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Thank you for renewing our operating levy in 2020

Investing in the Library = Investing in your Community

Libraries are best known for lending books and other media but your library does so much more. 

School readiness and early childhood literacy is a fundamental component of our programs and a core service to families. Through programs with preschools and the Ravenna school system, the library supports literacy, provides technology tools and programs, and is an invaluable partner in learning.

We provide free high-speed internet access, public computers, training and software classes and tutorials for both educational and job training needs. We partner with community organizations to help with the opioid crisis with programs and awareness campaigns. During economic hardship, our citizens turn to and depend on the library.

The library also provides many options for people who are looking for work, trying to train for a new career or want to remain relevant in the career they already have. Our community's economy benefits when small business owners can use library resources to make wise business decisions, do printing, scanning and faxing to support their business. We make our meeting rooms and technology tools available to community groups and small businesses to use for training, workshops, events and more.

For this levy renewal, the cost to a taxpayer with a home valued at $100,000 is $44 per year. 

Even at its most basic service, lending materials, supporting the library gives you much more than you invest. Here are other typical costs for comparison:

  • 2 DVDs - $40
  • 3 Books - $45
  • Annual Amazon Prime Membership - $156
  • Annual Netflix Subscription - $156
  • Average Annual Cable Subscription - $1,200