Message from the Director Library director Meribah Mansfield shares a favorite book with grandsons Owen and Connor. 2008 was a year marked by incredible accomplishments for Worthington Libraries. It was the final year of implementation for our 2005-2008 Strategic Plan, which was developed with significant community input. The plan was extremely ambitious, but we managed to accomplish nearly everything we set out to do more than four years ago. In only the last year, we opened a third location, the beautiful Worthington Park Library, to serve residents in the northeast part of our community. We completed renovations at Old Worthington Library and Northwest Library and introduced a new Web site. We also prepared the library’s second Comprehensive Annual Financial Report—which was recently recognized with two awards for demonstrated fiscal responsibility. This 2008 annual report provides additional details about these initiatives and also library funding, staffing, circulation and programming statistics. What it can’t accurately portray—for no report could—is how hard everyone worked to get this all done and how supportive the community was through each and every transition. I am truly blessed to work with such dedicated people in so wonderful a place. — Meribah Mansfield
74 people are full-time employees, and 73 are part-time employees.
The median age of the library’s leadership group, which consists of the administrative team, all professional librarians and the circulation managers, is 36.
25 percent of the staff was hired in 2008.
47 percent of all staff members have been hired since January 2005.
Three staff members have worked for the Library for more than 20 years!
Some of the great people who work at Worthington Libraries. From L to R: Kim Gales (human resources specialist), Rachel Rubin (library manager), Wendy Rawson (library manager), Phyllis Winfield (human resources manager), Kristin Shelley (deputy director), Monica Baughman (library manager) and Anne Reilly (technical services manager).
In 2008, the Library completed its second Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (available at www.worthingtonlibraries.org/CAFR)
The Library received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting
We were also presented with the “Making Your Tax Dollars Count” award from Auditor of State Mary Taylor
State Auditor Liaison John Levitt (far left), presented Worthington Libraries with two awards for excellence in financial accountability. Representing the Library (left to right): Janet Brown, board president; Meribah Mansfield, director; Sabra Lowe, senior finance specialist; and Margaret Doone, business manager .
In 2008, the Library presented more than 1,500 programs which were attended by approximately 50,000 people
More than 6,000 children participated in the annual summer reading program
The Justin Roberts concert on August 1 was attended by more than 500 people
Library associate Carissa Whyte escorts the Stinky Cheese Man to his appearance at Worthington Park Library’s Family Fun Night.
More Programs & Events More than 150 people attended library programs for business professionals. Parents learned tips from the experts during Parenting 101 sessions. Teens enjoyed an evening with one of their favorite authors when John Green visited the Library in September. The annual Read to Your Baby event was attended by more than 300 people and sponsored by Target.
Library manager Wendy Rawson welcomes guests to the new Worthington Park Library at the facility’s opening on April 16, 2008. Library director Meribah Mansfield and board members Jeff Lyttle, Anne Doyle and Martin Jenkins are in the background. The event, held during National Library Week, was attended by more than 200 people, including State Representatives Jim Hughes and Kevin Bacon.
Storefront library located in the Worthington Park Shopping Center (1389 Worthington Centre Drive).
Contains the system’s only dedicated Homework Help Center.
Worthington Park Library The Library offers a popular library collection of fiction and magazines and comfortable spaces to relax. More than 60% of the library’s collection is devoted to children, with a large reading area and space for storytimes. Worthington Park Library has 25 computers available for public use and wireless Internet access. The library also serves as a pickup location for reserved items, providing patrons with access to over three million items.
Homework Help Center Worthington Park Library features the system’s only dedicated Homework Help Center, providing students with homework help each Monday-Thursday from 3-6 pm throughout the school year. Here, Mandy Mehlman, homework help center coordinator, helps a student. The center features five computers reserved for student-only use when the center is open. Funding for the center was received from the Worthington AM Rotary Club and Library Journal / Gale Publishing.
Changes to the buildings also made it possible for us to add new services. The addition to the circulation department at Northwest Library allowed us to open a drive-through pickup window for reserves. Patrons can now pick up their reserved items, as well as return items and pay fines, without ever leaving their cars. Busy parents and other “on the go” people really love this service. Northwest Library Circulation Manager Cheryl Fowler is ready to help a patron at the drive-through pickup window.
