County funding still on mind of Library Board

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Funding was the focus of the October Spring Valley Public Library Board of Trustees meeting held Thursday, Oct. 18, which the Tribune was unable to attend.

Library director Jenny Simon related that the board discussed the discrepancy between city and county funding, as the sentiment is that the county is still underfunding the seven libraries within its borders. 

“The county rejected our offer of a one-year contract with a $5,500 increase and to head back to negotiations next year, and instead continued to offer their original offer of a three-year contract with a $5,500 increase each year,” she said. “County librarians and city administrators will be meeting again at the end of October to discuss how to proceed.”

Also, the board accepted the resignation of trustee and City Council representative to the library board Jessy Betts, as he is moving outside the city.  “We wished him well in his future successes,” Simon stated. 

The board expressed its appreciation to Linda Niemeyer for her donation to the SELCO Foundation, Vince and Laura Mangan for their memorials honoring Roger Ruesink, Lois O’Connell and Kate Hamlin and for their additional donation, to Joe and Rita Bezdicek for their memorial to the SELCO Foundation honoring Al Reiland, John and Darlene Vrieze in memory of Al Austin; and for memorials honoring Jean Witt from Dick and Sharon Jahn, Joe and Rita Bezdicek, Bruce and Rita Hartert, Cliff and Ruth Franke, to Buster and Annette Johnson, and Kathy Porter -- to the SELCO Foundation.

The Spring Valley Public Library is open Monday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday from noon to 7 p.m., and the first and third Saturdays of each month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, stop in at the library on the corner of East Jefferson Street and Broadway in downtown Spring Valley, or call 507-346-2100.