sharing resources highlights with ohio libraries Westerville80th anniversary Users have access to more than 40 million items thanks to our membership in the Public Librarycelebration OhioLINK and SearchOhio consortiums of public and university libraries across Ohio.Hundreds of partygoers enjoyed OhioLINK SearchOhioa magic show, recorded a “happybirthday” video message and items borrowed 9,336 items borrowed 19,140 ^12.5%made a party hat as the Library items loaned 8,548 items loaned 22,807 ^ 1.6%commemorated 80 years of ser- financialsvice. The Library Foundation un-veiled engraved bricks purchased foundationby well-wishers for the occasion. unveiling revenue expensesFunding by the Friends of theLibrary created the special day. State Funds Personnel $2,824,303 say “happy 51% $2,438,390 Supplies $110,184 birthday” Materials $620,473 Local Operating 42% $2,006,838 Capital $339,392 Outlay Contract $727,225 cake & music Fines, Interest & Miscellaneous Services 7% $312,365 Other $15,147 Expenseschecking outeBooks, eAudiobooks total $4,757,593 total $4,636,724 annualAs the selection of digital book readers on the market in-creased in 2010, so did the circulation of our eBooks and board members Michael Fultz Karen Scholl report 2010eAudiobooks. Our check-outs jumped by 64% to 9,646. Kay Hedges Jack ShinnockListeners and readers downloaded titles of books, audio- Karen Petersen Jennie Smith-Pariolabooks and music to their computer, wireless readers and John Robbinsmobile devices. Our service is a winning combination ofconvenience and no overdue fees, ever! “I hope that you can come back and tell my class and me more about the library, ‘cause my sister gets books there and makes me 126 South State Street read them, but I’m just interested in the movies most of the time.” Westerville, OH 43081 -- from a thank you note following a visit to a Westerville middle school 614.882.7277 westervillelibrary.org
“My idea of an enjoyable off-day or Saturday is to drive the 15 miles to Westerville and go into your library for 3 or 4 hours and read. I moved down here nine years ago. Of2010 statistics the libraries I’ve been in, yours ranks an A+. The variety of books, the seating spots, the atmosphere, everything is first rate. Please just keep doing such a good job.” -- from a letter to the librarysuccess with less customers cardholders visitors to the library & web site registered library card usersfrugal cuts 519,789 in the library Our video gaming room, 102,264 The Library serves a district pop- interactive online calendar library ulation of 86,000. WPL libraryThe year opened on a somber note. It had become necessary 1,103,139 and Wifi attracted visitors cardholders cardholders increased 8.27%.to close on Sundays, and staff shortages stood at 14 open posi- web site visits both onsite and online.tions in January. Working together, we rolled up our sleevesand addressed many difficult financial issues by making painfulcuts: reduced the budget by more than 30%, worked with lesspurchasing of new materials and curtailed staffing. With your circulation resourcesunderstanding and support, the library continued to excel. checking out library materials books, movies, music, magazines & morenational acclaim 2,034,712 As the 4th busiest public library facility in Ohio, your library circu- 310,555 Take home large print books, framed art for your walls and items circulated materials ownedGreat news arrived in April when the library again was select- lated 6,731 items on an average puzzles for the kids.ed as one of the best in the country, ranking 8th in our popula- day -- a 12.42% increase in 2010.tion category. The library also was named a Star Library and programs library linkgiven a Five Star ranking -- one of only 85 in the nation -- plac-ing us in the top 1% of the 7,401 public libraries rated. library events & community meetings daily delivery to westerville schoolsthanks to you 1,618 16,814 Library Link transports materials library programs A hub of increased activity inWith gratitude for your support, we’re embracing the chal- items requested to every building, every day. Our 2010, the library welcomed 63,448lenges of a new year and looking forward to serving you as 1,346 and delivered community meetings people to meetings and programs. service jumped 12.6% this year.we fulfill our mission: to furnish our patrons with the materi-als and information they need, while providing outstandingcustomer service.Don W. Barlow outreach speedy self-serviceExecutive Director delivery to senior facilities, homebound & The upgraded self-checkout stations preschools were more popular than ever in 2010. 70,205 They scanned 45% of all checkouts for items circulated Outreach circulation rose by the year. To build on that success, we by Outreach 17.2%. Homebound residents initiated Self-Serve Reserve shelves. Services received a record 518 deliveries.