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About The Library - 2017 Annual Report

Dear Neighbor,

In 2017 we worked hard to engage our community with a varied and interesting roster of programming for all ages. From birth to older adults, the library offers opportunities for everyone to learn and continue to grow. This is accomplished through a dedicated, customer-oriented staff. They are one of Valley Cottage Library’s biggest assets; they bring the best in service and resources to the community we serve.

In 2017 we continued more programming and story times focusing on early literacy and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) emphasizing the importance of caregiver involvement with early literacy. We have school-aged book discussion groups, Lego building programs as well as yoga for the little ones! Teens are offered writing workshops, cooking and craft classes and SAT prep workshops. And, our 20 to 30-something patrons are fully invested in our Book and Pub Club; a book discussion group that meets in local restaurants. In 2017 we added “adultish” programming for this demographic including game nights and bad art nights. And, the Cookbook Club continues to be delicious!

All of these programs are opportunities for community conversations and what better place for them to develop than your library? Come inside. Your Library has just what you need!

Amelia Kalin, Library Director

For a look at the 2018 budget, click on the link below.

For further information, contact Library Director, Amelia Kalin at 845-268-7700

Below are some facts and figures for 2017:

Hours open each week 62 (58 in summer)
Active cardholders 5991
Reference questions answered 17,902
Public Internet users (not including wireless use) 16,249
Interlibrary loan transactions 53,172
Total items circulated 137,403
Materials Owned
Adult, Teen & Children’s books 90,956
Audio Visual materials 20,641
Print Magazine Subscriptions 135
Digital Magazines Subscriptions (Zinio) 126
Adult & Children’s EBooks 21,181
Adult programs 357
Attendance 7,309
Children’s Programs 361
Attendance 5,901
Young Adult Programs 73
Attendance 847
Early Literacy programs
Sessions 302
Attendance 5,389
Adult Digital Literacy Programs
One-on-One Sessions 164
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