You Matter – Our 2014-15 Report to the Community

Report to the Community, 2014-2015

By JC Morgan – Director

What you want matters to us. This past year we added programs and services, enhanced Wi-Fi and improved facilities. We earned the highest ranking of exemplary based on Kentucky Public Library Association standards. Looking at the numbers, we did our job: 600,000 visits and almost 1.2 million items circulated, our highest ever!

Serving You

We implemented auto-renewals to help you avoid late fees, and we lowered our fines to 10 cents a day for all items, including DVDs. We increased the number of copies of popular materials to better meet demand. Of the 223,830 items in the collection, nearly 40 percent have been published within the last five years, giving you more popular titles than ever. Circulation this year alone surpassed the circulation from 2006- 2013 combined. The most popular held title? “The Girl on the Train”.

Wi-Fi & Technology

Wi-Fi-2015Increasingly, people bring their mobile devices to the library. Over the past year there were 33,728 uses of our Wi-Fi, perhaps because wee increased the ability for anyone to grab a strong Wi-Fi signal from all over the library — or maybe it’s just the comfortable stuffed chairs or convenient plug-ins.

We introduced the CCPL app for mobile devices this past year. Nearly 4,000 people already have downloaded the app to have the Library at their fingertips any time, any place.

We provide free, individual lessons to help people use devices such as the Apple iPad, Kindle Fire HD and Nook tablet. The most popular topic: learning how to download e-books through CCPL’s Kentucky Libraries Unbound collection. We also provide instruction on topics ranging from Excel to social media, browsing the web or digital photo management. Our librarians
averaged 20-30 lessons a month. If you’re wanting to learn more, we’re ready to help.

Programs

We also offered more programs than ever before (2,436) and recorded 55,811 in attendance. Among those numbers are some remarkable achievements. The Early Childhood Family Literacy Fair in May saw attendance jump from 175 in 2014 to
nearly 900 this past year. El Dia, the international family event, had 452 attend, literally double from the year before. Attendance from Macy’s Arts Wave Sampler, which featured eight musical acts, increased from 104 to 384 this year.

Program-attendance-2015

Focus on the Community

This year the Library became more involved with other organizations. For years, our librarians have taken items to homebound patrons and provided story time programs for daycares and preschools. We frequently work with teachers and this year became a partner providing weekly activities for an after-school care program at Campbell County Middle School’s Club 21.

Jolly-Thursdays-2015-Report-to-CommOther highlights include the new Jolly Thursday events at A.J. Jolly Park, a partnership with Campbell County Parks and Recreation and Campbell County Extension Service. We had seven great entertaining and informative programs, helping stop the summer slide for 1,200-plus attendees. At the Festival on the Lake, the Library led the “kids zone” activities, working with more than 1,200 children and their families. At National Night Out at the Newport Pavilion we handed out more than 500 books and school supplies, and we participated in school readifests. We also worked with a local Girl Scout to build 40 Little Library boxes now housing books in five cities.

Overcoming Obstacles

All this success hasn’t been easy. By order of the Court of Appeals the Library has used the same tax rate since 2012 when a lawsuit challenged the procedures used for setting tax rates. The Kentucky Appeals Court unanimously supported our position in a March 2015 ruling, but the plaintiffs filed an appeal with the Kentucky Supreme Court. Our tax rate remains at 7.7 cents per $100 of real property until the lawsuit is resolved.

As you can see with the actual income and expenses chart below, we had to use some money from reserves for capital improvements such as roof repairs to Cold Spring and Newport, adding a much-needed meeting room in Newport, and safety features to the Fort Thomas parking lot.

INCOME BUDGET ACTUAL EXPENDITURES BUDGET ACTUAL
Donations $31,000 $27,240 Capital $146,7000 $615,064
Fees & Services $109,000 $84,441 Collection $710,000 $648,020
Grants & State Aid $182,045 $207,390 Operating $1,097,845 $1,017,092
Misc. $1,000 $8,445 Personnel $2,847,500 $2,823,028
Interest Income $5,000 $4,689
Tax Income $4,474,000 $4,593,201
Total Income $4,802,045 $4,925,406 Total Expense $4,802,045 $5,103,204
Net Income -$177,798

* Library used reserves for capital expenses, specifically roof repairs at Cold Spring and Newport, safety enhancements to the Fort Thomas parking lot, and meeting room expansion at Newport.

You-Matter-2015-CamThank you for a great year! We are happy to be here for you and look forward to making your library experience even better.

2015-16 BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Cathy Howard President
Steve Trumbo Vice President
Paul Johnson Treasurer
Christie Fillhardt
Secretary
Carla Landon Trustee

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