Between the Pages: Fall 2011


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Between the Pages: Fall 2011

  1. 1. Between the PagesFall 2011 Vol. 22 No. 2November 8 replacement levy is urgently neededNow more than ever, residents rely on the Westerville Public Library Cost comparison of replacement levyfor books, research, Internet access, job searches, homeworkassistance and other critical services. In ten years, the library has Worthington $163 4.8 millsnot increased its 0.8-mill operating levy, the library’s only local Grandview Heights $144 4.7 millstax support. Currently, Westerville is the lowest funded library in Columbus $86 2.8 millsFranklin County. Average $85 2.6 mills Upper Arlington $62 2.0 mills Library Funding Westerville $61 2.0 mills Bexley $46 1.5 mills All local Grove City $31 1.0 mill funding If the levy passes this November, the library would still be the third lowest will be 42.18% funded library in Franklin County. lost if the local 51.25% replacement current levy; 1 mill to offset the state funding cuts; and 0.2 mill property tax state levy does to address building maintenance needs. Working with the stable funding not pass. funding from the levy, the library can plan with certainty and not have to return to the voters for at least ten years. What will the replacement levy cost? The new levy will cost 6.57% $61.25 per $100,000 of assessed valuation, an additional $3.06 per Fees, fines, gifts, etc. month. Currently, your library receives the least local funding of Franklin County’s seven libraries.State funding for your library has been cut by $1.6 million sinceour last levy was passed in 2007. We are now funded at 1996 levels. The library levy request will be listed as Issue 19 on the ballot.State funding will be reduced by an additional $300,000 through For more information, please visit the levy website at2013. In the past five years, your library has frozen salaries, cut over staff positions, reduced library hours by closing on Sundays,curtailed the library materials budget by over 40% and deferredcritical building maintenance. Benefits from investing in our libraryTo offset the continuing funding cuts, the Library Boarddetermined that 2.0 mills is needed to restore Sunday hours and Access to 40 million items such as books,maintain the level of programs and services our community movies, audiobooks, art prints and eBooksneeds. The breakdown of the millage is: 0.8 mill to replace our Studies Daily delivery of library items to students show... and teachers at Westerville schools $1 investedInside in the library Delivery of library items to homebound returns $7 of residents, senior centers and preschools value to the • Directions community. How to protect our library Wi-Fi access and use of valuable online • Local History databases including Consumer Reports Vintage photos and Westerville treasures • Events for Adults and Kids One-on-one help with research and From eBook classes to origami fun reference questions
  2. 2. DirectionsNotes from Library Director Don Barlow Look onlineProtect Our Library for our coupon On Tuesday, November 8, our citizens will be asked to help protect the hub of information, learning and activity for our community--the Westerville Public Library. A replacement levy The Friends hosted their 18th Annual is needed to ensure that hours, materials and services are brought back to normal levels, Ice Cream Social in July and scooped after suffering reductions due to continuing cuts in state funding. over 500 servings. Thanks to all those who attended and all the volunteers Our article on the front page of this newsletter points out the dire circumstances. The library who made the event a success. has endured reductions in state funding since 2007 that total a mindboggling $1.6 million. Cuts of at least $300,000 are coming over the next two years. Without the levy, the library Visit the link to the Friends’ website will lose over 42% of our present operating budget. and find a coupon for 20% off gift items in the Friends Shoppe. Lots of We’ve put cost saving measures into place. Making a critical move to conserve costs, the new gift items have been added to library had to close on Sundays. The library has suffered cuts to staffing, purchase of library our shelves. materials, maintenance, programs for all ages and more. How have our patrons responded? Since 2007, circulation has increased by more than 16%. The number of library users has Volunteers needed! If you have a few risen by 19%, climbing to over 100,000 registered cardholders. hours of free time, please consider helping in the Friends Shoppe. How have we managed our spending? The library Stat Contact me at 882-7590. Remember, 106,000 remains one of the most cost efficient libraries in e Fun 106,000 ds our shop is run entirely by volunteers Ohio. Our cost per circulated item is $2.34 – lower $3.8m and all earnings benefit the library. than any other Central Ohio library. – Arlene Roeder, President To restore Sunday hours and protect the library ase from further cuts, this levy is essential. It replaces Customer B $2.2m $2.2m the 