KYL OKs 2014 budget

Maintaining current programs is the goal of Kendall Young Library’s 2014 budget which was passed during the most recent meeting of the library’s Board of Trustees on Tuesday.

Library Director Angie Martin-Schwarze said the library is expecting less income from a couple sources in the budget. As such, Martin-Schwarze said board members were cautious in creating the budget which doesn’t plan for any major projects.

“A large part of our income comes from the cash rent on the farm land that the library owns and we’ve been told to anticipate that farm rents are going to go down.”

Those rents are likely to be less due to grain prices, according to Martin-Schwarze. Another large portion of the library’s income comes from endowments and investments. Martin-Schwarze said those have been slow to rebound from the recession.

“We’re not cutting things in the coming year, we’re just maintaining the services that we have,” Martin-Schwarze.

During her director’s report, Martin-Schwarze discussed upcoming events at the library. Tonight, the library will host an “eBooks Made Easy for iPads” class at 6:30 p.m. in the downstairs meeting room. The library will also host its annual Family Board Game Night on Feb. 21. This year, the game night will feature life-size versions of Candyland and Battleship.

During time for public input, Tom Robert of Williams spoke to the board. According to Martin-Schwarze, he said that the policy of having library staff check a person’s identification or library card before allowing them access to a computer is a barrier for him and other library patrons. He wanted the board to reconsider the policy.

Martin-Schwarze said the library has this policy because if a library user has fines over $5 or if they have extremely overdue books, the library asks them to pay those fines before using the computers. She noted that the board takes no immediate action on items discussed during public input and the board will discuss the policy at a later meeting.

The board is set to meet next on March 11.