Hello, and thank you for taking a moment to learn about the exciting year we’ve had at your library.
I continue to be honored and grateful to lead our talented staff members. They work so hard to provide the excellent service, programming and resources DCL is known for.
Exciting things happened over this past fiscal year. We added great new technology to benefit our patrons, we made improvements in our facilities and we created a new mission statement that captures our goals here at Durham County Library.
Our mission is to encourage Discovery, connect the Community and lead in Literacy. This encapsulates the broad range of programs, resources and services we offer to our community, and inspires us to do even more.
In addition to the projects highlighted on the following pages, I want to mention a few things we have accomplished that I am particularly proud of this year.
As you read this report, please note the Friends of the Durham Library or Durham Library Foundation icon (or both) next to most of our highlighted programs. This icon means the organization indicated provided support for the initiative. The caliber of our programs and resources is a direct result of your support, both through your tax dollars, as well as through these two stellar organizations. When you donate to the Foundation or purchase a book from the Friends, you show how much you value your library. We are grateful to you and to the volunteer boards of the Trustees, Friends and Foundation, who give tireless of their time, energy and resources to help make your library a great library.
FY 2013 Board of Trustees
Allan Lang, Chair
Henry Felder, Vice Chair
Friends of the Durham Library Liaisons
Board of County Commissioners Liaisons
Friends of the Durham Library
Durham Library Foundation
The reason why I love the library is it shows love to u back. — Joyceanna, age 13
Durham County Library Financial Statement
Durham County Library Administrative Team,
|State & Federal Aid||$222,753|
Tammy Baggett, Director
Terry B. Hill, Deputy Director
Lakesia Farmer, Human Resources Analyst
Anita Robinson, Executive Assistant to the Director
Gina Rozier, Marketing and Development Manager
Jan Seabock, Interim Resources & Technical Services Administrator
Jill Wagy, Technology Management Administrator
Most Popular Online Resources
|Culturegrams (Foreign County & U.S. Info)||5,283|
|NoveList Plus (Reading Recommendations)||4,897|
I love my library because we do fun stuff, like we make food and crafts. — Ahmya, age 7
The spirit of discovery fills the library every day as patrons young and old encounter fresh ideas, new concepts and unique experiences.
DCL reached new heights when we launched not one, but two capsules into near space. Teen and ‘tween patrons got hands-on experience with the science of space by helping with the capsule design. We packed the capsule with stickers and passed these “space souvenirs” out to our very happy younger patrons. Visit firstlibraryinspace.org for the whole story.
More than 500 guests experienced the wonder and joy inspired by poet and illustrator Ashley Bryan, the guest of honor in an evening filled with words, music and poetry celebrating the spiritual. Rev. Dr. Luke Powery, Dean of Duke Chapel, the 100 Men in Black choir and Dr. Paula Harrell rounded out this very special event held at Hayti Heritage Center.
Conceived by the Board of Trustees Advocacy Committee and made possible by Durham’s tech community, ten speakers gave mini-talks on the theme, “Create.” Topics ranged from puns to yarn, comics, the joy of math, creative reuse and computer science. Watch for the next BCLT at bullcitylightningtalks.org.
In-House Computer Sessions
Meeting Room Attendance
All my friends come to my library, so I can be comfortable while I’m at my library. — Devonte, age 18
The library invites the community in, and reaches out beyond its walls to embrace a community of readers, writers, creatives, the curious and those looking for knowledge, enrichment and entertainment.
In a twist on the “one community/one book” theme, we asked members of the community to read any book in Margaret Maron’s North Carolina-based, Judge Knott mystery series. Hundreds of patrons read one or more books in the series and participated in a variety of programs.
The North Carolina Collection Librarian curated a collection of 265 photographs that make up a three-story mosaic image in the new Durham County Courthouse. The images depict people and institutions affiliated with the justice system and those outside the system who played a part in the pursuit of justice. Visit andjusticeforall.dconc.gov to see the images and mosaic.
Each of us can tell our stories through pictures, if we know how. Durham Comics Project brings a comics artist/librarian to restaurants, festivals, schools and other organizations to teach people to capture the essence of their lives in a drawing. At the end of this one-year initiative, the comics will be compiled and published. Learn more at durhamcomicsproject.org.
47% of total checkouts
I love DCL because you all and your amazing storytimes, crafts and programs have turned my children into reading addicts just like their mother and grandmother before them. — Stacey
We embrace literacy in its widest meaning: skill or knowledge that relates to a specific subject. We have as our mission helping members of our community gain skills in many areas, including basic literacy, computer literacy, technological literacy and civic literacy.
Members of the library staff – and volunteers – regularly visited and read to children at a local elementary school. The children were paired with one reader throughout the school year, which gave staff the chance to learn each student’s preferences. Volunteers saw firsthand the positive difference they made in the children’s reading levels.
More than 5,700 children, teens and adults registered for Summer Reading, our most popular program. With the kickoff held at Northgate Mall for the first time ever, we brought the fun right into the community. Summer Reading is an important part of helping children and teens retain academic gains from one year to the next.
The all-volunteer Friends of the Durham Library helps the library provide programs, materials and equipment to better meet the public’s need for quality library services. The Friends raise money through memberships, book sales held twice each year and ongoing mini-book sales in each library location and on American Tobacco Campus.
Founded in 1968.
|Contributions, gifts, grants, misc.||$17,546|
|Sales revenue (book sales,
tote bags, vending)
|Net Sales Revenue||$108,717|
|Other Revenue (interest, sales tax refund)||$1,944|
|Grants & Library Support||$84,721|
|Printing, publications, postage and shipping||$11,572|
|Other expenses (insurance, dues, etc.)||$33,444|
|TOTAL EXPENSES & LOSSES||$129,137|
|Increase in Net Assets||($1,530)|
|Net Assets – Beginning of Year||$98,549|
|NET ASSETS – END OF YEAR||$97,019|
Mary Jane (MJ) Digby
Janet W. Hessling
Alan B. Teasley
Book Sale Co-chairs:
Carol Ann Walters
Durham Library Foundation develops and encourages the long-term financial health and growth of the library through annual gifts, endowment and capital contributions. The Foundation’s mission is to provide the margin of excellence for Durham County Library.
Founded in 2000.
|Dividends & Interest||$83,961|
|Realized Capital Gains||$108,822|
|Unrealized Gains & Losses||$283,377|
Expenses & Losses
|Management & General||$41,532|
|TOTAL EXPENSES & LOSSES||$349,405|
|Increase in Net Assets||$568,507|
|Net Assets – Beginning of Year||$2,936,182|
|NET ASSETS – END OF YEAR||$3,504,689|
De (Diane Elizabeth) Cutshaw