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 rating. The library once again experienced record use this year, circulation over 2.3 million items, making Westerville the fourth busiest library facility in Ohio. Our customers once again showed up in record numbers to attend one of the 600 programs offered at the library. Programs were highlighted by two successful author visits. Over 1,500 people attended one of the two programs provide by author Rick Steves and nearly 400 enthusiastic people joined author Geraldine Brooks or an evenings discussion.
The successful author visits will continue in 2014, with author Lee Child visiting in Saturday, February 22nd at Westerville Central High School. Tickets are limited, so reserve your seat today. Last year, we also completed much needed renovations in the Youth, Teen and Adult areas of the library. The areas provide better comfort, more customer interaction in the community oriented Children’s Department has yielded many positive comments by our customers. On time and on budget yielded a very positive comment by me. 2014 will also present some exciting changes as well.
This February, the library will roll out a new web site in development for over a year. The new site will bring the amazon.com experience to our library and to you our customer. We are very excited about the new site and hope you will be as well. Also in February, we will install four new Self-Checkout machines. These machines are easier to use and will also bring the amazon experience to our users. As you check out, you will see materials of similar interest to those you are checking out and you can simply reserve the item as you check out. I thank you for another wonderful year at the Westerville Public Library and for a very promising 2014. Your continued support is deeply appreciated.