2012 RICHLAND LIBRARY ANNUAL REPORT
One of the best libraries in the country, better than many large cities.
- James Hill
There were 2,767,526 visits to Richland Library this year.
 
Your library works hard to provide services and resources that help people find jobs, have success in school and explore new ideas and technologies. I'm proud of the way library staff and supporters honor our commitment to advance our community.
Melanie Huggins
Richland Library Executive Director
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Advancing Our Community

More people are using the library – and in different ways – than ever before. It's no secret that the role of the library has changed drastically. We're not just about books anymore. We're about getting children ready for school so they can learn and graduate on time; helping people find jobs, change careers or grow their businesses; and providing access to information and technology. Our role has changed but our services and resources continue to change people's lives and advance our community.

We're ensuring children are ready to learn and thrive in school, providing resources for children and caregivers from the earliest ages all the way through high school and college years. Special programs and grant funded efforts introduce the basic early literacy skills and ensure access to technology. By realigning staff in key areas, we are refocusing efforts on reaching teens and those who speak English as their second language.

We're putting Richland County back to work, providing personal assistance with preparing resumes, interview skills, online job applications and much more. In the two and a half years the Business and Job Center has been open at Main, staff have interacted with customers, providing personalized assistance, more than 30,000 times.

We're ensuring access to traditional and eResources (eBooks, downloadable music and more) our community values and uses.

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Resources

Richland Library offers learning experiences for customers of all ages. From storytimes for babies to personal visits with elderly who are homebound, we offer services that enhance our customers' lives regardless of their needs or stage of learning.

We are committed to meeting our customers' needs! Richland Library has more than 20,000 eBooks, as well as audiobooks, music and videos, downloadable at any time from any location. DVDs, Wii games and more are available for family entertainment.

In May 2012, the library launched a a new service – the 3M Cloud Library – that allows library customers to access thousands of eBooks on multiple devices, including PCs, iPads, Nooks and Android operating systems. Richland Library is one of 10 beta or test sites across the country for this new service.

"In the past two years, interest and usage of eBooks has increased exponentially in our community," said Tony Tallent, Richland Library's director of literacy and learning. "The 3M Cloud Library will allow our customers to access their library eBooks across several devices with ease. We will also be able to offer eReaders for check out to those who don't own their own devices, helping bridge this digital gap."

The 3M Cloud Library offers a turnkey system of digital content, in-library hardware, and apps for borrowing and reading, and promises to revolutionize how library customers discover and access eBooks.

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Outreach

In Richland County, one out of four children entering first grade is not ready to learn at grade level. The Richland Library Growing Readers program serves people where they are, opening a world of limitless possibilities. Librarian visits and book donations have made a lasting impact on the children in our community.

Homebound

Richland Library is committed to providing everyone free access to books and information that enhances their lives. Dedicated staff visit homes and nursing facilities on an ongoing basis, bringing books and smiles to brighten everyone's days! Last fiscal year, nearly 14,368 books were delivered to 1,930 customers who could no longer visit the library in person.

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Children

Children can learn freely and play freely at Richland Library! The library is committed to providing the best books and resources available to children of all ages, ensuring they are eager and ready to learn and succeed in school, and in life. From the Friends' Summer Reading Challenge to special events such as Pigskin Poets and Lunch Money concerts, the library fosters a love of learning and the imagination. Storytimes are offered for babies, preschoolers, toddlers and families at the Richland Library facilities located throughout the county.

More than 90,000 children, teens and adults attended library programs last year, everything from storytimes for families to special programs on learning to use a computer or writing a resume.

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Teens

Teens can think freely at Richland Library! Teen Advisory Boards meet at various locations each month to help plan exciting programs, annual events are held such as the popular Teen Idol competition, and anime clubs bring teens together for fun and camaraderie.

More than 5,300 teens participated in library programs last year. Programs included Richland Library Teen Idol, anime clubs, gaming programs and live music performances.

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Our People

Strong community support has allowed Richland Library to become the center of the community, providing resources and outstanding customer service that enhances the quality of life for all residents. There are three ways to support your library: Join the Richland Library Friends, support the Richland Library Foundation or volunteer!

Through book sales and other special events, the Richland Library Friends raise more than $100,000 each year to support the efforts of the library. Memberships start at only $25.

