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Thank You!

I wish to thank the hundreds of Library well-wishers who joined in last Saturday’s celebration of the Westerville Public Library’s 80th year of service to the community. As you know, we are passionate about our Library and are committed to the continued success of this great community treasure. The gathering that marked our 80th anniversary [...]

Help Celebrate our 80th Anniversary!

Dear Westerville Library Patron, This year the Westerville Public Library is celebrating 80 years of service to our community. We invite you to support the Library and create a lasting tribute by purchasing an engraved brick for the Library courtyard. An engraved brick or a large paver can place your name and message in stone, [...]

Among the Nation’s Best – Once Again!

Congratulations to the Board and Library Staff! Library rankings have been released for 2010 and once again, the Westerville Public Library is ranked among the country’s Best Public Libraries in the Hennen Library Rankings Index.  The 2010 Edition rates 7,930 public libraries in the United States using the latest federal data.   Libraries are rated, scored [...]

Another Record Year for YOUR Library!

Another record year for the Westerville Public Library! I want to give my thanks to a great staff and Library Board. Their energies and dedication have made the library successful through a very difficult financial year! I also want to give a special thanks to the citizens of the library district for their continuing support [...]

What a Year!

I want to take this opportunity to once again express the library staff’s appreciation to our customers!  The Westerville Public Library weathered the storm of drastic budget cuts from the decline of over 32% in state revenue. Thanks to you, we did not experience the 52% cut originally targeted at Ohio Libraries.  In one 48 [...]

Sunday Closing & Budget Cuts

Due to the recent $84.3 million cut in state funding for libraries, the Library budget must be reduced by an additional 11%, an overall 32% reduction so far this year. After much consideration, the Library Board of Trustees has approved the following measures to reduce the budget by an additional $900,000 total. Reductions and cuts [...]

New State Budget Results in Major Losses in Library Funding

Your messages of support for your library helped convince Ohio elected officials to reject the massive cuts that had been proposed.  Thank you for your support.  However, the state budget that passed July 13 cut another 11% out of Ohio’s Public Library Fund.  Added to the 20% drop in funding for libraries the first six [...]

Library Budget Cuts & the Future

Thank you for your emails, calls and letters to the Governor and state legislators! Your messages of support for your library helped convince Ohio elected officials to reject the massive cuts that had been proposed. The state budget that passed July 13 included additional cuts of $84.3 million to Ohio’s Public Library Fund over the [...]

Libraries Need Your Help!

On Friday, June 19th, the Governor proposed a cut in the Public Library Fund of $227.3 million in fiscal years 2010 and 2011 as part of his plan to patch the $3.2 billion gap in the state budget that must be filled by June 30th.  This will mean a more than 50% cut in funding [...]

Economic Downturn Creates Budget Shortfalls

We all know the economy is hurting and that the effects of the economic downturn will be felt by all of us. Library funding is certainly no different. The Westerville Public Library will experience an 8% reduction in state revenue in 2009. Our philosophy is that we are all in this together and the library [...]

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