Director's Message - Winter 2013-14

Posted: Monday, December 2, 2013, 8:58 am

Thanks to everyone in the Worthington School District who voted for Issue 53, the library's 2.2-mill permanent replacement levy request, on November 5. It passed with 71 percent of the vote.

With a history of supporting libraries that stretches back more than 200 years, I've always said this is the best library community in the country. You proved me right once again on Election Day, and I could not be more grateful.

With library funding secure for the foreseeable future, the board and staff can move forward with implementing our 2013-2015 Strategic Plan. This plan, which was developed with input from hundreds of residents, contains the goal of changing how people view the public library.

Libraries across the country are maintaining traditional services while also embracing a wide range of new and exciting roles. Some have worked with their local business communities to develop small business incubators. Others have created "maker spaces" where people can come to create, invent, hack and get messy. Libraries are working with schools to support and advance Common Core initiatives by adding math-and science-related programs. In economically-disadvantaged areas, libraries provide children with meals during the summer and a safe place to wait for their parents after school.

We, too, have been investigating ways to change Worthington Libraries to meet the needs of library patrons now and in the future. On January 10, we'll celebrate the opening of the newly expanded Worthington Park Library. The expansion increases the size of the storefront library by 64 percent, and adds a community meeting room, enclosed Homework Help Center, larger children's area and popular DVD collection.

In addition, we've been working closely with representatives from the City of Worthington, to explore how we can partner to help the local business community, and the McConnell Arts Center, to develop unique, creative programs for all ages. We're looking closely at how we can reconfigure space to remain flexible as technology changes and information demand continues to shift from print to digital.

No matter what happens, however, the Library will continue to advance in tandem with the community. Our main goal, our primary purpose, is to serve you. Whether you are looking for information, discussion, relaxation or fun, you are welcome at the Library. Thank you all for your support!

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