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 hour period, over 36,000 of our customers contacted our legislator and the Governor’s Office to protest the draconian cuts, resulting in 20% of those cuts being restored. THANK YOU!
We appreciate your patience and understanding, as the library had to close on Sundays to meet the challenges of losing nearly $900,000 in revenue. We are committed to re-opening Sundays and even expanding those hours as soon as our budget permits. Enough of the bad stuff!
In 2009, your library continued to grow in unprecedented fashion. The Westerville Public Library continues to be the fourth busiest library facility in Ohio and one of the busiest in the United States circulating over 2,199,000 items in 2009. Over 72,000 items were borrowed or loaned to other libraries throughout the state, through OhioLInk, SearchOhio and Library Link.
36,786 people attended the 1,492 programs held at the library, or offsite or at one of the 26 school locations in Westerville. 357,745 items were picked up at our DRIVE-UP window/Reserve Room. WOW!
All of this was accomplished with 13 less staff members than in 2008! I cannot overly express my appreciation and deepest respect for each and every staff member. They accepted the challenges before us and met those challenges each and every day. They did so with enthusiasm and a determination and dedication that can only be admired. The people of Westerville are very proud and grateful to have such dedicated public servants. I am truly blessed to call them my colleagues!
Thank You Westerville for yet another Outstanding and record breaking year!
Don W. Barlow