April 11, 2012

Everything You Wanted to Know About the San Leandro Library

Addie Silveira prepared this video for the San Leandro City Council work session on March 12, 2012. The video features members of the San Leandro Library staff describing a typical year for the library.

Last year, the main library had 60-70,000 visitors every month and the Manor Branch had about 10,000 visitors every month.

All of the library branches together circulated about 800,000 items last year. The Marina Mulford branch library circulated 45,000 items last year, while the South Branch circulated 25,000 items.

The library includes a reference collection of 3,000 print items, 14,000 movies in DVD, VHS, and Blu-Ray formats, 9,000 music CDs and cassettes, and 3,000 audiobooks on CD and cassette. There are 270 magazines, 20 newspapers, and 50 titles for children and teens. The library has National Geographic Magazines back to 1909 and Time and Newsweek back to the 1930s. For those interested in local history, the San Leandro Reporter newspaper is available on microfilm from 1879 to 1951. The foreign language collection includes Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese books.

With available wireless internet service and 60 public computers, the library also provides access to digital information, including a collection of downloadable eBooks and audiobooks.

The library offered about 300 programs last year, including monthly family nights, concerts, movies, and the library's biggest program: the Summer Reading Program. Last year, more than 4,000 kids participated and the program culminated in a outdoor carnival.

A teen reading program at the library is one of only 16 in the country to receive preview copies of books. Participants write reviews of the books that go to the publisher and helps the library earn money to add books to its collection.

The video ends with a plea to the San Leandro City Council for the Project Literacy program and the Museum/Art Gallery, which has been closed since 2009. This year, the Museum/Art Gallery will be open for school field trips because of funding received as part the Big Read grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

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