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DELPHOS — It’s the same web address but patrons will notice a big change in the Delphos Public Library’s website. The new site went live earlier this month at and includes new arrivals, a calendar of events, a carousel offering quick links to the Summer Reading Program, quick e-book downloading and more.

“We’ve had a positive response to the new website and more pages off the main page will continue to be revamped,” Director Kelly Rist told board members during Wednesday’s meeting.

Rist also reported 225 children registered for “Fizz! Boom! Read,” this summer’s reading program. She also said between 20-30 teens are participating as well as many adults.

Rist recently attended the Nordwell Spring Membership Meeting in Perrysburg.

“The meeting was well attended and the most exciting thing I got from it was the availability of a 3D printer for loan to libraries,” she said. “We can borrow it for 30 days and there will be a training session on the printer in July. Unfortunately, the printer is requested through this year already so we are looking at 2015 before our name would come up on the list.”

Rist said the printer could be used in collaboration with the local high schools’ programs.

Property and officers’ insurance will expire in July. Rist said she has asked Stolly Insurance of Lima for a quote for the next year and would have that for the July meeting.

In the monthly report, circulation to date was up 5,362 from 2013 at 96,209 with May’s circulation 691 higher than last May. The average daily circulation was up 21 to 711 and the largest daily circulation was 1,105, up 13 from 2013. In receipts, memorials and donations showed a positive with $1,588, including a $1,000 donation to the Teen Room from the Berelsman family. Donations were also received from the Delphos Fraternal Order of Eagles 471 Auxiliary ($350) and the Green Thumb Garden Club ($150) for landscaping.

Fiscal Officer Janet Bonifas had good news to share about the library’s recently-completed audit.

“There were no findings and no citations, so everything looked good,” Bonifas said. “However, we did have a few verbal warning on things they would like to see changed before the next audit.”

Changes included purchase order procedures and approving an official records retention schedule policy. Bonifas said she would look into “borrowing” a policy from the Attorney General’s website.

The board approved new public records request form for anyone who would like access to the library’s records.

“This form is a request for existing records so it isn’t necessary for us to provide anything but the records,” Bonifas said. “We don’t have to prepare them in any certain way.”

There will be a public hearing on the library’s 2015 Budget at 4 p.m. July 9. The budget will then be presented for approval to the Delphos City Schools Board of Education. That board is the controlling body of the library.


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