2008 Annual Report—Your Library Moving Forward
Your Library Moving Forward
More than 90% of respondents to the 2008 Community Survey expressed satisfaction with the knowledge and courteousness of the library staff. As part of the strategic planning process, library staff members affirmed that in all their interactions with each other and the public they would be guided by these values: Accessibility — Freedom of Expression — Inclusiveness — Integrity — Lifelong Learning — Respect — Service.
The Board addressed urgent maintenance needs. They replaced the 20-year-old roof on the Sixth Street side. New controllers for the heating/ventilating system improved air quality and temperature control. The County Council approved the library’s Capital Projects Fund Proposal, and the Board selected architects Woollen Molzan and Partners for a Main Library renovation, which will include replacement of flooring damaged in June’s downtown flood.
The Board approved the plan for a children’s addition, which will add 1,900 square feet of public space for children and families. The new room will incorporate a timeless, whimsical theme with kites, reading nooks, comfortable seating, shelving for collection growth, and “green” design principles throughout. Dozens of children and adults attended an open house to see the preliminary designs by architects Odle McGuire Shook and give their suggestions.
The Bookmobile circulated 90,034 items in 2008, a 12% increase over 2007. Circulation has almost doubled over the last 11 years. Making 27 weekly stops, the Bookmobile ensures the library serves the needs of the entire county. The current vehicle has been in use since 1997.
The Library Bears
The Friends of the Library held a “Name the Bears” contest for children, and now the three members of the library bear family on the Library Plaza have names!Luna (mama bear)
Snowdrop (baby bear)
and Sunny (papa bear)