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Top 40 Business in Ohio!

The library has just been informed that we have been named as one of the 2014 Best Employers in Ohio. The annual list of the Best Employers in Ohio was created by the Ohio SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) State Council and Best Companies Group. The list consists of the top 40 businesses in [...]


As I mentioned, or bragged about, in our last Between the Pages issue, our library was once again rated as one of America’s finest libraries receiving the coveted Five Star Rating.  I would like to take a few moments to highlight some of our achievements in 2013 that helped us to achieve Library Journal’s highest [...]

Barlow Celebrates 25 Years at Westerville Library Helm

By JENNIFER NESBITT ThisWeek Community News Friday August 23, 2013 8:05 AM When Executive Director Don Barlow came to the Westerville Public Library in 1988, the library was one third the size it is now. So was its circulation and number of cardholders. Barlow celebrated his 25th anniversary of leading the Westerville library Aug. 15. [...]

25 Years and Counting!

It is hard to believe, but today I celebrate my 25th year of service as the Director of the Westerville Public Library.  Together we have seen many changes.  The facility has tripled in size, circulation has gone from 773,000 in 1988 to 2,279,000 in 2012.  Just 25 years ago the library had 36,768 registered, today [...]

Looking Back at a Record Year

For more than 80 years our mission has been to provide the best services possible. I hope you feel we were successful in doing so in 2012. Thanks to our community’s support, the library was able to reopen on Sundays, purchase many more materials, invest more heavily in electronic books and magazines, and offer more [...]

Re-innovating Ourselves

The old adage “If you’re not moving forward; you’re moving backward” has never been truer than it is in today’s rapidly changing environment. To ensure the library’s continued movement forward, we have been conducting an extensive market analysis, examining who uses the library, how our patrons use the library, and the technology trends that affect [...]

Dream Big and Read This Summer

Summer reading kicked off May 30 and is in full gear. Thousands of children have enrolled in the Dream Big… Read! program. They will read thousands of hours this summer, earning the chance to decorate stars for our library “sky” and receive their choice of a book thanks to sponsorship by the Friends of the [...]

Your Library Is Moving Forward

On March 4, the library celebrated our re-opening on Sundays. Over 1,000 people came to the library,  with large numbers attending a magic show complete with balloon animals, enjoying music in the atrium and picking up a magnet as a reminder of our new hours. We are excited about our ability to re-open on Sundays [...]

Your Support Has Created a Promising 2012

For over 80 years, our mission has been to provide the best services possible to the citizens of the Westerville Public Library district. Your passage of the levy on November 8 allows us to continue that great tradition. We are extremely grateful to you and wish to extend our deepest thanks for your support as [...]

Thank you, Westerville!

Everyone associated with the library wants to extend their most heartfelt appreciation to our community for yesterday’s election results. Everyday we strive to provide the very best services we can to an outstanding community. These election results reaffirm the community’s appreciation for what we do and the trust you have in us. For that we [...]

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