Annual Report to the Community

Wide Awake Club Library

2017 Annual Report to the Community


The Wide Awake Club Library provides current, popular materials to serve the recreational and informational needs of our patrons of all ages, as well as providing access to the information superhighway through the expanded use of computers. As a fully automated library, our patrons can access our online catalog, along with the catalogs of all libraries in the 5-county Southern Tier Library System from their home computers. In addition, through the STLS Interloan system, our ability to provide materials to our patrons is greatly enhanced. We also have access to a world-wide online database to search and provide ‘hard-to-find’ materials for our patrons that, otherwise, would not be found in the system. Patrons are able to access free downloadable audio and eBooks through STLS’s Overdrive website. FREEGAL-free digital music is available to download, as well as commercial-free streaming. All of these online links can be found on our website at


In 2016, at the Wide Awake Club Library:

38,370 materials were circulated

19,212 people visited our library

3, 164 Adult/Children’s programs were offered with 1,531 total attendance

6,306 items were inter-loaned for our patrons. (1400 more than last year!)

26 memorials, gifts or donations were given

“Digital WAC Library users” checked out 1,885 digital audiobooks and eBooks

Hours of Service:

Mon., Wed. & Fri.   9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Tues. & Thurs.        9:00 am – 7:00 pm

Saturday                  9:00 am – noon

The 2016 Summer Reading Program, “On Your Mark, Get Set, READ! was a great success.

  • 117 local children registered for the program and read for a combined total of 702 hours!
  • 16 children’s programs were held during July and August with 221 children/caregivers attending.
  • 35 young adults registered for our Teen Summer Reading Program to “Read and Rate a Book” and read a combined total of 129 books!
  • During the Summer Reading months of July and August we circulated 3,103 children’s and young adult books!
  • NEW this year- we added an Adult Summer Reading Program with 46 adults registered.On an average day we had approximately 65 people come through our doors to check out items, use our public computers, attend a library program or class, send or receive faxes, make copies, scan and use our Wi-Fi.This year we held 2 book sales, one in May and one in October in our McGlynn Community Room at the library. Thanks to the efforts of the members of the Wide Awake Club, the sale was a great success bringing in revenues totaling $1,914 to benefit the library.

    We added a lot of free new programming in 2016! Basic “Meet the Mouse” computer classes, genealogy workshops, adult coloring nights, Lego nights for kids and some creative arts classes for adults.

    We now have 6 brand new “stand alone” computers for public use, funded by NYS Bullet Aid.

    In order to expand our limited parking area the library purchased property from the Friends in Christ United Methodist Church. We were able to pave the entire parking lot and 2 driveways with the help from NYS Library Construction Grant funding.

    The library was a recipient of a $5,000 grant from the Western New York Foundation. With this grant we were able to purchase some needed items for the library including a new laptop computer and a laptop storage cart, a projector, a receipt printer for checkouts, a diaper changing station and some new file cabinets.


    The library is open to serve the public 47 hours per week, due in part to the continued support of our loyal volunteers at the circulation desk. These desk volunteers are:

  • Dianne Heim                             Angela Babbitt                        Phil KaliszJudy Mills                                 Christie Spear                        Koko Preston

    Karen Barber                             Kim Cockle                             Amy Wolski

    Betsy Rutledge


    Other volunteers who contribute their time and energy to the library are:


    Jeff Babbitt                             Carole McGlynn

    Keith Folts                               Angela Babbitt                          Sarah Trumpp

    Don Barber                             Ruth Reda

    Kathy Breuer                           Melissa Mills

    Gerry McGlynn                       Beth Kalisz

    2017 at the Library

      • We have started something new and exciting this year! The library will be featuring a local “Artist of the Month” in our McGlynn Community Room. This month’s artist is Marilyn “Nan” Fiegl. Come and meet Nan on Mon., Feb. 20th (Presidents Day) from 2:00-3:30 pm. If you are a local artist and would like to become one of our featured artists, please contact the library.


  • THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD IN WESTERN NEW YORK: County Historian Craig Braack will be speaking about the origins of the U.R.R. and how it flourished in W.N.Y. during the 1850’s, highlighting routes with local stops. Join us Thur. Feb 23rd at 7:00 in our McGlynn Community Room for this FREE presentation.
    • Research your family tree! We will be hosting genealogy classes for beginners and advanced. Classes will be held on February 13th and March 14th and 20th. Please contact the library to sign up.
    • Adult Coloring Night– Join us on the 2nd Monday of every month from 6:00-7:30pm. We have all the supplies, or bring your own if you like.
    • Lego Night– Build Lego creations with your friends on the 3rd Thursday of every month. All ages are welcome to attend. We have Duplo Legos for little ones. Children up to age 12 need to have an adult with them.
    • Creative Arts Nights (for adults) meets on the 2nd Thur. of every month from 6:00-8:00pm. Contact the library to see what they will be creating this month!
    • Our Book Club meets in our McGlynn Community Room on the 3rd Monday of every month at 2:30pm. New members are always welcome to join this lively discussion group! Contact the library to see what we are reading this month.
    • Do you or someone you know want to learn basic computer skills? We can help. We are offering “Meet the Mouse” basic computer classes.  Not only will you meet the mouse, we will also introduce you to the internet and email. Learn with others who are at the same skill level as you are!  Class times are not yet scheduled. Contact the library if you are interested.
    • Our weekly Story Time with Miss Bonnie continues every Tuesday at 10:30. Join us for fun stories, easy crafts and snacks.Our 21st Annual SPCA Collection Drive this year (held during the month of January) was a HUGE success!  FCS 5th and 6th grade classes and the FCS “F.R.O.G.S.” group jumped in to help out our local furry friends, collecting over $1000 along with many boxes of donated items. Fillmore’s Shop ‘n’ Save and Dollar General allowed us to put donation boxes in their stores which added to our collection drive immensely.  Thanks to all in our community who helped support this great cause. This was our best collection drive yet!We are happy to announce that we have partnered with FCS in a new Early Literacy Program. If you are the parent(s) of a baby born after July, 2016 Fillmore School will provide you with a few FREE classic board books for you to read to your baby! Contact FCS or the WAC Library for more details.

      Once again the library has received word that their application for a grant from the Cattaraugus County Arts Council has been approved. This will allow us to continue to present a “Summer Artists Series” featuring events during the months of July and August, 2017 to be held at the Fillmore Park Pavilion. Short Tract Town Theatre will be kicking off our series again this year with a fun musical presentation!

      After serving more than 15 years as our volunteer treasurer, Tom Bower will be retiring. Thank you, Tom, for your faithful service to the library. We appreciate your dedication and cooperation with the Board of Trustees over the years while the library worked through 2 charter changes, the automation process with its accompanying financial obligations to the Southern Tier Library System, and the treasurer’s increasing workload which came with the library’s ever-expanding services to its patrons and the community. We would like to welcome Robin Owens as our new WAC Library Treasurer.

      We are gladly accepting book donations for our Annual Book Sale to be held this May during Memorial Day weekend. We are especially looking for hard cover fiction book donations this year.

      The library is looking for a tech- savvy volunteer to help people with their various e-Reader devices and laptops on an “as needed” basis. Contact the library if you would like to help out.

      Maintenance, replacement and upgrades of computer equipment will be provided as the budget warrants. Expansions of all collections of library materials will be of primary concern as the budget warrants. Board meetings are held the 1st Tuesday of every month. The public is always welcome to attend.WAC Library Services                     Board of Trustees and Officers

      Fax Service                                   Rodney Bennett, President

      • Public Internet Access                  Carole McGlynn, Vice-President
      • Color Copier/Printer/Scanner        Bradley Wilber, Secretary
      • Local History Collection                 Karen Williams, Trustee
      • Home Delivery to Shut-ins             Kathy Wolfer, Trustee
      • Wireless printing                             Shawn Hotchkiss, Trustee
      •                                                         Pat Ricketts, Trustee
      •  Help with eReaders/laptops            Robin Owens, Treasurer
      • Adult/Children’s Programs              Roxanne Baker, Library Director
      • Free Wi-Fi                                        Joan Tavernier, Library Manager


      Submitted by Roxanne Baker, Director