The members of the Greenville Public Library Board of Trustees and I want to take the opportunity to thank the voters of Greenville and the Greenville School District for their support in passing our recent 1 mill operating levy renewal. It was gratifying to see this levy pass by such a substantial margin. After the financial crisis of 2009 and large cutbacks in State of Ohio funding, local support of library systems has become a critical source of revenue for libraries across the State. The Greenville Public Library is no exception and for the last 5 years our local levy has amounted to nearly 40 percent of our total operating budget.
With the levy renewal, the voters of Greenville and the surrounding school district will continue to see all the popular services that they have come to expect. Libraries are so much more than just books. Library users of our community will find available to them the latest electronic services including electronic books, databases and Magazines, WiFi for their laptops, phones and other devices, free legal downloadable music, fast public access Internet connections as well as help and instruction in using these services.
Traditional services also will continue to be supported. Library users will see plenty of new books and magazines on our shelves. Motion picture and Television show DVDs, Music Compact Discs, Audio Books, Magazines and many other items will be available for checkout to our public at no cost. Programming for all ages will be hosted on an almost daily basis. Popular programs such as story times for children, Lego Club for older kids, games and other activities for teens and a variety of subject oriented programs for Adults will make a regular appearance both within our walls or just outside it. Also keep a healthy appetite as Lunch on the Lawn will be back again this summer. As usual it will allow our public to sample food from our local downtown eateries, while being able to hear outstanding musical performances by local performers.
Again Voters, thank you for your generosity! Without it we certainly would not be able to keep up with all the exciting new advances of our time or continue the level of service that our community needs and requires from its Public Library.
John Vehre, Director and Susi Halley, Fiscal Officer