Annual Report 2002






Highland County District Library

10 Willettsville Pike

Hillsboro, Ohio 45133


FAX: 937-393-2985

Computer Catalog:  393-0657

Or 981-5177

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Fred Yochum, President

George Roush, Vice President

Kay McMullen, Secretary

Delma Fairley

Stephen Hunter

Craig Turner

Margaret Hudson


Judith B. Lindley, Director

Jennifer West, Assistant Director

Emily Evans, Clerk-Treasurer

Margaret Magee, Greenfield Branch Manager

Carol Gustin, Leesburg Branch Manager

Elaine Williams, Lynchburg Branch Manager








January, 2003                                                               Judith B. Lindley, Director


“The Highland County libraries have been busier than ever this year.”  This statement could be said for each year of the past ten years that I have been involved with the Highland County District Library system.  Although changes seem gradual and have occurred day-by-day over the years, the accumulation seems astounding. 


Our income has more than doubled since 1992, allowing growth in services, space, and purchase of materials for the public.  Our public has changed, too, since 1992, with county population growing 14 % and more awareness of information and leisure needs.  More citizens are using library services now, with the number of library users increasing from 9700 registered patrons to 25,603 in 2002.  15 % of these current library card-holders live outside Highland County.


Circulation of books and other material formats has increased from 147, 596 in 1992 to 519,956 in 2002, an increase of 252 % in just ten years.  In addition, we counted over 45,859 books, newspapers and magazines used by patrons while in the libraries.


Children’s program attendance has increased from less than 1000 in 1992 to 13,483 at 1,030 storyhour and other programs in 2002.  2,476 adults attended a wide variety of 232 adult programs in 2002.  Library staff spoke with over 7000 adults and children at community locations other than the library.


Nursing Home Outreach has increased in the number of materials delivered.  Shirley Foster has added a program component to this service, presenting 34 interesting adult programs at 4 nursing homes with an attendance of 525 people during 2002.


A Board of Trustees with foresight wanted to provide more library services to the people of Highland County as we entered the more prosperous 1990s.   To promote growth, the library opened a new 5988 sq. foot addition to the Main location at Hillsboro, totaling 12,428 square feet in January, 1992.  This new space was immediately used for books, patron reading space and an increase in children’s programming.  Increasing our appropriation for books and audio-visual materials resulted in a great increase in patron use of the building. 


Another boost to space and services came when we opened a new 4000 square foot building for the Lynchburg Branch Library in 1995 and a 5000 square foot building in 2000 for the Leesburg Branch.  Both of these new buildings replaced small storefront libraries. 


In June, 2002, we broke ground for a building in Greenfield to replace the 3400 square foot building there.  That 9700 square foot building is targeted to open in March of 2003.  These three branch buildings each contain an activity/meeting room for better presentation of both children’s and adult programs.


In order to keep pace with the increased level of staff duties and use of available technology for communication and patron services, we automated our circulation and technical service tasks and combined our four separate card catalogs into one on-line catalog to facilitate in-county loaning of books.  Computers were also purchased for public use.


The Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN) was formed by the state to provide Internet services to all libraries in the state.  Access to information databases has been provided to us for reference and patron use via this network.  The OPLIN list serve, the State Library of Ohio website and the website of the Ohio Library Council (OLC) provide almost instant communication and helpful administrative information at our fingertips at all times.


The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation provided 16 additional computer workstations for public use, so that we have progressed from 4 typewriters in 1992 to about 35 computers for public use in our four buildings in 2002.  


In 2001, we joined a consortium of about 65 other small libraries in Ohio to produce a collection database for patron initiated borrowing.  Holds may be placed by the patron with the book, video, etc. arriving at his home library in 2 to 3 days.   Our four libraries handled over 70,510 Inter-Library Loans (ILL) with books being shipped out daily to other libraries and shipped in for our own patrons to borrow.  10,614 of these items traveled between our own four locations in Highland County. This ILL circulation equals the circulation of one of our small branches thus requiring one full-time employee at Hillsboro and 3 part-time employees at the branches.  Patrons are very happy to be able to receive almost any book they choose in just a few days.


