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August 16, 2010

Vigo Public Library closer to 2011 budget

TERRE HAUTE — The Vigo County Public Library board of directors took a step Monday evening toward getting the library’s 2011 budget approved.

The board voted without opposition in their regular monthly meeting to advertise the libraries new budget. Advertising is required for eventual approval of the budget.

A public meeting on the proposed budget will take place on September 7 at 5:30 p.m. at the main library branch downtown.

Members of the Vigo County Council, the county’s fiscal body, will also discuss the library’s 2011 budget at their August 24th meeting in the Vigo County Annex at 5 p.m.

The state of Indiana is allowing the library to seek a maximum budget increase in 2011 of 2.9 percent, said Nancy Dowell, director of the library. The board is seeking the full 2.9 percent, she said.

Meanwhile, the library board had its August meeting at the Vigo County School Corporation building on Wabash Avenue due to work being done at the main branch on the library’s electronic card catalogue. The work, which involves combining the electronic catalogues of Indiana State University, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods and Rose-Hulman with the VCPL catalogue, also caused the main branch of the library to be closed Monday.

The newly merged card catalogue system is expected to be up and running today, barring any unexpected problems, Dowell said.

Also at Monday evening’s meeting, the board voted without opposition to fund the construction of two new exterior signs for the library to replace older signs. The new signs will be placed at the corner of Seventh and Walnut streets and at the library’s main entrance on Poplar Street, board members said.

Finally, the board re-elected its officers for the next year. President William Bruce, Vice President Rose Dixon and Secretary Hank Metzger were all re-elected without opposition.

Arthur Foulkes can be reached at (812) 231-4232 or arthur.foulkes@tribstar.com.

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