The Case for Expanding Our Library

 

History & Growth of YPL

Before we became the Yorktown Public Library, we existed in the 1990’s as the Wright Memorial Library, a community library supported solely by donations and volunteers. At that time, Yorktown had a population of about 4,800 and the tiny library filled a community void. However, it wasn’t long before we had outgrown the small Wright Memorial Building.

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The Wright Memorial Building in downtown Yorktown.

In 2000, the Yorktown Public Library officially opened its doors in a larger building, formerly Bonnet Drugs, where it still stands today.

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Our current building

Now, with Yorktown’s population approaching 12,000, we are outgrowing ourselves once again.

Since 2002:

  • Our staff has increased by 260%
  • The number of public computers has increased by 380%
  • The number of materials in the library has increased by 365%
  • The number of patrons has increased by 417%
  • The circulation of materials has increased by 380%
  • Our building size has increased by 0%

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As you can see from the infographic above, we have grown a lot in the last 15 years! The problem is, our building hasn’t grown with us. If you have visited the library during after-school hours, you can attest to our lack of space.

Along with our expansive material collection, our 24 public computers are a draw to teenagers and adults alike, which creates a competition for space when school lets out each day. One of our main goals for this expansion project is to create distinct and separate spaces for children, teens, and adults. We want everyone to feel welcome at the library anytime they visit.

As a newcomer to Yorktown who plans to raise two kids here… I LOVE the idea of a library expansion!

-Patron petition message

The Plan

We will be working with an experienced architect from a small company called Stair Associates to expand and renovate the library.

The renovation and expansion will include:

  • A 3,000 square foot addition
  • More public bathrooms (we currently have one)
  • Separate children, teen, and adult areas
  • Relocation and enlargement of conference room to create a more usable meeting room for the community
  • A local business touchscreen kiosk in the lobby that would advertise Yorktown businesses for free

The addition will also create an opportunity for a new main entry, with a new circulation desk front and center. It will also give us an opportunity to create an attractive gateway into downtown Yorktown. Parking will be moved to what is now the back lot of the building.

While it’s too early for an exact blueprint, the architect has made some visual preliminary plans.

Our Library is used by all age groups. The special sessions held there, the summer reading program for children (and their parents), and the shear number/volumes of books, DVDs and periodicals is bulging at the seams. A new attractive Library would be a great addition to Yorktown. We need some of the old buildings in town renovated and this would be a good start.

-Patron petition message

Tax Impact

The total cost of this project will be $1.8 million. The library will contribute $400,000, bringing the amount we need to $1.4 million. This is the amount we are requesting the Yorktown Town Council to approve the library to issue in bonds.

We understand that the community’s biggest concern surrounding our proposed expansion is increasing property taxes. We’ve broken down the projected cost for households, business, and farmers in a few examples below.

Households

Copy of Tax impact for homeowners

Businesses

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Farmers

Tax impact for farmers

A town image is enhanced by the presence of a good library. The current staff provides wonderful service to patrons. The proposed expansion will allow them to provide even better service, thereby making Yorktown a more attractive community.

-Patron petition message

Economic Impact

From the information above, you can see that expanding the library will require a property tax increase. However, money spent on public libraries yields a return on that investment.

I save loads of money every year by utilizing my library’s fine collections. I love seeing it crowded with children and adults, nearly any time I’m there.

-Patron petition message

Local Businesses

On average, every $1.00 Indiana communities spend on their public library yields $2.38 in direct benefits. This figure comes from a 2005 report by the Indiana Business Research Center and is, by many estimates, conservative. Direct benefits increase depending on services that libraries are able to offer, especially to local businesses.

Because the study by the IBRC is over a decade old, modern library services aren’t taken into consideration. We are able to provide a variety of beneficial services at no cost:

  • High speed Internet access
  • Prolific and comprehensive databases 
    • legal forms, automotive manuals, marketing tools, ancestry.com library edition, resume builder, foreign language education, and so much more!
  • Meeting/conference room
  • One-on-one computer classes

 

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Example of touchscreen kiosk with map directory

The services listed above help local businesses. By expanding the library, we would be able to expand these services as well. An enlarged conference room, for example, will enable local businesses and groups to have a free meeting space that fits their needs.

