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Library Activity Report 2016

Sanbornton Public Library 2016 Annual Report


The community use of the library continues to increase over the years. Whether borrowing from the collection (20,598), using the public computers (844 hours by 831 people), or free WiFi signal, attending programs or meetings (606 hours with 3,572 attendees), borrowing museum passes (42), reading local newspapers in the café area, or doing research in the history room, people are checking it out.  We issued 142 new library cards. The table below shows the activity in the library.


2013 2014 2015 2016 change from 2015
Patron Visits 9,974 10,263 10,563 11,440 8.3%
Total Circulation All Materials 18,004 19,358 20,392   21,337 4.6%
Circulation Movies 6,030 6,237 6,757     6,155 -8.9%
by Books 8,907 9,634 9,865     10,758 9.1%
Item Type Magazines 780 1,171 1,168        1,117 -4.4%
Audiobooks 482 488 575        649 12.9%
Interlibrary loans 733 780 865 955 10.4%
E-Stuff *     1,703
1,072 1,048 1,162 46.6%
Circulation Adults 10,479 11,164 12,094     12,735 5.3%
by Patron Type Teens & Kids 7,527 8,194 8,298     8,602 3.7%


*Downloadable audio books & ebooks

Programs offered during Fiscal Year 16 included:  Weekly Story Times, Dads and Donuts Father Day event, Book Group, Writer’s Group, Fiber Arts, Plant Swap, community gardens, Senior Social Hour, Photography Contest, Winterfest, Lego Builders, E-Books training, Wellness programs, Yoga, Storytellers Soiree, Teen Art Club, Family movies, Artists displays, Hiking the AT, Retirement Planning, Summer Reading program and events and more.

Community Groups that met in the library included Lakes Region Artists, Mohawk Trail Riders Snowmobile Association, Sanbornton Historical Society, Girl Scouts Leadership training, Sant Bani Project displays, Harmony Grange, EDC, Planning Committees, 4-H, Trustee of the Trust Funds, Cemetery Committee, and the Moulton’s Band.

Thank you to the volunteers who generously gave over 139 hours of their time to the community.

Priscilla Bodwell

David Adams

Tony Jenkins

Athena Lewis

Sandra Licata and family

Sam Laughy

Bynn Shen

Daisy & Kadin Burns

Dick Leclerc

Jack Potter

Eva Dunn

Marjory Bray

Dot Banks

Shirley Strauch

Margarite Parker-Drevecraft

Audry Barriault

Carol Raymond

Jackie Bonafide

Kris Rathjen

Carol Dexter

Marla Davis

Linda Salatiello

Evelyn Auger

Vicki Abbott

Chief Dexter

Chief Hankard

Mary Ahlgren

Grita Olmstead

Steve Ober


The theme for the 2016 Summer Reading Program was On Your Mark, Get Set, READ! We had 103 children and 12 teens participate. The summer began with an awesome Magic Show by Andrew Pinard. Throughout the summer, children read library books, attended programs, earned incentive prizes and a free book. Older students built catapults with engineer Diane Travato and attended the popular Read-a-thon/Eat-a-thon. Outside we displayed our first StoryWalk with Duck on a Bike by David Shannon. The grand finale included a visit from the Seacoast Science Center with a variety of tide pool critters. Our Summer 2017 theme will be Build a Better World-READ!

A highlight from the Summer of 2016 included the very popular Sanbornton Farm and Garden Tour held in conjunction with Harmony Grange. Volunteers created a spectacular event highlighted the beauty, knowledge and creativity of hard working gardeners in Sanbornton.

Local painter Deb Plenge Painting painted the outside of the library last summer. A few of the clapboards were replaced and repaired. The finished product is a showcase of community pride. Thank you for investing in the maintenance of this historic building.  It looks great!



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