The board is working on the strategic planning process, which requires them to hold community input days. Board members are required to attend some but not all of the meetings to hear suggestions from the community.
The community input days will be on May 10 at the Bainbridge Community Center, May 17 at the Cloverdale Town Hall and May 24 at the library. All meetings will take place at 6:30 p.m.
The board will then have to attend closed board retreats, which will be led by Jillian Miller. The board decided on Thursday, June 7 and it will last for around four hours.
This year's theme for the free summer reading program will be "Dream Big Read!" Board members were able to watch a staff presentation, which included a skit with Mariette Bargen, board member Nancy Zennie and Cortina Ziuchkovski.
The reading program will begin June 1 and will run through Aug. 3. This year's program will include Monday Movies each Monday at noon, Family Time every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., In-Between Time at 3:30 p.m., as well as various other events that will take place each Thursday. All events are free and open to the public.
The library will also host Professor Steve Walden of Lebanon, who will perform a program on science at 3 p.m. June 7.
Participants can sign up in the library, the bookmobile or download a reading log off the website. Each time a participant visits the library they will be asked to present their reading log and will receive a prize. The fourth visit, participants will receive a free book and a certificate of completion.
For more information contact Ziuchkovski at 653-2755 ext. 121 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The board approved the hiring of Samuel Hirt for the community relations position. The position is part-time at 15-20 hours per week. Hirt will soon graduate Hope College with a degree in English.
The library is hosting an open house of the Banner Graphic Digitization Project 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9. The community is invited to attend this free program, which will include a presentation by Brooke Cox, DePauw visual resource librarian.
The next meeting of the Library Board will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 23.