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At the present time the library is not hiring. You may stop by the circulation desk and pick up an application anytime. Please be sure to attach a resume and cover letter.
Doug Towner - President
Experience the joys of new friends, the companionship of working together for a good cause, and the fun of providing and attending great programs.
Friends of the Library Membership Applications are available at the main desk of the Library. New officers are elected at the January meeting.
The Friends of the Library will be meeting on the following Wednesdays:
April 14, 2010
May 12, 2010
June 9, 2010
July 14, 2010
August 11, 2010
September 8, 2010
October 13, 2010
November 10, 2010
December 8, 2010
All meetings will be held at 1:00pm in the local history room.
HISTORY OF HARBOR-TOPKY MEMORIAL LIBRARY
by Shawna Gambol, Reference Librarian - November 1997
For nearly seventy-five years the library in the Ashtabula Harbor has been serving the educational and recreational needs of the
established in May of 1924 by the Harbor School District Board of
By 1926, it was determined that a separate facility was necessary to serve the youngest patrons. The Harbor Library was divided into an Adults' Library located in the High School and the Children's Library housed in the first floor of a two story
frame structure located next door to Harbor High. This second building was known as the Haskins' Building after its last owner, Salina Haskins, and the second floor housed a community
Early on in the relationship, the citizens acknowledged the need for a separate library building; funds were set aside by the school board for library construction. In a time of financial crisis, however, this money was reallocated to the school general fund and the plan for a library building was abandoned until the 1950's.
In June of 1958 Mr. O. C. Topky, a local businessman, donated the money to construct a library in the Ashtabula Harbor. City property on 1633 Walnut Boulevard, across the street from Harbor High School, was selected as the site for this
endeavor. In August 1959 the Topky Memorial Library, a one story 50' by 100' building, opened to serve the adult community. Soon afterwards materials from the Children's Library also were moved into the Topky Library, and the two services
were re-integrated. The Topky Library building remained fairly unchanged with only minor changes until the 1984 addition. In June 1967, air conditioning was installed, and in August 1971 a parking lot was surfaced. Office space and a new
doorway were created in 1980.
Twelve citizens established The Friends of the Library in 1977. This number has increased to include more than 125 members who support the library in a number of ways. Most recently, using money from book sales and membership drives, they purchased an outdoor message board. Annually they sponsor a creative writing contest for area children and a tree decorating contest. Through the years the library's collection and services expanded greatly, leaving little space for storytime programs or pleasure reading. The Library Board saw a need to create a multi-purpose meeting room and expand the children's department. A 25' x 100' addition to the back wall of the Topky Library was dedicated in October, 1984. The expansion was made possible by a grant from the Library Services and Construction Act and matched funds by the
Ashtabula Foundation the Library's Trust Fund.
The library joined the computer age in 1983 with its first purchase of a microcomputer for use by the staff and patrons. In 1986 Harbor Topky became the first library in the county to use a computerized circulation system, tracking materials
with an Apple IIe computer.
In July of 1987 an outreach program to serve homebound senior citizens was begun. Our outreach coordinator brings books, books on tape, magazines, videotapes, other materials, and a bit of sunshine to individuals' homes and nursing homes.
During the year 1996, the library was transformed from a library largely focused on providing books to a library ready to serve in the twenty-first century. In June of 1996, the library came online with the county-wide Council of Ashtabula County Libraries Dynix circulation and cataloging system ushering in an age of easy interlibrary lending and borrowing. Patrons can now dial into the catalog from home to reserve materials from across the county and access a text-based Internet service.
In August 1996 the Learning/Writing and Junior Learning/Writing Centers were established with IBM-compatible and Apple computers purchase through an LSCA mini-grant and matching library funds. These computers are equipped with word
processing, resume writing, home-publishing, and educational game programs as well as encyclopedias and other programs on CD-ROM's. In September 1996 the library started using these computers to access Internet resources through
the Ohio Public Library Information Network.