A local business touchscreen kiosk in the lobby would advertise businesses in the area for free.

In addition, by separating the adult space from the teen and children spaces, you’ll have access to a quiet work space no matter the time of day.

Patrons

Many benefits for local businesses also directly benefit patrons. High speed Internet access, comprehensive databases, a meeting room, and computer classes can all be taken advantage of by patrons.

A library should be a gathering place for the community. The Yorktown library is not attractive and does not have the space for very many activities.

-Patron petition message

By expanding the library, we’ll be able to offer our patrons additional services to those listed above:

  • More materials
    • More square footage will mean more room for shelving units
  • More programs and services
    • More space will allow us to host more events at the library, including classes and guest speakers/authors
    • We’ve discussed using some of the extra room to create a maker’s space. Maker’s spaces typically have things like sewing machines, 3D printers, and more.
  • Self-checkout
      • Many of you have asked us about self-checkout stations. With more room for these stations, that will be a viable option.
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        Example of a self-checkout station.

         

     

Conclusion

If you’ve been on the fence about whether or not to sign our petition to the Yorktown Town Council, we hope the information presented here has helped. We are asking the Council to approve $1.4 million in bonds for this project. You can review the potential cost for your household, business, or farm in the examples above, under Tax Impact.

I would love to see are [sic] library grow with growth in knowledge would mean a stronger community and with a stronger community backed with knowledge what wrong would we be doing?

-Patron petition message

It is the mission of the Yorktown Public Library to provide a variety of current materials and services to meet the educational, informational, and recreational needs of the community. As our community has grown to a population of nearly 12,000, we must also grow to meet their needs. It is a pleasure to serve this community, and we want to do so to the best of our ability.

You can sign our petition online or in person at the library. If you would like to volunteer to take the petition around your neighborhood, or if you would like information regarding our letter writing campaign, contact Liz Rozelle at lizrozelle@yorktownlib.org.

We cannot do this project without your support!

Please approve this! What a wonderful idea and would add value to our community!

-Patron petition message

One More Thing…

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Patron receipt with amount saved in 2017

On the bottom of every checkout receipt you receive from the library, you can see how much you’ve saved year-to-date by using the library instead of purchasing materials from retailers.

We ran a report to see how much all of our patrons have saved so far in 2017.

That amount?

$1.4 million

 

 

 

 

Sources:

Apollo Biblionix. “Member Amount Saved Report.” Indiana, 19 Oct. 2017.

http://www.ibrc.indiana.edu/studies/EconomicImpactOfLibraries_2007.pdf

http://www.incontext.indiana.edu/2007/december/6.asp

http://www.thestarpress.com/story/news/local/yorktown/2015/02/05/yorktown-public-library-loses-two-key-board-members/22917885/

 

 

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Falling Back Into The Library

September is here! We know many of you are excited for the cooler weather, hot beverages, football, and pumpkin spice flavored everything, and we are too! Not only are we excited for Fall here at the library; we’re excited for the return of another season of great family programming!

The Summer Reading Program was super this year, and now it’s time to return to Story Time, Teen Scene, Toddler Exploration, Family Bingo, and two new raffles!

 

Children’s Programming

Beginning September 9, Story Times are back in session. We offer two different story times, each suited to different age groups. Tiny Tots is a story time for our youngest patrons and a caregiver. Enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays, and bubbles! Tiny Tots lasts about as long as their attention span–20-30 minutes, every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.. We encourage you to stay and play afterwards!

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Kids enjoy dancing in the bubbles at Tiny Tots!

Our second story time, Bookworms, is designed for pre-K children ages 3-5 and their caregiver. Sing songs, listen to stories, play games, improve early literacy skills, and participate in art activities! Bookworms lasts a bit longer than Tiny Tots–45-60 minutes, every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Go ahead…be a Bookworm!

Playing a fun game with our Children's Librarian at Bookworms!
Playing a fun game with our Children’s Librarian at Bookworms!

