Final 12 months’s applications on the Jackson County Public Library had been a digital success.

That is reported by the 2020 annual report shared by library director Julia Aker at a latest Zoom assembly hosted by the library board.

In 2020, 730 take-out craft tasks had been distributed to the library and the digital applications drew 7,530 viewers.

“These are applications that employees recorded and placed on the YouTube channel (MyJCLibrary), which had been broadcast on Fb or by way of Zoom,” Aker stated. “There are a lot of other ways of doing applications.”

She stated the library had in-person applications for the primary two and a half months of 2020 earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic struck.

“It was additionally in the course of the winter, when lots of people weren’t going out, however our employees had been fast to entry the digital programming,” Aker stated.

She stated the library hopes to have its first in-person program of the 12 months in mid-Could, which is able to happen exterior in a tent. The category is tentatively deliberate as an grownup craft mission.

Aker additionally reported that the library was closed to the general public for 18 weeks final 12 months, which included curbside service because the public didn’t enter the constructing.

“The library constructing was open for 19 weeks and had restricted occupancy for 14 weeks because of the pandemic, and in addition, there was a carpet alternative on the Seymour library,” Aker stated. “As a result of constructing being closed for an prolonged interval, 2020 revenues exceeded bills by $ 165,715.”

She stated the explanation for the surplus earnings was that with nobody within the library for a very long time, they didn’t use as a lot electrical energy, paper and different provides, and employees members didn’t go to colleges. conferences. All different service statistics had been additionally down from 2019 numbers.

The variety of doorways in 2020 was 43,254 whereas the library was restricted or open, up from round 174,000 in 2019.

“Our employees did an excellent job of holding monitor of issues and we all the time ordered materials on a regular basis, though folks weren’t coming and never receiving bodily materials,” Aker stated.

She stated lots of the individuals who go to the library are actually older individuals who have had their two COVID vaccinations and really feel extra comfy getting into.

Additionally, there aren’t many objects for youths in the intervening time. Previously, children may play at discovery stations and seek for objects, however as an alternative of stations there was a narrative stroll the place children may stroll and do actions with none contact.

“Now lots of people have heard of our on-line providers as nicely, so will they arrive again? That is the query, ”Aker stated.

Libraries had been utilizing Wi-Fi lots in 2020, much more so in Medora and Crothersville. Individuals had been there when the buildings had been closed so the children may do their homework within the car parking zone, and board chairman Dan Davis stated he was glad the library was capable of present this service.

Additionally in the course of the assembly, Library Administrator Mary Reed offered the 2021-2022 capital tasks, together with the brand new Seymour boardroom tables, which had been delivered and put in final week.

Different tasks embrace three car parking zone seal and strip tasks and Crothersville and Medora HVAC alternative in 2021 and Seymour door system upgrades in 2022.

Reed additionally reported extra contributions for the library’s summer season studying program: $ 50 – Dr Walters, $ 250 – Schneck Medical Heart, $ 200 – Carpet Gallery, $ 100 – Jackson County Chiropractic, $ 100 – Grindlay and Grindlay, $ 125 – Delta Theta Tau sorority and $ 100 – American Legion Publish 89.

The overall donations obtained this 12 months to date for the summer season studying program are $ 2,625.

The following council assembly shall be at 4:30 p.m. on April 19. In individual or by way of Zoom will depend upon the state of emergency.

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