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@ the Westfield Washington Public Library

A publication of Friends of the Westfield Library

Volume 9, Issue 2

WWPL Annual Report 2011

Westfield Washington Public Library Board of Trustees: Mike Thomas, President Carolyn Wheeler, Vice President Paul Catlin, Treasurer Mic Mead, Secretary Nancy Knochel David Weiss The Library Board meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. 2011 has come to a close and the Westfield Washington Public Library is looking toward 2012 with great enthusiasm. We continue to face financial challenges as the property tax caps and the decrease in assessed values in our service district have again decreased the revenues for the library. Below are just a few highlights of what we accomplished in 2011. The library newsletter went electronic in 2011. We continue to provide the newsletter to those who prefer a mailed copy and have hard copies available at the library. Evergreen Indiana is an invaluable asset that allows access to over six million items and nearly 100 libraries throughout Indiana. The Hamilton County Reciprocal Borrowing program also provides our patrons even greater access to materials.

The library received a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library
Services to purchase two child-friendly workstations. These workstations increase Internet availability at the library, as well as providing a childfriendly browser that is also available for download from our website to use at home. Our dedicated volunteers provide invaluable support to the library, freeing up the staff to better serve our patrons. Thank you for the countless hours they have given to the library. I would like to thank the Friends of the Westfield Library for their continued support throughout the year through their fundraising efforts. The Friends of the Library fund the incentives for the Childrens and Adult Summer Reading programs. They also supplement other programming costs and any special purchases the library may need that are not covered by the operating budget. In 2011, they contributed $1,500 to purchase two LCD TVs to display announcements and information about library programs. Finally, I would like to thank the dedicated staff and Library Trustees for their hard work and continued efforts that make this library a wonderful asset to the City of Westfield and Washington Township. The library board, the staff and I continue to look for new and innovative ways to provide our patrons with quality library services, and I hope the charts we have provided will give you an idea of what your library has to offer and how we performed in 2011. The Westfield Washington Public Library is looking forward to serving your library service needs for 2012. Sheryl A. Sollars Library Director

Library Hours Monday-Thursday 10:00 AM-8:00 PM Friday 10:00 AM-6:00 PM Saturday 10:00 AM-5:00 PM Closed Sunday

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From the Board of Trustees

The board meeting minutes and packets are posted on the librarys website at January 11, 2011 Board Meeting

We received our County Option Income Tax disbursement for January and there was a slight increase over last year. The agenda for the work session to be held January 21, 2011 was passed out and reviewed.

our size throughout the state, statistics from 1995 (the last time there was a renovation), 2000, 2005, 2010.

Paul Ewer and Lindsay Fernandez from Quantum Architecture were on hand to answer any questions Circulation for December 2011 from the board regarding was 30,259, and of those preliminary space reallocation circulations 1,390 were from information that had been Hamilton County Reciprocal Borrowers. 65 items were The library board reviewed designed based on the Librarys circulated by patrons from other the 2011 Investments and Strategic plan, past survey Evergreen Libraries, and a total of Finance Policy during the information and needs of the library. annual Board of Finance 458 items from WWPL were sent meeting. to other Evergreen Libraries. We This meeting was open to the issued 116 new library cards, and public, but it was not a public input of those, 14 were issued to meeting. Hamilton County Reciprocal January 23, 2012 Borrowers. 99 items were checked out using the Self Check station, Library Board Working Session Winter Weather Closings but the Self Check station was down for some time following the The library board met to discuss options for space reallocation, If Westfield declares a Evergreen upgrade. expansion, minor refurbishments snow emergency the (i.e. carpet, wall covering, etc.), or library will be closed. If whether to do nothing at all to the the decision is made to close the current facility would be an option. library due to other weather conditions, the closing will be Information was presented to the reported to all local TV stations library board concerning statistics and be posted on our website and for library services from libraries Facebook page.