In addition to our two story times, we also offer a monthly program called Toddler Exploration. Toddler Exploration is all about–you guessed it–letting toddlers explore the world around them! Our children’s librarian sets up five different, self-directed hands-on stations for the little ones (18-36 months) to explore their senses. The theme changes each month, and September’s theme is ABCs and 123s. Come dressed to make a mess, September 11 at 10:30 a.m.!

Getting messy decorating cookies at Toddler Exploration!
Getting messy decorating cookies at Toddler Exploration!

 

Teen Programming

Not only do we offer programming for children, we also offer a fun after school activity for teens! Teen Scene meets for an hour, one to two Friday(s) a month. At Teen Scene, you’ll make art, perform experiments, play games, and hang out with your friends at the library. We even provide snacks! There’s no need to sign up; just check out our event calendar, and come to the library to enjoy! September’s Teen Scene is on September 18 at 3:30 p.m.!

Teens painted book ends, based on their favorite YA novels, to be used in the YA section of the library!
Teens painted book ends, based on their favorite YA novels, to be used in the YA section of the library!

Fun For The Whole Family!

We’ve covered children and teen programming, but what about something the whole family can enjoy? Enter Family Bingo Night! A very popular monthly event at the library, Family Bingo has a different theme each month, which the prizes reflect. This month, the theme is Family Movie Bingo, and the prizes are all great movies you can enjoy with your family! Family Bingo will be held September 17 at 6:00 p.m. Space is limited, so be sure to sign up at the circulation desk today!

Families enjoying programming at the library!
Families enjoying programming at the library!

 

In addition to Family Bingo, we also have a great raffle going on for the entire family! This year’s Fall Break Raffle offers a prize package of Two VIP Car Passes to African Safari Wildlife Park in Port Clinton, Ohio, Four Tickets to Muncie Civic Theatre’s Production of Into the Woods, Four Passes to Climb Time Indy, Tuttle Orchards Family Fun Pack: four passes to the Agrimaze, Kid’s Area, Hayride, and four free caramel apples, and Eight Coupons for a free custard cone at Culver’s. Talk about a great staycation! Tickets are $2.00 apiece, or three for $5.00. All proceeds go towards the 2016 Summer Reading program.

As if the Fall Break Raffle wasn’t enough, we’re also offering a great promotion if you sign up for a library card this month! September is National Library card Sign-Up Month, and we are offering each person who signs up for a library card a raffle ticket to win a Kindle Fire HD6! Current patrons, don’t worry! You will also be entered into the raffle if you refer someone to be a new member! This promotion will run from September 1 to September 30, with the drawing for the Kindle Fire HD6 will be held on October 1, at 10:00 a.m.!

As the year continues, there will be even more great programming to look forward to: 12 Weeks of Reading, Blind Date With a Book, holiday programming, and so much more! We love providing our patrons with these programs. There are some who believe libraries to be obsolete. What use would we have for libraries in our modern, digital world? Thankfully, we know that’s not true! Thanks to children’s programming, which improves early literacy and education, and teen programming which provides a safe after-school place for teenagers, and family programming which provides free entertainment to our community, we know that we’ll be around for a long time! We appreciate all of our patrons who make our library so great! If you’ve never been to your library, stop in, and explore all of your opportunities today!

Summer Reading Program Review

There we go! It’s all over! What a great Summer Reading Program we had this year. A special thanks to all who participated, and thanks to all our sponsors that helped us put the program on.

The Totals

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In total we had 410 young people participate in the SRP; 92 of them were preschool aged, 209 were school aged, 68 were teenagers, and 41 came from daycare programs! Tadpoles submitted 228 early literacy sheets, Frogs read for 1722 hours, and the Teens read 1048 hours.  Everyone did a great job and we hope to see you keep coming to the library to get books during the school year.

However the SRP wasn’t just for the children, we had an adult program as well. There was a total of 100 adult readers who read a total of 350 books. That’s more than 3 books a person! We have compiled a list of all the books that were rated with 5 stars, which you can find at Jenifer’s desk.

The Winners

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What more can be said! These kids did a great job reading and won the raffle drawings for the Super Reader prizes. The Tadpoles winner won the LeadFrog Leap Pad, the Frogs winner won an iPad mini, and the Teen winner won a set of Beats headphones. The Adult winner won a Kindle Fire HDX.

