Public Library Board approved Library Director Lisa Stamm’s reqeust to seek
an additional appropriation for Library improvements at its meeting last
Stamm told the
Board last month that she was looking into funding some Library upgrades
from WPL’s Library Improvement Reserve Fund (LIRF). Her full list of needed
improvements: new sidewalks around the Thomas Branch, a new patio at the
Baugher Center, new staff entry doors at the Thomas Branch, new materials
security gates at both branches, and new shelving for audio-visual and
paperback materials at both branches.
starting work on the Thomas Branch by replacing the glass staff entry doors
at Thomas and the Baugher Center patio.
Stamm reported that
the Baugher Center Patio is the most pressing project, where sinking
concrete and excessive cracking has been worsening with weather and causing
trip hazards since before she was hired. At that time, Interim Director Phil
Baugher obtained an estimate stating the work would cost $24,000 to $30,000
and take five to seven business days.
authorized Stamm to go before the Westchester Township Board to make her
case for funding the new patio and doors from LIRF. If that’s approved,
security gates are next on her list.
In other business,
the Board reorganized, reinstating Rondi Wightman as President for 2019.
Nick Tilden was elected Vice-president, Michelle Corazzo was elected
Secretary, and Drew Rhed was reinstated Treasurer.
that member Abbe Trent was reappointed to the Board by her appointing
authority, the Westchester Township Board, for a four-year term. Tilden, a
Duneland School Board appointee, is also up for reappointment in 2019. The
next member up for reappointment will be Corazzo, another School Board
appointee, next year.
Stamm made a
reminder that WPL’s new hours start May 1. Starting that day, the Thomas
Branch will close at 6 p.m. on Fridays and the Hageman Branch will be open
until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Hours at the Westchester Township
History Museum and Friday night previews for Friends of the Library book
sales will not be affected.
Stamm said the
change gives Hageman patrons who work nine-to-five type schedules more time
to use the Library after work.
Township residents are participating in the Library support campaign for
National Library Week after WPL announced across its social media and in its
newsletter that free “We Love Our Library” yard signs and license plate
holders were available at both branches. Both items are available
first-come, first-served until they’re gone.
The Thomas Branch
AV department will be getting some new fish, after Stamm had the old
aquarium replaced with a new, smaller model and found a new home for the
lone suckerfish that was living in the old tank. Stamm funded the new tank
from unrestricted gift funds for $81.25.
Stamm also reported
the overflow parking lot opposite the Baugher Center will be getting new LED
light fixtures. The current fixtures are original to the lot and have
outdated high-intensity discharge bulbs with individual transformers, making
them hard to repair and replace. Ellis Electric is to do the work for $3,125
with an expected completion date at the end of April.
At Board member
Kathy Cochran’s urging, Stamm said she will double-check the design of the
new light fixtures to make sure they’re angled downward and won’t expose
nearby houses to excessive brightness.
In March the
libraries had 29,540 visitors and presented 89 programs attended by a total
of 1,367 people. 313 people used meeting rooms.