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2009 – Began distributing baby packets titled "Raise a Reader” to all babies born at Mary Rutan Hospital throughout the year. Mrs. Nancy Kuta, Children’s Librarian, retired on April 30 with 31 years of service. The Board of Trustees named the storytime room in her honor - “Mrs. Nancy’s Storytime Room." Judith Headings, Young Adult Librarian, also retired with 26 years of service to the library system. Due to the decline in library funding, the Board of Trustees enacted a hiring freeze , 25% reduction of hours open at branch libraries and 12% reduction of hours open at the main library. The Public Library Fund was reduced from 2.22% to 1.97%.
2010 - The Library Board of Trustees formally changed the library system name to Logan County Libraries. In cooperation with the Ohio Historical Society in Columbus, 12 public libraries across nine Northwest Ohio counties, including the Logan County Libraries & The Logan County Historical Society are partnering to implement a regional document digitization project. The following new programming events were implemented: Teen Summer Book Club, Wee Workouts, Sibling StoryTime, Books 'n' Babies. The DeGraff Branch Library relocated to 122 S. Main Street in DeGraff. Lakeview Branch Library was expanded into the former Lakeview Police Department office. Blu Ray discs & gaming circuits were offered to patrons. Netbooks were purchased through a NORWELD matching grant opportunity for five library locations. A new library website was launched and created a library Facebook page.
2011 - Joined the Ohio eBook Project offering Digital Downloads through Overdrive. Partnered with Logan County Emergency Management Services to offer monthly "U Preparedness" seminars. Public Library Funding was reduced by 6.5% monthly in August following the passage of the Governor's biennial budget. Patron computer training classes offered at the Lakeview & West Liberty branches. Internet Filtering Assistance Program grant was received through the State Library of Ohio
2012 - Due to decreased funding, the East Liberty Branch was closed & services were merged with the West Mansfield Branch location. Touch screen Early Literacy Stations were installed at the Knowlton Library through a donation from the Library Foundation. This also included ELF Reading & Reference (a free child safe web browser for kids ages 2-10), Speakaboos (digital storybooks) & Encyclopedia Britannica for Kids. The Logan County Libraries joined the SEO Consortium (Serving Every Ohioan) after receiving an LSTA grant for $21,664.00 through the State Library of Ohio. The AcuSport Community Room was remodeled with a generous donation of $10,000.00 from the AcuSport Corporation & Loren M. Berry Foundation. Remodeled the Lakeview Branch & installed new shelving in the children's area through donations from an Eagle Scout project by Noah Brandt.