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Once again, thanks to everyone involved and who participated in our Summer Reading Program. You helped make this year a success and we hope to see you again next year!

Summer Reading Preview

Well it’s that time of year again. The time where kids and adults go crazy, and read a TON of books! Of course that isn’t all that happens. So read on and get a bit of a preview over what’s happening this year for the Summer Reading Program (SRP).

Who?

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The SRP is designed for all ages. The Tadpoles group is meant for children from birth to preschool. They will have sheets designed to increase their early literacy skills with the help of parents. The Frogs group will be for school age children (up to children going into 5th grade). These children will have time-logs to fill out, to designate the hours they’ve put into their books. The Teens have their own program too! This is open to all young people from entering 6th grade to going into 12th (if they have graduated high school, they aren’t teens anymore). They have to keep track of their time as well, but in order to qualify for the Super Reader prize they must turn in a small book review. The final group is the Adults. The adult program is for everyone from after High School till you can’t read anymore.

What? (The Super Reader Prize)

SRP Prizes

Each group has it’s own super reader prize!

  • Tadpoles: Leap Pad Ultra XDI w/ Get Ready for Kindergarten bundle
  • Frogs: iPad Mini
  • Teens: Beats Headphones
  • Adults: Kindle Fire HDX Tablet

When?

SRP Calendar

May 27: Sign-up Day

On May 27th, registration for the SRP will officially open up. Come in anytime after we open and register. This applies to all of the programs.

May 30: Superhero Saturday

Keeping up with the theme of this year’s SRP, our big kickoff party will be Superhero Saturday! Meet us at Pleasantview Elementary School between 11am-1pm. There will be a bounce house, Super Hero training, Super Hero masks, as well as a photo booth to take your own heroic picture.

June 3rd: Snakehead Ed (Tadpoles & Frogs) / Masked Marshmallow Men (Teens)

June 10th: CR Ryan Magic Show / Frankentoy Friends

June 17th: Ruditoonz / Caped Crusader Cubies

June 24th: Jill’s Giant Adventure / Comic Collages

July 8th: The Water Show / Masquerade

July 11th: Final day to pick up weekly prizes

If you would like anymore information about the events of the SRP, please contact our Youth Librarian.

Where?


All programming (except Superhero Saturday) is scheduled to take place at Morrow’s Meadow. The Tadpoles & Frogs programming will begin at 2pm and the Teen programming will be right after at 3. If the weather disagrees with us, our rain location is the PVE gym.

How to get prizes?

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Tadpoles will have a sheet full of early literacy activities. Once they do all they activities on 1 sheet they can turn it in and receive a prize. Want to earn more? You child can turn in up to 3 sheets a week for a prize! In order to be entered for the Super Reader prize you must turn in 10 pages for 1 ticket. So keep the pages coming in all summer long.

Frogs will have a time log they will have to use to keep track of their time reading. Once they reach a total of 1 hour reading, they get a prize! Just like the Tadpoles, your child can turn in up to 3 hours per week for a prize. For 1 ticket in the Super Reader prize your child must read 20 hours.

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Teens will have a time log as well, but we’ve raised their reading requirement. Teens will have to read 8 hours a week to be entered into the weekly prize drawings. 8 hours will equal 1 ticket, so read more to get more tickets in the weekly drawing. In order to get tickets in the Super Reader prize drawing, you must turn in a small book review of a book at your reading level.

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Adults will have weekly prizes as well. Simply turn in a small review of a book and get a ticket placed into the drawing. All tickets are kept to be put into the Super Reader drawing. So the more books you read, the better your chances at getting that Kindle Fire!

If you want to stay on top of what is going on with the SRP you can always check out our Facebook page, or there is a page dedicated to the Summer Reading Program. Make sure to start coming in on May 27 (that’s this Wednesday) to sign up.

Any questions? Never be afraid to contact us or leave a comment!

