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The Chrisman Public Library Board held their monthly meeting on July 14, 2022. Statistics for June 2022 included 390 items loaned to patrons, 306 items loaned to other libraries, 105 items borrowed from other libraries, 103 new items cataloged, 21 electronic books and 4 internet user sessions.
The board started the meeting by welcoming new board members Loretta Fagg and Taylor Lovett. The library has been extremely pleased with the success of their summer reading program. More kids have participated this year and more books have been read.
There are eleven kids in the kindergarten to third grade group and ten in the fourth through eighth group. All together, they have read 142 books. The book reviews that the kids write are being published in the Chrisman Leader. A thank you was extended to Sue Lawlyes for the ice cream coupons that she has provided.
From the annual report for the first year running from May 1, 2021 to April 30th, the library has a total of 22,712 books and 2,382 DVD’s. During the fiscal year, 3,555 books, 690 DVD’s and 318 E-books were checked out to patrons. 3,157 books were loaned to other libraries and 1,107 items were borrowed from other libraries.
The Chrisman Public Library held a meeting on June 9th, 2022. During the last fiscal year, running from May 1st 2021 to April 30th, 2022, a total of 2,769 visitors came to the library.
Nearly every Monday, Bridge players are coming in. The library also has an adult learner and his reading tutor every week or two. A small group has a business meeting for their church every other month. A speech therapist has requested to meet her student at the library as well. A State Senator sent a member of his staff to talk to residents and a candidate for sheriff requested to use the library to meet and talk to people. “Our library is getting a lot of use,” said Librarian Cheri Oates.
Grant Ray, son of Carol and Dale Ray, has written a book, ‘All The Right People’, and will be doing a book signing and reading during Chrisman Days. A time has yet to be worked out, but the board is hopeful that with the book sale going on there will be enough volunteers to cover everything.
With the resignation of board member Donna Malone, the cookbook fundraiser was now left up in the air due to Malone being in charge. Board member Lori Mallory made the decision to take over.
Five children entered the ‘Bookmark Contest’. The cost would be $200 for one thousand bookmarks, so it was decided that the library would print all five entries, two hundred of each design and sell them for $1.00 each.
Two new board members were recommended to fill the vacancies: Loretta Fagg and Taylor Lovett. Both names were submitted for City Board approval and later approved.