Fiscal Year 2016 at PPL

photoThe Prescott Public Library remains at the heart of the Prescott community, and the numbers demonstrate just how vibrant your library was in Fiscal Year 2016:

  • 428,948 people visited the library during the year, an average of 1254 visitors per day
  • 772,629 items were checked out –78,074 of these were electronic books
  • 26,709 people have Prescott Public Library cards
  • Our librarians answered 68,289 reference questions
  • Library visitors used the public access computers 72,319 times
  • 11,654 persons attended 474 youth programs
  • 5,064 persons attended 302 adult programs
  • Community residents and city staff used the meeting rooms 1,278 times during the year

Library staff took the library to the wider community:

  • 2,689 persons attended 61 youth programs held outside the library building
  • 659 persons attended 29 adult programs outside the library building
  • Collaborated with the Mile High book club at Mile High Middle School
  • Brought authors to elementary schools and the Juvenile Detention Center
  • Attended Back to School events to register students for library cards
  • Continued to provide books in six outlying locations through the Book Nooks

Library staff completed projects, presentations and partnerships:

  • Staff worked hard to preserve library services in wake of mid-year budget reductions
  • Created a conference room that can be utilized by non-profit and for-profit groups
  • Created a new book area on the main level for adult books
  • Three staff members presented programs at the Arizona State Library annual convention
  • Presented information about the library to area organizations and clubs
  • Reinstituted a summer reading program for adults
  • Worked with Head Start to provide a library card sign-up opportunity for parents and children

Library volunteers supported the work of the library in many ways

  • Provided 33 homebound patrons with reading materials through the Books on Wheels program
  • Provided books to the residents of the Pioneer Home
  • Library volunteers gave 13,544 hours of service to the library—equivalent to the hours of 6.5 full time people!
  • Dedicated library booksale volunteers processed items for the booksale raising over $85,000 for library programming and improvements

Library staff also worked with the Friends of the Library to:

  • Install new carpeting in public areas of the library
  • Create a silent reading area on the upper floor of the library
  • Upgrade existing and install new furnishings in the North Reading Room of the library
  • Honor Elisabeth Ruffner for a lifetime of library support by renaming the updated North Reading Room the Ruffner Reading Room
  • Operate the first Big Book Sale
  • Provide both youth and adult programs throughout the year

Support from the Friends of the Library makes many library activities and improvements possible. Prescott would not have the thriving library it does without the funding, advocacy and generous spirit that Friends offer. Click here to read more about how you can support the work of the Friends of the Prescott Public Library.