We did it! The library has closed the books on the gofundme.com campaign to "Warm the Library with a New Furnace" after raising $8,533. With the help of the Consolidated Electric Foundation, Rands Mechanical, and more than 75 patrons, friends and family, the furnace will be installed in August. We would love to show off our completed project. Please request to see it when you visit the library later this summer. Read on for more about our partners and contributors.
House Bill 49, the text of the full year (FY) 2018-19 state budget bill was released in February. Gov. Kasich's budget proposal would cut state funding to Ohio's public libraries by more than $7 million in FY 2018 by reducing the Public Library Fund (PLF) from 1.7% of the state's General Revenue Fund (GRF) to 1.66% of the GRF. The PLF has been the target of the budget ax since 2002 as this chart illustrates.
Read more to find out how you can help protect the PLF.
Our Youth Services Librarian, Hillary Scholz, went to Atlanta in January as part of the library's collaboration with YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) for Future Ready with the Library.