Library Board conducts final session of the year

Posted 11/29/17

There was full attendance at Tuesday afternoon's Cleveland/Bradley County Public Library Board, its final meeting of the calendar year.Board Chair John Hagler and Library Director Andy Hunt …

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Library Board conducts final session of the year

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There was full attendance at Tuesday afternoon's Cleveland/Bradley County Public Library Board, its final meeting of the calendar year.

Board Chair John Hagler and Library Director Andy Hunt coordinated the discussions, and Beth Mercer joined in with a report from the Ocoee River Regional Library.

Mercer announced plans for a special "How Friends Can become Friends" program at the regional library Dec. 12 has been cancelled because its facilitator will be unable to attend.

She also had information concerning some grant possibilities for the region's libraries, including a Dec. 1 deadline for applications for a grant for STEM programs, or science technology, engineering and math.

Other opportunities are a $7,490 tech grant, and a $10,465 technology training grant.

The regional director had a number of sheets with various statistics, including a reading update for all 26 libraries in the region, the differences in physical and electronic participation, local library funding, and support funding for libraries across the state.

She pointed out that the Cleveland/Bradley County Library is very balanced between its local and per capita funding, at 27th and 28th in the state.

There were reports from the library's respective committees.

Bill Burch gave the Buildings and Grounds report. He said painting has been completed in the Civil War Room at the library's History Branch.

A new fire/security system has been installed in the History Branch, and both floors are under the new system.

Riverstone has been spread around the Church Street side of the main library, which is expected to help with drainage problems. Part of the parking lot across Church Street has been paved, with but some minor striping remains.

Margaret Schenck provided a report from Human Resources.

She said 76 children/youth programs were offered, with 1,756 attendees. There were 15 teen programs with 103 participants, and 62 adult programs with 712 attending

Programs offered during the past two months included Lego Junior (Choose Your Own Challenge), Adult STEM Program, Pushing the Limits book discussion on Station Eleven, "The Lego Batman" movie, Trolls, T-shirt craft night, STEM Movie Night showing "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," and "Star Trek Beyond," Family Game Time, Family STEAM Challenge, and Teddy Bear Picnic.

There was a special Halloween program, which more than 500 attended.

Schenck also announced that Volunteer/Adult program coordinator Jill Barnett resigned in October for other opportunities. Claudia Reynolds has been hired as her replacement.

In the Technology report, Carolyn Jackson said 94 attended READS trarining and computer classes, self-checkouts handled 18,705 transactions. There were 5,928 patron sessions at the self checkout, which was 38 percent of physical checkouts.

The library ordered 12 new laptops as part of a training grant. The laptops will be a part of a mobile training lab.

Barbara Fagen gave the Public Relations report.

There were nine Library Corner articles in the Banner, there were 29 Tweets, and 52 postings on the Library Facebook Page.

According to Google My Business, 9,575 contacted Google, 414 to ask for directions to the library, 515 visited the library website, and 162 called the library through Google.

Jackson and Hagler have been preparing articles related to Library Memories.

Fagen, a former History Branch director, gave a report on that facility.

The History Branch was host to an open house in October to display second-floor renovations.

History Branch preservation grant paperwork has been submitted. Expenses for plaster and refinishing work on the floors were sent to the State of Tennessee Historical Commission. More than $19,000 will be received through this grant for the renovation project.

In other business:

• The board approved a recommendation for John Coates of Lee University to replace Richard "Tiger" Jones on the board.

• Richard Hughes has been selected to finished the term of John Hagler on the Regional Library Board.

• Board members approved a memorandum of understanding with the Bradley/Cleveland Public Education Foundation for the leasing of the second floor of the History Branch.

There were some discussion of the need for clarification of liability responsibilities, which were included in the tentative approval. 

• The next board meeting will be conducted at the History Branch.

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