Library: Town Report

2015 Report of the Olivia Rodham Memorial Library

The Olivia Rodham Library is a modern library where people discover, learn, and share new ideas and new knowledge. The “collection”, which was once just books, now includes public lectures, conversations, online services, ebooks and audio books, and a dedicated Nelson web page. The core purpose of all of these collections is to learn. Library programs continue to be popular in the community. Starting in 2012 the library had 70 programs with 997 people attending and this year we have seen 132 programs with 1,652 participants. The Olivia Rodham Memorial Library continues to offer the traditional library services of books and magazines to borrow. Recently, we have added a large collection of DVDs, CDs and the opportunity to use a free downloadable audio book and ebook subscription. The library@townofnelson.com website will continue highlighting many facets of our town. The highlight for the year was the dual purchase (half was purchased by Harrisville Public Library) of a telescope that can circulate to adult patrons.

Events at the library, organized by the library: events this year 132 with 1,652 participants:

Absolutely Magic program for children with 42 participants

Saturday morning speakers 5 times with 106 participants

Celebrate Nelson lower level book sale garnered more than 50 participants

Meet the Candidates program had 96 participants

Nelson book group met 9 times with 43 participants

Coffee Hour was held 51 times with 821participants

Game night met 3 times and had a total of 18 players

Knitters met 26 times with 68 pairs of knitting needles

Origami classes met 2 times with 14 participants

Story time met 24 times with over 86 participants

Summer Forums were presented 4 times and had a total of 267 attendees

Summer Reading Programs met 5 times and totaled 32 participants

Use of the library by groups: There are many groups that use the library for regular meetings. There were more than 132 meetings by18 groups. The library meeting room is on the lower level and is used for meetings and events.

Agricultural Committee

Conservation Board

Nelson History Round Table

Trails Committee

Roads Scholar

Zoning Board

Game of Village

Friends of the Library

Library Trustee Meetings

Sesquicentennial Group

Monadnock Folklore

Society green room

Nelson Sustainability

Group

Quigley Art Project

Nelson School Auction

Library COOP

Nelson Democrats

Cemetery Board

Emergency Operations

Contributions to the library in time, talent and material goods.

The library is thankful for the 203.5 hours that volunteers put in this year at the library. There were many other contributions and every one helps keep the Olivia Rodham Memorial the community library it is today.

Tom Buttrick (Statistics) and Dave Pyles (Web page) helped with the computer.

Mary Cornog volunteered for 2 hours weekly.

Tom Buttrick and occasionally Eric Sandberg picked up coffee hour donuts.

Ted Lenk pruned and took care of the blueberries and the apple tree.

Amy Whitney and Dawn Garrett-Larsen gave time as the story time readers.

Linda Singer taught origami classes.

Dr Spencer led us in Mindful Mortality lessons.

Anita Flanagan, Judith Taylor-Maule, Sara Sandberg, Betsy Church, Susan Hansel and Donna Kidd cleaned the library.

Anita Flanagan, Eric Sandberg, Sara Sandberg, Tyler Pelczarski, Betsey Church, and Jeff Taylor provided general library help.

Our monetary donors this year are The Friends of the Library, Marcia Sexton, Friends and family of Joan Gerbis, George and Frances Alderson in memory of Bob and Hallie Robinson, Ruth Lape Memorial Fund, John Bradshaw, Hardie Shepard Children’s Book Fund, Mary Patek Special Fund, the Henry Melville Fuller Fund, the Suttenfield Fund for programs, and the EC and VC Taylor Gift. Many donations are made also of actual books, audio visual materials, and magazines. Al Stoops and Jan Perry donated subscriptions to magazines.

Library Trustees during 2015

Linda Cates (Chair), Laurie Smith (Treasurer), Kathleen Vetter (Secretary), Stacia Tolman , and Susan Kingsbury (Correspondence).

Summer Reading

The Nelson library summer reading program used the theme of Every Hero Has a Story! Kids were invited to join an experiential hero activity each week! This annual statewide program is sponsored by CHILIS (Children’s Librarians of NH) A volunteer presented a weekly program: The Nelson Fire Department started off the summer with a firetruck and some safety ideas.

Historical Hero Celebration was enacted by Jacqueline Roland and Nature Man, Al Stoops and Kathy Schillemat with amphibians. The culminating event for the summer, with 43 people in attendance, was Andrew Pinard of Absolutely Magic. He was engaging and magical, a magician with short sleeves. The audience was enthralled and the children laughed a lot. This program was supported by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and donations from the Byrne foundation, CHILIS, Cogswell Benevolent Trust, the NH Library Association, and the Suttenfield Memorial Fund to the Nelson Library. We awarded Toadstool gift certificates (donated by the Friends of the Library) and ice cream certificates (donated by Twinkle Town) to readers. During this reading program 8 kids read 171 books.

Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale

The 2015 Old Home Day book sale proceeds were as follows: $1,045.95 books, $665.00 dues, $17.00 book bags,Bringing the total to: $1,727.95. The Book Sale and Friends memberships enable the Friends of the Olivia Rodham Library to donate $1,000.00 for new books, pay for the summer reading certificates for the children, and provide money toward children’s programming. Books are donated all year so that there is always a good selection for sale. The Friends also encourage everyone to become members of the Friends knowing that the money goes back to benefit the library. The Friends group organizes a group of people to clean the library once a year. The officers are as follows: President: Sara Sandberg,Treasurer: Betsey Church, Secretary: Martha Collins. Susan Hansel will stay on Friend’s Board.