The staff to operate these new buildings and provide additional services has grown from 13 FTE (full-time equivalents) in 1992 to 26 FTE in 2002.  We now have about 40 full and part-time employees.   The library employs a Director, Assistant Director, Computer Services Librarian and a Branch Manager with MLS degrees.   Many other staff members hold Associates, Bachelors or Masters Degrees in various subjects.  This educational level combined with many years of experience provides our patrons with excellent service.


2002  The Numbers:


Main Library, Hillsboro, Ohio, with branches in Leesburg, Lynchburg, Greenfield.

County Population (estimated):  40,875

Circulation:  519,956

Per capita circulation is 12.7 items.


System Circulation:                                          

Hillsboro          289,328           Approx. 56 % of total              

Greenfield         96,980 Approx. 19 % of total              

Lynchburg        69,399 Approx. 13 % of total              

Leesburg          64,249   Approx. 12 % of total            


Bookmobile service:  The State of Ohio bookmobile service ended in 2001.


Outreach was provided to 525 residents at Laurels of Hillsboro, Heartland, and Highland House by Shirley Foster.


Interlibrary Loan services provided to us by Southeastern Ohio Regional Library System, provided by the State Library of Ohio and some of the SWORL libraries.

ILL loaned:  34,108                  ILL borrowed:   36,402


We own 151,614 books and audio/visual materials.

We have added 36,222 books in 2002.


We have a total of 25,603 registered borrowers.  18,257 are adults.  7,346 are juvenile.

In-house Use:   45,859 Reference, investment items, newspapers, magazines,

                        Genealogy, books and computer patrons

Computer Use: 4,079   Databases visited

            7,476   Articles accessed



System Adult:   232 programs               Attendance:      2,476

Children:             1,030 programs                      Attendance:      13,483

Other Locations:           7,086                           23,045


Adult:   30 programs                             222

Children:           394 programs                           4,232

Other Locations:                                               2,952


Greenfield Branch                                            

Adult:   50 programs                             689

Children:           271 programs                           5,818

Other Locations:                                               1,265


Leesburg Branch                                             

Adult:   87 programs                             1,075

Children:           206 programs                           1,703

Other Locations:                                               955


Lynchburg Branch                                           

Adult:   65 programs                             490

Children:           159 programs                           1,730

Other Locations:                                               1,914


The Storytelling kits reached 9,504 children in 2002.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS: Hillsboro, Hillsboro Children’sGreenfieldLeesburg,  & Lynchburg






The Children’s Department in Hillsboro continued to present 8 storytimes each week in 2002 with programs for children 2 years through 6th grade.  Two year-olds through 10 year-olds enjoyed stories, fingerplays, songs and crafts.  Fourth, fifth and sixth graders enjoyed books, activities and games at the BAG Club.  They especially enjoyed “gross grub”, which they made and ate.


Programs were presented to over 4,200 children in the library and taken to about 700 in preschools and at Head Start.


Visitors to storytime included:


Patricia Brinker, who talked about water safety.

Hannah Hilliard, who demonstrated riding a unicycle and juggling.

Mr. Kretchmer, who shared ferrets with the children.

Dr. Burwinkle, a dentist, who talked to the children about their teeth.

Hurd Latimer, a park ranger, who told the children about wild animals.

Melanie Hall, a nurse, who talked to the children about germs and the hospital.



Betty Daugherty and Joan Anderson introduced the Summer Reading Club by visiting Head Start, some preschools, Bright Local and all classrooms in the Hillsboro City Schools.  We had over 1,000 children and teens sign up to read with us.  Everyone enjoyed our circus theme and we ended the program with about 85 attending our “Circus Game Night.”


Other activities included Winnie-the-Pooh stories and giveaways to celebrate A. A. Milne’s birthday, a Dr. Seuss birthday breakfast for Read Across America, the 100th anniversary of the Teddy Bear celebration, and an American Girl play presented by Washington Elementary fifth graders.


We had over 700 register for prizes in several passive programs.


We participated with displays and informative at Washington Elementary Family Night, National Bank & Trust “Harvest Days’, the High School Health Fair and Halloween Night at Southern State Community College.


