Annual Report 2010




Highland County District Library

10 Willettsville Pike

Hillsboro, Ohio 45133


FAX: 937-393-2985




Fred Yochum, President

Jeff Cloud, Vice President

Margaret Hudson, Secretary

Stephen Hunter

Geraldine Barnett

Larry Narkter

Kim Douglas


Jennifer West, Director

Emily Evans, Clerk-Treasurer

Margaret Magee, Greenfield Branch Manager

Sharon Aukeman, Leesburg Branch Manager

Elaine Williams, Lynchburg Branch Manager

Highland County District Library





Annual Report - 2010


Jennifer West, Director



2010 was a very good year for the Highland County District Library. Despite the economic slowdown we were able to fulfill our mission of providing the residents of Highland County access to materials and services that will meet their needs for information, personal pleasure and education.


The library's annual circulation was 645,373, an 8% drop from 2009. This decrease is occurring at libraries across the state although we remain busy on a day-to-day basis. The public computers were used 45,026 times in 2010. Hillsboro's "over flow" computer room was a popular area as well as the wireless access at all four locations.


We offered free computer classes, helped collect coats for the Girl Scouts, toys for the "Toys for Tots" Christmas program, and books for the AAUW book sale. I participated in Highland District Hospital's 2010 Health Fair, a health fair for NCB Bank employees, and have started visiting Belfast Head Start for a monthly story time.


The Merry Money program, originated by Margaret Magee, Greenfield Branch Manager, was first held in 1998 at the Greenfield Branch. It was held at all four libraries starting in December 2006 and continues to be very popular. Participating families have thanked us for providing it.


While the Public Library Fund percentage remains at the temporary reduction of 1.97% of the state's total general tax revenue, the monthly distribution increased at the end of 2010 and into early 2011. While this is very welcome, the Ohio Library Council advises caution as the next biennium budget (which will begin in July 2011) is not likely to provide increases to the PLF. Governor John Kasich will introduce his proposed biennium budget by March 15 and we are waiting to see what it brings.


As technology seems to impact everything, and our patrons are depending on the public library for more computers, materials and services, I asked Brenda Fisher, our Computer Services Librarian, to provide a brief update of our digital media collection. People love books and watching them happily root through items at our book sales will confirm this. But digital media has many users and the demand is growing. This is an area we need to develop.


Our concern remains keeping the library collection healthy and our membership in the SEO Consortium helps with this. We continue pulling requested items off our shelves, packing them for shipment to other member libraries, unpacking the U.S. Cargo deliveries, and calling patrons to inform them of the requested items received. This is quite a bit of work but the staff does it all very well and with good humor. They remain some of the best resources this system offers.



County Population (2009 estimate): 42,178

Circulation: 645,373

Per capita circulation is 15+ items.


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"Miscellaneous formats" include toys, story telling kits, mystery kits, maps and pamphlets. "In-house use" includes newspapers, periodicals, microfilm reels and honor paperbacks.


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Outreach was provided to 648 elderly or disabled residents at Laurels of Hillsboro, Heartland, Highland House and Crestwood nursing homes by Lora Davis, outreach librarian. Lora visited with the residents and celebrated Elvis' 75th birthday, Mardi Gras and Amelia Earhart.




Written by Joan Cockerill, Head of Children's Department


The year 2010 was another busy and fun filled year in the children's department. We welcomed a new person to do our story times. Miss Nikki presents 2 story times each week to our 3-5 year olds. We presented 82 programs and story times which were attended by over 800 children. Our outreach programs were given to over 900 children.


Visitors to story times were Hurd Latimer, Faye Thompson, Snoopy, and William Powers, a local author who shared his new book with the children and their parents.


Dawna Jo Kiesling from the Ohio State Extension Office came each month and shared nutritional tips and how to save money at the grocery store.


The Hillsboro High School Astra Club presented 2 programs for the children with crafts, games and trivia. The first was a program on book characters and the children could dress as their favorite character. The second was an exciting Pirate Night where pirates invaded the children's department.