Email Newsletter Savings

This is the fourth issue of the librarys monthly newsletter that is being distributed to patrons via email. The newsletter is still available at the library, on our website and by mail to members of our Friends group, but cutting back on print copies saves time, money and is a much greener option. The publication, as well as the monthly calendar, is sent via email to all our patrons with a current email address on file, and everyone that requests it and provides their email address. Anyone who would like to be included on the distribution list may sign up on our website at newsletter.htm. We have gone from printing almost 300 copies and mailing over 100 of those each month, to printing about 150 and mailing 60 of those monthly. With a cost of 57 to print each copy and 45 postage, the library is saving more than $100 each month.

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February 2012

Adult Activities
Book Discussion Groups The Mystery Book Discussion Group is talking about A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd, when they meet on Wednesday, February 1, at 1 p.m. Come join other mystery lovers at a once-a-month discussion group that meets at the library. You are invited even if you havent read the book! Future discussions are: March 7: Death by Darjeeling by Laura Childs April 4: Murder on Astor Place by Victoria Thompson Come join other book lovers at a once-a-month discussion group that meets at the library. The General Group reads a wide variety of genres and meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. You are invited even if you havent read the book! The Paris Wife by Paula McLain is the topic for this month, and the discussion will be in the Sumner Room on Wednesday, February 15. Future discussions are: March 21: The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe April 18: Hamilton County Reads Selection - TBA Genealogy Club Join the Westfield Genealogy Club and share ideas, new websites and sources about family history, as well as meet some terrific people. The club meets on Saturday, February 4 at 10:15 a.m. in the Sumner Room. Beginning and experienced genealogists are welcome to become members. Euchre Group Are you a euchre enthusiast looking for three other players? Join in the fun when the Euchre Group meets at 5:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Come enjoy a relaxing evening of fun with some great people at this free program on February 8 and 22. Computer Classes Come to the free Computer Class at the library and learn all about Microsoft Publisher. This desktop publishing software allows you to create everything from simple flyers to greeting cards and newsletters. The class is presented on Thursday, February 16, at 6:30 p.m. JUST ADDED! Intro to E-books on Monday February 20, at 6:30 p.m. Want to get started on Facebook? Already have a Facebook account but not sure what to do next? Come to the library for Facebook Fundamentals, a class for beginners that teaches you to set up your page, manage privacy settings, and connect with friends and family! Learn to update your status and add a photo, all while you interact with others online. An email address is required to register for Facebook, but the class is free and is offered on Thursday, February 23, at 3 p.m. Join us for a free class called Email Basics, designed for beginners who want to learn how easy it can be to keep up with friends and family through the Internet. Learn to set up a free email account, as well as how to send and receive messages. The class is offered on Tuesday, February 28, at 6:30 p.m. Watercolor Painting Class Talented artist Jan Roland teaches a class in Watercolor Painting and Techniques at the library on Thursday, February 16, at 10:15 a.m. No previous art experience is necessary, and the class fee of $12 includes all materials. Come enjoy expressing your creativity! Please contact Information/ Reference Services to register for any of these programs.

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February 2012
Un-Valentine Party Single? Been dumped? Or do you have someone special? Whatever the situation, teens are invited to an Un-Valentine Party on Thursday, February 9, at 3 p.m. Make cards (happy or sad), decorate heart cookies, have snacks, and play games. This will brighten up your day, no matter what! Hang Time Whatevah Time for Teens is on Tuesday, February 14, at 2:30 p.m., in the Craft Room. Spend the afternoon just hanging out, playing the Wii, eating snacks, talking or doing whatevah. TAG Be part of the Teen Advisory Group (TAG) when it meets at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, February 28.

For Teens Only

Anime Manga Club Anime and manga enthusiasts are invited to join us every Monday for the Anime Manga Club. Hang out, watch anime and have snacks starting at 2:30 p.m. You must be 13 or older, or have a parentsigned permission slip to attend. February 6, 13 and 27. Teen Movie Time Its Teen Movie Time! The movie is Priest ( Screen Gems, PG-13), about a postapocalyptic world where humans and vampires have fought for centuries, and a priest must break his vow of peace and return to the old ways to save his niece from a new hive of vampires. The movie will be shown at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, February 7, and you must be 13 or older to attend.

