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[EBR Library Board of Control on October 19, 2023.]

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WELL, GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE.

I'D LIKE TO CALL THE OCTOBER 19TH, 2023 EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH LIBRARY BOARD OF CONTROL MEETING TO ORDER.

CANDACE, WHY DON'T YOU LEAD US IN THE PLEDGE? OKAY.

I PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AMERICA.

AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

ROSANNA, PLEASE CALL ROLL.

NICOLE ALMOND ANDERSON.

PRESENT MARTHA STICKLE.

JASON JACOB HERE.

DONALD LUTHER JR.

HERE.

CANDACE TEMPLE.

HERE.

KATHY WASCO HERE.

AND DOLORES WATTS HERE.

THANK YOU.

LET THE RECORD REFLECT WE DO HAVE A QUORUM APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2023, AND THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE MEETING OF SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2023, AS WELL AS THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE MEETING OF SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2023.

I MOVE THAT WE APPROVE.

I SECOND.

ALL IN FAVOR? AYE.

AYE.

ANY OPPOSED? MINUTES ARE ADOPTED.

MR. PRESIDENT, CAN I ASK THAT WE TRY AND MOVE UP, UH, THE NEW BUSINESS PORTION OF THE I I HAVE NO PROBLEM.

EXCELLENT.

UM, DO WE, UH, DO WE NEED TO HAVE A, A VOTE ON THAT? I'M JUST ASKING IF THERE'S ANY OBJECTION.

IF THERE'S ANY OBJECTION.

NO.

OKAY.

ALRIGHT.

SO, ITEM SEVEN, NEW BUSINESS, UH, VOTE TO AUTHORIZE BRADBERRY MILLER CONSULTANT TO EXTEND OFFER OF EMPLOYMENT TO THE SELECTED FINAL CANDIDATE FOR THE POSITION OF LIBRARY DIRECTOR.

DO I HAVE A MOTION? A MOTION THAT WE DO? SO I SECOND.

OKAY.

ALL IN FAVOR? AYE.

AYE.

ANY OPPOSED? PLEASE REFER TO LET BRADBERRY, UH, EXTEND THAT OFFER.

YES, SIR.

OKAY.

UH, REPORTS BY THE DIRECTOR FOR 2023.

OPERATING EXPENDITURES THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30TH ARE $32,322,856 AND 81 CENTS, OR 60.21% OF THE OPERATING BUDGET THROUGH SEPTEMBER.

WE SHOULD HAVE SPENT NO MORE THAN 75% OF THE BUDGET CASH COLLECTIONS FROM PROPERTY TAXES FOR 2023 REMAIN AHEAD OF THOSE COLLECTED IN 2022 AS WE'RE APPROXIMATELY $4.5 MILLION AND 9.3% AHEAD OF THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR.

DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE FINANCIAL REPORTS? RON, RHONDA, REAL QUICK.

I, I, I HAD, I WAS LOOKING AT THE, I'M TRYING TO FIND WHERE I WAS LOOKING AT ON, ON THIS, UH, STATEMENT OF REVENUES AND EXPENDITURES, ENCUMBRANCES, UHHUH, .

I'M, I'M LOOKING AT ON THE UNDER REVENUES, UNDER INTEREST EARNINGS ON INVESTMENTS.

YEAH.

WHAT'S THAT? NEGATIVE 1 MILLION.

WHAT'S GOING ON THERE? THAT, THAT JUST, OKAY.

THAT JUST MEANS THAT WE'VE COLLECTED $1.4 MILLION OVER WHAT WE BUDGETED.

SO ON THE REVENUE SIDE, THE BALANCE IS GONNA BE NEGATIVE IF YOU OVER COLLECT.

OKAY.

AS OPPOSED TO THE EXPENDITURE SIDE, THE BALANCE WILL BE POSITIVE IF YOU UNDERSPEND JUST THE DIFFERENCE IN REVENUES AND EXPENDITURES.

GOTCHA.

IT'S A GOOD THING.

OKAY.

A NEGATIVE IN THE BALANCE COLUMN ON THE REVENUE SIDE IS A VERY GOOD THING.

YEAH.

OKAY.

PERFECT.

THANK YOU.

UH, SYSTEM REPORTS.

OKAY, I'LL GO FIRST.

HA HA.

FIRST TIME.

OKAY.

LOTS AND LOTS TO SEE.

FIRST OF ALL, I PASSED OUT SOME OF THE, SOME OF THE DELIVERABLES FROM THE AUTHOR ILLUSTRATOR PROGRAM AND I SO HAPPY TO REPORT THAT.

IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL SERIES.

OVER 500

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KIDS WERE CONNECTED TO US ONLINE AS WE PUSHED OUT THE AUTHOR PROGRAM ON THURSDAY MORNING.

AND THEN THAT EVENING, UH, THE ROOM WAS FULL WITH MOSTLY GROWNUPS, PEOPLE FROM THE GENERAL MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY.

SOMETIMES YOU'LL GET A, A CLASS THAT COMES AS A GROUP OR A COUPLE OF KIDS HERE AND A COUPLE OF KIDS THERE, OR MAYBE A HOMESCHOOLING BLOCK.

BUT THIS TIME THE AUDIENCE WAS MOSTLY ADULTS, WHICH WAS REALLY INTERESTING FOR US.

AND THEY WERE MOSTLY ADULTS WHO CARED ABOUT CHILDREN'S BOOKS AND THEY WERE FASCINATED BY THIS PROCESS.

AND THEN THE NEXT DAY, OF COURSE, FOR THE ACTUAL WORKSHOP, ALL ADULTS OF SOME SCHOOL LIBRARIANS, SOME SCHOOL TEACHERS, SOME AUTHORS, SOME ILLUSTRATORS, AND AGAIN, JUST SOME PEOPLE THAT LIKE CHILDREN'S MATERIAL AND CHILDREN'S BOOKS AND WERE FASCINATED BY THE PROCESS.

I WILL TELL YOU THE PART THAT I ENJOYED THE MOST WAS DURING THE WORKSHOP ON FRIDAY MORNING WHEN JEFFREY, THE SON, WHO IS THE RAPPER AND THE ILLUSTRATOR, UH, STOOD RIGHT HERE AND ON THE GIANT BOARD, IT WAS KIND OF LIKE A MINTER SURVEY.

UH, HE WAS LIKE, YOU GIVE ME THIS AND YOU GIVE ME THAT.

AND WE MADE OUR OWN WRAP.

AND IT WAS, UM, IT WAS REALLY ENGAGING AND EVERYONE WHO WORKED WITH KIDS LEFT WITH A LESSON PLAN IN MIND, NO MATTER WHAT AGE THE KIDS WERE.

AND IT WAS BASICALLY HOW TO WRITE A WRAP.

AND, AND WE DID A GOOD WRAP.

I WILL TELL YOU THAT.

MM-HMM, .

SO THAT WAS FUN.

I'VE HANDED OUT TO YOU SOME OF THE THINGS THAT OUR CHILDREN'S STAFF CREATED FOR IT.

UM, THEY OF COURSE CREATED BOOK LISTS.

THEY CREATED, UH, NOTEBOOKS THAT YOU COULD USE TO TAKE YOUR NOTES.

AND, UH, THEY PUT TOGETHER A LOVELY KIND OF LESSON PLAN, RESOURCE LIST, A TIMELINE BIBLIOGRAPHY, AND LESSON LINKS FOR BLACK HISTORY BOOKS.

SO, UH, THERE'S ALWAYS A VALUE ADD WITH A PROGRAM LIKE THIS.

AND I TALK TO SOME OF THE TEACHERS AND SCHOOL LIBRARIANS.

WE TALK WITH OUR CHILDREN'S ROOM STAFF, AND NEXT YEAR WE WOULD LIKE TO BEGIN OFFERING THE WORKSHOP JUST FREE OF CHARGE.

WE HAVE, HISTORICALLY, FOR THE LAST 46 YEARS, HAD A SMALL FEE FOR THE WORKSHOP, AND THAT FEE WENT TO THE PATRONS OF THE PUBLIC LIBRARY, AND THE PATRONS OF THE PUBLIC LIBRARY PAID FOR THE REFRESHMENTS AND FLEW THE AUTHOR IN AND DID THINGS LIKE THAT.

WE WOULD LIKE TO JUST OFFER IT FREE OF CHARGE BECAUSE THE VALUE OF THE PROGRAM IS SO MUCH MORE THAN A $25 REGISTRATION FEE.

SO I'M JUST SHARING THAT WITH YOU.

THE LIBRARY LOSES NO MONEY FROM US DOING THAT.

AND IN FACT, WE, WE GROW OUR IMPACT.

SO THAT'S GOING TO BE A CHANGE FOR THE FUTURE.

THIS IS THE KIND OF THING WHERE BY ABOUT THE 30TH YEAR, THE AUTHORS WERE TALKING AMONG THEMSELVES, AND WHEN WE WOULD MAKE A CALL TO THE AUTHOR FOR TWO YEARS FROM NOW, THEY WOULD SAY, OOH, SO AND SO TOLD ME ABOUT THIS.

I'VE BEEN HOPING YOU WOULD CALL.

SO THE, WE HAVE, UH, SOME STREET CRED FOR THIS PROGRAM AND WE HOPE TO CONTINUE IT FOR MANY MORE YEARS.

10 YEARS, 10 YEARS IN THE MAKING.

TIN IT WAS THE ANNUAL MAKER FAIR.

AND IT WAS A METAL THEME, THOUGH AS ALWAYS.

WE'RE HIGH MAKING, LOW, MAKING, UM, HIGH TECH, LOW TECH, NO TECH.

I WILL SAY CROCHET WAS THE FAD OF THE YEAR.

BUT WE HAD SOME WONDERFUL PERFORMERS, I GUESS, I GUESS PERFORMER IS THE WRONG WORD.

WE HAD WONDERFUL MAKERS.

WE HAD MAKERS WHO WERE FOUR FEET HIGH AND MAKERS WHO WERE 90 YEARS OLD.

WE HAD MAKERS WHO WERE PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS PEOPLE.

WE HAD MAKERS WHO WERE TALENTED AMATEURS.

WE HAD HIGH SCHOOL MAKERS, MIDDLE SCHOOL MAKERS.

WE HAD HIGH SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS.

AND I WILL HAPPILY TELL YOU THAT EVERYONE LIKES TO BLOW GIANT BUBBLES NO MATTER HOW OLD THEY ARE.

WE HAD WONDERFUL PLAY IN THE NEWSPAPER AND COUNTRY ROADS ON TELEVISION, ON THE RADIO.

