It's hard to believe that Fall is here. I always look forward to the first changing leaves and seeing the colorful hillsides throughout Harrison County. Another new sight that we will be seeing is the library will have a renewal on the ballot for the first time. This 1 mill 5 year levy renewal will support the continued operations of the Clark Branch, Scio Branch and Puskarich Public Library.
The library has seen a lot of changes since four years ago. Your vote has made a difference and our libraries are busier than ever with record circulation in 2012. All buildings together circulated over 192,000 items and had over 6,000 attend programs. Maintaining these services is essential and vital to our communities, as well as a reflection of the important role that libraries play in residents' lives.
The State's Public Library Fund has been cut 30.7% since 2001. The levy renewal will allow our libraries to continue to offer new materials, additional programs, upgrade existing technology and increase access to public computing despite the State's cuts. These resources make a difference in people's lives. Voters in the Harrison Hills City School District, Buckeye Local, and Edison Local School Districts within Harrison County can vote on this renewal. These areas are within the library's service district which was recently updated by the State Library of Ohio.
Please visit the library levy website for more information and to find the value of the library's services using the library value calculator: www.vote4library.org
It's been years since my first visit to the library when I came to Betty Smith's Summer Reading Program. Coming to the library instilled in me a love of reading and showed the importance of the libraries to me at a young age.
I encourage you to vote on November 5th. Your libraries enrich communities and encourage lifelong learning. Make a difference by remembering to cast your ballot. Libraries are a treasure in our communities worth keeping.
Thank you for your consideration,
Puskarich Public Library