Adult programs and the Nelson Library Summer Forum for 2015

Adult Library Programs include a summer forum with guest speakers, weekly coffee hour, game night, knitting and origami classes, swap day, various other programs and the Monday morning monthly book group. This years 2015 forum topics included diverse and educational titles :July 9 – Betsy Perry – “Nelson’s Bessie Hardy: Missionary to Armenia“, musical introduction by friends from the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music,July 16 – Bee Tolman – “Food Hub: Putting a Good Idea into Practice”, musical introduction by members of the Tolman Family, July 23– Paul Klemperer – “Traditional Music and Cultural Continuity”, musical introduction by friends of Paul from Austin to Nelson, July 30 –Martha Craig – “It’s Just Like Shakespeare! Small Towns: Stratford and Nelson”, musical introduction by pianist, Linda Singer. The trustees and the librarian work together on the Summer Forum. Questions about the library can be answered after the forum. Books may be checked out at this time, too. The library is also a place for many conversations, both serious and enjoyable, among the community members. This happens at official meetings and at coffee hour. This is the 11th year Nelson held the Summer Forums. They are free and open to the public.

Respectfully submitted,

Kristine Finnegan, Library Director

1 Nelson Common Rd. Nelson, NH 03457

603-847-3214

email: library@townofnelson.com Web page: www.townofnelson.com

Nelson Library catalog:http://opac.libraryworld.com/opac/signinlibraryname=nelson

Olivia Rodham Memorial Library Statistics for 2015

Library Collection

2015

Library memorial fund purchases of books & audio/visual materials

92

Gifts of the Friends of the Library

68

Donated books, DVD s &CD s

183

Library Volumes at the end of the year

8778

Library Circulation

Downloadable audio books and e Books

847

Adult non-fiction

287

Adult Fiction

733

Juvenile and easy

553

Adult audio/visual

841

Juvenile audio/visual

104

Periodicals

510

EBSCO periodical database searches

716

Inter library loan

740

In House Use

562

Total Circulation

5893

Computer use

1364

Reference questions

1338

Number of patron visits to the library

4365

Number of registered patrons

530

Visits to the townofnelson.com web page

164903

2014 Report of the Olivia Rodham Memorial Library

The Olivia Rodham Memorial Library continues to offer the traditional library services of books and magazines to borrow. Recently, we have added a large collection of DVDs, CDs and the opportunity to use a downloadable audio book and eBook subscription. The community has enjoyed a wide variety of programs and events at the library too. This year saw the expansion of the library by finishing the meeting room downstairs for added room for town boards and community groups to meet. Another community project has been the webpage. Since 2009 Gordon Peery has been the webmaster of the Library’s Town of Nelson website. He created the website, including all of the diverse pages that describe our town. Gordon collected and skillfully connected many parts of our town with pictures, events calendars, history articles, nature articles and descriptions of many parts of the town. In 2012 the web page was named the best municipal web page in New Hampshire by NH Magazine. Gordon has now moved on to other activities and the Library Director, with help from volunteer David Pyles will now serve as webmaster. The library townofnelson.com website will continue highlighting many facets of our town. However, the Town government has chosen to operate a separate website, townofnelson.org. Our finale for the year 2014, was being awarded the “Public Libraries Toolkit” of legal resources from the New England Law Librarians. This collection of law books is available to all patrons. The use of the library, all events and subscriptions are available free for town residents.

Events at the library, organized by the library:139 events this year (119 last year) with 1940 participants:
Nelson book group met 12 times with 57 participants
Nelson School learning library skills came to the library 2 times with a total of 113 attending
Author events with Sarah Shea Smith presenting her book They Sawed up a Storm and Ernest Hebert reading from his new book Howard Elman’s Farwell. 49 people came to these 2 events.
Bridge was played once with 4 players
Cattail Visors were made by 6 crafters
Coffee Hour was held 52 times with 813 participants
Game night met 5 times and had a total of 59 players.
Knitters met 13 times with 39 pairs of knitting needles.
New England Law Librarian’s award presentation of books had 13 attendees
Mad Science program for kids had 38 attendees
Open House for new library meeting room with 78 celebrating
Origami classes met 6 times with 26 participants
Seed Saving workshop with 14 potential seed savers
Story time met 26 times with over 131 participants
Summer Forums were presented 4 times and had a total of 326 attendees
Summer Reading Programs met 5 times and totaled 80 participants
Zentangle met 5 times and had a total of 16 participants

Use of the library by groups: There are many groups that use the library for regular meetings. There were more than 82 meetings by 15 groups. The library now has a meeting room on the lower level that is used for meetings and events.
Agricultural Committee
Conservation Board
Nelson History Round Table
Trails Committee
Road Scholar
Zoning Board
Game of Village
Friends of the Library
Library Trustee Meetings
Cemetery Board
Monadnock Folklore
Society green room
Nelson Self Sufficiency
Quigley Art Project
Nelson School Auction
Library COOP