Through the years, the library has gained a reputation as "the friendly library by the lake" with an emphasis on service to the public and the schools. The library maintains its ties to Harbor High School, serving as an off-campus building of sorts, that teachers and students use during and after the school day. Harbor Topky Memorial Public Library is a dynamic center for community gathering, providing programs for citizens of all ages, from the storytime and toy-lending for the three month old to the home visitations for the senior citizen. How may we serve YOU?
To access Harbor-Topky Memorial Library:
Circulation of library materials. The library has a selection of adult, young adult and juvenile fiction and non-fiction materials, books on cassette & compact disc, video cassettes, DVDs, and compact discs.
Library Card Owner's Responsibilities.
Library cards can be issued to patrons who are in kindergarten or older.
Patrons must have a photo ID and proof of current address when applying for a library card. Youth in 6th grade or below must have a parent signature in order to obtain a library card Limit of three (3) items per check-out for first thirty (30) days for new patrons.
If a card is lost or stolen, notify the Library at once. The card owner is responsible for all materials checked out on the card until a loss is reported. Proper identification is required to check out materials without a card. Replacement cards cost $1
Videos/DVDs* 7 days
Books, CD's, Magazines,
Books on Tape/CD 21 days
Ask about special and vacation loans
Books and other materials may be renewed by phone, at the Circulation Desk or via the website. New videos and DVDs may be renewed if they are not on hold for someone else.
Interlibrary Loan Material $0.10/day
All Other Materials $0.10/day
All Other Materials $3.00/item
Fines of more than $25.00 for youth and $25.00 for adults in a suspension of borrowing privileges. Accounts overdue more than 60 days may be turned over to a collection agency. A $10.00 collection fee will be added to the account
Damaged and Lost Material
One half the cost of the item is charged for damaged materials.
Photocopiers available. A black and white copier and digital color copier are available for public use. The following
Facsimile. A fax machine is available for sending and receiving faxed messages. The fax number is (440) 964-6701.
The following fees apply:
Sending - during library hours
1st page $2.00
2+ pages 1.00/page
1st page $5.00
2+ pages $1.00/page
Receiving - 24 hours - Local & long distance
All pages $.50
No delivery or pick-up services
Internet/Computer access. There are computers (Microsoft Operating Systems) available for public use. These computers provide access to the internet through OPLIN (Ohio Public Library Information Network). The computers can also be used for word processing, writing resumes, desk top publishing and more. There are printers available for use. The fees for printing are: $ .15/page - Color or Black & White.
Homebound/Outreach service. An outreach coordinator will visit patrons who are unable to visit the library on their own. Delivery, pick-up and selection of library material is provided by the Outreach Coordinator. For those with special needs, large print books and books on tape and audio compact disc are available.
Community Meeting Room. A meeting room is available for nonprofit community groups to use. Reservations may be made by calling the library.
Book Discussion Group A book discussion group meets the last Wednesday at noon of each month to discuss a selected book. Contact the library to find out what the book is for this month.
Programs. The library offers a wide variety of programming throughout the year.
Other services. Voter registration, Golden Buckeye Card applications, and Ohio Kids Card applications, flu shots in the fall, Senior Citizen Tax assistance program in late winter/early spring, Tax Forms, Inter-Library Loan, Reference, Toys to Go,
and the services of a notary (call for availability of notary).
Children’s Programs. Please consult the library's Kids Page .
Director Joe Zappitello firstname.lastname@example.org 
Fiscal Officer Cindy Laveck email@example.com 
Head of Adult Services/Reference Andy Pochatko firstname.lastname@example.org 
Head of Youth Services Kathy Eames email@example.com 
Head of Circulation Janice Vincent firstname.lastname@example.org 
Head of Technical Services Janice Miggo email@example.com 
Outreach Services Terry Weir firstname.lastname@example.org 
Processing Mary Jane Camplese Zilbauer email@example.com 
Youth Services Assistant Diane Maunus firstname.lastname@example.org 
Circulation Marj Chapman email@example.com