A list of
Westchester Public Library’s 2014 outdoor concerts and family films released
last week gives hope The Winter Without End eventually will yield to summer.
The free films and
eclectic musical showcase take place in Chesterton’s Thomas Park, or in the
nearby Library Service Center in case of inclement weather, except for the
first June 11 concert only in Porter’s Hawthorne Park with the Valparaiso
Community/University concert band.
The Thomas series
kicks off June 13 with the same band and the movie Frozen. Subsequent
Fridays (except July 4) will offer the 38th Infantry Division Band and Turbo
on June 20; June 27, Lee Murdoch and Epic; July 11, Country Minstrels and
The Croods; July 18, Mo’ Beat Blues and The Nut Job; and July 25, Song
Sisters and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.
Cynthia Shelhart and the film Despicable Me 2, and Aug. 8 the South Shore
Brass Band and The Lego Movie.
In other WPL news,
a new children’s librarian will lead that department beginning next month.
Thomas branch librarian Leea Yelich reported to the Library Board on
Thursday that Heather Chaddock was offered and has accepted the position;
four candidates were interviewed. Chaddock begins April 21 and will replace
Merribeth Paunicka whose last day is May 2.
replacement and the upcoming need to hire another manager prompted WPL
director Phil Baugher to review the compensation for professional,
supervisory and technical staff compared to other area and statewide
Last month he
recommended increasing the salary of Yelich and technical services manager
Rose Halpin, hired in 2011 and 2012, respectively, to give more flexibility
in offering new hires competitive compensation. Thursday, Yelich thanked the
Library Board for doing so.
In other business
she reported the reading tutoring program will be suspended for the summer
but resume again in the fall. The program has been well received with
parents reporting their children’s reading scores have improved, Yelich
said. Currently eight turors assist 18 students with a few more likely added
before the recess.
As for World Book
Night, 22 persons have signed up to each distribute 20 copies of their
chosen books to others April 23 to encourage reading. World Book Night
celebrates the birthday of William Shakespeare.
The Friends of the
Library will host its spring book sale opening April 25 for a Friends-only
preview night and April 26 and 27 for the public.
The public exhibit
areas of the WPL-operated Westchester Public Library History Museum in the
Brown Mansion have undergone a major renovation and the new areas and
installed panels will be unveiled at a museum open house from 2 to 4 p.m.
presented the staff reports for Baugher, said month