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Library Spending Exceeds $400,000

2017 Expenditures

The Archbold Community Library Board spent a total of $408,563.67 to operate the library during 2017.

Revenue received by the library was $383,338.80, meaning expenditure stopped revenues by $25,224.87.

That information was provided to the library board at its Wednesday, Jan. 10 meeting.

The difference was covered from the library cash balance.

Jennifer Harkey, library fiscal officer, said at the end of the year, the library general fund had a carryover of $40,841.90.

The board completed several housekeeping measures during an organizational meeting prior to the regular meeting.

During the organizational meeting, Jed Grisez was elected president of the board.

Board members also implemented standing committees to review actions of the board. Committees are personnel, finance and audit, and building and property.

It was proposed the committees be made up of two board members and Sonya Huser, library director, or a library employee she appoints.

Board members discussed, but took no action on, holiday pay for part-time staff.

The current policy calls for holiday pay for full-time employees, but not for parttimers.

Jay Budde, a board member, said not paying parttime employee for holidays “doesn’t feel right.”

The question was referred to the finance committee.

Community

In her report, Huser discussed use of the community room at the library by groups including Toastmasters, an investment club, and Project Hope, which provides classes for people working to become U.S. citizens.

She also talked about programs offered by the library including Story Hours and Story Times, the summer reading project, and the Lego Club.

The Lego Club has been really popular, she said, with more youngsters attending the program.

“They build some really cool structures,” Huser said.

One new program she discussed is TED Talks.

TED Talks (which stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design), are presentations and discussions. Participants watch a video presentation, then a local moderator leads the discussion after the presentation.

Companion books on the topic are suggested.

The TED Talks program starts Thursday, Feb. 15, and continues on the third Thursday of each month throughout the year.

Huser said Jennie Gillen, library youth services director, has started a new outreach program, “1,000 books before Kindergarten.”

The goal is to have parents and children read books together. A prize would be offered for every 100 books read.

Security

The library also has a reference room, which can be reserved.

But Gerald Short, a board member, questioned the security of items stored in the room.

Some of the books and other items in the room, such as family genealogies, are the only copies produced.

“If that would disappear, there is no way to replace them,” Short said.

Huser said the bookcases in the room can be closed and locked.

Other Ideas

Among other issues discussed by the board was elimination of study carrels at the back, or west, side of the library.

If the study carrels are removed, Huser said the bookshelves could be moved back, making more room available in the central area.

Budde suggested the idea that coffee be made available for library visitors. He based his suggestion on a self-serve coffee bar at Archbold Evangelical Church.

All board members were present and all votes were unanimous.

The next meeting is Wednesday, March 14, 7 pm, at the library.



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