of giving Westchester Public Library full-time staff a raise in salary
competitive with surrounding libraries will be bumped to next month’s WPL
The board held a
meeting last week exclusively to discuss a salary study looking at what
other libraries in Porter, Lake and LaPorte counties pay in similar
positions and different levels of maximum and minimum salaries.
WPL Director Leea
Yelich said she would look at the budget and consult the Library and Book
Trade Almanac to best determine what the salaries should be.
regular board meeting, Yelich told the board she would need more time.
“I don’t think it
would be good for me to just throw something out there without adequately
preparing,” she said.
Yelich said she
would have the figures ready by the board’s June meeting which is to include
a draft of the 2017 budget.
In a related
matter, the board briefly discussed the state’s PERF Hybrid and Annuity
Savings Account retirement plans offered to government employees and will
look deeper into how they could work into employee’s compensation and pay
Springing off the
success of last year’s event, WPL will co-sponsor another non-profit network
volunteer night at the Spa Banquet Center, 333 N. Mineral Springs Rd. in
Porter, on Thursday, June 16 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
The format is for
local non-profit groups to set up designated tables. The organizations and
members of the general public can network to learn about volunteer
opportunities with each non-profit.
The Spa, which
recently opened its new Speakeasy, will be serving light refreshments.
Extra Hours at
Yelich said the
Hageman Library Branch in Porter has recently done a count of how many
patrons visit throughout the day.
Branch Manager Suzi
Chomel has suggested having the Library open two extra hours on Fridays,
extending from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., first as a test. The opportunity might be
suitable for the library to add some family programming in the early evening
and Friday is a popular time for patrons to check out DVDs, Yelich said.
Board member Drew
Rhed said he has no problem with the Library giving the extra hours a try.
Yelich mentioned in
her Librarian’s report that Hageman can stagger staff hours so there
wouldn’t be a need to hire a new clerk.
included a presentation by the WPL Teen Advisory Council but no Council
member showed up to the meeting. Instead, Thomas Branch Librarian Julia
Bowersox spoke a few minutes on the purpose of having a Teen Council, which
formed last year.
“One of the goals
is to bring in more young people so they are comfortable here. One other
goal is to get them to help us with programs,” Bowersox said, adding that
“it’s a good group” and participants earn community service points.
One of the projects
worked on, she said, is getting new furniture for the teen room.
In other business
-- The board voted
unanimously to renew the non-resident user fee at $175 per year.
-- Yelich said she
is attending a Library Director’s meeting Friday to talk about the potential
of accepting credit cards from patrons to pay fees. She said it is getting
more common for people to use only a credit card and not carry cash.
-- The Friends of
the Library Spring Book Sale received $4,382 in sales and $642 in
memberships. An additional $2,420 was raised from online sales of rare books
and magazines. The Friends presented WPL with a check of $7,000 for the gift
-- The board met in
executive session after the meeting to discuss the potential acquisition of
real property. A property owner near the cloverleaf at Ind. 49 and U.S. 20
has considered donating a parcel of land to the Library.