A budget for Marshall Public Library was approved by the Board of Trustees during a regular meeting Tuesday, Oct. 9.
The budget, set at $260,021.72, reflects expenses totaling $260,577 for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. A new long-range plan is in development, but one new program already in place won't dig into the library's pockets. The Teen Program, which held its first meeting this October, is focused on familiarizing fifth through eighth graders with MPL's teen section as well as exposing them to diverse books, according to a staff report. Staff members leading the program felt the library should promote a positive social environment, and they've incorporated crafting projects with reading exercises. There were 53 participants in this month's activities.
The long-range plan won't be approved until interim director Wicky Sleight has the opportunity to completely review it. She told board members she wanted to familiarize herself with outside community programs to better understand what needs must be met.
"I feel like I need to meet with people in the community, like the Saline County Career Center" and organizations that conduct literacy and English courses, she said. "I need to understand in my own mind what's going on in the city."
A proposal on the long-range plan is to host an English as a second language course, in addition to several other projects.
Sleight showcased the new Missouri Evergreen Consortium online catalog to board members Tuesday. Currently, the library is one of four members to test the system. Evergreen focuses on resource sharing, allowing patrons to browse the card catalogs of participating libraries and request an item be delivered to MPL. According to Sleight, the state library pays for deliveries twice-a-week; however, she plans to propose a new delivery service for five times a week.
The next regular meeting is scheduled at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13.
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