GLOVERSVILLE - The circulation of books is down, but use of electronic items has increased at the Gloversville Public Library.
Printed book circulation slightly dipped in every category except juvenile non-fiction, which rose along with other materials including DVDs, books-on-CD, magazines and eBooks. Use of other materials rose from 23,373 in 2010-11 to 27,565 for 2011-12, according to the library's annual report.
Overall, total circulation dropped by 4,286 compared to last year, according to the library's report for 2011-12.
Gloversville Public Library Director Barbara Madonna listens to the financial report at Tuesday’s meeting with trustees at the library.
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However, total circulation for 2011-12 was at 88,938, above the 2009-10 level of 86,148.
Library Director Barbara Madonna suggested this may become more common because of how technologically driven people are becoming in the digital age.
The annual report was available at what was scheduled as the Board of Trustees' annual meeting Tuesday.
However, the board did not have enough members at the meeting to achieve a quorum. Board members said they plan to make the annual meeting official at their next regular meeting, which is scheduled for Oct. 16.
Those present did discuss developments at the library in the last year.
Over the last year, the library has enhanced its programs and added services. These programs and services brought in a total of 5,000 patrons attending the 396 programs (190 adult programs and 206 children's programs). However, the library had 6,414 fewer visitors this year compared to the 2010-11 term, when it had 127,171.
However, both totals are above the number of visitors in 2009-10, at 115,435.
The highlights of recent services and programs included: gardening with Cornell Cooperative Extension, technology classes led by Michael Daly, concerts by Intermountain Trio, cellist Jeanette Jarvis, classical guitarist Peter Fletcher and an expansion of the Bibliomaniacs teen group.
More than 350 children and 50 teens signed up for the Summer Program this year, said Madonna. The library also added eBooks through OverDrive, a service that provides electronic books for Kindle, Nook, Sony eReaders, iPads, laptops, Macs, PCs, and other mobile devices.
"This gives patrons a chance to try eBooks before committing to the purchase of their own personal device," Madonna said.
She also said the library was able to purchase an additional computer for the adult department, and the demand to use the public meeting rooms on the second floor has increased during the year. She said public use of the meeting room may have increased this year due to the Jewish Community Center and YMCA's downtown recreation facility closing.
The library also purchased land at 66 E. Fulton St. through the a foreclosure auction for $530 this year.
"We hope to open that land for staff parking to prevent our community lot from being so crowded," she said. "However, we have to wait to pave it because a basement at that location was filled and the land needs to settle before being paved."
Funds from the Friends of the Gloversville Public Library were used to purchase new furniture for the children's room and the adult reading room and another computer table for the reference room.
The Friends of the Library also will host its "Celebration" fundraiser for the purchase of new windows on Sunday.