President Edna Ridenbaugh called the meeting to order and welcomed all members and our guest speaker, Babette Wofter, Director of the Newark Public Library.
Jennifer Shields made a motion to have our guest speaker go first with her presentation, and Carole Koontz seconded the motion. All members voted and approved the motion.
Babette Wofter is the Director of the Newark Public Library. She first started out by telling us that she wanted to be a teacher. Then her interests changed to being a children's librarian when she worked in Zanesville.
Babette showed us a wonderful power point presentation on the many programs that the library offers to the community.
Josh McPeek is working on new ways to help teachers and students on the Bookmobile. The library has a wonderful program where teachers can request books and other materials they can use in their classrooms.
There are also new programs that deal with all the new digital technology. The library provides two “teches” that can help you with your new computer, too.
Some new programs coming soon to the library are: 24/7 Library at the Wyatt Adkins Park, in Hanover; A Book Bike..watch for this in the spring; and a Dolly Parton Imagination Library Program for our county.
Babette Wofter provided us with the newsletter, Check It Out. It let's us know all the programs, classes, and events happening throughout the county, at all of the library branches. Babette said she welcomes all suggestions and ideas that we may have to help the library serve all of us. A question and answer period was at the end of the program.
The meeting proceeded with Edna Ridenbaugh calling the meeting to order. The minutes from our December meeting were read by Debbie Weber and corrections were made and minutes approved. The treasurer's report was given by Eileen McNally, since Debbie Jones could not be here. We have $4,199.00 in our scholarship/auction fund; Checking Account has $5,066.00; in our other scholarship account we have $6, 316.93; and the C.D., at Heartland Bank has $5,202.64.
Under Old Business:
A. All the teacher grants have been delivered now.
B. What a Success Scholarship Auction!
C. $3,400 teacher grants were given out.
Under New Business:
A. Special collection for Baskets of Life and the Baby Pantry.
B. Student Teacher Scholarship applications from the Scholarship Committee have been distributed
( 2 student teachers, $1,000 each).
C. Need to distribute applications to high school students ( 1 high school student going into education, $1,000).
D. Edna will invite the Mt. Vernon chapter to our April meeting, at Wilson's Garden Center.
E. Alpha Delta Convention, April 13-15, 2018, at Polaris Hilton. Check out The Voice for more info. The theme is foster children.
F. March Meeting. Let's come up with some ideas on how we can support foster children in our county. Suggestions given tonight were: House of New Hope; YES Club..socks and hats and gloves; “Backpack for Kids”, where a backpack is filled with food items students take home every week-end and bring back on Monday; and Fostering Further...website: fostering further.org This program helps many children in our county.
G. March 20, 2018 meeting is at the Arlington Care Center and will start at 6:30p.m..
H. Nominating Committee needs to start thinking about new officers.
A. Win Ellen brought a wonderful art activity that we will be making at our March meeting. It is very colorful and made from coffee filters!
B. The door prize was won by Carole Koontz.
Respectfully submitted by,