We appreciate the steadfast support we receive from the Town of Tamworth throughout the year. It inspires us to find new ways to serve our library patrons.
In 2006 we continued to set new records in the number of patrons, programs, and overall attendance. Circulation is up 12%, attendance is up 21%, and there have been 137 programs with 2,961 people attending. Local organizations held 102 meetings in the libraryâ€™s meeting rooms. Internet use has continued to increase, with 1,740 library computer users in all. The collection continues to circulate well, and a local group is meeting regularly to address this issue in Tamworth. All library programs are free and everyone is welcome to attend these events.
The ever-increasing demand for library services is managed by our hardworking staff, and is ultimately made possible only with the continued help from volunteers and the Friends of CML. Our loyal volunteers work an average of twenty-five hours a week at the library. They shelve books, manage the circulation desk, make refreshments for events, organize local history materials, and supervise the new Ulitz Genealogy & History Center. The Friends of Cook Memorial Library work hard to augment library services with their support, both financial and otherwise. Not only do they provide funds for programming during the year, this past year they purchased several card tables, a scanner, a new book truck, and a street sign to advertise library events. They organize and staff a book sale the first Saturday of every month, and continue to host gala book & bake sales in August and February. At the Friendsâ€™ annual meeting in September, N.H. author Rebecca Rule brought down the house with her humorous New Hampshire tales. The Friends continue to work tirelessly on behalf of the library and the Tamworth community, and are much appreciated by patrons, staff, and trustees.
Under the supervision of Chris Clyne and a skillful group of volunteers, the Ulitz Center has received, indexed, and catalogued collections from the Tamworth Garden Club, the Wonalancet Out Door Club and the Chocorua Mountain Club, all housed at the library. Steve Damon has generously donated several scrapbooks of Tamworth faces and history. Local artist Willey Fromm has contributed fourteen pieces of art and papers chronicling her long career. We are grateful for all the many contributions, large and small, made on behalf of the local history archives by so many of you. This is your townâ€™s history and all are encouraged to explore the collections!
Respectfully submitted, Jay Rancourt, Library Director
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