Annual Report 2011: Westerville Library


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View all of the Westerville Library highlights from 2011, including our annual statistics for checked out items, visitors, event attendance and more.

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Annual Report 2011: Westerville Library

  1. 1. with Ohio librariesCelebrity visits Through our membership in the OhioLINK and SearchOhio consortiums of public and university libraries, our libraryAcclaimed film producer Ken Burns users have enjoyed access to more than 50 million items.came to lunch at the library, with 100 This year, the library helped form an alliance, usingfans and history buffs in attendance, as cutting edge software, giving that same access to librariespart of his September stop in Central throughout Ohio, at minimal cost per library.Ohio to promote his documentary“Prohibition.” Items from the library’s Anti- OhioLINK SearchOhioSaloon League Museum were used in items borrowed 8,637 items borrowed 22,867the production shown on PBS. Burns praised the library for preserving items loaned 10,927 items loaned 22,904the temperance collection and the building that housed the League’snational headquarters in 1909. The event was hosted by the Westerville There are so many wonderful books that have been written Library Foundation. over the centuries, books that will thrill you and make you cry, and bring laughter to you and keep you up all night. They’re just waiting for you - waiting to be found, right now. Also interested in our temperance materials, Mo Rocca, correspondent – Bob Greene, author and CNN contributor for the CBS Sunday Morning program, visited the museum. He filmed an State Funds Personnel $3,021,431 interview with staff and photographed 54% $2,621,867 Supplies $150,618 examples of the League’s posters and Local Operating Levy Materials $634,996 pamphlets printed here. 39% $1,936,661 Capital Outlay $328,535 Fines, Interest & Misc. Contract Services $740,190Tunes & Tales 7% $352,368 Other Expenses $16,053world premiere Total $4,910,896 Total $4,891,823For 23 years, Tunes and Tales hasbeen a favorite attraction for families, 2011combining concert music by theWesterville Symphony with a classic storynarrated by a library member. This year, thanks annualto PNC Arts Alive, a new score by internationally recognized composer rated a Five-Star LibraryLowell Liebermann was commissioned and made its world premiere here Top 1% of 7,513 libraries ratedat Tunes and Tales. The Velveteen Rabbit was performed, with Liebermann reportin attendance, for a total of 400 appreciative listeners. “I’ll beg my parents to take me to the library so I can check out the Playaways and play cool 126 South State Street Michael Fultz Karen Petersen Karen Scholl games. I think it’s cool that a library has CDs and movies. I never thought that you could Westerville, OH 43081 Kay Hedges Joshua Platt Jack Shinnock listen to music while reading.” Deanna McDaniel – from a thank-you note written by a 6th grader (614) 882-7277 2/12
  2. 2. “I appreciated your class on eBooks Tuesday evening. The next evening, my daughter was planning to drive to campus to check out biology books when my husband suggested we look in eBooks. Sure enough, she found 2 books and downloaded them onto her school laptop. It was just the coolest thing . Thank you so much for giving me new knowledge that is benefitting all of my family. “ – from a letter to the library THAN Plea se K YOU ! customersThank you for Protect our LIBRARY visitors to the library & website resourcesyour support books, movies, music, magazines & more 732,609 The library welcomed 83% moreWith your support and the hard work vote YES on 19 in the library website visitors than last year. Can Our wide range of materials makesof many volunteers, the library’s critical Westerville Public Library we make your visit more pleasant? 2,022,765 Please tell us or email 294,863 it possible to take home a framedneed for funding was met when the materials art print, puzzles for the kids or website visits levy request passed November 8. The outpouring of gratitude owned a Playaway personal audiobook,and relief from everyone who relies upon library resources and batteries has been enormous. Thanks to the levy funding, we willbe able to focus on bringing back Sunday hours, restoring the book usagebudget, performing building maintenance and more. checking out library materials library link As the 4th busiest public library daily delivery to Westerville schools Valuable 1,965,438 facility in Ohio, your library Library Link transports materials circulated 5,913 items in an average partnerships items circulated day. You used the handy self- 19,557 requested by teachers and students items requested to every school building, every day. checkouts for 822,000 items. In a year of decreased budget, we were grateful and delivered This year we increased deliveries by 16.31%. for our partners. The City of Westerville sponsored twelve electricity usage monitors available for check-out with your library card. programs library events & community meetings This popular device gauges the efficiency of outreach your appliances. delivery to senior facilities, homebound 1,497 Entertaining and informative library programs programs and meetings attracted customers and preschools in our districtIn another joint effort, a Choose to Read Ohio grant from the State 1,379 64,498 attendees. It’s convenient toLibrary made it possible to welcome Will Hillenbrand, author and use online reservations for meeting Stuck at home temporarily orillustrator of 55 books for children, to Westerville. community 49,981 space and tutor rooms. permanently due to surgery, meetings items circulated disability or health issues? Let us by Outreach know and we’ll deliver the itemsWith gratitude Services you request, each month. cardholdersWith thankfulness for the support of our registered library card userscommunity and partners, we are more stronglythan ever dedicated to our mission in 2012: You can use your library card to checkfurnishing you with the materials and 98,350 out a Blu-ray movie, download an eBooks skyrocketinginformation you need while providing library eBook or eAudiobook for your Kindle, refer to Consumer Reports or study a eBook downloads exploded in popularity this year.outstanding customer service. cardholders foreign language using Mango. Jumping by 125%, use of our eBook titles increased to 21,735. Those wishing to test drive some of the devicesDon W. Barlow stopped by the Adult Services area to experiment withExecutive Director loading library titles onto a Nook, Kindle, iPad and more.