Friends of the Library Book Sale


Friends of the Library Preview Sale

Friday, May 15, Friends Preview Sale 3 – 5 pm

For members of The Friends of the Library.

Friends of the Library Book Sale

Saturday, May 16, 10:30 am – 4 pm

The Friends of Goodyear Library will have a selection of gently used books, paperbacks, and large print books, as well as some movies and music. They will be selling them at bargain prices; come check out the deals.





Library Levy on May 5th Ballot

As we move through 2015, the dominant issue for our library system is the 1.4 mill renewal / 0.5 mill increase levy on the May 5th primary election ballot.

The following are the basic facts about the levy:

  • The existing 1.4 mill levy represents about one half ($11 million) of the library’s annual operating revenue, and that levy expires in 2015.
  • The other major source of library revenue, from the State of Ohio, has been significantly reduced. Since state budget cuts began in 2009, the library’s cumulative loss in state funding is more than $18 million.
  • Compared to 2006-2008, the library received $3.5 million less in state funding in 2014.
  • Annual revenue from the existing local property tax levy has declined by over $1 million due to reduced property value.
  • This combination of reduced state and local funding translates to a 17% loss in overall annual revenue for the library.

Since 2009, this large reduction in annual revenue has caused us to do the following:

  • Reduced operating budget in all areas, including over $2 million reduction in personnel
  • Reduced staff; now have 16% fewer employees (56 FTEs) than 2008
  • Reduced budget for books, CDs DVDs, and ebooks by $1 million
  • Delayed replacement and upgrades of computer hardware and software
  • Postponed repairs and maintenance of facilities
  • Reduced hours of operation by 15% in 2014

The 2015 levy is the first request for additional millage in 11 years, and would generate an estimated $14.7 million per year for the library. The funds from this levy will be used to restore areas of reduction and sustain Library operations: programs, services, staffing, maintenance of our facilities, and updating our technology. Without this renewal/increase levy, the Library will be faced with significant decline in our ability to serve the public, and we will be forced to further reduce everything that we do throughout the library system.

For owner of a $100,000 home:

  • Current 1.4 mill renewal costs $4.08 / month or $49 / year
  • Increase of 0.5 mill will cost $1.46 / month or $17.50 / year
  • Total of 1.9 mills will cost $5.54 / month or $66.50 / year

The Library has had the support of the community through a local property tax levy for over 30 years. With the help of that local funding, we have been able to evolve and grow into a nationally recognized public library system. We are truly grateful for that support, and for the privilege to provide service to this community.

For more information about the Library levy on the May 5th Primary Election ballot, click here.



Spring Break Basket Raffle

spring break

April 6 – 11

Each time you check out items this week

you will receive one ticket for the basket raffle.

  You could win one of these baskets filled with gently used books and other fun items.  There is something for all ages.

Check us out this week and enjoy your Spring Break!

Winners will be notified

Monday, April 13


Paws for Reading



Paws for Reading

Mondays, March 9, April 13, May 11, 4 pm

Come meet Callie and Lizzie – they love to listen to stories!

Practice your reading skills by reading aloud to our doggie pals.  Bring a book from home or read one of ours!  Not reading yet?  Our dogs’ human pals will read to you.  This is a great way for children to practice their literacy skills and gain more confidence in reading aloud.  Children of all ages are welcome.  No registration is needed.



Love in the Library



This week we have created a Valentine Tree filled with hearts that explain “I Love My Library Because…”  Stop in and tell us why you love the library!


Writing Contest Winners


Congratulations to the winners of our writing contest!  In November, grades K-12 were asked to write about an animal.  Here are the winners we picked!

Grades K-1

Winner: Antoine B.

Grades 2-3

Winner: The Cute Hamster That Wanted To Be a Pet by Kaleya J.

Runner Up: The Bunny Who Can Sing by RaMyiah B.

Grades 4-6

Winner: The Cameleon by Darryll B.

Runners Up:

My Pet by Sydni J.

The Missing Turtle by Rashen B.

Emily T.

No Petey! by Somer S.

Marvin the Robin & BJ’s Adventure by Joey

My Imaginary Dog by Alexis L.

Grades 7-8

Winner: Captured by Kayera L.

Grades 9-12

No entries


Snap Crackle and Pop Culture: An Afternoon with Author Marty Gitlin


Wednesday, October 29, 1 pm


Join us for a fun, humorous and informative program presented by author Marty Gitlin.  He talks about THE GREATEST SITCOMS OF ALL TIME as the first author to actually rank in order the greatest sitcoms ever produced on television.  His book THE GREAT AMERICAN CEREAL BOOK has also received international attention.  Gitlin’s books will be available for purchase and autographing.


This past week at Goodyear Branch Library


We had lots of fun this week at the library.  Monday we had our meeting of Crochet with Penny where people get together weekly to crochet and knit and do other needle arts.  Tuesday the adults had great fun making Scarecrow Jars for the fall season.

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The kids also had fun Tuesday making hand puppets out of their hands, pipe cleaners, and googlie eyes.



Thursday we had our Jitterbugs Story Time with lots of music and movement and fun.  Friday we had Preschool Playtime and this month we had a great time with a pool of water.  We had a water wheel and went fishing as well as playing with other cars, blocks, and toys.








In the library Friday one of our young patrons had fun arranging our dolls at a table and gave them each a book to read!



If you feel like you’ve missed all the fun – don’t worry – here’s what’s coming up next week October 13 – 18, 2014

Monday – Paws for Reading at 4 pm

Crochet with Penny 6 pm

Wednesday – Book Discussion, Movies and Munchies 12 pm

Thursday – Jitterbugs Story Time 10:15 am

Saturday – Family Photo Booth 2 pm

Just click on the tabs above to see all of the fall programs at Goodyear Branch Library!


Continuous Book Sale




The Friends of Goodyear Library now has a continuous book sale!

Every day that the library is open you can browse books and other items on our book sale cart.  There is a box on the cart that accepts donations for these items and you can keep them for your very own!

The Friends of Goodyear Library holds a larger Book Sale in the meeting room twice a year in May and September.

Thank you to all our Friends!


Friends of Goodyear Library Book Sale

Book sale with close up of books spine up on a table and people looking through books further behind.

Photo from Phil Roeder via

Friday, September 26 , Friends Preview Sale 3 – 5 pm

Saturday, September 27, Sale 10:30 am – 4 pm