Support Your Library. Preserve Our Future.
Issue 4 Information
The Library is such a vital part of our community. When you think about it, the Library is like the community’s living room. A place where people and families go to learn, study, meet, and collaborate. Our neighborhood branches provide residents with safe and easy access to the Library’s services, materials, and technology in the communities where they live, work, and raise their families.
You may not know that more than half of Stark Library’s funding comes from our local property tax levy, which expires at the end of 2019. This fall, Issue 4 will be on the ballot which would extend the existing levy for eight years and increase it by about $29 a year for a home valued at $100,000. For about 55 cents a week, it's a great investment in our community!
The additional funding will allow the Library to sustain and enhance our current offerings, including books, databases, music, movies, eBooks and eMaterials, streaming content, and other new items, such as our popular Library of Things. In addition, levy funding will enable us to invest in our buildings for much-needed repairs and to update our facilities to create more dynamic, flexible spaces for meetings and events. Updated technology will allow us to increase free access to computers, internet, and other innovative technologies, providing communities with critical information access and bridging the digital divide.
Our Library supports our community in so many important ways. For example, our SPARK Parent Partner program impacts thousands of children in Stark County, helping to make sure they’re ready for school. Our bookmobile and mobile services team goes into the community and meets people where they are—providing library services to daycares, senior centers, schools, and homebound patrons—residents who may have no way to get to the library. Our expert trainers work with those in need of job assistance, enabling people to improve their job skills and career path.
In every corner of Stark County, the Library touches lives.
I am so proud of how Stark Library serves our community, and I know that Stark County is proud of our libraries, too. The successful passage of Issue 4 will allow us to respond to our community’s changing needs and ensure that we can continue this vital work.
Mary Ellen Icaza
Stark Library's CEO/Executive Director