Public Library received a donation from the estate of one of its long-time
patrons, Library Director Lisa Stamm reported at the WPL Board of Trustees
also known as Monty, was “adored by library staff,” according to Stamm, who
said Montgomery spent time at the Library each day drinking coffee and
reading the newspaper before he passed away in 2016. “Monty was a fixture in
the Library and the community, and the Library is very grateful for his
generous donation,” Stamm said.
WPL received a
check from the attorney handling Montgomery’s estate on Aug. 2. WPL was
named in Montgomery’s trust for a donation, but per his wishes, the amount
of the donation is not to be disclosed.
visited WPL in July. WPL presented 92 programs that attracted 1,577
attendees. 235 people used library meeting rooms. Staff answered 736
reference questions and 190 technology-related questions.
Stamm named some
service highlights, including the WPL Comic Con, which attracted 208
attendees, and caterpillars.
Stamm said some
Monarch caterpillars were rescued from a field just before it was mowed and
have been moved into butterfly enclosures in the Thomas and Hageman Branch
children’s departments. When they emerge from their chrysalises, the
butterflies will be released back outside.
Credit and Debit
Stamm reported that
representatives from Horizon Bank met with WPL business officials on July 16
to try to remedy some of the software problems related to WPL taking
payments with debit and credit cards.
that the problem with accepting card payments is only related to the receipt
of fee statements and account reconciliation on the Library’s end. Stamm
said the internal processes related to accepting the payments are “laden and
complex,” and have been slowing down the employees who work with the
software for bookkeeping. Patrons paying with cards, on the other hand, can
expect their transactions to go off without a hitch.
Though the machines
aren’t the problem, Horizon Bank refunded the $1,000 cost of the machines as
a gesture of goodwill, Stamm said, and they have been diligently working to
help remedy the issues.
The Board held a
reorganization, as President Michael Livovich wished to step down. The Board
elected Rondi Wightman to serve as President and Livovich to take over her
role as Vice-president.
The Board passed a
resolution to renew WPL’s commitment to the Indiana State Library’s
Consortium for Public Library Internet Access, which allows WPL to take
advantage of federal funding from the E-rate telecommunication discount
The Board also
approved the 2019 budget for publication.