The 2015 American Library Association Conference theme was “Transforming Our Libraries, Ourselves!” Throughout the decades, libraries across the nation have undergone significant changes as we adapt to technology challenges, financial uncertainties and community changes. This year, we have been celebrating our 80th anniversary and taken the time to reflect upon our past and our future.
Did you know that our library was the first public institution in the community to host a website? Our small but mighty library has been at the cutting edge of technology by offering free WiFi, computer and technology classes, workshops and even incorporating technology into our storytimes and programs. This year, our adult digital downloads have increased by 51%. Adults, children and teens are checking out items using their phones, tablets and eReaders. I’m sure that in 1935, they never imagined that you could read, listen to music or watch a movie from your telephone!
No matter the format (digital or print), the library is not just about checking out books, movies and music. We are here to help you, your family, neighbors and friends access and use the resources you need to be successful at school, at work and at home. The one consistent compliment we receive is that we have the best staff! Did you know that a librarian can assist you with resumés, job applications, preparing your research paper and even recommending the best educational toys for your children? Through our Sparkle Spot Early Literacy Center, our dedicated staff can introduce you to the early literacy skills needed to help children succeed in school.
Thank you for taking a special year-long historical journey with us. We invite you to learn more about the library and our community through our programs, books, movies and music!
Director Kacie V. Armstrong
(216) 261-5300, ext. 101
If you would like to see the most current copy of our annual report just link here: 2014 Annual Report