WE HAD OVER 2,500 ATTENDEES.

AND WE'RE NOT JUST MAKING THIS UP.

THAT'S PROBABLY A CONSERVATIVE NUMBER.

WE KNOW HOW MANY PEOPLE WE KIND OF TAGGED AND SWABBED AND WHATEVER.

PEOPLE LEARN TO SEW, THEY, THEY EXPERIMENT WITH VR, OPEN PLAY.

AND THAT WAS A WAY FOR US TO SNEAK SKILL MILL INTO THEIR CONSCIOUSNESS AS WELL.

UM, BURT FLEMING WAS THE CHAINSAW

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ARTIST, AND HE MADE THIS FABULOUS PELICAN AND ALSO SOMETHING THAT I WILL CALL GANDALF.

UM, WE HAD PULL APART THINGS.

WE HAD THE AERIAL REFUGEE, UH, IS IT REFUGEE AERIAL PERFORMED? IT WAS A LITTLE BIT TOO WINDY FOR SILKS, BUT SHE WAS ABLE TO USE THE, THE RINGS.

WE HAD CIRCLE WEAVING.

WE HAD ROBOTS EVERYWHERE ON THE GROUND IN THE AIR.

AND A GOOD TIME WAS HAD BY ALL, UH, THIS CLOSE TO THE SOLAR ECLIPSE.

YOU CAN BET PEOPLE WERE GETTING THEIR INFORMATION ON HOW TO SAFELY VIEW THE ECLIPSE.

UH, SO I WAS JUST SO THRILLED ABOUT THE VARIETY AND THE AGE RANGE REALLY, REALLY GOOD IN THE MAKERS AND IN THE ATTENDEES.

LOOK AT THAT, LOOK AT THE FACE ON THOSE, THOSE GIRLS.

ONE OF THEM'S MAKING POTTERY AND ONE OF THEM'S MAKING A MESS.

UM, I LOVE IT.

DOWN AT THE BOTTOM, YOU SEE LASM AND THEY'RE DOING, UM, CODING BLOCKS AND UP ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE THAT IS, UH, GOING BACK TO THE METAL THEME.

THAT'S THE BLACKSMITH.

AND ALL HE DID WAS WORK IRON.

AND, YOU KNOW, PEOPLE WERE JUST THERE WATCHING IT.

WE'RE ALL FASCINATED BY THE SKILL AND THE TALENT.

SO REALLY A GOOD TIME HAD BY ALL.

WE'VE, UH, BEGUN SOME NEW PROMOTIONS.

GET THIS READY FOR PERMISSION.

PATRICIA.

UM, THE CHILDREN'S ROOM STAFF HAS STARTED DOING THE BOOK CORNER IN BATON ROUGE PARENTS MAGAZINE, YET ANOTHER WAY TO CARRY OUT THE BRAND.

AS YOU KNOW, WE ALREADY PLACE THINGS IN SUCH MAGAZINES AS TIGER RAG AND THE BUSINESS REPORT AND 2, 2 5, AND IN REGISTER, AND A VARIETY OF OTHER LOCAL MEDIA OUTLETS.

BUT OF COURSE, BATON ROUGE PARENTS IS THE PLACE TO GO FOR PARENTS.

SO WE WERE EXCITED TO GET PLACEMENT AND WE'LL BE PUSHING BOOKS.

WE'LL BE PUSHERS, Y'ALL.

UM, ENABLERS.

WE'RE ALSO TRYING SOMETHING NEW WITH THE PRESS CHART CAMPAIGN.

UH, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE FEWER WORDS, BUT MORE PICTURES, AND WE'RE GOING TO ADD A LITTLE BIT MORE INCENTIVES TO IT.

UH, WE REALIZE THAT SIGNING UP WAS ALMOST A BARRIER.

SO WE ARE SIMPLIFYING THE SIGN UP PROCESS.

UM, WE LIKE SIGNING PEOPLE UP.

WE LIKE TO NAG THEM AND GET STATISTICS AND, YOU KNOW, BOTHER THEM MANY TIMES, BUT THAT TAKES EXTRA STEPS.

SO WE ARE GOING TO SIMPLIFY AND THAT WILL MAKE IT EASIER FOR THE BOOK.

MOST BILL STAFF TO SIGN UP PEOPLE WHEN THEY VISIT THEM IN THE DAYCARES AND LEARNING CENTERS, BECAUSE THE PEOPLE RUNNING THOSE CENTERS COULD NOT INDIVIDUALLY SIGN UP 25 KIDS AND BEING STACKED.

THEY JUST WEREN'T GONNA DO IT.

IT WAS JUST GONNA BE A NO GO.

SO WE'RE GONNA TRY SOMETHING NEW.

AS ALWAYS, OUR WONDERFUL FRIENDS FROM THE GARDEN DISCOVERIES, WERE HERE.

BUTTERFLIES ARE A BIG ATTRACTION.

WE'VE HAD WONDERFUL ATTRACTIONS WITH, UH, THE HIP HOP FEST.

WE'VE HAD, OF COURSE, THERE'S THE ECLIPSE, UM, ALL OVER THE PARISH.

PEOPLE WERE SENDING ME THESE THINGS, EITHER THAT OR THIS, THAT OR THIS.

AND ONE ENTERPRISING STAFF MEMBER WENT OUT FOR LUNCH, TOOK THE GLASSES WITH HER, AND THE WHOLE LUNCH CREW WAS LOOKING UP OUTSIDE THE RESTAURANT AND SHE'S LIKE, IT'S THE LIBRARY.

IT'S THE LIBRARY.

SO GETTING THAT KIND OF WORD OUT FOR NEXT YEAR, THERE'S A REALLY BIG ECLIPSE COMING IN APRIL, AND WE'LL DO A LOT MORE THAN DISPLAYS AND GLASSES FOR THAT.

THERE'LL BE, UM, A LOT MORE SUBSTANTIVE PROGRAMMING LEADING UP TO IT.

NOW, I WILL SAY WE'RE GONNA HAVE TO DO THAT PROGRAMMING ON OUR OWN BECAUSE EVERY SINGLE PERSON I'VE TALKED TO FROM THE ASTRONOMY SOCIETY, FROM LSU PHYSICS DEPARTMENT, THEY'RE ALL GOING TO TEXAS TO WATCH IT THEMSELVES.

THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT SINGULARITY.

OKAY, FUN.

WHAT ELSE AM I GOING TO TELL YOU ABOUT? ALRIGHT, WE HOSTED A LOT OF, WE, WE HAVE HOSTED A LOT OF GROUPS.

OCTOBER'S A BIG MONTH FOR A LOT OF NONPROFITS, FOR A LOT OF SOCIAL CONCERNS, CAUSES, UH, FOR EXAMPLE, UPSTAIRS YOU'LL SEE THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DISPLAY.

AND THIS WEEK, THIS WEEK, NEXT WEEK, WE'RE HOSTING, UH, A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE FASHION SHOW OUTSIDE FOR THE FOURTH YEAR AT A TIME, WE HOSTED WHITE CANE DAY.

AND WHEN IT WAS OVER, THEY GIFTED ME

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WITH THIS FOR THE LIBRARY.

THERE USED TO, OH, HERE WE GO.

UM, SO WE HAVE OUR OWN CANE IF WE NEED IT, UH, IF WE NEED IT FOR SHARING, BUT THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME WE DID IT IN SUCH A BIG, BIG WAY.

THEY'VE HAD SMALL MEETINGS BEFORE, BUT THIS TIME THEY WERE ON THE BIG SIGN.

THEY WERE OUTSIDE, THEY WERE EVERYWHERE.

THEY GOT A LOT OF PLAY WITH IT.

AND THEY MET A LOT OF PEOPLE.

BUT ALSO WE, THE VERY NEXT DAY WAS LIGHT TO REMEMBER.

WE WORKED ON THAT WITH WOMEN'S HOSPITAL.

THIS IS A SPECIAL EVENT THAT'S HELD EVERY YEAR.

IT USED TO BE CALLED WAVE OF LIGHT.

UH, ANNA'S GRACE FOUNDATION WAS PART OF IT.

A LOT OF FOUNDATIONS IN EVERY, IN EVERY COMMUNITY HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH THIS.

AND IT'S A WAY TO HONOR AND REMEMBER BABIES LOST DURING PREGNANCY OR IN INFANCY, AND THERE WERE HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE OUTSIDE Y'ALL.

UH, THEY, THEY GATHERED HERE, AS YOU CAN SEE IN THE BOTTOM PICTURES, WOMEN'S HOSPITAL WAS EVERYWHERE.

A LOT OF PINK.

UM, WE HAD MUSIC PLAYING IN THE GARDENS.

UH, YOU, YOU WERE GIVEN, UH, UH, YOU REGISTERED, YOU WERE GIVEN THE SIGN WITH YOUR CHILD OR YOUR FAMILY, AND THOSE WERE PLANTED OUT IN THE GARDEN.

THERE WAS A GARDEN STROLL, THERE WAS SOFT MUSIC.

THEY CAME BACK HERE.

AND, UH, WE READ THE NAMES OF THE BABIES.

AND IT WAS JUST A REALLY, IT WAS A MAGNIFICENT EVENT.

IT WAS A WONDERFUL CELEBRATION.

UH, THE FAMILIES ARE SO APPRECIATIVE, AND THIS IS, AND THEY THANKED US.

THEY THANKED US FOR ALLOWING THEM TO HAVE.

I'M LIKE, HOW COULD WE NOT? OH MY GOSH, OF COURSE, FOR BOTH OF THESE EVENTS, WE HAD BOOKMARKS, WE HAD BOOKS.

UM, AND WE ALSO TALKED TO THE GROUP SAYING, IF YOU THINK OF A BOOK THAT'S THE BEST BOOK ON HOW TO TALK TO SAY AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD ABOUT THIS TOPIC, OR, OR WHAT WE NEED, JUST PLEASE BE SURE AND LET US KNOW, BECAUSE WE MAY, IT MAY HAVE COME THROUGH SOME KIND OF SPECIAL PUBLISHER THAT DOESN'T NORMALLY HIT THE REGULAR BOOK MARKETS.

SO AGAIN, A WAY TO CEMENT RELATIONSHIPS WITH THESE HELPING ORGANIZATIONS WHO ALSO HAVE REGULAR MEETINGS HERE AND ET CETERA, ET CETERA.

MORE SOCIAL.

OKAY.

YOU, I'M SURE YOU SAW THE COVER OF THE PAPER ON THE 15TH AFTER VOTING.

THERE'S BLUE BONNET.

