On November 7, the Library’s levy on the general election ballot passed with broad support from the community. I’d like to thank our engaged voters for your confidence and enthusiasm. A 71% passage rate speaks highly of Huron and its residents. By securing the funding for the next five-year cycle, we can focus on the library services and programs that our patrons enjoy and the methods to improve our offerings as requested by the community during our strategic planning process. I cannot fail to mention the many volunteers who assisted with the campaign effort this past year. Our Library Trustees, who already volunteer their time to guide the organization, all took on projects to raise separate funds, build committees, plan events, share the issues through marketing, organize data, and jump into hands-on projects throughout the year. Our volunteers assisted by posting signs, walking canvassing routes, talking to their neighbors and friends, and representing the Library at events. A special thank you is due to Cindy Miglietti for serving as the Treasurer, once again, for the levy campaign account. Cindy’s organization and communication skills made her work seem easy, though I know it was not. These grassroots efforts and more helped to protect and support our library. Thank you all.
As we move on to new projects, we are excited to announce some changes to services expected in 2018. Partnering with CLEVNET, we plan to install a PC reservation and management system called CASSIE. The management system helps the staff keep better control and stats on public computer usage. The main difference for patrons is that this system will require a library card number. If you have lost your card, please ask a staff member to help you retrieve your number or get a new card. We also plan to add the option to take credit card payments at the circulation desk for circulation related expenses, such as overdue fines, and lost and damaged items.
I thank you for your continued support and wish you well this holiday season,