News Releases

June 2011


The Champaign County Library Invites All Ages to Participate in the Summer Reading Club

Readers of all ages are invited to travel the globe this summer as part of the Champaign County Library’s “One World, Many Stories” summer reading program.

The 2011 Summer Reading Program is open to children of all ages and includes free programs, prize drawings, story hours, a book club and more. Participants will explore different cultures each week through stories, crafts and other activities.  To participate, students just register and record the number of minutes they spend reading or listening to books. 


Participants can also earn an entry for a grand prize drawing at the end of the program.  Prizes include Columbus Clippers tickets for the kids program, Kings Island tickets, gift certificates, books, book bags, movie tickets and more! 


Adults are also invited to join in their own summer reading club – Novel Destinations.  Participants can enter the grand prize drawing by reading or listening to a book and filling out an entry form, attending an adult program, or entering one of the many contests being offered during the program.   Prizes include a $50 gas card, gift certificates, and more. 


Registration for all programs begins June 6.  Participants will receive registration packets containing information on all the programs being offered this summer and contest details.  The program will be offered at the main library in Urbana and at the North Lewisburg Branch Library.   

For additional information on the summer reading club please contact the library at 937-653-3811.  You can also visit our Facebook page or our web page at www.champaign.lib.oh.us 


March 2010

Update - Budget Cuts

The library’s main source of income is the Ohio General Revenue Fund. Ohio libraries receive 1.97% of all Ohio General Tax Revenues. This percentage is down from 2.22% in 2008. Taxes included in this fund are personal income, auto sales, and public utility just to name a few.

Not only was funding for Ohio libraries reduced from 2.22% to 1.97%, the amount of money collected within the fund is lower due to the struggling economy. Since 2008, the Champaign County Library’s income from the Ohio General Fund has decreased a total of 38%.

To make up for this shortfall, we have...

  • eliminated 3 part time staff

  • reduced hours of remaining staff

  • shortened hours of operation from 60 to 52 (see new hours below)

  • discontinued bookmobile service

  • slashed book and materials budgets

The library does have a small levy. If your home is valued at $150,000 you only pay $8.50 a year towards the library. This is less than the cost of one hardback book.

The library continues to actively look at outside funding or grant opportunities for computers, programming, etc. We continue to take part in Kroger’s Community Rewards Program, paper recycling, and Friends of the Library fundraising which includes our book sales.

We wish to thank everyone for their continued support through these tough times.