UM, I, IT WAS THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE VOTED AT BLUE BLUEBONNET, JONES CREEK, ZACHARY, AND FAIRWOOD THOUSANDS.

UM, AND THEY ALSO ARE VERY APPRECIATIVE OF THIS OPPORTUNITY.

YOU'LL SEE THE LEGENDS, UH, HELD OUTSIDE.

THERE'S DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.

WE'VE HELD, UH, EMPLOYMENT TRAINING.

THE MAYOR DID.

THE S-E-D-B-E WORKSHOP, UH, IS JUST NOW DOWNTOWN.

THEY'RE EVERYWHERE.

WE'VE HOSTED SOME OTHER PROGRAMS WITH SOME COMMUNITY FRIENDS AND PARTNERS, UH, FUTURES FUND, DOING SOME SPECIAL THINGS ON TECHNOLOGY, SO REALLY WIDESPREAD AND FAR REACHING.

WE'VE ALSO HOSTED DIALOGUE ON RACE AND INTRODUCTION.

IT'S NOT THE SERIES, IT'S JUST KIND OF LIKE, WHAT'S THE SERIES ABOUT.

SO MAXINE CRUMP HAS BEEN DOING THAT WITH US.

NOW, THIS ONE IS VERY CLOSE TO MY HEART, , IT'S RUN FOR YOUR LIVES.

IT'S OCTOBER.

THEY'RE GONNA SHOW HORROR FILMS. I'M NOT GONNA GO TO 'EM.

IT'S NOT MY THING.

BUT NOW THAT WE HAVE HIVE CLASS, THE DATABASE THAT HAS SMALL MICRO CLASSES AND EVERYTHING FROM SOCCER TO PICKLEBALL TO YOGA, WE ARE DOING HORRIBLE EXERCISE.

BASICALLY, WHAT ARE THE MOVES YOU WOULD MAKE WHEN YOU WERE RUNNING FROM THE CHAINSAW MASSACRE OR RUNNING FROM THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE OR HIDING OUT? SO ALL THE DIFFERENT MOVES THAT WE MIGHT MAKE, UH, AND PEOPLE HAVE BEEN COMING TO IT.

I, I'M JUST SO EXCITED ABOUT THAT.

, UH, WE ARE ABOUT READY TO GET THIS ROOM READY FOR ADDICT TREASURES AND COLLECTIBLES.

UM, WE'VE BEEN DOING IT 23 YEARS, Y'ALL.

UM, I'M RUNNING OUT OF THINGS TO LOOK FOR.

OH, THERE'S ALWAYS ONE MORE.

UH, WE ALWAYS PROFILE THE ANTIQUE DATABASE THAT WE USE.

IT'S THE SAME ONE THEY USE ON ANTIQUE ROADSHOW, THE P FOUR A DATABASE.

SO WE ALWAYS HAVE SOMEONE DEMONSTRATING THAT.

WE ALWAYS HAVE THE, UH, THE BOOKS, THE COVES AND THE WORMS AND SUCH LIKE THAT OUT READY.

AND THE STAFF KNOW THAT PEOPLE MAY BE WANDERING UPSTAIRS LOOKING FOR THAT STAMP OR THAT COIN OR

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THAT TEAPOT.

SO IT'S REALLY A FUN EVENT.

IT ALWAYS GETS A LOT OF PLAY.

THE MEDIA HAS BEEN ENJOYING THAT AS WELL.

SO WE'LL SEE.

THERE'S ALWAYS SOMETHING REALLY FABULOUS THAT I'M HAPPY TO SHARE WITH YOU THE NEXT MONTH.

VIRTUAL AUTHOR TALKS GOING, WELL, JOHN IRVING, Y'ALL AND THEN JOHN STAMOS.

REMEMBER, THESE ARE ALL ARCHIVED.

AND REMEMBER, YOU CAN SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS.

THEY'RE LIVE ON THESE THINGS FOR THE BOOK FESTIVAL.

SO FUN.

IT'S ALL WORD BASED.

THE LIBRARY WILL BE THERE.

THE BOOK FAIRIES WILL BE THERE.

UM, JUST AS THE POSTER IS, UH, PLAYING WITH RECYCLED BOOKS AND BOOK ART, WE ARE TOO.

SO, UM, THE, UH, TEEN STAFF, WHEN THEY GO TO A OUTREACH EVENT, WHILE THEY'RE WAITING FOR THEIR TURN, THEY'RE MAKING FLOWERS.

SO NO TIME IS LEFT UNUSED FOR THE LIBRARY.

SO THAT IS HAPPENING, AND I'M URGING YOU TO PUT THAT ON YOUR CALENDAR.

A LOT OF OTHER THINGS ARE HAPPENING.

ASK A LAWYER IS COMING IN THE FLAG PROMOTION.

SO GOOD.

UH, OUR BAG, OUR BOX FILLED UP WITHIN FOUR HOURS.

STRICTLY BUSINESS.

LOTS MORE ON THE, UH, EVERY MONTH, AS YOU KNOW.

I'M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THIS ONE.

THE RISE OF AI.

SO WHETHER YOU KNOW IT OR NOT, YOU ARE RECEIVING COMMUNICATIONS THAT WERE CREATED WITH THE HELP OF AI, UM, WHICH IS ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE.

BUSINESSES ARE USING IT, HOSPITALS ARE USING IT, HR IS USING IT, MARKETERS ARE USING IT.

SO WE'RE GONNA HAVE, UH, WE HAVE IN THE NEWSLETTER FOR, UH, THIS MONTH, PUT A DEEP DIVE ON SOME OF THE LIBRARY RESOURCES THAT YOU CAN JUST QUICK CLICK IN THE DATA, UH, THE DIGITAL LIBRARY AND GET A QUICK GUIDE TO AI AND THINK ABOUT HOW YOU MIGHT USE IT FOR YOUR OWN SELF.

I'M DETERMINED THAT BRYCE IS GONNA WRITE AN RFP USING IT IN MY LIFETIME, .

UM, AND HENRY HAYES IS GOING TO BE HERE AND SPEAK IN THIS ROOM TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC ABOUT HOW YOU CAN BENEFIT.

YES, YOU CAN BE TERRIFIED AND THINK ABOUT THE TERMINATOR AND THE SINGULARITY AND THE END OF TIMES, OR LIKE ME, REED MURDER BOT.

OR YOU CAN COME IN HERE, HENRY HAYES, AND THEN SEE HOW YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO USE IT FOR YOUR OWN PURPOSES.

LIKE WRITE YOUR OWN RFP OR WORK ON YOUR OWN HR MANUAL.

I'M EXCITED ABOUT THAT ONE.

A GIS DAY IS COMING.

UH, THEY WERE HERE FOR THE MAKER FAIR, UH, DEMONSTRATING SOME OF THE THINGS YOU CAN DO WITH OPEN DATA.

OPEN BR AS YOU KNOW, WE'RE GONNA BE BREAKING GROUND FOR THE SOUTH BRANCH.

IT'S A VERY LOW KEY EVENT.

THERE'S NO RECEPTION, THERE'S VERY LITTLE PARKING, BUT WE'RE EXCITED.

IT'S REAL, IT'S HAPPENING.

PEOPLE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD ARE VERY EXCITED TO SEE THE BIG WORK MACHINES HAVE ARRIVED.

AND OF COURSE, AS ALWAYS, MOVIES ON THE PLAZA.

WE'RE GOING TO HAVE THE ADAMS FAMILY.

I INVITE YOU TO DRESS UP LIKE TUESDAY OR WEDNESDAY OR THURSDAY OR ANY DAY YOU WANT.

AND JOIN US OUT IN THE PLAZA FOR A FREE SHOWING OF THE ADAMS FAMILY.

NOW THAT IS ALL I HAVE FOR YOU AS FAR AS PICTURES.

DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? I WILL GET OUTTA THE WAY.

OKAY.

OTHER REPORTS? YES.

OKAY.

SO WE'RE STILL WORKING ON THE FACILITIES, UH, MASTER PLAN SURVEY.

UM, INITIAL FINDINGS INDICATE THAT THE PATRONS ARE PLEASED WITH THE LIBRARY FACILITIES OVERALL AND WANT US CONTINUE TO CONTINUE TO MAINTAIN AN UPGRADE, EM UPGRADE.

THIS WE'VE BEEN DOING, THERE WAS WIDE SUPPORT FOR OUR FACILITY AS WE ENVISIONED DOING WITH START, WHICH IS SOMETHING I CAN NEVER REMEMBER, BUT IT'S WRITTEN DOWN HERE FOR ME.

SO I KNOW STRATEGICALLY TARGETED ACCESS FOR RESOURCES AND TECHNOLOGY.

SO SMALLER, MAYBE NOT FULL SERVICE BRANCHES, BUT, BUT KIND OF ONE STOP SHOP FOR POPULAR, UH, POPULAR MATERIALS, COMPUTER ACCESS, A FEW MEETING ROOMS, UM, AS RE PART OF REGULAR MAINTENANCE.

UM, ALVIN HAS IN INFORMED ME THAT THEY HAVE BEEN GOING TO DIFFERENT BRANCHES TO INSTALL LED LIGHT

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BULBS INSTEAD OF TO REPLACE THE FLUORESCENT BALLAST THAT THEY'VE BEEN USING IN THE PAST AS THAT BECOMES MORE COST EFFECTIVE.

RIGHT NOW THEY'VE COMPLETED WORK AT EDEN PARK, JONES CREEK, DELMONT GARDENS, BAKER AND ZACHARY.

AND PART OF THE ADVANTAGE IS YOU DON'T HAVE TO PURCHASE NEW BALLAST.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO PURCHASE THE FLUORESCENT BULBS.

AND WE HAD DIFFERENT TYPES OF FLUORESCENT BULBS AT DIFFERENT PLACES.

SO I ASKED HIM, I SAID, ARE YOU STANDARDIZING THESE LEDS? AND HE SAID, YES.

SO THAT'S A GOOD THING.

AND, UM, THE LED BULBS WILL LAST LONGER USE LESS POWER BURN COOLER.

SO OVERALL A GOOD, A GOOD TRANSITION.

UM, ONE OF THE ELEVATORS STOPPED WORKING AT, UH, RIVER CENTER ON SEPTEMBER 25TH, AND THE TECHNICIAN HAD TO ORDER A PART.

IT IS STILL ON ORDER.

YOU'LL HEAR THIS A LOT.

THE PARTS ARE ON ORDER.

THE THINGS ARE ON ORDER.

UM, AND THEN UNFORTUNATELY, BOTH PATRON ELEVATORS STOPPED WORKING THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH.

