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Library Board Approves Levy Proposal

May 16, 2018 (Canton, Ohio) – At the most recent Board meeting on Tuesday, May 15, the Stark Library Board of Trustees voted to place a 2.2 mil continuous levy on the November 2018 ballot.

If approved, the levy will provide the library with the operational funding necessary to ensure continuity of the library’s services to the community. The levy will support the enhancement of current services such as reading materials, early literacy skills training, workforce development, and bridging the digital divide with access to high-speed internet. It will also enable the library to continue to respond to Stark County’s changing needs through the growth of electronic materials, expanded partnerships with schools, and updated branch facilities.

The current 1.7 mil levy, which expires in 2019, represents more than half of the library’s operating budget, with most of the remaining funds coming from the State of Ohio’s Public Library Fund (PLF). In recent years, the funds the library has received from the PLF have been decreasing. Should the continuous 2.2 mil levy be approved in November, the current 1.7 mil levy will be eliminated.

At the meeting, it was also announced that Tom Cecconi, recently retired CEO of Mercy Medical Center, has volunteered to head up the “Vote Libraries” levy campaign. “Vote Libraries” is an independent, volunteer-run political action committee that advocates on the library’s behalf for funding issues like the proposed levy.

 

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One of the 9 largest library systems in Ohio – and the county’s oldest library – Stark Library serves the community through 10 locations, six mobile libraries, and a 24/7 digital branch.

A 2009 winner of the prestigious National Medal for library service, the Library serves more than 240,000 residents, annually circulating nearly 4 million items from its 1.5 million item collection and providing access to an additional 66 million items from lending networks throughout Ohio. Each year the library presents more than 9,000 programs for 166,000 attendees and provides 220,000 computer sessions on the publicly available computers found in each branch. In 2017, Stark Library served nearly 2 million visitors at all locations and online.

Today, as it reimagines itself as The Smart Store, where everything is free®, the Library is emerging as a national thought-leader with innovations such as its “no overdue fines” policy, the BikeSmart bike sharing network, passport services and the Start Smart School Partnership.

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