Annual Report to the Community

2019 Annual Report to the Community

Submitted by Roxanne Baker, Director

The Wide Awake Club Library provides current, popular materials to serve the recreational and informational needs of our patrons of all ages. 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. RB Digital allows patrons to access free magazines. All of these online links can be found on our website at

In 2018, at the Wide Awake Library:

42,270 materials were circuated. (Our highest circ. stats EVER!)

20,146 patrons are registered borrowers.

196 Adult/Children’s program were offered with 2,735 total attendance.

6,297 items were inter-loaned for our patrons. (2,500 more than last year!)

50 memorials, gifts, or donations were given.

“Digital WAC Library users” checked out 3,446 digital audiobooks and eBooks. (726 more than last year!)

Hours of Service:

Mon., Wed. & Fri.: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Tuesday & Thursday: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm

Saturday: 9:00 am – noon

The 2018 Summer Reading Program, “Libraries ROCK!” was a great success.
  • 114 local children registered for the program and read for a combined total of 868 hours!
  • 15 children’s programs were held during July and August with 302 children/caregivers attending.
  • 50 young adults registered for our Tween/Teen Summer Reading Program to “Read and Rate a Book” and read a combined total of 178 books!
  • During the Summer Reading months of July and August we circulated 3,283 children’s and young adult books!
  • 47 adults registered for our Adult Reading Challenge and read a total of 215 books.

Our total circulation increased more than 5% this year, making 2018 another record breaking year for us! In fact, since we moved to our new building in 2015, our circulation has increased over 20%! We are the 2nd highest circulating library in all of Allegany County, just below Wellsville’s library. On an average day we see approximately 67 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.

We hired a new Program Coordinator (Tonya Hartung) this year which has allowed us to expand the number of adult and young adult programs we host. We’ve added a monthly Cookbook Club. We choose a different cookbook every month, and then you pick a recipe from the book and bring your dish to our monthly meeting on the 3rd Thursday of every month at 6:30. This is a fun and welcoming group of people-please join us! We’ve also added after school programs on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 3:30 for kids 10 and up. These programs have been VERY well attended and the children have even been getting their own library cards. We’ve also started hosting ESCAPE ROOMS on occasion- we’ll be have more escape room challenges in 2019 – stay tuned.

A weekly WRITERS GROUP has started up at the library this year as well! The Allegany County Writers Group meets weekly to share their work, free-write and support one another. This is a fun-loving congenial group for the purpose of providing a place for other fun-loving, congenial writer types to spend time together. Writers supporting writers! Please feel free to join in. Check our website ( or their Facebook page for meeting dates and times.

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: Karen Barber, Judy Mills, Betsy Rutledge, Christie Spear, Kim Cockle, Amy Wolski, Sarah Trumpp, Dianne Heim, Amy Chiu, and Olivia Chiu.

Other volunteers who contribute their time and energy to the library are: Gerry McGlynn, Melissa Mills, Kathy Breuer, Carole McGlynn, Lilly Milliman, Don Barber, Renee Hatfield, and Katherine Tiblow.

2019 at the Library:

Escape to the library after school! We’ve partnered with FCS-on Monday-Thursday. Grades 5 and up can walk to the library after school (we get emailed a list of kids who are coming). A bus picks the kids up at 4:20 to take them back to school to take their late bus home. Even though we don’t have any programs running on Mondays and Thursdays, students are still welcome to walk to the library after school and take the late bus home (they must sign up at school). For program details check our website or pick up an after school calendar to see what we have planned each week.

Thanks to a grant from the Western New York Foundation we will be hosting a once a month family Saturday program titled Bring The World to the Library! Each month we’ll have a different museum, zoo, aquarium, or organization come to the library to enlighten us on what they do, bringing live animals, reptiles, animal bones, skulls and furs, various science activities and MUCH MORE! On March 9th the Genesee Country Museum of Mumford will be here at 10:00 am to explore the science and history behind maple sugar and syrup production. We’ll learn how to identify a maple tree and then get to try your hand at “tapping” a tree, discover how sap is turned into syrup and then taste the finished product! We’ll be having pancakes and syrup afterward!

Climbing your family tree! We will be hosting genealogy workshops for beginners as well as advanced on Wednesday March 6th, 13th and 20th from 10am-noon. Space is limited so please sign up at the library.

Sewing at the library! Volunteer Katherine Tiblow will host sewing classes one Saturday every month – check with the library for dates. Bring your sewing machine and supplies-if you don’t have a sewing machine we have two available for use. We even have fabric if you need! Children with a parent are welcome to attend. Space is limited so you must register for this FREE class at the library.

Our library will now be a host site during 2019 for the Artists Among Us touring art program from Allegany County, NY. The artwork will be displayed in our McGlynn Community room. “Artists Among Us” is a touring art program created by the Fountain Arts Center, Belmon, NY. The program is funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization ReGrant Program with support from Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature administered through the Cattaraugus County Arts Council.

Adult Coloring Night – Join us on the 3rd Monday of every month from 6:00-7:30pm. We have all NEW supplies, or bring your own if you like.

We now have TWO Book Clubs – an afternoon AND an evening club. Our afternoon book club meets the 3rd Monday of the month at 1:30 and our new evening book club meets the last Monday of the month at 7pm. On Feb. 25th we are meeting to discuss “Small Great Things” by Jodi Picoult.

Our weekly preschool Story Time with Miss Bonnie continues every Tuesday at 10:30. Join us for fun stories, easy crafts, and snacks.

Once again the library has received word that our application for a grant from the Tri-County Arts Council has been approved. This will allow us to continue to present a “Summer Artists Series” featuring musical events during the months of July and August 2019 to be held at the Fillmore Park Pavilion. This program is funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization ReGrant Program with support from Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature administered through the Tri-County Arts Council.

If we have enough interest, CA BOCES will host NYS High School Equivalency Prep classes at the library. Please contact CA BOCES at 716-376-8293 or the library for more information.

We are gladly accepting book donations for our Annual Book Sale to be held this May during Memorial Day weekend.

The library is looking for a tech-savvy volunteer to help people with their various e-Reader devices and laptops on an occasional “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 2nd Tuesday of every month. The public is always welcome to attend.

Board of Trustees and Staff:
  • Rodney Bennett, President
  • Carole McGlynn, Vice-president
  • Bradley Wilber, Secretary
  • Karen Williams, Trustee
  • Pat Ricketts, Trustee
  • Shawn Hotchkiss, Trustee
  • Rebecca Rowley, Trustee
  • Judy Robertson, Trustee
  • Roxanne Baker, Library Director
  • Joan Tavernier, Library Manager
  • Tonya Hartung, Program Coordinator
  • Mariah Propert, Treasurer
  • Bonnie Leigh, Children’s Story Hour & Summer Reading

Library Services:

  • Fax service
  • WiFi access
  • Public computers
  • Color copier/Printer/Scanner
  • Local History Collection
  • Home delivery to shut-ins
  • Wireless printing
  • Adult, Young adult & Children’s programs