WE WERE HOSTING A BRETA FORM FEST AT THAT ON THE FOURTH FLOOR.

BUT PEOPLE WERE ABLE TO GET OUT THE LIBRARY'S MAINTENANCE STAFF AND THE, THE RIVER CENTER STAFF, UH, RESPONDED AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.

AND, UM, BOTH OF THOSE ELEVATORS WERE BACK UP AND WORKING BECAUSE THE STAFF ELEVATOR STOPPED WORKING AS WELL.

UM, INDIVIDUALS HELD THE DOOR OPEN SO LONG THAT THE ELEVATOR, YOU KNOW, SAID NO, NOT DOING THIS, AND IT HAD TO BE RESET.

SO, UM, BUT THOSE TWO ELEVATORS ARE BACK WORKING.

WE'RE STILL WAITING ON PARTS FOR THAT OTHER PATRON ELEVATOR.

UM, THE CARVER REPAIR, I REMEMBER I MENTIONED A HOT WATER LINE THAT NEEDED TO BE REPAIRED.

THE ESTIMATE CAME IN AT 52,000 AND WE'RE WAITING ON A PO FOR, FOR THAT WORK TO BEGIN.

UM, AS FAR AS THE MISCELLANEOUS, UM, CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS AT OUTREACH, THE LIBRARY STAFF MET WITH THE ARCHITECTURE AND THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES TO REVIEW PROGRESS ON OUTREACH.

THE CONTRACTOR FINISHED STRIPING THE PARKING LOT AND PATRONS WERE HAPPY BECAUSE THEY WERE ABLE TO RESUME THE MONTHLY RECYCLED REEDS.

AND I, I WENT TO IT AND GOT A BUNCH OF STUFF, UM, MORE THAN I NEEDED.

THE CONTRACTOR IS WORKING ON INCREASING THE HEIGHT OF THE PARKING LOT GATE.

SO WE HAVE THE PARKING LOT FENCE THAT'S ABOUT THIS HIGH, BUT THE GATE WAS LIKE ABOUT THIS HIGH, WHICH IS CUTE, BUT NOT EFFECTIVE.

SO THEY'RE GONNA RAISE THE HEIGHT OF IT, UH, TO, SO THAT IT MATCHES THE FENCE.

UM, AND WE'VE ASKED FOR A QUOTE TO REFURBISH THE JANITORIAL CLOSET.

IT WAS NOT IN THE ORIGINAL SCOPE OF WORK.

AND SO THE ARCHITECT HAS SENT A SCOPE OF WORK AND WE'RE WAITING ON THE PRICING BEFORE WE APPROVE IT.

UM, ON THE MULTI-BRANCH IMPROVEMENTS, THE ARCHITECT HAS SENT A PUNCH LIST FOR TO, FOR US TO REVIEW.

WE WERE GOING TO HAVE AN UPDATED MEETING ON THE PUNCH LIST REVIEW THIS AFTERNOON, AND THERE WERE TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES.

SO WE'LL, WE'LL REVIEW THAT PUNCH LIST WHEN WE MEET NEXT FRIDAY.

UM, BUT AT CARVER, THE CONTRACTORS REPLACED THE LABORATORIES AND THE COUNTERS IN BOTH OF THE PUBLIC RESTROOMS REPAINTED THE RESTROOMS. AND SO THEY LOOK VERY MUCH UPDATED.

AND IF YOU'VE BEEN TO CARVER AND I'LL NEED, I'LL BRING SOME PICTURES NEXT TIME.

UM, THE PREVIOUS COLOR WAS A DEEP MAROON.

UM, THEY REPLACED IT WITH KIND OF A CREAM COLOR.

UH, IT REALLY BRIGHTENS UP THE WHOLE BATHROOM AND BOTH RESTROOMS. SO WE WERE HAPPY WITH THAT.

UM, AT DELMONT GARDENS, WE, WE HAVE SOME, I MENTIONED WINDOW REPLACEMENTS LAST TIME.

THEY'RE STILL WORKING ON THAT.

WE'VE RECEIVED A PRICE FOR REPLACEMENT FLOOR FLOORING IN THE COMPUTER AREA.

SO YOU MAY OR MAY NOT REMEMBER, WE HAD SOME MOISTURE TESTING THAT WAS HIGHER THAN USUAL.

AND, UH, WE HAD A COUPLE OF CHOICES TO EITHER REMEDIATE, UM, THE FLOORING, THE MOISTURE BARRIER, OR, UH, EITHER DO A, UM, SOMETHING THAT WE LAY OVER OR A BARRIER OF SOME SORT.

WE HAD PUT A BARRIER LAST TIME, AND THAT WASN'T COMPLETELY SUCCESSFUL, BUT WE FOUND THE CONTRACTOR OR THE ARCHITECT FOUND A FLOORING THAT DOES NOT REQUIRE A MOISTURE TEST.

AND SO WE'RE GOING TO TO PURCHASE THAT INSTEAD.

SO WE'RE GETTING PRICING ON THAT.

AND, UM, WE STILL NEED TO REPLACE CARPET IN THE TEEN AREA.

UM, WE HAVE SOME EXTRA FLOORING AT, UH, BASE BECAUSE WE COULDN'T USE IT.

WE HAVE THAT EXTRA FLOORING, THE VINYL FLOORING THAT WAS GONNA BE USED AT THE COMPUTER AREA.

AND SO WE'RE LOOKING TO SEE IF THE PRICING WOULD BE REASONABLE ENOUGH TO REPLACE THE FLOORING IN THE MEETING ROOMS. CHANGE THE VINYL COMPOSITE TILE OUT TO THE VINYL FLOORING.

IT'S A LOWER MAINTENANCE ITEM, UH, AS FAR AS THE FLOORING TYPE IS CONCERNED.

BUT I JUST WANT TO LOOK AT THE PRICING BEFORE WE MAKE A DECISION.

UM, AT

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FAIRWOOD THERE, SOME OF THE FLOORING HAS BEEN INSTALLED IN THE STAFF LOUNGE, BUT NOT ALL OF IT.

SO THEY'RE STILL WORKING ON THAT.

AND WE'RE WORKING ON LIGHT FIXTURE REPLACEMENT AT PRIDE, AND WE'RE EXPLORING A COUPLE OF OPTIONS.

AND AT ZACHARY, THERE ARE STILL SOME SMALL ITEMS THAT NEED TO BE REPLACED, YOU KNOW, LIKE WOOD BASE OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

UM, A LOT OF LITTLE BITTY ITEMS. UM, SO I JUST TOUCHED ON THE HIGHLIGHTS FOR YOU, , OR, OR YOU COULD LISTEN TO ME TALK ABOUT, YOU KNOW, LOTS OF SMALL, TINY THINGS, BUT I DON'T THINK THAT'S A GOOD USE OF YOUR TIME.

UM, WE HAVE A ROOFING PROJECT.

UH, SO THE UPDATE ON THAT IS THAT ALL OF THE LOCATIONS NEED A REVIEW OF THE FLASHING ON THE SKYLIGHT TO MAKE SURE THE INSTALLATION IS ACCEPTABLE.

SO THE ARCHITECTS AND, UH, ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES WILL BE LOOKING AT THAT.

AT BLUE BONNET.

THE CONTRACTOR WILL START INSTALLING THE CANOPIES AND THE DOOR HARDWARE.

SOME OF THE GUTTERS AT BLUE BONNET ARE LEAKING, SO THAT'S GONNA NEED TO BE ADDRESSED.

THAT'LL PROBABLY BE PUT IN THE PUNCH LIST.

UM, THE ARCHITECT AND ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES, WE'RE GOING TO INSPECT THE CONCRETE PADS THAT WERE INSTALLED OUTSIDE THE EMERGENCY EXIT DOORS TO MAKE SURE THEY WERE DONE SATISFACTORILY.

AND NEW RAILS THAT'LL BE INSTALLED AT THE BACK OF THE BUILDING.

NEW ADDITIONAL RAILS, UH, WILL JUST NEED TO MATCH THE EXISTING ONES.

AND SO THERE WAS A DISCUSSION ABOUT WHETHER THEY WERE STEEL OR ALUMINUM.

AND, UM, I LEAVE THAT TO PEOPLE WHO DETERMINE WHETHER IT'S STEEL OR ALUMINUM.

AT DELMONT GARDENS, THE GATE WAS INSTALLED NEAR THE SHIPPING AREA, BUT THERE'S A GAP BETWEEN THE GATE AND THE HINGE SO PEOPLE CAN LIKE, REACH THEIR HAND IN AND UNLOCK IT.

SO THE CONTRACTOR'S GONNA BE FIXING THAT.

UM, AND THE FLASHING OF THE, THE CLEAR STORY WAS COMPLETED AND AT JONES CREEK, THE CUPOLA WINDOWS SHIPPED SEPTEMBER 13TH.

INSTALLATION WILL BE SCHEDULED SOON.

THE CONTRACTOR HAS INSTALLED FIVE OF THE SIX CANOPIES OVER EMERGENCY EXIT DOORS.

THE CONTRACTOR PROVIDED A SAMPLE OF THE TILE FOR PLACEMENT AT THE EMERGENCY EXITS, AND IT WASN'T THE CORRECT FINISH.

SO THE, THE ARCHITECT OBTAINED THE CORRECT TILE AND THE LIBRARY THAT, AND THAT'S GONNA BE INSTALLED IF, IF THE CANOPIES ARE EFFECTIVE AND KEEP ANY WATER FROM SEEPING UP UNDERNEATH, WE WON'T NEED TO DO THAT.

BUT WE HAVE A BACKUP JUST IN CASE.

UM, SOME OF THE GUTTERS ARE LEAK IN JONES CREEK, SO THE CONTRACT IS GONNA NEED TO ADDRESS THAT.

AND THERE'S A GAP BETWEEN THE GUTTER AND THE WALL THAT NEEDS TO BE CORRECTED AT JONES CREEK AND ZACHARY FLASHING NEEDS TO BE INSTALLED AT THE CUPOLA.

WE ALSO HAD, UM, A CHILLER REPLACEMENT PROJECT THAT WAS AWARDED, I MENTIONED THAT A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO.

SO WE HAD A PRE-CONFERENCE MEETING, PRE-CONSTRUCTION MEETING ABOUT THAT.

WE'RE REPLACING CHILLERS AT BAKER CENTRAL, CARVER PRIDE AND ZACHARY.

AND, UM, WE HAD THE PRE-CONFERENCE YESTERDAY.

