By Jim Gill
Director, Dover Public Library
For the first time, Dover Township residents will vote on March 15 to determine the future of Dover Public Library (Issue 10). Here’s what you need to know:
- The library is proposing the renewal of a 1-mill operating levy for 5 years. If successful, the levy will be renewed through spring 2021.
- The levy is not a tax increase for Dover Township residents. It will replace the Tuscarawas County Public Library operating levy township residents currently support.
- It will cost $2.91/month for the owner of a $100,000.00 home. This amounts to $34.92 annually.
- The levy raises $335,000.00 annually for the Dover Public Library. This is 27% of the library’s operating funds. These funds include the purchase of materials, programming for all ages, and community services like Books on Wheels and computer classes.
- Without levy funding, the library will have to make severe cuts in 2017, including changing hours and staffing, reducing the amount of new materials, and reducing the number of programs.
In the past, Dover Township residents fell within the Tuscarawas County Public Library district; however, Dover Public Library’s service boundaries have changed to “the Dover City School District in Dover Township.”
This change occurred after the State Library of Ohio challenged public libraries statewide to clarify and define their service boundaries. Dover Public Library and Tuscarawas County Public Library agreed to the boundary change.
Residents of Dover Township will have the opportunity to vote on all future levy initiatives regarding the Dover Public Library.
Here are a few event selections from the March 2016 calendar.
MARCH 28 – Money Monday: Retirement—Making Your Money Last, 630p-730p
MARCH 29 – After School Movies, 3p-5p
MARCH 30 – Giggle Time, 930a-950a; Toddler Story Time, 10a-1020a; Preschool Story and Craft Time, 11a-1145a; and Picturing America, 630p-730p
MARCH 31 – Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle, 12p-1p and Computer Security Basics, 630p-8p
Visit doverlibrary.org for the full schedule and programming information.