Members of the Moniteau County Library Board met to debate varied enterprise and studies on the group’s Sept. 15 assembly.
Throughout their assembly, Library Director Connie Walker spoke about subjects resembling early plans for brand spanking new building, adjustments in know-how, alterations to library shelving and the progress of the library’s Summer season Studying Program.
Whereas Walker stated building plans for a brand new constructing are nonetheless within the very early phases, she is at present gathering names for potential architects to tackle this mission. She stated she can also be within the course of of making a request for proposals, which she’s going to then ship out to a number of architects.
“On this course of, we sometimes do a request for proposal,” Walker stated. “We ask for (architects) to come back and…present us some previous tasks to get a way of what their model is. There’s normally a public assembly the place they arrive and current, then we determine who we’d like to rent (primarily based on that).”
Walker stated she hopes to have her request for proposal full by early November as she balances different tasks. Whereas discussing the potential for brand spanking new know-how within the present constructing, she defined that the Moniteau County Library had been lucky sufficient to obtain assist from the Missouri State Library on this effort.
“In taking a look at a constructing, we have to type of re-think our know-how — we’ve received a server right here, however we might need to go to one thing that’s on a cloud,” Walker stated. “We’ve got the chance (to work with) the State Library — they’ve obtained an enormous sum of money from the CARES Act and determined to have their affiliate, MOREnet (Missouri Analysis and Schooling Community), assess libraries’ networks with no value.”
She stated that this gesture was a “massive deal,” as it isn’t too usually this sort of service is obtainable and he or she extremely values their opinion. Nonetheless, this isn’t the one service that Moniteau County Library has obtained. Walker stated the library had gained a chosen donation to exchange the shelving within the library’s kids’s division. The library will probably be eliminating the final of its laminate shelving after buying the shelving from the Missouri Vocational Enterprise. This may also be their third order that they’ve positioned from the corporate, so all of the cabinets will match.
With that in thoughts, Walker additionally introduced up the success of Moniteau County Library’s Summer season Studying Program. Walker stated that in 2021, 406 kids participated in this system and the library obtained very optimistic suggestions from mother and father and guardians alike. As their largest program, Walker stated she is pleased to report that 2,341 juvenile books, 3,443 kids’s books and 84 STEAM Kits had been checked out throughout this time, with 69 new library playing cards issued as effectively.
Walker writes a grant utility yearly to purchase extra books and providers to LSTA (Library Companies and Know-how Act) Grant applications, and stated she is optimistic contemplating the surveys and suggestions which were returned to the Moniteau County Library. She stated whereas it has been tougher to navigate their applications as a consequence of COVID-19, she hopes that circumstances concerning the success of the library and its providers will probably be simpler
“Final yr we wrote these grants again within the fall, so no person actually knew about COVID, however we had a $10,000 grant to work with,” Walker stated. “We had no applications, no in-house applications, so (we needed to work round that) and (the grantors) allowed us to purchase a very nice laptop computer for digital applications. The final two years have been an actual problem and we’ve got been in a position to adapt our program. Hopefully by subsequent yr, we’ll be again to regular.”