Young patrons entering the children’s area are now greeted by Tigger and loveable raccoons, Hunter & Stripe. We worked with Redbox Workshop to create unique children’s areas in all three libraries. Kids between the ages of 9-12, also known as “Tweens,” now have their own cool space to meet and learn at Old Worthington Library.
Visitors to Northwest Library’s Story Garden are greeted by Cinderella, Corduroy, Humpty Dumpty and Winnie-the-Pooh. Children can find all the best story and picture books housed in the cottage of The Three Bears, complete with a chair that’s too hard and another that’s too soft.
In both Old Worthington Library and Northwest Library we created designated spaces for specific library users. Teens, who once had a corner in each building, now have a completely separate space that was designed just for them with their input.
By adding more display shelving and moving the fiction collection to the lower level, Old Worthington Library gained a large sitting area. Outfitted with new chairs, additional tables and reading lamps, the new space makes better use of natural light and provides ample room for patrons to work or read and relax.
New seating areas, featuring both counters and café tables, make new use of space that was previously overlooked. Vending machines offering coffee, snacks and other beverages have made this space popular for study breaks and lunchtime gatherings of friends.
Worthington Libraries partners with the Columbus Metropolitan Library in the operation of Northwest Library. The two libraries also share a catalog, providing patrons with access to over three million items, and partner in the presentation of the annual summer reading club for children.
Each year, the Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries contributes more than $35,000 to support library programming and other initiatives. They also manage the Worthington Libraries Endowment Fund at The Columbus Foundation. Here, Friends members celebrate at the “Toasts of Worthington” held in December.
Pictured L to R: Clarice Lewis, Dennis Lewis, Vicki Gnezda and Bonnie Mitchell celebrate the library and community at the “Toasts of Worthington.”
Each year, Worthington Libraries partners with the Worthington Schools to present dozens of events and special programs to support and enhance the school curriculum. These include Ambassador Programs, school visits and special activities at the Library. Lead librarian Debbie Zimmerman leads a group of enthusiastic children through an interactive story at the Worthington Education Foundation’s annual “Read Across America” event. Worthington Mayor Harvey Minton delivers a proclamation to congratulate the Library upon the opening of Worthington Park Library on April 16, 2008. The Library partners with the City of Worthington’s Community Relations Commission in the annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration. The Library also hosts the community Web site, www.worthington.org, and assists many city planning committees with research.
Partnerships Lazelle Woods Recreation Center The recreation center has been an important library partner for several years. The Library has presented regular computer training and storytimes at the center and regularly participates in center events like the Halloween celebration pictured above. Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce The Library partners with the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce in the presentation of “Get Smart” book discussion groups for business professionals. Along with the City and the Schools, the Library is a key presenter at the Chamber’s annual Groundhog Day Business Forecast Breakfast. Worthington Historical Society For the last two years, the Library has partnered with the Worthington Historical Society to present the Worthington Ghost Tours. The tours combine historical information about the downtown area with tales of local encounters with resident ghosts.
The list of library partners continues with Leadership Worthington, Healthy Worthington, Sustainable Worthington, Worthington Parks and Recreation, Worthington Arts Council, Thurber House and The United Methodist Children’s Home.
Students in 4 th -6 th grade hone their storytelling skills in this writing workshop presented by the experts at Thurber House.
The Library delivers books and other materials to those no longer capable of visiting us in person. Willow Brook residents Robert and Eline receive 16-18 books each month. More than 2,000 items were delivered to homebound patrons in 2008. The Library visits preschools, daycare centers, public schools and private schools to present storytimes and to talk about library services such as online homework help and the summer reading program. In 2008, the Library presented 74 programs for 2,700 children attending local preschool and daycare centers. The Library conducted 57 classroom visits to promote the summer reading program to more than 6,000 students. Not just for children, adult outreach events had more than 159 participants.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE Staff, Volunteers & Donors
Community Involvement Community involvement is part of our organizational culture, and everyone at the Library is encouraged to get involved with other community organizations. As a result, Worthington Libraries staff members are actively involved with more than 100 community and professional organizations. We make every effort to have library representation at all large community events. We also provide patrons with opportunities to help their neighbors in need. The Library is an active participant in the annual Warm Up! America event, which encourages residents to contribute knitted or crocheted afghan squares which are then made into complete blankets and donated to homeless shelters and other agencies. Teens contribute their time and talent to make holiday cards for the library’s homebound patrons and coordinate an annual fundraiser to benefit children living at the United Methodist Children’s Home. We are privileged to be part of such a caring and giving community. Above. Worthington Libraries participates in the annual Worthington Memorial Day Parade, a community tradition. Left. Library manager Monica Baughman and library mascot Angus.
