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Director of Community Services Jeremy Allen had some great news for Stephenville City Council this week as he presented his department’s annual report that showed numbers are up in regard to the use of the library, Splashville and recreational sports.
The Stephenville Public Library saw an increase of just over 9,000 people from last year, with a headcount of 45,020 this year as compared 36,004 in 2014. Those numbers suggest parents are nudging their children toward books, too, because computer-use numbers are down and items like books being checked out are at an all-time high.
The library showed other increases in terms of new patrons 1,256 (another high) and in patron renewals, which were up more than 100 people from 2014. The biggest turnaround was event participation with those numbers doubling from 1,880 people to 3,922 attending.
“We do an amazing job with participation and we offer an equal amount of – or more – programs and events than most cities, even those that are larger,” Allen said. “Pound-for-pound we can compete with any city.”
Splashville received some fine tuning by Allen and his staff as they sought to make the pool hours more convenient for the public. The result was the highest daily rate of attendance the pool has seen, topping 2014 by almost 4,000 people despite being open 10 days less this year due to weather.
Those figures help bump up Splashville’s recover rate to 80 percent, a figure Stephenville may have problems improving upon. Allen has been seeking ways to make that rate higher, but when he started calling other cities he found they were asking how Stephenville was making such high numbers?”
“My goal was to increase participation this year across the board and to this point we have done that. The overall goal across the Community Services Department is to be the elite program that surpasses the expectations of those we serve.,” Allen said.
Check out the below link to see a full copy of Allen’s report.