POMEROY — The Meigs County District Public Library is asking voters to consider the renewal of its current one mill, five year tax levy.
The levy was first approved by voters in March 2012 by an approximately 1,500 vote margin.
Generating approximately $300,000 per year, the levy has allowed the library to maintain services and hours despite cuts in state funding.
“A renewal allows us to keep those hours and services,” explained Library Director Kristi Eblin.
Before the levy was approved in 2012, the library had put a freeze on new materials, cut hours and a few positions. All of those things have been restored due to the levy funding.
Eblin explained that the library currently receives around the same funding as it did in 2001 despite the fact that minimum wage and costs have increased for operating the library and providing materials and services.
While the levy has allowed the services and hours to be maintained over the past five years, Eblin and Assistant Director Chelsea Poole cautioned that without the levy funds the library would likely be forced to reduce hours, programs, services and jobs.
The library provides much more than books to residents, said Poole.
Services available at the local libraries include WiFi available 24 hours a day, seven days a week; copy, lamination and fax services, free notary services; passport photos; disc repair; home bound services; best sellers club; new movie club; registration for the Golden Buckeye Card; voter registration; federal and state tax forms; local history database; and community meeting rooms.
In addition to the services, there are monthly programs for both children and adults hosted by the library.
For children, there are weekly story times, the summer reading program, school visits, seasonal events including pumpkin painting and gingerbread house making, LEGO night and family movie events.
Monthly programs for adults include, Fiction Book Club, Inspirational Book Club, Cookbook Club, Acoustic Night, Needlework Network, adult coloring and technology assistance.
Pomeroy locations is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Middleport, Racine and Eastern locations are open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Saturday.
In addition to the branch hours, home bound services are available with scheduled delivery of library materials to nursing homes or home bound residents.
For more information on the levy or library services contact the Pomeroy branch at 740-992-5813.
Sarah Hawley is the managing editor of The Daily Sentinel.