Discover Your Library Annual Library Benefit

Discover Your Library Second Annual Benefit


Second Annual Library Benefit

 Saturday, October 14, 2017

 6:00-8:30 pm
Barberton Public Library
602 W. Park Ave. Barberton, OH 44203
Discover Your Library is the second annual benefit open house event for the Library.

Guests are invited to explore the library after hours, meet staff, and discover why the Library is a valuable community resource.   The evening will feature live music by Raven O’Reilly Undone, appetizers, and a cash bar while trying your luck at the basket raffle, silent auction, and 50/50 drawing.

Admission is $35 per person or $65 for two in advance.  Entry at the door is $40 per person.   To make your reservation, please stop by the library or mail your payment in with the RSVP card

Contributions to the Library, as described in Section 170(c)(1) of the IRS Code of 1986, are charitable contributions deductible under Section 170(a)(1) of the code.

Many thanks to the following generous groups who are event sponsors for this year's benefit!
Literacy Friends:  Kiwanis Club of Barberton and Malco of Ohio.
Literacy Supporters:  Barberton Rotary Foundation, C.C. Supply, Magic City Kiwanis, St. Augustine Church, and Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home.

We would also like to thank the Friends of the Barberton Public Library, who are generously matching our first $1,250 in donations!

Funds raised at the 2017 benefit will be used to refurbish Teen Central.  Better lighting, updated furniture, and brighter walls are all needed.  Keeping students engaged with lifelong learning and supporting their formal education is the primary goal for teen services at the library.  One of the library’s goals for 2018 is to achieve a 10% increase in the number of items borrowed by teens as well to increase participation at teen programs and events.  Creating a more engaging and attractive environment will be the first step on the road to more active teen services. 

We value lifelong learning and individual enrichment which both educates and stimulates creativity and imagination. This is evidenced by the collection, which is carefully selected to meet the information needs of our community while at the same time providing resources that include music, the arts, and entertainment. Over time, our regular users have shown us, through borrowing patterns, what materials are most highly valued and we’ve adjusted accordingly. Most recently, downloaded books and media have had the largest growth in use. In 2017 the community has access to more than 373,000 eBooks and 360,000 eAudios through the Library.

We value trustworthy information handled with integrity as well as intellectual freedom and open access to library information and resources. This is a core tenet which affects how we do business every day. Last year, staff answered 32,448 questions.

We value excellent service that is innovative, responsive, and inclusive. We listen to our community and whenever possible incorporate suggestions for programs, events, and materials to be included in the collection. We will continue to evolve our services and materials as community needs change.

We value community collaboration, actively working towards the shared goal of making Barberton a healthy, prosperous, and vibrant community. We maintain the Community Health Branch in partnership with Summa Barberton Hospital to meet the community’s need for consumer health information. Library staff makes hundreds of visits each year to partner agencies reaching individuals at senior housing and care centers, schools, daycares, Barberton Head Start, Van Buren Homes, and individual residences.


Thank you for your interest in supporting the Library through a donation for the basket raffle. All donations are gratefully accepted whether large or small. Please fill out the Raffle Basket Donation Form and return the lower portion with your basket raffle donation to the library.

Literacy Champion - $1,000
  • Name in Barberton Herald Advertisement & Event Program
  • 12 admissions to the event
  • $50 in raffle tickets
  • 2 library Cat’s Meow Village keepsakes
  • Value: $490
Literacy Hero - $750
  • Name in Barberton Herald Advertisement & Event Program
  • 8 admissions
  • $30 in raffle tickets
  • 1 library Cat’s Meow Village keepsakes
  • Value: $410
Literacy Ally - $500
  • Name in Barberton Herald Advertisement & Event Program
  • 4 admissions
  • $20 in raffle tickets
  • Value: $150
Literacy Friend - $250
  • Name in Barberton Herald & Event Program
  • 2 admissions
  • $10 in raffle tickets
  • Value: $75
Literacy Supporter - $100
  • Name in Event Program

To become a sponsor, please complete the sponsorship form.  To ask questions or to email your logo or graphic for the program, please contact Kaitlin Braman at or at 330-745-1194 ext. 1431.

Approximately 56% of our annual operating revenue comes from the State of Ohio through the Public Library Fund.  36% of our annual cost is paid by a local property tax levy, which was renewed in May 2015.  The remaining 8% of our funding comes from miscellaneous sources such as the Homestead Exemption and Rollbacks, vending machine revenue, fees, and donations.
Donations and bequests make up a small portion of our annual revenue and are deeply appreciated. Donations may be used to support literacy and lifelong learning, promote art and culture, build the collection, or to fund special programs and projects. 

Learn more about Library Funding. To learn more about our library's funding, view our Annual Report

PDF icon Raffle Donation Form447.46 KB
PDF icon Sponsorship Letter & Form554.67 KB
PDF icon RSVP Card385.8 KB
PDF icon Invitation258.37 KB