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Library board to discuss funding

The Halifax County-South Boston Public Library Board of Trustees will meet Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. at the Halifax Library with Chairman Lisa Crews expected to preside over the meeting. Interim Library Director Helen Deslauriers is expected to inform trustees the decrease in funding has not impacted the library “just yet.” However ordering procedures have been modified to ensure currency of collections.

“We have had to curtail the subscriptions of a number of long-standing periodicals but have endeavored to keep the most popular while trying to avoid a many duplications as possible between the two libraries,” she said in her report.

The library has been awarded a $2,000 grant from Target for the Summertime Reading Program, she is expected to tell trustees in her report.
Also an upcoming library program includes Author Talk with Rebecca Skloot who will hold a book reading and signing at The Prizery on Nov. 7 at 3 p.m. 

Deslauriers also is expected to report that each library has new computer displays located in the circulation area to visually communicate with the patrons and to disseminate up-to-date information.

Contract painting has been completed in the library with one or two small areas remaining to be painted by staff, she said in her report.

The interim director also is slated to report on the library’s request for $12,000 to be used to purchase a used minivan.

“The current bookmobile is over 21 years old, which is creating an ever-increasing cost of operation and maintenance,” former Library Director Rhonda Griffin said in a letter to Jeremy Satterfield, community representative for the library.

With cuts to the library, Griffin said it is not possible for the system to afford to purchase a replacement bookmobile that has been estimated to cost $150,000.

She mentions the most viable solution is to purchase a used minivan that can not only be used to deliver materials to the homebound but can be used to transport items between the branches, help with the set up of the book sale and be used for additional outreach to other organizations through new children and adult programs.

One new program that has not been announced, Griffin said, is a partnership between the library and the Massey Cancer Center which received a grant from the Tobacco Commission to work with counties in southern Virginia to provide health related classes based around the needs of each community.

They are hiring a part-time employee to not only teach health related classes within the libraries, but also to go into the community to provide information and resources on both the library and health care.

Other items on the library board agenda to be discussed include a library logo and the Massey Cancer Center.

At the conclusion of the open meeting Tuesday, trustees are expected to go into closed session to discuss a personnel matter.