The Library Board had alot to discuss today. We did not have a June meeting due to illness, so no old business was reviewed. The new mission statement was approved and is as follows: “The mission of the Fairfield Public Library is to become a center of resources to nurture imagination, inspire learning, empower individuals, and enrich the community.” Three additional policies were approved, Advocacy, Confidentiality of patron records, and Emergency & safety. Triple F Days is August 16th so the annual pancake feed for the library was planned out. Pancakes, country ham, eggs, coffee, or tang will be served 8am-10am at the city auditorium. There will be a drawing for kids, teens, and adults to sign up for for a $25 gift certificate to the Prairie Books & gifts store towards a book of their choice. The Library is 100 years old this year and we will have movies at the library 1pm-5pm in celebration. Snacks and drinks will be provided. There will be cupcakes and sidewalk chalk for the kids to draw on the walks to help celebrate. Glow in the dark bracelets will be given out to all the kids. The front entry way is need of repairs, the library received 1 bid for the project and will be asking the city if they wish to have more bids. The library plaque to honor the librarians of Fairfield has been tabled for the next meeting. We are having a hard time finding anyone locally to do the plaque. Our new bookdrop is up and will be receiving a new faceplate soon. We have a wonderful volunteer who wants to help the library by cleaning it once a week, we are very grateful for her service to the library! The library will be offering laminating services for 81/2 x 11 sheets for $1.50 and business size cards for $.75 per sheet. The library will be purchasing a new emergency kit this month. The library voted to join the local community club to show its support of their activities in our community. Budget time is here so we will be planning the next year’s budget during July. The kid and teen sections of the library has been painted and now on to the adult side….blue is the popular choice! The library is working on a brochure that will detail its services. The next meeting will be August 8th.
- My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business: a Memoir by Dick Van Dyke
- Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself by Alan Alda
- The Confession by Beverly Lewis
- Hangman by Faye Kellerman
- Now He Thinks He’s Dead by Ron Goulart
- Phantom Prey by John Sandford
- Friday Nights: a Novel by Joanna Trollope
Young Adult -Fantasy Fiction
- The Gray Wolf Throne by Cinda Williams Chima
- SpecialAgent: My Life on the Front Lines as a Woman in the FBI by Candace DeLong
Large Print – Nonfiction
- Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
- Bare Bones by Kathy Reichs
- Bones by Jonathan Kellerman
- The Boxer and the Spy by Robert B. Parker
- The Deadhouse by Linda Fairstein
- The Innocent by David Baldacci
- Mind Prey by John Sandford
- Royal Flush by Rhys Bowen – Book 3 of the Royal Spyness Mystery series
Political Women’s Fiction
- Eighteen Acres: a novel by Nicole Wallace
- Mystical Warrior by Janet Chapman
Hi everyone! We received a question about Obituary Lookups. Unfortunately we don’t have any other than what has been donated to the museum downstairs. We did get in contact with the Clay County News in Sutton and asked them how a person would be able to find obituaries thru them. The paper said to come to their office at 207 N. Saunders Avenue in Sutton and anyone can look thru all their old papers in the basement. The hours are Monday – Friday 8am-5pm. This paper would be a great starting place for anyone looking up family history.
Fairfield Public Library Board Meeting June 7, 2013
Members present: Angie Ridgway, Beth Shipman, Nancy Bischoff, Susan Short, Thelma Soucie, and Stephanie Haack.
The Board reviewed old business. Note for next year Alumni Banquet, the Alumni group would like to volunteer to have the Alumni Room open for a few hours.
The Board discussed the library’s cut of hours. Due to lack of funds in the City budget, the City suggested 12hrs per week to be opened to the public. The Board approved and set the hours to Monday & Wednesday 1:30pm -5:30pm and Saturday 8am-12pm. The Board will present the approval and hour change to the City at the City Council meeting. The Board will ask the City to submit an article to the Clay county news, explaining the reasons for the changes and the hours. The Board will ask for the changes to begin July 1, 2013.
