The Newcomerstown Public Library, a mainstay in downtown Newcomerstown, is seeking a renewal levy in the Nov. 3 general election. A renewal levy means no increase in current taxes. The levy was first approved by area voters in 2010.

The Newcomerstown Public Library has seen a 50 percent increase in its use over the past four years and is currently seeing more and more area residents taking advantages of its many services.

For example, did you know:

Newcomerstown Public Library circulated over 23,000 movies for free in 2014.

Offers Notary services for free.

Offers free seven day video game rentals.

Offers public meeting space for free.

Offers free computer use.

Offers homebound delivery services to patrons physically unable to visit,

Employs 11 local persons and contracts with four local individuals/businesses.

Partners with Buckeye Career Center to offer GED classes and also English as a second language class.

Has Trivia Night for adults and also "Lawn Chair Drive-In Movies" on the patio.

"The Newcomerstown Public Library becomes a social center for the community," said Ray Booth, president of Newcomerstown Library board of trustees. "People come to the library for books, CD's, DVD's, video games, puzzles and more. You can get help finding a job. You can get help in learning how to use an electronic device. You can get help finding answers to your questions about a multitude of subjects."

Sandy Henry, a member of the board, noted, "The Library is a source of fun for the community, with books, movies, games and being able to attend the events that are offered for all ages. It's a friendly, safe place to search for, and receive, answers. If you use the computer databases, you can be sure you're getting accurate information."

According to information compiled by Cody Addy, Library Director, and Jim Russell, a Library trustee, the Newcomerstown Public Library helped area residents save $566,940 in 2014 through the free services that area offered.

"We are asking area residents to support the Newcomerstown Public Library in its effort to pass the renewal levy," Booth said. "It is not an increase in taxes and helps us keep a very vital part of our community."