THE CHILLERS ARE GONNA TAKE BETWEEN 32 AND 36 WEEKS FOR THEM TO COME IN, WHICH IS ONCE AGAIN, LONG LEAD TIME.

UM, THEY'LL ARRIVE HERE AROUND JUNE.

AND SO I MENTIONED THE FACT THAT THIS WOULD BE SUMMER READING AND WE'LL HAVE PEOPLE COMING IN ALL DAY LONG AT ALL THESE BRANCHES.

BUT IN THE PROCESS OF DOING THE BID PACKAGE, UM, THEY REQUIRED THE CONTRACTOR TO HAVE A TEMPORARY CHILLER.

SO THEY HAVE A TEMPORARY CHILLER THAT THEY'LL BRING IN AS SO AS THEY'RE REPLACING THE CHILLER AT ONE BRANCH, THEY'LL HAVE A TEMPORARY CHILLER HOOKED UP SO THAT THERE SHOULDN'T BE ANY LOSS OF, OF COOLING IN THAT PARTICULAR BUILDING.

AND HIS PLAN IS TO BRING THE CHILLER TO DIFFERENT PLACES, YOU KNOW, EACH PLACE AS HE'S FINISHED WITH ONE, HE'LL TAKE THAT CHILLER TO ANOTHER PLACE, HOOK IT UP AND, AND KEEP THE BUILDING COOL.

WHILE HE REPLACES THE NEW CHILLER.

UM, WE'VE UPSIZED THE, THE CHILLER CAPACITY AT AT LEAST THREE BRANCHES IN ANTICIPATION OF RENOVATION.

AND IT MAY BE ALL FIVE, I JUST WASN'T COMPLETELY SURE ON THAT, SO I'LL CHECK ON THAT.

UH, BUT RIGHT NOW WE KNOW FOR SURE THEY'RE UPSIZED AT BAKER CENTRAL AND ZACHARY, BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT WE'RE GONNA ADD SOME MORE SQUARE FOOTAGE TO THOSE AREAS.

UM, THE CONTRACTOR'S PLANNING TO DO SOME PREP WORK PRIOR TO THE ARRIVAL.

HE'S GONNA PUT THE, UH, THE TEMPORARY CHILLER CONNECTION IN AT EACH OF THESE BRANCHES SO THAT WHEN THE CHILLERS DO COME IN AND THEY'RE READY TO INSTALL, THEY CAN JUST HOOK UP THE TEMPORARY CHILLER AND THEN THEY'RE GONNA, UM, ORDER SOME PUMPS AND HAVE THEM INSTALL PRIOR.

PRIOR.

SO THAT'S ALL I HAVE ON THE MAINTENANCE AND, UM, AND MINOR IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS.

UH, DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? JUST, JUST ONE.

UM, AS, UH, YOU KNOW, LIKE REPLACING GUTTERS, THINGS LIKE THAT, DOES THE, UH, THE STAFF FROM EACH BRANCH CALL YOU TO SAY, WE HAVE A PROBLEM? LIKE, UM, YOU KNOW, WITH, WITH SOMETHING HAPPENING? OR DO YOU, UH, OR YOU OR, OR STAFF

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GO AND CHECK PERIODICALLY CHECK OUT THE, THE BRANCHES TO SEE IF THERE'S ANYTHING THAT NEEDS TO BE, UH, REDONE OR REFURBISHED? WELL, THERE, THERE ARE A COUPLE OF WAYS.

IF IT'S A, IT'S A, IF IT'S AN EXISTING ISSUE, YOU KNOW, IT'S PART OF THE BUILDING ALREADY, THEY'LL PUT A, A REQUEST INTO FLOW PATH AND SAY, WE'VE NOTICED THIS PROBLEM.

THE LIGHTS NEED TO BE RE RE, UH, NEW, NEW BULBS NEED TO BE INSTALLED, A DOOR'S NOT WORKING, SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

THAT'S ONE WAY TO DO IT.

IF WE'RE DOING THESE PROJECTS LIKE THIS, AND IT'S SOMETHING THAT'S PART OF THE SCOPE OF WORK FOR THIS, FOR THAT PARTICULAR PROJECT, UM, THE BRANCH MANAGER WILL NOTIFY, UH, THE PERSON OR ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES, BUT WILL ALSO CC ME SO THAT WE KNOW THAT, OKAY, THE CONTRACTOR CAME, THEY DID THIS WORK, AND WE'VE NOTICED THIS ISSUE WITH IT.

SO IT DEPENDS ON THE TYPE OF WORK AND WHETHER, WHETHER WHAT NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED IS SOMETHING THAT'S ALREADY THERE FOR OUR FACILITY STAFF TO HANDLE OR SOMETHING FOR THE CONTRACTOR WHO'S DOING THESE PROJECTS TO HANDLE.

DOES THAT MAKE SENSE? MM-HMM.

, KATHY, I ALSO GO AROUND AND GO TO THE DIFFERENT BRANCHES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

AND, UH, PATRICIA'S ALWAYS BEEN VERY HELPFUL WHENEVER I'VE NOTICED SOMETHING FROM DIRT DOPPER NEST ON A NEWLY PAINTED BUILDING, WHICH IS MY MOST RECENT, UH, THING.

UH, ALSO COMPLIMENTING THE NEW GUTTERS THAT WERE PUT UP, UM, AS WELL AS, UH, SEVERAL YEARS AGO, UH, WENT IN ONE OF THE BATHROOMS IN BAKER AND, UH, APPARENTLY, UH, WE HAD SOMEONE THAT KEPT, UH, TAKING THE, UH, UH, HAND TOWN THING OFF THE WALL, UH, WHICH THEY, THEY WERE PROMPT TO REPLACE, BUT THEY SAID THAT THEY FINALLY FIGURED OUT WHO THAT WAS.

AND, AND THAT REMEDIED ITSELF OVER TIME.

AND AS WE GET MORE GUTTERS, WE'VE GOTTEN MORE AND MORE BRANCHES THAT HAVE GUTTERS.

SO PROBABLY NEXT YEAR WHEN WE START, UH, YOU KNOW, PLANNING FOR, UH, DOING MORE MAINTENANCE, IT MAY BE FEASIBLE FOR US TO GET LIKE A GUTTER MAINTENANCE CONTRACT BECAUSE THERE ARE JUST SO MANY, SO MANY BRANCHES AND A LOT OF LINEAR FEET OF GUTTERS THAT MAY NEED TO BE CLEANED AND MAINTAINED SO THAT, YOU KNOW, THE WATER DOESN'T BACK UP, IT DOESN'T DAMAGE THE EAVES.

THINGS LIKE THAT.

ANY MORE QUESTIONS? THANK YOU.

OKAY.

MISCELLANEOUS REPORTS.

SO DO WE HAVE THEM? YES.

YES, WE DO.

MAKE SURE I HAVE THEM IN THE RIGHT PLACE.

THIS AND THEN BRYCE, RIGHT? JUST MAKE SURE, SORRY, I DON'T NAME THEM THE SAME THINGS.

OKAY.

IT'S ME AND YOU.

OH, BOTH OF THESE.

NO, RIGHT.

OKAY.

SO A MISCELLANEOUS REPORT THAT I AM GOING TO BASICALLY REMIND YOU THAT WE HAVE OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS WORKED ON MASHING UP AND MESHING THE SUGGESTED WORDING FOR OUR NEW COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT POLICY WITH OUR EXISTING COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT POLICY.

THE STAFF FROM EVERY SINGLE DEPARTMENT HAS LOOKED AT IT, WORKED ON IT, MADE SUGGESTIONS, WE'VE SENT IT TO YOU, YOU GUYS HAVE MADE SUGGESTIONS, CAUGHT SOME THINGS, AND I HAVE FRESHLY SENT BACK TO YOU, UH, WAS IT THURSDAY NIGHT.

UH, WHAT WE HOPE IS SOMETHING THAT YOU WILL VOTE ON IN NOVEMBER.

I ALSO SENT YOU A REVISION FOR THE STATEMENT OF CONCERN FORM.

SO AGAIN, THE AGS OFFICE WORKED WITH THE STATE LIBRARY TO CREATE A MODEL FOR US TO FOLLOW IF WE CHOSE.

AND SOME OF IT WAS ACTUALLY MODELED ON OURS, AS WAS IN THE POLICY, YOU MAY HAVE RECOGNIZED SOME, SOME WORDING THEY TOOK FROM MANY DIFFERENT LIBRARIES TO, TO KIND OF GLEAN WHAT WAS NEEDED TO RESPOND APPROPRIATELY TO ACT 4 36.

SO WE HAVE SUBMITTED FOR YOUR CONCERN, KIND OF LIKE THE TWILIGHT ZONE, UH, THE COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT POLICY DRAFT THAT I WOULD LIKE YOU TO DISCUSS TONIGHT IF YOU NEED TO DISCUSS IT ANY FURTHER.

AND I WILL PUT IT ON THE AGENDA FOR NOVEMBER, BECAUSE WE MUST HAVE SOMETHING IN PLACE BY JANUARY.

SO YOU MUST VOTE ON IT IN WHATEVER SHAPE IT TURNS INTO, WE

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CAN STILL CHANGE IT.

AND THEN EVEN AFTER IT'S PUT IN PLACE FOR JANUARY 1ST, 2024, POLICIES GET REVISED ALL THE TIME.

IT'S NOT IN STONE, IT'S NOT BEING CARRIED DOWN A MOUNTAIN.

SO WE HAVE OUR POLICY, WE HAVE OUR STATEMENT OF CONCERN.

UM, AND AGAIN, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE RECOMMENDED SOME THINGS FOR EACH OF THEM THAT WE WERE LIKE, OH, I LIKE THAT.

WE'RE GONNA PUT THAT IN THERE.

WE FELT THAT STRENGTHENED OUR POLICY AND A STRENGTHENED THE PHILOSOPHICAL GOALS OF THE LIBRARY AS FAR AS PROVIDING COLLECTIONS FOR ALL PEOPLE.

SO, SO NOW I WOULD LOVE TO ASK YOU IF YOU NEED TO DISCUSS IT ANY FURTHER.

DID YOU WANNA MAKE ANY CHANGES? I WILL TELL YOU THIS, IT'S KIND OF FOR FUN.

WE'RE THIS CLOSE TO MAKING THE BORROWER A CATEGORY LIST , TO HAVE ALL THE DIFFERENT KINDS OF SPECIES OF CARDS FOR, FOR MINORS.

BECAUSE AS YOU MIGHT REMEMBER, WE DON'T JUST HAVE JUVENILE CARDS.

