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By TRISTA LUTGRING, Feature Writer
TELL CITY – In the continuing efforts to comply with Indiana State Library regulations, members off the Tell City-Perry County Public Library board were given copies of an agreement to be presented to Hancock County Library and any other Kentucky libraries that wish to share services.
The proposed six-page agreement outlines the eligible services that will be provided by each library, which excludes interlibrary lending services in both states, and a $45 out-of-state patron fee the Indiana State Library requires Tell City-Perry County to charge.
Library Director Larry Oathout told board members their request to possibly prorate the hefty fee was turned down by the state library and reiterated the fact that he believed the only way the fee would be waived was if legislation was passed.
“The only hope we’ve got at changing (the required fee) is legislatively,” he said. “We’re going to have to go through with this and charge people for a while. Hopefully we can get it changed.”
Oathout’s efforts to contact Sen. Richard Young’s office had not yielded any results so far, and he even e-mailed the state librarian again, but had not heard back from her.
“I said I had been asked to ask her again to reconsider, and I have not heard anything back. I even threw in that Ivy Tech allows Kentucky students, in the case of border students, to get in at the state rate,” he stated.
Board member Patsy Alvey suggested contacting Rep. Russ Stilwell to see if he could be of any help. Oathout said he would try to contact Stilwell soon.
Members were asked to look over the agreement over the next month and make suggestions they might have to change the agreement. Oathout suggested waiting on adopting the agreement while the Hancock County Public Library continued to discuss the agreement at their meetings.
The library staff had been receiving a good response from current Kentucky patrons, Oathout added.
“We’ve had a lot of Kentucky patrons come and be very supportive of us,” he said. “We are going to keep on it; we’re not going to let it die.”
Board members briefly discussed the budget, which would be presented before the county council for a nonbinding review Sept. 20. Little has been changed to the budget, Oathout pointed out, since he last presented it to the board and it has been advertised twice, as is required. Members will be able to adopt next year’s budget at the Oct. 6 meeting.
Only board members were present at the public budget hearing held just before the board’s regular meeting.
In other business, Oathout reported that the Friends of the Library annual book sale held during Schweizer Fest was a success. The sale raised a record $1,600 for library activities and also saw a record number of sales during the pre-sale for members.
The library’s bookmobile also spent most of its off week at the Tell City Junior-Senior High School, providing the students with materials while the school’s library was still under construction.
Bookmobile staff reported almost 1,000 items circulated Aug. 24-26, which has promoted the adoption of a two-day schedule every other week at the school.
Alvey, who is also the school’s librarian, said she was very glad the students still had access to books while the library was still being put together.
The board’s next meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 6.