Annual Report 2009


The library is the Hub of Leonia! Thank you for providing such an important service to our entire community with constant courteous professionalism. C. S.

As our neighbor's statement above indicates, the Leonia Library is so much more than a building. Our library is a living entity which offers a wide variety of experiences to people of all age and interests in the community.

We were able to provide 4,783 new items for browsing, reading, listening or watching. Children and teens fulfilled their summer reading requirements without spending a cent, while adults could peruse magazines and newspapers in any of three languages.

Through a $1,950 Gates Foundation Opportunity Online Hardware Grant, were able to add two new computers equipped with MS Office. We're planning to add more this year with a second grant. A steady stream of internet users update professional certifications, apply for jobs, or send emails across the world.

Our baby lapsit story time helps prepare the newest members of the community for a lifetime love of reading, while our four book groups offer a forum in which discussions can take place.

Last spring we offered a workshop on finding and upgrading one's job, and in the fall held a session on home emergencies led by Leonel Morales, Captain of the Ambulance Squad. Our meeting rooms were always full, and were used by a number of town organizations including: Girl Scouts, Community chest, the Leonia Economic Advisory Group, Players Group rehearsals, Little League, Leonia Arts Council, Tax Assistance, Leonia Writers' Group, Candidates Night, AYSO, Green Leo, Boro-wide meetings, Sports Boosters, PEO, LSA, and sessions with Don Smartt.

Despite the economic difficulties that we have faced and will face in the coming year, the board and staff are working together to provide the community with the most current materials, the most pleasant environment, and the best service that we can offer.

Deborah Bigelow, Director


Library Board of Trustees


Elizabeth Carillo, President
J. Drew Dickson, Treasurer
Phyllis Dain, Secretary
Mary Connor
Arnold Trachtenberg
Mary Ellen Tucker
Mayor Mary Heveran
Carla Healy
Dr. Bernard Josefsberg, Superintendent of Schools
Jacqueline Choi, Mayor's Alternate
Patricia Fromholtz, Superintendent's Alternate
Joyce Raspa-Gore, Council Liaison


Library Staff


Gina Webb-Metz, Assistant Director
Elizabeth Bender, Head, Children's Services
Jane Rashdan, Head, Circulation Department
Colleen Boerner, Library Assistant
Michelle Ovalle, Library Assistant
Dominic Rosario, Library Assistant
Madeline Agnello, Administrative Assistant
Lisa Higgins, Bookkeeper
Cathy Sandak, Webmaster
Harriet Burdock, Archivist
Douglas Jeter, Custodian


As long-term members of the community, we would like to express our thanks and gratitude to those who operate and manage one of the most important public resources in Leonia... I hope that the community at large recognizes the benefit of supporting such a significant public institution. M. S.


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Authors speaking at the library ranged from 9 yr-old Andrew Marquardt to retired Leonian Joe Muzio. Adjunct professor (FDU) George Beck signed copies of his new murder mystery.


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Barbara Marchant and her team of writers held a panel discussion on Revolutionary Bergen County: The Road to Independence, about the struggles and dramas played out in New Jersey during the Revolutionary War.

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Our local history department offered 3 exhibits: Early Leonia Through the Photographers' Lens, When the Trolley Came to Town, and "New Jersey's First American Legion Post on Turns 90"

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Concerts by Crossfire, Matt Kuric, and Doug Levine keep the place hopping. More patio concerts are planned for the summer of 2010.


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The library became home to two sculptures thanks to Sculpture for Leonia.

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We are so grateful for all the great children's programs at the library. Story time, crafts, cookie decorating - all great!



Our lapsit story time for children 6 - 23 months is one of the five types of story times offered to Leonians this past year. In total, the Children's Department ran a grand total of 130 programs.


The summer reading theme was Be Creative @ Your Library, and, in addition to creating a tile mosaic and writing a newspaper the older children read 153,599 pages, and the younger ones read 822 books.

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Art show openings and other library programs provide opportunities for neighbors to get together.


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The library, in partnership with the new Palisades Rotary, collected over 100 coats to give to local people who needed warm winter outerwear. During the summer, library patrons donated bags and boxes of canned food to the St. John's Food Pantry.

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Over 100 people celebrated Lunar New Year which featured a variety of Asian food dishes, crafts, and a concert by Jinyoung Kim's Singing Kids. Several days later, the Japanese American Society co-sponsored a Rakugo program. A few months later, the library hosted a Cinco de Mayo Festival complete with empanadas, Mexican music and, of course, a piñata.
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Two ESL classes ran for two semesters. A State grant enabled Bergen Tech and the library to offer classes to adult students at no charge in the fall semester. We ran 135 classes through our Bergen Tech teachers and 68 with own volunteer tutors. The Community Chest donated 30 subscriptions to the Easy English News for all students.
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Seniors were able to talk to the Mayor/town council and hear about services at the Annual Senior Luncheon sponsored by the Recreation Department.



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Leonia Library By the Numbers


Visits to the Library

2008 2009 Difference
168,448 162,864 -3.31 *


Additions to the Collection
Adult Books 1,760 Books
Adult Media 669 CDs, DVDs, Audiobooks
Young Adult 357 Books
Children's 1,216 Books
Children's Media 112 CDs, DVDs, etc.
Periodicals 669 Magazines, Newspapers


Circulation

2008 2009 Difference
Adult Books 32,672 33,306 +1.9
Young Adult Books 6,221 6,146 -1.2
Adult CDs and DVDs 26,802 24,475 -8.6
Adult Books on CD 3,268 3,409 +4.3
Downloadable Audiobooks 244
Children's Books 34,613 36,853 +6.5
Children's Media 8,246 7,499 -9.0


Reciprocal Borrowing

Leonians borrowed 27,584 items from other BCCLS libraries.
Leonia Library lent 32,020 items to other BCCLS libraries.**

Patron Registration


New patron library cards 444
Total Leonia library cards 6.018
% of population with library cards 68


Notarizations

110 documents during 2009


* As of April, 2009, the library was closed on Sundays.

**Libraries that lend more than they borrow receive a reimbursement check which enables them to purchase more materials.