Report to the Community 2015

Consistent with our mission to Discover, Explore, Experience, a Lifetime of Learning, Boone County Public Library provides a wide range of educational opportunities for learners of all ages and stages of life. 

ADULTS
We began to be more intentional and purposeful about accommodating the lifelong learning needs of our community in January 2014. Now, each of our adult programs must be identifiable with one of the 21st century skills from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). You can find the complete list of IMLS 21st Century Skills at www.imls.gov/about/21st_century_skills_list.aspx. The ability to live and work in today’s world depends on utilizing 21st century skills.  For older adults, educational activities and regular social interaction increase the brain’s ability to compensate for age-related changes.

In FY 2014-2015:

  • 10,434 adults attended programs with an emphasis on the 21st century skill, Learning and Innovation. This included Writer’s Group, concerts, craft classes, and local history programs.
  • 5,035 adults attended programs with an emphasis on 21st century themes such a global awareness and financial, civic, health, and environmental literacy. This included Spanish conversation group, yoga classes, financial workshops and AARP tax aide.
  • 2,765 adults attended programs with an emphasis on the 21st century skill, Life and Career Skills. This included: trivia competitions, strategy games such as bridge and chess, and job fairs.
  • 2,575 adults attended programs with an emphasis on the 21st century skill, Information, Media, & Technology. This included: classes on software, computers, e-readers and tablets.

INFANTS AND PRESCHOOLERS
The Library’s early literacy learning services and storytimes support the foundation of pre-reading and language enrichment skills crucial to a young child’s cognitive and social development. Storytimes also provide opportunities for families to experience literacy together. Parents are the first and most important teacher in a child’s life.  BCPL’s storytimes strive to support families in that role.

In FY 2014-2015:

  • 37,777 infants and preschoolers, with their parents, listened to stories, played games, danced, sang songs and participated in hands-on activities at storytime.

CHILDREN, GRADES K-12
Summer Reading 2015 debuted a new partnership between the Library and Boone County Schools. This year, the schools helped to get the word out and register students for the program. The primary goal of Summer Reading is to keep children, especially struggling readers, from slipping out of practice during the summer months. Summer Reading is not just for school-age children; we encourage parents to model the behavior they want their children to adopt by reading to them and in front of them. Hence, we have summer reading programs for all ages, from infants to adults.

In FY 2014-2015:

  • 12,164 people, from birth to adult, participated in Summer Reading at the Library. In FY 2013-2014, 4,420 people participated. This is an increase of 168%.

OUTREACH: TAKING THE LIBRARY EXPERIENCE AND RESOURCES INTO THE COMMUNITY
Outreach has become a very large part of what we do on a regular basis. Not everyone can visit the Library so we take Library services and resources to them.

In FY 2014-2015:

  • 34,489 children were served through visits to schools and community events.
  • 22,351 people were served through the Community Center on wheels (library bus) when it visited child care centers, daycares, schools, community stops and community events.
  • 3,241 adults were served through community events, off-site programs such as book discussion groups and technology training, and visits to homebound customers.
  • 1,400 people were served by our Local History Department at community events and speaking engagements.

In FY2015, for every one dollar in taxes, the citizens of Boone County received approximately $5.88 in value.  What does the Library cost you?  You pay 5.2 cents for every one hun­dred dollars of your property’s value, in taxes to the Library. The taxes you would pay for an $182,300 home (the average value of a home in Boone County**) would be $94.80 per year. That’s just $7.90 a month and covers everyone who lives in your home. Figure out how much you pay and the value of the Library services you use at: http://www.bcpl.org/about/calculators/

You’ve already paid for the Library, shouldn’t you use it? Not interested in books? No problem! The Library has so much more to offer you!

–Carrie

Carrie Herrmann has 26 years of experience in libraries, most of those in Northern Kentucky. A Graduate of University of Kentucky, Carrie is the Library Director for Boone County Public Library.

Can’t get to the Library? We deliver!

