Annual Reports

The State of the Library, March 2018

By the numbers:

  • In 2017, borrowing of books, e-books, audiobooks, etc. remains very strong with a total of 643,915 including:
    • Bowling Green         469,778
    • Walbridge                  50,802
    • Bookmobile               29,342           
    • WC Jail Library        19,599                       
    • E-books, etc.            74,394 (up 18%)
  • Since 2002, usage has increased 45% (441,573 in 2002).
  • 1,594 programs and events attended by 30,793 people (up 11%).
    • 279 adult programs; 4,368 attendees.
    • 1,315 youth programs; 26,425 attendees (up 12%).
  • 22,832 items added to the collections.
  • 110,864 questions answered by the staff (up 7%).
  • Foot traffic averaged 4,269 visitors per week.

 

2017 Highlights:

  • Renovated and expanded Walbridge library opened in March. 2017 usage in Walbridge is at an all-time high.
  • 26,287 cardholders (up 3%), not including 6000 eCards distributed to Bowling Green, Lake, and Northwood schools.
  • 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten initiative launched in June to promote early literacy. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for sponsoring this effort.
  • The Foundation raised over $110,000 at their Library Benefit at Schedel for the purchase of new books, audiobooks, e-books, etc.

 

2017 Revenue:

Source Amount Percentage
State Public Library Fund  $1,428,179  53.47%
Local Levy  $1,005,216 37.64%
Fines, Fees, Misc.  $84,185    3.15%
Foundation & Friends   $153,234     5.74%
 Total   $2,670,814  
2016 Construction Purchase    
Orders carried into 2017 $790,163  
  Grand Total  $3,460,977  

 

2017 Expenditures:

Category: Amount:   Percentage:
Personnel    $1,416,079  41.98%
Supplies        $42,447   1.26%
Services & Construction  $1,172,430 34.76%
New Books, Etc. $421,959 12.51%
FFE & Technology   $128,513 3.81%
Mortgage Payments  $178,736 5.30%
Other $13,089  0.39%
Total  $3,373,253  

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  • 0.8 mill, 5-year levy passed in November 2010 with 58% approval.
  • Levy RENEWED for 6 years in November 2014 with 70% approval. 
  • The current levy will next be on the ballot in November 2020.
  • State funding for libraries is set at 1.68% of General Revenue.
  • As the economy improves and state revenues grow, so does support for libraries.  As General Revenue decreases (or is cut), so does support for libraries.

You may download a pdf of the State of the Library, 2016 from the link below.