In 2008, volunteers donated more than 5,000 hours of service to Worthington Libraries.
2008 Volunteers Virander Airi Vicki Albright Patty Alexander Megan Ballman Carol Barnum LaVonne Bartlett Thomas Bateman Janet Bauer Tere Beck Linda Behrendt Ellen Berger Rajkumar Birru Gloria Broderick Janet Brown Jae Bull Mathias Bustamante Nick Canale Roopa Chandrasekhar Joe Cheslik Ruth Cho Alamu Chockalingam Howard Covensky Andrew DePaul David Diodati Ying Dong Anne Doyle Linda Esber Ellen Fiorentino Angela Fontanini Lara Ford Mary Fulkert Diane Gervais Joanna Gleason David Goldberger Jesse Higel James Hill Bob Hollinger Susie Hubacher Steven Hurt Takae Ibaraki Melissa Jamieson Martin D. Jenkins Mike Jones Stacy Kafun Lucy Kaminski Prabnit Kaur Vijayam Keezhpattillathu Nancy Kelley Alex Kerber Kathy Kienle Quinton Kiser Ron Koncal Daniel Lacey Michelle Larrimer Del Lavely Carol Lawmon Jane Lee Davina Little Jessica Lockrey Debbie Mahoney Bindu Mangalath Vasudevan Ramesh Manikandan Isabel Manring Paula McCaw Brett McSorley Dan McSorley Miriam Mech Jessica Mettler Kathy Minkin Meg Montgomery Lynn Nadler Tammy Pavlic Jennifer Pawley Debbie Perrin Janet Piero Swapna Pujari Martha Real Tracy Reedy Ellen Rhoades Nancy Robbins Wilma Roberts Linda Roberts Briana Savage Brandon Severt Linda Sexton Linda Skelley Alyssa Snyder Janet Spray Rachael Springs Karen Squires Jeffrey Strasser Carol Sullivan Jeanne Taylor Kelsey Thatcher Lisa Tomashuk Ray Traub David Van Dyk Alicia Vandenberg Kay Vermilion Debbie Wilner Kim Wohlford Barbara Yuzwa Worthington AM Rotary Interested in volunteering? Call Janet Ingraham-Dwyer at 807-2643.
The following people and organizations made contributions to Worthington Libraries and Worthington Libraries Endowment Fund in 2008. Their generosity will help preserve library service for future generations.
Individuals James & Edith Cermak Walter & C. Myra Colflesh Jim Colson Beth Cooper Maureen Dooley-Pack Mary E. Ferguson Randolph A. Foster Joan W. Freeman David Goldberger & Abigail Harding Jason Hogan Mike Kirch Judye, Kellye and Lesley Kirkbride Paul & Lisa Kuhn Calvin & Ilene Kunin Greg & Cindy Kuss Paul & Dora Lange Jerry & Marilyn Lewis Dean & Martha Liming Allan, Betsy & Luke Lines Bruce & Meribah Mansfield Anne S. McIntyre Rob & Sue McNaghten Cindy Moor Mehl Catherine Miller John Richard Miller, Jr. Bonnie Mitchell Sally Nelsen Sandra Parker Terry Parks Martha Miller Popa G. Jim Roth Mr. & Mrs. Richard Savors Linda K. Sexton Elizabeth Stein William & Kathleen Sumner Tom & Jan Wallace Fred Yaeger Organizations Connell’s Maple Lee Flowers & Gifts Far North Columbus Communities Coalition Flowers on High Laurels of Worthington Marco’s Pizza Kroger Ryan’s Remodeling Scottie MacBean’s Starbucks Target TrueDesign Wednesday Literary Club Worthington AM Rotary Club Worthington Hills Women’s Club