The library had damages from the storms, the roof leaked in two places and the basement leaked in two rooms. The Board will ask that the gutters be placed on the library as soon as the City can get the contractor here to do it.
The Summer Reading program is planned and requests for donations have been posted around town. Susan Short donated $100 to help with the expenses of the program.
Statistics for the month of May were up except for materials because of weeding.
Total materials in catalog 7575
Total yearly circulations 1052
Total monthly circulations 243
Total visits 307
Total computer use 174
Total reference questions 1116
The Board discussed Triple F Days in August. The pancake feed will occur this year and plans will be made in future meetings.
Members attending were Susan Short, Angie Ridgway, Nancy Bischoff, Thelma Soucie, and Stephanie Haack. Councilman Casey Kluver attended for the city. The Board reviews old business and moved to new. Ideal Electric will be doing electrical work within two weeks and the library may need to be closed for the work. Statistics were presented for the month of April: total materials in catalog 7686; Total yearly circulations 809, Total monthly circulations 179; total visits 300; Total computer use 150; and Total reference questions 1184. The Library participated in National Library Week and joined Region 9 Services Coordination for the Week of the Child. Free books and prizes were given out to the kids in celebration. The library received its State award of $604. The Summer reading program is planned and requests for donations will be posted around town. The library repairs from the storms last year should be done soon. Approval to paint inside was given by City Council and Library Board. The Board reviewed bills and the bills thru April total $10,831.50. Councilman Kluver talked with the board about the repairs and the possible closing or reduction in library hours. The Board president and library director will go to the City council meeting to talk further with the council. The Board also discussed the Library’s upcoming Centennial Birthday that will be tentatively planned for Triple F Days in 2014. The Library will not be open this year for the Annual Alumni Banquet. The next meeting will be June 7, 2013
Celebration National Library Week April 14-April 20, 2013
Community Matters @ the Fairfield Public Library!
The Library is working hard to provide resources to our wonderful patrons! The Library provides books, Dvds, vhs, Large print books, Books on Cd, 67 board games, multicard reader, magazines, 2 newspapers, projector, and screen for patrons to check out. The Library has WiFi internet, 5 laptops, 7 desktops, scanners, a Summer Reading program and a fax/printer/copier/ Interlibrary Loan service. The Library has an information center with lots of different subjects like Snap, Social Security, etc. The Library has an ADA station equipped with Dragon Naturally Speaking, Kurzweil 1000, Zoom Text, and Jaws. The Library has a museum and Alumni room. The Library has been serving Fairfield since 1914, almost 100 years now! The Library has 20,053 item for patrons to check out and served almost 4000 patrons last year alone! The Library is part of the Read Aloud Community, Facebook, Fairfield Community Club, Partners with NeWorks, NLC, RVLS, Pinterest, and we have our own webpage! So come in and enjoy the Fairfield Public Library today!
Members attending: Angie Ridgway, Thelma Soucie, Beth Shipman, Susan Short, Nancy Bischoff, and Stephanie Haack.
The Board reviewed old business and it was approved. The Library has spent $7860.70 for the year, making it $1097.65 under budget so far for the year. The bills were reviewed, approved, and signed. Eakes $94.50 for AR168MT copier repaird, Eakes $81.50 for AR168MT copier ink, payroll, Source Gas $265.65, $216.85, Windstream phone/internet $200.09, and South Central Public Power District $82.09.
Accredidation was discussed. The library has to spend 10% of its annual budget on materials just to be at the lowest level of accredidation. If the library isn’t accredidated, it may not qualify for grants, especially from state and government. The library, staff, and board have to be accredidated thru the Nebraska Library Commission.
The Board discussed becoming a business member of the Fairfield Community club for the 2013 year. It would cost $25.00. It was approved and the Friends of the Library will take it out of their account.
Requests for baby, pregnancy books was given by the library director, she will look into prices and titles.
The Read Aloud Nebraska group has given the library 30 books to be distributed to the children in Fairfield.
Erate for 2014 has been started. 2012 Fiscal year information was given, copy will be given to the City council also.