FY 2013 Annual Report

Encourage Discovery

Connect the Community

Lead in Literacy

Director’s Message


Tammy Baggett, Library DirectorHello, 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.

  • Our Main Library is looking great. Thanks to a generous grant from Durham Library Foundation, the facility is pleasant and welcoming. A major renovation is coming, but with fresh paint and new furniture, the wait will be a lot easier on our patrons.
  • We installed our first automatic sorter at the Southwest Regional Library. The sorter checks in materials as you return them, and it begins the sorting process to help staff get the books and DVDs on the shelves faster. It has been very popular – especially with our younger patrons who love to watch the books go in the slot.
  • We upgraded and streamlined the catalog and website. The new look is cleaner and easier to work with, including finding ebooks, logging into your account and searching for titles. Many of you have provided positive responses and thoughtful suggestions that have helped us to improve the site even more.
  • Comics Fest, one of the innovative programs we shared in our last Annual Report, won an award from the National Association of County Governments.

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.

Tammy Baggett
Library Director

FY 2013 Board of Trustees
Allan Lang, Chair
Henry Felder, Vice Chair
Crystal Dreisbach
Joe Hewitt
Derrick Jordan
Paolo Mangiafico
Shawn Miller
Joyce Sykes
Beck Tench

Friends of the Durham Library Liaisons
Robb Rabb
MJ Digby

Board of County Commissioners Liaisons
Brenda Howerton
Wendy Jacobs


Friends of the Durham Library iconFriends of the Durham Library


Durham Library Foundation iconDurham 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,
FY 2013


Local Funds $9,095,142
State & Federal Aid $222,753
Fees $298,212


Personnel $6,616,479
Operating Expenses $1,281,362
Materials $1,174,2013
Capital Expenditures $23,182

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


Statistics FY 2013

Programs Offered Attendance
Adult 1,444 16,240
Teen 630 6,945
Children 3,582 137,773
TOTAL 5,656 160,958

Most Popular Online Resources

Resource Sessions
Morningstar (Investing) 6,769
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

FY 2013 Highlights

The spirit of discovery fills the library every day as patrons young and old encounter fresh ideas, new concepts and unique experiences.

friends_icon_whiteFirst Library in Space

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.

foundation_icon_whiteCelebration of Spirituals

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.

foundation_icon_whiteBull City Lightning Talks

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.



Statistics FY 2013

Door Count

Website Views

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

FY 2013 Highlights

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.

Friends of the Durham Library icon Durham Library Foundation iconDurham Reads Together

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.

Durham Library Foundation iconAnd Justice for All Exhibit

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.

Friends of the Durham Library iconDurham Comics Project

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.

Two girls


Statistics FY 2013


Ebook Checkouts

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

FY 2013 Highlights

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.

Friends of the Durham Library iconWee Read/Reading Pals

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.

Friends of the Durham Library icon Durham Library Foundation iconSummer Reading

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.

Teen Tech Camp

Design and development professionals from Refresh the Triangle volunteered their time to teach teens the basics of computer programming during Teen Tech Week. This inaugural event included intros to blogging, Javascript, HTML/CSS and game design. DCL teens truly benefited from the expertise and generosity of the local tech community.

Girl with book

Friends of the Durham Library

Two girls laughing

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.

Friends Financial Statement FY 2013


Contributions, gifts, grants, misc. $17,546
Sales revenue (book sales,
tote bags, vending)
Expenses ($22,069)
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

Net Assets

Increase in Net Assets ($1,530)
Net Assets – Beginning of Year                          $98,549

Friends Board FY 2013

Elsa Woods,

Martha Scotford,
Vice President

Betty Danielson,

Jaime Danehey,

Ann Wilder,
Past President

Mary Jane (MJ) Digby
Kimberly Gilbert
Shayne Goodrum
Elizabeth Hayes
Janet W. Hessling
Eve Marion
Robb Rabb
Ann Rebeck
Leah Rutchick
Alan B. Teasley
André Vann
Angela Zoltners

Book Sale Co-chairs:
Carol Ann Walters
Jane Goodridge

Durham Library Foundation

Boy with book

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.

Foundation Financial Statement FY 2013


Individuals $196,876
Corporations $241,800
Grants $3,076
Investment Return
Dividends & Interest $83,961
Realized Capital Gains $108,822
Unrealized Gains & Losses $283,377

Expenses & Losses

Program Services $257,532
Management & General $41,532
Fundraising $50,341

Net Assets

Increase in Net Assets $568,507
Net Assets – Beginning of Year $2,936,182

Foundation Board
FY 2013

Ann Craver,

Elizabeth Townsend,
Vice President

Bonnie Cox,

Bessie Carrington,

De (Diane Elizabeth) Cutshaw
Placide Barada
Dannette Daniels
Frances Dyer
Pierce Freelon
Phil Hutchings
Tom Keller
Anne Lloyd
Bob Otterbourg
Steve Pike
Bob Timmins
Elisabeth Wiener