The Delphos Public Library will soon offer six “Boredom Buster” kits for patrons to check out and enjoy. The “Shadows” kit includes glow-in-the-dark Tic Tac Toe, a flashlight, a “Shadows” book, and Shadow in the Forest game. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)
The Delphos Public Library will soon offer six “Boredom Buster” kits for patrons to check out and enjoy. The “Shadows” kit includes glow-in-the-dark Tic Tac Toe, a flashlight, a “Shadows” book, and Shadow in the Forest game. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)
DELPHOS — Director Kelly Rist will ask for funds to digitize the Delphos Public Library’s collection of The Courant and The Delphos Herald, the board of directors learned Wednesday.

“We’ve looked into this before and the last time we checked six years ago it was $22,000,” Rist said. “We have 343 reels and now it’s $39,000. We are going to ask the Dienstberger Foundation for a grant to cover the cost of the project. The end result will be a searchable database and make finding older items so much easier.”

The board agreed to use for this year’s grant request for the project.

The library received $25,000 in OBM CARES Act funds to spend before the end of year. Director Kelly Rist proposed some of the fund be spent on upgrading restroom facilities and drinking fountains.

Rist received estimates for changing the water faucets and soap and paper towel dispensers to automatic in both restrooms as well an upgrade in the men’s restroom and to install a water bottle fill station for $10,000 from Reliable Plumbing and Heating in September. The final numbers came in at $9,714. Everything has been ordered and/or received and the projects are expected to be completed before the end of the year.

Tempered glass has been ordered to protect the workers behind the big desk as well as a new book drop for in front of the desk. Rist said the new drop will be enclosed so patrons cannot retrieve items once they are put inside.

Three new laptops for employee use and small UV lights have also been purchased to sanitize desks and other items. Some of the funds will also be used to buy supplies like hand sanitizer, etc.

Board member Jane Rutledge agreed to serve for seven more years. Her term ends on Dec. 31, 2020. The Delphos City Schools Board of Education will have to approve Rutledge before it is official.

The library will be closed the Saturday after Christmas and New Year’s.