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From the Director
“USA TODAY” recently identified the librarian as the number one career predicted to not exist by the year 2030. The article assumes that modern information technology will take the place of the local public library. Research indicates that the modern library, including the library facility, still fills a substantial role in collaborative learning and community interaction that modern information technology cannot fill. The American Library Association responded by indicating that 84% of recent library school graduates had already found jobs in public libraries. The article further pointed out that now the profession is experiencing an average growth contrary to the suggestion from “USA Today” that the profession was disappearing from the community.
Today’s public library is operating as a third space in the community by helping the community develop broader community networks that support local community activities. CCPL is no exception to this trend. CCPL’s third space status can be seen in our literacy programming and Summer Learning Program which combats summer slide in elementary school students. On the adult side CCPL operates as a job center and a community center. We are a place of learning for all ages with our maker spaces and small business resources centers.
I encourage you to take a closer look at this annual report and see how CCPL librarians are helping individuals to learn and the community to grow.
|Fast Facts||FY 2018|
|Meeting Room Use (Total Users)||106,378|
|Total Number of Assistance Questions||442,326|
|Electronic Database Retrievals||251,499|
|Story Time Attendees||19,588|
Equal access to gather, explore, imagine and build community.
104,000 people used 20 reservable meeting rooms
300+ groups meet to make connections and share information
CCPL supports many other agencies and departments in Chesterfield County by providing a space for meetings, programs, and special events. These can include internal staff meetings as well as public hearings on things like budget proposals and upcoming initiatives. Utilizing the meeting rooms across the county for these meetings brings information straight to the members of the community.
CCPL is also an informal third space for community members. By providing a comfortable space where people can gather together with one-another, the library becomes a place where community is built and strengthened.
The National Association of Counties (NACo) awarded Chesterfield County Public Library with a 2018 Achievement Award for the My First School Bus Program; a program that involved a partnership with Chesterfield County Police and Chesterfield County Public Schools that introduces rising kindergartners to school bus safety.
During Black History Month CCPL partners with Virginia Sate University and Chesterfield County to host a series of programs for the community.
Diversity of subjects from mind to body, young to old, physical to digital.
Removed reference desks - roaming librarians are able to meet you where you are to answer your questions......
66,000 people joined CCPL for more than 5,000 programs
CCPL was awarded a National Association of Counties Achievement Award for the Teen Financial Literacy program that took place in October of 2017. The program was a grant-funded and provided workshops and exhibits to teach teens and tweens about financial management.
Through our outreach and community engagement we are able to bring the learning place to the public. Our librarians have visited Chesterfield County Public Schools to showcase 3D printers and electronic resources such as our databases.
CCPL was also awarded a NACO Achievement Award for the Breaking Barriers Behind Bars, a program designed to establish relationships with teens in the Chesterfield Juvenile Detention Home, through book discussions and learning plans.
2.8 million checkouts (physical and digital items)
CCPL introduced a World Language Collection in FY18 that features books in Spanish.
The EBSCO Masterfile Complete research database is available to help you find information on a particular topic or world event. They offer more than 2,000 full text magazines and journals.
AccessVideo provides full length documentaries and informational video content for free with your library card.
By age 3, 85% of the brain's core structure is formed.
24,720 total minutes reading to children
Over 19,200 attendees to story times (includes repeats, parents, etc.)
Literacy is about more than just books and reading. CCPL is teaching children about coding and logic through the Precoding events.
Where passive learners become hands-on creators.
74 maker/steam programs
Unlimited possibilities to create your own projects and ideas
CCPS partnership / Coding for Pre-K (SOL Requirements)
CCPL offers 3D printing for free at our locations. This service allows for hands on learning throughout the entire process of creating a 3D object; from modeling the part on the computer to setting up the printer and printing the final piece.
Most job applications are online, requiring significant computer skills.
Over 254,000 logins on 312 public computers and laptops
7 job fairs at CCPL (CCPS and Social Services partners)
CCPL is partnered with Virginia Career Works to provide assistance in resume writing and during the job search.
Promoting a business-friendly community for an educated, ready workforce.
7 Chesterfield Business Suites
Variety of programs and partnerships for small businesses
SCORE partnership brings their services to the community
CCPL can act as the second space for customers who need a flexible work environment
At some of CCPL's event we open the doors for local vendors and small businesses to come showcase and sell their work. Events like Comic Con that feature local comic book stores, Artisan's Bazaar featuring local artists and Maker Expo featuring local makers!