Highland Square Branch and Main Library will open at NOON instead of 10 am Saturday, September 26.
The late opening will help library customers avoid traffic disruptions that are anticipated with the Akron Marathon.
Help us Stuff the Bus by donating school supplies to fill our collection box at Goodyear Branch Library!
With the start of a new school year, United Way of Summit County is working with partners throughout our community to help make sure public school students in Summit County have the basic materials they need for school.
Here’s how it works:
- United Way will supply bins for your organization to collect supplies.
- We will arrange to pick up your bins between September 8-11. Supplies can also be dropped off at Akron-Summit County Public Library locations or at the United Way office at 90 North Prospect St., Akron through Friday, September 11.
- A Stuff the Bus grand finale will be held on Sunday, September 13 during the Global Village Festival at Lock 3 Park in downtown Akron.
Thanks to these companies that have confirmed their participation:
MOST NEEDED SCHOOL SUPPLIES
Goodyear Branch Library patrons ventured out in the wet weather to participate in the “Summer Citronella Candle” program on Tuesday, June 7th. We had 13 gals join us for this fun, simple craft perfect for summertime. Everyone left with a candle centerpiece perfect for a backyard get-together. Check out our pictures…
Make reading and exercise a part of your day — every day.
Mind, Body & Sole is a reading/wellness experience for the whole family to enjoy. You’re more likely to read and exercise if it’s convenient–Mind, Body & Sole is so easy, it practically runs itself. Register beginning June 8 at your nearest Akron-Summit County Public Library location to receive a Mind, Body & Sole reading/exercise log and pedometer.
How the program works:
From June 8-August 8, check off each day you read for 30 minutes on your reading log. As you reach reading milestones, you’ll be rewarded with fun incentives or be entered into drawings for great prizes.
- Fill out a registration card at your library and receive your reading and exercise log and program flyer.
- Read 30 minutes today. Check off a box on your reading log. You will win a prize, or be entered into a prize drawing, at each of these reading milestones: 10 days, 26 days, 40 days, 50 days, and 60 days.
- Choose to be active also! Run/walk 26 miles (or 52,000 pedometer steps), record your accomplishment on your exercise log, AND read 26 days and you will receive a Mind, Body & Sole T-shirt. Fill out the entry form at the bottom of your exercise log to also be entered into our end-of-summer Grand Prize Drawing to be held August 24. (If a pedometer cannot record your movement activity, log 1/2 hour activity as one mile.)
Congratulations to the winners of our writing contest! In May, grades K – 12 were asked to write about their ideal summer vacation. What would you do? Where would you go? Who would you be with? Here are the winners we picked:
Winner: Ayden C
Winner: Jarey B
Runner Up: Nashaya H
Winner: Taylor F
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
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
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.