She came onto the board July 1, 1982, and served until her last meeting on Wednesday.
According to a short biography read by Tara Brown, board chair, Clowers served as a prior board chair for 12 years. She served through three library expansion projects and was instrumental in procuring the annex parking. Clowers was also the Tennessee Library Association president from 1986 to 1997. Numerous trips were also made by Clowers to Washington, D.C. to represent the state library and archives for Tennessee on National Library Legislative Day.
Brown read a city proclamation made in Clowers’ honor.
“Today [Tuesday, May 28, 2013] in Cleveland is Evealyn Clowers Day,” Brown announced to a shocked Clowers. “Evealyn Clowers has served this community for over 30 years as a member of the Cleveland Bradley County Library Board. And whereas she has served the community with distinction and a long list of public appointments in offices demonstrated her willingness to place her concern for the public good.”
Continued Brown, “And whereas, throughout her career she has earned the respect of other civic leaders and the affection of area residents who are proud to call her friend. And whereas, not only did Evealyn serve her community on the library board for more than 30 years, but also served on the Fort Lauder Regional Library Board for over 20 years [from 1988 to 2009].”
“Now therefore, I, Tom Rowland, as mayor of the City of Cleveland, and on behalf of the City Council, do hereby proclaim Tuesday, May 28, 2013, as Evealyn Clowers day in Cleveland and extend per our deep appreciation for her service and our best wishes for continued success in all her future endeavors.”
Board members took turns thanking Clowers and remembering her successes with the library board.
Clowers smiled and responded to their words by saying, “I enjoyed every bit of it.”
Discussion at the library board then turned to the meeting’s agenda.
Andrew Hunt, library director, proposed providing a bonus to all employees instead of a raise. The library’s fiscal year is coming to an end and he explained there is some money left over in the utilities’ budget. He said he was hesitant to promise a raise unless the money could be spared and guaranteed.
Board members agreed to provide employees with a bonus.
Suggestions were shared on how to discourage patrons from smoking in the front of the library. A designated smoking area is set up on the corner of the library, near 8th Street.
Hunt said it is not an attractive look to have people smoking in front of the building. Board members suggested placing a sign up or making the library grounds a nonsmoking property.
John Hagler moved the chair appoint a committee to look into the desirability of making the library grounds smoke-free. He said the committee should look into the impact it would have on the library and patrons. The committee will present its findings at the July board meeting.
Nominations were made for city and board appointees to serve on the library board. Brown said the names of those chosen would be divulged at the next library board meeting.
Hunt shared the Bradley County Sheriff Office’s maintenance department has helped keep the Book Mobile functional by providing repairs. He said the library has paid for the parts, but has not needed to pay for the cost of labor.
Upcoming summer events for adults include:
- Dr. Richard Jones, Lee University professor, will discuss archaeology close to Cleveland and Bradley County on Tuesday, June 4.
- The library will screen “Digging or the Truth: Hunt for the Lost Ark” on Thursday, June 27.
- Walter Presswood, local antiques dealer, will appraise and value treasures brought in by the public on Tuesday, July 16.
- A discussion on the environmental impact and remediation of mining on the Basin area will be hosted by the library Monday, July 22.
- The library will screen “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” Thursday, July 25.