Library numbers

Youth programs are a vital part of area libraries and produced strong turnouts during 2015.

Visitor numbers remained steady for three Sarpy County libraries in 2015.

Sump Memorial Library, La Vista Public Library and Springfield Memorial Library each released their numbers from 2015 that also revealed what events were most heavily attended as well what items were the most popular.

Director Becky Sims said there were approximately 178,500 visitors to Sump during the year, which she said was very similar to 2014.

“There was not a lot of emphasis on growth this past year because of the time and effort spent looking for a new director,” said Sims, who took over as director in July.

Sims said adult programs were down as a result of the acting director having to carry on dual roles. What remained strong, however, were the youth programs at Sump. There were 483 youth programs that generated an attendance of more than 30,000 children and young adults.

The most checked-out item for adults was “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins. Young adults saw “What You Left Behind” by Jessica Verdi as the most checked-out title ,while “Let’s Go For a Drive! An Elephant and Piggie Book” by Mo Williams generated the most attention among children.

There were 11,311 e-books borrowed in 2015 while 6,849 download-able audiobooks were borrowed.

Sims also pointed out that Winter Wonderland numbers thrived in 2015 at the library with 2,100 visitors, nearly doubling the 2014 total.

The La Vista Public Library did see a slight decrease in visitors as 108,454 patrons visited in 2015, down about 3,000 from 2014.

Director Rose Barcal said much of that can be attributed to a change in summer programs.

“We had a slight change in summer programs where we had fewer events, but we still had strong attendance at each of those events,” Barcal said.

What did increase for La Vista was the circulation for electronic usage, which rose from 158,336 in 2014 to 186,505 in 2015. That includes usage of e-books, e-magazines, music downloads and computer use.

La Vista hosted 404 children’s programs which brought in more than 13,000 visitors. There were 208 teen programs that netted 2,782 visitors and 135 adult programs that brought in 1,494. More than 4,200 patrons took part in the 75 summer programs.

Barcal was also pleased that more than 13,000 items were donated during the year.

“The Complete Big Nate” by Lincoln Peirce was the top book checked-out in 2015, followed by James Patterson’s “Burn.”

“Barbie and Her Sisters in A Pony Tale” was the top checked out DVD.

Springfield Memorial Library welcomed 27,413 visitors during 2015 which director Connie Manzer said was comparable to 2014.

Manzer said e-book and audiobook numbers were up significantly from the year before.

Adult fiction books were the most popular among items checked out.

“Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins and “Private India” by James Patterson were the most checked-out items among adults while “Sisters” by Raina Telgemeier topped the children’s list.

The library also saw major changes in its cataloging system as they moved away from the Dewey Decimal system in non-fiction books to organizing them by subject.

Manzer expects more changes in subject material moving forward as they eliminated many books from the shelves that Manzer said “hadn’t been checked out in a long time.”

“We’re going to move forward in purchasing more books of what the visitors are showing interest in wanting to read,” she said.

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