Betty Daugherty went to Hillsboro and Belfast Head Starts to present a Mother Goose program to the parents.  The purpose of the program was to explain how parents can use books to involve parents and children in other learning activities along with reading.


Our storytelling kits went out over 470 times to teachers with over 9,500 children in the audiences.


We dedicated a total of 26 books to new babies in 2002.


CHILDREN’S DEPT.:  Joan Anderson, Betty Daugherty, Rosalind Engle, Tammy Skoufalos, and Faye Thompson


ADULT DEPT.:  Donna Stout, Shirley Foster, Erma Gibbs, Mary Jane Kibler, Laura Waln, Shelly Drinnon, Jennifer West, Vicki Carver, Donna O’Dom, Teresa Elmore, Pat DeLiz, Melanie Hawk, and Kathy Petzold.





2002 has been a GREAT year at the Greenfield Public Library!


It’s been a busy year.  Our stats for the year show a circulation of 91,372.  It also shows interlibrary loans at 10,278 borrowed and 5,608 loaned to other libraries.  We registered 596 new patrons and presented 321 programs for all ages.


We have weekly storyhours for ages 2 – grade 6, and programs for grade 7-adult.


Our adult programs included: 6 programs presented by Barbara Walker from WCET on preparing pre-school parents and caregivers to help their child be Ready to Learn, Discover, Care, Read, Make Music & how to Share a Story; Health programs: Health from your Kitchen Cupboard by Ann Nelson, Mental Health Screening for depression and anxiety by Julie Ogg, Aromatheraphy & Using Herbs by Susan Gingerich & Healthy Holiday Cooking by Dawna Jo Kiesling, a Perennial exchange; a Library Antique Roadshow by Jeanne Read; a Spherion Work Fair; a Highlands Sanctuary presentation by Donna & Rolf Ganahl; a Domestic Violence information session by Nadine Porter; Investing Basics & Retirement Planning by Eric Mathews; Making Christmas Cards by Debra Ewry; and a monthly Book Discussion Group.


The YAB teen group met once a month and planned and presented many activities.  They had a Chocolate Treat program, a Poetry Contest & Coffee House, a Family games evening, a Frogs Galore & more program, Thanksgiving & Christmas presentations, did a Summer Library Camp for 7 weeks to work with children in reading and activities.  They also went to the elementary & Rainsboro schools in May to help present the Summer Reading Program by presenting a skit “Your Library…the Greatest Show in Town” which was also the summer’s theme.  The teens also have a monthly book discussion group.


The children had many programs.  Besides the above mentioned, they had a program by Charlie & Joyce Mullikin who brought miniature horses for the children to see; 2 4-H Clubs presented programs, Stories-R-Us and Greene Countrie Farm Hands; Terry Wilson presented a Martial Arts Demonstration with his Makeji-Damashi Karate & Ju-jitsu classes; Summer Reading Adventure kick-off with Clown-A-Mania and an end of the summer swimming party at Buckeye Hills; a Christmas Club in October and November and a Christmas Gift Shop on December 7.


We have had many programs come to the library, and have visited with groups at other locations.  Head Start has 5 groups come each week for a storytime.  We have hosted school classes, scout troops, 4-H clubs, and Mother’s Club.  We have done outside presentations at the schools for Summer Reading and for the 7th Grade class about teen activities; at Head Start for the Parent’s Group, and done a book display and storytime for the Mothering Matters program.


Our largest project for the year has involved planning for our new facility which will be located at 1125 Jefferson Street.  Architects for the building are McCarty Associates and Portco, Inc. is the General Contractor.  A Ground Breaking Ceremony was held on June 9, and we should be moving into the new building in early Spring 2003.


Greenfield Staff:  Margaret Magee, Branch Manager, Debbie Wise, Carol Walls, Leone Bihl, Linda Fugate and Kathy Stark.




2002 was a great year at the Leesburg Branch Library, full of activity and displays!  January found the glass case decorated with moose items for our winter theme, followed by an antique Valentine collection and then Longenberger baskets.  April saw rabbits, then bisque-ware and pottery made in Leesburg.  July featured travel, then in August we used local antiques during our Bicentennial celebration.  In September antique cars and trucks were the rage, followed by a Laura Ingalls Wilder display of dolls and history.  November featured election memorabilia and then Boyd’s bears to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Teddy Bear.  December brought a beautiful collection of angels and nativities.  We appreciate all those who generously shared their lovely collections.