The Richland Library Foundation works to make a great library better by providing annual giving opportunities and developing philanthropic support for the library. If you'd like to contribute to the great work taking place at Richland Library and make a difference in peoples' lives, please consider joining the Friends (803) 988-0885 or supporting the Foundation (803) 929-3424.

Volunteer

Volunteers are the heart of Richland Library, giving countless hours of time to further the library's mission. Volunteers are recognized with individual awards for hours of service, an annual recognition event and the selection of Richland Library Volunteers of the Year. To learn more, please call (803) 929-3436 or email volunteer@richlandlibrary.com. Last fiscal year, 1,128 volunteers contributed 22,863 hours to the library, a value of more than $413,000.

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Board of Trustees

Richland Library board members are appointed by the Richland County Council and serve in unpaid positions.

2011 – 2012 Board


Kirby D. Shealy, III, Chair
Serving on the board makes me a better ambassador for the library in the community. I am naturally inclined to love the place because it represents some fundamental ideals that are dear to me—the right of every citizen to pursue his or her full potential, the freedom to read, and the importance of an informed electorate to a healthy democracy. Our Library's staff is as talented, innovative and energetic as any group of people I've ever been around. It's hard not to be inspired by their creativity, vision and passion. The board's toughest challenge is to try to keep up with them.
John D. Baker, Vice Chair Robert E. Gahagan, Treasurer Ida W. Thompson, Secretary Nathaniel A. Barber Jack Godbold George C. Johnson Rox W. Pollard Jr. Alethia P. Rearden JoAnn Turnquist
Julie Ann Dixon, Jim Manning and Seth Rose, County Council Liaisons

Elected to Serve 2012 - 2013

Kirby D. Shealy III, Chair Robert E. Gahagan, Vice Chair JoAnn Turnquist, Treasurer Ida W. Thompson, Secretary
Paul Livingston and Jim Manning , County Council Liaisons Tracy Haisley (2011 – 2012), J.P. Lee (2012 – 2013) , Richland Library Friends' Representative
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Join the Friends

The Richland Library Friends play a vital role in the enhancement of library services and programs. Quarterly book sales, The Literary Vine annual fundraiser, and exciting programs and events are a few of the many reasons why you should join the Friends.

Want to join? Application forms are available at all locations and online. Call (803) 988-0885 for more information.

Richland Library Friends' Board

The Richland Library Friends are led by a dedicated group of volunteers committed to the library and personally involved in our many programs and events.

2011 – 2012 Board


Tracy A. Haisley, President
I'm committed to making a difference in our community and the library is the one place that touches the lives of every single citizen of Richland County. I'm most proud of all the contributions we've made over the years to the various enhancements at the library, including Richland Library Ballentine, the RFID self checkout system and any small contribution we were able to make to the Business and Job Center. However, the Summer Reading Challenge holds a special place in my heart. As a child, my parents always took me to my library for the summer reading program so I know full well just how vital and special it is to the children in the community. Our board is a robust, fiery, passionate, dedicated group of volunteers who work harder than any other group of people I've ever seen, all for the love of books. How can I possibly not love each and every one of them? They made my job as president all the more fulfilling."
Shannon Bobertz, Vice President Gill Gignilliat, Secretary Mary League, Treasurer Christina "Tina" W. Auman Robin Blume John C. Bradley Jr. Janice W. Brown Joseph D. Clark Michelle J. Clark Aubrey Dillard Keith Gardner Stacey D. Haynes Chris Koon Andrea Lance Jonathan "J.P." Lee Helen Madden Melina Mann Sarah Martin Susan Mazur Chakisse Newton Jennifer Robinson Rachel Snowden Jess Torres
Kirby D. Shealy III , Library's Board of Trustees Representative

Elected to Serve 2012 - 2013

Jonathan "J.P." Lee , President Shannon Bobertz , Vice President Susan Mazur , Secretary Mary League , Treasurer Erin Crawford Rose Dangerfield Susan Hackett Amy Hill Suzy Madden Rebecca Roser Ashlye Rumph-Geddis

Support the Foundation

Richland Library is one of the most important cultural and educational resources in our region. The Richland Library Foundation works to increase financial support so the library can best respond to community needs.

The Richland Library Foundation worked to establish special areas at Main that enhance services, such as local and family history and efforts for children. The Foundation also established the Ethel Bolden Minority Scholarship in honor and recognition of her years of service to the Richland County community and its libraries.

