It’s Time to Stand Together for Our Library

ballot yesWe know that having access to good a good library with the right resources is a quality of life issue for Darby. Libraries in good repair, with the latest technology will make a positive, multi-generational impact on our kid’s education, on the readiness of the workforce for 21st Century jobs, and all sorts of community outcomes that need a place like a library to be nurtured and grow.  That’s why we are voting FOR for the 3 millage increase.  It’s a smart way to spend our public resources, because our libraries serve everyone.  All of the funds will go directly to the library (not the town).  We want our librarians to have the resources they need and we want our town to have the library we deserve.

The Darby Community Public Library BIC is asking for your support of the 3 millage increase so the library can deliver on these four promises:

#1 Repair and maintain the building with dedicated funds. Use of the library has grown by over 200% since the library opened in 2004. Your FOR vote is essential for keeping the library building safe and enjoyable for all of its users.

#2 Purchase books, periodicals, and audio books with a dedicated book budget that is not based on donations. Current and well-chosen materials support a well informed community. Your FOR vote is needed to ensure access to a rich collection.

#3 Keep the library open five days a week for community access and a safe after school environment for children. Without increased funding library hours will need to be cut and that means the library will be more difficult or impossible to access for members of our community. Your FOR vote is needed to ensure that all of our neighbors, even those with non traditional schedules, can continue to access the library and its services.

#4 Provide staff to support patrons, services for children, computer assistance, and other valued library services. The staff is the lifeblood of the library. Without them we wouldn’t have story times, personalized book recommendations, tech tables, teen workshops, our countless other services that help our community members enrich themselves with education and entertainment. Your FOR vote is needed to maintain the current level of staff support that we rely on and enjoy.

Join with over 1,000 of our neighbors that have voted so far and return your ballot marked FOR the millage increase by this Tuesday, September 15. Ballots must be received (not postmarked) by 8 pm. Ballots can be hand delivered to the Ravalli County Election Office, 215 South 4th St., Suite C; Hamilton, MT 59840.

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

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.

How Does the Library Impact Lives?

Vote Libraries ToolboxThe PEW Research Center recently asked Americans what impact the closing of their public library would have on them. The top answers in How Americans Value Public Libraries in their Communities:

  • Americans value public libraries as institutions that enrich their communities. Nine out of 10 Americans say closing their public library would impact their community and 94 percent believe that having a public library improves the quality of life in a community.
  • Libraries afford users access to information and resources that they may have a hard time finding elsewhere. 95 percent of Americans agree that the materials and resources available at public libraries play an important role in giving everyone a chance to succeed.
  • Library services are especially valued by marginalized and undeserved communities. Minorities, women, and adults living in low-income households place the greater value on public library services. For example, 56 percent of adults living in low-income households say libraries are very important in terms of providing youth programs.

At Darby Community Public Library, evening hours and after school programs mean a safe place for our youth to continue learning. More staffing to support our patrons and new technology means unemployed workers can use library computers to search for and apply for jobs. Up to date collections mean that users will have the best tools to enrich their lives. These services have a profound impact on our community and need increased and stable funding.

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 Library! Ballots will be mailed and voting begins August 26, 2015.

Access to Computers and the Internet in the Library

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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.

Arts and Education for All Ages

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Hobbit house painting at the Darby Community Public Library.

Darby Community Library offers free art workshops for artists of all ages. It encourages art appreciation and builds skills that help keep mental sharpness. The library also provides free educational opportunities to learn about focused topics in small doses.

Providing opportunities for children and adults, library arts programs range from crafts to fine arts. This summer the drawing series ends with an art show where teens can showcase their creations. Also offered will be a series of science focused classes on astronomy, astronauts, and kids science workshops. Educational opportunities and arts for all ages provide opportunities for family activities and keeps children learning through the summer.

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! Ballots will be mailed and voting begins August 26, 2015.