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The Moniteau County Library Board met March 17, discussing the county's quickly-progressing Little Free Libraries.

The project has received monetary donations toward construction and book donations to fill them once they're complete. Building will begin late this month, and soon after, the structures will begin popping up around the county for community use.

Also on the board's agenda for its March meeting was a donation that will help to fund a pair of the library's technology needs. A $10,000 total anonymous donation will help to fund the library's Rosetta Stone access for another year at $4,000, and $3,000 of the donation will go toward replacing failing hard drives. The remaining $3,000 will be used to promote the library.

Other developments from the past month the board discussed included the LED light project on the library's ground floor, which is now complete, and upcoming summer school programming. The library is already set to facilitate programming for Jamestown, and planned to contact High Point following last week's meeting. California won't be on the list for this summer since the district won't be supporting a summer school program due to ongoing construction at California Middle School.

The board also discussed the winter check-out challenge; in total, 129 adults participated, earning 1,075 entries. Last year, 182 participated.

"I think, considering the drop in traffic, I was happy with the program," Library Director Connie Walker said.

The board will continue to work on nailing down a date for its previously discussed Preliminary Building Committee planning meeting; Walker said she planned to poll those who have been invited to participate to see what date in June would work best.

Finally, the board discussed the status of its face mask requirement. The board agreed not to amend it for the time being to account for spikes in coronavirus cases in surrounding counties.

The Moniteau County Library Board's next meeting is set for 10 a.m. April 21.

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