Under the leadership of new director Rachel Rubin, Bexley Public Library officials are moving ahead with the promises they made to voters last fall.

Under the leadership of new director Rachel Rubin, Bexley Public Library officials are moving ahead with the promises they made to voters last fall.

Residents got a chance to meet Rubin, who lives in Bexley, and talk to her about plans for the library during a community open house last Sunday. Her first day as director was Feb. 1.

One of the promises from last fall's levy campaign was a homework help center for younger patrons. Other promises involved updating the computer usage policy and the collection.

"We will follow through on all of those promises," Rubin said in an interview with ThisWeek.

In November, voters approved a 1.5-mill, five-year operating levy that is expected to generate $689,000 a year to help the library offset the loss of state funding.

Rubin said several of the new initiatives will take some time, including the homework help center because interior alterations are going to be needed. Library officials would like to open the help center by the fall.

The library will be directing more energy toward supporting children, said Rocky Saxbe, board of trustees vice president.

"They are the future of our community," he said. "We want to collaborate with families as well as our Bexley public school system to make this a very constructive resource."

Library officials also pledged to improve Internet access for patrons. Rubin said the library now has wireless access and library officials are working to update the computers.

"We are working on making the computers a little bit more open," she said. "We did pass a new Internet-use policy."

The policy states computers may not be used for unlawful purposes, unauthorized copying of materials and online gambling, and parents are responsible for their children's use.

Rubin will continue a project started by interim director Susan Studebaker to remove outdated items from library bookshelves.

One of the goals of any library is to provide patrons with accurate and up-to-date information, Rubin said. While it is important to not "judge a book by its cover," it does happen, she said.

"We are looking at classics we have that might be older, replacing them with updated versions, or new prints," she said.

Library officials also are working to make sure all the science, business and medical materials are accurate.

The overall review involves the entire collection, from videos to books, Saxbe said.

"It is kind of a new day for the Bexley Public Library," he said.

During the levy campaign, patrons expressed a desire to have the Bexley library collaborate with other library systems in central Ohio.

The Bexley library is partnering with those other library systems to offer one-on-one resume assistance on "Job Help Day @ Your Library," from 1 to 3 p.m. March 18. A career counselor will review resumes and offer feedback.

"I look forward to building relationships with other systems in the area and giving the community access to other materials," said Rubin, who was manager of the Old Worthington Library before coming to Bexley. She also has worked at the Columbus Metropolitan Library and Worthington Libraries' Northwest branch.

"I feel very fortunate to be in a community where the community members value the library as an institution," she said.