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Roosevelt County Library Board Seeking Poplar Trustee

COVID-19 Impacts Library Activities

When the Roosevelt County Library board met Nov. 20, it was noted that COVID-19 still affects the library’s activities.

Director Janet Livingston and staff said they continue to monitor the COVID-19 cases in the county.

“We had planned to have two holiday crafting days but when the numbers of cases increased, we decided to create take and make bags for the kids up to 12 years of age. The kit for November was a picture frame made to look like a turkey and the December kit will be an ornament,” said Livingston.

A policy addressing a pandemic/ out breaks of sickness infections, infectious diseases was mentioned. This is on hold until staff can gather more information about what other libraries are doing.

Someone from the Poplar area is still needed to be a trustee. Livingston reported that she is going to have a brochure created stating the need for a trustee and their duties at various places in Poplar.

Beth Hekkel serves as chairperson on the board and Perry Lilley Sr. is a trustee. Both were in attendance at the meeting. Livingston reported a good turnout for musical performances from Jerry Barlow at area branches.

“Everyone attending had a very enjoyable evening,” she said.

Livingston said the Public Library Survey is due Nov. 30.

Livingston and trustee Helen Welte were approved as new signers for the checking account at First Community Bank. Trustee Joyce Harvey was appointed vice-chair.

Culbertson branch librarian Leona Colvin reported that Sabrina Shell has resigned and there is an ad for a new assistant librarian position. The starting wage for this position was increased at a recent Culbertson Town Council meeting.

Colvin said story hour turnout is generally 6-10 children at each session and they had a great turnout for the Jerry Barlow concert.

Backup procedures for the staff computers were discussed. It was suggested to back up staff computers weekly, which staff will try to do during staff meetings on Friday mornings.

Staff agreed that a yearlong events calendar is also needed.

Plans to continue with the yearlong reading challenge were discussed. For the year 2022, staff will have a challenge for adults, teens and children. When patrons reach their reading goals, their names will go into a drawing for a prize.

A representative from the Dawson Community College will be at the library on periodic Mondays with laptop computers for anyone who would like to complete their GED. Check with library staff for details.

Livingston said she attended the virtual Modern Language Association fall workshop classes Nov. 15-17.

Members of The Friends of the Library are working on details for the Pat Henry scholarship. A meeting and Christmas party scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 5, has been canceled. Some members met on Friday, Nov. 19, at the library to discuss plans going forward with the construction of walls in the basement.

According to staff, the Halloween- themed book tasting event turnout was low but enthusiastic.

The next meeting is tentatively set for Saturday, Jan. 8, at the Main in Wolf Point. The meeting will start at 10 a.m.

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