By Donna Clark, Director, Cedar Springs Public Library
The Library Board and staff would like to take this opportunity at the close of 2009 to wish all of you, our community, a very joy-filled and prosperous New Year in 2010. We join our hopes with yours for progress toward the realization of our collective dream, a larger library facility.
We are grateful for the way you all have supported the library’s efforts to offer materials and programming that would be useful, current and foster a lifelong love of reading. In fiscal year 2008-2009 we logged in 32,250 patron visits, 62 programs for children with 4,568 attending and 18 adult programs for 132 patrons. This year we will be adding about 400 more adults due to the 4 Travelogue programs the Library added in October. Our collection stands around 22,000 since we are locked into our 2,000 square foot building. When we bring in the new, we weed out the old and worn…with the exception, of course, that the timeless classics have to stay. It’s a tight fit. One day we will have a larger space for collection and for YOU.
Our six public access computers have served many purposes this year. We have seen an increase in the number of residents using them for unemployment, to look for jobs, create and send resumes, email, search Craigslist or ebay for bargains or to sell items, shop online, listen to music, chat with friends and relatives, download photos, and some just to relax to music or play games. Soon, there will be those filing their income tax online.
We are celebrating the partnerships we have in the community which made it possible to plan, organize, initiate, advertise and promote the Library’s services and programs this year. Service organizations, businesses, churches, other nonprofits and private individuals, too numerous to mention in this short article, have wrapped their arms around their library and its efforts offering their finances, space, time, products, leadership and participation. Your library staff see your contributions on a daily basis and are very blessed to be working for such a wonderful community as we have in Cedar Springs.
Michigan’s economy is affecting us all, the library included. We are projecting a $10,000 shortfall due to a reduction in revenues and a $1,000 quarterly increase to belong to the Lakeland Library Cooperative. Our Cooperative, which facilitates our sharing and borrowing materials from 80 other libraries in Western Michigan and delivers materials from around the State through MelCat, is facing a loss in revenue of right around $167,500. How this deficit will be met is a matter of much concern to all of us who have enjoy first-class service and reciprocal borrowing for many years. I will keep you posted as more information becomes available soon.
I do know this, Cedar Springs residents know how to stick together and work together. As we stand on the brink of 2010, our hearts are full of hope. We do believe in miracles. One of those miracles is located at 43 W. Cherry Street.
Happy New Year,
Donna Clark, Director