Report from Glendale Library, Arts & Culture Director Cindy Cleary
It’s that time of year when we gather statistics and pat ourselves on the back for either maintaining or exceeding the previous year’s numbers. We definitely had another successful year!
- 700,000 people checked out over 1.3 million books and other items
- Reference librarians answered over 82,000 questions
- 53,000 children and adults attended close to 2,600 programs
- 7,000 children kept their reading skills sharp through participation in the SummerReading Program.
- 115,000 people took advantage of computers with Internet access
- There were over 799,000 hits to the virtual library website.
While the numbers are impressive they don’t tell the full story. Visit any Glendale Library and you will experience a hub of activity. Computers provide drop-in resource centers for job seekers, students applying to college, small business entrepreneurs, or taxpayers looking for forms. Wi-Fi access is available to anyone with a digital device and we’ll even lend you an iPad!
Growth and innovation
Librarian-led classes teach basic computer skills in English, Armenian and Spanish. Tutors work with adults to improve reading skills. Volunteers lead English conversation classes for non-native speakers. People with hearing or mobility limitations have access to adaptive equipment. Pre-school children participate in story hours as the first step in developing literacy skills; older children take advantage of homework assistance; teens meet and study; parents attend workshops to learn valuable parenting skills.
Your library provides a place for growth and innovation, a place for navigating the information age, and a place for civic and cultural engagement. Numbers are important but libraries often transform lives in ways that cannot be quantified.