August already! We're extending Summer Reading Club activities, gearing up for fall and heading into our 2014 budget cycle. It's time for a mid-year review of our 2013 Strategic Initiatives. Here's what we've been doing:
We're updating our collection of materials to better align library resources with patron demands, and patrons seem to be responding. Year-to-date our circulation is up nearly three percent!
We're working hard to enhance our digital resources. We launched a new website in April to create a digital branch, and more and more patrons are accessing library services via jeffcolibrary.org. In June, we began offering eReaders for check-out, to give Jeffco residents a chance to interact with new technologies. And since the beginning of the year, we've added more than 12,000 new eBook titles.
Another strategic priority is to provide information and resources to support early literacy. So far this year, we've provided nearly 1,750 early literacy storytimes to more than 48,000 participants. We also work hard to encourage children to keep up their reading skills over the summer. We're busy with Summer Reading Club, and we'll have final statistics by mid September -- but our librarians can attest to the popularity of this program!
We've also made great progress on the design and implementation of a new library service model for Jefferson County, with plans to update nearly every element of library service, including library materials and resources, programming, staffing, outreach, facilities and more. Our goal is to fully implement the new service model in one of our libraries some time next year.
It's been a busy time. But, stay tuned. There are more exciting things to come!