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Library History and Overview

HISTORY MISSION STATEMENTVALUES │ GOVERNANCE │ LIBRARY COMMISSION 

LIBRARY LEADERSHIP TEAM│ SERVICE AREA │ DEMOGRAPHICS │ PROGRAMS

TECHNOLOGY SNAPSHOT FUNDING & BUDGETHOURS OF OPERATION

HISTORY

The Napa County Library has a long  history of community support.  The Library has its origins in the grassroots efforts of a group of boys calling themselves the “Excelsior Club,” who  began raising funds in the nineteenth century for a library to serve Napa residents.  The small library collection that developed over the next few decades was taken over by the City of Napa in 1885 and supported by tax revenues.  The Napa City Library found a permanent home in 1901, when local banker George E. Goodman donated a building that would  bear his name and provide library services to Napa residents for more than 60 years.

 

NCCL Overview 2012

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Library History and Overview.)

In 1916, the State of California instituted legislation enabling counties to create free public libraries.  The Napa County Board of Supervisors established the Napa County Free Library with headquarters just three blocks from the City’s Goodman Library in downtown Napa. The Napa County Free Library merged with the Napa City Library in 1963 after Napa city residents voted to transfer the City Library’s functions and tax revenues to the authority of the Napa County Board of Supervisors which would thereafter supervise library services of the Napa City-County Library. 

To provide efficient and effective library service to the county’s growing population, the Napa City-County Library needed more space than the combined Goodman and County Free Library buildings. With federal and local grants, Library funds, and fundraising by the Friends of the Library, a site was acquired in downtown Napa and, in 1974, a new Main Library was built. This building was expanded in the mid-1990s and continues to serve as the Main Library for the entire Napa City-County Library system.

The only community within Napa County that is not served by the Napa County Library is the City of St. Helena. The St. Helena Public Library is a partner in the Solano-Napa and Partners Library Consortium (SNAP), which allows for inter-library sharing with the Napa County Library as well as with neighboring city, county, and college academic libraries. 


MISSION STATEMENT

Napa County Library’s mission is “to enrich people’s lives with books and information.” 


VALUES

LIBRARY VALUES & PRINCPLES CHART: values chart

SERVICES

The Napa County Library values:

  • Free and equal access to information and materials
  • Convenient hours of service
  • Service that is thorough, impartial, and confidential
  • Educational and recreational programs that inspire thought,ideas and a love of reading
  • Technology and linkages to many resources that enable wide access to information
  • The American Library Association Library “Bill of Rights” 
        

COLLECTIONS 

 The Napa County Library values:

  • Resources that are current, authoritative, and well-balanced in content
  • Resources that are well-organized and are in good physical condition
  • Resources that meet the needs of the people in Napa County
  • The American Library Association “Freedom to Read Statement”
      

STAFFING

The Napa County Library values:

  • Employees who are knowledgeable and skilled
  • Employees who are friendly, helpful, courteous, and respect all library users and their needs
  • Employees who respect each other and have a spirit of teamwork and camaraderie 

GOVERNANCE

The Napa County Library is a department of the County of Napa. The Library receives a dedicated portion of county tax revenues each year. Additional funding support for the Library is provided by activities of the Library Foundation and the Friends of the Library.


LIBRARY COMMISSION

Click HERE for Library Commission details.   


LIBRARY LEADERSHIP TEAM

  •  Director of Library Services - Danis Kreimeier  
    • Support Services Manager
      • Head of Collection Development
      • Circulation Supervisor
    • Public Services Manager
      • Head of Children’s Services
      • Head of Extension Services
      • Literacy and Volunteer Services Supervisor 

SERVICE AREA

As an agency under the supervision of the Napa County Board of Supervisors, the Napa County Library is responsible for operating the libraries in each community in Napa County except for St. Helena. The cities of Napa, American Canyon, Calistoga, and Yountville are served by the Library and contribute funding to the Hours of Operation.

For county residents who are house-bound or who live in remote unincorporated areas, such as the communities around Lake Berryessa, the Library operates a Books-by-Mail program. Via the Internet or by telephone, patrons can request materials and access electronic databases and periodicals. 


DEMOGRAPHICS

Click HERE for Napa County Demographics.

For information about a Napa County Library, please click on a branch:


PROGRAMS

Programs reflect the Library’s role as a community gathering place; therefore, the Library offers a wide range of free events to highlight collections, share community information, and enrich lives. Programs offered by the Library meet the following service responses:

  • Be an informed citizen: local, national, and world affairs
  • Support early literacy and learning to read and write: children, teens, and adults
  • Succeed in school and career choices
  • Know the community: community resources and services

As a result, the Napa County Library provides a variety of programs for adults, programs for teens, programs for children and programs for literacy learners and their families.

 

Please see below for program statistics.   

 

FOR ADULTS

adult program graph

 

Fiscal Year 2007/8 to Fiscal Year 2010/11

Red = attendance

Blue = programs 

 

FOR TEENS

teen program statistics

Fiscal Year 2007/8 to Fiscal Year 2010/11

Red = attendance

Blue = programs

FOR SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN

school age programs

Fiscal Year 2007/8 to Fiscal Year 2010/11

Red = attendance

Blue =programs

FOR PRESCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN

preschool age programs

Fiscal Year 2007/8 to Fiscal Year 2010/11

Red = attendance

Blue = programs

 

FOR LITERACY LEARNERS

literacy program

Fiscal Year 2007/8 to Fiscal Year 2010/11

Red = active students

Blue = active tutors


TECHNOLOGY SNAPSHOT

technology snapshot


FUNDING & BUDGET

The operating expenditures and revenue graphs give an overview of the Library’s
financial status. The growing circulation of items per capita and per library user (see bottom graph) reflect the overall increase in the use of library materials by the Library’s service area population.

 

TOTAL OPERATING EXPENDITURES

operating expenditures

Blue = expenditures (materials)

Red = expenditures (salaries & benefits)

Green = all other expenditures

 

TOTAL REVENUE AND EXPENDITURES

revenues & expenditures

Blue = revenues

Red = expenditures

 

CIRCULATION OF ITEMS PER CAPITA & LIBRARY USER

 

circulation of items

Red = circulation by library user

Blue = circulation per capita


HOURS OF OPERATION

Click HERE for Library Hours of Operation.


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