The Morgan County Library Board of Trustees Thursday, Feb. 13 discussed the effect of inclement weather on recent library programs. Library director Stacey Embry reported recent inclement weather resulted in a lower attendance at children’s story time. She said, however, attendance at the adult story time was healthy.
Vacation and leave of absence with pay policies were reviewed. In light of the recent winter weather, Embry brought up the topic of what to do regarding employee attendance and weather-related issues; nothing was decided at the meeting.
Embry reported Hoopla is growing in usage, and the library staff continues to work on inventory of library materials.
The annual report was distributed and explained. The board expressed appreciation for it.
A large apple sculpture containing sitting benches and proposed by Versailles Community Betterment was discussed. The library was being considered as a possible location for the apple. The library board expressed concerns regarding insurance and whether or not the apple symbol was representative of the entire community (i.e. all of Morgan County) the library serves.
Options were discussed for finding a provider to conduct financial audits, including whether or not to use a private or state auditor.
Embry is working to get an E-Rate account established. E-Rate is a government service that provides reimbursement for technology usage by various community agencies.
Application for a Summer Reading Program Grant was discussed. The amount of the grant is approximately $10,000. If awarded, the money will allow the library to fund several professional storytelling performances that complement the “Imagine Your Story” 2020 Summer Reading Program.
Friends of Morgan County Library is making plans for the annual book sale. Volunteers are still needed for the operation of the event.
Local schools were invited to participate in a recent School Focus Group. Molly Roe, Stover R-I school principal, provided feedback. She mentioned book baskets and a mobile book cart.
As of Friday, Jan. 31, the ending cash balance for the General Fund was $411,228.22.
The next meeting of the library board is scheduled 5:15 p.m. Thursday, March 12 at the library in Versailles.