Library board hears about Leadership Jackson County project


Technical Services Clerk Dawn Jackson gave an overview of her experience in Leadership Jackson County when the Jackson County Public Library board of trustees met Monday at the Seymour Library.

Jackson is part of a project team that is creating a walking activity for families based on a book by a local resident with visits to parks, greenspaces and the library.

“We’ve been working on a project with Dr. Nate Otte, who wrote a book that has paw prints,” Jackson said. “It’s an activity where we’re going to have the book published and have it at the Jackson County Visitor Center so families can go purchase one and find the five paw prints around town with their kids as they read the book.”

Jackson said proceeds from the book will go to Red Sky Rescue in Seymour.

“At each location, the paw prints will be in concrete, and there will be a sign by each one,” she said. “Parents can read the book to the little ones who can’t read yet, so the activity is for all ages to get people out and walking.”

Jackson said they hope to have the books and activity ready to go by the end of the summer, and the Leadership Jackson County community awareness/growth group also plans to have the book translated into a Spanish version.

On another topic, board President Dan Davis asked Jackson if there is any trend to what is being checked out at the library currently.

Jackson said kids are into Minecraft, and adults are checking out mostly romance and history. The book with the most holds is Prince Harry’s memoir, “Spare.”

Circulation Manager Christina Hime also gave a staff report focusing on the expansion of the Seed Library to Crothersville and Medora.

Hime said they are super busy with the Seed Library, and a lot of people have been coming in wanting to see what seeds are available. A library card is not required to check out seed packets.

“We’re changing the way they are being checked out, and it has been crazy in a good way,” Hime said. “The seeds are still upstairs at the Seymour Library, and seed collections have been added to the Medora and Crothersville libraries.”

She said the Seed Library is really big and a lot of people are interested. A local company, Papaw’s Garden Supply LLC, recently donated some seeds to the library.

Hime said they’ve had to adjust the amount of seeds that can be checked out because the packets were going out so fast.

“The most popular item has been the beefsteak tomato seeds, and we just can’t keep them in stock,” she said. “The Seed Library is bringing different people in, and we’re starting to see new faces.”

The board then approved staff changes and changes to the circulation policy that include adding the branch outdoor lockers and Seymour Indiana Legal Help Kiosk and changing the fee card for nonresidents from $65 to $75.

Also approved was adding $10 for replacement of outdoor locker locks and hotspot cords, increasing the waiting period between hotspot loans from 24 hours to 48 hours and changing the Seed Library household limit to five packets (one per type) per day.

Spending the $1,360 from the library endowment fund and $250 from the Tuesday Club fund at the Community Foundation of Jackson County on a second outdoor table for the Seymour Library also was approved.

The next regular board meeting is at 4:30 p.m. May 15 at the Seymour Library, 303 W. Second St.

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