Durham County Library has a history of great success and I’m looking forward to even greater success stories this year.
Success looks very different for each of us. In libraries success is typically measured by door count, items circulated and program attendance. I’m pleased to say that we look pretty good from a statistical stand point. I offer a few statistics from FY17 that demonstrates the reach we are having in the community.
- 2,554 Children’s programs were offered with an attendance of 66,655
- 932 Teen programs were offered with an attendance of 9,845
- 2,206 adult programs were offered with an attendance of 97,148
- Additionally we circulated nearly 3 million physical items and had nearly 7,000 volunteer hours
This year I want to take a closer look at areas of impact that speak to my heart and hopefully to the heart of many of our users:
- Bridging the Digital Divide
- Workforce Preparedness & Development
- Capturing the Culture of Durham
- Transformation of Main Library
All of these are areas of impact that serve our community well. I’m reminded of a favorites children’s book The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper. The words, “I think I can – I think I can – I think I can – I think I can” are repeated throughout the book until the engine goes “up, up, up and faster” to reach the top of the mountain. It’s what we we must do today to have the impact and results we want for our community. Before you know it “I think I can” will resound in the form of improved literacy, increased access, and job readiness to say a few. This book has taught children the value of optimism and hard work for years. Perhaps, now it can teach us the same values as adults.