We need you to help choose and plan teen library activities. These programs are for you, so come and tell us what you want! E.M.O. Club E.M.O. is a club started by teens for teens that meets to play the Wii. You can play just for fun or in real competition against other teens. The library has Wii games to play, but feel free to bring your own. Teens supply the food, so bring some or make a donation. All meetings are 2:30 to 5 p.m., and this months meetings are: Thursday, February 2 Thursday, February 16 Tuesday, February 21

Did You Know?

We have a new, self-serve fax machine, located between the two catalog computers on the wall opposite the New Book shelves. Cost to send a domestic fax is $1.50 for the first page, and $1 for each additional page. An international fax is $4.95 for the first page, and $3.45 for each additional page. There are step-by-step instructions, and credit (Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover), debit and check cards are accepted. Faxes may still be sent to the librarys fax number: 317-896-3702. There is a $.50 charge for each page received. your file, and thats it. It only takes a moment, but its important to the accuracy of your record.

Now you can use your Amazon Kindle with our Overdrive e-books! Overdrive is also Your Evergreen card compatible with Kindle has an expiration date. Most cards expire after two years, reading apps, as well as most other reading devices. Go to our and this is simply to ensure we website to see the great selection have your most current of e-books we have to offer! information on file. If you are checking out materials, you will be asked to verify the information in

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February 2012

Childrens Activities
Baby Love Birth to 18 Months Thursdays at 10:15 a.m. February 2, 9, 16 and 23 Give your child a head start to early literacy with this unique program of rhyme, play and song. Free Storytime Miss Vicki brings you stories, songs, fingerplays and rhymes every week on Mondays and Tuesdays. There is also an art project, craft, or activity afterward. Times each Monday are 10:30 a.m. for Toddlers (18 months to 3 1/2 accompanied by a caregiver) and 1 p.m. for Preschoolers (3 1/2 Kindergarten). On Tuesdays, times are 10:15 a.m. for Preschoolers and 11:15 a.m. for Toddlers. The program is free, and registration is not required. Paws & Read All Ages Saturday, February 11, at 10:30 a.m. Sign up at the Children's Desk for 15 minutes to read to a dog who is a very good listener. Free Yu-Gi-Oh/Pokemon Club All Ages Second Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. Next Meeting: February 8 Bring your cards, play the games, trade cards, and have fun! Free American Girl Club All Ages Second Thursday of every month at 5:30 p.m. Next Meeting: February 9 Make fun items for your doll and Family Spanish Class Learn Spanish together from native speaker Daniela Gasia in a very familyfriendly class for ages 7 and above. Daniela is from Venezuela, and she has a B.S. in Preschool Education, as well as 10 years of teaching experience.

hear an American Girl short story. Free Homeschool Day Join in on a fun and social event for all those in the area who homeschool. Gather at the library the first Thursday of each month at 11 a.m. to play video games, make crafts and meet others in the community who homeschool. Be part of the free fun, and you dont need to register. Next Meeting: February 2 Lego Freebuild Bring your imagination to the library and get creative at a Lego Freebuild. There will be plenty of legos and lots of room to work. Be part of the fun on Thursday, February 23 at 2:30 p.m.

Class is on Fridays, 2:15-3:15 p.m. (12-1 p.m. February 24 only). The cost is $64 per person or $120 per family; and the fee can be pro-rated. Please contact Childrens Services for registration details.

