Thank you for taking the time to look over this annual report. I am Cindy Mack, and I have been the Director of Brighton District Library since August 2016. I am proud to be here, leading a vibrant library in a community that values it. Warm acknowledgements are due to my predecessor, Dr. Nancy B. Johnson, whose leadership made it possible for the Library to weather the recession while maintaining outstanding services for the community.
The events that have had the greatest impact on the Library in 2016 go back to the end of 2015. The Library paid off the 1996 bond issue that financed construction of the Library building, and district residents voted overwhelmingly (72% Yes) to levy for Library operations the .22 mills that had been assessed for those bonds.
That increase in funding allowed the Library to move forward with many projects in 2016. Our hours of operation, cut since 2011, were restored to their pre-recession levels. Budgets for the materials collections were increased by about 40%. A complete renovation of all the building restrooms was begun, and at the end of the year $300,000 was set aside for the further renovations needed throughout the building, including carpeting, furnishings, and more. Further details about the Library budget and finances are included below.
I am excited to be here, at the beginning of a new phase of renewal and growth for Library facilities and services. Our mission is to connect you to the world, and I invite you to come and see the many ways we do that.