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Vigo County Public Library 2014 Annual Report

384,642 people visited the Library in 2014.

Bar Chart: Visitors a Month

1,145 people visited the Library daily.*

*Daily averages are based on 336 business days a year; weekly averages on 52 weeks a year.

Bar Chart: Visitors a Weekday

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.

Bar Chart: Total Circulation by Item Type

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.


Cover: World War Z
Cover: The Wolverine
Cover: Man of Steel
Cover: Fast & Furious 6
Cover: Pacific Rim
Cover: G.I. Joe Retaliation
Cover: The Purge
Cover: Red 2
Cover: Oblivion
Cover: The Host

The top ten movies were also the most popular items checked out overall.

Other popular items included:

Adult Fiction

Cover: Top secret twenty-one by Janet Evanovich
Cover: Invisible by James Patterson and David Ellis
Cover: Unlucky 13 by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
Cover: The collector by Nora Roberts
Cover: Private down under by James Patterson and Michael White
Cover: Divergent by Veronica Roth
Cover: The target by David Baldacci
Cover: Shadow spell by Nora Roberts
Cover: Carnal curiosity by Stuart Woods
Cover: Field of prey by John Sandford

Adult Non–Fiction

Cover: Unbroken: a World War II story of survival, resilience, and redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
Cover: Heaven is for real: a little boy's astounding story of his trip to Heaven and back by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent
Cover: A child called  it: one child's courage to survive by Dave Pelzer
Cover: The monuments men: Allied heroes, Nazi thieves, and the greatest treasure hunt in history by Robert M Edsel with Bret Witter
Cover: Guinness world records 2014
Cover: Killing Jesus: a history by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
Cover: Steck-Vaughn complete GED preparation
Cover: Twelve years a slave by Solomon Northup
Cover: George Washington's secret six: the spy ring that saved the American Revolution by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger
Cover: The reason I jump: the inner voice of a thirteen-year-old boy with autism by Naoki Higashida


Cover: People Magazine
Cover: OK! Magazine
Cover: Seventeen
Cover: Teen Vogue
Cover: The Mailbox (Preschool)
Cover: Consumer Reports
Cover: Southern Living
Cover: Real Simple
Cover: The Family Handyman
Cover: National Geographic Kids

Video Games

Cover: Spongebob Squarepants: Plankton's robotic revenge (xbox)
Cover: WW 2K14  (xbox)
Cover: Epic Mickey 2: The power of two  (xbox)
Cover: DuckTales remastered (ps3)
Cover: Madden NFL 13 (ps3)
Cover: LEGO: Marvel super heroes  (xbox)
Cover: WW '13 (ps3)
Cover: The Lego movie videogame (wii u)
Cover: LEGO: The hobbit (ps3)
Cover: Dishonored  (xbox)

Music CD

Cover: Now that's what I call music! 36
Cover: Now that's what I call music! 46
Cover: Now that's what I call music! 42
Cover: Now that's what I call music! 30
Cover: Sorry for party rocking by LMFAO
Cover: Wild ones by Flo Rida
Cover: Red by Taylor Swift
Cover: Now that's what I call music! 34
Cover: Now that's what I call music! 40
Cover: Now that's what I call music! 33

Books on CD

Cover: Sycamore row by John Grisham
Cover: Harry Potter and the sorcerer's stone by JK Rowling
Cover: Takedown twenty: a Stephanie Plum novel by Janet Evanovich
Cover: Harry Potter and the deathly hallows  by JK Rowling
Cover: The racketeer: a novel by John Grisham
Cover: The Mayan secrets by Clive Cussler and Thomas Perry
Cover: The Berenstain Bears' new kitten by Stan and Jan Berenstain, with Mike Berenstain
Cover: W is for wasted by Sue Grafton
Cover: The chase by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
Cover: Inferno: a novel by Dan Brown

Young Adult Fiction

Cover: The fault in our stars by John Green
Cover: Cardboard by Doug TenNapel
Cover: Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Cover: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Cover: Catching fire by Suzanne Collins
Cover: City of bones by Cassandra Clare
Cover: The hunger games by Suzanne Collins
Cover: The maze runner by James Dashner
Cover: Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Cover: The sea of monsters by Rick Riordan

Graphic Novels

Cover: PhD phantasy degree by Son Hee-Joon
Cover: Drama by Raina Telgemeier
Cover: Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Cover: Descendants of darkness: yami no matsuei by Yoko Matsushita
Cover: Priest by Min-woo Hyung
Cover: Sidekicks by Dan Santat
Cover: Return of the Jedi by Adam Gallardo
Cover: The empire strikes back by Dave Land
Cover: A new hope by Chris Warner
Cover: Big Nate: what could possibly go wrong? by Lincoln Peirce