Summarizing a year in simple numbers is difficult.  The library is so much more than items checked in and out.  We hope our patrons think of the library as a place to fell welcome whether they need to research a health problem, or simply check their e-mail and read the newspapers and magazines we offer.


We offered programs for teens such as Valentine cooking, baking, finger printing, pressed flowers, scrap booking, pumpkin decorating, a game afternoon with “Pictionary” to celebrate Noah Webster’s birthday, and a poetry pub.  We also had passive programs such as: a chocolate guessing contest, Valentine quiz, “8 is Enough”, and a questionnaire give away for Luminaria night.


We offered a year-round program for wee ones, 6 months to 36 months old known as “Loosely Mother Goose” every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. for child and caregiver.  Highlights consist of a Clifford Valentine party, an Easter egg hunt, clown dressing, pumpkin and turkey making.


Each Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. Rosalind has an outstanding preschool program for 3-4 and 5 year olds.  They do finger plays, stories, songs and crafts.


On Thursday evenings we have a story time for all the kindergarteners through 4th graders at 6:30 in the evening.  They have nature hunts, play games, read stories, make crafts and have a great time.  Sometimes they even have cats visit!


We’ve had special programs to teach children Spanish, visits with a fireman and truck, dog shows, Christian clowns, and professional clowns.  Pumpkin decorating was a real hit for families, as well as Christmas stories read by Santa.


The library has a wonderful reading group that meets the third Thursday of each month at 1:30 p.m. to discuss an agreed upon title.  They share food and fellowship as well as ways to help the library.


We have an Investment club that meets regularly, the Artisan Fair coordinators, a soccer league, and Girl Scout leaders as well as the Wednesday Club who originally founded the Leesburg Library.  ECOT has provided proficiency testing for home-schooled children for two weeks of 2003.  We have a home school club that meets occasionally.


We were pleased to host a home school author in September, David Albert, and a 6-week class on Investing by Eric Mathews.  Louise McKamey offered many “One on One” computer classes.  We had a pressed flower class for adults as well as scrap booking.  Susan Gingerich’s herb program and Aromatheraphy were well received.  Parents were given five informative free classes by WCET concerning preschoolers.  Local authors John Fitzgerald and Lois Williams had booksignings in the library.


Leesburg Staff:  Carol Gustin, Branch Manager, Rebecca Howard, Louise McKamey, Shirley Fetters, Patsy Bishop and Sofia Burgess.




This year, the Lynchburg Branch offered a greater number and variety of special events for teens and families.  Our Volunteens group helped with storytimes summer reading registration, family programs, and decorating the library.  Teen contests included: What Do These Books Have in Common?, Hall of Mirrors (identifying celebrities), and a Strongman Contest.  Other programs for teens were All That Glitters (glitter crafts), Girl Talk, Stories R Us storytelling troupe, Face Painting, Beaded Booby Pins, Gross Grub (a “cooking” program), and Cookies in a Jar.  We offered Lunch & Listen again this year during the Summer Reading Club.  Teens brought their lunches and ate while listening to a good book.  Twenty-eight teens enrolled in our Summer Reading Club in 2002 and wrote book reviews.


Families also found entertainment at the Lynchburg Branch.  We had four weekly storytimes for ages one to twelve, plus visits from popular book characters like Clifford the Big Red Dog and the Berenstain Bears.  February Frolics was a special game night during the wintertime.  Families also enjoyed Clown-A-Mania and a candy corn contest.  Zilcho the Clown came back in July to teach kids how to make balloon animals, swords, hats, and more in a Balloon Sculpting Workshop.  The Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Brownies had organizational meetings here at the library, and the Boy Scouts came back to work on their library badges.  For them, we had a library tour, a simple explanation of the Dewey Decimal System, and time to try out several recommended websites.


