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Book sale continues at Alva Public Library


October 13, 2019

Marione Martin

These tables just north of the Alva Public Library entrance hold books offered in the current book sale. People may take as many books as they wish for a donation.

In a board meeting Monday, Oct. 7, Alva Library Director Sandra Ott Hamilton said the book sale is going well. When asked if donations were for the amount expected, Hamilton said they average out. Some who can't pay as much can still get books while others with more funds tend to overpay. Usually held in the downstairs auditorium, the book sale was moved to the main floor because the auditorium is so booked up for meetings.

The library also has some shelves of newer, popular books including some for younger readers on the far north end. These are available year-round and are marked with prices.

The library had to replace three air conditioning units this summer. The two downstairs had major Freon leakage. The contractor is working to get them replaced. The units needed to be connected to the furnaces in the basement but those were found to have had panels burned out. The panels were replaced but a bad gas valve also has to be replaced. Meanwhile, there was no air conditioning in the basement, but it has not been needed with the cooler weather.

The library has now moved to the VOIP system which will save the city money. However, a switch went bad, taking out the internet connection temporarily. That has now been fixed.

All library computers are in the process of being updated to Windows 10. Hamilton said five are still on Windows 7 but will be upgraded soon. Hamilton said there is no card catalog computer downstairs. When the library learns the amount of state aid for this year, usually the end of November, they may purchase a computer for that location.

Hamilton said the library has allowed some individuals to bring covered drinks and food into the library during set hours. Some people who live elsewhere but are in Alva find it convenient to bring in a brown bag lunch. Hamilton said there was no written policy so she made one for the board to approve. Food may be brought in only from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. but covered drinks are allowed any time. However, no beverages are allowed except on the main floor. The basement and upstairs are excluded. The guidelines will be posted in the area. There are different guidelines for the meeting rooms. The board voted approval of the guidelines.

The fall programming continues with Little Explorers on Tuesday morning and after school programs on Tuesday afternoon. The Coding Club continues to meet with nine youngsters participating at the last meeting. Another eight or nine who used to attend are continuing the online program at home. They are using Prenda, a coding club for libraries. The library has eight Chromebooks which are used for the coding class. A list of programs is available at the front desk.

The library staff members are making plans for some escape room programs and possibly some "make and take" programs before the end of the year.

Regarding financials, Hamilton said the city was hit with some unexpected expenses so all departments have been asked to spend only on essential items and to be conservative.

Juvenile checkouts have increased at the library. Adult checkouts are a little lower. Hamilton said this usually indicates parents are reading to their children and have less time to do their own reading. Checkouts of audio books and ebooks continue to be steady or rising.


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