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February 1, 2013

Board discusses library relocation

Pryor Library Board members were called to order with a lengthy agenda Jan. 31.

Director, Susan Newberry gave her financial report, which the board reviewed.

In regard to budget and expenditures, Newberry reported two additional security cameras were purchased and installed in the Children’s Department of the library. In addition, the mayor approved funding the parking lot repair this summer.

Alternatives for meetings held in the library was one of the most discussed items on the agenda.

“We cannot have two big meetings at the same time. Genealogy has to meet in their department, not in the meeting room. Pryor Area Arts and Humanities has to meet in the genealogy department, which they don’t like. The book club has had to meet elsewhere for two or three months,” said Newberry.

The board discussed that they are currently unable to accommodate the master’s level course because of space restrictions.

The board chose to take no action until it is decided whether the library will renovate and expand the current building or relocate. The board noted each of the incidents in which people or groups were denied usage of the room.

The agenda proposed a discussion of possible funding sources for a Capital Grant.

“The mayor talked to me about the Reynolds Foundation, but they aren’t accepting any new applications,” said Newberry.

Newberry discussed a library in Durant which Mayor Jimmy Tramel said is an excellent example.

“He also brought up our interest in the RSU building and said he was interested in seeing if that would happen,” said Jack Hardy. “If we could get a grant for half the cost of that, we could raise the money for the rest.”

Newberry stated that she is unsure if the community even supports the library taking over the RSU location. Another suggestion was made to build a second story onto the library, rather than moving.

This prompted a discussion on the structural integrity of the building. The conclusion was that Hardy would gather information about having the building inspected before the next board meeting.

Newberry told the board she is purchasing Early Literacy Center materials using the Children’s donation account.

“I’ve done research about having early literacy programs in libraries. They are taking a lot of this out of schools and libraries are picking up the slack,” said Newberry. “With a new facility I want a room for play centers for literacy. Right now, I want to buy a center, a dramatic play area.”

The board supported this idea.

Sheila Lowery, from Workforce, was added as voluntary staff as a part-time circulation clerk and Helen Holloway was hired as part-time staff for the Genealogy Department.

The board discussed numerous programs they are considering implementing. Proposed is comfortable seating in both adult and young adult areas.

The board discussed the potential development of a Library Teen Advisory Board, an after school drama club for fourth through sixth- graders, and Monday Movie Nights for Teens.

As the library has already started a program educating people on how to use E-readers, the board proposed an E-reader Cafe where patrons drink coffee or tea and use E-books.

Programs currently in place were reviewed. These included: Wednesday story time, the summer reading program, Art on a Cart and Greenbrier story time.

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