We had a very successful Summer Reading Club with over 500 children signing up to read with us. The theme was "MAKE A SPLASH @ AT YOUR LIBRARY", and they had fun with many water-related programs.


Passive programs are very popular with the children and we had over 5,100 participate in 41 passive programs.


Our story telling kits were shared with over 1,000 children.


Registration for our "Merry Money" Christmas Club started October 1st and continued through November. We had 295 children sign up to receive one "Merry Dollar" for each 30 minutes they read or were read to. Our Christmas store was open the first Saturday in December and then Monday and Tuesday evenings to give all the children a chance to shop for their families. It appeared to be a huge success since only 7 or 8 children were unable to get to our store.


We would like to give a special thank you to our Summer Reading Club sponsors: Dairy Queen, Great Scot Community Market, McDonald's, Bob Evans, Dakota's Roadhouse, and Wal-Mart.


CHILDREN’S DEPARTMENT: Joan Cockerill, Betty Daugherty, Pamela Strange and Nikki Fain.


ADULT DEPARTMENT: Donna Stout, Shirley Foster, Shirley Crouch, Karen Davis, Lora Davis, Melanie Dawes, Sandra Duplain, Deanna Flinn, Erma Gibbs, Donna O’Dom and Vanessa Turner.




Written by Margaret Magee, Branch Manager


2010 at the Greenfield Branch Library was a very busy, but a really great year! We have registered many new patrons this year and have also enjoyed working with all of our great regular patrons as well. Our services include access to items that inform and entertain and also computer access. Internet access has been a real necessity as there is such a great need for patrons to search for employment, apply for benefits, and keep in touch. Thanks to the Bill Gates Foundation, we were able to add 1 Internet computer this year. We belong to the SEO Library Consortium, which is a group of 174 Ohio Libraries, and provides our patrons opportunity to choose from millions of items and have them delivered at our location very quickly and at no cost to them. It takes many hours to keep the shipments going, but it is such a wonderful service.


We had many adult programs here at the library and they included: CET Ready to Learn workshops for preschool parents and caregivers, the Bookworms adult book discussion group, Beginning and Internet computer classes, monthly Stroke Support Group – Greenfield Area Medical Center, Perennial exchange, Book Sales, Summer Reading contests, CPR classes presented by Debbie Hensley, Summer Reading Kick-Off Cook-Out, Art Classes – Dianna Hisey, Genealogy Club headed by Earlene Scott, Healthy Eating by Dawna Jo Kiesling, Financial education by Virginia Purdy, Digital Photography, Ohio Benefit Bank Tax Preparation, the Genealogy Club & the Greenfield Historical Society had a joint program presented by the Ohio Historical Society.


Children also had lots of programming as well. There were 2 story hours each week for ages 2-grade 6 and Head Start story time. Summer Reading program – "Make a Splash – Read" that started with a kick-off cook-out and we had a sign-up of 528 for the summer. A Season Readings Christmas Club with 90 children enrolled. We were visited by school classes, 4-H, Scout, preschool, and club groups. We also had a Library Summer Camp with 452 in total attendance, a Kid's Craft Club, a Mother's Club program with Rhonda Sponcil, a visit from Snoopy, and the Christmas Gift Shop.


We have worked with many local agencies to provide more and better services. They include: Edgewood Manor, Hearth 'N Care, Greenfield Area Medical Center, City of Greenfield, Highland County Community Action, Concerned Veterans of Greenfield, Greenfield Head Start, Highland County Extension Service, CET, Greenfield McClain faculty, Highland County Commissioners, Highland County Board of Elections, Highland County Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Lion's Club, Greenfield Historical Society, Buckskin School, Greenfield Soccer Association, Greenfield Mothers Club, AAUW, U.S. Census Bureau and others.


We received donations from many local businesses and clubs including: VFW Post 4736, Greenfield Mother's Club, Petland, Altrusa, McDonald's, Robbins Village Florist, Subway, Domino's, Star Cinema, The Glitz, Bob Evans, Burger King, Sav-A-Lot, Weller's Plumbing, Kathy Decker, Long's Retreat, Greene's Automotive, Long John Silver's, and other patron gifts.


