Happy Holidays!

It’s hard to beleive it, but it’s already time to wrap up 2013 on the Learning Leopard Library blog.
It went by so fast, my head is spinning!

Here is a glimpse of the Johnson Library’s experiences in 2013 in numbers:

11,955
Number of materials available for checkout, including books, magazines, videos, laptops, iPods, Nooks, iPads, digital cameras, and video cameras.

10,145
Approximate number of materials that have been checked out from the Johnson Library so far this year. That breaks down to about 128 books per day, or approximately 33 books per circulating student. Wow!

874
Number of materials currently checked out, ready to go home with students for reading and exploring over Johnson’s holiday break.

665
Number of people that have viewed our Learning Leopard blog since our first post in September.

323
Number of students that visit the library every week with their classes to explore information literacy.

220
Approximate number of new titles that have been added to the Johnson Library this year (including more than 30 graphic novels!).

103
Number of books that our most frequent library patron has checked out this year.

64
Number of blog posts that have been published on the Learning Leopard Library blog (you are currently reading number 65!).

44
Number of views that the Learning Leopard Library blog received on its busiest day, October 11th.

40
Number of times that our most popular title, Tales from a Not-so-Fabulous Life, from Rachel Russel’s Dork Diaries series, has been checked out (Runner up? Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth, by Jeff Kinney, with 33 circulations).

1
Total of brand new librarians that love spending time with the students of Johnson Elementary School! I am so proud to be a part of the Johnson Elementary School Community. Thank you for welcoming me so warmly to the Johnson team this year. I hope that you’ve enjoyed all of the changes the library has seen since September!

And here’s another important number for you: 16.
16 is the number of days that your student will be away from teachers, reading specialists, and librarians. Please help your student to practice reading and continue learning during every single one of these 16 days! Help to give them a head start on being the best student they can be in 2014 by encouraging them to read, reading with them, and setting an example of reading yourself!

Have a wonderful, happy, and WARM holiday.
I can’t wait to see all of Johnson’s little readers first thing next year!

– Miss Messham

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