Contributions to the library in time, talent and material goods.
The library is thankful for the 169 hours that volunteers put in this year during library hours. There were many other contributions and every one helps keep the Olivia Rodham Memorial the community library it is today.
Hannah Atmer, Tom Buttrick (Statistics) and Dave Pyles (Web page) helped with the computer.
Mary Cornog volunteered for 2 hours weekly.
Tom Buttrick and occasionally Eric Sandberg picked up coffee hour donuts.
Nina Iselin, Sara Sandberg and Susan Hansel recycled.
Ted Lenk pruned and took care of the blueberries and Tyler Pelczarski planted bulbs.
Sara Shepherd, Amy Whitney and Dawn Garret Larsen gave time as the story time readers.
Linda Singer taught origami classes.
Nick Barrett and Mike Tarr moved the library basement contents during the building of the meeting room.
Susan Hansel, Martha Collins, Sara Sandberg, Betsy Church and Donna Kidd cleaned the library.
Tom Tolman installed shelves, and fixed a table and a door lock.
Val VanMeier, Jacqueline Roland and David Voymas presented a seed saving program.
Anita Flanagan, Eric Sandberg, Sara Sandberg, Tucker Haddock, Tyler Pelczarski and Betsey Church, Jeff Taylor, Bert Wingerson and Russ Thomas provided general library help.
Nelson Congregational Church opened their space for the Library Summer Forum.
Our monetary donors this year are The Friends of the Library, George and Frances Alderson in memory of Bob and Hallie Robinson, Elizabeth T. Hatch Fund, Ruth Lape Memorial Fund, Mary Fiske Elliot Garden Book Fund, John Bradshaw, Kip Mackenzie, the Walton family,Teri Upton, Hardie Shepard Children’s Book Fund, Mary Patek Special Fund, the Henry Melville Fuller Fund, the Suttenfield Fund for programs, and the EC and VC Taylor Gift ( this year completed the bar-coding project). Many donations are made also of actual books, audio visual materials, and magazines. Al Stoops and Stacia Tolman donated subscriptions to magazines. Oliver Mednick and Betsey Street donated items to children’s programming.

Library Trustees during 2014
Linda Cates (Chair), Laurie Smith (Treasurer), Carol Raynor (Secretary), Tom Tolman (building), and Susan Kingsbury (correspondence).

Summer Reading
The Nelson library summer reading program used the theme of Fizz, Boom, READ! Kids were invited to join an experimental activity each week for an hour of stories, experiments and fun! This annual statewide program is sponsored by CHILIS (Children’s Librarians of NH) A volunteer took a weekly program: Sarah Cornog and the Fizzy Rocket using a 35mm film canister for a body, an antacid tablet for fizz and different liquid fuels to see which work best, Val Van Meier with How to Make a Mini Flyable Hot Air Balloon with Candles , Puppeteer Gary Robinson, A Bubbly Bot Bash! with Jacqueline Roland and Nature Man, Al Stoops returning with clues to an exciting treasure hunt. For the summer finale the library presented “ Mad Science” with Land of Fire and Ice. (Funding for the Kids, Books, and the Arts event is provided by the Jack and Dorothy Bryne Foundation, CHILIS, Cogswell Benevolent Trust, and is supported in part by a grant from the NH State Council on The Arts as well as funds administered by the NH State Library and provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and by the Library’s Suttenfield Fund.) We awarded Toadstool gift certificates (donated by the Friends of the Library) and ice cream certificates (donated by Twinkle Town) to readers. During this reading program kids read books.

Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale
The 2014 Old Home Day book sale proceeds were as follows: Dues: $285.50 Books: $515.70. Small additions from book bags, pamphlets and Nelson authors’ book proceeds brought the total to $810.70. This compares with the previous years: 2013 total: $1,383; 2012 total: $928; 2011 total: $1500. 2014 totals compared quite favorably since there were only had about 2 months of book donations before the sale, compared with 12 months in other years, because of renovations to the Town Hall. The Book Sale and Friends memberships enables the Friends of the Olivia Rodham Library to donate $1000.00 for new books, pay for the summer reading certificates for the children, provide money toward children’s programming and pay the $425 annual fee for Library World. The Friends also paid half the cost of the conference table and chairs in the new downstairs meeting room. Books are donated all year so that there is always a good selection for sale. The Friends also encourage everyone to become members of the Friends knowing that the money goes back to benefit the library. The officers are as follows:President: Sara Sandberg,Treasurer: Betsey Church, Secretary: Martha Collins. Susan Hansel will stay on Friend’s Board.

