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"A Return on Your Investment"
As we all know, the economy is still pulling out of its descent and the unemployment lines are still long. More community members are requiring a greater amount of services to help pull them through and your Pinellas Public Library Cooperative is there to do just that. It could be anything from borrowing books, e-books and DVDs to using one of the free library computers to attending a jazz concert without paying an admission.
As a tax payer you're probably asking yourself, so what's the value of this service? Am I really getting my money's worth?
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The Florida Department of State's Division of Library and Information Services commissioned the Haas Center for Business Research and Economic Development at the University of West Florida to update the Florida public libraries return on investment study performed in 2008. Preliminary findings for a portion of this study are provided here, with a final report to be made available in early summer.
For every tax dollar received, Florida public libraries in 2013 provided $10.18 in value. The value provided by Florida public libraries increased significantly from 2008 when it was at $8.32.
Here are some economic benefits of Florida Public Libraries:
- Jobs Supported- 192,900
- Cost per Job Created- $2,574
- Total Statewide Impact- $6.57 billion
The original landmark study in 2004 was the first of its kind devoted to Florida's public libraries. The project placed Florida libraries into an evaluative framework that allowed their economic impact to be compared with that of other types of organizations. The results of this updated study show that when Florida's state and local governments invest in libraries, it enhances the quality of life in communities and helps build a stronger state economy. Here are some highlights from this year's report:
Florida's public libraries return at least $10.18 for every $1.00 invested from all sources, including local, state and federal dollars. The economic benefit can be seen in jobs created, increased wages for Florida's residents and positive impact on Florida's gross regional product.
Library patrons place a high value on the services Florida public libraries provide. In fact, approximately 84% consider the information provided by their local public library as either important or essential and nearly 76% indicated that they would be unwilling to sell their library card at any price.
Your Pinellas County libraries welcome the role to serve you and will continue to make every effort to insure that your investment will pay the dividends you have come to rely on.
Reading with the Rays: Read your way to the ballpark
With baseball season and summer in full swing, the Tampa Bay Times Newspaper in Education department has partnered with the Tampa Bay Rays and the libraries in Charlotte, Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota counties for a fun and exciting summer.
Make it all the way around to home and your ultimate reward is a ticket to see the Rays in action at Tropicana field!
Click here for more information.
Library Closings for July, 2014:
- July 3
- Clearwater Countryside Public Library
- July 4
- Gulf Beaches Public Library
- Largo Public Library
- St. Petersburg Beach Public Library
- Oldsmar Public Library
- Palm Harbor Public Library
- Dunedin Public Library
- Seminole Community Public Library
- Clearwater Beach Public Library
- Clearwater Countryside Public Library
- Clearwater East Public Library
- Clearwater Main Public Library
- Clearwater North Greenwood Public Library
- Gulfport Public Library
- Safety Harbor Public Library
- East Lake Public Library
- Tarpon Springs Public Library
- Barbara S. Ponce Public Library
- All St. Petersburg Public Libraries
Library change in hours for July, 2014:
- Seminole Community
Saturday, July 26 through Sunday, August 17 library opens at 9:00am Monday through Friday and closes at 8:00 pm Monday through Thursday.
- East Lake Community
Thursday, July 3rd: closing early at 5:00 pm.
- West Community Library
Open for out of session hours: July 28 - July 31, 2014.
They are as follows: Monday & Thursday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday & Wednesday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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