The Archbold Community Library Board gave the goahead for preliminary exploration of creation of a space for teens within the library.
During her report, Joyce Klingelsmith, library director, told the board during its Wednesday, July 11 meeting that she was dreaming of creating the teen space, noting that while the library has a teen book section, there is nothing in particular to draw teens.
“I would envision this actually being used by middle school students the most,” she said in her report.
Klingelsmith did not have any idea of what remodeling such a space within the library would cost, or even where it should be located.
She noted that the library reference section had been reduced from four rows of shelves to one.
She said the space would be an area for teens to use their own computers, and not tie up library machines. Also, teens could sit and visit with friends.
“They’re going to do it anyway. Other times, the adults are louder than the kids,” she said.
She suggested consulting with Library Design, a firm that did the library’s original layout. She plans to meet with company officials during a Sept. 7 library exposition.
The board’s next meeting is Wednesday, Sept. 12, so she can report back on their consultation.
Depending on the cost of the project, Klingelsmith suggested using the Bertha O. Bourquin Memorial Fund.
The fund was established in 2004 when Martha Mainous bequeathed money and Farmers & Merchants State Bank stock to the library in honor of her mother. Today, the fund is invested in a certificate of deposit in the amount of about $25,000. Interest and dividends have been used to purchase audio books and programming supplies.
Jay Budde, a board member, suggested creating a focus group of teens to learn what they would like to see in a teen area.
Prior to the regular meeting, the board held a meeting of the library audit committee.
All members of the library board are members of the committee.
Jennifer Harkey, library fiscal officer, presented the board with documents showing that during the first six months of 2012, the library board had received $199,037.14 in revenue.
Expenditures were $198,040.13, meaning the library took in $997.01 more than it spent.
As of June 30, the library board had $504,395.47 on hand in all of its funds. That includes three memorial funds, plus the building & repair and furniture & equipment funds.
The general fund, which pays for most of the dayto day operations of the library, had a fund balance of $104,386.29.
The audit committee approved the report.
The board also approved a temporary budget for 2013.
The proposed budget is $483,000.
The primary sources of funding for the library are the State of Ohio Public Library Fund and the library property tax.
In the last few years, the state has reduced the public library fund.
In 2005, the library board received more than $282,000 from the fund. In 2011, the library’s share of the fund was $216,715.
Klingelsmith said the library had received laptop computers in preparation for offering basic computer classes through the Connect Ohio program.
She said library officials were pleased to learn the board will receive reimbursement for the purchase of the machines.
She purchased extended warranties for the computers, which were not covered under the reimbursement. The net cost to the library for the six laptops will be less than $800, she said.
The library will begin offering Connect Ohio computer classes in the fall.
Repairs to the library roof have been completed, she said.
Board member Sandy Wyse was absent. –David Pugh