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The April Chrisman Public Library Board meeting was held on April 14th, 2022.
Statistics for March include 228 items loaned to patrons, 384 items loaned to other libraries and 144 items borrowed from other libraries. 153 new items were cataloged, 26 electronic books were checked out and 8 Internet user sessions were recorded.
Flowers on Main was contacted and they will be supplying the same number of hanging baskets as last year. Spring Fling will be the same weekend as Mother’s Day. Flowers will be delivered to the library on Saturday, Mary 7th.
The Chrisman library board would like to extend a thank you to Nick and Laura Krabel.
A total of twenty boxes of books were delivered to the library recently. They turned out to be a nice mix of cookbooks, mysteries, children’s and also DVD’s. Marilyn Hansgen, a Servpro representative donated around two hundred music CD’s.
Hansgen had a dance studio in Danville offered to donate them. “Without the generous donations of people, we would not have the great library that we do,” said librarian Cheri Oates.
Librarians Beth Daily and Cheri Oates have been working on the shelf purchase and plan to continue working.
The shipping cost for the shelves were a bit high and put the purchase price about the $3,000 mark. For two book cases with a canopy, the price came to $1,369.96 with the shipping charge in the amount of $343.
Four book cases with a canopy came to $2,739.92, but they are currently waiting on the freight charge for them.
Fifteen of the Centennial Books were sold in March and two have been sold in April, leaving fourteen books left. The Sesquicentennial committee has been coming to the library and researching the newspapers for the last fifty years.
Three patrons have been found who want to ‘adopt’ a computer and one might be interested in a desk as well.
The library’s fiscal year ends the last day of April, then both Beth and Cheri will be working on the annual report to the State Library.
In matters of new business, the Sesquicentennial Committee had mentioned doing a display of the history of the Chrisman Public Library.
Fundraising ideas have also been thought of. Those ideas include Cookbooks, T-Shirts, Book Sale, Photo Booth of Bookmarks. For the bookmarks, the idea is to have a contest for the children come up with a design and those will be made into the bookmarks that will be available.
Douglas Hart Nature Center is offering two programs for their summer reading program. Programs include Camp Read or Survival Sleuths. Both programs are $125 each. Beth and Cheri will decide which one to do. Forest Glen Preserve is also a possibility.
The library is also in the works planning a ‘Teddy Bear Sleepover’ for grades Pre-K to 5th grade. The idea is for children of this age group to bring their teddy bears to the library to have a ‘sleepover’.
When the bears are picked up the following day, children will be able to see all the fun their teddy bears had. This sleepover will be part of the Summer Reading Program.