At their first meeting of the new year, the Kendall Young Library Board of Trustees said goodbye to a long-serving member and hello to a newly elected one.
Trustee Crystal Gordon was welcomed to the board following a farewell dinner hosted for Tom McLaughlin. He served on the board since 1999.
At their meeting, the board elected officers for the year. Kellee Shey was elected President, Mark Dohms will serve as Vice President, Dick Anderson was elected Treasurer, Mike Hames was elected Secretary, and Gordon will serve as Gifts Chairman.
Tom McLaughlin, center, stands with Kendall Young Library Board of Trustees member Mark Dohms, left, and Library Director Angie Martin-Schwarze, right, Tuesday night at Second Street Emporium in Webster City. Board members celebrated McLaughlin’s service to the Library as a Trustee from 1999 to 2013.
In other business, Library Director Angie Martin-Schwarze said the library is continuing work on the upcoming Festival of Chocolate on Jan. 26 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The second annual festival, hosted by the Friends of Kendall Young Library, will charge festival-goers a small fee to sample chocolates submitted by community members. The cost to enter will help fund library programs throughout the year. The festival is still seeking bakers to submit their chocolate dishes for the festival. The deadline to enter is Friday. For more information, contact the library at 832-9100.
The library is also planning Family Game Night again for this year. A new addition to the night, which Martin-Schwarze has attracted about 150 community members in the past, are life-size versions of the board games "Candyland" and "Battleship." Family Game Night is planned for Feb. 21 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the library.
The board also reviewed changes to the 2014 budget. Martin-Schwarze said a final budget will be presented at the next meeting of the trustees on Feb. 11.