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Volume 12, Issue 2 Library Hours February 2014

2013 Annual Report
A Letter from the Director

Monday-Wednesday We like to call 2013 “The Year of Transition.” We said goodbye to the old and hello to a 10 AM—8 PM bright new building and services for the residents of the city of Westfield and Washington Thursday & Friday Township! 10 AM—6 PM Beginning in March, the library began opening from Saturday 1-5 PM on Sundays. We’re glad to hear that many of 10 AM—5 PM you love the extra time here to spend as a family! Sunday 1—5 PM In June, WWPL finally broke ground on the expansion and renovation project. When finished, the entire existing building will receive paint and new carpet. Also, the main Visit our website entrance, circulation desk and lobby area is being reconfigured to better serve you. Four new quiet study rooms have been completed and a new 1500 square foot lower level will house Westfield a community room. The old A/V area is Washington being transformed into a computer lab and business center. The existing Public Library Children’s Department will be expanded and receive all new carpet and Board of Trustees: paint. The addition (above the community room) will also house a dedicated Teen Area. Mike Thomas, President One major change you will notice is that the A/V circulation desk will be integrated into the main circulation desk so that you can now visit one Brian Morales, place to pick up holds, checkout and return items. Another major Vice President change is that the adult fiction and non-fiction collections have switched places. The fiction is now located at the south end of the library and the Paul Catlin, non-fiction, biography, and foreign language collections are located in the northeast corner Treasurer of the library. Also new books for adults are located in the area immediately outside of the Sumner Room where the magazines used to reside. Nancy Knochel, Secretary Some aspects of the project needed to be taken out of the base bid due to lack of funds and a capital campaign was launched in June of 2013 to raise the funds needed to finish Members, landscaping, replace furniture, etc. Recently, the library’s capital campaign fund received Birch Dalton a considerable donation of $25,000 in the names of Carolyn and Dick Robinson. We would Dan Pitcock like them to know that their generosity will definitely make a difference and we thank them for investing in the future of our David Weiss community by contributing! We invite others to join Carolyn The Library Board by making a contribution to the Westfield Washington Public Library Capital Campaign. For more information on this meets on the fundraising effort, see the brochure on our website. second Wednesday of each month I would like to express my sincere thanks to all of the staff at 7 PM and volunteers that helped move books, DVDs, audiobooks, shelving, furniture, etc. during this project. I could not have done it without your help!
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2013 Annual Report







*Reduced hours from 61/wk to 55/wk in January 2010 **Increased hours from 55/wk to 58/wk in March 2013


From the Board of Trustees
The board meeting minutes and packets are posted on the library’s website at December Circulation Statistics
Items borrowed by our patrons 16,496 76 Items borrowed by patrons visiting from other Evergreen Libraries

January 15, 2014 Board Meeting

Phil Passen from Meyer Najem gave the library board a construction progress report. The roof, insulation Items from WWPL sent to patrons at other Evergreen Libraries 493 and stud walls are complete in the new addition. Phase 4 of the interior The library board passed a resolution to transfer funds back into the Rainy New library cards issued 84 renovation is complete and work has begun on Phase 5: the circulation Day Fund that had been needed for area, computer lab and AV collection New library cards issued to Hamilton cash flow purposes during the year. County Reciprocal Borrowers 15 area. Drywall and installation of the elevator will take place by the end of The library board also balanced out Items checked out using the January, first of February. The entire appropriation accounts for the Self Check station 450 project should be complete by the Operating Fund. end of February. The library board also passed a The 2014 Non-resident fee was resolution to encumber funds from established at $63.00. The Library the 2013 Operating and Rainy Day Board also passed a resolution to Funds. transfer $30,000 from the operating fund into the Rainy Day Fund. We received the 1782 notice from the Department of Local Government Next Board Meeting: and Finance that our 2014 budget February 12, 2013 at 7 PM has been approved. The total tax rate decreased from $0.0486 in 2013 to $0.0479 in 2014.

December 30, 2013 Year End Board Meeting

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Letter (cont.)
I would also like to thank the Friends of the Westfield Library for their continued support through their fundraising efforts. The Friends of the Westfield Library annually fund the incentives for the Summer Reading Program. They also supplement special purchases the library may need that are not covered by the operating budget. They have also contributed approximately $12,000 to the library building fund. Additionally, I would like to thank the dedicated staff and Library Board of Trustees for their hard work and continued efforts that make the Westfield Washington Public Library a valuable asset to the City of Westfield and Washington Township. Finally, I would like to thank you, our patrons, for enduring the side effects of this project— the nearly constant banging and drilling noises, crowded aisle ways, your favorite materials being moved again and again, cancelled programs, etc. We’ve tried our best to help make the transitions as smooth as possible and are proud to say that we only had to close for one day in the last eight months! We look forward to warmer weather and welcoming you to a wonderful new library experience early this spring! Sheryl Sollars, Director

