The Monessen Public Library board of trustees recently held its monthly board meeting. Susanna Swade, treasurer, with help from Bookminders, was able to take the financial aspects of the library and break them down to reflect where the library was in 2011, and what the library's financial position is as of February 2012.
Library Director David Zilka stated that the search for a children's librarian continues. Zilka, Swade, and Madeline Dudas, president of the Board, attended the latest meeting of the Westmoreland County Federated Library System (WCFLS) and were informed that funding from the county would be cut a total of $44,000 for all libraries in the county. It is unclear at this time what services from the system will be affected by this.
Zilka reported on the meeting he had with new Monessen School Superintendent, Linda Marcolini. Marcolini reported that her staff is eager to learn the library databases and thought an August in-service training session might be implemented. In an effort to keep participation open between the school and library during this transition period, Marcolini is encouraging students to create art work to display in the library for its opening. Marcolini wants to use the library as a meeting place for some of the organizations instead of the schools. Also, she hopes to get students to do library projects and invite parents to the presentations in the library.
The board was notified that the library has received an award from the Pittsburgh Business Times for being one of the 25 largest Pittsburgh area public libraries.
Library renovations are continuing on schedule. Both libraries will be closed for approximately 6 weeks while the move is completed. A grand opening is set for May 6, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.