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Heat For Froid Discussed At Library Board Meeting

Roosevelt County library director Andrea Hayes told The Searchlight that the decision to sort large print books into a special section at the main branch in Wolf Point has been popular with library regulars. The section is mainly fiction titles at this point, but plans are in the works to add to the nonfiction offerings.
Hayes was in attendance at the regular meeting of the Roosevelt County Library board at the main branch in Wolf Point Saturday, Jan. 26. She was joined by library chairperson Laurie Evans, trustee Pat Henry and vice chairperson Gloria Mason.

During the statement of accounts, Hayes told the assembled that $10,000 from the Purchased Services 300 fund was used to help pay for the heating/cooling system at the library housed in the Town of Froid Community Center. Froid librarian Sheri Harvey reported that she kept the tradition of serving coffee and cookies on Election Day. She applied for and received a $1,000 grant from the Tom and Corrine Nyquist Foundation to purchase Montana books for the Froid library within a four-year period. Harvey also reported that the Froid Community Fund Drive raised $250 for the library. It was also mentioned that the greater Froid community is planning a neighborhood community watch program. The library plans to participate.
A panic button was installed and tested at the main branch in Wolf Point in December. According to meeting minutes, the board greatly appreciates the addition and feels it adds to a sense of security for the staff. The staff has also expressed interest in a button to buzz patrons into the bathroom facilities. Montana State Library director of library development Tracy Cook responded by requesting a Patron Behavior Policy from the board prior to approving a buzzer.
James E. Shanley Tribal librarian Anita Scheetz reported that the NEMHS Charitable Foundation Christmas tree fundraiser was displayed once again. The drawings were held Dec. 6. Scheetz also reported that their book club met Dec. 12 with six members attending.
The main branch now has a snowblower machine, thanks to county maintenance supervisor Craig Karge. Karge went shopping with Hayes at Agland Co-op East in Wolf Point, where a suitable model was chosen.
The Playtime Pals program is still running every first and third Wednesday of the month and the book club for adults gained three new members, bringing the total to 13. An inventory of the juvenile nonfiction section has passed the halfway mark.
The Friends of the Library had their annual membership meeting Jan. 15. They held the election of officers. Retaining their positions were Laura Krauth, president; Carol Hackley, treasurer; and Janet Livingston, secretary. Krauth has been approved for a position on the first board of the newly formed Montana Trust. The Friends board is researching scanners in the hope of purchasing one for the library.
Livingston had foot surgery earlier this month and was out for about 2½ weeks. She is down to part-time for the near future. The library has received about a dozen applicants for a part-time position. Hayes hopes to interview several applicants within the coming weeks. Livingston will participate in the interviews as well.
The next board meeting is scheduled for Saturday, March 2, at the James E. Shanley Tribal Library in Poplar.