Several planned improvements at Barry-Lawrence Regional Library branches were reported finished at the May meeting of the library directors.
Work at the Cassville and Mt. Vernon branches were finished at a cost of $105,000 plus $7,588.20 for three change orders. At the Cassville Branch, brick was sealed and windows recaulked.
At the Mt. Vernon
Branch, excavation was finished to improve drainage and bricks placed on the north and west walls. Workers were unable to remove the black membrane on the back wing walls, so the board decided to paint the walls gray to match the concrete.
At the Pierce City Branch, Vaughn Dirtworks poured an additional concrete pad under the front drain spout to move stormwater run-off away from the foundation.
Interior leaks after heavy rains at the Aurora Branch prompted Werner to get special imaging equipment to study the situation with a local roofer. A small hole was identified and will be patched.
At the Marionville Branch, a top course of stone had shifted, giving the appearance that a retaining wall was leaning. Werner planned to correct the problem. It was discovered several downspouts had been crushed, thus limiting the roof drainage.
Melvin Casper was named the new part-time maintenance person. He painted rails at the Aurora Branch and will address painting needs around the Cassville Branch.
The screen door was replaced at the Eagle Rock Branch and the local board managing the building had the exterior painted. J and J Floorcovering replaced tiles around the front desk of the Marionville branch, creating an even floor.
Bob Lock Construction completed a variety of small repairs at the Shell Knob Branch. Awning pillars were secured, windows seals and a ceiling hole repaired. The contractor donated his fee back to the library for use in the summer reading program.
The regional office will host a book sale at the Monett Branch garage, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 1 and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 2.
|After consulting with staff, director Gina Milburn announced the branches will not go to reduced summer hours this year, and will be open six days a week.|
Directors heard reports on the beginning of the summer reading program. The kick-off will be held June 5 though June 7, featuring master magician D.J. Edwards, who will give three shows a day.
Summer reading program activities will run through the end of July. This will be the first year all locations will offer a reading club program for all ages.
The Walmart Foundation awarded the district a $2,500 grant for the summer reading program. The money will be used for incentives and programming costs.
On May 1, the library began allowing the use of personal flash drives or computer compact discs on public computers. Lee Ann Rosewicz at the Monett Branch found a procedure that allows the scanning of flash drives for viruses or other potentially damaging content. Customers sign a form verifying the procedure before proceeding.
Equipment allowing wireless Internet access has been installed at the Mt. Vernon and Cassville branches. Service should be available in early June.
At the surplus property sale held by the Monett R-1 School District, Milburn purchased 34 children's chairs, two steel desks and two filing cabinets for $110.
The Miller Branch received a $500 memorial from Patten Chapel Church in honor of Dr. Hugh Baker. Staff purchased a large display case and will use remaining items for more permanent materials.
An $800 memorial to J.B. Burson has been donated to the Mt. Vernon Branch. The branch supervisor requested the money be used for furniture needs.
The Purdy Branch received a $545 donation in memory of Elsie Renkoski. Dahlia Bradley has donated $150 a month from her pay with the Purdy Recycling Center. Funds have been used to purchased a portable outside sign.
In personnel changes, board members agreed to replace the vacancy at the Purdy branch with a full-time employee instead of a part-time staffer.
Amanda Ray was hired to replace Beverly Bicksler as a full-time library assistant at the Cassville Branch. Nancy Dotson, a substitute at the Purdy branch, has been hired to fill the part-time clerk position.
Deborah Perriman was hired to fill the custodial vacancy at the Mt. Vernon Branch.
Terms will expire on June 30 for board members Julie Vaughn, from Monett, and Jeannie Jones, from Barry County. Both expressed interest in renewing their terms.
Circulations numbers for February and March showed Cassville continued to be the most active branch for checked-out material. Activity at the Eagle Rock and Shell Knob branches continued to increase.
Local groups reserving community rooms in various branches will have to return keys personally the next day, rather than dropping them in the drop box. Branch staff will document the key return.
The board agreed to revise the holding policy for new items. The board decided items were available to all customers in the system and not just those at specific branches. Pre-hold paper lists would be discarded and all items would be available on a first-come, first-served basis. A customer would be limited to requesting 10 items on hold at one time.
Directors agreed to start a fine forgiveness program similar to Springfield-Greene Public Library. With this plan, customers for a specific time period would be able to have up to $.50 per card waived in exchange for canned food donations to a local food bank.
Milburn received permission to explore selling donated or withdrawn books on eBay as a way to raise additional funds.
The next board meeting will be held on June 21.