Highlight Of The Year
Programming is a longstanding way to help meet the informational, cultural, educational and recreational needs of our community and to promote various library resources and services.
Among Ontario public libraries serving populations of 50,001 to 100,000, the Niagara Falls Public Library is one of the top libraries with high annual attendance of over 24,000 people at more than 1,400 library events.
2007 saw library staff conduct popular “Travelling Tales” outreach programs for pre-school children at many more sites throughout the city. A new evening Family Storytime started for parents and their children of all ages.
A new Summer Breezes Book Club for teens was launched to join the Summer Reading Club and Read-To-Me summer programs for youngsters. More than 1300 enjoyed these programs and 710 attended two magic shows held at the Greg Frewin Theatre. Children’s book and craft programs entertained and instructed more than 10,000.
There were more than 270 class visits to the library showing almost 5000 students the library’s collections and services.
Adults enjoyed many Meet the Author events, concerts, films, book clubs, lectures, art exhibitions and income tax clinics for low income earners. Groups at the new “Philosopher’s Café” explored a variety of important topics.
2007 saw an expanded series of programs for teenagers including Teen Nights with local bands performing after hours on Friday nights. Our Library’s MySpace Page has about 1300 friends.
The Library is funded by the City of Niagara Falls and the Ontario Ministry of Culture. A special grant was received from the Community Access Program.
The Board extends thanks to all library supporters, particularly the Council and Staff of the City of Niagara Falls.
Official receipts for income tax purposes were issued by the library for many financial donations. Donors of $300 or more were recognized by having their name engraved on a plaque at one of the 4 libraries.
COMMUNITY USE OF MEETING ROOMS
Library meeting rooms were used hundreds of times by organizations, businesses, government agencies and individuals. Meeting rooms were also used many other times for library programs for children and adults.
Dozens of exhibitions, displays, demonstrations, readings, book clubs, films and lectures were enjoyed by people of all ages reflecting their wide and varied interests. The library welcomed many community non-profit groups who set-up public education displays on a variety of important subjects. We also extend particular thanks to the artists and organizations who exhibited their work in the art gallery and in the glass display cases.
LIBRARY RESOURCES & THEIR USE
Number of active cardholders: 40,914
Circulation (materials borrowed): 654,693
Interlibrary loans with other libraries:
Items borrowed 2,335
Items loaned 2,295
Programs held: 1,406
Program attendance 24,829
Audio-Visual materials owned:
In a Typical Week:
people who enter the library in person 10,249
electronic visits to library 37,337
materials used in-library only 6,893
reference questions 2,438
use of electronic databases 37,434
FINANCIAL SUMMARY (subject to audit)
OPERATING BUDGET 2007
City of Niagara Falls operating funds $3,552,400
City of Niagara Falls debenture funds $121,572
Provincial per household grant $130,258
Special government grants $38,589
Fines, photocopying, rentals, etc. $132,638
Surplus from 2006: $83,830
Salaries & benefits $2,702,420
Books, magazines, AV materials $352,557
Utilities & telecommunications $156,149
Debenture expenses $121,572
Information Hardware/Software $108,067
Contracted services $58,460
Transfer to Reserves & Capital Project $127,445
Supplies, acquisition/processing, programs, shipping, other $148,891
Surplus as of Dec. 31, 2007 $69,349
Total regular library hours open per week at the four libraries: 218.5 hours
Total area for library purposes at the four libraries: 66,684 sq. ft.