At yesterday’s regular bi-monthly meeting, the Board amended Library Policies to allow waivers of the card fee for non-village residents. The Board then passed a motion to waive that $20 household fee for the entire year of 2013.
Why the change? We’re about to begin a drive to increase use of the library by both Village residents and those who live in the surrounding area. Plans are afoot to interview patrons, survey non-patrons, and launch a variety of new or increased programs and activities.
Our thanks to South Sioux City library for providing inspiration and ideas via their NCompass Live webinar, “Turning Your Library Around,” which the Board watched and discussed after the meeting.
The regular meeting of the Library Board is Tuesday Feb. 5, 7 p.m., at the library. Public participation is welcome.
This year we will close only on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 for the holidays. The staff and Board wish you all the joys of the season and a wonderful new year.
The Library Board will meet at the library at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4. This is a regular meeting. Everyone is welcome to attend.
The Board voted to change the meeting schedule to bimonthly. The meetings will still be on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. but will be in the months of October, December, February, April, June, and August.
The Valparaiso Public Library Board is happy to welcome Village resident Kim Turnwall as the newest Trustee. Kim teaches at Seward Elementary School; she and her husband Brian own and operate the local Val Market. Kim’s term finishes one of the 2008-2012 terms and continues for the 2012-2016 period. Kim is a member of the Valparaiso Woman’s Club, which is the library’s Friends group, and will keep the Club informed about the library.
The Board also wishes to thank Melanie Nelson, who served as Trustee in this slot for several years, for her contributions of time and talent. The Board and staff alike have sincerely appreciated her work.
The Valparaiso Public Library Board of Trustees will meet at the library at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1. Members of the public are welcome.
The Valparaiso Public Library Board of Trustees will meet Tuesday evening, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. in the library. The meeting is open to the public.
The Board of Trustees adopted several changes of the Circulation policy at its September 6, 2011 meeting. (Policy V; pages 4-5 of the Policies file: Valparaiso Public Library Policies).
Here is a summary of the changes:
- Patron registration requires signature of parent or guardian for any nonemancipated juvenile under age 19.
- Fines increased to a dime per day overdue (only open library days count).
- Borrowing restrictions apply for item(s) overdue more than 14 days and/or accrued fines totalling over $1.00.
- Administrative fee covering postage applies if overdue notices require mailing for collection.
- Fines over 30 days due may be referred to the Village for collection.
Working the Valparaiso ballfield concession stand was a great way to raise money for the library, volunteers agreed. We worked in shifts from 8 to 11, 11 to 2, and 2 to 5 — and the last shift actually got off a half hour early (I was one of the lucky ones on that shift).
Thanks to Trustees Frank Maresh, Sheila Isaacson, Melanie Nelson, and Cathy McCauley, and to volunteers Jackie Maly, Dave Herroon, Diane Andelt, Karen Andelt, and Dean Cadwallader. Your efforts got us more than halfway to our goal for funds needed for the 2012 summer reading program!