0.8-mill levy first passed in 2002 and adds 1.2 94,000 mills to help balance the budget to meet your needs. This 2-mill levy will cost an additional $3.06 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 per month, per $100,000 of assessed home value. The wording Protect Our Library has been selected to request support on November 8. It is perfect. Without the replacement levy, the library will lose critical services in desperate need of your protection. Children now have The library levy request will be listed as Issue 19. Please visit the levy website at help with access for details. In answer to a request from the Youth Services department, the Foundation provided funding for an Adaptive Serving the needs of jobseekers Technology station. Thankful individuals are coming to the library with wide smiles, complimentary notes At the station is a height-adjustable and batches of homemade cookies. These grateful library users have improved their table making wheelchair access easier resumes, prepared for job interviews, refreshed their computer skills, and found jobs and, to assist with fine motor skills, thanks to the library’s resources and programming. In the past year the library has: there’s a keyboard with large, colorful keys and an oversize track ball in place • Held 120 computer training courses helping • Hosted 13 career-related programs and of the mouse. individuals learn Microsoft Office, use e-mail, workshops staffed by professional consultants. the Internet and more See the Events for Adults page for more programs. Be a part of the Foundation’s efforts! • Offered one-on-one resume critique sessions • Logged 1,000 visits to our custom online Explore Visit and online resume writing services to Guides: Job Search 101, Careers 101, or call ext. 2140, library administration. library patrons who requested assistance Resumes, Cover Letters & Interviews
  3. 3. Hot Titles Local History CenterBooks and Movies coming soon From genealogy to Books high school yearbooks The Local History Center, established in 1989, Skeleton Letters by Laura Childs (Oct.) Carmela and her friend Ava were shocked when they found a member of their represents the library’s commitment to preserv- scrapbooking circle dead. The women will need the help of many patron saints to ing and sharing the community’s heritage. search for a stolen antique crucifix. Visitors use our resources to explore their family tree, look for old photographs of their street, and Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman (Oct.) research the history of their home. Four women, all dovekeepers, keep secrets about their identities and loves as their lives intersect in ancient Masada during the Roman siege. The center has genealogy information; over 5,000 Longing by Karen Kingsbury (Nov.) photographs digitized on After a long and lonely silence from Cody Coleman, Bailey wonders if her days the library website; old with Cody are over forever. Meanwhile, Cody’s work coaching a small-town foot- maps and census records; ball team has attracted national attention. Will Cody and Bailey find a way back and even abstracts for together again? some properties in the When Elves Attack by Tim Dorsey (Nov.) community. Among the It’s Christmas time in Florida and the deranged serial killer Serge Storm is prepar- most popular items in the center are the high ing his list. Like Santa, he knows who’s been naughty and nice and few can give school yearbooks dating from 1911. with the generosity and creativity of Serge. The center contains files on topics from the Red Mist by Patricia Cornwell (Dec.) Westerville stops on the Underground Railroad Determined to find out who murdered her former deputy chief Jack Fielding, Kay to the history of the banks during the Great Scarpetta travels to the Georgia Prison for Women, where an inmate has informa- Depression. Materials are readily available for tion on Fielding and more grisly killings. visitors to view Monday through Soft Target by Stephen Hunter (Dec.) Friday 9am-6pm. Ex-Marine sniper, Ray Cruz, confronts a group of murderous terrorists who’ve laid siege to the Mall of America. – compiled by Beth Weinhardt Local History Movies Coordinator Fast Five PG-13 (Oct.) Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Scream 4 R (Oct.) Tides PG-13 (Nov.) Monte Carlo PG (Oct.) Larry Crowne PG-13 (Nov.) Cars 2 PG (Nov.) – compiled by Belinda Mortensen, Collection Development CoordinatorHow to help your young learners Looking for ideas to spark a child’s interest in reading and learning? Cailyn and • Ask us to deliver Westerville • Introduce your pre-reader to • Join with Erica Daily library books to your student our Early Literacy Stations. The the Homework Help volunteers at school. Last year our Library computers have 40 interactive to help your student understand Link service transported 16,000 learning games that are not only assignments. Come for help every requested items to children and fun, but teach word and number Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday teachers in the Westerville district. recognition skills, too. from 3:30-6:30pm.