WE HAVE CHILDREN'S CARDS, TWEEN CARDS, TEEN CARDS.

WE HAVE IN PARISH CARDS.

WE HAVE A VERY FEW OUT OF PARISH CARDS.

AND MOST OF THOSE ARE STUDENTS WHO COME INTO THIS PARISH TO GO TO ONE OF OUR USUALLY PRIVATE OR PAROCHIAL SCHOOLS.

WE ALSO HAVE STUDENT CARDS, WHICH THE STAFF IS EVEN AS WE SPEAK, GOING THROUGH AND THEY'RE AGING THEM SO THAT THERE'S A, A JUVENILE CARD AND THEN TWEEN, TEEN COMBO CARD.

SO WE HAVE THAT KIND OF CARD, AND THEN WE'VE CREATED NEW CARDS IN RESPONSE TO ACT 4 36, WE HAVE THE UNRESTRICTED CARD, WHICH WE'RE CALLING EXPLORE FOR EVERY SINGLE AGE.

AND THEN WE HAVE THE RESTRICTED CARD, UH, FOR EVERY SINGLE AGE, WHICH CAN ONLY READ, CAN ONLY CHECK OUT MATERIALS FROM THAT AGED COLLECTION.

UM, SO IT'S A LOT OF STUFF.

AND AGAIN, NOTHING'S IN STONE.

IF WE MAKE A DECISION AND LATER ON IT LOOKS LIKE THAT WASN'T THE RIGHT DECISION, WE CAN CHANGE IT.

THE BIG THING FOR ME WAS ACCESS TO THE DIGITAL LIBRARY FOR THOSE 70,000 STUDENT CARDS, AS WELL AS OUR REGULAR CARD HOLDERS WHO USE THEIR CARDS TO ACCESS THE INTERNET, AND THEY ACCESS COMPUTERS AND THEY PRINT FROM COMPUTERS AND THEY ALSO ACCESS THE DIGITAL LIBRARY, WHETHER THEY'RE IN THE BUILDING OR FROM HOME WITH THOSE CARDS.

SO THE BIG CONCERN THAT I HAD, AND WE WERE REALLY STRUGGLING WITH THIS, WAS HOW WE WERE GOING TO DO A RESTRICTED CARD IN CASE A PARENT WANTED THE CHILD TO BE ABLE TO CHECK OUT ANY BOOK THAT WE HAD, BUT NOT ONLINE.

IT'S KIND OF LIKE, WELL, THAT KIND OF COMBINATION DIDN'T QUITE WORK HERE BECAUSE THE DATABASES THEMSELVES ARE ALL DIFFERENT.

SO BRYCE SPENT A LOT OF TIME LOOKING UP THE, THE AUTHENTICATION FOR EACH DATABASE.

SOME DATABASES AUTHENTICATE JUST BECAUSE IT'S A, IT'S A LIBRARY CARD IN EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH.

THEY GEOFENCE THE PARISH AND THEY KNOW WHERE YOU ARE.

OTHER DATABASES SAID, OH, IT STARTS WITH A 2 1 6 5 9.

LET 'EM IN OTHER DATABASES SAID, WELL, IT STARTS WITH A 2 1 6 5 9.

BUT I HAPPEN TO KNOW THAT PAT CAT J IS JUVENILE, LET 'EM IN OR DON'T LET 'EM IN BASED ON WHAT WE TOLD THEM.

SO SOME OF THEM HAVE THE CAPABILITY TO FINESSE IN OR OUT, AND SOME OF 'EM DON'T.

THE RULES FROM THE LAW HAVE TO DO NOT JUST WITH, NOT WITH ACCESS, BUT WITH CHECKING OUT AN ITEM.

SO THE WAY WE INTERPRET AND THE WAY IT IS IN WRITING NOW, THANK YOU.

STATE LIBRARY, UH, A CHECKOUT FROM THE DIGITAL LANDSCAPE IS A DOWNLOAD.

SO IF I GO TO, IF I GO TO EBSCO AND READ A MAGAZINE ARTICLE THAT IS NOT A CHECKOUT, THAT'S JUST ME BROWSING.

I CAN READ A MAGAZINE THE SAME WAY.

I'M JUST BROWSING IT.

IF I DOWNLOAD IT AND IT IS CONNECTED TO MY CARD AND SHOWS ON MY DEVICE EVEN AFTER I STEP AWAY FROM THE INTERNET, THAT'S A DOWNLOAD.

THAT'S A CHECKOUT.

SO WHEN, FOR US, THE BIG CHECKOUT IS LIBBY, THE OVERDRIVE PLATFORM.

AND LIBBY HAS CHILDREN'S MATERIALS, TEEN MATERIALS, AND A HECK OF A LOT OF ADULT MATERIALS.

IT HAS NONFICTION, IT HAS FICTION, IT HAS GRAPHIC NOVELS, IT HAS OTHER KINDS OF THINGS.

IT'S VERY FULL.

AND WE HAVE A LOT.

AND LAST YEAR, OVER A MILLION CHECKOUTS ON LIBBY, MOSTLY

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BY ADULTS, BUT ALSO BY KIDS AND, AND TEENS.

AND SO WE TALKED TO LIBBY AND WE WILL STILL HAVE SOME PROBLEMS WHEN A BOOK IS IN MULTIPLE COLLECTIONS, BUT THEY, THEY ALLOWED US TO DO WHAT WE CALL CONTENT, UM, COLLECTION CLASSIFICATION, WHERE IT'S LIKE, THIS IS THE CHILDREN'S, THIS IS THE JUVENILE CATALOG.

SO AS OF JUNE, WE SAID TO LIBBY, IF IT HAS A PAT CAT J FOR JUVENILE, THEY GET TO GO IN THAT DOOR, BUT NO OTHER DOOR.

AND THERE WERE SOME PARENTS WHO IMMEDIATELY WERE UPSET BECAUSE THEIR KIDS WERE READING TEEN BOOKS, BUT WE CAN'T FINESSE IT.

THE TEAM COLLECTION GOES FROM AGE 12 TO 18, AND AS YOU MIGHT IMAGINE, THERE'S A LOT OF VARIETY IN THE CONTENT BETWEEN AGE 12 TO 18.

SO ACTUALLY, ONCE WE GET THIS NEW UNRESTRICTED CARD, THE EXPLORER CARD, ALL THOSE KIDS WHO ARE READING ADVANCED MATERIAL, UH, OR, OR A BOOK, LET'S JUST SAY HARRY POTTER.

HARRY POTTER, THE FIRST BOOK, YEAH, IT'S JUVENILE, SECOND BOOK MAYBE.

BUT THE TIME YOU'RE IN BOOK SIX AND SEVEN, THOSE ARE TEEN BOOKS AND ADULT BOOKS.

A KID CAN READ THEM, BUT THEY WEREN'T WRITTEN WITH 11-YEAR-OLD IN MIND.

THE LANGUAGE IS, I MEAN, THE LEXO LEVEL IS QUITE HIGH.

THOSE ARE GOOD BOOKS.

I'M GONNA TELL YOU HARRY POTTER, SAVE READING IN AMERICA.

BUT WE'LL BE ABLE TO OFFER ONCE WE GET THROUGH THIS, AND WE'RE GONNA TALK ABOUT THIS ON MONDAY, BRYCE IS SO EXCITED ABOUT THAT MEETING, UM, HOW MANY DIFFERENT KINDS OF CARDS WE'RE GONNA HAVE TO HAVE.

AND SINCE WE'RE GONNA BE ABLE TO DO THAT, I THINK WE'RE NOT GONNA HAVE TO BUY A WHOLE NEW RANGE OF CARDS THAT DON'T START WITH 2 1 6, 5 9.

WE ARE STILL GONNA HAVE TO BUY DIFFERENT KINDS OF CARDS.

THE UN THE EXPLORER CARD AND THE RESTRICTED CARD AND LOTS OF DIFFERENT ONES.

AND THEN WE ARE GONNA DO A ROLLOUT CAMPAIGN THE MINUTE WE HAVE CARDS IN OUR HANDS AND THE AGS OFFICE AND THE STATE LIBRARY, UH, TALKED ABOUT THE WAY WE MIGHT DO THAT AND THE AG UM, THE STATE LIBRARY HAS BEEN MY CONSULTANT AS THEY ARE WANT TO BE.

AND SO WE ARE GOING TO CREATE AN ONLINE FORM FOR PARENTS TO BASICALLY CHECK IN WITH US SO THAT THEY DON'T HAVE TO BRING 160,000 KIDS TO THE LIBRARY ON JANUARY 2ND.

SO THAT AS THE KIDS NEED ACCESS, THE PARENTS WILL BE ABLE TO SEE, HUH, THIS IS NEW, WHAT DO I NEED TO DO? AND WE'RE GONNA TRY TO MAKE IT AS SIMPLE AS POSSIBLE AS BARRIER FREE AS POSSIBLE, BUT STILL IN COMPLIANCE.

SO THAT'S OUR PLAN.

REMEMBER, IT IS NOT IN CONCRETE.

IT CAN ALWAYS BE REVISED IF, UH, SOMETHING NEW COMES DOWN THE PIKE AND WE REALIZE, OH, THAT'S NOT ENOUGH, OR THAT WAS TOO MUCH, YOU KNOW, WE WERE TOO RIGOROUS.

UH, SO WE THINK WE'RE AIRING ON A CONSERVATIVE SIDE WITH THE CHILDREN'S COLLECTION IN LIBBY.

'CAUSE RIGHT NOW WE'RE JUST SAYING IF, IF YOU'RE NOT AN ADULT, UN UNTIL YOU GET THIS NEW EXPLORER CARD OR A ADULT APPROVED OTHER KIND OF CARD, YOU'RE GONNA ONLY BE ABLE TO GO TO THE CHILDREN'S ROOM IN LIBBY.

SO THAT'S KIND OF OUR STOPGAP UNTIL THIS HAPPENS BEGINNING IN JANUARY.

SO QUESTIONS OR DISCUSSION? I KNOW THAT I CAME IN LATE, BUT, UM, THAT'S TRUE FOR TEENS AS WELL.

TEENS WILL BE LIMITED TO UNTIL THEIR PARENT TELLS US THEY'RE A TEEN.

LET 'EM IN.

YEAH.

OKAY.

I MEAN, WE, WE HAVEN'T SAID IT YET.

WE, THAT'S MY YELLOW AREA ON THIS CHART.

IT'S KIND OF LIKE, OKAY, THE TWEENS ARE THE SCARY ONES.

YEAH.

YOU KNOW, BECAUSE THEY'RE 10, THEY'RE 12 AND 13 AND 14 YEARS OLD.

