WJ library preps for renewal levy, summer reading

(Posted April 18, 2014)

By Linda Dillman, Staff Writer

Cathy Allen, director of West Jefferson’s Hurt-Battelle Memorial Library, and Joel Kocher, library board president, attended the April 14 Jefferson Local school board meeting to share information about plans for a library levy renewal and summer reading activities.

On March 18, the library board passed the first resolution necessary to place a levy on the November general election ballot. The library plans to seek renewal of its existing 1.5-mill operating levy, which expires at the end of this year.

The Jefferson Local school board is the library’s taxing authority and library board members are approved by the school board. The school board is responsible for placing the library renewal levy on the ballot.

Allen said, in a community of 7,052 residents, the library has 7,758 registered borrowers and circulated 61,592 items in 2013. Over 330 individuals completed last year’s summer reading program, including 220 children.

The primary goal of the 2014 summer “Reading Safari” program is to assist Norwood Elementary teachers in their effort to ensure every third-grader passes the Third Grade Reading Guarantee Test. A Safari Sidekick program was created and provides one-on-one reading opportunities with a “reading buddy” on Wednesdays during the summer at 10:30 a.m.

For the fourth year in a row, the library is partnering with the West Jefferson Summer Feeding Program, providing Free Pizza Fridays during the summer. Additionally, six special Friday programs are planned, including a visit from PT Reptiles and the Bi-okoto African Drum and Dance Group.

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