Meeting: Dubois County Contractual Library

The Dubois County Contractual Library Board met Thursday and:

• Welcomed new board member Gaylene Laubscher.

• Heard a report on the staff development day that was held on Friday. Staff reviewed internal controls, learned about resources available on the Indiana State Library’s website, received fire and carbon monoxide safety training and prepared for the summer reading — now called summer learning — program.

• Heard that there are three part-time positions available, two at the Dubois Branch and one at the Ferdinand Branch. The high school students who currently hold the positions will graduate later this month.

• Heard that the Jasper Public Library will again host a summer snack program through the Tri-State Food Bank. The program provides free snacks to kids through the summer.

• Heard that the Tri-State Food Bank offers a monthly food box program for senior citizens on limited incomes. The program offers a free box of nonperishable food to senior citizens who qualify through an application program. Library Director Christine Golden said she’s looking into participating in that program.

• Heard an update on two bills that were passed this legislative season. House Bill 1343 gives the fiscal body of a city, town or county with a library oversight of the library’s budget, and Senate Bill 64 governs background-check policies. Both bills passed, and librarians are now waiting to see how they will be implemented.

• Heard that switching the library’s cataloguing system from a local server to a hosted system through a cloud was successful. The move adds a layer of security to library systems and makes some services, such as library card sign ups, mobile.

• Heard an update on preparations for the summer learning program, formerly called summer reading. This year’s theme is A Universe of Stories. Several space-themed programs are planned, and the library’s BeanStack app, which manages reading contests for libraries, is set up according to the theme. Participants will get one ticket per book they read to be entered into various prize drawings. Kids in second grade and younger will be challenged to read eight books during the program, and third-graders through adults will be challenged to read three books. The program runs Tuesday, May 28 through Friday, July 19.

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