THE 15-YEAR-OLD.

I'M HAPPY TO LET THEM INTO THE TEEN COLLECTION.

BUT CAN LIBBY DISCERN THAT MANY DIFFERENT PACK CATS AS PART OF OUR ISSUE? SOMETIMES IT'S THE VENDOR CAN'T FINESSE IT TO THE, TO THE WAY OUR BRAINS WOULD WANT TO FINESSE IT.

'CAUSE THERE'S SO MANY DIFFERENT COMBINATIONS WE ARE GOING TO, EVEN THOUGH THE ATTORNEY GENERALS DIDN'T SAY TO DO THIS, AND THE STATE LAW SAYS UNRESTRICTED, WE ARE GOING TO RESTRICT THE THEM ALL AND NOT LET THEM CHECK OUT OUR RATED MOVIES.

WE'RE CHOOSING TO BE MORE RESTRICTIVE THAN THE LAW, EVEN THOUGH THE LAW SAID LET 'EM HAVE ANYTHING THEY WANT.

AND WE HAVE CHOSEN TO NOT LET JUVENILES ACCESS TO CANOPY BECAUSE CANOPY IS FILLED WITH UNRATED FILMS, FOREIGN FILMS, AND THEY'RE FROM ALL OVER THE PLACE.

AND THEY'RE FABULOUS FOR ADULTS AND ADULTS MAY USE THEM.

SO THAT'S KIND OF OUR PLAN.

I'M VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE TEENS.

UM, SO THAT WE'RE

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GONNA FINESSE, WE HAVE TIME TO FINESSE THAT.

THAT'S NOT IN THE POLICY, THAT'S JUST IN OUR IMPLEMENTATION.

FOR BORROWER CARDS, THE BIG THING FOR US WAS BECAUSE THE LEAD TIME , THE TIME IT TAKES FOR THE SUPPLIES TO COME IN ON THE NEW CARDS.

IF WE HAD HAD TO ORDER A CARD THAT DIDN'T START WITH A 2 1 6, 5 9, THERE WOULD'VE BEEN LEAD TIME ON THAT BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO DO IT AND THEN THEY HAVE TO TEST IT AND YOU HAVE TO MAKE SURE IT WORKS ON YOUR MACHINE AND IT NEVER DOES AND BLAH, BLAH BLAH.

SO WE'RE JUST GONNA HAVE TO ORDER NEW CARDS, BUT JUST WITH DIFFERENT PICTURES ON THEM FROM OUR SAME VENDOR.

SO THAT WILL HELP SPEED UP THE PROCESS.

THERE'S LIKE A TWO MONTH WAIT TO GET CARDS.

SO THAT'S WHY WE'RE HAVING THIS CONVERSATION ON MONDAY.

AND SINCE WE DON'T HAVE TO GET A DIFFERENT NUMBER RANGE, WE CAN ALWAYS CHANGE THE RULE BEHIND THE NUMBER WITH THE DATABASE WITHOUT GETTING A NEW PIECE OF PLASTIC.

CAN I ASK YOU A QUESTION ABOUT LIBBY? IS IT POSSIBLE FOR AN ADULT TO DOWNLOAD LIBBY ON SEPARATE DEVICES? SO SET UP THEIR, THEIR CHILD WITH THEIR OWN, WITH THEIR ADULT CARD NUMBER SO THAT KIDS ARE NOT LOSING ACCESS? CAN THAT HAPPEN? THEY CAN.

HERE'S THE PROBLEM WITH THAT.

THAT AN ADULT RAISE.

WELL THEN THEY GET TO SEE WHAT I'M CHECKING OUT.

I'M LIKE, YES, THEY, YOU KIND, THERE'S NO BOOKS IN A BROWN BAG, RIGHT? SO IT'S NOT AS SIMPLE AS I'M AN ADULT, I'M GONNA CHECK OUT THIS COPY OF THIS BOOK FROM THE ADULT COLLECTION AND I'M GONNA HAND IT TO YOU TO READ.

IT'S TRICKIER WITH A DIGITAL BECAUSE YOU CAN'T MOVE 'EM FROM ONE DEVICE TO THE NEXT ONCE YOU ALREADY HAVE IT.

UM, I MEAN, YOU KIND OF CAN IF THEY'RE ALL LINKED, BUT NOW MY HEAD EXPLODES.

SO, SO WHAT ELSE UNDER MY UNDERSTANDING OF HOW ALL THIS LAW CAME INTO PLAY WAS THAT, UH, SOMEONE WENT IN A PRIVATE DETECTIVE POSSIBLY AND UH, KIND OF PRETENDED TO BE SOMEONE THAT WAS A JUVENILE TRYING TO HACK THE SYSTEM TO GET SOME ADULT MATERIAL THAT DID HAPPEN.

YES.

UH, DO WE HAVE NOT HERE , DO WE, UH, NOT HERE.

UH, BUT I COULD SEE WHERE PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD HAVE GOT YOU, UH, WOULD WANT TO TRY AND DO THAT.

WHAT SAFEGUARDS DO WE HAVE TO KEEP PEOPLE, BRYCE, FROM RUNNING AN END RUN OR FIGURING OUT A HACK TO GET AROUND WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO? SO WE ARE FILTERED.

AND IN FACT, THE PRIVATE DETECTIVE WHO DID TRY TO DOWNLOAD PORN ON A PUBLIC COMPUTER IN ANOTHER PARISH HAD DIFFICULTY BECAUSE THEY WERE FILTERED TOO.

AND SO HE HAD TO GO INTO HIS OWN REDDIT ACCOUNT, I THINK AND BACKDOOR IT.

UM, SO HE COULD NOT EASILY DO THAT.

THAT SYSTEM, YOU KNOW, THE D**E HELD, UH, NOTHING IS PERFECT.

NOTHING'S PERFECT.

ANY FILTER IS GONNA HAVE FLAWS.

BUT, BUT BRYCE KEEPS US UP TO DATE ON OUR FILTERING.

AND THE CHILDREN'S COMPUTERS ARE FILTERED MORE RIGOROUSLY THAN ADULT COMPUTERS.

AND THE TEENS COMPUTERS HAVE THEIR OWN LEVEL OF FILTERING.

BUT IF AN ADULT WANTS UNFILTERED ACCESS, WE HAVE A WAY TO DO THAT AS WELL, BECAUSE THAT'S THE FLIP SIDE OF THE COIN.

AND SOMETIMES FILTERS ARE CRAZY, RIGHT? YOU KNOW, EARLY ON THEY WERE FILTERING OUT BREAST CANCER.

UM, SO THEY'RE SMARTER THAN THAT NOW, BUT STRANGE THINGS DO HAPPEN.

UH, SO THAT PART IS GOING PRETTY WELL.

UM, THE REST OF THIS ACT CAME.

THEY WERE VERY CONCERNED ABOUT CHILDREN FINDING PRINTED BOOKS IN THE, IN THE LIBRARY.

AND MOST OF THE BOOKS THAT WE SAW WERE ON THE LIST WERE ADULT BOOKS.

AND THEY WEREN'T IN THE CHILDREN'S ROOM.

SO THE, THERE WAS, IT WAS A NOT, NOT A PROBLEM.

THERE'S NO SURE WAY TO STOP AT ALL TO BE A HUNDRED PERCENT PERFECT.

YES.

BUT WE'RE DOING EVERYTHING WE DO.

THERE IS A SURE WAY, THERE IS A SURE WAY PARENTS SHOULD ACCOMPANY THEIR CHILDREN TO THE LIBRARY AND PAY ATTENTION AND HELP THEM CHECK OUT THE MATERIAL THAT IS OF INTEREST TO THEM AND APPROPRIATE FOR THEIR AGE LEVEL, THEIR MATURITY, AND WHATEVER THE FAMILY IS COMFORTABLE WITH THEM HAVING.

AND I THINK THAT'S A PARENT'S RIGHT.

AND RESPONSIBILITY.

YES.

AND SO WE, WE HELP THE PARENT.

IF A PARENT SAYS, OH, I, THAT'S TOO MUCH FOR ME.

I NEED ANNE OF GREEN GABLES.

I NEED A BOOK JUST LIKE ANNE OF GREEN GABLES.

WELL, WE HAVE TOOLS THAT HELP YOU FIND, YOU KNOW, IF THIS IS YOUR THRESHOLD, ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, THAT'S AS, THAT'S AS, THAT'S AS MUCH AS IT AS YOU CAN HANDLE.

WE'LL FIND YOU A BOOK THAT'S NOT ANNE OF GREEN GABLES THAT FEELS LIKE YOU'RE ANNE OF GREEN GABLES AND DOESN'T, UM, UPSET YOUR FAMILY'S MORALS OR FACE STRUGGLE OR WHATEVER.

I'VE NEVER READ THAT.

SHOULD I? EVERYONE SHOULD READ ANNE OF GREEN GABLES AND YOU CAN WATCH THE TV SHOW.

IT'S OKAY.

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ALRIGHT, SO ANYTHING ELSE?

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IT'S BEEN A FUN, FUN COUPLE OF MONTHS.

YEAH.

IT, UH, IT APPEARS MARY, THAT WE ARE, UH, WE'VE GONE ABOVE AND BEYOND IN OUR DEFAULT RESTRICTIONS.

I MEAN, WE ALREADY HAD GOOD, WE DID, WE ALREADY DID HAVE GOOD RESTRICTIVE POLICIES.

I'M JUST WONDERING HOW MUCH FURTHER WE, UM, WENT IN RESTRICTIONS.

IF IT'S, IF IT'S CURRENTLY, AND I'M THINKING ABOUT IN-HOUSE, NOT DIGITAL, WHICH IS PROBABLY IS WAY MORE COMPLICATED.

MM-HMM.

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BUT, UM, FOR THE OLDER TEENS, THE 15 TO 17, ARE THEY, UM, STILL ABLE TO CHECK OUT SOME ADULT ARE, THEY'RE STILL RESTRICTED TO THE TEEN SECTION.

SO OUR CURRENT POLICY ALLOWS TEENAGERS TO FREELY GO INTO THE ADULT SECTION AND GET MATERIALS THAT THEY NEED.

WE WILL CREATE A NEW KIND OF CARD TO, TO ADD TO THAT.

WE'RE GONNA KEEP THAT REGULAR TEEN CARD, BUT WE'RE ADDING A TEEN RESTRICTIVE CARD WHERE THEY CAN, THEY STOP AT THE TEEN ROOM.