Nelson Library Summer Forum for 2014
Heading the very interesting and diverse menu of presentations this summer was a
talk by Ethan Tolman highlighting a Nelson newsletter circulated during
World War II. The newsletter, published by Ethan’s parents, served to inform
service people of events in their hometowns of Nelson, Harrisville, and Dublin. Of
special interest were excerpts of letters service people sent to the newsletter.
Music was by Max Nunnemaker and Gordon Peery and was appropriate to the WWII era.
The next forum, took us to Zimbabwe with Rhodesian native, outdoorsman
(and now Harrisville General Store chef) Phil Gargan, as an avocation away from his executive
job with the Tanganda Tea Company. Phil was a professional river guide on the Zambezi River for 17 years. He brought us visuals and tales of a world most of us will never experience.
Music with African roots was played by Paul Klemperer. Karen Hersey, a Nelson native who for several years spent more time in Abu Dhabi than in Nelson, shared with us the where, what, who and why in her talk “Abu Dhabi Inside Out”. Music was from Apple Hill. Allison and Hunt Smith wrapped up the forum presentations with their inimitable musical entertainment. Their love of music, of each
other and of connecting with the audience shows through when they perform. One never knows
exactly what instruments and songs to expect, but everyone had a good old time!
Musical introduction was by Samuel, Sarah and Rachel Foucher of Harrisville, young musicians who play music with the Smiths.
This is the tenth year Nelson held the summer forums. They are free and open to the public.

Adult Programs
The library has become a place for many conversations and activities, both serious and enjoyable, among the community members. The adult book group meets once a month on the third Monday of the month. We read and discuss novels, memoirs and biographies. Game night was a great success. During the winter months more than a dozen of us met on the first Tuesday to play Scrabble, Dominoes, Bananagrams, Trumpet and other games. Coffee Hour on Saturday mornings has been a favorite, with many in the town getting together informally to discuss interesting topics and exchange ideas.

Respectfully submitted,
Kristine Finnegan, Library Director
1 Nelson Common Rd. Nelson, NH 03457
603-847-3214
email: library@townofnelson.com Web page:www.townofnelson.com
Nelson Library catalog:http://opac.libraryworld.com/opac/signinlibraryname=nelson

Olivia Rodham Memorial Library Statistics for 2014
Library Collection

Library memorial fund purchases of books & audio/visual materials
102
Gifts of the Friends of the Library
70
Donated books, DVDs &CDs
103
Library Volumes at the end of the year
8707
Library Circulation
Downloadable audio books and eBooks
734
Adult non-fiction
425
Adult Fiction
824
Juvenile and easy
757
Adult audio/visual
1209
Juvenile audio/visual
226
Periodicals
613
EBSCO periodical database
19
Interlibrary loan
812
In House Use
638
Total Circulation
6257
Computer use
1122
Reference questions
1282
Number of patron visits to the library
5154

2013 Report of the Olivia Rodham Memorial Library

Events at the library and organized by the library: 118 events this year (70 last year) & participants 1921 this year (997 last year)
Adam Boyd presenting Ralph Page drew 50 people
American Music with Paul Klemperer drew 56 people
Nelson book group met 11 times with 61 participants
Nelson School learning library skills came to the library 3 times with a total of 78
Author Events with Eric Poor, Renn Tolman and Bert Wingerson introducing Bruce White’s writing and a reading of Bessie Barker’s diary, 4 programs, with 68 participants
Coffee Hour was held 45 times with 754 participants
Game night met 8 times and had a total of 108 players.
E book training had 8 learners
Origami classes met 2 times with 12 participants
Critters and Creatures program for kids had 42 attendees
Story time met 27 times with over 189 participants
Summer Forums were presented 3 times and had a total of 293 attendees
Summer Reading Programs met 5 times and totaled 74 participants
Zentangle met 11 times and had a total of 87 participants

Use of the library by groups: There are many groups that use the library for regular meetings. There were more than 59 meetings by 10 groups.
Agricultural Committee
Conservation Board
Nelson History Round Table
Moving in Step
Road Scholar
Old Home Day Committee
Building Committee
Friends of the Library
Library Trustee Meetings
Cemetery Board
Monadnock Folklore Society green room

Contributions to the library in time, talent and material goods.
The library is thankful for the 177.5 hours that volunteers put in this year during library hours. There were many other contributions and every one helps keep the Olivia Rodham Memorial the community library it is today.
Allison Aldrich and Hunt Smith, music contributions, other than the forum.
Mary Cornog gave a handcrafted coffee table and volunteered for 2 hours weekly.
Elizabeth Williams donated a file cabinet and a glass display case.
Betsy Street donated a Kindle for patron use, a new OPEN flag and time cleaning up after events.
Susan Peery gave the library a 20 cup coffee maker.
Tom Buttrick helped with snow removal, coffee hour dounuts, and computer problems.
Jonathan Weis, Sara Sandberg and Laurie Smith recycled.
Ted Lenk pruned, Kip Mackenzie donated mulch, Laurie Smith weeded: for the care of the blueberries.
Sara Shepherd gave her time as the story time reader, with Sandy Ferguson as a sub.
Al Stoops donated the Natural History Magazine and Priscilla Williams, a Foreign Affairs subscription.
David Bower donated a watermelon in a time of need.
Jennifer Fraser taught Zentangle classes.
Linda Singer taught origami classes.
Susan Hansel, Anita Flanagan, Eric Sandberg, Sara Sandberg, Betsey Church, Pamela Tolman, Jacqueline Roland, Barbara Roland, and Elena Mednick for general library help.
Terry Mednick for computer set up and repair.
Maria Spaeth painting now hangs in the library, thanks to community donations. The collection was organized by Teri Upton along with Moving in Step.
Our monetary donors this year are The Friends of the Library, George and Frances Alderson in memory of Bob and Hallie Robinson, Hardie Shepard Children’s Book Fund, James and Marcia Sexton in memory of the Wiechert’s and Carol Heath, Judy McDermott in honor of Carol Heath, Carol Raynor gave money to send the librarian to the Children’s Literature Festival, Bruce White, Sally Coughlin, Sharon Schuur, Professor William Churchill Gerrish Fund, Helen Millbank Memorial Fund, Sidney Plant Special Fund, Mary Patek Special Fund, the Henry Melville Fuller Fund, the Suttenfield Fund for programs, and the EC and VC Taylor Gift. Many donations are made also of actual books, audio visual materials, and magazines.