There were many wonderful displays in our showcase this year. Photography by Butch Peabody, Connie Ford – Blue and White China, Dianna Hisey's Art Class Paintings, Apple Collection – Darlene Karnes, Nancy Baldwin – Floral Displays, Angels – Greenfield Staff. Other displays included: Head Start "Week of the Child" artwork, and art from the McClain Art Department.


Our community room has been in continual use this year. Besides all of our library programming, many community groups (Greenfield Concerned Veterans, Greenfield Historical Society, Divas, Greenfield Mother's Club, Greenfield Teachers' Association, American Association of University Women, Greenfield Farmers Market Meetings, PERI, GSAY Soccer Meetings, Greenfield Voting Site, U.S. Census Bureau testing and training, Highland County Commissioners, Greenfield REAP Meeting, Ohio Benefit Bank) have used the room for their meetings and events.


It has been a very busy and exciting year. A great staff, wonderful patrons, and a caring community all work together to make a tremendous team to enhance our community. We look forward to serving our community in 2011.


Greenfield Staff: Margaret Magee, Branch Manager; Debbie Wise, Vickie Everhart, Linda Fugate, Vicki Strain and Kathy Patton.






Written by Sharon Aukeman, Branch Manager


The Leesburg Library had a busy and productive 2010. We provided many services and programs for our patrons throughout the year.


Our adult programs included computer classes, investment seminars and our annual Veteran’s Day Appreciation Breakfast. We also enjoyed celebrating the holidays throughout the year such as Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, Halloween (Beggar’s Night) and Christmas (Luminaria).


Participation in our children’s programming continued to grow. Story time themes this past year included visits from a clown, a campground ranger and Mother Goose (all performed by me!) Our summer reading program, “Make a Splash @ Your Library” was very successful. We had visits from Ronald McDonald, an Ohio DNR park ranger, a local storyteller and a magician. The kids also enjoyed dancing to the beat of the Reading Rocks! Band again this year. Vince Howard (husband of Library Staffer, Becky Howard) shared a large collection of live snakes and other reptiles/amphibians with our patrons, too. We also had another successful year of Merry Money. The Library Elves helped shoppers with their Christmas purchases again this year. Both programs saw an increase in participation this year.


The Leesburg Library offered programming for our teens, too. They participated in their summer reading program, “Make Waves @ Your Library”. We had a “Gilligan’s Island Party” in the summer and a Halloween Party as well as our monthly “SPARX” book discussion groups. Although we have a dedicated group of high school students who participate, we are also attempting to reach out to the junior high students.


We continue to network with local organizations to provide services and information to our patrons. Some of these programs/organizatio s include Computer classes, Teacher Outreach, Ohio Benefit Bank, Leesburg Fire Dept. and Life Squad, Highland County Extension Office and the Leesburg Soccer Association. We also partner with Fairfield Local Schools through participation in their Lions on Literacy events and my school visits to each elementary class to introduce our summer reading program theme.


Once again the library has benefited from the generosity and support provided by the many businesses and patrons of the Leesburg community. Their donations assist us in providing incentives for our summer reading program. We would also like to thank patrons who have displayed items in our show case this year. This year we had patrons share their classic movie, frog and fishing lure collections.


Many local organizations used our community room throughout the year such as the Red Hat Club, the Ohio Benefit Bank and the Soccer Club. Our reading groups for teens and adults use the community room as well as our Knit Together group.


It was with sadness that the Leesburg Library accepted the resignation of Myrna Reno this year. However, we were very happy to welcome a new employee, Lyn Tone. Lyn is energetic, friendly and hard-working and we appreciate her being a part of the Leesburg staff. Although our number of employees has decreased in recent years, the Leesburg staff continues to work ardently and enthusiastically to assist our patrons with their informational needs. They truly demonstrate a dedication and commitment to the Leesburg community and the Highland County Library system.


Leesburg Staff: Sharon Aukeman, Branch Manager; Becky Howard, Louise McKamey, Shirley Fetters, Lyn Tone, and Myrna Reno.






