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B-L Library Receives Clean Annual Audit

Monday, November 30, 2009

The Monett Lions recently made a $1,000 donation to the Barry-Lawrence Library to be used in the construction of the proposed new Monett Branch Library. Shown from left, are Lions Steve Wise and Bob Davis; Ann Hall, president of the Library Board; and Jean Berg, director of operations for the Barry-Lawrence Library system.
The 2008-09 audit of the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library was reviewed and accepted at the November meeting of the Board of Trustees.

Patti Weber, of The CPA Group of Monet, indicated the audit was clean and without problems.

The audit showed use of the library branches has increased considerably over the prior year. Weber said all internal controls were in place and up to accounting standards. After discussion, the board approved the audit.

In other matters, circulation statistics for October were reviewed. The Monett Branch ranked highest with circulation of 9,370 items for the month. Other branch statistics were: Cassville 9,055; Mt. Vernon 8,738; Aurora 6,605; Marionville 3,143; Pierce City 2,220; Shell Knob 2,212; Purdy 1,494; Miller 1,045; and Eagle Rock 622.

Library Director Jean Berg reported on the Gates Symposium attended by herself and board members Regina McIlrath and Joyce Frazier on Nov. 3, 4 and 5 in St. Louis. Speakers were heard and workshops held to promote advocacy for the library district and to show how funds could be raised for matching Gates Foundation grants. The library district will be raising $33,800 as its match for the $59,800 that will be provided through the Gates Foundation for 36 new public internet computers to be purchased for nine branches, Berg said.

A book and garage sale and pie sale grossed $1,290 for the Monett Branch building fund.

An update to the automated internet system took place on Oct. 24, 25 and 26, Berg said. Judy Wormington, of Software Specialist in Monett, handled the installation of the servers and upgrading of circulation stations in all 10 branches. A total of $11,061 was paid for the new Dell servers and $2,062.50 for installation costs.

Dr. Rosa Maria Mejia, a professor at Missouri State University in Springfield, contacted the library district to report the university has a grant for expanding literacy to minority groups with the intent to encourage Hispanic students to use public libraries. She proposed doing a series of three workshops at the Monett and Aurora branches on how to use the public library, reading to small children and the benefits of using a public library.

The first workshop is tentatively set for the Monett Branch on Dec. 5.

The Cassville Branch has received a $500 grant from the Community Foundation towards programming. The branch requested using the grant for funding of 2010 summer reading programs.

Library branches will be closed Dec. 24, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, 2010, for the holidays. The board also decided to close all branches on Dec. 11 for the annual staff meeting and an early closing of 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 31.

Ann Hall reported on the informational Barry County Enhanced Enterprise Zone meeting she attended in Cassville on Nov. 5. Hall said the proposal is similar to those enterprise zones in Lawrence County with 50 percent tax abatement proposed for 10 years.

After a review of health insurance bids, the board chose Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield HMO/POS Option 3 for all covered employees. The monthly premium will increase to $568.30. The employee contribution will be $85 per month.

The Delta Dental insurance premium increased from $31.75 per month to $33.59. Dental insurance is paid by the library district for all full-time employees. The board voted to renew the policy.

The board voted to hire a temporary part-time library assistant at 20 hours per week at the Mt. Vernon Branch to help cover the absence of Cindy Rinker who will be on medical leave in January.

The next Board of Trustees meeting will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11 at the Monett Branch.

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