Library Trustees during 2012:
Linda Cates ( chair)
Laurie Smith(treasurer)
Carol Raynor (secretary)
Tom Tolman
Susan Kingsbury (correspondence)

Summer Reading
The Nelson Library summer reading program used the theme of Dig Into Reading can take you places, and this summer the Nelson Library went out of this world! Kids were invited to join an earthy adventure each week for an hour of stories, games, crafts, and fun! This annual statewide program is sponsored by CHILIS (Children’s Librarians of NH) and organized and presented by volunteer, Jacqueline Roland. Special guest presenters were Al Stoops with animals and Val VanMeier with worms. For the summer finale the Nelson Library presented “ Critters and Creatures” with live animals that burrow and dig. (Funding for Kids, Books and the Arts was provided by the NH State Library, CHILIS, the Cogswell Benevolent Trust, the Bryne Foundation, the NH Library Association as well as a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, and by the Suttenfield Fund.) We awarded Toadstool gift certificates (donated by the Friends of the Library) and presented prizes (donated by local businesses) to readers. During this reading program 15 kids read 249 books.

Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale
Books $1383 Local author books $63
Member dues $756
Book bags $24
Total $2226
The Book Sale and Friends Memberships enables the Friends of the Olivia Rodham Library to donate $1000.00 for new books, pay for the summer reading certificates for the children, provide money toward children’s programming and pay the $425 annual fee for Library World. Books are donated all year so that there is always a good selection for sale. The Friends also encourage everyone to become members of the Friends knowing that the money goes back to benefit the library. The officers are as follows: President-Susan Hansel,Treasurer- Betsey Church, Secretary- Martha Collins, Members at Large: Sandy Ferguson, Elaine Giacomo, Donna Kidd, Pamela White, and Sara Sandberg.

Barcoding
The Olivia Rodham Memorial Library staff is in the process of automating the library’s cataloging and circulation system using “Library World”, a web based support system. Our ongoing project is to bar code all of the library collection. This will enable the library to have current circulation records on all items in the library, to email automated over due notices, and a catalog that is up to date and easy to access. Patrons can now see what is available in the library and reserve material via the internet from their home or from their smart phone. The web address is http://opac.libraryworld.com/opac/signinlibraryname=nelson. They may also request an email of current items they have checked out. Completion of this project (made possible by a gift from the Taylor Fund), will take one more year. The library still offers the traditional services if you prefer the library to be just as it was. No internet is necessary.

Nelson Library Summer Forum for 2013
July 11: 1913 Silent Film Found in Munsonville!
Larry Benaquist, former KSC film department chair, presented the centennial viewing of When Lincoln Paid, a 25-minute film directed by Francis Ford. It is one of six rare films found in an old barn in Munsonville. John Cucchi’s inimitable music accompanied the film. Hunt and Allison Smith preluded the program with music of the Civil War era.
July 18: From the Tolman Pond Archives
Karen Tolman carried the audience back to life in the early 20th century on Tolman Pond, with slides, stories and reminiscences of its many family and visitor personalities.
Musical introduction was by Tom Tolman, Geoff Williams & Whalen Tolman Anderson.
July 25: Kirk Dale – A Rousing Sing-Along
Kirk is always a returned favorite with our Forum series, with his rich baritone voice and out-going presence. Sarah Kim, violinist and member of the Apple Hill String Quartet and friends, introduced this third and last of our 2013 series.

Adult Programs
The library has become a place for many conversations and activities, both serious and enjoyable, among the community members. The adult book group meets once a month on the third Monday of the month. We read and discuss novels, memoirs and biographies. Game night was a great success. During the winter months more than a dozen of us met on the first Tuesday to play Scrabble, Dominoes, Bananagrams, Trumpet and other games. Coffee Hour on Saturday mornings has been a favorite, with many in the town getting together informally to discuss interesting topics and exchange ideas.
Respectfully submitted,
Kristine Finnegan
1 Nelson Common Rd. Nelson, NH 03457
603-847-3214 email: library@townofnelson.com Web page:www.townofnelson.com

Olivia Rodham Memorial Library Statistics for 2013
Library Collection
2013
Volumes in the Library at the beginning of the year
7811
Library memorial fund purchases of books & audio/visual materials
68
Gifts of the Friends of the Library
60
Donated books, DVDs &CDs
97
Books & audio/visual withdrawn
107
Library Volumes at the end of the year
8432
Library Circulation
Downloadable audio books and ebooks
732
Adult non-fiction
396
Adult Fiction
721
Juvenile and easy
945
Adult audio/visual
1068
Juvenile audio/visual
153
Periodicals
726
EBSCO periodical database full text articles used
263
Interlibrary loan
739
In House Use
845
Total Circulation
6588
Computer use
1262
Reference questions
1904
Number of patron visits to the library
5222
Visits to website: townofnelson.com
14161

2012  Report of the Olivia Rodham Memorial Library

 

Events at the library and organized by the library: (70 programs, 997 participants)

History of Violins with Hunt Smith presenting drew 40 people

“Musical Connections from New England to Texas” with Paul Klemperer drew 52 people

Nelson book group met 12 times with 69 participants

Nelson School learning library skills came to the library 3 times with a total of 83

Author Events, included 2 programs with Hilary Weisman and Teri Upton, and totaled 36 participants

Candidates Night had 84 attendees

Children’s  Literacy Class met once with 3 participants

Game night met 4 times and had a total of 64 players.

