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Thursday, April 11, 2013 12:49 PM

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DELPHOS — The Board of Trustees of the Delphos Public Library kept its April meeting brief, discussing the upcoming renewal levy and the library’s plans for National Library Week.

Director Kelly Rist brought the board up to speed on the events planned for the week, which falls between April 14-20.

“The theme is ‘Libraries are the heart of every community,’ so we’ve had different businesses from around town pick a day and come to the library to highlight whatever it is they offer,” Rist said. “On Monday, it’s Marco’s Pizza and they’ll be here with samples. Tuesday it’s Baked to Perfection, and then in the evening it’s Family Fun Night with Tyler Nygren, the magician. He’s 14 years old and he also does aluminum sculptures. Wednesday will be the Chik-N-House and then Thursday will be The Point and we’ll also have a mother-daughter tea. We’re also starting something new that I’m really excited about, which we’re calling ‘Once Upon a Time - Inter-generational Reading.’ For six weeks on Thursdays, we’ll have a group of Vancrest’s assisted living residents come over here to meet up with different classes from St. John’s Elementary and the kids will read to them.”

The library will also drop fines for the week and hand out free tote bags emblazoned with sponsors.

As May 7 draws near, the library is stepping up its campaign to get voters to renew its 5-year, .6 mill operating levy, which produces a significant portion of the library’s annual budget and is crucial to its operation. The levy was first approved back in 1978.

“With this election there won’t be a huge turnout but the more positive votes we get the better,” Board President Leila Osting said. “It’s very important that we get this to pass and one or two votes can make a difference. We should focus on reaching those people who are maybe a little hesitant to go out and vote.”

The library’s levy campaign is being led by Jane Sadler and pamphlets are being distributed detailing the services the library provides to the community. Aside from books, the 10,308 registered borrowers of the Delphos Public Library enjoy the following services: Books on CD, compact discs, tax forms, genealogy, newspapers, puppets, DVD’s, eBooks, ILL services, notary service, lamination, internet access/wireless access, fax services, downloadable video and audio, large print materials and videolupe, meeting room access, ABLE/GED classes, carousel slide projector, 16mm slide projector and screen, adult programming, pre-school story time, toddler time, Summer Reading Program, voter registration, microfilm printer/readers and summer computer lab.

If the levy is renewed, the funds generated will be used for the general operation of the library.

In other news, Rist announced the library is seeking a new logo.

“I’d love to see the library have a different logo than just the generic logo you see at every library, with the open book and a person’s head bent over it,” Rist said. “So a while back we contacted both Jefferson and St. John’s to have their art students work on designs for a new logo. We’re excited to pick one. There are some very talented kids at our schools.”


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