The Lonoke County Library System Board of Trustees met in July at the William F. Foster Library in England.

With the completion of the summer reading program branch managers, children’s directors, and other staff gave reports to the Board of Trustees concerning the programming scheduling, the programs themselves, opening day, end of summer reading parties, summer reading logs, the amount of participation from the communities. This years theme set by the Arkansas State Library was “Build A Better World”. The theme for 2018 will be “Music”.

According to library system director Deborah Moore, this year was the first venture into registering for summer reading online.Moore said he Cabot Public Library Assistant Children’s director, Kirsten Seidel was in charge of the pilot program for the Cabot Public Library and spoke about the successes of online registering, which enabled more registrations to occur before the actual beginning sign up date in June. She said online registration will be available at all of the branches next year.

“It greatly facilitated the registration process and saved much time for staff, parents and children,” Moore said.

Also during the meeting, Genealogist Leisa Horness, spoke to the board about donations given to the Genealogy Department, how they will be scanned and digitized for patron viewing and the outreach programs she presents for the public at every library location and the Senior Centers located throughout Lonoke County including Ward and Humnoke each month.

Moore gave a report which included plans/preparations underway for programming at all branches in 2018. This programs will include Coding and Digital Literacy for all ages, in addition to all regularly scheduled programs. She also handed out a brochure on how to tell if news is fake, as requested by many patrons. The brochure gives a good indication if the sources and IP addresses of those sources are true or false which might help in discerning if a news feed is fake or simply leans toward conservative or liberal news. According to Moore, the library systems major project at all libraries will be “weeding” our collections. She said this is done using the CREW weeding method and an assigned team, comprised of key Lonoke County Library System staff, familiar and trained with that method that will go branch to branch and assess the collections.

The next regular Lonoke County Library Board of Trustees meeting will be 5:30 p.m. Sept. 19, at the Cabot Public Library, 909 W. Main Street in Cabot. A special Board of Trustees Meeting to discuss the proposed strategic plan will be 5:30 p.m. Sept. 5 in Lonoke at the Marjorie Walker McCrary Memorial Library, 204 E. Second St. in Lonoke.