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On behalf of the Library Board of Trustees, the Library staff, and Library users of all ages, I extend my thanks to the voters who supported the Library by voting for Issue 10. With the renewal of the 1.9 mill operating levy for six years, the Library will continue providing a top-notch collection of materials to borrow, fun and informative programs to attend, and innovative services to use. The levy provides about 55% or approximately $14.7 million of the Library’s total income.

PHS 2018 I also am grateful for the work of Citizens for the Library’s Future, the campaign committee. Honorary co-chairs Teresa LeGrair and James Simon provided help and support, as did the honorary community chairs and working committee chairs.

The Library provides access to:

  • Important programs that support early childhood literacy and reading readiness;
  • Books and support materials for students, their parents, caregivers, and teachers;
  • Internet, free Wi-Fi, and digital services that help people to search and apply for jobs;
  • Opportunities to explore and express creativity via the TechZone@Main, craft and hobby databases, and programs about writing, art, and music;
  • Accurate information about health, nutrition, current events, and many other topics of interest;
  • Numerous resources for small businesses, including the Microbusiness Center, databases containing market research reports and guidance on creating business plans; and, of course,
  • Millions of books, magazines, audiobooks, DVDs, and digital titles for enjoyment and personal enrichment.

Additionally, the Library partners with many organizations such as Project Learn, Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board, Direction Home Akron Canton Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities, Akron Art Museum, Summit County Historical Society, Summit Education Initiative, and ConxusNEO in order to be an active participant in the success of the community. The approval of the levy renewal will help ensure that we can continue to collaborate with these and many other organizations around Summit County.

Author: Pam Hickson-Stevenson, Executive Director