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OLD WORTHINGTON LIBRARY
820 High Street
Worthington, OH 43085
2280 Hard Road
Columbus, OH 43235
WORTHINGTON PARK LIBRARY
1389 Worthington Centre Drive
Worthington, OH 43085
Worthington Libraries receives funding from the State of
Ohio through the Public Library Fund. This accounts for
19 percent of the library’s annual revenue.
The Library also receives income from fines and fees, the
Columbus Metropolitan Library and two local property
The first levy, passed by voters in the Worthington School
District in 1992, is a 22-year 2.2 mill levy. Income from
this levy accounts for 22 percent of the library’s annual
revenue. It expires in 2014.
The second levy, a 2.6 mill permanent operating levy
was passed by voters in 2005. Income from this levy
accounts for 37 percent of the library’s annual revenue.
Public Library Fund
2012 Revenue 2012 Operating Expenditures
Total Revenue: $10,282,788 Total Operating Expenditures: $8,447,695
*This figure includes the Homestead Rollback, Personal
Property Tax Reimbursement & the Public Utility Fund
Despite significant declines in state funding, the Library has not been on
the ballot since 2005.
Since that time, library circulation has increased 32 percent and
programming attendance has increased 68 percent.
The new Homework Help Centers were funded by private donations
and the Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries.
The library’s financial reports are fully transparent and available online.
HOW WELL DOES THE LIBRARY MANAGE MONEY?
Worthington Libraries was recognized with a Certificate of Achievement for
Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers
Association for our 2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. Less than
10 percent of government agencies nationally receive this award.
Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting
It is a 2.2 mill
replacement levy that
will be collected for a
continuing period of
It replaces the 2.2 mill
operating levy passed by
District residents in
It will cost the owner of a
$100,000 house an
additional $3.12 per
month or $37.44 per
Collection will begin in
What is the millage? What is the cost to homeowners?
Registered voters in the Worthington School
District, which has the same boundaries as the
Worthington library district, can vote on the issue.
This includes residents in the City of Worthington and
Riverlea, as well as parts of Sharon Township, Perry
Township and the City of Columbus.
WHO CAN VOTE ON THIS LEVY ISSUE?
Funding from this expiring levy provides a significant source of
income for Worthington Libraries, comprising 22 percent of our
Because levy collection rates decline over time, it is currently being
collected at an effective rate of 1.25 mills.
Replacing this levy at 2.2 mills of current assessed property value
will make it possible for the Library to maintain and expand services
in order to meet increasing demand.
WHY IS THIS FUNDING NECESSARY?
• Funding from the 2.2 mill permanent replacement
levy will make it possible for Worthington Libraries
to continue providing excellent service and to meet
the demands of residents in the areas of technology
and digital access.
What will you do if the levy passes?
• If the levy fails, we will work with the community
to determine what actions to take to best serve
residents in the Worthington School District.
What will you do if the levy fails?
Can’t people find everything they need
Do people still use libraries?
You may be surprised.
• 91,529 people are
• Annual user visits
to the Library
totaled more than
1.6 million in 2012
• Annual website
visits totaled more
than one million
Fun with Math & Science program at Old Worthington Library.
• We checked
out more than
items in 2012.
ninth in the
only the eight
In 2012, circulation of
digital books increased
more than 130 percent!
Thousands of free eBooks
and read-along books are
available for download from
More than 94,000 items are
LIBRARY USE: COLLECTION
In 2012, Worthington Libraries joined the Central Library Consortium, a
partnership of 11 library systems across six counties. As a result, we now
provide residents with access to over four million items.
SERVICES: EARLY LITERACY
We help children learn to read.
We provide books, programs and
parent information that focus on
helping children develop reading
Storytimes were attended by
36,111 children and
parents/caregivers in 2012, a
five percent increase over 2011.
SERVICES: HOMEWORK HELP
Opened first Homework
Help Center in 2008 at the
Worthington Park Library.
Visits increased 35
percent in 2012.
Additional centers opened at
Old Worthington Library and
Northwest Library in early
A packed house at the Homework Help
Center at Worthington Park Library.
SERVICES: JOBS & BUSINESS
Programs for small
businesses, job seekers and
Access to market research and
Resume software and free
Staff assistance when filling out
applications and free resume
In 2012, outreach programs
were attended by 14,482
people, an increase of 40
We deliver books and other
materials to those who aren’t able
to visit us in person.
More than 2,467 items were
delivered to people who are
homebound in 2012.
We visit preschools, daycare centers
and private schools to present
storytimes and talk about library
We lead character storytimes at the
Shops at Worthington Place once
Programming at Worthington
Libraries is sponsored by the
Friends Foundation of
• In 2012, we offered more than
1,600 programs, attended by
• This was a 10 percent increase
We have had a strategic plan in place for more
than 20 years.
Focusing on two or three years at a time, each
plan serves as a detailed roadmap for the
Our 2012 strategic planning process was led by
a staff team and included input from hundreds of
people in the community.
Focus groups with 54
Survey of 302 residents
posted in the libraries
and on social media
97 percent are satisfied or highly satisfied with the
78 percent believe the Library has the right number of
locations to serve the community.
67 percent believe the Library uses its money wisely.
66 percent believe the Library provides the programs and
services they need.
83 percent would support a replacement funding levy
STRATEGIC PLANNING RESULTS
Our research shows:
The library world is changing rapidly.
We must evolve to meet demand for information in various
We must provide space for people to use the library in
• Community involvement is part of our
organizational culture, and everyone at the
Library is encouraged to get involved with
other community organizations.
• 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 are privileged to be part of such a caring
and giving community.
Key Community Partners Additional Partners
Each year, Worthington Libraries partners
with the Worthington Schools to present
dozens of events and special programs to
support and enhance the school
The Library regularly partners with the City
of Worthington and its many agencies in
the presentation of programs and events.
We work with the Worthington Area
Chamber of Commerce to provide
programs and services targeted to the
business and professional community.
The Friends Foundation of Worthington
Libraries serve as sponsor for all library
programs and special events.
The Library also partners with several other
community organizations and businesses
Big Green Head
Columbus Museum of Art
Healthy Worthington Resource Center & Food Pantry
Holiday Inn of Worthington
Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center
Shops at Worthington Place
Skate Zone 71
Worthington AM Rotary Club
Worthington Garden Club
Worthington Historical Society
Worthington Parks & Recreation
Each year since 2009, more than
7,500 libraries across the country are
evaluated by Library Journal on
several service indicators, including
Worthington Libraries is one of
only 87 libraries in the country to
receive a five-star rating.
One of only 30 libraries ranked as
five-star every year the index has
James Hill, President
David Goldberger, Vice President
Dawn Valasco, Secretary
J. Craig Baker
Chuck Gibson, Director/CEO
Monica Baughman, Deputy Director
Margaret Doone, CFO/Business Manager
Lisa Fuller, Director of Community Engagement
Susan Allen, Director of Technology Services
Phyllis Winfield, Human Resources Manager
Pam Beretich, Executive Assistant
Board of Trustees Administrative Staff
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