May Sarton class met once with 10 participants

NHLTA award program for NH Library Director of the Year, 70 attended

Origami classes met 2 times with 12 participants

Science Works program for kids had 45 attendees

Story time met 27 times with over 119 participants

Summer Forums were presented 4 times and had a total of 229 participants

Summer Reading Programs met 6 times and totaled 55 participants

Zentangle met 3 times and had a total of 26 participants.

 

Use of the library by groups: There are many groups that use the library for regular meetings. There were more than 28 meetings by 12 groups.

Agricultural Committee Conservation Board Nelson Democrats
Ballot Counters Road Scholar Old Home Day Committee
Building Committee Friends of the Library Supervisors of the Checklist
Cemetery Board Monadnock Folklore Society green room Zoning Board

 

Library awards:

2012 NHLTA NH Library Director of the Year Award

2012 NH Magazines Best Municipal Website Award

 

Library Volunteers:  The library is thankful for the  332.5  hours that volunteers put in this year.

Allison Aldrich Mary Cornog Linda Singer Sandberg Family
Anita Flanagan Matt Garland Alice Weis Betsey Church
Hunt Smith Pamela Tolman Roland family Sara Shepherd
Johanna Smith Rich Popovic Elena & Terry Mednick Susan Hansel
John Zurich Rob Germeroth Tom Buttrick Teri Upton

 

Library Trustees during 2012:

Linda Cates ( chair) Laurie Smith (treasurer) Tom Tolman (correspondence)
Carol Raynor *Max Nunnemaker ( minutes) *Susan Kingsbury appointed to Max’s seat in November.

 

Donations to the Library always play a large part in updating our collection. Our donors are The Friends of the Library, and George and Frances Alderson in memory of Bob and Hallie Robinson. Other Library funds used to purchase items for the collection were the Hardie Shepard Children’s Book Fund, Marcia Sexton in memory of the Wiechert’s, the Nori Putzel Memorial Fund, the Ruth Lape Fund, The Nelson White Fund and the Henry Melville Fuller Fund. Many donations are made also of actual books, audio visual materials, and magazines. Also to be mentioned are the Suttenfield Fund for programs, a donation from Dix Campbell, Teri  Upton’s donation and the Taylor donation for library automation.

 

Summer Reading

The Nelson Library summer reading program used the theme of  Dream Big – Read!

Reading can take you places, and this summer the Nelson Library went out of this world!  Kids  were invited to join the galactic space adventure each week for an hour of stories, games, crafts, and fun! This annual statewide program is sponsored by CHILIS (Children’s Librarians of NH) and organized and presented by volunteer, Jacqueline Roland.  For the summer finale the Nelson Library presented “ Science Works!” with the Cabinet of Scientific Curiosities.   (Funding for Kids, Books and the Arts was provided by the NH State Library, CHILIS,  the Cogswell Benevolent Trust, the Bryne Foundation, the NH Library Association as well as a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services,  and by the Suttenfield Fund.)  We awarded Toadstool gift certificates (donated by the Friends of the Library) and presented prizes (donated by 10 local businesses) to readers. During this reading program 15 kids read 172 books.

 

Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale

Books                 $647.00 Member dues   $628.00
Book bags           $21.00 Total            $1,296.00

The Book Sale and Friends Memberships enables the Friends of the Olivia Rodham Library to donate $1000.00 for new books, pay for the summer reading certificates for the children, provide money toward children’s programming and pay the $395 annual fee for Library World. Books are donated all year (at the end of this year Rick Lothrop donated over 500 books) so that there is always a good selection for sale. The Friends also encourage everyone to become members of the Friends knowing that the money goes back to benefit the library. The officers are as follows: President-Susan Hansel,Treasurer- Betsey Church, Secretary-Carol Heath, Members at Large: Sandy Ferguson, Elaine Giacomo, Martha Collins, Pamela White, Sara Sandberg.

 

Barcoding

The Olivia Rodham Memorial Library staff is in the process of automating the library’s cataloging and circulation system using “Library World”, a web based support system. Our ongoing project is to bar code all of the library collection. This will enable the library to have current circulation records on all items in the library, to email automated over due notices, and a catalog that is up to date and easy to access.   Patrons can now see what is available in the library and reserve material via the internet from their home or from their smart phone. The web address is http://opac.libraryworld.com/opac/signinlibraryname=nelson. They may also request an email of current items they have checked out. Completion of this project (made possible by a gift from the Taylor Fund), will take one more year. The library still offers the traditional services if you prefer the library to be just as it was. No internet is necessary.

