Director’s Report

December 2017

State of the Library

On Monday November 13, 2017 at 7 pm, Palm Harbor Library hosted its first annual “State of the Library”. This public event reviewed what transpired at the library during the past Fiscal Year (October 2016- September 2017) and what plans and challenges it will face during the upcoming Fiscal Year (October 2017- September 2018). Presentations were made by the Library Director and various Department Heads. This was followed by a question and answer period.

Similar in idea to the President’s annual “State of the Union” address, the library was offering another means to inform local residents how it was responding to community needs and requests. Areas such as Challenges, Facility Enhancements, Outreach, Programming, Safety & Security, Statistics, Technology, Unexpected Services and Volunteering were discussed. Here are some highlights:


  • Formed New Community Partnerships (Elise’s Greatest Wishes, Carwise Middle School, Stilt House Brewery)
  • Presented Services Available to the Business Community Upcoming Palm Harbor-wide Nonprofit Summit Meeting


  • -Implemented New Educational Children’s Programming
  • More Programming for Babies and Toddlers
  • Introduced Five New and Popular Recurring Adult Technology Classes
  • Let Us Cook @ Palm Harbor Library, a Mobile Kitchen Initiative in Partnership with Sprouts


  • Exterior and Interior Cameras
  • Active Shooter Measures
  • CPR Training
  • Staff Emergency Procedures and Training


  • Redesigned Library Website
  • Added Gaming Computers in Teen Room
  • New Projectors in Community Rooms
  • New Mac Computers for Public Use
  • New Sound System in Community Room


  • Musical Instruments
  • Digital Magazines
  • One-on-One Technology Help
  • Vinyl Records
  • Makerspaces
  • Lending Library (Redbox-type of machine)
  • Reservable Meeting Spaces
  • Genealogy Assistance
  • T.E.A.M. Kits
  • Enabling Devices
  • Homebound Delivery Service
  • Literacy Services


  • 200 Active Volunteers
  • Literacy
  • Teen Volunteering Opportunities
  • Hosted Volunteer Fair

And unfortunately…


  • Replacement of Library Roof – Estimated Cost $340,000
  • Passage of the proposed Homestead Exemption Increase – Estimated Annual Loss to the Library $60,000


I believe we have met many (and perhaps exceeded) expectations this past year and have a good plan in place for the current fiscal year however, we can always improve. I also believe it is essential to keep the community advised of what is happening at the library as well as maintaining and expanding an open and constructive dialogue between community members and library staff.

We plan to hold our next “State of the Library” in November 2018 but on a Saturday afternoon where more community members may be able to attend. I do hope you will join us then to hear and discuss the issues…if not sooner.


Happy Reading!

Gene P. Coppola, Library Director

Author: PHLIBAdministrator

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