Last year, team members drove the ACPL Prius 14,489 miles to deliver 3,199 items to 39 individuals across the county who accessed our At-Home Library Service.
The Bookmobile also traveled 3,623 miles, making 224 stops and
checking out 5,026 items. More than 800 additional books were
delivered to Solid Ground School, and 3,433 other items reached
library cardholders through our Locker Libraries located in Amesville, Stewart, Shade, and New Marshfield.
Last but not least, our Outreach tech training
librarian saw 182 people across the county who needed help with
basic computing, popular apps and platforms, and navigating eLibrary
Continued thanks to Sean, Hannah, and Syd for bringing library resources
and services into so many more lives.
Thank you for 32 years of service to Athens County!
All the best wishes to Ken Robinson, long-time branch manager
What kinds of things have you enjoyed most about your position?
I went to college for Accounting, then an MBA (Masters of Business
Administration) I knew I wanted to do something with a nonprofit. It
seemed like a way that I could intersect my love of numbers with the
need to serve local communities (much more personally fulfilling than
lining pockets of shareholders and executives). While not much of my job
is hands-on with library visitors, I love seeing that the staff I run
through payroll, the checks cut to presenters, vendors, and contractors,
and even just the bills paid to keep the building warm in the winter
and cool in the summer has an impact on the people who use our
libraries. It's my little way of contributing to this amazing system.
What does a "typical" work week look like for you?
schedule is the same constantly, which I find comfort in. Every two
weeks, every month, every quarter, every year end. But day to day could
really bring anything. So a normal week includes HR-related emails,
payroll including withholdings, deposits for all seven branches,
ordering (which sometimes also includes distributing) weekly check
runs, making sure all of bills are covered and timely, running
reports for different budget lines, and every once in a while panicked
calls about something money-related. Those are always fun.
are some of the biggest parts of your job, and/or some things that
someone might not know that you do as our Fiscal Officer?
biggest parts of my job are payroll and accounts payable. Keeping the
buildings staffed and utilities covered. However, a huge part of my
job are the yearly financial statements. All year long I am tracking
every single transaction. Every dollar in and out, every penny invested,
any capital projects that are large or cross calendar
years are combined into an about 18-page document. This is my pride
and joy, my favorite time to nerd out in numbers, statistics, and
financial trends. Most might find it a boring read, but
I just think it's spectacular to see all the work a system did in a year broken out into straight numbers.
you could tell library visitors about an ACPL resource or
service that they might not know about, what would it be?
Not to be too easy to read, but obviously my favorite is Weiss Financial Ratings.
Not only are their stock market tracking tools great, but there are so
many tips, tricks, and articles to help library cardholders take control
of their finances without a middle man charging "advising
fees." Plus, any skill set can find information on there,
from beginner or master.
Anything else you want us to know about you?
favorite job of all is being an aunt. When I'm not at work, odds are
I'm in a crowd cheering on a basketball game, baseball game, football
game, dance recital, wrestling match, band concert, science fair, you
name it. I have 4 nephews and 3 nieces, and they are the best. Just ask
their Aunt Hannie!
Final month of 2023 Winter Library Club
Keep track of your winter library activities on entry forms available at your local library or online at www.myacpl.org/winter-library-club, where you can also see the different prize baskets around the county. Ask at your local branch about the goodies chosen for each prize, including local art, home decor, art supplies, and more!
Each library location will draw prize winners,
who will be announced March 6.
Happy anniversary to our social worker in the libraries!
It's been a full year since we welcomed Liz Vandendries as our library Community Behavioral Health worker from Integrated Services.
had close to 700 significant and meaningful interactions with
library visitors countywide in her first year assigned to the libraries.
The top three areas in which she provided services were one-on-one
counseling, housing assistance, and educational assistance.
a social worker in our buildings has closed the gap between
when visitors come to a library needing
services, and when they can get them; has provided library
staff with much-needed support; and has provided important services
to our community, helping to improve lives every day.