  4. 4. Events for Adults Register online at or call ext. 5004 Sit & Knit Day Paranormal Investigations: Saturday, Oct. 22 10am-4pm Beyond 101 Crafters ages 14 and older who are Thursday, Oct. 27 6-8:30pm experienced in knitting, crochet, and Get a look at investigating hauntedResume Critiques the fiber arts can get together to shareMondays, Oct. 10 & 24 locations and Bigfoot sightings techniques and projects. Bring your and learn how technology canSessions available between 4:30 & 6:30pm favorite dish to share in a potluck lunch. assist or defeat gathering evidenceSign up for a 15-minute, one-on-one No instruction for beginners will be of the paranormal. Presented bysession to have your resume reviewed offered. Meeting Rooms. Sponsored by Brian Parsons, Director of the Ohioand evaluated by expert Bernard Noel. the Friends of the Library. Paranormal Investigation Network.Registration required. Meeting Rooms. Registration required. A Making the Rounds Explore stories and architecture during walking tours of the Westerville “dry” and Columbus “wet” neighborhoods that struggled Downloading eBooks & over the consumption of alcohol eAudiobooks during Prohibition. Hosted by Mondays, Oct. 10 & Nov. 21 7-8pm the Library, Westerville Historical Technology Q&A Do you have an eReader, MP3 Society and Columbus Landmarks Saturday, Nov. 12 3-4pm player, or a computer? Learn how to Foundation. Curious about eReaders, tablet PCs and browse and download thousands eBooks? Stop in to learn about these of free titles from the library in this Saturday, Oct. 22, 2-4pm tour new devices and have your questions introductory class. Meeting Room A. begins at Howard House, 131 W. Park answered by one of our tech-savvy Registration required. St. on Otterbein campus. Maps will librarians. Meeting Room A. guide walkers through Temperance Row to hear history at various sites. eBook and eAudiobook Tutorial for Smartphones Sunday, Oct. 23, 2-4pm tour begins and Tablets at Westin Great Southern Hotel, Mondays, Oct. 17 & Nov. 14 Main and S. High St. 7-8:30pm Register for the guided tour by Learn to use your smartphone or calling (614) tablet PC to access the Library’s online collection and download 221-0227. Mutual UFO Network Tuesday, Nov. 29 7-8:30pm titles. Meeting Room A. Registration required. Are we alone in the universe? Thomas Wertman, chief investigator for the Ohio Mutual UFO Network, will present information gatheredResume Workshop in the field by investigators andThursday, Oct. 13 6-8:30pm Edible Haunted Houses engage in a brief Q&A session. Monday, Oct. 24 6:30-8:30pm Meeting Room A. RegistrationSharpen your resume-writing skills inthis two-part workshop presented by Put your sweet tooth into the consultant Bernard Noel. The Halloween mood by constructing asession will cover key items to include tasty and spooktacular haunted house. The Westerville Public Library complies with the Americans within a resume and essential interviewing All supplies will be provided to make Disabilities Act. Anyone in need of special arrangements to attend theseskills. Meeting Room B. these delicious holiday centerpieces. programs is encouraged to call the Library at (614) 882-7277, ext. 5010.Registration required. Meeting Room B. Registration required. At least three days prior notice is required.
