WARSAW — The Warsaw Community Public Library Board of Trustees met Monday, March 14, to talk about new policies and new friends.
Lorie Krygier, president of the Friends of the Library, a self-supporting non-profit charitable group, was present at the meeting and told the board how Warsaw Friends of the Library started. Krygier said the FoL had 15-20 people when she started in November 2015, but the organization had actually started in October. In December there were only five and the same in January. In February, Krygier said six people attended, who have attended since the first meeting in October. Those six were voted in for various offices in the organization.
The FoL is now working on a membership brochure because they need to get something out there to pull members in. Krygier said the major problem was getting their 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. Krygier said “I had no idea it was this complicated.” She went on to inform the board the instructions for the 501(c)(3) were 24-25 pages and there is a fee of $400 to apply.
A memorandum of understanding was set before the WCPL trustees concerning the WCPL and Friends of the WCPL. The Friends’ mission is to raise money and public awareness in the community to support the services and programs of the library. As a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) association, however, it is a legally distinct entity and is not a part of the library. The Friends Resolution was approved.
After the FoL resolution was approved the WCPL board discussed the new public meeting rooms policies. A library card is no longer needed to use library equipment. The equipment is no longer limited to audiovisual, but now includes tables and chairs. The new policies were approved.
The material loan policy was also updated and approved. Renewals limits and loan periods have been extended. A library patron can check out 50 fiction and/or non-fiction books, with a loan period 21 days and a renewal limit of twice.
In other business:
- Renee Sweeny told the board the Feb. 29, book sale netted $1,363.
- Two positions were approved end of last year for a part-time custodian and an information services specialist. These positions have been filled.
The next meeting will be 4 p.m. Monday, April 11, in meeting room A/B.