HIGHLIGHT OF THE YEAR -
The library celebrated the Centennial of the City of Niagara Falls throughout the entire year. Forty special events were organized with fourteen community organizations which attracted over 5,000 people of all ages who learned more about our local history.
There were dozens of heritage exhibitions and displays, four new book launches, three music recitals, two film evenings, four lectures, a photo contest, children’s programs and other special events.
Inge Saczkowski, Andrew Porteus and Cathy Simpson sat on the Centennial Book Committee with other local history researchers to help produce the best-selling book "Images of a Century: The City of Niagara Falls, Canada 1904-2004".
The library was the largest single supplier of historical photographs used in the book with more than 300 reproduced from the local history collection.
The library was honoured that the American Library Association (A.L.A.) recognized as an innovative web-based reference service our "Historic Niagara Digital Collection"
A.L.A recognizes sites which serve as models or starting points for similar projects at other libraries. This site includes four different databases that may be simultaneously or individually searched - a local newspaper index, an image database, a name-finding aid and a local history book index.
GOVERNMENT FUNDINGThe Library is funded by the City of Niagara Falls and the Ontario Ministry of Culture. Special grants were received from Human Resources Development Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Community, Family & Children’s Services and the Region of Niagara for special children’s programs. The Board extends thanks to all library supporters, particularly the Council and Staff of the City of Niagara Falls.
DONATIONSOfficial receipts for income tax purposes were issued by the library for many financial donations. Donors of $300 or more were recognized by having their name engraved on a plaque at one of the 3 libraries.
COMMUNITY USE OF MEETING ROOMSLibrary meeting rooms were used hundreds of times by organizations, businesses, government agencies and individuals. Meeting rooms were also used many other times for library programs for children and adults.
LIBRARY PROGRAMMESDozens of exhibitions, displays, demonstrations, readings, films and lectures were enjoyed by people of all ages. The library welcomed many community non-profit groups who set-up public education displays on a variety of important subjects. We also extend particular thanks to the artists and organizations who exhibited their work in the art gallery and in the glass display cases.
LIBRARY RESOURCES & THEIR USE
Interlibrary loans with other libraries:
In a Typical Week:
FINANCIAL SUMMARY (subject to audit)
Operating Budget 2003
Total regular library hours open per week at the three libraries: 152.5 hoursTotal area for library purposes at the three libraries: 58,819 sq. ft.Prepared March 2005