In response to the article in last week’s (Jasper County) Tribune we would like to clarify where the Baxter Library’s funding comes from. In the 2015-16 fiscal year the total income for the library was $38,329.
Of this money, $20,658 was from the city of Baxter, $15,814 was from Jasper County, $1,857 was from the State of Iowa. The school spent $6,198 directly for the library on things that city patrons and students would be able to use. The school also provides other services to the library. We are very fortunate to have a community that shares resources.
The average statewide city funding for libraries our size is $64,313. The average total funding for libraries our size is $92,000. The library board does not feel we were asking too much from our city by asking for an increase in our budget. The article sounded like our library board was asking for a raise. The board is a volunteer position. The raises requested were for the staff.
The library has been a busy place this last year. We had 167 programs with 3,220 attending these programs. We had 173 children involved in our summer reading program. We had 15,288 checkouts. We are a great place to stop in to read a magazine, use a computer, use the WI-FI, check out a DVD, and even to check out a book.
Our hours are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to noon and 3:30 to 7 p.m. We are also open 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.
The school had a site study done and our library was listed as “a model for other schools and is outstanding!” in one place, and it was called “a crown jewel” in another part of the report. We are so happy to have a wonderful library for our community.
Baxter Library Board