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Friday, November 22, 2013

Baldwin Library Director Doug Koschik's Presentation to the City Commission and Citizens 11/12 /2013,

Baldwin Public Library and the City of Bloomfield Hills.The First Two Years of Service.
Presentation to Bloomfield Hills City Commission November 12, 2013
Baldwin has served Bloomfield Hills since November 15, 2011.
Services used by Bloomfield Hills residents & employees:
Check-out (circulation) of materials
Interlibrary loan
Homebound service
Programs for all ages(e.g., summer reading program)
Electronic resources (databases, e-books, downloadable audio books & music, etc.)
975 people are registered—25% of population.
Over 700 households have at least one cardholder—close to 50% of all households.
Circulation has kept increasing:
2011-12:  1,322/month
2012-13:  1,698/month
2013-14:  2,113/month
We expect Bloomfield Hills residents to check out 25,000 items this year.
83 Bloomfield Hills children participated in this year’s summer reading program—8% of the total participation of 1,037.
Visibility in Community
Books & Beyond newsletter.
Book return box at City Hall.
Lending bookshelf at City Hall.
Participation in Public Safety Open House.
Helping Students
Programs for first graders.
Contacts with public and private schools serving the City.
Homework alerts sent to Library.
Program announcements sent to schools.
Link to Baldwin’s website from school media centers.
Financial Soundness
Full service: 67 hours/week.
Enhanced collections and programming.
Balanced budget.
Contract communities pay 27% of Baldwin’s operating budget.
Voluntary Contributions
Friends of the Library:
Group donates $40,000/year to Library.
Bloomfield Hills resident on Board
City residents are members.
Donations to Trust, including named endowments.
Naming rights.
2013 Books & Bites fundraiser will take place on November 21.  Goal is to raise $20,000 for outreach services: homebound patrons & special needs children, in particular.  $50/ticket.  Call 248-554-4683.
Building Plans
Renovation & restoration of 1927 building, including second-floor auditorium.
Elimination of 1960 and 1981 additions.  Construction of new building.
Expansion from approximately 40,000 square feet to 56,000 square feet.
Increase Youth Room by 75%.
Increase study rooms & collaboration space
Ground floor entrance, with two elevators.
Greater efficiency, flexibility and suitability for technology.
Conceptual Drawing of the
 “New Baldwin”
Future Steps
If Library Board and Birmingham City Commission approve, bond measure will go to Birmingham voters in 2014.
Cost:  Approx. $21.5 million, $125/year for average household.
Construction would begin in 2015 and last until 2017.
Some disruption in services inevitable during construction.

Impact on Bloomfield Hills
Birmingham owns Library building, will decide its future, and pay for it.
Contract communities have no ownership rights, will not decide on its future, and will not pay for it.
Birmingham voters must consider whether this investment in Birmingham is justified.
Contract communities pay for operating expenses, not capital investment.
Future of Baldwin/Hills Contract
Contract expires in November 2014.
Library Board would like to hold discussions with City of Bloomfield Hills on extension of contract.
A contract  for longer than three years is desirable.
Baldwin values its relationship with the City
 •Success Story
We’ve fulfilled our promises.
We’ve grown Bloomfield Hills participation.
We’re financially stable.
We’re working on improving the physical plant.
We’re always attempting to improve services and outreach.

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