Annual circulation: 54,416
Number of new users: 256
Number of programs: 381
Number of program attendees: 5,975
The Free Library of New Hope and Solebury continued to serve its community under the duress of the second year of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Following a brief return to curbside service at the beginning of the year due to surging Covid-19 cases, the Library re-opened its doors to the public and cautiously began moving toward more “normal” operations. While sanitizing measures continued, the library restored some of its furnishings and extended its hours of operation. Programming remained largely virtual, with story times, art programs and online yoga classes being well attended.
The Library also resumed its strategic planning, by conducting community surveys and virtual focus groups through 2021. The plan will be published in the first quarter of 2022.
Problems with the supply chain and general workforce also created issues with library services. Due to shipping delays, new books were not arriving until nearly two months after their shelf date. Newspaper delivery has also been erratic. The Library also had to quickly find another waste management company after the one it had been dealing with suddenly closed.
The Library was forced to again postpone its Spelling Bee fundraiser due to the emergence of the Delta variant of Covid-19. Fortunately the fund appeal donations continued to be generous and the Library looks forward to returning to the event in the fall of 2022.
In August a health saving account was established for the three full time employees of the library to help cover medical costs and co-payments not covered under insurance.
The Library also hosted a drop off ballot box for the November, 2021 election in coordination with the Bucks County Board of Elections. It was very well appreciated.
The Friends of the Library continued to provide financial support for programming initiatives. They also purchased and additional five mobile shelves to increase the Library’s collection capacity.
Constance C. Hillman, Director
The Free Library of New Hope and Solebury