Mayor McGinn was at the Ballard Library Monday to talk about new items and services available now that the library levy has passed. McGinn joined City Librarian Marcellus Turner at the library to thank voters for passing the levy, and to go over the new changes coming in 2013.
The levy funds will allow the library to purchase an additional 26,000 books and other media for the children’s collections. In total, the levy funds will add 75,000 new books, materials, and online resources for children in 2013, according to the City of Seattle.“We want to thank the voters for approving the Library Levy” said Mayor Mike McGinn. ”A good library system helps our kids learn and connects people to resources they need.”
According to the city, the levy will also enable the library to:
- Buy more copies of popular materials to shorten wait times;
- Increase e-content by as many as 12,000 new files annually;
- Buy more subscriptions to give people free online access to resources such as homework help, business data, investment research, car maintenance manuals, language programs, consumer research, test preparation, health information and encyclopedias;
- Preserve current core services;
- Increase the number of items a person may place on hold to 50; and
- Put more Seattle Room special collections online so people can access the information from a computer anywhere.