2011 – 2012 Board


Bert Brannon, Chair
There's so much going on at the library now. I'm amazed at the available technology and programs. My second and fourth graders both love stories, which can be found at the library in books, on CD, on video and even live. My kids have met Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, Junie B. Jones and Encyclopedia Brown, Captain Underpants and Captain Hook. They get excited about the stories. Even in our high tech world, for them, the library is all about stories. How can you not be passionate about a place that provides so much for your kids? Add such a dedicated team of administrative professionals running the operations and service on the Foundation Board is a pleasure.
Lee E. Rambo, Vice Chair David Campbell, Secretary/Treasurer Gail Anastasion William "Buddy" Bateman Christopher A. Leventis Cox Adam Davis Susie Dibble Beth Elliott Alexander Fournil Robert E. "Bob" Gahagan Barbara Griffin Lana Hefner David HodgesWendi Nance John Nichols Lenora "Nonie" Price R. Neal Reynolds, M.D.
John C. Bradley Jr. , Richland Library Friends' Representative Melanie Huggins , ex officio, Richland Library Executive Director

Elected to Serve 2012 - 2013

Lee E. Rambo, Chair David Campbell, Vice Chair Adam Davis, Secretary/Treasurer J.P. Lee, Richland Library Friends' Representative

Our Numbers

Revenues

20,176,600
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County Appropriation
338,973
0
State Aid
2,100,075
0
Miscellaneous

Total

22,615,648
0

Expenditures

13,408,814
0
Personnel
3,305,619
0
Materials
4,388,516
0
Operations

Total

21,102,949
0

Fund Balance

11,627,008
0
Beginning
13,139,707
0
Ending

Net Change

1,512,699
0

Items checked out

1,575,943
0
Main
265,115
0
Ballentine
156,078
0
Blythewood
394,579
0
Cooper
46,710
0
Eastover
146,646
0
North Main
328,138
0
Northeast
567,719
0
Sandhills
504,303
0
Southeast
421,529
0
St. Andrews
145,712
0
Wheatley

Total

4,552,472
0

eResources Checked Out

129,573
0
eBooks
28,693
0
eAudiobooks
100,263
0
eMusic
594
0
eVideos

Total

259,123
0

Library Use

215,230
0
Total registered borrowers
21,544
0
New registered borrowers
3,275
0
Number of in-library programs
55,163
0
Number of attendees at in-library programs
851
0
Number of outreach programs
35,225
0
Number of attendees at outreach programs

CONTACT US

Locations and Hours

Main

1431 Assembly St.
Columbia 29201
(803) 799-9084

Mon – Thurs, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Fri – Sat, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sun, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Richland Library Ballentine

1321 Dutch Fork Rd.
Irmo 29063
(803) 781-5026

Mon – Thurs, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Fri, Sat, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Richland Library Blythewood

218 McNulty Rd.
Blythewood 29016
(803) 691-9806

Mon – Thurs, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Fri, Sat, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Richland Library Cooper

5317 North Trenholm Rd.
Columbia 29206
(803) 787-3462

Mon – Thurs, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Fri, Sat, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Richland Library Eastover

608 Main St.
Eastover 29044
(803) 353-8584

Mon - Thurs 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Fri, Sat, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Richland Library North Main

5306 North Main St.
Columbia 29203
(803) 754-7734

Mon – Thurs, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Fri, Sat, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Richland Library Northeast

7490 Parklane Rd.
Columbia 29223
(803) 736-6575

Mon – Thurs, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Fri, Sat, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Richland Library Sandhills

1 Summit Parkway at Clemson Rd.
Columbia 29229
(803) 699-9230

Mon – Thurs, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Fri, Sat, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Richland Library Southeast

7421 Garners Ferry Rd.
Columbia 29209
(803) 776-0855

Mon – Thurs, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Fri, Sat, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sun, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Richland Library St. Andrews

2916 Broad River Rd.
Columbia 29210
(803) 772-6675

Mon – Thurs, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Fri, Sat, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sun, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Richland Library Wheatley

931 Woodrow St.
Columbia 29205
(803) 799-5873

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tues, Thurs 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.


All hours are subject to change.

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HOW DO I...

Need to renew materials? It's easy!

Visit any Richland Library location.
Call (803) 929-3425 or (803) 929-3427.
Visit any Richland Library location.

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