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2018 Annual Report

Library patrons and hours

  • There were 86,985 visits to the main library.
  • There were 11,621 registered card holders or just over 36% of the 2017 population estimate* of the DAPL's service area are registered borrowers.
  • The bookmobile made 333 stops while covering 14,416 miles.
  • Library services were provided for a total of 5275 hours between 3 different locations.

* Based on population estimates from the US Census Bureau

2018 Summer Reading Programs’ Ending Statistics

--1,170 Total Summer Reading Program Participant--

Early Literacy Libraries Rock! (Ages 0-4)

--229 Signed UP--
Dickinson: 196
Stark County: 23
Billings County: 5
Slope County: 1
Other: 4
154 kids turned in 1 or more activity logs
67.24% participated
Completed 12,340 activities (Average: 80.12 activities per child)

Children Libraries Rock! (Ages 5-10)

--512 Signed UP--
Dickinson: 428
Stark County: 55
Billings County: 11
Slope County: 3
Other: 15
 318 kids turned in 1 or more reading logs
62.10% participated
Read 276,300 minutes (Average: 868.86 minutes or 14.48 hours per child)
2,763 total slips turned in

Teen Libraries Rock! (Ages 11-17)

--184 Signed UP--
Dickinson: 153
Stark County: 20
Billings County: 6
Slope County: 1
Other: 4
104 teens turned in 1 or more coupons
56.52% participated
Read a total of 4,086 hours (Average: 39.28 hours read per teen)
2,043 total slips turned in

Adult Libraries Rock! (Ages 18+)

--245 Signed UP--
Dickinson: 208
Stark County: 30
Billings County: 4
Slope County: 2
Other: 1
122 adults turned in 1 or more coupons
49.79% participated
Read a total of 276,750 pages (Average: 2,268 pages read per adult)
1,845 total slips turned in

Library progamming highlights

 31,678 program attendance at 305 programs (16,807 children; 4,891 teens; 9,980 adults)
227 people given tours; 1,134 fair attendees; 350 summer reading kickoff
AARP tax help – 378 individuals
Special Programs
Paint & Pajamas
Japanese Taiko Drummers
Teen Lock-ins (Escape Rooms!)
Jedi Training
Fairy Tale Tea Parties
Adult Craft Club

Collections and Materials

Special Items

ND State Park passes
Book Club Kits
LeapFrog devices
Learning Bundles

Patron use of materials

106,079 Total checkouts, which was up 787 over 2017 (+1%)
52,941 Adult materials
53,138 Children’s materials
23,963 Electronic material checkouts, up 5,751 over 2017 (+32%).
By material type:
12,744 eBooks up 2,878 (+29%)
10,798 eAudio items up 2,606 (+32%)
416 Streaming Videos up 262 (+170%)
25,229 Uses of databases up 6,436 (+34%)
18,355 Uses of the DAPL’s 23 public use computers, up 735 (+4%).
129,583 Wi-Fi connections to the DAPL Wi-Fi, down slightly by about 1%.

Budget & Staffing



8 FTE librarians compared to 7.5 in 2017
4.19 FTE for part-time library aides compared to 3.42 in 2017
1 Custodian = No change

Library Foundation

The Dickinson Area Public Library Foundation spent 2018 diligently working on the beginning planning phases of a large expansion and renovation of the library.  A building committee was appointed and Bartlett & West was chosen to do a study and analysis of the current library building and conceptual design drawings for the expansion. 


The Foundation also provided matching funds for a grant from the Stark Development Corporation to provide benches and planters on the north side of the library around the Carnegie entrance.

Friends of the Library Highlights

Fundraising for the MakerSpace STEAM program

  • Received $400 grant from the Dickinson Area Community Foundation

  • Donation of $1000 from the Dickinson Optimist Club

  • Initiated a Family Fare Receipt drive


Volunteering at Library programs

  • Rock painting activity at the Summer Reading program kick-off

  • Scavenger hunt at bookstore during Summer Reading program

  • Volunteers to help with reading program sign-up

  • Provided bookstore coupons as prizes


Membership and Book Sales

  • 169 members

  • Facebook campaigns

  • New book bag design

  • 70 annual meeting attendance

  • Meet and Greet membership drive

  • $1379.54 from annual book sale

About Us

Mission Statement

Enriching our community, Igniting curiosity, and Nourishing minds


Core Values

We welcome everyone.

We are knowledgeable, creative, and committed to excellence.

We believe in literary freedom and diversity.

We respect each other and all of our guests.

Dickinson Area Public Library        
139 3rd St. West
Dickinson, ND  588601
Tel 701-456-7703
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Staff contributors:

Paul Amberg, Outreach Services

Ian Anguiano, Administrative Support

Rita Ennen, Library Director