Meeting: Contractual Library Board

The Dubois County Contractual Library Board met Thursday and:

• Approved the 2019 budget. The Jasper Public Library Board did the same.

• Approved transferring $10,000 from the regular fund to the rainy day fund. The Jasper board did the same.

• Heard that the Ferdinand Branch signed up 369 new patrons for library cards this month through partnerships with Ferdinand Elementary School and Forest Park Junior-Senior High School.

• Heard that the Ferdinand Branch is looking at lending out knitting looms as their loom-knitting classes have become popular.

• Heard about a new program at the Ferdinand Branch called Lucas Visits the Library. Lucas is a black lab that is a certified therapy dog. His owner, Emi Steczyk of Ferdinand, brings him to the library once a month so children can read to him or listen to other people read to him. Wednesday was Lucas’ second visit to the library.

• Heard that Karen Katafiasz, a published, local author, joined the staff at the Ferdinand Branch. Katafiasz previously worked at Abbey Press in St. Meinrad and in the public relations department for the Sisters of St. Benedict. She is the author of several self-help books.

• Heard that the library is partnering with the Dubois County Museum to host “My Journey to Auschwitz” with Charles Moman. Moman is a retired teacher who recently traveled to several concentration camps in Poland with Holocaust survivor Eva Kor of Terre Haute. Several photos from his travels were featured at the Bureau of Jewish Education in Indianapolis. He will share about his experience in a program scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at the museum.

• Heard that Library Director Christine Golden would like to make the library an information hub for aid programs in the county, such as the food bank, the Older Americans Center and the township boards. She said it seems like people often don’t know about resources in the community to help them when they face hard times. She believes that as an information center, the library is in a good position to help organizations get information to people who need it.

• Heard that the Ferdinand and Dubois branch libraries are being used as early voting locations this election season. The board also approved campaign signs to be placed on library property during voting hours in accordance with state laws.

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