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Thursday, August 22, 2013 12:03 AM


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DELPHOS — The Delphos Public Library will be featured in an upcoming Ohio Public Libraries Quarterly, according to Library Director Kelly Rist.

Rist told trustees Monday representatives from the state library visited the Delphos facility on July 23 and liked what they saw.

“We discussed the library programs we offer and the activities of civic organizations that are hosted at the library or the First Edition Building,” she said. “They were impressed by the diversity of what goes on here.”

The Green Thumb Garden Club meets monthly in the First Edition Building and the Delphos Area Art Guild also held multiple programs there this past year.

Rist also gave an update on the leak in the library’s foundation in the old section of the building.

“I had a contractor come in and look at it and he said it could be quite extensive,” she said. “That part of the foundation is right by a gas line and where the power comes into the building. A local contractor said we’d have to look at where the sewer lines are, too.”

The leak is in the southwest corner of the boiler room.

Rist reported she met with Allen County officials last week and the library will receive the same amount of Local Government Funds as in the past at 6 percent. She will meet with Van Wert County today. Fiscal Officer Janet Bonifas was not in attendance to give a firm number on the LGF allotment.

Library maintenance man Norb Renner announced his desire to retire/rehire. His last day will be Aug. 31. A public hearing will be held at 3:45 p.m. Sept. 11 prior to the next board meeting.

Don Suever will cover for the 60 days Renner is required to sit out.

The library’s Summer Reading Program numbers are in. The program hosted 348 children and 85 adults. Rist said Children’s Librarian Denise Cressman will receive next year’s materials in October and the planning will begin.

The library will co-host the Children’s Activity/Creativity Tent during Canal Days on Sept. 21. Rist said she will partner with the Delphos Area Art Guild and the library will host a science table to show how “science can be magic, too,” following this year’s event theme.

The library will also host a book sale during Canal Days weekend and are taking donations.

Other fall activities on slate include Storytime and a “Tech Drop-in Night” with patrons bringing their iPads, Kindles, etc. On Oct. 6, the library will offer “Tailgating Trivia and Treasure.”

Rist closed with an update on the proposed Youth Area, saying ideas are evolving.

Following an executive session, the board announced the library will accept resumes for a part-time page position until Sept. 3.


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