Library Board Approves Long-Range Plan


During their monthly meeting the Library Board approved a Long Range Plan as well as the purchase of two copiers and replacement chiller coils.

The library owns two copiers, one for staff use and one for public use. The staff copier is 6 years old, while the public computer is 5 years old. Director Dr. Leroy Hommerding said that the income from the public copier covers most of the cost of its replacement. The total cost approved was $10,078.

Replacement of two chiller coils is necessary after disintegration of the coils was found, believed to be the result of using lighter gauge coils that lacked a protective coating. The board approved the replacement of the two chiller coils by B and I at a cost of $45,575. Another bid, from Trane, was lower for the coils, but had a shorter warranty and higher maintenance and service costs.

During the Director’s Report, Hommerding reported that the Electronics Librarian and another staff member were leaving. Both positions have been advertised and interviews are underway for one of the positions.

March was a busy month at the library with 685 people attending 58 adult programs and 113 new patrons. Internet use remained high with 1913 users plus 1413 Wi-Fi users during March.

Hommerding noted that the library now has two photographs from the 1950’s, donated by Fran Santini, and expressed how grateful the library was for her donation.

“(The unveiling) was a wonderful experience and the new photographs fit in well with our other archival photographs,” said Hommerding.

Generosity Island is almost complete, Hommerding announced. Library patrons will find it along the stairwell leading from the foyer to the first floor. Donors to the library are recognized in a series of multi-color frames set above a blue wave.

Library Staff Day will be held May 11th. Staff will attend a program sponsored by the Southwest Florida Library Network in Fort Myers. As a result the library will operate with reduced staff and close at 5pm on May 11th and May 18th((due to schedule adjustments for May 11th.)

The Long Range Plan 2017-2021 was approved by the board. The plan’s goals include upgrading the print and audio-visual collections, evaluating the need for new formats, developing a digital collection, assessing the feasibility of implementing Total Solar, offering presentations of interest and promoting available library resources.

Hommerding told the board that he had spoken to the governor’s office again regarding the appointment of someone to fill a vacant seat on the board. A request has been in the governor’s office since June 2015 for an appointee to fill the seat vacated by Alison Throckmorton when she resigned in May 2015. A second vacancy, due to Jack Green’s resignation to run for Town Council, occurred in March 2016. Hommerding indicated that he told the governor’s office that when they appoint someone to fill the first vacancy, he would submit the paperwork for the second vacancy. He told the board that there are two residents who have expressed interest in appointment to the board. Both appointees, assuming the governor acts, will serve the remainder of those terms – until November 2018. Three seats, those held by Sallie Seabury, Lorrie Wolf and Miffie Greer, will be on the ballot in November 2016. Qualifying deadlines for the November election are May 23, 2016 if qualifying by petition or during the June 20-24, 2016 qualifying period.

The next Library Board meeting will be at 6:30pm on May 24th at the Beach Library.


Missy Layfield



Caption:  Generosity Island display recognizing library donors. Photo by Missy Layfield