Books, Graphic Novels, Libraries, Portland, ME

Teen Circulation Statistics

Sorry for the poor quality. Click on the image to see a better quality image of the stats.

I know that numbers don’t mean everything, but I have to say that I am very proud to share these circulation statistics from my teen library.  This was the first year we could really measure any changes and notice trends(the teen library opened on April 15, 2010).

My overall theme when it comes to collection development has always been collect what your community wants.  Seeing these numbers makes me realize that I’m doing a pretty good job so far, but there’s always room for improvement.

*Music has a 60% decrease because that collection was merged with our adult music collection in late 2011 and the teen collection no longer exists*

Libraries, Technology

SYNC YA Lit Into Your Earphones!

This is pretty awesome.
Free stuff for your patrons to get them into audiobooks!

2 Free Audiobook Downloads Each Week
June 14 – August 22, 2012

Teens and other readers of Young Adult Literature will have the opportunity to listen to bestselling titles and Required Reading Classics this summer. Each week from June 14 – August 22, 2012, SYNC will offer two free audiobook downloads.

The audiobook pairings will include a popular YA title and a classic that connects with the YA title’s theme and is likely to show up on a student’s summer reading lists. For example, Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone, the first book in a new series about a girl who opens a door to two otherworldly cities at war, will be paired with Charles Dicken’s A Tale of Two Cities.

To find out when you can download titles to listen to on the run this summer, visit or text syncya to 25827.

(full disclosure: This is part of a program created by Curious City and AudioFile Magazine.  I’ve worked with Curious City on this project in the past and am currently on their Board of Advisors)