Personnel matters were among a large amount of items handled by the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library Board of Trustees in May.
|Jean Berg, library director, reported that there were 25 applicants for the Mt. Vernon supervisor position. Thayer Nichols, a Mt. Vernon resident, has been hired. She is a graduate of the University of New Mexico where she was employed in the library archives division. She studied library science there and took graduate library science classes at Missouri State University.||Chastady Bennett has been training Nichols, Berg said. Bennett's last day of employment was May 21. The Friends of the Library hosted a reception for her.|
Myriah Mancillas resigned as part-time shelver at the Monett Branch. Gabriela Rodriguez was hired as her replacement effective May 6.
Berg reported that board terms expire for Felicity Nesbitt (Barry County) and Lester Richesin, (Lawrence County). Both indicated they were interested in being re-appointed by the county commissions.
In other matters, circulation statistics for the month of April were reviewed. Berg reported that the Cassville Branch had the highest circulation of library items at 8,659 for the month. Circulation and computer use has increased overall compared to April 2008 figures.
The theme for the 2009 summer reading club will be "Be Creative @ Your Library." The kick-off event is scheduled for June 2, 3 and 4 with the RLP Puppet Company, sponsored by the library district and performing in all 10 branches. Branches have planned a large variety of free programs for youth and teens during the eight weeks of summer reading.
E-Rate Funding for 2009-10 has been approved in the amount of $10,243.20 for telecommunication service in the 10 branches.
The board approved signing a contract with The CPA Group of Monett for auditing services for 2008-09.
Berg reported that the Mt. Vernon Branch has received a giant shoe that was used in a recent children's theatrical production of "Once Upon a Shoe". Measuring six feet long and six feet high, complete with a 20 foot shoe string, the shoe now resides in the children's room.
Aurora Friends donated $520.07 to purchase a train table and Duplo blocks with a table for the children's area at that branch. Marionville Friends donated $480.50 for funding summer reading programs at that branch. Berg said $1,000 received from the Wal-Mart Foundation is to be divided between Monett and Pierce City branches to help fund additional summer reading programs.
The library director said she received notification that House Bill 148 has taken the place of Senate Bill 174 and HB365, which she has been tracking. HB148 was approved unanimously on May 11 by the House and Senate. The bill, as it appears on-line, does have the desired 1984 reference point that will allow the library district to keep its present tax levy in place. It does not have the 2014 reference that the district hoped to avoid in this new legislation. This bill will now go to the governor for signature on July 16 but will not go into effect until Aug. 28.
A book sale and garage sale is planned for May 28, 29 and 30 at the Monett garage. Friends of Library members in all branches have been sent special invitations for the Thursday evening early sale.
The board approved reduced summer hours from June 6 to Aug. 15 at the Aurora, Cassville, Monett and Mt. Vernon branches.
A bid from J & J Flooring of Monett in the amount of $16,495.62 to replace carpet in the Aurora Branch was accepted.
Berg indicated it will be necessary to rent a storage pod for storing books, furnishings and shelving while the project at Aurora is being done. Work will not be scheduled until the end of July after summer reading programs have been completed.
The board approved the purchase of a four-year contract at $5,985 from The Library Corporation for renewing the software program that the district uses to catalog books.
Board President Ann Hall appointed a nominating committee for 2009-10 officers. Committee members are Regina McIlrath and Nesbitt.
Board members agreed to set the annual budget meeting for Thursday, June 25 at 9 a.m.