The library offers a wide range of materials and programs to enhance the homeschool experience Please contact Childrens Services for more

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February 2012

New Arrivals
Down the Darkest Road by Tami Hoag Four years after the unsolved disappearance of her sixteen-year-old daughter, Lauren Lawton is the only one still chasing the ghosts of her perfect Santa Barbara life. The world has given her daughter up for dead. Her husband ended his own life in the aftermath. Even Lauren's younger daughter is desperate to find what's left of the childhood she hasn't been allowed to have. The Innocent by Taylor Stevens Eight years ago, a man walked five-yearold Hannah out the front doors of her school and spirited her over the Mexican border, taking her into the world of a cult known as The Chosen. For eight years, followers of The Prophet have hidden the child, moving her from country to country, shielding the man who stole her. Now, those whove searched the longest know where to find her. The Rope by Nevada Barr Anna Pigeon has been a ranger with the National Park Service for many years, but she had a very different life before tragedy sent her west seeking something new. Now Nevada Barr finally tells the previously untold story of Annas first foray into the wild, and the case that helped shape her into the ranger she became. Death of Kings by Bernard Cornwell King Alfred is dying and his passing threatens the island of Britain with renewed warfare. Alfred wants his son, Edward, to succeed him but there are other Saxon claimants to the throne as well as ambitious pagan Vikings to the north. Gorilla Man and the Empress of Steak: A New Orleans Family Memoir by Randy Fertel Fertel weaves the larger-than-life stories of his parents Ruth, founder of Ruths Chris, and Rodney, known as The Gorilla Man for his quixotic 1969 run for mayor with the sights, sounds, and tastes of New Orleans. Keeping the Republic: Saving America by Trusting Americans by Mitch Daniels Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has been called "the most presidential man in America." He has brought more change to his state in a few years than most see in decades. During his tenure, Daniels turned a $700 million deficit into a billion dollar surplus, balanced Indiana's budget even during the recession, converted its once unattractive business climate into one of the strongest for private sector job growth. Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy by Bill Clinton President Bill Clinton gives us his views on the challenges facing the United States today and why government matterspresenting his ideas on restoring economic growth, job creation, financial responsibility, resolving the mortgage crisis, and pursuing a strategy to get us "back in the future business. The New New Rules by Bill Maher The book is named for the weekly monologue on Mahers TV show, where the comedian gives a series of new rules which advocate the ending of political and pop culture trends that irritate him. Jerusalem: A Biography by Simon Sebag Montefiore Jerusalem is the universal city, the capital of two peoples, the shrine of three faiths; it is the prize of empires, the site of Judgement Day and the battlefield of todays clash of civilizations. From King David to Barack Obama, from the birth of Judaism, Christianity and Islam to the Israel-Palestine conflict, this is the epic history of three thousand years of faith, slaughter, fanaticism and coexistence.

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February is Black History Month. Celebrate the culture which has helped to shape our nation into a diverse and vibrant society! Gone With the Wind Did you know Hattie McDaniel was the first African-American to win an Academy Award? She won Best Supporting Actress in 1940 for her role as Mammy the House Servant in Gone with the Wind. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The name Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. symbolizes the civil rights movement. This DVD tells the story of Dr. Kings life. Including photographs and rare footage, the director portrays the ideas, methods, and beliefs behind the spokesperson of the civil rights movement. A Moment in History: The Inauguration of Barack Obama A moment that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. could only dream of arrived on January 20, 2009 at the Inauguration of the first black President of the United States. Watch the full Inauguration of the 44th President along with special features on this commemorative DVD. Some other resources include:


Eyes on the Prize a 7 volume PBS documentary on the Civil Rights Movement. Roots the
celebrated TV series chronicling the story of one family through approximately 120 years. NEW BOOKS ON CD

The Rope by Nevada Barr Taken by Robert Crais A Devil is Waiting by Jack Higgins Covert Warriors by W.E.B. Griffin and Wm. E. Butterworth IV D.C. Dead

Voices of the Civil Right Movement a CD set of Black American Freedom Songs from 1960 through 1966.
Blu-Rays have been added to our audio/visual collection! We are purchasing the Blu-Ray/DVD combo packs of new titles . They may be played on Blu-Ray disc players, Playstation 3 game systems and computers equipped with Blu-Ray capability. NEW DVDs


I Dont Know How She Does It

by Stuart Woods

Ides of March

Mildred Pierce

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

Free AARP Tax Assistance

Beginning February 10, AARP will again offer free tax assistance at the library. Representatives will be in the Sumner Room every Friday until April 6. You will need to register in advance. Appointments are available between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Please contact Information/Reference Services at 317-896-9391 Ext. 117 to reserve a spot.

