One of the phrases on the national web page of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks reads, “…places where neighbors come together” which can also describe the mission of a public library. Maybe that’s the spirit that prompted the Monongahela Elks Lodge # 455 to respond to a need from the Monongahela Area Library for a new office computer and circulation computers.
Presenting the check (from left): Exalted
Ruler Bruce Carpenter; library board
President Martha Ghilani; Past Exalted
Ruler and Elks National Foundation
Chairman Bill Marsden; and Stanley J.
Welsh, Past District Deputy Grand
Exalted Ruler and Secretary.
The Elks have received a $2,000 award from the national Grand Lodge to pass on to the library to help pay for the new equipment that is needed to join in a “One Card” system with other Washington County libraries.
While patrons have for many years been able to cross-register at Washington libraries without charge, this new system will speed transactions and open up the book holdings of more than a dozen independent libraries for easy searching, requesting, renewing and borrowing. Patrons will be able to browse for desired topics or titles from a home or office computer.
Plans call for the new system to be implemented during the fall months, but the Elks’ gift allows the library to concentrate on the other requirements related to the circulation system conversion and in building maintenance.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 March 2012 16:14