Our greatest challenge is to serve an increasingly diverse population. The Carmel Clay community has a long history of supporting its Library and, in return, expects and deserves a superior educational, informational, and recreational resource. The Library continues to meet and exceed expectations - and the Library has been included as one of only ten libraries in the country that has consistently been ranked as a top ten library in all of the editions of HAPLR (Hennen's American Public Library Ratings) by population category.
We will continue our efforts to provide new and enhanced library materials, programs, and services that are essential and desirable to our patrons. As our traditional sources of funding through tax revenues become less certain, however, we are challenged to look elsewhere for annual funding stability to secure the Library's future.
As Library usage continues to increase, property tax revenues are insufficient to fund the Library's growing needs; and county option income taxes have been dramatically reduced. Donations will bridge this financial gap and help insure the Library continues to provide the community with valued cultural and educational resources.
Donations to the Annual Fund can be designated for either general operating support or for special projects which enhance, enrich, and expand the materials, services and programming of the Carmel Clay Public Library.
Gifts of all amounts are welcome and will be used where the need is greatest, unless otherwise designated
Areas of Support:General Support
The tax revenues the Library receives continue to decrease and yet Library usage continues to increase. Funding this gap is vital for the continued health of the Library - for maintenance and future growth.
Designed for all age groups to promote literacy and discussion, these programs range from encouraging family read-aloud to summer reading programs for children, young adults, and adults.
New parent packets are provided to nurture a baby's love of reading and provide parents with a resource list.
World Languages Collection & Special Needs
In response to patron interest, the Library's World Languages Collection is continually increased to meet the diverse needs of our community's residents. And, to serve one aspect of our special needs patrons, our collection of materials for the visually impaired is being expanded.
Inviting renowned authors of national stature to the Library will provide a higher level of special interest programming for the community.
Computer Online Accessibility
Efforts to provide free and equal access to all patrons include maintaining and expanding our current electronic databases, and monitoring computer usage statistics to expand online capabilities as needs grow.
The Library is currently exhibiting over 100 sculptures by different artists represented by Sculptureworks. As a part of this exhibit, patrons were asked to vote for their favorite piece that they would like the Library to purchase for their permanent public art collection.
The unanimous decision was "Bob" the Golden Retriever (Golden Morning) by Paul Oestreicher.
As the Library identifies major needs such as new technologies, outreach services and programs, they will be added to our list of areas needing support.