(Posted Sept. 18, 2019)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
London Public Library is asking voters to renew a 1.5-mill operating levy for another five years.
The request will appear on the Nov. 5 general election ballot. The levy generates $481,410 per year. The annual cost to the taxpayer is $40.99 per $100,000 of property valuation.
“The levy represents about 47 percent of our total revenue. The other big chunk comes from the state,” said Bryan Howard, library director. “This is the money we use to run day-to-day operations: staffing, materials, programming, services, databases.”
With the levy’s renewal, the library will continue to expand its various collections. The library recently added VOX books, children’s books with audio recordings that allow young readers to listen and read along. Coming soon, the library will circulate board games.
The library offers a wide array of programs, from weekly storytimes to the summer reading program, a large undertaking that offers activities and incentives for people of all ages. A fairly recent addition to the library’s children’s programming is ABCs of Movement, a learning opportunity designed to prepare youngsters for kindergarten.
“We’re looking to expand our teen and adult programs in the next few years,” Howard said. “Ever since the schools went to the outskirts of town, we have lost teen patrons. We are going to work with the schools on ideas for how to get them back.”
The library recently instituted Maker Mondays, a program that invites young patrons to get creative with hands-on projects. The relatively new Cookbook Club for adults also is taking off, Howard said.
“Whenever we put out new programs and initiatives, we know we will have the support of the community. The same goes with volunteers,” Howard added. “We cannot thank them enough for that. We try to provide the best service for their taxpayer dollars.”
London Public Library is located at 20 E. First St., London, and online at www.mylondonlibrary.org. For more information, call (740) 852-9543.