384,642 people visited the Library in 2014.
1,145 people visited the Library daily.*
*Daily averages are based on 336 business days a year; weekly averages on 52 weeks a year.
Mondays were the busiest day of the week.
1,251 people visited on average on Mondays.*
December 5 was the busiest day of the year, with 1,994 visitors! Many visitors came to see the Real Live Reindeer in the afternoon.
1,640 people visited the Library on the second busiest day, October 31. We held our annual Book Give-away and Spooktacular Festivities.
Our customers borrowed 693,072 items.
Books were the most popular item type. About 1,090 books were borrowed a day.*
World War Z was the most popular item! Our customers checked out this movie 609 times.
The top ten movies were also the most popular items checked out overall.
The majority of items were checked out using the Self-Check Stations.
Our customers downloaded 53,573 digital items.
They streamed 2,031 hours of music.
Library staff assisted 121,223 customers.
48.05% of our customers asked our staff reference questions.
The other 51.95% needed general assistance.
Our staff helped 83.85% of our customers in–person.
An additional 14.37% of customers were helped over the phone. The remaining 1.78% were helped via email or instant message.
We renewed 2,987 adult library cards and 1,304 youth library cards.
We issued 2,043 new adult library cards and 1,837 new youth library cards.
14% of new library cards were applied for online.
106 customers received one-on-one assistance with Book-A-Librarian.
We made 1,760 deliveries to community organizations and home-bound customers throughout Vigo County.
71.31% of deliveries were to home-bound adults, senior centers, and other adult organizations.
The remaining 28.69% were to daycares, nursery schools, and other children's organizations.
Our Special Collections Department filled 1,004 requests for obituaries.
99,750 of our customers used public computers.
308,287 people visited our website.
We continued to connect with our customers on social media.
2,291 followers on Facebook
A 35.05% increase
594 followers on Pinterest
A 40.24% increase
409 followers on Twitter
A 42.54% increase
We've had a busy year, improving the Library and our services for our customers!
We launched a new website in February.
1,341 people participated in the Wabash Valley Community Read in March. The Community Read featured Booth Tarkington's The Magnificent Ambersons.
We opened our doors at 6:00 am so Vigo County residents could vote.
1,716 customers visited the Library on Tuesday, May 6 and 2,101 customers visited on Tuesday, November 4.
We started renovating the first floor to create better spaces for our customers in June.
The first floor was completed in October. We created a new Public Computing Area, 6 Private Collaborative Spaces, and a larger Special Collections Department.
We opened 7 Little Free Libraries on July 3.
Little Free Libraries are located at:
- Maple Avenue Nature Park
- West Terre Haute IGA
- Deming Park
- Terre Haute Transit Center
- Wabash Valley Mobile Market
- Fowler Park
- Fairbanks Park.
Funding was provided by Duke Energy and the Friends of the Library.
West Branch began offering evening hours on Mondays and Wednesdays on September 8.
We celebrated Family Learning Day's 20th anniversary on September 27.
1,077 people visited booths organized by 42 community organizations, watched live stage performances from story tellers and ISU's African Drum team, and received free books.
The Friends of the Library opened the Friends' Little Book Shop on October 20.
Mayor Duke Bennett proclaimed October 19th to October 25th as Friends of the Vigo County Public Library Week.
We opened the Born Learning Trail on December 5th, with help from Success By 6 and Metzger Landscaping.
Young children can get active and have fun while increasing their language and literacy skills at the 10 interactive stations on the Born Learning Trail.
We began to circulate iPad Air and Nexus 7 tablets on December 8.
21,219 people attended 916 events, programs and classes at the Library.
9,140 people attended 404 teen or children's programs.
8,784 people attended 248 all-ages programs.
3,295 people attended 264 adult programs.
724 customers enjoyed a movie at the Library.
We screened 21 movies throughout the year.
The most popular movie of the year was The Lego Movie!
666 customers attended 123 computer classes.
29.28% of attendees signed up for our six most popular classes.
171 customers stopped by a Tech Station to get hands-on with our tablets and eReaders.
3,489 children and their parents attended a story time at the Library.
30.30% attended Toddler Tales, for ages 18 months to 3 years. 29.18% attended A World of Adventure, for ages 3 to 5 years.
401 people attended the VCPL Chess Club.
135 children built their own worlds with Lego @ Your Library.
75 teens explored manga and anime with the Animanga Club.
1,772 people participated in Summer Reading.
We expanded Summer Reading to include: Early Literature (ages 0-4), Children (ages 5-10), Teens (ages 11-17), and Adults (ages 19 and up).
1,884 people attended Summer Reading events.
We kicked off Summer Reading with The Dome Theater and The STEM Museum in June.
505 children and their parents explored science and technology with us.
Summer Reading closed with a Bounce House Block Party on Friday, July 25!
Over 600 children and parents enjoyed pizza, inflatables, outdoor activities, and live music!
About 600 children and parents met Avalanche Andy and his animal friends with Silly Safari's Real Live Reindeer on December 5.
We began the year with $3,077,602.00 and received an additional $6,091,279.00 in new revenue.
75.86% of our revenue came from Property Taxes.
For every resident in Vigo County, we received $42.67 from Property Taxes.
22.95% came from other taxes.
The remaining 1.18% came from copier use, fines and fees, and other miscellaneous sources.
Our expenditures totalled $6,238,705.00.
We spent $492,746.00 on library materials and services.
$340,210.00 of the total was spent on new library materials. The remaining $152,536.00 was spent on downloadable materials, digital services, and database access.
We purchased 19,165 new items.
The average cost of each new item was $17.75.