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Thursday, October 10, 2013 12:07 AM


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DELPHOS — The Delphos Public Library Board of Trustees and library personnel are still navigating through the process of becoming a training site for DigitalWorks, an initiative of Connected Nation, Inc., the parent organization of Connect Ohio.

Connect Ohio is a technology organization committed to bringing affordable high-speed Internet and broadband-enabled resources to all Ohioans and raises awareness of the value of broadband. It is funded by federal and state grants, as well as private donations.


Jeff Beebe, a Connect Ohio representative, gave a presentation to the trustees at the August meeting. He outlined what the program would need including 12-15 work stations, 1,500-2,400 square feet and high-speed Internet.


Beebe had first expressed interest in using the First Edition Building for the work area. Library trustees were concerned with security and someone being in the building when the library was unoccupied.

Library Director Rist told trustees Wednesday afternoon she had taken the Connect Ohio contract to the library’s legal advisor and outlined the changes the trustees asked for and the advisor had added and changed items. Trustees approved the contract and decided Connect Ohio will be offered the library’s assembly room just inside the east doors. The contract also has a 30-day out clause for both parties.

“They will be inside the library and only here when the library is open,” Rist said. “I don’t think this will be a problem for them. They seemed willing to work with whatever we could give them.”

Rist said Beebe hoped to have the training site ready by Nov. 1. Sites are already established in Zanesville, Portsmouth and Logan. DigitalWorks is looking for a total of 10-12 in Ohio.

The trustees received good news about the leaky basement. The leak is in the southwest corner of the boiler room and in close proximity to a gas line and where the power comes into the building.

Rist presented an estimate of $2,586 for the repair from Trisco Systems, Inc., of Lima.

The board had feared the repairs could cost more and were pleased to approve the estimate.

Rist presented three projects she will write a Dienstberger Foundation Grant request for more than $14,000 this month.

The library is in the process of designing a teen area with the input of more than a dozen local middle and high school students. The effort is in hopes of growing services for teen library patrons, including space, programming and circulation.

The area will be located in the basement activity room and include room for watching DVDs and playing video and board games. The majority of the cost ($3,500) will be for furnishings, including a table and chairs, gaming chairs, an area rug and game system and games.

The Teen Advisory Board will meet Saturday morning at the library to make plans for the area.

The second item on the grant list is an AWE early learning station computer for the children’s area. The computer, geared for ages 2-8, is self-contained with no Internet connection required, plug in and go with more than 60 fun and educational software programs. It can be operated with the keyboard, touch screen or stylus. The system costs $3,100 and a new desk and chair will be needed.

The final item on the list is a generator to keep the library’s heating and cooling systems running as well as some lighting. The availability of the alternative power source will make the library a safe area in the event of a widespread power outage. The generator is $6,500 installed.

Trustees also passed a resolution to be sent to area Congressmen concerning the cost of purchasing eBooks. A average price of a hardcover book is $15. The average cost to a library for an eBook is $75.

Following an executive session, the trustees rehired custodian Norb Renner.

Following an executive session during the September meeting, trustees hired Rebecca Hirn as a part-time library page.

Last Updated on Thursday, October 10, 2013 12:26 AM

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