|By Al Owens
The Lewis County Library
Board met in regular session last week and learned that the library now possesses a brand
new data projector that is available to the public. The projector is used in making
PowerPoint presentations and can be checked out by local patrons.
Treasurer Helen Rayburn informed the board that the library would have to watch its
funds carefully for the rest of the year because it will not receive much more tax money,
and proposed state aid due in this month may not arrive since the state is suffering a
financial short fall. The aid money will come in if the state has it to give.
The local library stays busy. According to Library Director Marilyn Conway, last month
library patrons checked 4,452 books, 444 magazines were used, 162 references, 141 videos,
32 audio cassettes and four CDs. Internet users totaled 194, and 390 used the computers.
The library had eight inter-library loans, and one meeting with 50 persons present.
Conway pointed out that the Conscience Jar for collecting fines for overdue books is
working better than any other method the library has used. In the past collected fines
totaled about $15 or $20 per month. Last month patrons deposited $69.50 in the jar.
The library entertained 725 patrons last month.
The bookmobile operated by Margie Moore lent out 1,824 books, 206 magazines, 39 videos,
63 audiocassettes and had two programs at the local nursing home with 62 present.
Moore was lauded for her work as the bookmobile librarian. According to the board she
is well liked and is efficient operating the mobile library. One board member used the
word "wonderful" to describe her job performance.
The state now requires bookmobile operators to be certified. The state levies fines
against any library that does not conform to that regulation, and the library loses its
state aid and is declared ineligible to receive state grants. For Lewis County that would
mean the loss of over $18,500 in state aid alone.
Al Owens/Lewis County Herald
The Lewis County Library Board met last Tuesday and received
a progress report on the installation of its new automation program. Seated from left to
right are Helen Rayburn, Dr. Ron May, Carol Gilbert, Marilyn Conway and Sandy Rouse.
Moore has not acquired full certification but has until December 31 of this year to
reach that goal by taking the necessary college courses. That goal is within reach.
The library is in the process of moving to full automation funded entirely by a state
grant. Conway reported that the library has the shelf list back and the bar codes that
will go on all the books are currently stored in a box. The required electric lines and
plugs have been installed. All the computers are on hand, and the library is waiting for
the arrival of the software to be installed on the computers.
Conway told the board that later on when all the material arrives the library will have
to close for about two weeks in order to put all the bar codes on the books. All patrons
will be issued new plastic library cards to be used with the system.
The board moved to rent the building adjoining the library to Janie Nute Thomas for a
dress shop if Thomas decides to actually start the business. That decision has not been
The next regularly scheduled library board meeting is set for Tuesday, April 20, at
1:00 p.m., in the library.