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NCompass Live: Little Library with a Big Heart: Southern Area Public Library, WV: Best Small Library in America 2013

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NCompass Live - October 23, 2013.
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With the enthusiasm and leadership of director Mary Beth Stenger, Southern Area Public Library, in Lost Creek, WV, has been transformed from a good, traditional public library into a modern, bustling center of community activity, information, and learning. This transformation convinced the judges to name it the Best Small Library in America 2013, cosponsored by Library Journal and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Mary will share how the library has developed creative programming and innovative services to serve their community of 498, with the help of just one other library staff member, a team of volunteers and a small Board of Trustees.

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  • Our Service Population is 496 as of 2010 census. There is no other library in the state under 1000 Service Population. There are eight stand alone libraries with less visits last year than us; we had 7945.
  • 2280 square footageIn the last few years we are better utilizing underused space upstairs. One of our biggest limits to programming is our space. The other big limit is staff.
  • Mary Stenger, Director, works 20 hours a week.Wilma Bennett, assistant, at the time of the award was working 15 hours per week. One of the budget items we spent part of the award on is personnel costs. We are now able to overlap hours so programming can be more successful. We also have a volunteer program that has over 20 volunteers providing some type of service with three very active volunteers who come weekly to work the circ desk.
  • If you can imagine it, we will try to provide a program for it.
  • Our most successful fundraiser has been the Taste of Soup. I heard about that at the ARSL conference.
  • We have a facebook page, a website (that once again needs revamped), a pinterest account, and a twitter account. Unique programming includes afterschool snacks which got a lot of attention from the media.Community support: we have 20 volunteers, our local groups all donate money and/or time.
  • I have more ideas than I have energy to implement them. We are willing to try anything once. This year we started a seed library with help from local Master Gardeners as well as provided space for VITA volunteers to do taxes for local residents.
  • Strategic Planning will take up most of next year.

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  • 1. BEST SMALL LIBRARY IN AMERICA
  • 2. PASSION
  • 3. BRINGING PASSION TO YOUR LIBRARY
  • 4. On the Road to Best Small Library in America How the smallest library in WV gained national attention.
  • 5. Where we were in 2010 • • • • • • • Service Population: 467 Registered Borrowers: 892 Circulation of all Materials: 5,375 Library Visits: 3,094 Number of Programs: 28 Program Attendance: 299 No facebook page, no twitter account, no pinterest account, web page listed minimal information, no brochure.
  • 6. Where we are now (YE 2012 #s) • Service Population: 467 (2010 census is 496) • Registered Borrowers: 1,065 • Circulation of all Materials: 6,203 • Library Visits: 7,945 • Number of Programs: 227 • Program Attendance: 1682 • Facebook Page: ~ facebook.com/southernarealibrary • Pinterest Account: ~http://pinterest.com/southernarealib/ • Website: (getting a renovation this summer) ~ http://southernarea.lib.wv.us/ • Twitter Account: ~https://twitter.com/SouthernAreaLib
  • 7. Our Building
  • 8. Our staff
  • 9. Our programming • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Book Discussion Groups Parenting Classes Knitting Instruction Fiberart Addicts Club Resume Workshop Afterschool Movies Therapy Dog Reading Partners Afterschool Outdoor Fun Afterschool Parties Tutoring Computer Instruction Big Heart Campaign Summer Reading Participant in Community Baby Shower Event at two local elementary schools Art Class and Annual Art Show Homeschool Girls Club Homeschool Testing Site Homeschool Geography Bee and Spelling Bee Site Homeschool Portfolio Evaluations VITA Income Tax Preparation
  • 10. Understanding our library’s funding Funding Tax based Donations Fines, fees, and small donations Fundraisers Other
  • 11. Our fundraising • • • • • • Annual book sale Flower Sale Adopt a book Trustee 10-10 A Taste of Soup Local organizations
  • 12. Some reasons given by the judges •Our use of technology •Our unique programs •Our community support
  • 13. Why did we win? PASSION COMMITMENT COMMUNITY SUPPORT WILLING TO TRY NEW THINGS EMBRACING TECHNOLOGY
  • 14. What’s up next? • • • • • • • • • More programming, adults and teens Programming Bingo to encourage participation Open on Mondays Chair lift to second floor Repainting second floor Community partnerships Getting our geek on one more time Taking a new look at our marketing efforts Redoing our strategic plan
  • 15. Now it’s your turn • http://lj.libraryjournal.com/awards/bestsmall-library-in-america-awardnomination-guidelines/ 1. A written explanation of up to two pages 2. Photo(s) of library, staff, and patrons 3. Statistical data 4. A population of 25,000 or less is eligible