Unlimited Possibilities @ Your Library

It’s National Library Week this week and do you know what that means? It’s a time for us to get together to celebrate libraries and promote using the library! This year’s theme is “Unlimited Possibilities @ Your Library”. So make sure to get into your local library and discover all the information and programming that is available to you, with a simple piece of plastic in your pocket/wallet.

History

In the late 1950s, the American Library Association (ALA) and the American Book Publishers (ABP) realized there was a decline in how much money people were spending on books. Fearing a decline in how much people were reading, they formed the National Book Committee who’s sole purpose was to get Americans excited about reading again. So in 1958, the Committee set up the first annual National Library Week (the theme was “Wake Up and Read”). The idea was to get people excited about reading again by getting the enthused about the library. People began to use libraries again!

Today, National Library Week has taken on more than simply getting people reading again. They even introduced three special celebration days within the week to help celebrate different things that libraries do.

National Library Workers Day

On the Tuesday of National Library Week, we take a day to celebrate all the staff, administrators and Friends groups that help our libraries run. If you want to make a special recognition to someone at your library, the site for National Library Workers Day takes recommendations for “Stars”. These “Stars” are featured on their website along with the great things you have to say about them. So you can celebrate this day, by nominating someone from your library to be a “Star”!

The YPL Staff celebrating Halloween 2014
The YPL Staff celebrating Halloween 2014

National Bookmobile Day

On the Wednesday of National Library Week we celebrate the mobile service that many libraries use called the Bookmobile. Bookmobile services take books to the people, instead of making people come to the library. You can see them at community events, traveling to schools and daycare centers, and even to nursing homes. Some libraries do not have a “Bookmobile” but do have a service to bring materials to their patrons who are homebound.

Weapon of Mass Instruction created by Argentinian artist Raul Lemesoff
Weapon of Mass Instruction created by Argentinian artist Raul Lemesoff

Celebrate Teen Literature Day

The Thursday of National Library Week is Celebrate Teen Literature Day. This day was set up as a way to show that Young Adult literature is a strong, vibrant, and growing genre with a lot to offer today’s teens. Many of us are familiar with this genre, if for no other reason than Hollywood keeps making movies based on these books. Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Percy Jackson, and the Twilight series are all examples of popular Young Adult books. However, there are still plenty of great books that have not been made into movies (yet). Need help? Ask you Youth Librarian for help finding these!

Bookends painted to depict Young Adult book covers. Done by our Teen Scene group
Bookends painted to depict Young Adult book covers. Done by our Teen Scene group

With this week upon us, make sure you get into your library to see what they offer! Even bring in someone new to get them a library card. If you visit your library regularly, on behalf of all libraries, we thank you for your support. You are why we continue to be great community assets all over the world.

If you want more information on National Library Week, check out the ALA website, and if you want to know what your library is doing make sure to contact them.

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Spring Food For Fines

National Library Week (April 13th-18th) is upon us!

During this time we like to try and celebrate by giving back to both you (our patrons) and the community. We will be having a week long food drive called Food for Fines. All you have to do is bring in any non-perishable food item, and we will take off $1. If you bring in more than one item, we will take off more than $1! So if you have found yourself not in our good graces, this is a way to correct that. However we cannot accept everything. Here’s a list of things we can’t take:

  • Kool-Aid packets
  • Individual drink mixes
  • Seasoning packets
  • Expired/Out-of-date food

All the food that will be collected will stay within the community. We will be donating it to the REACH ministry in Yorktown. They specialize in distributing food, laundry detergent, personal hygiene items, and more to needy people and families in the Yorktown community. All they ask is that you bring a valid ID showing you live in the area to one of their monthly distributions. The one for April will be on Saturday, April 18th from 9 till 11. For more information, check out their Facebook<add link> page.

So help us support this great community outreach for this year’s Spring Food for Fines.

Holiday Closings

The Library will be closed on December 24th and 25th to give the staff time to celebrate Christmas with their friends and families. We will be opening back up on December 26th at normal hours starting at 10.

The Library will also be closed on January 1st so the staff can celebrate the New Year. We will reopen on January 2nd at normal hours starting at 10.

We hope everyone has good and safe holidays and we will see you all when we are here!

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year
-YPL Staff