Stark County Supports Library with Levy Approval
May 8, 2019 (Canton, Ohio) – All of us here at Stark Library are honored by the public’s show of support for our library’s future with the passage of Issue 8.
“We are so pleased by the community support we received at the polls. We’re honored and humbled that our community sees the value in a strong Library system and is willing to show their trust by investing in us,” said Mary Ellen Icaza, CEO/Executive Director. “The library board of trustees and staff will continue to focus on our community’s future while being good stewards of the resources we have available to us. We have always believed that strong libraries make strong communities and we’d like to thank the community for partnering with us as we continue our mission.”
The new eight-year 2mill levy provides more than half of the library’s operating budget and supports library services in the community, such as providing reading materials, early literacy skills training, workforce development, and digital resources. This funding will also allow the library to continue meeting the community’s changing needs through the growth of electronic materials, expanded partnerships with schools, and updated branch facilities.
Stark Library will invest in its branches with much-needed repairs and updates that create more dynamic and flexible spaces for patrons to use and enjoy. Updated technology will allow the Library to increase computer resources, high-speed internet, and access to other technologies that bridge the digital divide.
“We’d also like to thank Sally Efremoff and Joe French the co-chairs of the ‘Vote Libraries’ campaign, volunteers, and our staff for their tireless work and advocacy on behalf of the Library and the community,” Icaza continued. “Their support ensures that we can continue to be a vital community resource for years to come. Thank you for your hard work and passion for our community. We couldn’t have done this without you.”
To learn more about library events, services, and programs, please visit StarkLibrary.org.
ABOUT THE LIBRARY
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 8,000 programs for 150,000 attendees and provides 195,000 computer sessions on the publicly available computers found in each branch. In 2018, Stark Library served nearly 2 million visitors at all locations and online.
Today, as it reimagines itself, 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.
For locations, hours or more information visit StarkLibrary.org or call 330.452.0665.
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