Children's Fiction

Cover: Diary of a wimpy kid: Greg Heffley's journal by Jeff Kinney
Cover: Diary of a wimpy kid: the ugly truth by Jeff Kinney
Cover: Diary of a wimpy kid: the last straw by Jeff Kinney
Cover: Diary of a wimpy kid: Cabin fever by Jeff Kinney
Cover: Diary of a wimpy kid: Rodrick rules by Jeff Kinney
Cover: Diary of a wimpy kid: hard luck by Jeff Kinney
Cover: The trouble with chickens: a JJ Tully mystery by Doreen Cronin
Cover: Wonder by RJ Palacio
Cover: The third wheel by Jeff Kinney
Cover: The spindlers by Lauren Oliver

Children's Non–Fiction

Cover: Guinness world records
Cover: Where the sidewalk ends: the poems & drawings of Shel Silverstein
Cover: Every thing on it: poems and drawings by Shel Silverstein
Cover: Lions by Anne Welsbacher
Cover: The LEGO book by written by Daniel Lipkowitz
Cover: Scary stories to tell in the dark: collected from folklore retold by Alvin Schwartz
Cover: Star wars: revenge of the Sith: the visual dictionary by James Luceno
Cover: Haunted Indiana 3 by Mark Marimen
Cover: How to draw SpongeBob Squarepants: the Bikini Bottom collection
Cover: Charlie Brown and friends by Charles M Schulz

Picture Books

Cover: Horton hears a Who! by Dr Seuss
Cover: Chicka chicka boom boom by Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault
Cover: If you give a moose a muffin by Laura Joffe Numeroff
Cover: Horton hatches the egg by Dr Seuss
Cover: The very hungry caterpillar by Eric Carle
Cover: Dr Seuss's sleep book
Cover: Pirates don't change diapers by Melinda Long
Cover: Corduroy by Don Freeman
Cover: Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see? by Bill Martin Jr
Cover: Goodnight moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Children's Movies

Cover: The Little Mermaid
Cover: Finding Nemo
Cover: Peter Pan
Cover: Lady and the Tramp
Cover: Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure
Cover: Prep & Landing
Cover: Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva la Fiesta!
Cover: Minnie's the World of Dizz
Cover: Cinderella
Cover: Kung Fu Panda Holiday

The majority of items were checked out using the Self-Check Stations.

Pie Chart: 68.93% of Items Were Checked Out on Self-Checks
Bar Chart: Digital Downloads by Item Type

Our customers downloaded 53,573 digital items.

They streamed 2,031 hours of music.

Popular digital items included:

Downloaded Songs

Cover: Happy (Gru's Theme from Despicable Me 2) by Pharrell Williams
Cover: All Of Me by John Legend
Cover: Say Something by A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera
Cover: All About That Bass by Megan Trainor
Cover: Timber by Pitbull feat. Ke$ha
Cover: Turn Down For What by DJ Snake & Lil Jon
Cover: Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus
Cover: Take Me to Church by Hozier
Cover: Get Lucky by Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers
Cover: Somethin' Bad by Miranda Lambert with Carrie Underwood

Downloaded Magazines

Cover: Good Housekeeping
Cover: Family Circle
Cover: Cosmopolitan
Cover: Reader's Digest
Cover: Country Living
Cover: Newsweek
Cover: Woman's Day
Cover: Prevention
Cover: Food Network Magazine

Library staff assisted 121,223 customers.

Bar Chart: Customer Assistance a Month
Pie Chart: 58,249 reference questions vs. 62,974 general assistance

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.

Pie Chart: 30.39% renewed youth library cards and 69.61% renewed adult library cards
Pie Chart: 47.35% new youth library cards and 52.65% new adult 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.

Pictograph: 106 customers

We made 1,760 deliveries to community organizations and home-bound customers throughout Vigo County.

Pictograph: 1730 deliveries

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.

Pictograph: 1730 deliveries

99,750 of our customers used public computers.

Bar Chart: Computer Users a Month

308,287 people visited our website.

Bar Chart: Website Visitors a Month

We continued to connect with our customers on social media.

Pie Chart: 35.05% Increase in Facebook Likes

2,291 followers on Facebook

A 35.05% increase

Pie Chart: 40.24% Increase in Pinterest Followers

594 followers on Pinterest

A 40.24% increase

Pie Chart: 42.54% Increase in Twitter Followers

409 followers on Twitter

A 42.54% increase

We've had a busy year, improving the Library and our services for our customers!

