By LILY REX
Prices are in for improvements at the Westchester Public Library’s Thomas
Branch and Baugher Center.
Library Director Lisa Stamm is in the process of requesting an additional
appropriation from WPL’s Library Improvement Reserve Fund (LIRF) to start
work on a series of improvements, including replacing the staff doors at the
Thomas Branch and a reconstruction of the Baugher Center patio.
Stamm reported the best prices on the work came back as $21,977.91 for the
Baugher Center patio, from Patio Pros, and $15,953.85 for the Thomas staff
doors, from Tri-State Door Solutions.
has worked with both companies before, Stamm said. Her total additional
appropriation request will be $37,931.76.
Board approved a renewal of WPL’s non-resident card fee, as it does
member of the public, Cheryl Bartholomew, of Liberty Township, was concerned
about the fee. Board Attorney Terry Hiestand made a reminder that the fee
almost never applies to people who live in Duneland.
Hiestand said “non-residents” of Westchester Township can have access to WPL
as long as they have a library card from a library that has a reciprocal
borrowing agreement with WPL. This is most, if not all, nearby libraries.
Dunelanders in Jackson and Liberty Townships can get a WPL card as long as
they have a Porter County Library card, for example, according to Hiestand.
Hiestand has previously told the Chesterton Tribune, that the fee
mostly applies to people living out-of-state. He said last night that having
a non-resident fee is a requirement of state law.
have never collected one for many, many years because usually everyone has
some sort of opportunity through reciprocal borrowing,” Hiestand said.
Stamm reported WPL staff are “busily preparing” for summer reading, and
patrons of all ages are “challenged” to join summer reading to stay sharp
and potentially win prizes.
Stamm also reported that more than 50 WPL staff members attended CPR/AED
training by the Chesterton Fire Department on April 24. Staff will continue
to be retrained every two to three years, as recommended by CFD.
Stamm followed up on Board member concerns that new lights in the parking
lot across the street from the main parking lot may cause light pollution or
bother nearby residents. Stamm said she confirmed that the new light
fixtures, to be installed by Ellis Electric, are designed to direct 90% of
the light downward.
The spring Friends of the Library book sale netted $4,400.01.
received a donation of $150 from Delta Theta Tau.
Board member Nick Tilden was reappointed to the WPL Board by his appointing
authority, the Duneland School Board.
April, 33,432 people visited WPL. WPL presented 96 programs that garnered
1,628 attendees. 534 people used Library meeting rooms.