Much thanks to the 10 public libraries and the Idaho Talking Book Service for participating in the first Snapshot Day of 2019.* A great mix of large and small libraries participated, from Ada Community to Kimberly Public.
A fun stat — nearly every library signed up at least one or two new patrons on their Snapshot Day.
Other stats from each library’s Snapshot Day:
Ada Community Library — 188 people attended programs
Coeur d’Alene Public Library — 1,370 visits that day
East Bonner County Library District — 75 community members used meeting rooms
Emmett Public Library — 136 people were taught computer/device/internet skills
Hailey Public Library — 46 people used public access computers
Kimberly Public Library — 8 people accessed the internet with their devices
Lemhi County District Library — 12 unique searches were performed in databases
Nampa Public Library — 55 people attended outreach events
Payette Public Library — 11 volunteer/community service hours
Prairie River Library District — 7 reference questions answered
Talking Book Service (Idaho) — 930 was the total circulation for the day
Some of the help staff of these libraries provided to their patrons:
“How can I download an e-books?”
“Could I have some help printing this document?”
“Do you have a writing class?”
And “Do you have a Dungeons and Dragons group that meets?” — the staff was able to connect this patron with another who plays the game. “There is a group that uses the library’s small meeting room for playing.”
Just some of the great comments made by patrons of these amazing libraries:
“Wow, you all do so much for the community and with the kids.”
“I love how you can use a secure computer. Going back tomorrow.”
“I used to be so unhappy when it came to reading assignments. So, I went to the library and found a book that I loved. Thanks to all the librarians, I have found the love to read.”
“You must sense when I am coming because you always have some of my favorite authors on the new book display.”
“Came to use the internet to look for a milk cow and rabbits to add to my farm, and got some more books to take home.”
“I have TBI (traumatic brain injury) and get confused easily with technology. The library staff is more than happy to assist me with the computers, printing, copies, as well as anything else I need assistance with.”
“You guys always have the neatest things to do.”
Thanks to everyone who took the time to hold a Snapshot Day and report the results. And for the libraries that did report, you were entered into a drawing to win one of two Kamigami robots. The winners are . . . Payette Public and Kimberly Public. Congratulations!
Thank you all for the skill, programs/resources, and outstanding customer service that you provide every day.
*Since we were unable to hold Snapshot Day in the spring, school libraries could not participate. We will hold an additional Snapshot Day in the fall — just for school libraries!