Board Member Tom Fox Retires After 30 Years' Service to the Library

After 30 years as member of the Westlake Porter Public Library Board of Trustees, Tom Fox is stepping down. His tenure and numerous contributions to the library were celebrated at a public reception on December 5, 2008. The reception was attended by Mayor Clough, State Senator Tom Patton, the Westlake City Council, several members of the Westlake Board of Education, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Daniel Keenan, past and current staff members, and members of the community. State Senator Patton and Mayor Clough both presented Mr. Fox with proclamations by the state and city honoring him. Tom began his tenure in 1978. During his 30 years as a trustee, he served as Board President, Vice-President and Secretary, and helped guide the library through two building projects, four levy campaigns, and the the hiring of two Directors. An unwavering advocate for libraries, Mr. Fox also represented the library at funding meetings with state and county officials several times over the years. In recognition of his dedication to the trustee role and the library, the 2008 Board of Trustees created the Thomas A. Fox Distinguished Trustee Award. The award is given to trustees who exhibit an outstanding degree of dedication. Mr. Fox was the first recipient of the award. Sandra Hazners has been appointed as the new trustee.


Meet Your New Trustee: Sandra Hazners

Sandra Hazners is the newest member of the Library Board of Trustees. She replaces Tom Fox, who "retired" in December after 30 years of service to the library. Hazners was nominated by the Board after its Planning and Development Committee interviewed all of the candidates for the position. Sandra was appointed by the Westlake Board of Education in October 2008, and took office in January. Sandra is the Marketing and Event Coordinator at Dollar Bank. An eight-year resident of Westlake, she is also active in the Citizens Advisory Committee, the Westlake Junior Women's Club (where she has served on the Executive Board), and the PTA. Sandra applied for the position because of her love of the library and reading, and because she was inspired by the excellent leadership of the Board of Trustees. "I'd like to play a part in continuing to advance the library in the 21st Century," she said. Her enthusiasm for the library will be an asset to the Board, as will her business and volunteer experience.


Director's Notes: New Year's Resolutions

It's been about a month since New Year's Eve, so how many resolutions are you still keeping? Call me lazy but I never try to make resolutions I know I can't keep. I like to make resolutions that are easy, fun, and attainable. For example, I resolve to never try to write the Great American Novel, watch the movie Gigli, or make vegetables a regular part of my diet. So far I am batting a thousand. If you're still looking for a New Year's resolution that is easy, fun, and doesn't involve giving up something you love, I would like to suggest possible resolutions that involve some of our old and new services that you may not be aware of or have forgotten. Use our after-hours lockers. Need to pick up something after we will be closed? Just give us a call and we can set aside materials in a locker with 24/7 access and a one-time code for your convenience. Join the Friends of Porter Public Library Enjoy a Sunday Sounds or Joyful Noise concert on select Sundays throughout the year Sign up for Twitter and have library happenings texted to you Take advantage of our free Homework Help Center for grades 1 - 12 Get help with grant research from our Cleveland Foundation Cooperating Collection Check out the incredible Friends gift store, Portables or the Friends' used book store, Book Nook. Download an audiobook to your MP3 player or a movie to your computer Spend an afternoon in the peaceful serenity and sunshine of the Westlake in Bloom award winning Bernice Yates Community Reading Garden Check out Christina's Corner in the Youth Services Department Sign up for our E-newsletter Meet your friends in the Picc-A-Deli Café and discuss your favorite book Participate in the Summer Reading Program for adults and children Read a Graphic Novel Don't these sound like much more fun than giving up chocolate cake? Andrew Mangels, Director


From Binge to Blackout Authors to Visit Library

Westlake Porter Public Library joins the Parent to Parent Network (P2PN) and the Westlake Parent Connection as they welcome authors Chris and Toren Volkmanns to Ohio from March 31 - April 2. WPPL will host a teen book club on February 4 at 7 p.m. on the Volkmanns' book From Binge to Blackout. There will also be a meet and greet with the authors on April 2 from 3:30-5 p.m. for students who participate in a book club. Adults will also be able to participate in book discussions at the Westlake Borders store. See our web page ( for more information. The Volkmanns have shared their firsthand experience and knowledge on teen drinking on "The View," the CBS Evening News, PEOPLE Magazine and The New York Times.


Friends' Book Sale Set For February

Get ready to pick up some bargain books at the Friends of the Library's annual Book Sale from Thursday, February 5 - Sunday, February 8. The book sale hours are as follows: Thursday, February 5 — 9:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Friday, February 6 — 9:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Saturday, February 7 — 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (half-price sale) Sunday, February 8 — 1:15 - 4:30 p.m. (bag sale) In addition to books, the sale will include VHS videos, books on cassette tape and books on CD. The Friends are also holding a silent auction of special (rare, author signed, and so on) books, through 3 p.m. on February 8. Look for the silent auction books in the library's lobby showcase.


An Investment That Never Loses Value: 2008 Report to the Community

When thinking about 2008, the first thing that comes to mind for most of us is the global economic meltdown. But while many investors watched large chunks (if not all) of their invested money disappear, Westlake voters saw one investment retain its value: your investment in your library. WPPL continues to be not only one of the best in the nation and Cleveland area, but one whose staff continually strive to improve it. Last year was no exception. Some notable accomplishments: Levy passage - On March 4 Westlake voters passed a 2.8 mill levy, assuring local operating funds from 2009 - 2013. Your investment was critical, since the levy provides the library with 60% of its funding, and projections for the other 30% — state funds — showing double digit decreases in 2009 and 2010. Scene/HAPLR honors - In one week's time in the fall, your library was named #2 in the nation among libraries serving its population category by the Hennen's American Public Library Rankings, and "Best in Cleveland" by Scene Magazine. Shelving project - During the summer library staff re-organized the fiction shelving to create more space and serve you better. The project included removal of the old paperback spinners (which gave us more shelf space), addition of face-out shelves to make it easier for you to see and read book covers, moving of the paperback and graphic novel collections so they're all in one area, and moving the "hold" materials so that you can access them yourself if you wish to use the self-checkout machines. Painting (and other decorative efforts!) - Also this summer two areas of the library were made bright and energetic with imaginative painting. The DVD and audiobook area of Popular Materials now features soffit and wall painting spotlighting movies. A new, Asian-themed mural was added to Christina's Corner in honor of Christina Ryook's Korean heritage. Finally, READ posters featuring authors who have visited the library and local luminaries were added to the soffit above the Mysteries shelving during National Library Week. Service Enhancements - Throughout the year we introduced several new services. Wireless printing allows you the option of printing your documents from your laptop computer. To keep you updated on holds that are available we introduced notification by e-mail. For those who would rather get their library news electronically, we introduced the option of an e-newsletter. Local non-profits and individuals seeking grant money have already benefitted from the library becoming a Foundation Center Cooperating Collection. Westlake Book - Local History Specialist Deborah Rossman published Westlake, a book on Westlake history in April. The book features photos from the library's local history collection. Farewell to Tom Fox - Trustee Tom Fox retired from the Board of Trustees on December 31. His 30 years of service were celebrated at a reception in early December.

2008 Financial Report

State Tax $1,380,574
Local Property Tax $3,152,563
Other $202,942
Total $4,736,080

Personnel $3,160,441
Operating $666,248
Materials $733,166
Other $176,086
Total $4,735,941