2005 Annual Report

Year in review

The most significant event for the Library in 2005 was the passage, with 58% of the vote, of a 2.6 mill permanent operating levy by voters in the Worthington School District. This additional funding will make it possible for the Library to focus on achieving the goals outlined in the 2005-2008 Strategic Plan. Thanks to everyone who supported and used Worthington Libraries in 2005.

Additional highlights from 2005 include:

  • The library's partnership with Worthington Schools to present library programming at Slate Hill Elementary School. Programming included Spanish Storytimes, Spanish tutoring support and story times for children and families.
  • On August 11 at 2:31:34 pm, Worthington Libraries cataloger Anne Slane made history when she entered the one billionth item in WorldCat, the Online Computer Library Center's online catalog, shared by libraries throughout the world. The book she entered: The Monkees: the day by day story of the '60s TV pop sensation.
  • The Library developed and planned the 1st Annual Read to Your Baby Festival held on Sunday, November 20. Over 350 children and families attended the event which was sponsored by Target and the Friends of Worthington Libraries and featured author/illustrator Denise Fleming, storytelling, demonstrations of baby sign language and information booths from community organizations.
  • The Library continued to partner with several community groups and other libraries in the presentation of programs and advancement of library services, including: the Worthington Community Relations Commission, Worthington Alliance of African American Parents and Educators, Worthington Arts Council, Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Worthington, Healthy Worthington Coalition and Worthington Schools.

— Meribah Mansfield


Annual Budget

Revenue: $6,714,367
Expenses: $6,842,333
20.85% spent on materials


98.3 Full-time Equivalents
131 total staff in 2005


2,520,594 items
Circulation has increased 140%


498,847 items
Books: 85.75%
73,977 items added to collection

Electronic Resources

160 premium electronic resources
More than 8,000 full-text periodicals


165,921 traditional reference questions &
10,618 online reference questions

Programs Offered

1,097 attended by 36,519 people

Registered Borrowers



5,085 hours contributed