Tuscarawas County Public Library System MAIN • BOLIVAR • STRASBURG • SUGARCREEK • TUSCARAWAS • MOBILE SERVICES WWW.TUSCLIBRARY.ORG | 330-364-4474 Annual Report 2021
COMMUNITY IMPACT Requests Directors Note: In a year filled with challenges, the Tuscarawas County Public Library System stayed focused on its goal to provide library services in a safe and healthy environment for customers and staff alike. I am proud of our staff’s commitment and efforts to make a difference in the Tuscarawas County community, all while navigating the twists and turns of the pandemic. Throughout the year, restrictions and limits on library services were lifted in a measured way moving the library beyond the grab-and-go model adopted in the prior year. By year’s end, access to all the library’s collections and services were restored. For those customers who preferred, curbside and drive-up services remained an option. Library staff capitalized on grants and community partnerships in 2021 to further opportunities for residents of Tuscarawas County. Through these efforts, the library increased resident access to the Internet; customers gained the ability to send print jobs from home to the library; customers in need gained access to food and meals; the county’s Latino population gained awareness of library services and were engaged in the local art community; Pop-Up Libraries increased access to library materials in remote areas of our service district; and preschoolers and their families were engaged with materials and programs to assist with school-readiness. As we look toward 2022, we look forward to building upon our accomplishments and continuing to engage the community and you, our customers. Sincerely, Michelle McMorrow Ramsell Top Reads What You Checked Out 52.82% PRINT 26.06% MOVIES 16.34% DIGITAL 1.75% GAMES 1.55% AUDIOBOOKS 1.04% MUSIC 0.44% KITS 202 PASSPORTS REQUESTS 34,902 REFERENCE QUESTIONS ANSWERED 251 NOTARY REQUESTS Deliveries & Pickups Services Added 820 ITEMS DELIVERED TO HOMES AND NURSING HOME FACILITIES 1,110 ITEMS PICKED UP THROUGH THE 24/7 LOCKERS 877 CURBSIDE PICKUPS ACROSS ALL FIVE OF OUR LIBRARY LOCATIONS 80 ITEMS DELIVERED WITH OUR BOOKS BY MAIL SERVICE 30 ADDITIONAL HOTSPOTS ADDED FOR CHECK OUT 6 READY FOR SCHOOL BACKPACKS LAUNCHED IN MEMORY OF THE FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY BOARDMEMBER SHIRLEYWAGNER 21,262 COVID-19 RAPID AT-HOME TEST KITS DISTRIBUTED 10 COMMUNITY WI-FI ACCESS POINTS INSTALLED IN AREA PARKS, COMMUNITY CENTERS, AND NEIGHBORHOODS 11,326 ITEMS PICKED UP THROUGH THE MAIN LIBRARY’S DRIVE-UP WINDOW 10 BOARD GAMES WERE ADDED TO OUR COLLECTION 916 CRATES OF BOOKS DELIVERED TO 18 SCHOOLS IN 5 SCHOOL DISTRICTS 2 DATABASES (NOVELIST AND BRAINFUSE) AND 1 VIDEO STREAMING SERVICE (KANOPY) WERE PURCHASED 127% increase in fund balance since being established in 2019 13 community donations since 2019 $36,525.13 balance as of 12/31/2021 Established in December 2019, the Tuscarawas County Public Library Foundation was created as a way to ensure a permanent source of income that will continue to grow with the financial support from supporters of the Library. Income from the foundation helps ensure the Library’s programming and services continue for generations to come.
“We are definitely blessed by our partnership with the Tuscarawas County Public Library. Together we are helping meet the needs of so many families in our county!” Shelly Gomez Caseworker The Dover-New Philadelphia Salvation Army Installation of the Brighter, Together mural, acollaboration with area students and Tuscarawas Arts Partnership (TAP) to celebrate theLatinocommunity in Tuscarawas County. Library Highlights JANUARY Chromebooks, webcams, selfie lights, storytime kits, and more added to the Library of Things. The Dover-New Philadelphia Salvation Army installed a Little Free Pantry at the Main Library. FEBRUARY Awarded the American Dream Literacy Initiative to increase library services to our Spanish speaking customers. MARCH Held Space Camps with COSI Connect Learning Lunchbox kits throughapartnership from COSI Science Center and Ohio Library Council. AUGUST SEPTEMBER DECEMBER 166 books distributed for babies born at Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital from the First Steps to Literacy Books for Babies Trust Fund. JUNE JULY Summer Feed Program began with the Dover-New Phi ladelphia Salvation Army. 364 meals were served at the Main Library. Little Free Libraries installed at the Ragersville Historical Society and Canal Lands Park. MAY Take a Book, Leave a Book cart installed at Park Place Youth Center. First COVID-19 vaccination clinic held in partnership with the Tuscarawas County Health Department. The OSU Extension Office provided seeds for the Seed Lending Library. MakerSpace equipment returns to the public. Curbside Pick-up and Self-Checkout added to the TCPL App. Print-On-The-Go became available at all five library locations.