The Santa Clarita public library reportedly experienced recent growth and success due to the recently implemented Old Town Newhall Library and engaging new programs catered to Santa Clarita residents.
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A variety of new programs were introduced to the Santa Clarita public library including the Teen Advisory Board, Dudes and Dads program, Special-Needs Storytime, and the Story-Telling and Reading (STAR) program. The three branches of the Santa Clarita public library hosted 40,735 patrons at various library programs, which represents a 57 percent increase when compared to the previous year, according to a statement provided by the City of Santa Clarita.
“The Special- Needs Storytime and Story-telling and Reading Program are both programs that are an outreach to a larger community. We like to cater to the needs within our community and we believe these programs have helped facilitate the growth of the Santa Clarita public library,”said Nancy Kerr, Valencia Library Branch manager.
Technology classes additionally were offered to the community. These free classes were offered at all three branches and benefited patrons of all ages, especially those that have a new eReader, iPad, and laptop.
“Additionally, our library has kept up with growing technological trends and these installations has led to the successful growth of all three branches,” said Kerr.
The recent installation and opening of the Old Town Newhall Library garnered 4000 visits in September 2012 and a total of 888,880 customer visits were calculated for Santa Clarita public library’s three branches, according to the Annual Report for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012-2013. .
“This past year, the Santa Clarita Public Library has seen tremendous growth thanks to a variety of resources and engaging services and programs including a growing book and media collection, accessible technology and free classes, clubs and programs,” commented Mayor Bob Kellar.
Additionally, the Friends of Santa Clarita Public Library raised nearly $50,000 through extensive fundraising to support library materials and sponsor activities including the Summer Reading Program and free author events at the three Library branches.
For more information about the Santa Clarita Public Library or to view the FY 2012-13 Annual Report, please visit santaclaritalibrary.com/annual-report/
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Source: Santa Clarita News