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• A Tree Grows in Canton

STARK COUNTY

DISTRICT LIBRARY

2010

ANNUAL REPORT

• Director’s Message

• A Tree Grows in Canton

E very day in 2 0 10 the Stark County District Library was making a positive difference in the lives of thousands in Stark County. That difference is reflected in our 2010 Annual Report. Whether it was through literacy programs, youth story hours, computer training for seniors or simply providing a gathering place, SCDL was there. While some may question the importance and place of public libraries in this new age of technology, our library proved its relevance through computer training, job programs, e-book materials and online information access. With the presentation of the 2009 National Medal for Museum and Librar y Ser vices i n Wa s h i n g t on D. C . early in the year, SCDL reaffirmed its positive impact in Nor theast Ohio communities beset by tough economic times. With a new strategic plan in place and the support of many community donors, SCDL looks forward to a bright future with evolving as well as traditional library services. Now, more than ever, public libraries are not just nice, they are necessary!

Libraries are a place for growth. New ideas, old stories, the “Greatest Generation”, Gen X and Y, Baby Boomers and babies, the library has something for all of us. Story Times introduce our youngest citizens to the world of words—studies find that kids who are read to have a much better chance of succeeding in school. Partnerships with ArtsinStark have allowed the library to help kids learn how they relate to a larger community. During an Artist in Residence program with local artist Michele Waalkes children blended the creative arts of words and pictures to create “Until” inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech. During the summer a second Artist in Residence program created the Story Tree with Building Healthier Communities. Children painted leaves that were added to the tree; it’s now on permanent display on Cleveland Avenue. “Forests Green, Oceans Blue, Books READ” opened the environment to all readers during our Summer Reading Clubs for 2010. Summer reading concluded with a Green Fair that brought environmental businesses and recycling together with our community at large. In honor of receiving the National Medal from the Institute for Museum and Library Service Stark County District Library hosted Story Corps the living history project. Residents of Stark County told their stories to a member of their family and the library now houses an archive of some of our living history. Genealogy hosted their first ever “Diggin’ in the Dark” a genealogy research “lock-in” where researchers were given the run of the library after hours to spend concentrated time finding their ancestry. The Outreach Department extended service to nursing homes and assisted living centers, providing monthly programs to residents and outreach collections for residents unable to visit the library. O ur Job Search programming continued during trying economic times. In addition to our annual Opportunities Job Fair, the library added a curriculum of Job Skills computer classes to help people upgrade their computer skills as they search for new employment.

Kent Oliver, Executive Director

• Library Board of Trustees Shawn O’Brien, president Steven O. Pittman, vice president Susan Rodgers, secretary Robin Austin John Mroczkowski Bert Nero Wanda Young

• Library Donors

Summer Reading 2010 concluded with a Green Fair that included activities related to the Dr. Seuss story The Lorax.

ArtsinStark EA Mahony Family Foundation Friends of the Lake Twp Library Friends of the Library, Main Library Friends of the Sandy Valley Branch Library Genealogy Patrons George Deuble Foundation In Honor of Staff Retirees - Various Gifts In Memory of Edith Breslin - Various Gifts In Memory of Thomas Burwell - Various Gifts Jackson Township Lion’s Club James and Victoria Conley Mark Heenan Northern Ohio Technical Services Perry Sippo Friends of the Library Praxair Foundation Randy Luntz Rowman Littlefield Publishing Group Shooting Stars Quilt Group Sisters of Charity Foundation St. Peter’s Church Stark County District Library Foundation State Library of Ohio Board Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club

The Green Fair also featured a fashion show with garments made from recycled materials.

• General Statistics 2010 Library Statistics

Library Visits Circulation

Total Borrowers

Computers Used

Bookmobile Stops Programs

Program Attendance The Library offered several Papermaking programs during Summer Reading. Participants created handmade papers from recycled and natural materials for journals, plantable bookmarks, and other useful paper items.

Volunteer Hours

Downloadables Loaned

1,359,298 3,633,499 150,579 369,356 2,682 8,821

202,243 4,445

11,141

$6,344,344 4,132,313 1,192,909 237,609 2,603 51,575 21,041 92,364 $12,074,748

$6,044,650 2,305,408 217,888 63,953 246,331 168,140 200,550 771,585 157,128 1,202,224 225,656 46,778 $11,650,291 $424,457 0 $1,016,985 $1,441,442 $472,718

• General Fund Receipts Public Library Fund (PLF) Property and Other Local Taxes Intergovernmental Patron Fines and Fees Earnings on Investments Services Provided Other Entities Contributions, Gifts and Donations Other Receipts Total General Fund Receipts

• General Fund Disbursements Salaries Employee Benefits Supplies Rents and Leases–Buildings and Equipment Utilities Professional Services Communications and Publicity Maintenance–Buildings and Equipment Other Purchased and Contracted Services Library Materials and Information Capital Outlay Other Disbursements Total General Fund Disbursements Excess of Receipts over Disbursements General Fund Transfer In Beginning Balance, January 1, 2010 Ending Balance at December 31, 2010 Reserve for Encumbrances

• STARK COUNTY DISTRICT LIBRARY

FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS Janet Baker Mary Byrne Mary Calnon

Jeanne Freitag Scott Gwin Audrey Lavin Kathy Catazaro-Perry Paula Mastroianni Barb Cockroft Nancy McPeek Gary Davison Kent Oliver Denise Scala

Leslie K. Schneider Kevin Smith Darlene Violet David Waikem Marcie Williams Candy Ziegler

• SCDL Foundation Key Donors • Library Foundation Financials Raymond and Carole Griffiths Jim and Darlene Violet Kent and Dianne Oliver Ken and Nancy McPeek Judge Scott and Monica Gwin Dr. and Mrs. Richard Fuller Martha Klein Lottman David and Nancy Waikem Dr. and Mrs. Glenn Dowell Kismet Foundation Wm. H. & Jeanne G. Belden Philanthropic Fund Belden Brick Charitable Trust Jane Williams Mahoney Philanthropic Fund Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ostrout, Jr. Shearer’s Foods, Inc. Trirosis of Stark County Mr. and Mrs. George Lemon Dr. and Mrs. William Harvey Patty Marsh John and Jackie Evans Mr. and Mrs. Rollie Layfield Mary Stefanko Jane P. Wickerham Gerald and Sandra Whisler Michelle Del Rio-Keller James and Catherine Brandau Mr. and Mrs. Robert Vail, Jr. Karl Marchand Dr. John and Judge Dixie Park Mr. and Mrs. Michael Byrne Mr. and Mrs. Mark Fischer Dr. and Mrs. Marcianito Bautista Mr. and Mrs. F. Stuart Wilkins David and Jeanne Freitag David and Carole Grinstead Little Sandy Creek Ruritan Club Michael Hill William and Sharon Luntz Ray and Rossetta Wilkof Mr. and Mrs. Robert Fonte Sam and Karen Simmerman

T he S tark C ount y D istrict Library Foundation raises funds to

financially support and advance the mission and values of the library. The Foundation has received donations from individuals, foundations, and businesses which have been used to support library programming and to build an endowment fund. In 2010, the Foundation presented a deliciously decadent and very successful fundraiser—ChocoVino. Opening foundation assets: $84,068 Closing foundation assets: $119,825 Donations received: $35,757 Contributions to the Stark County District Library: $16,981

Thanks to the commitment of a volunteer committee co-chaired by Darlene Violet and Paula Mastroianni, ChocoVino guests enjoyed a deliciously decadent experience to benefit a great cause.

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A Tree Grows in Canton: The Stark County District Library 2010 Annual Report