THEY CAN CHECK OUT TEEN AND JUVENILE TITLES, BUT THEY CAN'T CHECK OUT AN ADULT TITLE UNLESS THE ADULT IS WITH THEM AND APPROVES IT.

SO, SO WE'RE JUST ADDING MORE OPTIONS.

WHAT, UH, KIND, MY KIND OF CONCERN AT WHAT I'M LOOKING AT RIGHT NOW IS THAT IT IS GONNA BE THE PARENT WHO HAS TO RE REQUEST THESE CARDS RATHER THAN, THAN THE LIBRARY JUST DECIDING ON IT.

UM, YOU, YOU KNOW, SOME, FOR SOME OF THESE, UH, YOU KNOW, TEENS ESPECIALLY A, A DEFAULT, UH, FOR THAT TEEN, THEN THE PARENT PRETTY MUCH NEEDS TO DECIDE WHAT THE DEFAULT IS.

MM-HMM.

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THAT, THAT WAS MY, UM, YOU KNOW, IN, IN ALL OF THIS, UM, CONVOLUTED, UH RIGHT.

WE WANTED IT TO BE AN OPT-IN, BUT THEY, THEY A CATEGORICALLY SAID, NO, YOU CAN'T JUST KEEP WHAT YOU'RE DOING AND IF THE PARENT WANTS SOMETHING DIFFERENT, TELL US.

SO THEY, THEY SAID IN WRITING, NO, THAT WILL NOT WORK.

SO THAT'S WHY WE'RE GONNA DO A VERY SIMPLE WAY TO, TO ROLL SOMETHING OUT TO THE PARENTS AND SAY, HEY, IF YOU WANT THIS, PRESS THIS OR PRESS THIS OR CALL US.

WE'LL TAKE PHONE CALLS.

WE'LL TAKE IN PERSON AND WE'LL TAKE AN ONLINE FORM WHERE ALL THEY HAVE TO DO IS PRESS A BUTTON.

SO IS THEIR ACCOUNT SUSPENDED UNTIL THE PARENT HAS MADE THAT DECISION? WE ARE GONNA HAVE TO DECIDE THAT.

WE THINK WE WILL.

I DIDN'T HEAR THAT.

WELL, I DON'T, YEAH.

WAIT, WAIT, LET'S BACK UP.

IT DOESN'T HAVE TO GO INTO EFFECT UNTIL JUNE.

ONCE THE POLICY IS APPROVED, THE POLICY GOES INTO EFFECT IN JANUARY, BUT THE IMPLEMENTATION IS NOT REQUIRED UNTIL JUNE.

THAT GIVES US SIX MONTHS OF, OF ORGANIC UPDATING AS THE KIDS COME IN AND THEN A SIX MONTH CAMPAIGN WHERE WE REACH EVERY KID THAT'S GOT A CARD AND SAY, HEY, GET YOUR MOM TO GO TO THIS PLACE AND PRESS A BUTTON OR CALL US.

WE'RE GONNA TRY TO MAKE IT AS SIMPLE AS POSSIBLE.

AND THAT'S WHY WITH THE STUDENT CARDS, I WAS SO CONCERNED BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE A PARENT OR AN EMAIL ATTACHED TO THOSE CARDS.

ALL WE HAVE IS, YOU KNOW, WOODDALE ELEMENTARY OR, AND, AND YOUR BIRTHDAY AND YOUR NAME IS MARTHA.

UM, SO FOR THOSE, THAT'S THE ONES WHERE WE ARE GOING TO JUST MAKE THEM GO INTO THE LIBBY CHILDREN'S ROOM OR IF WE KNOW THEY'RE A CERTAIN AGE, MAYBE THE TEEN ROOM, BUT THOSE MIDDLE, YOU KNOW, WE, WE JUST HAVE TO FINESSE IT A LITTLE BIT MORE.

AND SEE, AND ONE OTHER THING, LET'S REMEMBER THE WORDING ON THE ACT IS THAT IT'S NOT THAT THE KIDS CAN'T READ STUFF, IT'S THEY CAN'T READ STUFF THAT HAS BEEN CHALLENGED, GOTTEN TO YOU AND THAT YOU HAVE DETERMINED TO BE SEXUALLY EXPLICIT.

SO THERE'S A PROCESS OF THAT AND THUS FAR WE DON'T HAVE ANY BOOKS THAT HAVE BEEN DEEMED SEXUALLY EXPLICIT THAT ARE IN THE CHILDREN'S ROOM OR THE TEEN ROOM.

UM, CAN PARENTS AMEND THAT STUDENT CARD? THE STUDENT DIGITAL CARD? SURE.

IF IT WOULD BE THE SAME PROCESS.

YEAH.

SO THEY WOULD JUST NEED TO COME IN OR CALL.

YEAH.

NOW THE REALITY IS, YOU KNOW, THE STUDENTS GOT THEIR CARDS.

DO THEY EVEN KNOW THEIR NUMBER ANYMORE? WHO KNOWS? WE CAN TELL THEM THEIR NUMBER.

UM, AND THE STUDENTS MOVED FROM SCHOOL TO SCHOOL.

YOU KNOW, IT WAS, IT WAS A STOP GAP DURING COVID IT, IT WAS USED.

WE'D RATHER THEY GET

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REAL CARDS.

WE'D RATHER THEY GET REAL REGULAR CARDS AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE GOING TO ENCOURAGE.

BUT THEN IF THE PARENT WANTS TO BE RESTRICTIVE, THEY CAN.

AND THEN IT'S UP TO THE PARENT TO BE BOTHERED WHEN THE CHILD NEEDS SOMETHING FOR THEIR HOMEWORK THAT'S IN THE ADULT SECTION AND THEY WON'T BE ABLE TO GET IT.

'CAUSE WE WILL NOT CHECK OUT ANYTHING TO THEM.

IF THEY HAVE A RESTRICTED CARD, WE WILL NOT USE JUDGMENT.

IT'LL BE THE PARENT OR NOTHING.

BECAUSE IT COULD BE SOMETHING LIKE MR. DONALD WAS SAYING, I DON'T QUITE, UH, ARE WE, THE, THE, WE CAN'T HAVE A, THE, THE PARENT CAN'T.

UH, IT'S NOT AN OPT-IN POLICY.

WE'VE ALREADY MADE THE DECISION FOR THE PARENT THAT THEY'RE GONNA BE RESTRICTED VIA THE LEGISLATION BECAUSE I THOUGHT THAT VIA THE LEGISLATION, THE PARENT WAS GOING TO MAKE THE DECISION.

THEY ARE.

AND THEY, THEY'LL HAVE SIX MONTHS TO MAKE IT BEFORE THE CARD JUST BLOCKS OUT.

I, I KNOW THAT SEEMS LIKE A LONG TIME AND I KNOW THAT SEEMS LIKE IT, BUT, UM, IN PEOPLE'S EVERYDAY LIFE, IT'S NOT GOING TO, IT'S IT'S GONNA BE A SURPRISE.

YES.

AND IT'S GONNA BE AWKWARD PROJECTS GO FORWARD.

I KNOW.

AND ALL OF A SUDDEN IT'S FRIDAY NIGHT.

AND SO, UM, ANYWAY, THAT IS RIGHT.

IT IT'S GONNA BE AWKWARD NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS.

AND THERE'LL BE BUMPS AND GLITCHES, BUT THIS IS THE ONLY WAY WE CAN DO IT.

UM, AND MEET THE LAW.

AND MEET THE LAW.

SO THAT YEAH, THAT WAS THE, THAT THAT WAS THE A AG G'S READING OF THE, OF THE LAW.

YES.

I MEAN I WOULD THAT NO OPT IN PROBABLY.

YEAH.

DISAGREE.

BUT, UH, THAT IS, UH, WE HAVE IT IN WRITING.

SO WE ASKED, OKAY, ARE YOU SURE WE CAN'T JUST LET THEM OPT IN IF THEY SO CHOOSE? NO.

SO A BIG, BIG, BIG NO .

WELL, SO AND THAT TAKES AWAY SOMEBODY'S ABILITY TO MAKE THE DECISION THAT THEY NEED TO FOR THEIR FAMILY, IN MY OPINION.

WELL, AND STILL ARE MAKING THE DECISION.

HUH? THEY'RE JUST GONNA MAKING THE DECISION.

WELL, YOU'RE GONNA HAVE A A YOU'D HAVE TO, UH, WE, WE MAKE THE DECISION FIRST OF ALL, AND THEN THE PARENT CAN CORRECT THAT DECISION IF IT'S NOT WORKING OUT, UM, FOR THEM, THAT'S HOW, BUT, BUT EITHER WAY THAT WOULD BE MAKING THE DECISION FOR THEM.

LIKE YOU, YOU WOULD HAVE TO PICK ONE OR THE OTHER.

AND EITHER WAY THE LIBRARY HAS TO TAKE SOME ACTION.

IS THAT, AM I UNDERSTANDING CORRECTLY? RIGHT.

SO, AND AND LUCKILY BECAUSE OF Y'ALL'S ADVOCACY EFFORTS, THE TIMELINE TO IMPLEMENT WAS STRETCHED TO GIVE US TIME TO ORDER CARDS THAT TAKE TWO MONTHS TO COME IN AND TO HAVE A ROLLED ORGANIC REG PROCESS.

SO WE'LL BE ABLE TO DO IT.

IT'S JUST GONNA BE A LOT OF WORK AND WE'RE GONNA COUNT HOW MANY HOURS IT'S TAKING.

OKAY.

ANYTHING ELSE? ALRIGHT THEN I AM GOING TO STOP THAT AND LET BRYCE TELL YOU MUCH HAPPIER THINGS.

.

MUCH HAPPIER.

YES.

SO WE JUST GOT WORD YESTERDAY THAT THE CONTRACT FOR REDEVELOPING OUR WEBSITE WAS SIGNED AND APPROVED.

UM, SO WE ARE READY TO MOVE, MOVE FORWARD WITH THAT.

AND WE HAVE SENT THAT TO OUR VENDOR AND THEY ARE READY TO SCHEDULE A KICKOFF MEETING.

WE'LL PROBABLY START THAT NEXT WEEK.

SO WE'RE EXCITED TO FINALLY, UM, GET THE BALL ROLLING.

WITH THE REDESIGN OF OUR WEBSITE, WE'VE MADE THE DECISION TO ORDER AN ADDITIONAL 275 HOTSPOTS TO CONTINUE TO BOLSTER THE SUPPLY AND MEET THE DEMAND.

UH, 2 75 WILL BRING OUR TOTAL NUMBER OF HOTSPOTS TO AN EVEN 1000.

WE JUST RECEIVED THE