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Meeting: Library Boards – Dubois County Herald

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The Dubois County Contractual Library Board met Thursday and:

• Approved the town of Birdseye to place a Blessing Box behind the library. The Blessing Box is a community project that will provide non-perishable food, hygiene items and books to those in need.

• Approved the salary resolution discussed during the 2020 budgeting process that includes raises for the staff. The resolution covers employees at the Birdseye, Dubois and Ferdinand branches.

• Approved updates to the capital asset policy to bring it into accordance with guidelines from the Indiana State Board of Accounts. The Jasper Public Library Board did the same.

• Approved a purchasing policy that dictates any purchase above $5,000 come before the board for approval. The action updates the previous policy, which set the purchasing threshold at $1,000. The Jasper Board did the same.

• Approved a list of surplus items for disposal. The Jasper Board did the same.

• Approved end-of-the-year changes in appropriations and encumbrances to close out the 2019 budget.

• Heard an overview of a community engagement project the library is launching to partner with nonprofit and community organizations to help meet their needs through programming. Currently, the library is working with Southern Indiana Resource Solutions (SIRS), and will launch a supply drive in January. Needed items include office and craft supplies, dish towels and rags, plastic plates, paper towels, Kleenex, bottled water and snacks.

• Heard that the winter reading program is coming up and will launch in January.

• Honored Board President Kathy Tretter for 18 years of service to the board. Thursday was Tretter’s last meeting.

 

The Jasper Public Library Board met Thursday and:

• Approved a salary resolution containing the updated staff salaries discussed during the 2020 budgeting process. The resolution covers employees at the Jasper Public Library.

• Approved end-of-the-year changes in appropriations and encumbrances to close out the 2019 budget.

• Heard that the library will host two Silly Safaris shows on Jan. 2.

• Heard that beginning in January, Librarian Jill Watson will offer Dave Ramsey’s financial literacy class. The class will span through March, and registration is required.

• Heard an update on construction of the Thyen-Clark Cultural Center. The arts wing is enclosed, and steel framing is going up on the library wing. The library wing sits closest to the Patoka River. The cultural center will be located on the corner of Third and Mill streets.

• Heard that sculptor Phillip Payne of Desert Mountain Fine Art in Phoenix, Arizona, will create a large bronze sculpture of six children climbing a mountain of books. The sculpture will sit outside the cultural center. The sculpture is being funded by an anonymous donor. Payne also completed the sculpture of Beethoven that sits in the Krempp Gallery at the Jasper Community Art Center.





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