  5. 5. Events for YouthRegister online at or call ext. 5006 Science Attack Junior Wednesday, Oct. 26 4-4:45pm Ages 5-7 Explore the world of science with stories and hands-on activities specially designed for inquisitive kids. Activity Ohio Birds of Prey Center. Registration required. Monday, Nov. 14 4-4:45pm Totally Terrific Film Night Ages 8-11 Tuesdays, Oct. 11 & Nov. 15 7-9pm Open Chess Club Hawks, owls and eagles, oh my! All ages Saturday, Oct. 29 3-4pm Learn all about Ohio’s birds of prey Bring your pillows and popcorn to Ages 6+ from a Sharon Woods Metro Park watch these family movies on the Attention, chess players wanting naturalist, play fun games, and see big screen. Activity Center. competition! Keep your skills sharp with mounted birds. Registration required. Oct. 11 Enchanted (PG) an hour-long session of free play. Basic Nov. 15 The Incredibles (PG) chess knowledge required. Activity Center. Wee Wonders Mondays, Oct. 12 - Nov. 7 9:30-10am Infants - 18 months Lap babies and walkers can enjoy Sew a Phone or iPod Holder books, songs, and activities chosen Wednesday, Nov. 16 3-4:30pm especially for them. Meeting Rooms. Día de los Muertos Ages 12-18 Wednesday, Nov. 2 4-5:30pm Ages 12-18 Stop by the Activity Center to sew trendy holders for your phone and iPod. Drop in to celebrate this Mexican Registration required. Children’s Garden Bulb national holiday honoring deceased Planting friends and relatives. We’ll listen to Monday, Oct. 24 4-4:45pm Mexican music, decorate sugar skulls All ages and eat traditional foods. Activity Hibernation It’s almost time for the garden to rest. Center. Registration required. Camp & Help us prepare it for a long winter’s Camp Tales nap by tucking in some bulbs for spring. Drop off animals Please bring gloves and garden tools if Homework Help Thursday, Nov. 17 you have them. Rain date: Tuesday, Oct. Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays all day 25, 4pm. Children’s Garden. 3:30-6:30pm Ages 5-8 Registration required. All ages Storytime and animal pick-up Need help getting started? Ask our Saturday, Nov. 19 11-11:30am volunteers! Students through grade 12 ARC! Advance Reader’s Club can stop in on a first-come first-served Hibernation can be lonely! Leave Teen (ages 12-18) Oct. 14 4-5pm basis. Homework Help Center. your teddy bear or other stuffed ‘Tween (grades 4 & 5) Oct. 20 4-4:45pm animal at the library to spend the Origami Fun night with other fluffy friends. Your Want to read books before they are animal will have fun and take home Tuesday, Nov. 8 4-5:30pm published? Grab an advanced reading a camp souvenir. Toys can be picked Ages 8-11 copy of a book to take home, read up Saturday morning in time for it, and tell us what you think! Share Learn to make cute and easy figures a camp-themed Saturday Tales at your opinion online or at a meeting. using this traditional Japanese art of 11am. Registration required. Registration required. paper folding. Youth Services.
  6. 6. 126 South State Street Westerville, OH 43081-2095Between the Pages Friends of the Westerville Public Library Vol. 22 No. 2 Membership ApplicationBetween the Pages is published quarterly and is available in the library Name __________________________________________________and sites throughout Westerville. For questions and comments about the Phone _________________________________________________newsletter, please call (614) 882-7277 ext. 2164. Address ________________________________________________Board of Trustees Library HoursMichael Fultz Monday-Thursday 9am-9pm City _______________________________ Zip _____________Kay Hedges Friday and Saturday 9am-6pmKaren Petersen Sunday Closed Renewal New MemberJoshua PlattJohn Robbins TelephoneKaren Scholl (614) 882-7277 Individual 1 year $10 Individual Life $75Jack Shinnock Customer Services ext. 5001 Adult Services ext. 5004 Family 1 year $15 Family Life $100Don Barlow, Director Youth Services ext. 5006 Sustaining 1 year $25 Corporate 1 year $125 Media Services ext. 5008Board Meetings Donation $ ____________The Library Board of Trusteesmeets at 7pm on the fourthTuesday of each month. The I would like to volunteer as a Friend:public is welcome to attend. 126 South State Street Friends Shoppe Sorting/Shelving used books Westerville, OH 43081Newsletter Staff You may leave your completed application and check payable to the Friends ofLinda Wilkins, Editor the Westerville Public Library at the Friends Shoppe or the circulation desk, or you may mail it to: Friends Shoppe, 126 S. State St., Westerville, OH 43081.Jesse Henning, Designer Follow us Like us