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Winners selected for survey gift card drawing

More than 1,000 people took the time to fill out our Long Range Plan Survey. We appreciate your feedback. We are looking forward to combing through your responses to get a picture of how you see the library of the future.

Six lucky patrons were randomly selected to win Target gift cards for their participation. The library has contacted those individuals.

Congratulations and thank you to all who participated in our survey.

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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

Report to the Community {PDF}

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DAR celebrates 125 years with special storytimes

The Mary Ingles Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is celebrating DAR’s 125th anniversary with special storytimes at all three Campbell County Public Library Branches.

On Sunday, October 11 at 2 p.m., volunteers from the DAR will be at all three of our branches reading from books about the American Revolution, our founding fathers, and America’s formation.

Learn more about DAR’s 125th anniversary here–>http://www.dar.org/national-society/celebrate-125/celebrate-125

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New Library board member sworn in

Carla Landon and Campbell County Judge-Executive Steve Pendery

Carla M. Landon is sworn in as the newest member of Campbell County Public Library’s Board of Trustees by Campbell County Judge-Executive Steve Pendery at Judge Pendery’s office at the Campbell County Fiscal Court building, Newport, on Wednesday, Aug. 19.

Lifelong Campbell County resident Carla M. Landon gained a passion for libraries at a young age. Now she’s bringing her passion and skills in community leadership and public relations to the Campbell County Public Library as the newest appointed member of its Board of Trustees.

Ms. Landon of Fort Thomas, chair of the Northern Kentucky Forum since January 2013, was appointed to the Library’s Board of Trustees on August 5. She was sworn in by Campbell County Judge-Executive Steve Pendery Wednesday. Ms. Landon replaces board member Mike Whiteman, who resigned in April when he moved out of the county. Ms. Landon was appointed to fill the two remaining years of Mr. Whiteman’s unexpired term.

“We are fortunate to have a well-qualified candidate who cares deeply about the future of the Library. She is looking forward to applying her career experiences to the challenges facing CCPL and all libraries today,” said Cathy Howard, Board president.

As Chair of the Northern Kentucky Forum, Ms. Landon manages the organization’s communications. She also has served the Forum as vice chair and marketing/public relations committee co-chair. She was in Leadership Northern Kentucky, class of 2015, and has served in leadership roles in several other organizations.

Her first official meeting with the Board was Wednesday, August 19.

The Library advertised openings for the board positions for two months, and candidates submitted resumes to apply. Board members interviewed all applicants and submitted the names of two potential candidates to Kentucky State Librarian Wayne Onkst. The State Librarian sent the nominations to Campbell County Judge-Executive Steve Pendery. The fiscal court approved Judge Pendery’s appointment of Landon on August 5, 2015.

Key issues facing the upcoming board include the 2012 lawsuit currently before the Kentucky Supreme Court and the development of a long-range plan.

Other current board members include Howard, Vice President Steven Trumbo, Treasurer Paul Johnson, and Secretary Christie Fillhardt.

The board meets at 5:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month, rotating locations among the branches. Meetings are open to the public.

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New at Newport: the Presidents Room

The Presidents roomThere’s more great events than ever at Campbell County Public Library and more people than ever attending them. Now there’s more space for it all! After six months of planning and renovation to the lower floor of the Newport Branch, our spacious new Presidents Room is complete.

“It’s more state-of-the-art than our other meeting rooms,” said Assistant Director and Newport Branch Manager Chantelle Bentley Phillips, citing a projector, big-screen monitor, speakers and a second television that will simultaneously show what’s on the projector. “So for people who are in the back, that will be great,” she added.

The space will be a good fit for programs such as the Regional History Series, and several groups are already scheduled to use it. The new space will also allow the Library to host traveling exhibits by the American Library Association and the Smithsonian.

The space’s double doors will allow exhibitors to easily move valuable items in and out, while its enhanced security will keep them safe.

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The story behind the ships

You might have noticed the hand-crafted ships that are displayed in the Campbell County Public Library’s three branches. You may not know that those ships were created by a local craftsman and former sailor, Ruddell Bowling.

Rudy’s models are spread out across the nation and were prominently displayed at the now-defunct Johnny’s Toys. But the library is very fortunate to have five on permanent loan in our branches.

Rudy didn’t use any kits or instruction in the construction of these ships. The models range in size from about 3 feet to about 5 feet in length and the attention to detail is startling.

At Cold Spring, the library is pleased to display three World Word II models: the USS Ahrens, two versions of the USS Block Island and the German U-549.

You can see Rudy’s beautiful model of the USS Constitution at the library’s Carrico/Fort Thomas branch. A look inside the case will reveal amazing detail and a piece of wood from the actual ship that was obtained during a restoration of the original.  The ribs are revealed in this model so you can see how close the ribs are in the hull. That is what earned this ship its nickname, “Old Ironsides” during the War of 1812.  The real ship is the world’s oldest, still floating, commissioned warship.

At Newport, the library is honored to showcase the HMS Victory, the oldest ship in the British Royal Navy’s fleet.  The real ship, commissioned in 1765, actually still exists, although in dry dock to this day.

Please stop in one of our branches to admire the detail and artistry of Rudy’s ships.

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