Investing in Our Future

imaginationStudies show that children who are read to before kindergarten enter school far more ready to learn. Opportunities to play in a visual, story-filled environment are imperative to reaching school readiness goals.

Darby Community Public Library is the only organization in town that offers weekly storytimes, a play area with building blocks, thousands of books for early readers, and resources for parents to help their children succeed. We need your help to keep these services for our children available to all families in our community.

Ballots are now in homes asking you to vote FOR a 3 millage increase for Darby Community Library. This will be about $30,000 per year and will fill in for an unstable source of funding in donations and grants. All of this money will go directly to the library and not the town. More stable funding will help us invest in our future. Vote FOR the millage increase!

Mark your ballot and drop it in the mail today. Or hand deliver to the Ravalli County Election Office, 215 South 4th St., Suite C; Hamilton, MT 59840. Ballots must be received by September 15.

Outcomes of the Millage Increase

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Children doing the Vote YES for Darby Library cheer.

Ballots are arriving in homes for the September 15 special election. It asks voters in our community for a 3 mill levy increase of $30,000, which is one third of the library’s budget. The Darby Community Public Library BIC is asking for your support for the millage increase here is why.

If the measure passes the increased funding will be used to:

  1. Repair and maintain the building with dedicated funds.
  2. Purchase books, periodicals, and audiobooks with a dedicated book budget that is not based on donations.
  3. Open the library five days a week for community access and a safe after school environment for children.
  4. Provide staff to support patrons, services for children, computer assistance, and other valued library services.

More facts on the library’s website.

These 4 outcomes will provide the 21st century library our community deserves. Vote YES for Darby Library! Mark your ballot and mail it in by September 15th. Or hand deliver to the Ravalli County Election Office, 215 South 4th St., Suite C; Hamilton, MT 59840

Internet Access is Essential

Vote YES logoDarby has a higher rate of Internet access compared to households nationwide. According to broadbandmap.gov 99% of households have access to Internet technology. However, according to an independent study only 87% of households have a working Internet connection. The Darby Community Public Library provides essential public computers and Internet access for those people who don’t have access to them in their homes.

In 2013-2014, library computers were used over 8,000 times for creating resumes, job searching, online job applications, homework assignments, etc. Professional library staff assisted patrons with technology questions and provided one on one help to patrons with these online activities. In order for the Darby Community Public Library to continue to provide this essential resource, we need YOUR help.

Ballots are in the mail this week asking voters if they support a 3-mill increase for library funding. This will fund increased staff support of library technology and provides about 1/3 of the library’s annual budget. Help secure the next generation of library services by voting YES for Darby Community Public Library! Ballots are arriving in homes this week and must be in by September 15.

Library as a Community Resource Center

Vote Libraries 1 by Juana MedinaAccording to United States census data, 16.8% of residents in Ravalli County from 2009-2013 lived below the federal poverty line. Children living in these homes are unlikely to have technology or books. These children need literacy based library programs such as story-times to prepare them for entering school and summer-reading to keep them learning when school is out. These programs and a current collection of reading materials are fundamental to the development of families in need.

Ballots will be mailed this week asking voters if they support a 3-mill increase for library funding. This increase will fund a rich collection of library resources and increase the capacity of professional staff to provide transformative programs. This will provide about 1/3 of the library’s annual budget and we need your help to secure the next generation of library services.

Vote YES for Darby Community Public Library! Ballots must be in by September 15.

Your Health at Your Library

Your Healthatyour libraryOver one third of your neighbors, family, and friends, most likely rely on computers and Internet access at the Darby Community Public Library for everyday and just in time health and wellness advice. They are looking to find ways to become more active, find doctors, research a family member’s illness, locate health care insurance, or track down discount medications. The library is an important component of our health system.

In fact, “Opportunity for All,” a study funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and published by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, found that meeting health and wellness needs was one of the most frequently reported uses of public access technology, with 37 percent of users reporting having looked for health information, treatment options, caregivers, or ways to improve their health; 56 percent of these users also reported seeking out these types of information for relatives, friends, colleagues, and others. In order to continue to provide this critical access for everyone in Darby, we need YOUR help!

There will be a ballot measure on the September 15, 2015 ballot, asking voters if they support a 3-mill increase for library funding. This will provide about 1/3 of our annual budget and we need your help to secure the next generation of library services.

Vote YES for Darby Community Public Library!

Important Dates to Remember!

  • Forgot to register? No problem late registration begins August 18.
  • Ballots are mailed August 26th.
  • Return your ballot by September 15th!

Funding Our Valuable Library

Kids on library computerThe Darby Community Public Library offers access to several types of resources including books, eBooks, magazines, DVDs, music, and research databases. The library also supports lifelong learning and success in school and in the job market by providing educational and arts programs for all ages.

But the Darby Community Public Library is much more than resources and programs.

According to a 2013 Pew Research study, “How Americans Value Public Libraries in Their Communities”, the vast majority of Americans say that public libraries play an important role in their communities. Specifically providing,

  • Opportunity: 95% of Americans agree that public libraries play an important role in giving everyone a chance to succeed
  • Literacy: 95% say that public libraries are important because they promote literacy and a love of reading
  • Quality of Life: 94% say that having a public library improves the quality of life in a community

The Darby Community Library is a valued resource and key partner in the success of a healthy community.  There will be a ballot measure on the September 15, 2015 ballot, asking voters if they support a 3 millage increase for library funding. If passed, the impact of the mill levy increase on a home valued at $200,000.00 would be about $7.86 per year. These funds will be used for more staffing and patron support, keeping the library open as a safe after school environment, building repairs, and increasing the collections budget. For more information see the library’s Bond site.

Vote YES for Darby Community Public Library! Ballots will be mailed and voting begins August 26, 2015.

Access to Computers and the Internet in the Library

computer room
The computer room in Darby Community Public Library is a very busy place. In addition to the computer room, the library circulates five laptop computers for patron in-house use. Other library users bring in their own computers and electronic devices to connect to the Internet using the library’s free WiFi access.

The Darby Community Public Library provides technology for use by our community. This includes not only computers, but reliable high speed Internet access, and basic productivity software. These resources can be used by anyone in the community who do not otherwise have access to technology or by families who may have only one household computer and need more capacity during crunch times.

In the 2013-2014 year, Darby Community Public Library users accessed the library’s high speed Internet from mobile devices 1,015 times. Currently, the 14 public access computers in the computer room have 168 weekly users. We know this is an essential service to the community and the library needs your help to maintain its technology services.

There will be a measure on the September 15, 2015 ballot, asking voters if they support a 3-mill increase for library funding. This increase will help insure that staffing is available to help with computer assistance and that technology is maintained and upgraded regularly.
Vote YES for Darby Community Public Library! Ballots will be mailed and voting begins August 26, 2015.