Friends of the Westfield Library

Friends Board: Sara Reitmeyer, President Virginia Fiscus, Vice President Jeanette Wachtel, Treasurer Marie Albertson, Secretary Carly Schull, Member-at-Large Visit our webpage:

2012 Book Sales

One part of the Friends fundraising efforts is Book Sales. There is always a special Preview Sale for Friends members on Friday from 6 p.m to 7:30 p.m., then the sale is open to the general public during regular library hours from Saturday through the following Saturday. Sales for 2012: 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 four times a year, and our Annual Craft Bazaar and Silent Auction, the group raises money used to fund library programs and to purchase items that are not within the library's operating budget.

Calling all Friends

The Friends needs you to volunteer as little as one hour of your time to help the library as a cashier at one of the Book Sales. Please contact Sandy at 317-8969391. We cant do it without YOU!

March 2-10 June 1-9 September 7-15 Annual Nearly New Sale December 7-15

Westfield Washington Public Library Annual Report for 2011

2011 Operating Fund Revenue Sources

Property Tax COIT State Distribution Financial Institution Tax License Excise Tax and CVET Technology Fund LSTA Grant Community Development Block Grant Fines and Fees Interest on Investments Misc. Rev

Total Operating Fund Income 2000-2011 $1,400,000.00 $1,200,000.00 $1,000,000.00 $800,000.00 $600,000.00 $400,000.00 $200,000.00 $TOTAL Operating Fund Income




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Operating Fund Expenitures by Category 2000-2011

$1,400,000.00 $1,200,000.00 $1,000,000.00 $800,000.00 $600,000.00 $400,000.00 $200,000.00 $2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 Personal Services Supplies Other Services and Charges Capital Outlays Total Operating Fund Expenditures

Total Operating Fund Expenditures 2000-2011 $1,400,000.00 $1,200,000.00 $1,000,000.00 $800,000.00 $600,000.00 $400,000.00 $200,000.00 $20 00 20 02 20 04 20 06 20 08 20 10

Total Operating Fund Expenditures

Registered Patrons 2000-2011 25,000 20,000 15,000 10,000 5,000 0

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Circulation All Materials 2000-2011 # of items Circulated 600000 500000 400000 300000 200000 100000 0
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2011 Circulation by Material

Downloadable, 5750, 1% Interactive Software, 1631, 0% VHS, 10529, 2% CDs, 18568, 4% Multimedia, 89, 0% 14-day, 5726, 1% Adult Books, 79203, 18% 14-day Adult Books Juv Books YA Books Magazines Audio Books CD-ROMS DVDs DVDs, 151175, 34% Multimedia CDs VHS Interactive Software Downloadable Juv Books, 142580, 32% CD-ROMS, 718, 0% Audio Books, 16034, 4% Magazines, 10612, 2% YA Books, 11184, 2%

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Total Num ber of Program s 2000-2011 1400 1200 1000 800 600 400 200 0
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Annual Program Attendance 2000-2011 25000 20000

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Annual Program Attendance

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REFERENCE TRANSACTIONS/ WEEK 2000-2011 450 400 350 300 250 200 150 100 50 0
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2000* and 2001** WWPL was closed September 2000-April 2001 due to mold remediation *** In 2004 WWPL switched ILS (Intergrated Library Systems) to Sirsi **** In October 2009 WWPL switched ILS to Evergreen Indiana ***** In Janaury 2010 the library reduced hours from 61/week to 55/week

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