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2016 Annual Report

Early Literacy Station


  • The Early Literacy Station (ELS) is an all-in-one touchscreen computer designed specifically for children ages 2-8. Because it does not require an Internet connection, it is a safe and secure educational solution for children. The latest version features more than 70 educational games (featuring hundreds of activities).

  • English and Spanish interfaces

  • Funded by the Dickinson Area Public Library Foundation

  • 1737 sessions averaging 27 mins.

Library Cardholders (as of 08/15/2017)

Dickinson Adults         6832

Dickinson Children     3078

Stark Co Adults           1151

Stark Co Children         728

Billings Co Adults         165

Billings Co Children     142

Slope Co Adults             98

Slope Co Children         37

Rural Fee Cards           261

        Temporary Cards          44        

Other                             44

2016 Activities

  • We were open 4290 hours

    • 3172 hours at the main library

    • 1118 hours in the bookmobile – 324 stops

    • 988 hours in Medora

  • We had 11,939 registered borrowers

  • 98,481 visitors to the main library

  • 22,939 program attendance at 268 programs (11,913 kids, 2254 teens, 5838 adults, 252 people from tours, 2032 fair attendees,

  • 650 summer reading kickoff)

  • 128,700 total circulation (69,474 adult materials & 59,226 children’s materials)

  • 16,605 electronic materials loaned (9767 ebooks, 6651 eaudio, 187 streaming video)

  • 1979 items loaned to other libraries and 489 items borrowed from other libraries

  • 30,970 number of users of 23 public computers (11,166 hours of use)

  • 137,340 Wifi connections

  • AWE Early Literacy Station – 1741 sessions averaging 27 mins.

  • AARP tax help – 362 individuals (2017 numbers)

  2016 Friends of the Library &

  Foundation Support

  •    Friends of the Library

            *Provided $12,000 in funding for programming in 2016

            *Provide volunteers for summer reading program sign-up

  •           and special activities

            *Operate Twice Sold Tales bookstore

  •    Dickinson Area Public Library Foundation

            *Provide funding for library improvements

                    -3 new displays

                    -Permanent mulch for outside plantings

            *Old Fashioned Christmas event

2017  Summer Reading Program 

1,135 Total Participants  

* Build a Better World - Early Literacy Program (Ages 0-4)                                  

                                             + 143 kids turned in Activity Logs

+ 9,660 activities completed (67.55 per child average)                      
* Build a Better World -   Children’s Program (Ages 5-10)                                    
   + 326 kids turned in reading logs                                                         

  + All total they read 292,700 minutes!                                                 

  (Averaged 897.85 minutes per child)                                              
- Up from 646.20 minutes per child in 2016                 
* Build a Better World -   Teen program (Ages 11-17)                                          
   + 104 turned in coupons                                                                      

                                              + Read a total of 3,638 hours(Average 17 hours read per teen)      
                                   * Build a Better World - Adult Program                                                                 
                                              + 129 turned in book coupons                                                             
                                              + Read a total of 284,700 pages(Average of 2,206 pages per adult)

Where can you find information about our activities and schedules?

The Dickinson Press and Facebook!

Our New Logo

Our Mission & Values statements

Our Mission Statement

Enriching our community, Igniting curiosity, nourishing minds

Our Values
1. We welcome everyone.
2. We are knowledgeable, creative, and committed to excellence.
3. We believe in literary freedom and diversity.  
4. We respect each other and all of our guests.