If he accepts the
invitation, regional artist Mitch Markovitz was chosen Thursday by the
Westchester Public Library Board to create a new poster depicting the Brown
Mansion in the style of the iconic South Shore Railroad posters of the
Westchester Township History Museum is located in the mansion, which is
leased from Duneland School Corp.
instrumental in reviving and updating the classic "Just Around the Corner"
South Shore poster series known for its seasonal appeal and celebration of
famous Indiana/Illinois locations and events like Springtime in the Dunes
and Notre Dame football.
previously created a popular poster of the historic Bailly Homestead in
Porter for Indiana Dunes Tourism.
The Library Board
last month authorized spending $10,000 to commission a new original poster.
WPL will receive the artist's original painting and 250 reproduction
posters, some signed by the artist. Posters will be sold at the museum gift
president Michele Corazzo was named board liaison to work with Markovitz and
WPL director Phil Baugher on the project.
Over the past month
board members have viewed the works of South Shore poster artists, primarily
those who have painted buildings. Markovitz eventually was the unanimous
The project is
being funded with proceeds from the donated Leslie Pratt Trust, which is
used to help support museum operations.
In other business,
Baugher presented a draft 2015 budget that reduces a planned year-end
transfer to the non-reverting Library Improvement Reserve Fund if library
employees get a 2 percent raise, two additional employees are hired and more
money is spent on downloadable patron materials and on books. A final 2015
budget will be up for adoption next month.
The director said
he'd like to explore implementing a 3-D printing service at the library next
year. He distributed information about 3-D printer use in suburban Chicago
libraries that enable patrons to create three-dimentional objects from
designs stored in a digital file.
and blueprints can be used to create 3-D objects as well. A firm WPL policy
likely would be developed to regulate what can and cannot be printed.
new audio and downloadable ebooks are available for children and teens on
the WPL website. Patrons can access the collections separately from a
pull-down menu on the existing Overdrive page there. Off the library's home
page patrons can enter the Indieflix site, a service that streams classic
movies and independent films.
Baugher said he was
encouraged by June statistics that showed an 11 percent increase in
materials circulated last month for a total 177,023 items so far in 2014
system-wide, which reflects a 5.5 percent drop overall compared to 2013. The
goal next year is to increase circulation by 5 percent.
For more than 90
minutes last night the board engaged in yet another long discussion
regarding investment strategy. The board previously hired Horizon Bank to
manage its $7 million in investments in cooperation with and at the
discretion of Baugher guided by a board investment policy.
The money is being
invested to maximize return for a future facilities expansion although
security of the funds is of primary concern.
Nicole Nalepa of
Horizon Bank was present last night to discuss the investments they've made
and attempted to clarify the board's intent. However, after she left the
board was split on whether to revise its existing policy and if so, how.
Some consensus was
reached and the matter will be addressed again in January.