The Common Council will have the public hearing and vote on the 2020 budget on Tuesday, November 19.
Several companies have given quotes on replacing the three sets of sliding doors at the front of the building. If Council approves the 2020 budget as it is now, the doors will be replaced in 2020.
[spacer height="1.5%"]COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT/REFERENCE
We had several local history volumes bound at Grimm Bindery. The Oconomowoc Historical Society donated to us several years of Oconomowoc High School yearbooks that we had been missing, and a few indexes of the Wisconsin Magazine of History.
[spacer height="1.5%"]The Explore Passes have been very popular with patrons. We are in conversation with the YMCA at Pabst Farms to add them to our list of Explore Pass locations.
[spacer height="1.5%"]CONTINUED SYSTEM INVOLVEMENT/AUTOMATION
Bridges Library System Director Connie Meyer will retire on March 17, 2020. The process of finding her successor has already begun. The committee will include three library directors, in addition to several Bridges board members and a Waukesha County Human Resources staff person. B. Bleck will be one of the three directors on the committee.
[spacer height="1.5%"]FRIENDS OF OPL
The Friends book sale went very well. Disposal of unsold books went very well again this time, as Jon Ruddat of Outside the Box Family, LLC picked up and paid $1/box of unsold materials. A big thank you to Sue Boyer and the rest of the Friends who work so hard to make the book sale a success.
[spacer height="1.5%"]LIBRARY OPERATIONS
Per the board’s action earlier this year, the library was closed to the public on Monday, November 4 for Staff Development Day.
[spacer height="1.5%"]PERSONNEL/CONTINUING EDUCATION
Interviews for the Circulation Supervisor position are this week and next. Interviews have begun for two part-time vacancies (Reference Librarian and Cataloging Processing Aide).
[spacer height="1.5%"]Puppeting volunteer Emalou Sandsmark (Freddy the Frog)’s retirement party went very well. We had a wonderful turnout. Four of the six children’s librarians who worked with Emalou were able to attend, including Nancy Day, who started the puppet show with Emalou 40 years ago. State Rep. Barbara Dittrich attended, as did a woman who would have been one of the first generations of storytime attendees to enjoy the puppet show. Kudos to Caitlin Schaffer for spearheading a wonderful event.
[spacer height="1.5%"]The Wisconsin Library Association Annual Conference went very well. Thank you to Orlin Foat for attending! Jennie Fidler and B. Bleck both presented. Jennie’s presentation was very impressive, and B. Bleck heard from many others in attendance what a great job she did; and how impressed they were at how organized she is.
[spacer height="1.5%"]In addition to our usual calendar of events, we will have a series of special events for International Games Week, November 4-10. The centerpiece of the week will be “Board Games and Brews,” an adult event that will feature all kinds of games, door prizes, and beer and wine for sale. That will be Saturday, November 9 from 6 to 8 pm.
[spacer height="1.5%"]We have a new recurring program for adults: Fiber Arts Circle. Friends board member/library volunteer Pat Ludwig leads this event on the third Wednesday of each month, from 6:30 to 7:45. Anyone can attend and bring along whatever project they are working on, whether it is knitting, cross-stitch, crochet, etc.
[spacer height="1.5%"]The library board’s Planning Committee will meet soon. New members of the committee are always welcome.
[spacer height="1.5%"]PUBLIC RELATIONS
[spacer height="1.5%"]The library’s new logo has received outstanding feedback from the community and from colleagues at other libraries.