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The Moniteau County Library met last Wednesday to discuss new and old business and elect officers.

The Board went over new positions and members while going through a number of additional reports.

A five-member board appointed through statute by county commissioners, the Moniteau County Library Board will be rotating its positions for new elections. Library director Connie Walker said a new member will occupy an open position for the board.

"We have a president, vice president, treasurer, secretary and a member-at-large," Walker told the Democrat. "We have one new board member that's coming on this year, (her name is Jenny Cain) and she will be our new 'member-at-large.'"

Mike Stanton, Mark Bogue, Lou Ann Wolfe and Paul Bloch were elected to serve as board president, secretary, vice president and treasurer, respectively.

The meeting continued as the group moved on to discuss new and old business, including the potential for new building plans.

While the board could not reveal too much information about these plans, Walker said during the meeting she is going to get in touch with the State Library Board to see if it can assist Moniteau County with this project. Otherwise current plans for construction are limited.

"We have had one preliminary building committee meeting among the three boards at the library," Walker said. "The property next door — that building will be raised, but there's a lot to go when considering planning and finding an architect. It's a really long process before we see anything happen."

In other business, Walker said she was happy to report that the library's Prize Plaza for its Summer Reading Program was set for July 26. Children in Moniteau County had the opportunity Monday to pick out prizes they earned from participating throughout the summer.

"This is the big reward," Walker said. "This event is when the kids get to cash in their tickets they've earned reading and attending programs and checking out books. While we have had to limit the kids to $50, they can always spend what they've earned. (The Summer Reading Program) is a motivation and it really works."

The Moniteau County Library Board's next regular meeting is set for Wednesday, Aug. 18 at 10 a.m.

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