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Library Board Meets, Discusses Future


April 29, 2013 by wcobserver

The Regular quarterly meeting of the West Fork Municipal Library Board Meeting was held at 5 p.m. April 24 in the library. Present were Librarian Joan Bachman, board members Marlene Jensen, Pam Redfern, Hazel Baker and Bonnie Stitt. Board chair Deborah Harnish was absent. Also in attendance were Jane Bryant and Steve Winkler.

Award winner.

Information central.

The librarian reported that The Master Gardeners Group was awarded the Project of the Year award for the rain gardens at the library. She also reported that the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission have replaced four fishing rods that had been broken or lost and also provided a box of bobbins, sinkers, and hooks. The Girl scouts washed windows and did other chores on April 22.


Discussions are underway with Sherry Rodgers, Children’s Librarian from Washington County Library System about this year’s summer reading program.

The last program for preschool Spring Story Time will be May 14.

Linked to the world.

A music program with Mary Perry, TeresaReed, Francis Harderson and his sister, Sharon, on March 30 was well attended. They sang classic country, classic rock, and southern gospel.

Friends of the Library

The Friends will have their annual Mother’s Day Plant Sale Friday, May 10 at Harp’s Grocery from 3-6 p.m.   Patty Baker will bring the plants from Van Buren.

Paul Libor sold over $400 in tomato plants and gave money to the Friends.

Paul Vegnani did tractor work for someone in the amount of $160 and donated the money to Friends.

Old Business

The Board discussed the Unattended Children Policy for the library. A draft was read and revisions were made.  Concern centered on the 10-12 age groups. They also reviewed the Rules of Conduct Policy.

New Business

The Board heard an update on a proposal by several citizens presented by Steve Winkler at their January meeting to move the library to the community center building. Mr. Winkler has been working with Jim Foster, a retired architect, on the possibilities. He reported that after reviewing construction documents and current building codes it appears that more research is needed to determine the feasibility of converting a portion of the community center building for library use. The area of the library floor used for stacks would need to be modified. The building’s steel framing appears adequate to accommodate a needed sprinkler system but an engineer’s opinion will be needed.

The Proposal suggests converting the existing underutilized community center building into a multi use “community hub” facility which could include the library, meeting rooms, used bookstore, city museum and art and craft gallery. The Revenue Office would remain. There have also been suggestions of including a community demonstration kitchen and incorporating space for the senior center.

The 7,000 square foot community center building is located on 3.5 acres that currently includes paved parking, park pavilion, gazebo, children’s play ground and pee wee ball field.

After a lengthy discussion the Board passed a motion to support more research on the project. A steering committee will be formed, headed by the Librarian.

Meeting adjourned at 7 p.m.

The library is a busy place. This photo of a full parking lot was taken at 2:30 on a Monday afternoon; 5,736 persons used the library in the first quarter of 2013. Over fifteen thousand items were checked out during that period.


1 comment »

  1. Susan Cooney says:

    Dear Editor,

    Thanks for this update. It is exciting that the Friends of the Library are establishing a steering committee to keep this Hub idea alive!

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