Illustration of a computer monitor, tablet, and smartphone.

We launched a new website in February.

Illustration of a chandelier in white

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.

Indiana State Logo in White

We started renovating the first floor to create better spaces for our customers in June.

West Wing: Computer Attendant Desk, Front View
West Wing: Public Computing Area
West Wing: Magazine Area
West Wing: Collaborative Space Interior
West Wing: Collaborative Space 6 Interior with Smart TV
Special Collections Department: Seating Area
Special Collections Department: Entry, Display Case
Special Collections Department: Microfilm Computers
Special Collections Department: New Microfilm Reader

The first floor was completed in October. We created a new Public Computing Area, 6 Private Collaborative Spaces, and a larger Special Collections Department.

Little Free Library at the Maple Avenue Nature Park
Little Free Library at the West Terre Haute IGA
Little Free Library at Deming Park
Little Free Library at the Terre Haute Transit Center, with Library and Transit Center Staff
Little Free Library inside the Wabash Valley Mobile Market, being stocked by Library staff
Little Free Library at Fowler Park
Little Free Library at Fairbanks Park, being stocked by two young children

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.

Mother and two children with fire department hats
Young girl coloring a craft project
Older man showing a boy how to play a saxaphone
Girl playing tuba at the musical instrument Petting Zoo, young woman looking on
Batman and Nightwing cosplayers on stage to read for the audience
ISU's African Drum Team on stage
Girl examining the back of a book at the Sam's Club free book table; crowd in the background
Mother holding a live starfish, son looking on
Boy learning to play a trumpet with help of woman at the musical instrument Petting Zoo
Young girl playing with blocks
Boy and girl playing an African drum
Two girls and an older woman selecting beads to make necklaces

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.

Friends' Little Book Shop Ribbon Cutting with Friends' board members, Library director Kristi Howe, Mayor Duke Bennatt, and others
Board Members of the Friends of the Library with Certificates from Friends' Little Book Shop opening ceremony
Welcome sign for the Born Learning Trail, Garfield High School cupola in the background

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.

Pie Chart: Program Attendance by Percent

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.

Pictogram: 724 Movie Attendees
Bar Chart: Top Five Movies of 2014

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.

Bar Chart: Top Six Computer Classes

171 customers stopped by a Tech Station to get hands-on with our tablets and eReaders.

Bar Chart: Top Six Storytime Programs

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.

Pictogram: 401 Chess Club attendees
Pictogram: Lego @ Your Library attendees

135 children built their own worlds with Lego @ Your Library.

75 teens explored manga and anime with the Animanga Club.

Pictogram: 75 Animanga Club attendees

1,772 people participated in Summer Reading.

Bar Chart: Summer Reading Participation by Age Group

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.

Three difference stages of 3-d printing a yellow owl
A library staff member helping a young girl lift heavy weights
Boy and girl knocking over an arch
Boy building with k'nex
Girl and mother building with k'nex
Four children rolling textured barrels down an incline, two adults looking on
Young girl looking at 3-d printed cityscape; young boy looking at a 3-d Batman head
Boy generating electricity with a bicycle to light up a series of led lights
Crowd entering the Dome Theater

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!

Library staff member tossing a young boy at a velcro wall
Girl with a giant bubble
Unicyclist with Block Party crowd in the background
The MacDaddys on stage
Infant boy playing in a ball pit
Mother and young child eating popcorn and pizza
Two girls on adult tricycle
One girl with cat whiskers face-paint, second girl with heart face-paint
Young girl getting a butterfly painted on her hand
Young boy fishing ducks out of a tub with a net
Boy on adult tricycle; castle bounce house, tiger bounce house, and crowd in background
Young boy sliding down bounce house slide
Avalanche Andy with Hubert the Owl and two volunteers
The crowd in the Library lobby at Real Live Reindeer

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.

Pie Graph: $4,621.119.00 in revenue came from Property Taxes
Bar Chart: Other Tax Revenue

22.95% came from other taxes.

The remaining 1.18% came from copier use, fines and fees, and other miscellaneous sources.

Bar Chart: Other Revenue Sources

Our expenditures totalled $6,238,705.00.

Bar Chart: Expenditures by Type

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.

Bar Chart: Visitors by Month

We purchased 19,165 new items.

Bar Chart: Total New Items Purchased by Item Type
Bar Chart: Average Cost by Item Type

The average cost of each new item was $17.75.