Did you know that Boone County Public Library’s Outreach Delivery staff will bring Library materials to your home when you are unable to visit the Library?

Any Boone County resident, regardless of age, who is unable to visit the Library due to a temporary or permanent physical limitation, or lack of transportation, may receive delivery. Currently the Library has 140 customers who receive monthly deliveries at their homes, senior apartments, retirement homes and even a monastery. This number changes frequently as new people request the service and others no longer need it.

The Library’s Outreach Assistant, Debbie Carroll, chooses and delivers most of the books with help from Outreach Delivery Driver Bruce Demoret. Debbie has worked for the Library for three years and describes her job as “awesome.”

“Everyone is always happy to see me when I deliver their books. Some of them have told me that I have made a difference in their lives,” said Debbie, “and that is very gratifying.”

When someone new signs up for delivery, Debbie either talks with them on the phone or meets with them in person to get a sense of the types of books they like to read. “If they like animals and have pets, I might ask them if they’d like to read cat mysteries,” said Debbie. “If they really like an author and have read everything by her, I’ll do some research to find similar authors for them.”

People enroll in the outreach delivery program for a myriad of reasons. Some cannot drive anymore, others have a temporary illness or ailment and just need a little help until they get back on their feet, and some just don’t have access to transportation.

“A man called one day and told us his car was broken,” said Debbie. “He asked if we could come pick up his library book. When we picked up the book, we noticed that it was a book on auto repair.”

Most of the people enrolled in the Library’s Outreach Delivery program are elderly and many of them have some form of macular degeneration. They look forward to Debbie’s monthly visits and she doesn’t disappoint when she shows up with a smile on her face and her arms full of books!

“It’s like Christmas and my birthday every time Debbie comes,” said Elaine Millar.  “It means the world to me. I’m homebound.”

Mrs. Millar has been receiving book deliveries from the Library for about two years. She was a regular customer at the Scheben Branch until she couldn’t drive any more. Knowing how much she loves to read, staff members from Scheben told her about the Outreach Delivery program.

“Reading constantly gets me out of my dreary world. It’s an escape,” she said. “I don’t have any problems when I read.”

Mrs. Millar likes to read murder mysteries by James Lee Burke as well as books by Debbie Macomber, Iris Johanson and James Patterson. She says she has enjoyed reading ever since she was a girl.

“As a girl I was allowed to open one present before Christmas and it was always a book. If you can’t read, how can you learn anything?”

Another one of Debbie’s customers is Laurana Winkle; she’s been receiving book deliveries for four or five years. She says, “My grandson, Dennis, found out about the library’s homebound program on the computer. He said, ‘Grandma, why don’t you save money borrowing books instead of buying them?’”

Mrs. Winkle reads about 1,000 books a year. Sometimes she reads them faster than Debbie can replenish them. “I recommend Word searches while people are waiting for their books. I order word searches through the mail – 40 at a time,” said Mrs. Winkle. “I also do them when I need to rest my eyes a bit, close to the end of my books.”

Some of Mrs. Winkle’s favorite authors are Debbie Macomber, Nicholas Sparks, Francine Rivers, and Karen Kingsbury. She also likes Amish books.  “I like about any type of book, especially Christian fiction.”

Debbie doesn’t just drop the books and run. She spends time chatting with each of her clients when she picks up their books and brings them more. Mrs. Winkle said, “Debbie has become a good friend to me. I love the homebound service. Everyone who has worked with homebound has been nice and polite.”

Debbie’s response, “It’s fun to make people happy!”

Do you or someone you know have trouble getting to the Library because of a physical ailment or lack of transportation? Call Debbie at 342-BOOK (2665) extension 8108 or fill out a registration form. We’d love to help!

–Becky

Becky Kempf has been the Public Relations Coordinator at Boone County Public Library for twelve years. A graduate of Wright State University, she previously worked for Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana and the Association for the Advancement of Arts Education.