Our activity room was used by the Pieceful Stitchers Quilt Club, the Lynchburg Historical Society, and the newly formed Bicentennial Committee.  The library was also the gathering place for tutoring and employment counseling sessions throughout the year.


The Hillsboro VFW came to the Lynchburg Library for a reception and to present some Lynchburg VFW memorabilia to the Lynchburg Historical Society.  We enjoying a moving presentation from VFW officials and remarks by library board member George Roush, a World War II veteran.


Our partnership with Lynchburg-Clay Elementary School reached new heights in 2002.  The library was asked to co-sponsor a much-needed before- and after-school  program to take place at the school.  This program is still in the planning stages.  We cooperated in the continuing Radical Readers program, visited all K-4 classrooms in May, and began sending staff to the school two days a week to participate in the Ohio Reads program.  This year, we chose two kindergarten classes, one first grade class, and one fourth-grade class to read with.  A middle school class came to tour the library early in the year, and one staff member portrayed the Lynchburg-Clay mascot, the Mustang, at one of the school district’s F. R. E. D. nights (Families Reading Every Day).  We are truly enjoying our time at the school.


The library is not just for kids, as we all know!  Adults enjoyed programs at the library, too.  We had informative events, such as Healthy Eating on a Shoestring Budget, Making Easy Trellises, Aromatheraphy I and II, a visit from the Herb Lady, Computer classes, Scrapbooking, and Healthy Holiday Cooking and Baking.  For pure entertainment we offered the Pageturners Book Club, the Oscar-Winning Actors contest, a Lois Williams booksigning , a How Wise are You? contest, a Plant Swap, a word scramble contest, an English Christmas Tea, and our Summer Reading Club for adults.  246 teens and adults attended library programs in 2002.


Our staff participated in the annual Covered Bridge Festival Parade in August.  This year, we dressed as clowns, held “Chinese Fire Drills” and squirted innocent bystanders with our water pistols!  We had a great time—hope you did, too!  We are pleased to welcome Debi Dillon as our newest staff member.  She joined us in September 2002, and is having fun getting to know all of our patrons.


Lynchburg Staff:  Elaine Williams, Branch Manager/Youth Librarian, Debi Dillon, Carol Frost, Rosemary McLarty.


The Programs:



Black History Month Program; computer classes; Jeanne Read, “Antique Evening”; Eric Mathews, Financial Investment programs; Susan Gingerich as the Herb Lady; Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program on Medicare, the “Bookies” monthly book discussion group, local author book signings (Brenda Bradds, Tony DeRegnaucourt, Jim Ellis, Frank Hedges, Dotty Holbrook, Willa Stanforth, Elmer Williams, and Lois Williams).



Teen & Adult Book discussions, Retirement planning, Healthy Holiday cooking, Mother Goose Asks Why presentation (for head start parents), Domestic Violence, Investing, Highlands Sanctuary, Sperion job fair, Teen games nights, Susan Gingerich the Herb Lady, Making Christmas cards, Aromatheraphy, Antique Road Show, Kitchen Cupboard Health, WCET programs: Ready to Care, Make Music, Learn, Discover, Read, Poetry Night, Mother’s Club Meeting and library presentation; Lois Williams booksigning.



The Wednesday Club meetings; Heritage Homemakers; computer classes; “RRR” Reading group; Susan Gingerich as the Herb Lady; Investment Club meetings; snowman craft workshop; Dawna Jo Kiesling’s nutrition programs; Eric Mathews, financial investment programs; GED study group; WCET programs; Laura Flower, “Discipline”; Poetry meetings; Artisan Folk Fair Committee meetings; Dried Flowers workshop; Kroger and Mums drawing contests; Scrapbooking with Barbara; the Leesburg Luminaria; Gretchen Wright, cookies; Family Game Night; and booksignings with Lois Williams and Daniel Albert.



Healthy Eating on a Shoestring Budget; Making Easy Trellises; Aromatheraphy I and II, Susan Gingerich as the Herb Lady; Computer classes; Scrapbooking; Healthy Holiday Cooking and Baking; the Pageturners Book Club, the Oscar-Winning Actors contest, a Lois Williams booksigning , a How Wise are You? contest, a Plant Swap, a word scramble contest, an English Christmas Tea, and Summer Reading Club for adults.






