Price of Foster dolls at KYL to be set

The Kendall Young Library will soon know the price of the Foster Doll Collection as an appraiser is planning to examine the collection this Saturday.

At Wednesday’s meeting of the Kendall Young Library Board of Trustees, Library Director Angie Martin-Schwarze said she has planned an appointment with Lana Norlin of Marshalltown who will appraise the collection of 170 dolls at the cost of $3 each doll.

The dolls are not currently factored into the library’s audits, which began the board’s discussion in September and lead to the planned appraisal. Last month, the board also considered having the Van Ness Native American Collection appraised. That collection has been with the library since 1898 and contains 42 items. Martin-Schwarze came to the board last month with a cost estimate to have the Van Ness collection appraised, but it was deemed too costly. This month, she said she is continuing to look for another appraiser.

During the Director’s Report, Martin-Schwarze said the semi-annual Friends of the Kendall Young Library book sale went well. She said the sale, which brought in a profit of $2,500 to support library programs, took less than an hour to clean up.

The book sale, which moved from an annual event to a twice-a-year event, will continue as a semi-annual sale according to Martin-Schwarze. In 2014, she said the sale will be held in April and October.

The Friends of the Kendall Young Library are also looking to hold another Festival of Chocolate event where community members bring in chocolate dishes for the public to enjoy and judge as a fundraiser for the organization. Last year was the first such event hosted at the library. Martin-Schwarze said the event will likely be held in the last week of January, 2014.

In other old business, the board discussed a meeting between board members and Darcy Swon of inTANDEM Marketing in Webster City. Board President Mark Dohms said the board should consider listing themselves online with the organization. Martin-Schwarze said that

“I think for raising money for specific projects that will be great us to be able to have that on our webpage and promote it,” Martin-Schwarze said.

In other business, the board discussed the completion of a plaque for Melody Ann Frazer Sharp which will be displayed at the library and discussed the preliminary 2014 budget presented by Martin-Schwarze.