Friday, August 27, 2010

The Cornelius Friends of the Library Receive a Grant from Wal-Mart

Cornelius Public LibraryThe Friends of the Cornelius Public Library recently received a $5,000 grant from the local Wal-mart.

The grant will buy a self-checkout machine for the Cornelius Public Library. The self-checkout will make library operations more efficient.

This year the library served over 60,000 people, a 35% increase over the previous year. In addition, 92,000 books and other library materials were checked out.

"We had to reduce part-time staff budget by 50% this year and we expect to be just as busy as last," reports Director Karen Hill. "Our priority right now is keeping our library open every day, 57 hours a week."

The Friends of the Library raise money to buy equipment and provide programs the library would not otherwise be able to afford.

The self-checkout machine will help the library keep up with the increasing demand of library materials and services. The machines are extremely popular and reduce staff needed for the most common and simple transactions, allowing them to perform other duties like outreach and in-depth reference assistance.

Children especially love the self-checkout, because they can zap their cards and books by themselves. The self-service options free up library staff to help patrons who need personal service. "The self-check allows us to better serve our customers. Really, everyone will benefit with this investment."

Wal-mart offered several community grants as part of their grand opening celebration in Cornelius. They also contributed $2,000 over the last 2 years to the Children's Day celebration sponsored by the Cornelius Library and Centro Cultural every April.

The Cornelius Friends of the Library and the Library itself have been recipients of several large grants this year including the Oregon International Airshow for $1,500; the Spirit Mountain Community Fund for $3,000; The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for $5,850; the Fred Meyer Fund for $7,250 and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation for $45,000.