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Close Coleman Library for 2 Weeks for Repairs

The Coleman-Pound Branch of the Marinette County Public Library Service will be closed from Sept. 8 to Sept. 21, and will reopen on Sept. 22. Library Director Jennifer Thiele shared the news with the Marinette County Library Board at its meeting on Monday, Aug. 25.

The building, located at 123 West Main Street in Coleman, sustained damage from freezing pipes during last winter’s cold weather. The carpet must be torn up in the affected area and pipes dug out of the concrete floor and removed. The landlord also plans to replace the carpet that was water damaged, which is about half the carpet in the building. Board members discussed how to pay for the unbudgeted expense of moving the books, materials, and shelving out of the building during the renovations, and decided to approach the building owner’s insurance company for assistance.

In other actions, the Board endorsed a partial 2015 budget prepared by Thiele for admission to the County Finance Committee. Thiele made only three substantial changes to the budget from 2014. Fees for the OWLS-net regional library service will increase by 4.5 percent, about $2,200. A new item of $3,000 is intended to help the system replace some of its oldest computers. The County is raising its fee for maintenance services at the Marinette Library by $8,658, to $70,459. Board members were concerned about the figure, especially after a large increase for maintenance services in 2014.

Thiele also reported that a grant from the state of Wisconsin will connect all of the state’s libraries with fiber connections. However, the library system will be responsible for all the wiring for the new connections inside their buildings. She estimates that connecting the Wausaukee and Peshtigo branches will each cost $800, while the Coleman branch can be wired for $200. 

In other news, the two routers for wireless connections system are obsolete or close to obsolete, and it will cost $100 apiece to replace them. A maintenance contract for the Marinette branch will be an additional unplanned expense. A representative of Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Corporation recoded and repaired some faulty software that did not do its task of catching unchecked books leaving the library.

The Library system circulated $33,940 books during July, including renewals. Through July 31, it had used about 52 percent of its budgeted funds. Thiele reported on a traveling planetarium program at the Wausaukee and Crivitz branches, and highlighted the summer programs at the Coleman branch that focused on science experiments.


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