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More action from the Jan. 14 meeting of the Taylor County Public Library Board:
• Board members discussed the library's insurance plan on its current and new buildings. Taylor County Public Library Director Julia Turpin said the new building currently has only builder's risk insurance.
Quotes from two local companies were solicited, though the Board agreed to research them further before choosing a carrier.
• In her monthly report, Turpin said December circulation numbers were a bit down, though the attendance at the library's programs was good.
Turpin said the library will move forward with its e-book borrowing program to allow its patrons quicker access to the books.
She said nearly 20 people attended the library's recent Gadget Day event where staff members helped the public learn how to use their new electronic gadgets. Many people also attended the library's Fitness Fun Day event, she said.
Turpin said two bills filed this legislative session will impact libraries. House Bill 1 is a response to a recent survey of special districts in the state, and Senate Bill 20 will allow county judge/executives to appoint members to several boards, including libraries, without library input.
She said libraries currently suggest names of board members to state library officials for approval. The names are then passed to a county judge/executive for recommendation. Turpin said the judge/executive must appoint someone from the list of state-approved names. SB 20, she said, does away with that process. She said this could mean someone who knows nothing about libraries could be appointed to serve on a library board.
"We're very concerned about this," Turpin said.
She said she will follow HB 1 and SB 20 and report their status. Turpin said she encourages board members and the public to contact legislators about the bills.
• The library will soon purchase several pieces of equipment.
The Board approved the purchase of an $8,900 digital microfilm reader, to be paid for with the more than $8,000 in the library's memorial fund and the remainder from its general fund.
Board members approved the purchase of a $1,799 3D-ready projector that will mount from the ceiling.
Turpin was given the OK to buy up to $14,000 in office equipment from Chandler's Office Supply and two printers from the same company at a cost of $12,231. She said the library was given some trade-in credit for an old printer and a discount on the purchases.
With the nearly $32,000 left in the library's technology budget, Turpin was given the OK to buy some computer equipment, iPads and other materials.
• In her report to the Board, Outreach Librarian Bonnie Webster said she read to eight daycares last month, several head start and church classes and hosted 40 outreach programs and five library programs. She read stories to 667 children during the month.
• The monthly treasurer's report was approved, which states that there is nearly $78,000 in the library's checkbook, with all of the library's accounts totaling a bit less than $1.1 million. About $251,000 is in the library's construction fund.
• Board members announced that the meeting was the last in the library's current building. The next meeting will be Monday, Feb. 11, at noon at the new location on East Broadway. It is open to the public.