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2012 annual report


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2012 annual report

  1. 1. It was an exciting year for the Library. In October, we celebrated our 60th Anniversary! As our community continues to grow and change, we have made improvements and introduced new services that are helping us meet the needs of Ajax residents. In 2012, we: »Launched a new, more customer-friendly website. »Introduced Freegal and Freading services – downloadable music and eBooks available to all Library members through our website. »Launched the Defence Industries Limited (DIL) online exhibition which provides a historical look at the DIL plant in Ajax during World War II. »Started interacting with our customers through Twitter. »Introduced the mobile app BookMyne which allows customers to search the catalogue, place holds and receive alerts about upcoming due dates on Apple or Android phones. »Completed renovations to the Main Branch’s second floor including a new floor plan and reduced shelving height. 2012 HIGHLIGHTS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS LOOKING AHEAD Continuing with our five-year Master Plan, in 2013, we will undertake renovations to our Main Branch and introduce some enhanced products and services which include: »new carpet on both floors »reduced shelving height to a more accessible standard »new paint on the walls and ceiling »a new Circulation Desk and Information Desk »a new and improved online catalogue with improved search features »a new Overdrive collection of e-resources »new opportunities for improved customer feedback We look forward to a fresh new look and a new layout that will enhance our customer service. REVENUE & EXPENSES Total Revenues $4,108,285 Total Expenses $3,901,884 MESSAGE FROM THE BOARD The library is a big part of the Ajax community. People use the library in many different ways and it means something different to everyone: children’s programs, a meeting place, a study place, books, ebooks, magazines, DVDs, a place to learn, a calm place. The library fills many different needs. Moving forward, the library will continue to evolve and change to meet the needs of the community. An exciting part of this will include planning for a new branch that will be connected to the Audley Recreation Centre to better serve the fast growing northern part of Ajax. Thank you for supporting the Ajax Public Library and making it an important part of your community. ~ Phill White, Board Chairperson Salaries & Benefits $2,971,306 Materials & Supplies $272,494 Utilities, Services & Rent $232,057 Other $426,027 Municipal Grant $3,696,100 Provincial Grants $154,654 Other Grants $25,881 Capital Grant $80,000 Fines & Misc. $116,538 Donations $27,110 Bank Interest $8,002
  2. 2. AJAX PUBLIC LIBRARY 2012 REPORT TO THE COMMUNITY DONORS & SPONSORS The Library is grateful for the many individuals, community organizations and local businesses that have supported us throughout the year. This support has allowed us to enhance the programs and services we offer to the community. Donna Bright Michael French Bhupendra Patel Sue Taylor Francis Trottier Audley Road Stables Boston Pizza Ajax Co-operators Insurance Ajax Cupcakes Canada Dairy Queen Durham Transit East Penn Friends of the Ajax Public Library Harlequin Metroland Mirvish Productions Pickering Village Ice Cream Shoppe PineRidge Arts Council Surfacing Magazine TD Canada Trust MAIN BRANCH 55 Harwood Ave. South 905.683.4000 MCLEAN BRANCH 95 Magill Drive 905.428.8489 VILLAGE BRANCH 58 Church St. North 905.683.1140 VISIT US AT The Ajax Public Library is the gateway to information and resources that improve the quality of life, foster life-long learning, encourage community involvement, and meet the varying educational and social needs of all members of its communities, within available resources. Board Members Phill White, Leanne Carnio, Kate Bird, Jennifer Brown, Marilyn Crawford, Mary Cunningham, Olga Lambert, Sharron Monk, Valerie Silveira