 

Nelson Library Summer Forum for 2012

July 5 – Teri Upton: ”The Pennsylvania Settlement, an Art Colony in Nelson,  NH” with music by Linda Singer and Vladimir Odinokokh.
July 12 – Rich Popovic: “Locally Grown Music for Locally Grown Kids:
Writing and recording children’s music in Nelson”, with music by Wayland  Tolman-Anderson.
July 19 – Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music: “Playing for Peace”, featuring international students from the Playing for Peace program.
July 26 – Eric and Sara Sandberg, “Adventures in the Foreign Service”, with music by “The Old Grey Cats”.

 

Adult Programs

The adult book group meets once a month on the third Monday of the month. We read and discuss novels, memoirs and biographies. Game night was a great success. During the winter months more than a dozen of us met on the first Tuesday to play Scrabble, Dominoes, Bananagrams, Trumpet and other games. The library has become a place for many conversations and activities, both serious and enjoyable, among the community members.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Kristine Finnegan

1 Nelson Common Rd. Nelson, NH 03457

603-847-3214     email: library@townofnelson.com    Web page: www.townofnelson.com

    

    Olivia Rodham Memorial Library Statistics for 2012

Library Collection                                                                          2010 2011 2012
Volumes in the Library at the beginning of the year 9,227 8,929

8,314

Library memorial fund purchases of books & audio/visual materials 121 60

114

Gifts of the Friends of the Library 101 102

69

Donated books & audio/visual materials 275 424

237

Books & audio/visual materials taken out of circulation 795 1,201

923

Volumes in the library at the end of the year 8,929 8,314

7811

Library Circulation
Down-loadable audio books and e Books used 433 660

790

Adult non-fiction 310 308

342

Adult Fiction 945 949

811

Juvenile and easy 1,396 1,451

1,012

Adult audio/visual 1,150 1,016

1,177

Juvenile audio/visual 200 314

210

Periodicals 944 785

716

EBSCO periodical database full text articles used N/A 48

720

Interlibrary loan 1,250 1,214

1,016

In House Use 768 674

698

Total Circulation 7,396 7,419

7492

Computer use 1,515 1,012

1,215

Reference questions 1,987 1,992

1,880

Number of patron visits to the library 5,191 4,987

5,411

Visits to website: townofnelson.com

9225

13283

15, 936

 


2011 Report of the Olivia Rodham Memorial Library

The Olivia Rodham Memorial Library staff is in the process of automating the library’s cataloging and circulation system using “Library World”, a web based support system.  We have uploaded three quarters of our catalog to “Library World”, to begin the process. Our current project is bar coding all of the collection.  This will enable the library to have current circulation records on all items in the library, the ability to email automated over due notices, and a catalog that is up to date and easy to access.   Patrons can now see what is available in the library and reserve material via the internet from their home or from their i phone. The web address for this is http://opac.libraryworld.com/opac/signin?libraryname=nelson. They may also request an email of current items they have checked out. Completion of this project, with proper funding, is estimated to take two more years. The library still offers the traditional services if you prefer the library to be just as it was.  No internet is necessary.

After a rapid increase in recent years the use of the library, for books and for other media uses has stabilized. However some areas continue to increase. This year Olivia Rodham Memorial Library has seen growth over 50% in the use of the NH down-loadable audiobooks and e Books  program.  e Books and Audiobooks through NH Downloadable Books on Overdrive ( http://nh.lib.overdrive.com ) are now available to check out for all patrons of the Olivia Rodham Memorial Library who have a home computer with internet access. We still offer many of the favorite services we always have, including, a continuing fine selection of books, periodicals, audio books, videos and DVDs, adult programs and children’s programs, interlibrary loan, and the town website. Computer usage, with high speed DSL, is down 33% this year, because of the availability of DSL in the town of Nelson. The Nelson library still has delivery once a week, on Friday, of interlibrary loan materials. The library building is also used by other groups in the town, for meetings.  It has been opened for conservation board, the counting of votes, the touring Elder Hostel groups, just to name a few.  The library has become an essential part of the community for education, enjoyment and the meeting of minds.

Children’s library programs include summer reading, author talks, an educational reptile show, weekly story time, and educational school events.  During the month of April, the library sponsored a traveling doll display.  Every doll ( over 100 were represented) was accompanied by a book about them. In the summer months Nelson Library invited children to participate in the 2011 Summer Reading Program: One World May Stories. We awarded Toadstool gift certificates (donated by the Friends of the Library) and presented prizes (donated by 10 local businesses) to readers. This annual statewide program is sponsored by CHILIS (Children’s Librarians of NH). In Nelson 15 children read 301 books during this summer’s program.  The library set aside an afternoon for the children to come and participate in a program, organized and presented by Jacqueline Roland. Story time with an activity and an art project attracted a group of about nine children. The culminating event for the summer, with 99 people in attendance, Reptiles on the Move came to entertain the community in Nelson on August 10th in the Nelson Town Hall.   Reptiles of all sizes and shapes were passed around for the audience to touch and hold, and the presenter talked about the responsibility of caring for a reptile and scientific facts about reptiles.  When the turtles and tortoises came out the audience was able to get up and mingle with them.  We had many comments from young and old about all they saw. This program was supported in part by a grant from the New Hampshire State Library and donations from the Bryne Foundation, CHILIS, Cogswell Benevolent Trust, and the NH Library Association.  The Nelson librarian wrote and received the grant, Kids, Books and Arts.

