Written by Victoria Caruso Friday, 07 June 2013 00:00
The Westbury Memorial Public Library recently finalized its 2012 annual report, showing growth across the board, but especially in demand for technology.
The lengthy document is compiled by public libraries and filed each year with New York State, yielding valuable statistics on patronage, circulation and program attendance, among other things.
“The annual report is a valuable tool for the Westbury library,” says Reference Librarian Robert LoBianco. “We use it to evaluate the job we are doing. We can see where our strengths and weaknesses are, and how we can improve our services.”
According to the latest report for Westbury, from 2011 to 2012 the number of cardholders rose a little less than 10 percent, to 21,042. Total circulation of all materials increased about 5 percent. To accommodate growing demand, the library increased its cataloged books significantly—from about 88,400 to about 94,000 books. Of that total, adult non-fiction and fiction books rose by close to 5,000, while children’s selections increased by more than 700.
“I’ve been very pleased to see that the circulation of books and attendance at programs continues to go up, especially in the Children’s Department,” says Library Director Cathleen Towey.
Not surprisingly, the library saw major increases in technology use and demand, with more patrons using the public computers and seeking e-books. The library responded by more than doubling its collection of e-books, from 7,350 to 17,704. Additionally, use of public Internet computers—both desktop and mobile WiFi-ready devices—rose from 37,572 to 39,815.
“The community ‘votes with their feet’ for all of our offerings in this area: laptops, iPads, educational programs for using new technology, Internet and e-book use,” Towey explains.
Along with an increase in patronage, attendance at library-sponsored programs also increased. Total program attendance —children’s, young adult and adult—rose almost 9 percent, to 20,981. As a result, the library increased the number of its adult, children’s and young adult programs from 691 to 739, with 32 of the new programs targeted to children.
“The number of people attending children’s programs alone increased by 2,972 in one year,” says LoBianco. “And children’s summer program attendance increased from 1,575 in 2011 to 2,347 in 2012.”
The annual report helps the library understand its patrons, according to Towey. “We want to be sure to put taxpayer dollars into services that the community wants and needs,” she says.
Friday, 13 December 2013 00:00
Got a pooch that won’t sit still, climbs the furniture, or jumps on the neighbors? A dog imbued with limitless energy that has you at your wits’ end? Perhaps it’s time you school your out-of-control canine with the discipline and control of the “Martial Arfs.”
Martial Arfs, a new dog training facility in Carle Place is set to prove the old adage that “a good dog is a tired dog.” Run by Jeris Pugh, Martial Arfs takes a novel idea to working with our four-legged friends that has proven to be very successful; combining unorthodox exercises and equipment with the principles of the Asian fighting arts.
“We work primarily with incorporating physical activity into improving behavior. But we’ve created a facility where we don’t just tire your dog out, we teach it how to behave while at the same time tiring it out,” he said. “There’s a huge obesity problem right now, about 54 percent of all dogs are overweight, and just because you let your dog out in the year once or twice a day doesn’t mean he’s actually getting proper exercise.”
Friday, 13 December 2013 00:00
Here’s a look at what was discussed at Dec. 5’s Board of Trustees meeting:
• The village recycling program is expected to expand come January or February to include all plastics and shredded paper. More information will be sent out to residents at the beginning of the year.
• The remote commuter renewal program will have its last two days at Village Hall, on Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Dec. 19 from 4:30 to 7p.m. Come with your registration and a check for the renewal fee.
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
Congratulations to the Westbury boys varsity basketball team who defeated East Meadow High Schoool 57 to 51 to win the championship game of the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament.
The tournament was dedicated to Coach Martin “Bunky” Reid and the 1985 state championship team. Before the finals of the tournament, a poster signed by many of the players from the 85’ team was presented to Mrs. Reid to honor her son.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The wrestling team at Westbury High School looks forward to a fresh start this season. Last year, they struggled to stay atop the Nassau Conference, but this time, the team has a lot of valuable pieces that are crucial for them to flip the script and potentially climb to the top of the standings.
One of the shining stars in the school’s team this year is the dominating Raeco Jackson. For the past two seasons, Jackson has had an extraordinary winning record in the 113 and 120 weight classes. “Last year, my record was 28-5 and the year before that it was 30-5,” he said. With a total record of 58 wins and 10 losses, he has won 85 percent of his matches. His impressive feat helped Jackson receive all-county honors last season.