By T. Scott Boatright
Change was in the air Wednesday as the Lincoln Parish Library Board of Control held its monthly meeting in the Jack Beard Room of the library.
The changes were the time and days of the month of the LPL Board of Control meetings as well as to the October Staff Training Day for the LPL.
LPL Board of Control meetings will now be held at 5 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month, a move from 4 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month. The move was requested by Board President Amy Miller.
“I am the new assistant DA for Union Parish and might be in court on some Wednesdays and would not be able to attend the meetings on those days if that was the case,” Miller said. “If making the change is a problem I can try to work around all of it but will probably miss some meetings.
“Because changes to the monthly meeting times have been discussed before I thought I would make the request and ask how all of you feel.”
The Board of Control unanimously approved the new schedule, which will begin next month with a meeting now slated for 5 p.m. on Oct. 20. Board of Control member Eric Cullough and Deborah Gilliam were absent from Wednesday’s meeting.
Also unanimously approved was LPL Director Jeremy Bolom’s request to change the October Staff Training Day for the library from Oct. 10 to Oct. 17, changing the date of the LPL’s closure to Oct..10.
Bolom said it was a unique opportunity that prompted him to request the change.
“It’s a weird request because we usually hold this training day every year on Columbus Day, because it’s a holiday,” Balom said. “But I’ve got a unique opportunity happening here in the Events Center on the following Monday (Oct. 17).
“That is part of the Louisiana Library Association’s Support Staff Group is holding their annual conference in the Events Center (on Oct. 17) for the day. And so, if I were able to move Staff Day to that day, my staff will be able to go to something a little more structured and with a lot of other people from around the state who do the same kind of job they do.”
Miller pointed out that the change means the library will be open on a school holiday, meaning more potential patronage.
No committee or correspondence and communications reports were made during the meeting.
During the statistics portion of the meeting Bolom said he had learned that 935 new library cards have been issued since Jan. 1 and that August attendance had climbed from 2021 to 2022, just as it did in previous months.
During his director’s report, Bolom said that all of the library’s conference rooms, two of which have been closed due to water leaks, should be reopened by the end of the week.
“I was able to give the estimate list we were given by a contractor to our maintenance man, Mr. Everette (Harris) and he said he thought he could do it all,” Bolom said. “All we had to do was buy supplies and he was able to take care of it — the whole nine yards.”
Bolom said he has also been meeting with companies that could potentially provide additional security cameras to the library.
“It’s not as bad,” Bolom told board members, adding that there are currently 12 cameras — “that’s all we have on the library side (of the complex) — and this would probably add another 30, which is much better coverage.”
Bolom said he has met with three companies and has a bid from one but is waiting for bids from the other two.
He also reminded board members that movie night returns to the library at 6 p.m. Monday, that the LPL will host an Ice Cream Social from 4 – 6:30 p.m. Sept. 29 and that the Fall into a Book Festival will be held on Oct. 15 and will be themed around the book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”
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