Gardiner Public Library will be closed Thursday, November 23rd thru Sunday, November 26th. Enjoy Thanksgiving with your families and friends!

Interesting Library Information

Each year public libraries throughout the state are required to submit a yearly report to the Maine State Library.  Most folks do not relish the idea of reports, but the information contained is something we should all brag about!

The library continues to be the anchor business for Gardiner’s downtown.  Last year more than 62,000 people visited the library.  Some came for the traditional reasons of finding a good book or movie to bring home.  Others came to use one of the 19 public computers available at the library.  We are finding that more and more businesses and governmental agencies insist on applications and forms be submitted electronically and the library offers free Internet access to anyone who needs it.  Almost 2,000 people attended a program at the library; programs that are always opened to the public and that are always free.  We have our regular customers who just come in for a bit of respite from their busy days.  We have quite a few people who come to read (and hold!) an actual newspaper.  Did you know that the library subscribes to 5 local and regional newspapers?  Many people tuck into the library during their lunchtime just to read a few articles in a magazine; a magazine that they no longer subscribe to because of the cost.  Libraries make literature and pop culture available to everyone who walks through the doors.  Oh, and staff still circulates stuff…
In 2014, the library circulated 113,409 physical items.  When is the last time that you visited the Gardiner Public Library?
The library is located at 152 Water Street, Gardiner and staff may be reached at 207-582-3312 if you have any questions about library services.
 Anne Davis, Library Director

21 Days Until Spring!

After a Winter we’ll never forget – a few encouraging facts!

Gardiner Public Library statistics for February
4876 items checked out of the library
696 items were renewed
3885 people visited the library
16 programs were offered (book discussion groups, story hour, crafts, etc.)
133 people attended these programs
Charlene Wagner, Children’s Librarian

Treats In The Library!

We have had a very busy month here in the library!

When I sat down to write this blog post, my plan was to only mention the various programs and events that happened in the Hazzard Reading Room.  Believe me there were several well attended events, but I would have missed several more, and the more included over 600 people!!!
During the month of October there were at least 20 programs that the library sponsored or participated in, 18 of them were here at the library.  What types of programs you ask . . .
We participated in the Harlow Gallery’s Art In Home event.  This event happened the first weekend in October.  We had a chance to show off some of our collection.  The stage curtain in the Children’s Room was down for viewing, several Carol Bates paintings were displayed, the Ice Man sculpture by local artist Nicolas Genovese, as well as several items from our Archives collection.

 

We held two separate author events.  Local author Paul Betit was here discussing his three books – Phu Bai, The Man in the Canal and Kagnew Station.  We also hosted a publication party in honor of Gay Grant’s new book – Destination Unknown.
We benefitted from the help of a dozen Gardiner Area High School students as they participated in the Day of Sharing.  This wonderful project helps area locations in many ways, and we are lucky to have these students join us, doing things like raking leaves, washing windows, moving books, and many more!
The library hosted two Local Candidate Forums.  These two events took place at Gardiner City Hall, and were well attended!
The Children’s Room hosted a Pre-K visit from one of the local schools.  This is a great way to introduce the littler ones to what we do!
We hosted a lovely wedding ceremony in the Hazzard Reading Room.  What a pretty space for a small intimate wedding.
 Close to 400 Trick or Treaters visited us as part of Gardiner Main Street’s Halloween Event.  WOW – 400 costumed folks entered the library!
We also had our usual monthly programs which included four Story Hours in the Children’s Room, four Thursday afternoon Teen Times and three different book discussions.
Whew!  That’s 20 programs in a 31 day month.  We are closed on Sundays, so 20 programs in 27 days!  Almost one per day, sounds like we are a busy, hub of activity here in Gardiner, Maine!

Being Part Of The Downtown “Businesses”

I often laugh when people tell me that I have the best job in the world…I get to read books all day!  One thing that I do agree on is that I DO have one of the best jobs in the world because I run one of the busiest enterprises in Gardiner, the public library.  By being part of the downtown “businesses”, the library does a great job of bringing people to town.
Just a few numbers so that you can see why the library is one of the anchor businesses for our downtown:
·        Total number of folks who visited last year: 60,799
·        Total number of people who attended a children’s program last year: 1,166
·        Total number attending young adult programming: 89
·        Total number of folks attending adult programs: 510
·        7,659 people circulated 104,053 items last year
·        More than 38,900 titles were accessed through Gardiner library’s Interlibrary Loan Program.
The Gardiner Public Library is a true regionalized system that serves the municipalities of Gardiner, Litchfield, Pittston, Randolph and West Gardiner.
I admit, when I do get home, I do read a book, but I notice that more often than not, I fall asleep after the first few pages!
 Anne Davis, Library Director

Left Behind In The Library

 Left Behind by Tim LaHaye is the title of a popular book series but in the library world “left behind” has special meaning.

 

Like many well frequented public buildings, the library has its own left behind stories.
Over the last 30 odd years our patrons have left behind the following:
Glasses – both sun & vision
Mittens/gloves, hats, scarves, sweaters, & jackets
Cell phones
Travel coffee cups along with snacks
Photos & gift certificates (being used as book marks)
Change purses with money inside
1 sock (size small)
Stuffed animals & other toys
Grocery lists
Homework assignments
Books – not ours
And even one small child (his sibling babysitter decided to leave the building with a friend)
Whenever possible we try to get the lost articles back to the proper owner.  If this is not possible, after a few months the usable items are donated to a local charity.
As to the small child, he was safely reunited with his mother & his babysitter grounded (no doubt for the duration of her natural life).
Charlene Wagner, Children’s Librarian