Written by Elaine Williams, Branch Manager


In 2010, the Lynchburg Branch Library continued its mission of serving the community in many different ways. With the downturn in the economy, library staff spent more time helping patrons with vital online tasks such as filing unemployment, job searching, crafting resumes, and filling out tedious online applications that required even those unfamiliar with computers to acquire email addresses. The staff rose to the challenge with more one-on-one assistance. We have also seen an increase in patrons taking online classes and needing an on-site proctor for exams. Our faxing services have also increased, allowing patrons to take care of important business without making long drives.


Attendance at our regularly scheduled adult programs remains strong. The Pageturners book discussion group read a variety of titles, just about evenly divided between novels and non-fiction. Our Knit-n-Stitch group continued throughout the year as a popular meeting place on Thursday evenings.


Although scheduling conflicts caused the cessation of school visits from the Lynchburg Branch to the Belfast Head Start, children’s librarian Elaine Williams was able to conduct a number of programs at Lynchburg-Clay Elementary.


These programs included an annual “Lynchburg Then and Now” presentation to all third grade classes and a tornado safety program for kindergarten classes. She also traveled to the school to present information to a Girl Scout troop so that they could earn their local history badge. In the library, we presented information about Simon Kenton to a Cub Scout troop and helped a Boy Scout troop earn its library badge.


In addition to weekly story times, the library was also the setting for several special programs for children: Parachute Play for ages 2-6, a Pajama program, a preschool Sock Hop, Preschool Ocean Adventure, a scavenger hunt, a pirate party, Island Fun, the Summer Reading Club, a school supplies contest drawing, and our annual Merry Money Reading Program & Shop for Christmas. Teens participated in our Volunteens program, the “What Do These Books Have in Common?” contests, Hula Hoopla, and “Girl Talk.”


Our meeting room provided a place for census testing, regular tutoring, test proctoring, and gatherings of the Lynchburg Historical Society, the new Neighborhood Watch group, Girl Scouts, and a Home School Curriculum Swap.


Local authors Elaine Williams and Mary V. Banks had book signings for a short story and a book, respectively. Patrons also enjoyed our annual Spring & Christmas Teas, the Color Me Beautiful beauty session, and an entertaining contest called “The Craziest Thing I Believed as a Kid.”


Congratulations to Beverly Wilkin for completing five years of library service, and Alice Williamson for completing ten years as our cleaning lady. We look forward to serving our patrons in 2011.


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




Written by Brenda Fisher, Computer Services Librarian

       In late 2009 and 2010 the news media has been abuzz with stories of Amazon selling more e-books than hardcover books and rumors that the hard copy printed book was dead or dying. Many of these statistics may be somewhat skewed by the vendor to drive e-book sales*, but many people are definitely interested in e-books and digital audio and video. People like the idea of being able to carry a stack of 20 or more books with them on their portable device (be it laptop, iPad, smart phone or e-book reader). Many of our audio book reading patrons love the idea of not having to shuffle through multiple CDs. Additionally there are no overdue fines as the items "return" themselves by expiring and digital media is available 24/7 to be downloaded in the comfort of your own home in your robe and fuzzy slippers.

      From our library's point of view there are also many advantages to downloadable digital media. We have books, audio books and even a few videos that are shared between our SEO libraries with no shipping or handling charges and do not have to be touched, handled, or repaired by our staff at all. Furthermore the statistics and ordering module is very good and items are available immediately to patrons after purchase. The help menus and the software from the site are both very good as well. It can provide increased services to those who are homebound, those with low vision or those that simply can not easily make it into the library during our hours.

       The downside is largely the problem of developing a collection in the middle of a budget crisis which has required cut-backs in all areas of our budget. We ended 2010 having spent a little under $1000 in this area. Fortunately we aren't alone in buying for this collection, as others in SEO are buying as well and the Vendor has added Project Gutenberg classic titles which are beyond copyright and enable us to have more books on our virtual shelves. In addition to our SEO collection, our readers can also log into the Ohio e-Book Project with our library cards which gives them access to other books as well.





