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story.lead_photo.caption Democrat photo/Paula TredwayThe Moniteau Library is hosting a social distancing Easter egg hunt to help the community celebrate Easter. Participate by creating an egg, placing it where it’s visible to others and go see how many Easter eggs you can spot throughout the town.

The Moniteau County Library Board discussed how things have been going since the library reopened and appointed new trustees at its regular monthly meeting last Wednesday.

John Kay and Tom Ogle attended the meeting to represent the Elia Wood Paeglow Foundation. They discussed the relationship between the library and the foundation and how the two entities could work on membership, promotion and handle gifts.

Since the library reopened, 554 people have visited. The library is recording names and times that people enter the building in order to keep the space safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. An emergency light has also been installed in the library's elevator.

The board then talked about the library's Rosetta Stone software, which will begin soon. The program will be available to the library's entire service population through a designated donation of $4,000 annually for two years. The library will be generating statistics to help with the decision of continuing the subscription beyond that window. More information will be available later on about the program.

This year's Summer Reading Program began May 26, with kits being delivered to daycare and day-camp groups weekly and community stops in Jamestown and Latham. Service in Latham will be discontinued due to low involvement, however. Forty-nine book bags/craft kits have been produced for the program.

The board revisited old business to discuss the new parking lot, with plans of bidding out a project which will include leveling, laying gravel and installing parking bumpers.

The board then moved on to news business, where Laura Burger and Sara Rohrback were presented a Certificate of Appreciation for their years of service on the Moniteau County Library Board as well as their overall support of the library.

Finally, Mark Bogue was appointed to fill the remaining two years of Burger's term, with Lou Ann Wolf being appointed to fill the four-year appointment.

The board's next meeting will be Wednesday, July 15 at 10 a.m. in the library.

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