2007 was an incredible year for Worthington Libraries. In May, the Library was selected as the recipient of the national Library of the Year award. Presented by Library Journal and Thomson Gale Publishing, the award annually recognizes the library that best demonstrates exemplary service to the community, creativity and innovation in developing specific library programs, a dramatic increase in library use and leadership in creating programs that can be emulated by other libraries. The award was presented in June at the American Library Association annual conference in Washington, DC.
In July, the Library partnered with the business community to present Harry Potter & the Final Chapter, a 15-hour event to celebrate the release of the final book in the Harry Potter series. It was the most popular event in the library’s history, with an estimated attendance of over 5,000 people.
A five-year lease was signed for 5,280 square feet of space in the Worthington Park Shopping Center. This will be home to the Worthington Park Library, a storefront facility scheduled to open in April 2008.
The Library received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its first Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.
|Salaries & Benefits||62.39%|
(12% increase over 2006)
|Library Materials Owned||448,901|
|CDs & Cassettes||9.31%|
|Number of Employees||148|
|Number with an MLS||32|
|Volunteer Hours Contributed||7,044|
The renovation of Old Worthington Library and Northwest Library is progressing on time. Both projects will be complete in late summer 2008. The community has been incredibly patient throughout this process. The reward will be two updated, modern facilities with new amenities such as a drive-through pickup window at Northwest Library, family restroom at Old Worthington Library, café seating in the lobby, new group/quiet study rooms, more public computers and designated space for teens and children.
With the opening of Worthington Park Library, the Library is able to extend service to residents in the northeast section of its service district. Specifically, this facility will focus on meeting the needs of children and families in the area—with more than 60% of the collection focused on youth and the system’s only Homework Help Center. It also provides reserve access to more than three million items in the Discovery Place system.
To coincide with the changes in the library’s physical locations, Worthington Libraries Online is also undergoing renovation. The new web site will debut in fall 2008.
This is the last year for implementation of the library’s 2005-2008 Strategic Plan, which was developed with input from over 100 community members. As we begin a new strategic planning process, we look forward to the involvement of residents and welcome your thoughts and ideas about the future of Worthington Libraries.