WHAT IT IS: The city of Newton's 2013 adopted budget for the Newton Public Library. The figure above reflects only the city's direct contribution to the library and may not include all resources received by the library. The city funding is up from the 2012 adopted budget of $703,880 and the 2011 budget of $695,653.
HISTORY: In 1886, community members voted in a special election to establish the "Newton Free Library." The library's name was changed to the "Newton Public Library" after its move to the current location at 720 N. Oak in 1973. A children's wing was added in 1980.
DEPARTMENT STATS: In 2011, the most recent statistics cited in the city's 2013 budget book, the library saw about 1,500 new patrons and had an average weekly attendance of about 3,000. Community members checked out more than 150,000 items, and about 17,000 visitors attended library programs. The library had a total of about 17,500 patrons with library cards.
2013 OBJECTIVES: Due to an aging facility, the Library Board of Trustees advocates constructing a new building rather than continuing to make investments in repairs. They believe a new building will be more cost-effective in the long run. Current facility concerns include water leaks following rain storms, deteriorating wiring, elevator issues, and splits and cracks on exterior masonry seams.
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