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2017 - Hasbrouck Heights' Library Director's Annual Report to the Mayor

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Director of the Hasbrouck Heights Library Mimi Hui addresses the audience at the Library's 100th gala. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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The Hasbrouck Heights Library again co-sponsored the Taste of Hasbrouck Heights. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Signage welcoming people to the annual summer bash. This year's theme was Take A Journey Through Steampunk Land. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ --  At Wednesday's Borough Council meeting, Hasbrouck Heights Councilwoman Josephine Ciocia delivered highlights of the Library's Report to the Mayor as part of her reports to the Mayor and Council.  Below is a copy of the full report. 

2017 - Library Director's Annual Report to the Mayor

The  Free Public Library of Hasbrouck Heights strives to serve and meet the needs of a dynamic community.  Y2017 marked the 100th Anniversary celebration of the Library through resource sharing among 76 member libraries of the Bergen County Cooperative Library System (BCCLS).  Our residents have access to over 11.5 million plus items with a library card.

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Annual Circulation Stats (as of December 25)

  • 124,323 items circulated to date

  • 256 people use the computers each week

  • 103,429 people walked through the doors of our library

  • 6,321 residents have a library card

  • 8,379 reference questions were answered

Library services include circulating a variety of books and media to the public, educational programs,. Professional research help, out-of-state interlibrary loans, free internet access, delivery to the homebound, notary public service, proctoring of exams and computer training classes.  We keep abreast of current trends and cutting-edge technology.  We offer free downloading of e-books and e-magazines and free streaming of audiobooks, music and movies for smartphones, e-readers, and tablets.

Programming

Our library programs draw in people of all ages.  To date, 7,162 people attended 399 library sponsored activities.  We have book discussion groups for children, teens and adults.  We offer a variety of self-help and educational seiminars, music concerts, job search assistance, and cross generational craft programs throughout the year.

Our library Crafts-to-Sahre Club draws a dedicated following under the direction of Head of Reference Melissa Singlevich.  The attendees donate their time, materials, and talent to knit and crochet blankets, hats and other apparels to Tomorrow’s Children’s Fund at Hackensack Medical Center.  A total of 3,141 hours of donated time was given in 2017.

Our children’s activities draw in high attendance year round. The library sponsors programs in the Children’s Area starting at birth through 6th grade.  Our Children’s Librarian Kate Senedzuk is hard at work trying to cultivate the love of reading.  She has given class tours, made visits to the elementary public schools and Corpus Christi, promoted summer reading at school assemblies, at summer camp at Woodland Park, has done story time down by the town pool, visited the students in the Keys Progra, over the summer and has cultivated partnerships with local organizations such as the Junior Woman’s Club to offer additional programming.

In one year, the Library has supervised and helped 102 students complete 843.5 hours of community service hours.

The Library Meeting Rooms continue to offer a haven for local organizations to meet -157 groups used the meeting rooms this year.  A total of 2,839 people met at the Library for their meetings.

The public can register for various library programs from the comfort of their homes by going to the library’s new website - hasbrouckheightslibrary.org.  Get the latest up-to-date news when you follow the Library on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

2017 Milestone Achievements

In March, our library was the recipient of the 2017 Hulagfog’s “Most Loved Library” in South Bergen. Hulafrog is a national network of local community guides for parents.  Eah chapter highlights the best local events, places to go and discounts in the area.

In May, our library had the distinct honor to receive a handmade boo house as part of Chick-fil-A grand opening in Teterboro Landing along with a donation of 805 children’s books.  These items have been added to our collection and are now shared with the community.

In August, the Library held its 11th Annual Family Summer Bash.  This year’s theme was called - Take a Journey through STEAMpunk Land @the Hasbrouck Heights Public Library.  Special thanks to all the borough agencies and individuals involved in making it a success. 300+ people were in attendance.  A great line-up of family friendly activities was planned throughout the evening.

In November, in collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce, the Library hosted its fourth annual Taste of Hasbrouck Heights & Friends.  Thirty=six eateries donated signature dishes.  Over 200 people were in attendance.  Our heartfelt appreciation and thanks to our major sponsors and donors for making the event possible.

In December, a library gala was held to conclude the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the Library.  Special recognition were given to the American Legion under the command of Michael Cahill for donating monies for the installation of the Library’s Art Gallery and the Friends of the Library  generating donating a DVD/Blu-Ray Cleaning Machine to help maintain the audiovisual collection.

Friends of the Library

The Library receives steadfast support from the Friends of the Library, presided over by Micky Maschio. The Friends help finance all programs (including the summer bash) and pay for all the refreshments and prizes.  Close to $20,000 has been donated to support ongoing programs this year.  

Thirty-three local businesses have signed up for the Friends Merchant Program for 2018.  All have agreed to offer discounts when an individual presents his/her Friends membership card.  This is the 10th year the Friends has been able to develop a solid and growing collaboration with our business community.  It is deeply appreciated.

Funding

The Library received monies used for operating expenses from per capita state aid - $5,314.

In conclusion, the Library continues to offer a wealth of resources for the whole family and an opportunity for lifelong learning.  Thank you for the ongoing support.  You help to make this Library what it is today.

Respectfully submitted,

 

Mimi Hui

Library Director

 

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