THANK YOU to everyone who attended or supported the second annual benefit!
Many thanks to the following generous groups who were 2017 Discover Your Library event sponsors!
Literacy Ally: Matthew Ross, Architect and Anonymous
Literacy Friends: Kiwanis Club of Barberton, Malco Products Inc., Barberton Community Foundation, and Caroline A. Rafferty.
Literacy Supporters: Barberton Rotary Foundation, C.C. Supply, Magic City Kiwanis, St. Augustine Church, Campfield-Hickman Funeral Home, Debbie Shreiner of Helen Scott Realty, First Hungarian Benefit Society, and Christian White and Family.
We would also like to thank the Friends of the Barberton Public Library, who are generously matching our first $1,250 in donations!
Funds raised at the 2017 benefit will be used to refurbish Teen Central. Better lighting, updated furniture, and brighter walls are all needed. Keeping students engaged with lifelong learning and supporting their formal education is the primary goal for teen services at the library. One of the library’s goals for 2018 is to achieve a 10% increase in the number of items borrowed by teens as well to increase participation at teen programs and events. Creating a more engaging and attractive environment will be the first step on the road to more active teen services.
WHY YOU SHOULD DONATE: LIBRARY VALUES ARE YOUR VALUES
We value lifelong learning and individual enrichment which both educates and stimulates creativity and imagination. This is evidenced by the collection, which is carefully selected to meet the information needs of our community while at the same time providing resources that include music, the arts, and entertainment. Over time, our regular users have shown us, through borrowing patterns, what materials are most highly valued and we’ve adjusted accordingly. Most recently, downloaded books and media have had the largest growth in use. In 2017 the community has access to more than 373,000 eBooks and 360,000 eAudios through the Library.
We value trustworthy information handled with integrity as well as intellectual freedom and open access to library information and resources. This is a core tenet which affects how we do business every day. Last year, staff answered 32,448 questions.
We value excellent service that is innovative, responsive, and inclusive. We listen to our community and whenever possible incorporate suggestions for programs, events, and materials to be included in the collection. We will continue to evolve our services and materials as community needs change.
We value community collaboration, actively working towards the shared goal of making Barberton a healthy, prosperous, and vibrant community. We maintain the Community Health Branch in partnership with Summa Barberton Hospital to meet the community’s need for consumer health information. Library staff makes hundreds of visits each year to partner agencies reaching individuals at senior housing and care centers, schools, daycares, Barberton Head Start, Van Buren Homes, and individual residences.
Approximately 56% of our annual operating revenue comes from the State of Ohio through the Public Library Fund. 36% of our annual cost is paid by a local property tax levy, which was renewed in May 2015. The remaining 8% of our funding comes from miscellaneous sources such as the Homestead Exemption and Rollbacks, vending machine revenue, fees, and donations.
Donations and bequests make up a small portion of our annual revenue and are deeply appreciated. Donations may be used to support literacy and lifelong learning, promote art and culture, build the collection, or to fund special programs and projects.
To learn more about our library's funding, view our Annual Report.