The historic Brown
Mansion in Chesterton will be the subject of an upcoming South Shore poster.
The mansion is
owned by the Duneland School Corporation and leased by Westchester Public
Library. The WPL-operated Westchester Township History Museum is located
there and its exhibit spaces recently underwent an extensive renovation.
The Library Board
voted 6-0 Thursday with member Rondi Wightman absent to commission a poster.
It will cost $10,000 to receive the original painting and 250 reproduction
posters, some signed by the artist, that would be sold at the museum gift
Funds for the
project will come from the Leslie Pratt Trust previously donated to the
library; it currently has a $278,984 balance and is used to help support
system's four buildings WPL has nearly all previously released South Shore
posters, originally issued in the 1920s to promote the iconic Chicago to
South Bend passenger railroad.
South Shore Arts
handles artistic management of the classic “Just Around the Corner” poster
series that has been updated with more recently commissioned works.
president Michele Corazzo asked members to study WPL's posters and be
prepared to choose an artist at the July 10 meeting as well as which view of
the Brown Mansion they prefer to be used.
Prior to its vote
the board heard from Indiana Dunes Tourism executive director Lorelei
Weimer. She said her agency sponsored a poster of the historic Bailly
Homestead about 10 years ago that proved to be so popular it sold out. “I
don't think there is a downside.”
She said the
poster's original painting by artist Mitch Markovitz is truly beautiful and
hangs at the tourism Visitor Center business office, where she encouraged
Library Board members to visit.
Weimer noted the
South Shore is a strong brand, and library director Phil Baugher said a
poster would tie in with the tourism agency's designation of the Brown
Museum as a discovery destination.
In other business
* The board engaged
in another lengthy discussion about its financial strategy for the $7
million WPL has invested for a possible future expansion. It was agreed the
Horizon Bank administrator of the funds will address the board next month.
* Friends of the
Library donated $7,000 from its recent book sale to the library gift fund.
* With regret
Baugher announced that information technology manager Mike Acsbok is
relocating and has resigned. Joe Harry, now with the LaPorte County Public
Library, was hired as new IT manager. A full-time IT assistant was added
this year and a second one is proposed in the 2015 budget.
* Consistent with
Baugher's belief that a library mission is to help patrons keep pace with
evolving technology, he said a permanent computer classroom is being
arranged in an area of the Automation/Serials Department.
* WPL is expanding
the Overdrive downloadable collections on its website. The new additions,
including fiction and non-fiction, include content for children and teens as
well as an enhancement to the popular Tumblebooks series.
* WPL has changed
the name of its monthly newsletter from The Word from WPL to WPL
Matters. Future newsletters will explain ways the library can matter in
various aspects of patrons' lives.