HILLSBORO PROGRAMS: Computer classes, Black History Month program honoring retired judge James Cannon, Jeanne Read, "Antique Evening”; Carol Cartaino, "The Importance of Writing Well" for Highland County Alternative School students, Plant Swap.

GREENFIELD PROGRAMS: Monthly Stroke Support groups, CPR classes, Genealogy Club, Bookworms book discussion group, CET Ready to Learn workshops, Computer classes, Perennial exchange, Dawna Jo Kiesling –healthy eating, Ohio Benefit Bank tax preparation, Art classes, Book sale, Financial Education – Virginia Purdy, Digital Photography.

LEESBURG PROGRAMS: computer classes, investment seminars, Veteran’s Day Appreciation Breakfast, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, Halloween (Beggar’s Night) and Christmas (Luminaria).

LYNCHBURG PROGRAMS: Home School Curriculum Swap, book signings for Elaine Williams and Mary V. Banks, Pageturners Book Club, Knit-n-Stitch, Color Me Beautiful, "Craziest Thing You Believed as a Child", and Spring and Christmas Teas.




Hal Harvey – Paintings of the old Hillsboro High School building

Diana Harvey/Appalachian Artisans Guild - Craft projects

Andrew O'Dom – Photographs of Ireland

Dennis Kimberly – Fossils

Doris Dyer – Figurines of 1970's Black Musicians

Donna O'Dom – Ships

David Walter – Hand fans and Barber razors

Jeanette Snapp – Sea Shells

Avery Applegate/Highland County Historical Society – Gift Shop items

Dennis Lindsey – Civil War etchings



HILLSBORO DISPLAYS: Judge James Cannon - Black History Month, China Place Settings, Diet and Exercise, Hillsboro Rotary – Polio Information, Spring Cleaning, Going Green, Love Stories, Humor, Ohio Travel, Careers, Home Canning, Biographies, Our Town Long Along, The Good Old Days, Stuttering, Breast Cancer, Love Songs, National Agricultural Week, National Library Card Sing-up Month, Easy Summer Foods, Christmas Crafts, Christmas Music, Ghost Stories, Relationships.


CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT DISPLAYS: Winter, Snow and Snowmen, Martin Luther King Jr., Black History Month, President's Day, Valentine's Day, Spring, Wind, Dr. Seuss, Find the Library Mistakes, Easter, National Library Week, Mother's Day, Summer Reading Club, Memorial Day, Oceans, Father's Day, Fourth of July, Whales, Dolphins and Water Animals. Series, Back to School, County Fair, Grandparent's Day, Fall, Apples, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Native Americans, Pilgrims, Christmas, Night Before Christmas, and local author Williams Powers.


GREENFIELD DISPLAYS: Blue & White China – Connie Ford, Snowmen, Black History Month, President's Day, Valentines, Spring Photography – Butch Peabody, March Madness, Poetry Month, Dianna Hisey's Art Class paintings, Olympics, Women's History, Perennials, Gardening, Spring Projects, Irish – St. Patrick's Day, College Tuition Saving Information, Ohio Authors, FIFA World Soccer Cup, Snoopy, Mother's Day, Summer Reading, Father's Day, Food Preservation, Ghost Hunting, Beach Books, Highland County Fair, Columbus Day, Back-to-school, Nancy Baldwin – Floral Arrangements, Constitution Week, McClain Football, Apples – Darlene Karnes, Seasons Readings Christmas Club, Halloween/Scary Books, Chill Out with Books, Fall Cleaning, Scarecrows, Thanksgiving, Christmas Crafts & Cooking, Week of the Young Children Head Start artwork, McClain Art Class display, Angels – Greenfield staff.


LEESBURG DISPLAYS: Cabin Festival - SSCC Fincastle, Classic Movies – Heather Washburn, Frogs – Becky Howard, Summer Reading – Library Staff, Fishing Lures and Reels – David French, Halloween – Library Staff, Merry Money – Library, Angels – Sharon Aukeman.