Adult library programs include a summer forum with guest speakers, and the adult book group.  This year’s forum speakers and topics were diverse and educational: Pamela White & Warren Hammack – “Experiences in the Theater”, Bob McQuillen – “Old Time Nelson Tunes and Stories”, Al Stoops– “A Walk in the Woods of Nelson”, and The Nelson Agricultural Commission – “How Many MPG Does Your Garden Get? or How to Stop Eating Fuel”.Our last summer program was “She Plumb Ned, She More’n Plumb with Dudley Laufman reading poetry from his new book. The adult book group meets once a month on the third Monday of the month. We read and discuss novels, memoirs and biographies. Game night was a great success. During the winter months more than a dozen of us met on the first Tuesday to play Scrabble, Dominoes, Bananagrams, Trumpet and other games. The library has become a place for many conversations and activities, both serious and enjoyable, among the community members.

The Friends of the Library is a group that helps to preserve, support and strengthen the library.  They consist of enthusiastic library supporters who believe in the importance of the library as the social and intellectual center of the community. Members organize fundraisers to support programming,  purchase new books and other items needed by the library that are not included in the budget.  In Nelson the big fund raiser is the book sale during Old Home Day.

Many hands helped to make this year’s library book sale a huge success. Thanks to the help of many Nelson residents the sale on Old Home Day made $1343.75 to enable the Friends of the Olivia Rodham Library to donate $1000.00 for new books, pay for the summer reading certificates for the children, provide money toward children’s programming and pay the $395 annual fee for Library World. Books are donated year round so that there is always a good selection for sale. The Friends also encourage everyone to become members of the Friends knowing that the money goes back to benefit the library. The officers are as follows: Susan Hansel-President; Betsey Church- Treasurer; Carol Heath- Secretary; Members-at large: Martha Collins, Sandy Ferguson, Elaine Giacomo, Pamela White and Sara Sandberg.

Many people help keep the library running. The Library Trustees for this year were Linda Cates, Carol Raynor, Tom Tolman, Laurie Smith and  Max Nunnemaker. Susan Hansel and Jennifer Fraser, are library substitutes. The library is thankful for the 472 hours that volunteers put in this year. Regular volunteers were Pamela Tolman, Betsey Church, Martha Collins, Robert Roland, Kathy Schillemat, Jacqueline Roland, Barbara Roland, Ali Duke, Elena Mednick and Sara Sandberg. Terry Mednick voluntarily maintained our computers, and computer statistics programs are updated and archived by Tom Buttrick. Volunteers make a big difference in the quality of library service in your community, by sharing their time and talent.

Donations to the Library always play a large part in updating our collection. Our donors are The Friends of the Library, and George and Frances Alderson in memory of Bob and Hallie Robinson. Other Library funds used to purchase items for the collection were the Hardie Shepard Children’s Book Fund, the Mary Patek Special Fund, the Nori Putzel Memorial Fund, the Mary Fiske Elliot Fund and the Henry Melville Fuller Fund. Many donations are made also of actual books, audio visual materials, and magazines.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Kristine Finnegan
Olivia Rodham Memorial Library
1 Nelson Common Rd.
Nelson, NH 03457
603-847-3214
email: library@townofnelson.com

    

    Olivia Rodham Memorial Library Statistics for 2011

Library Collection                                                                         

2010

2011

Volumes in the Library at the beginning of the year

9,227

8,929

Library purchases of books & audio/visual materials

121

60

Gifts of the Friends of the Library

101

102

Donated books & audio/visual materials

275

424

Books & audio/visual materials taken out of circulation

795

1,201

Volumes in the library at the end of the year

8,929

8,314

Library Circulation
Down-loadable audio books and e Books used

433

660

Adult non-fiction

310

308

Adult fiction

945

949

Juvenile and easy

1,396

1,451

Adult audio/visual

1,150

1,016

Juvenile audio/visual

200

314

Periodicals

944

785

EBSCO periodical database full text articles used N/A

48

Interlibrary loan

1,250

1,214

In House Use

768

674

Total Circulation

7,396

7,419

Computer use

1,515

1,012

Reference questions

1,987

1,992

Number of patron visits to the library

5,191

4,987

The Frost King and the Gilmore Family Nubanusit Legacy

Nelson Library Movie Night, Oct 18th, Wednesday at 6pm

Songs of the Old North

Fall Library Events

Ice Cream Social and Band Concert

Nelson Town Hall : Masters of Scottish Song

Colonial-Inspired Kitchen Door Garden

Celebrate Nelson’s 250th

A Brief History of the Ukulele with Stuart Fuchs at the Nelson Library

Summer Solstice Celebration

Wattle Fence Workshop

Caesar: Man from Venus / NH Humanities Program / Saturday April 22nd at 11am

Maple Sugaring

Words from the Mowing

Dash and Dot

Maker Play at the Nelson Library

Beyond Pesto: the many uses of herbs from your garden

Poetry Reading

Maker Play Toys at the Library

The Real Dirt on Soil

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