Public Library Board approves roof repair


By Lauren Jette

The Liberty Hill Public Library Board will look to finalize remodel plans at next month’s meeting after hearing ideas and bid numbers from Lettie Danielak with Classic Creations on Monday evening.

Board members approved a bid of $840 to repair part of the library roof that leaks, before turning their attention to remodel ideas presented by Danielak, who suggested three main areas for improvement in the current library building located at Lions Foundation Park on Loop 332.

“We looked at, what are the important things that can be changed?” Danielak told the board.

She recommended flooring, painting and lighting as the main things that need to be addressed.

For flooring, Danielak recommended an epoxy flooring that was very durable, low maintenance and would last at least 25 years.
Danielak also suggested painting the exposed beams and putting up new sheetrock on the walls, along with replacing the light fixtures with LED fixtures, which will be brighter.

“How would all this work get done?” asked Board President Gary Henley.

“The library will be closed for a short time in August for inventory, so we could do it then,” Danielak said.

An additional cost to factor in would be packing up and moving all the books out of the space, Library Director Angela Palmer said.

After some discussion about the changes, Henley asked Danielak to come back to the board next month with firm numbers specifically for the new flooring, sheetrock, painting and lights. Henley pointed out if they want to get this work done while the library is closed in August, the board would need to approve it next month.

“Can the library be closed for two weeks?” Henley asked Palmer.

“Yes, I think (the public) will be okay without it for that amount of time,” she said.

Palmer gave the board a report on activities in the library.

“We hit circulation highs four of five days last week,” she told the board.

There are 605 children signed up for the summer reading program, along with 96 teens and 262 adults, and there have been record numbers for the daily programs, Palmer said.

“We are slammed,” she said, noting there have been several attendees from Leander and Cedar Park as well as Liberty Hill. With eight programs so far this summer, there have been 1,879 attendees.

Palmer invited board members to the Summer Reading Program Medal Ceremony on August 11, where the medals will be handed out to every reader.

The financial reports and minutes from the May meeting were approved.

Palmer shared that the library had received about $4,500 in donations for prizes for the reading program.
Other donations to the library included $200 from the Liberty Hill Garden Club, which Palmer said “bought 11 new garden books”, $550 from “friends and family of Helga Smith” and $1,000 from Women in Business of the Liberty Hill Chamber of Commerce.

Palmer said the library will have a table set up at the Independence Day Spectacular in City Park on July 2, with a “balloon art lady” and a couple of different crafts for kids to make.

Board members John Clark, Lance Dean, Gary Henley, Angela Palmer and Margaret Wofford were present for the meeting, while Terrie Chambers and Kim Clopton were absent.

The next library board meeting is tentatively scheduled for July 11 at 7 p.m. at the library.