Ralph Silvis

Penny Lowry of Speckled Pup Studio

Sylvia Thompson Outland

Ron Waits

Photography ribbon winners from the 2002 Highland County fair



HILLSBORO:  African-American Awareness Research Council – Black History Month, Anne of Green Gables memorabilia, 100th birthday of the Teddy Bear, Christmas angels, Highland County bells, baskets and afghan; antique farm tools; new Greenfield library building; Mennonite clothing and household items.


GREENFIELD:  Holidays, Circus, Gardening, Korean War display by the Concerned Veterans of Greenfield, Domestic Violence, Health issues displays, recycling.


LEESBURG:  Moose collection, Grandma Opal’s valentines; Longenberger baskets; rabbits; bisque ware; pottery; travel; antiques; cars; Little House dolls; Election memorabilia and Boyd’s Bears; angels and nativity scenes.


LYNCHBURG:  Swans, Tractors, Beanie Babies, Glass Shoes, Toys, Bears and More Bears, Vintage Christmas decorations, Album cover art, and Victorian collection.



Hillsboro hosted booksignings for local authors Brenda Bradds, Tony DeRegnaucourt, Jim Ellis, Frank Hedges, Dotty Holbrook, Willa Stanforth, Elmer Williams, and Lois Williams.


Greenfield Branch Library hosted a booksigning for Lois Williams.


Leesburg Branch Library hosted booksignings for David Albert, John Fitzgerald, and Lois Williams.


Lynchburg Branch Library hosted a booksigning for Lois Williams.



November 11, 2002

The Staff In-service day was held on November 11, 2002 at the Hillsboro library.  Staff members from the Highland County District Library spent the day in training.  Emily Evans and Tammy Skoufalos received awards for 10 years of service.



Thank you to:

Jenny Lavender of Portsmouth Public Library, who spoke on fun in the workplace.

Mitzi Segall who gave a presentation on the “reference interview”.



 Gifts – 2002

Mrs. Joseph Hiestand donated a subscription to “American Spirit”.

Fraternal Order of Eagles (Hillsboro) donated $500.00.

Robert A. Fetters donated the 1884 volume of the “Highland Weekly News”.

Beverly Wilson Palmer donated a copy of “Selected Letters of Lucretia Coffin Mott”.

Virginia Y. Wallace donated a copy of “An Ohioan in the Great War: Letters From the Front.”

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Swonger donated a copy of “Belfast, Ohio: Bygone Gifts Revisited.”

Mr. and Mrs. James Rudd donated $40.00 in memory of Anna Lou Chaney.

Laurels of Hillsboro donated $25.00 in memory of Anna Lou Chaney.

Pam and Dick Simmons donated $50.00 in memory of Anna Lou Chaney.

Mr. and Mrs. Lee Reed, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Rudd, Mr. and Mrs. Shafter Barger, Mrs. Molly Barger, and Mrs. Ethel Moore donated $50.00 in memory of Anna Lou Chaney.

Merchants National Bank donated $50.00 in memory of  Anna Lou Chaney.

Hillsboro Order of the Eastern Star donated $15.00 in memory of Anna Lou Chaney.

Ronald L. Swonger donated $35.00 in memory of Anna Lou Chaney.

Clermont County 911 Center donated $50.00 in memory of Anna Lou Chaney.

Orpha Peterson Vincent donated a copy of “American Miller Family History” on CD-ROM.

Mayjane Pence donated a copy of “Buckeye Women”.

Marjorie E. Reno donated $25.00 in memory of Frances Fling Okada.

Charles R. and Martha Jane Kellis donated $25.00 in memory of Frances Fling Okada.

Merchants National Bank donated $50.00 in memory of Frances Fling Okada.

Mr. Charles Harris donated a copy of  the videotape “Fight For Freedom: The Inspiring Story of African American Civil War Soldiers”.

Mary Brown donated a copy of “The Fabulous History of the Dismal Swamp Company”.

Shelly Howard donated a copy of her documentary “Community Crusaders: Desegregation in Hillsboro, Ohio” on the Lincoln School integration case as well as copies of her interview tapes.