LYNCHBURG DISPLAYS: Porcelain Dolls, Sheet Music from 1930's and 1940's, Songbirds, Constitution Week, Old Comic Books, Gold Star Mother Day, Lynchburg-Clay Keelboats, Steamboats and Flatboats, Lighthouses, Fossils and Artifacts, Police Display, Theatre Masks, World War II Armed Forces display.





Nancy Perin Axmacher in memory of Lyne Letcher Spargur


Joanne Kresiak in memory of William "Bill" Beatty


Local author Christian Williams donated a copy of his book, "Winesburg, Again"


Linda Jean Ellis in appreciation of assistance with genealogical research


Veterans of Ohio Charities to the Greenfield Branch Library and to the Summer Reading Programs in Greenfield and Hillsboro


Beverly Wilson Palmer donated a copy of her book, "The Selected Letters of Florence Kelley, 1869-1931"


Mary L. Miller donated a copy of her book, "Chick, Hardwick, and Related Families"



New Sabina Industries made a donation


The Raber Family in appreciation of our film collection


Altrusa of Highland County to the Summer Reading Program

John T. Hagan donated a copy of his book "A Long Farewell", third printing


Donald Rothwell donated a copy of his book "The History and Growth of Tree Peonies"


Carol Cartaino donated copies of her books "It Happened in Ohio" and "Myths and Truths about Coyotes"


The Hillsboro City Schools donated 12 computers with monitors, stacking chairs and 9 mobile lab chairs


Perry Peskin donated a copy of "The Search for Lost Habitats: 30 Years of Exploring for Rare and Endangered Plants – Book 1"


Jean Wallis donated a copy of "Images of America – Adams County"


Kelly Lee in appreciation of assistance with genealogical research.


We received a very generous donation in memory of Vada Crosby, who worked at the Hillsboro Public Library when it was located in the Scott House. The donor wishes to remain anonymous.


In memory of Delma Fairley:

Kim Fairley Family of Michigan

Hardins Creek Friends Church

Robert & L. Anne Campbell

Betty Cummings

Jennifer West


In memory of Agnes Hubbard:

Mr. & Mrs. Fred Belvo

Mr. Todd Belvo

Mr. & Mrs. Victor Belvo

Ms. Kathy Jo Blaugrund

Richard and Virginia Fogt

Don & Carolyn Hastings

Mr. & Mrs. Bill Hinegardner

Myrna Hudson

The Pageturners Book Club

Mr. & Mrs. Richard Stoner

"Golf Group," c/o the Stoner Family

Faith Waltke

Beverly Wilkin




 VFW Post 4736

Greenfield Mother's Club



Star Cinema

Bob Evans



Burger King


Robbins Village Florist

The Glitz

Weller's Plumbing

Kathy Decker

Kings Island

Newport Aquarium

Long's Retreat

Greene's Automotive


Cincinnati Reds

Ohio State Fair

Ohio State Parks

Long John Silver's

Leesburg Branch Library:

5/3 Bank


Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati Zoo

Dakota’s Roadhouse

Fat Boys Pizza

Fetter’s Remodeling


Hardy Memorials

Hickory & Plaid

Highland Lanes

Katie’s Confections

Kay Simmons Insurance

Kings Island

Leesburg Hardware

New Sabina Industries

O’Dells Flowers

Ohio Renaissance Festival

Poor Bob's Gas Station

Sisters Tanning

Star Cinema

The Beach Waterpark

Wellers Plumbing & Heating

Kyda Prickett, Elizabeth Stritenberger, Pam Weston, Becky Hurst, Maria Grimm, Haley Tolle, Teresa Cudkowicz, Becky Tressler, and others donated books and other media.



Mr. Jason Hauth and Mr. Jim Tomlinson of Frito-Lay arranged a donation of merchandise for the Summer Reading Club

 Don & Carolyn Hastings, Warren Wright, Melissa Lanoue, Sara & Jason McLaughlin and Becky Hastings trimmed and landscaped the exterior of the building

 The 3Arts Club

Lynchburg Masonic Lodge #178



Many of these donations are included on the "Thank You!" page of the library website