In the Colorado Academy Libraries, we aspire to be many things—including, yes, Bat Cave-like. We aim to have something for everyone. We want students to feel welcome and comfortable. We want to teach students how to use our resources for learning and also provide them with sources of enjoyment in the form of our diverse and inclusive book collections. We want our students to feel like the library is one of the many places on campus that equips them with the skills they need to succeed now and in the future.
To measure how well we meet those aspirations (and how close we’re getting to Bat Cave status) we evaluate the Library Department’s community impact annually. Number crunching is a part of the process. Here’s how the libraries look this year, by the numbers.
LOWER SCHOOL LIBRARY:
Lower School Library total checkouts: 17,697
Number of items added to Lower School Library collection this year: 770
Holds placed for Lower School library items: 364
Number of classes taught by the Lower School Librarians: 702
Number of reading planets added to the Lower School Universe of Reading Wall: 359
Number of stuffies in the Lower School Library:65
Top five most popular books at the Lower School Library: (August 2022 – May 2023)