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Library adds BIRF funds to savings; children’s programs to fill summer

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By TRISTA LUTGRING

Feature Writer

TELL CITY – Perry County Public Library Director John Mundy had some good news for board members at the April 3 meeting.

The library had a Bond Interest Redemption Fund established back when the Tell City branch building was built, Mundy informed members. According to state library guidelines, he added, after not being in use for so many years, the board can claim the fund dormant and money left in the BIRF can be transferred to a different area.

“There was quite a bit of money in there,” he said. “A total of $8,281.23.”

Mundy presented board members a resolution to transfer the funds to the library’s rainy day fund. 

Children’s programs

Children’s librarian Lisa Hammack addressed the board during the meeting to update members on the upcoming summer activities she has planned.

Children’s book week will begin May 13 and to celebrate, Hammack said the library will host story times with special guest readers. Readers will be library staff and community leaders, including Mayors Barbara Ewing and Mary Snyder, Sheriff Lee Chestnut and more. Children will also receive bookmarks, prizes and free books.

Annual summer reading programs will also be in full swing after school finishes, she said. Information for parents and children will appear in upcoming issues of the Perry County News.

Also planned for the summer is a visit from Animal Tales, a company from Mayfield, Ky., consisting of naturalists. The group will present a program that is similar to Silly Safaris, which has presented at the library in the past.

To celebrate Teen Read Week in October, Hammack has planned to feature Creek Stewart from Anderson, who will put on an unofficial Hunger Games survival game for 25 teens. The event will be funded by the Friends of the Perry County Library.

She also stated the library’s annual writing contest had 33 entries this year. Winners were to be called April 5 and a read-a-loud was conducted April 16, where winners read their pieces.

“We really have been and are going to be very busy this summer,” she said.

In other business, Mundy updated board members on the progress of the demolition of the house located on property the library purchased last year. The contractor working on the project told Mundy the home was “firmly built,” but he was working through the process of taking down the house, removing the foundation and removing a few of the trees on the property.