The Choteau / Teton Public Library has updated and improved its website and encourages all patrons to consult all information, schedules and resources available at http://choteau-tetonpubliclibrary.com.
The new website includes information on staff, services, policies, the City-County Library Joint Council and Friends of the Choteau Library and the programs offered, including Starry Sky Survey, Open Book Discussion, Lego Club, Story Hour, reading challenges, the black bear chest, children’s activities, internet and summer reading.
Another section is titled âWhat’s Newâ and details new fiction and non-fiction books for adults and children as they become available.
Library director Della Van Setten told the library board at its October 21 meeting that she used many of her own photographs as well as photographs provided through a free program on the site Web to ensure that no copyright issues arise.
In the library’s board section, she said, patrons can access a list of board members as well as meeting notices, agendas and minutes. meetings of the board of directors.
The âreading challengesâ section presents challenges for each month. In October, the challenge was for customers to read a book that was banned or challenged. The challenge in November is to re-read a childhood favorite and in December to read a book that has been adapted for the movies.
Parents who want to learn about children’s activities at the library can also check the services section to find times and topics for Storytime and Lego Club meetings.
âIt’s a great way to find out what’s going on at the library,â she says.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Van Setten said, she is happy to set up Zoom online access for people who wish to attend open book and library board meetings virtually. Anyone interested should contact her at the library.
The website also provides links to the Montana Library2Go and Choteau Library map catalog, as well as information on how to visit a “library hotspot” to bring mobile internet access to a home. , a company or an event.
Board members Karen Ferris, Margi Corey and Diana Levine, all from Choteau, Jean Harman from Dutton and Agnes Kolste from Fairfield praised Van Setten for his work on the website and said they hope customers would log on to find out more about their local library. Resources.
In other parts of her report to the board, Van Setten said attendance at Story Time and the Lego Club has been good and that she is excited to show customers the Starry Sky Montana kit. Learning Center. Customers can view the kit to participate in a citizen science project collecting data on the starry sky.
She said she had rearranged the public computers on the ground floor of the Choteau library to accommodate clients who are on scooters or electric wheelchairs and that the change was welcomed.
Van Setten also asked the board for advice on what to do when guests rent the Alice Gleason meeting room at the back of the library for the low price of $ 5 and don’t clean it once. that they have finished using it.
Van Setten said rental fees are intentionally low to encourage guests to use the room, which includes access to a small kitchen, tables and chairs, a piano, whiteboard and internet accessible TVs.
The main room’s floor is carpeted and users have left it stained, she said. Some users do not vacuum and clean the kitchen. Others leave the floors dirty. She said she would like to see a refundable cleaning deposit that could be used to pay for more hours of cleaning for the room.
Currently, she said, the library has scheduled five hours of cleaning services per week. Now, she said, she and other library staff have done the extra cleaning of the Gleason room so the issue doesn’t affect cleaning elsewhere in the building.
Ferris, the chairman of the board, asked Van Setten to gather more information, asking the town of Choteau how they handle the cleaning of the Choteau pavilion, looking at what the rental agreement says and looking at what cleaning instructions are for tenants.
The current rental policy states that the library may charge tenants an additional $ 10 when they are not cleaning to library standards.
Van Setten said she would provide more information at the next council meeting in January.
Van Setten also reported that his library’s statistics as of Oct. 21 were as follows: 21,480 items in the collection, 910 items distributed to customers in the past 30 days, and nine reservations placed. Over the past month, she said, adult materials have been viewed the most, followed by easy reading. Montana Library2Go has registered 458 cases in the last 30 days.
She said all library staff are taking online training on âDealing with Hostile and Potentially Dangerous Library Usersâ from the Library Works program.
Fairfield Library Director Brett Allen was unable to attend the meeting and did not submit a written report.
Dutton Library Director Cheri Fuhringer submitted her report in writing. She said the town of Dutton was saddened by all of the deaths of longtime members of the community. âAs we have had the chance to reflect on their lives, we are also very grateful for their patronage and support for the library, physically and financially, over the years,â she wrote.
The new exhibit in the Dutton Library’s âLa Galleria de’Artâ is an exhibit titled âThe View from Afar,â which features aerial photos of local farms. It plans an open day for the exhibition at the end of November or the beginning of December.
The open house for the latest exhibition, showcasing student art, drew a lot of people and Fuhringer said that Dora Sealey, who curates the collections, does a great job in organizing the open days.
Fuhringer said she continues to update the library’s young adult and young reader collections with the goal of eliminating and removing obsolete titles and determining which titles should be included.
The next council meeting is set for January 20 at the Dutton Library at 6:30 p.m.