2013 Annual Report
Registered Patrons 2003-2013





2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010* 2011 2012 2013**

*Reduced hours from 61/wk to 55/wk in January 2010 **Increased hours from 55/wk to 58/wk in March 2013

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2013 Annual Report
2013 Operating Fund Revenue Sources
Property Tax 4% 4% COIT State Distribution Financial Institution Tax 43% License Excise Tax and CVET Technology Fund LSTA Grant 49% Community Development Block Grant Fines and Fees Interest on Investments Misc. Rev

TOTAL Operating Fund Income

$1,400,000.00 $1,200,000.00 $1,000,000.00 $800,000.00 $600,000.00 $400,000.00 $200,000.00

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February 2014
Painting Class Talented artist Jan Roland teaches a class in Watercolor Painting and Techniques on Thursday, February 20 @ 10:15 AM. No previous art experience is required, and the class fee of $15 includes all materials. Euchre Group Tax Assistance for Seniors AARP is again offering free tax assistance to seniors (you do not have to be an AARP member). Representatives are in the Sumner Room every Friday from February 1 to April 4 between 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM. Clients are seen on a first come, first served basis as long as they have signed up in advance for that particular day. Please contact Information Services at 317-896-9391 to reserve a spot. ESL Classes The library offers adult ESL (English as a Second Language) classes. Students pay for class materials. Students will be assigned to a specific class after they submit their completed registration form and submit it to the Information/Reference Services Desk.

Adult Activities
Book Discussion Groups The Mystery Book Discussion Group is talking about A Cold and Lonely Place by Sara J. Henry when they meet @ 1 PM on Wednesday, February 5. Come join other mystery lovers at a once-amonth discussion group that meets at the library. You are invited even if you haven’t read the book!

This group meets @ 5:30 PM on the second and fourth The General Book Discussion Group Wednesday of meets on the third Wednesday of each month. Bring each month. You’re invited even if a partner or pair up with another you haven’t read the single player here. Come relax and book! Where'd You enjoy an evening of fun with some Go Bernadette? great people at this free program. by Maria Semple is this month’s topic Looking for reading suggestions, and the discussion resources for research, is on Wednesday, help with your device, February 19 @ 1 or anything in between? PM in the Sumner Call us at 317-896-9391 or Room. email:

New Books
Unremarried Widow By Artis Henderson In this memoir, Artis Henderson recounts not only the unlikely love story she shared with Miles and her unfathomable recovery in the wake of his death— from the dark hours following the military notification to the first fumbling attempts at new love— but also reveals how Miles’s death mirrored her father’s death in a plane crash. In the Blood By Lisa Unger Struggling with a troubled past that includes her mother having been murdered, Lana wants a place where she feels safe and removed. A part-time job as a nanny seems to be the perfect way to earn extra income, but her 11-year-old charge proves to be more difficult than she expected. Bright and manipulative, the boy seems to sense that his babysitter has a number of secrets of her own. Worthy Brown’s Daughter By Phillip Margolin Recently widowed Matthew Penny agrees to help Worthy Brown, a newly freed slave, rescue his fifteen year old daughter, Roxanne, from their former master, a powerful Portland lawyer. Worthy's lawsuit sets in motion events that lead to Worthy's arrest for murder and create an agonizing moral dilemma.

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Westfield Washington Public Library 333 W. Hoover Street Westfield, IN 46074

February 2014 Postage paid by: The Friends of the Westfield Library

Phone: 317-896-9391 FAX: 317-896-3702 Sheryl Sollars, Director Sandy Rowland, Assistant Director

The Westfield Washington Public Library will strive, in partnership with organizations, to provide quality services, materials and facilities that fulfill the educational, informational, technological, cultural and recreational needs of the entire community.

Friends of the Westfield Library
The Friends of the Library mostly functioned behind the scenes in 2013. We were signed up to have a booth at the Farmer’s Market downtown but it was cancelled. We did donate some promotional materials for the library’s groundbreaking and summer reading kickoff party, and like every year, fund the summer reading prize budget. With the building in disarray soon after that it was a miracle that we had room to set up two book sales! We still raised enough money to buy two replacement Wii guitar controls for the teens. We also donated a portion of the cost of the Freegal music subscription service for all library patrons. This coming year we would like to do more so if you have time to volunteer, let us know. Or just ask your friends to become our friends, too! Sara Reitmeyer, President of FOWL

Friends Board:
Sara Reitmeyer, President Carly Schull, Vice President Jeanette Wachtel, Treasurer Marie Albertson, Secretary

The Friends of the Westfield Library is an organization designed to promote and support the mission of the Westfield Washington Public Library. Through its fundraising efforts, primarily book sales held in the library and online, the group raises money used to fund library programs and to purchase items that are not in the library's operating budget.