Meeting: Dubois County Contractual Library

The Dubois County Contractual Library Board met Thursday and:

• Approved the 2020 non-resident card fee of $57, and the Jasper Public Library Board did the same. The fee allows people outside of the library’s tax base and whose home libraries don’t participate in a reciprocal borrowing program to access library materials. Library Director Christine Golden said the library system typically sells about 10 such cards a year, mostly to people from French Lick.

• Approved a resolution to make changes to the bank accounts to put the new officers on the accounts as authorized users.

• Approved a reimbursement resolution to begin the process of refinancing the construction bond on the Ferdinand Branch.

• Heard an update on happenings at the Birdseye Branch from Branch Manager AmyJo Lytle. Lytle said programs at the library are drawing larger crowds and that completions of the winter reading program more than doubled this year. Other major activities included participating in the town picnic and installing a blessing box on the library’s property to help people in need.

• Heard that Dubois County Museum Director Shirley Ray has been meeting with each branch to discuss possible historic exhibits that can be displayed at the branches.

• Heard that the library will help the Census Committee collect data for the 2020 Census and that library facilities have been used by census staff for preparations. The 2020 Census will kick off in March.

• Heard that the Dubois Branch will host folk musicians The Burch Brothers at 6:30 p.m. March 6 for a free concert. The Burch Brothers played in last year’s Ferdinand Folk Festival.

• Heard that board member Carol Hodell is resigning as she and her husband will be moving to Arizona to be near one of their sons. The Jasper Public Library Board did the same. Anyone wishing to fill Hodell’s seat must live in Jasper and can contact Golden for more information at 812-482-2712.

• Reviewed year-end library-use statistics for 2019, and the Jasper board did the same. The library system — which includes Birdseye, Dubois, Ferdinand and Jasper — circulated a total of 324,256 items in 2019, including e-materials. Print materials alone accounted for 302,414 of the items circulated. The library also saw a continued use in the wireless connection and in program attendance.

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