A new program at the Kendall Young Library will allow members to check out digital copies of magazines.
At the Tuesday meeting of the Kendall Young Library Board of Trustees, director Angie Martin-Schwarze said the program, which is slated to begin after Jan. 1 or sooner, will include about 70 titles. Martin-Schwarze said the program was in response to the increasing popularity of tablet computers.
"We're pretty sure that it'll be another year of lots of gifts of tablets, kindles, all that sort of thing," Martin-Schwarze said.
The program, through publishing technology and services company Zinio, has no waiting lists. Martin-Schwarze said everyone can check out the magazine at the same time, it never has to be returned and can be kept as long as one wants.
The library will be hosting NEIBORS programs for instruction on tablet computers in January. On Jan. 8 and 10, classes will be offered to show how to check out ebooks and view magazines on kindle tablets. Classes on Jan. 15 and 17 will show how to do that on an iPad and other types of tablets. Martin-Schwarze said the library also offers one on one sessions to work with reference librarians on how to use those tablets.
Other library events in January include the festival of chocolate and a smart investing series. The festival of chocolate, sponsored by the Friends of the Kendall Young Library, will host many chocolate desserts made by community members. Attendees will then buy tickets and sample the desserts with music provided. The smart investing series will begin Jan. 31 and focus on how to save for retirement at various age levels.
The board also reviewed the preliminary 2013 library budget. The board approved a three percent increase across the board for staff salaries. Several budget items were included for new projects next year, including a new library server, a new staff laptop, several other computer and monitor replacements and a laptop lab.
Officers were elected for the 2013 library board. Mark Dohms will be president of the board and Tom McLaughlin will be vice president. Richard Anderson remains as gifts chairman, Kellee Shey will continue to serve as treasurer and Mike Hames remains as secretary. The board also selected Bill Klein as the library auditor.
The board reviewed a draft of the 2013 Kendall Young Library community survey. The survey will be available online and will also be sent out with Webster City utility bills in January. Questions include if and how often the recipient uses the library, what they use at the library, usage of electronic devices, if recipients would utilize early morning hours at the library if it were open earlier and more. Community members who complete the survey have a chance to win a VISA gift card.