Check It Out!: Worthington Libraries celebrates success of Northwest branch

Posted: Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 2:22 pm

Mark your calendars! It's almost time for National Library Week (April 10-16), and we want you to celebrate with Worthington Libraries.

Chuck Gibson

Check it Out! by Chuck Gibson appears regularly in the SNP/Worthington News.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use.

In Worthington, National Library Week provides us with a formal occasion to recognize the support of the community for the Library and to thank people for making Worthington Libraries one of the best library systems in the country.

Since 1994, the Library has hosted an annual community breakfast in celebration of National Library Week. This year's event will take place on Wednesday, April 13 at 7:30am at Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road. Sponsored by the Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries, this year's breakfast has an extra-special twist.

In addition to recognizing community support and thanking our volunteers, we'll also mark the 15th anniversary of Northwest Library, which opened in April 1996.

I was pleased to be part of Northwest Library's construction. When I first laid eyes on the "building" in 1995, it was mostly steel beams and a partial roof. I was the library's technology coordinator, and the night before the library opened to the public found me scrambling to get all the new computers connected to a network I built from the ground up. I was excited and terrified. We all were.

But, the opening went off without a hitch, the network didn't crash, and Northwest Library, 15 years later, is a thriving facility and center of community life. As a matter of fact, 1.7 million items were circulated from Northwest Library alone last year!

We share the success of Northwest Library with our terrific partners at Columbus Metropolitan Library, who worked with us 15 years ago to make the library a reality and continue to be actively involved in the library's operation. For those of you who might not know, Northwest Library is a cooperative project of both Worthington Libraries and Columbus Metropolitan Library and is one of only a few libraries in the country to be jointly operated by two independent library systems.

I'm pleased that Patrick Losinski, director of Columbus Metropolitan Library, will join me in marking this historic achievement and anniversary. I look forward to seeing you there as well. Please RSVP to 807-2610 if you plan to attend this free event that's fun for all.

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