The Canton Public Library is committed to transparency in all of its operations. This dashboard is intended to provide our community with a snapshot of the library’s 2017 financials, usage, and collection. Thanks to the financial diligence of the library board and staff, we have been carefully managing your tax dollars and making improvements to library collections, programs, and services, as well as to the library facility as the building approaches 30 years of age. In response to patron and staff feedback, in 2017 we completely renovated and updated the Teen Space; study room areas; and Secondhand Prose, the Friends of the Library used bookstore, including all new furniture, some new shelving, a more open layout, additional seating, and more power outlets.
As we move forward in 2018 and beyond, we will continue our diligence in balancing financial constraints with the excellence that our community demands. We are proud to connect the Canton community and appreciate your patronage and support.
The Endowment Fund total balance at year-end was $457,215.
Employees, including part time, full time, substitutes, and interns, worked a total of 120,216 hours. Volunteers contributed 1,823 hours of volunteer work to the library.
There were 58,978 total library card holders. Of those, 81% were Canton Public Library Card holders.
Patrons checked out a total of 1,307,400 items and checked out over 507,638 electronic materials, including eBooks. 26% of the items checked out were DVDs, 34% were children's books, and 20% were adult books.
The library has 384,274 items in the collection. 59% of materials at the library are print materials. 14% of the items at the library are DVDs. The library has 158,323 electronic materials, including 24,414 eBooks.
Programs and Outreach
The library meeting rooms were used outside of library-sponsored programs 107 times over the course of the year.