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Library director informs board of building study for new addition

by Kaden Quinn | May 4, 2022 at 4:00 a.m.
Moniteau County Library Director Connie Walker (California Democrat file photo)

The Moniteau County Library Board is still evaluating what is feasible regarding a new addition to the library.

Although the board initially prepared to construct a new building in a different location, members decided they should consider the possibility of adding onto the library's current structure.

During its April 27 meeting, library Director Connie Walker informed board members workers from the SOA Architecture engineering firm would be creating an assessment of the building. By going over the structural conditions of the library, workers from the firm can see if any damage would be brought to it if construction were to occur.

The board is undecided on whether it should move forward with a new building or a new addition. However, Walker explained this new assessment will give members more information before they make a final decision.

Members also discussed the library's upcoming outreach programs and new equipment to be used in the library.

Walker reported the library's Summer Reading Program continues to move along at a strong pace. She said the number of children involved will be close to 758 participants, the number in 2019.

She explained the start for the program will be set for May 16 to allow for Jamestown students to catch up. Walker said Jamestown moved its school year up because restrooms needed to be remodeled.

Walker said California summer school students will be joining the program in the middle of May.

To make sure all participating children have the ability to complete the program, it will be run for 11 weeks instead of the initial nine.

She said she was happy to receive 10 applications from county residents looking to get involved in operating the Summer Reading Program. Walker said it was exciting to see two teachers from Jamestown and Tipton apply as well. She thinks they would be great help when educating children.

The board also approved a $1,853 bid for a new laminator. Walker said the library will be acquiring a poster board size laminator to create signs for its outreach programs for children.

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