 books, DVDs, audio-books and ebooks.
Library staff answered 983 questions and added 648 new items in to the system which include best-selling books, blockbuster movies and binge-worthy TV series.
The library has free Wi-Fi available 365 days a year and in an average day there have been 45 Wi-Fi sessions.
Computers are used an average of three hours a day for school assignments, job hunting and research.
Programs in 2017 included Plant in a Bottle, Mother’s Day Craft, Seed Library, Movie nights, Library Yarn Circle, Crochet 101, Reading Bingo, Winter Reading Program, Crop and Create Friday, Chess, and the yearly Silent Auction fundraiser.
Two professional art exhibits were hosted at the library and a children’s author was sponsored for the Coronation School.
Partnerships were fostered with Family Community Support Services (F.C.S.S), Consort Parent Link and Paintearth Neutral Early Childhood Coalition.
The board and library staff have been busy applying for grants to help cover the cost of the student they will employ for the Summer Reading Program.
Cho also developed a mathematical formula to figure out the Return on Investment (ROI) for the Town of Coronation, County and Parkland Regional Library regarding funding they have provided to the library.
The formula consists of inputing such data as funding, donations, staff wages, how many magazine, movie and books are being borrowed, wi-fi usage, how much time is spent answering questions as well as other components.
According to the formula for every dollar the town invests they are getting a ROI of $3.72.
Cho is more than happy to explain it in detail to any interested patrons and while you are at the library she will assist you in picking out a book.
The regular monthly By-Law Enforcement written report by Sheri Wuzinski, by-law officer, for February 2018 included:
Dog Calls 3
Overweight Vehicles 1
Councillors expressed appreciation for the town employees completing the snow removal before the annual Coronation Music Festival began.
Deputy Mayor Shelley Cook is attending the Canadian Badlands 2018 Tourism Development Conference in Medicine Hat on March 13 – 15.