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RIGHT, SO WE

[Library Board on May 13, 2024.]

HAVE A QUORUM.

SO I WILL CALL THE MEETING TO ORDER.

AND THE FIRST ITEM ON THE AGENDA IS THE APPROVAL OF MINUTES.

YOU HAVE MINUTES FROM APRIL 22ND AS A HANDOUT.

YOU RECEIVED THEM PRIOR TO THE MEETING.

ARE THERE ANY COMMENTS OR CORRECTIONS ON THE MINUTES? OKAY.

THEY HAVE A MOTION TO APPROVE.

MOTION TO APPROVE.

I SECOND.

THANK YOU.

ALL IN FAVOR OF APPROVING THE MINUTES.

AYE.

AYE.

ANY OPPOSED? THANK YOU.

MINUTES ARE APPROVED AS PRESENTED.

UH, THE NEXT ITEM, UH, PERTAINS TO PUBLIC COMMENTS AND WE DO HAVE, UH, SOMEONE HERE WITH US TONIGHT.

SO I'LL READ FROM THE AGENDA, WHICH SAYS, PERSONS WHO DESIRE TO ADDRESS THE COMMITTEE ON ANY ITEM ON THE AGENDA ARE ALLOWED.

THREE MINUTES TO SPEAK.

TESTIMONY MAY BE HELD UNTIL THE ITEM IS, IS CONSIDERED OR GIVEN AT THE BEGINNING OF ANY GI.

ANY COMMITTEE MEETING INVITED TESTIMONY MAY ALSO OCCUR AT ANY TIME SUBJECT TO A REQUEST OF THE MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE AND WITH THE APPROVAL OF THE COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSON.

SO, SIR, WILL YOU COME AND INTRODUCE YOURSELF? AND BY WAY OF REMINDER, YOU MAY SPEAK TO US AND WE ARE NOT TO RESPOND.

THANKS.

YEAH.

THANK YOU.

SAMBA SEA HOST OF THE SAUSAGE THOUGHTS PODCAST, TRUTH LIKE POETRY, THEIR LOVE POETRY.

I WROTE THE POEM UPON GAR.

IT'S NOT A THEME NOR A DREAM REALITY IN THE LIGHT OF AN ENOKI BEAM.

FATHER, I CARRY YOUR ARMOR.

FATHER, WHY CARRY YOUR ARMOR? THANK YOU, FATHER.

WHY CARRY YOUR ARMOR? YOU HEAR AFTER, TO BEAR TO SEE WHY? LAUGHTER, PAIN, FEEL THE JOY.

HEARTBEAT IS A SEED BLOSSOMING TO BE YOUR SON OR DAUGHTER, WHERE YOUR TREASURE, YOUR HEART WILL ALSO BE THERE ON PAR, OUR LAND BRAND TO STAND.

TAKE WHAT'S IN OUR LAND SAND THAT COMES WITH EARTH.

CALL GO LAND NORTH TO SOUTH.

PRAY THAT 66 BRINGS SEX.

TORO A WIND FOR THE LOVE OF OUR LAND.

GO LAND.

YOU MEAN THE CITY THAT ONLY ANNOUNCES WE WILL WIN LOVE IN OUR LAND.

GO LAND.

LET US FEEL THE FOREST TO BRING FOOD.

THEIR DESIRE TO BE FROM WHAT OUR LAND MOTHER DESIRE AS WE INSPIRE ONE DAY GRACE, AS I PRAISE TIME, GRACE WORDS FLOW THE TONGUE AND CHEEK FLUID NEAR LIPS.

AS WE BOTH SAID, SPIRITUALITY FINDS US WITHIN GRACE LIPS.

SOME MAY SAY AMEN.

I MEAN, NOW MUST STAY YOUR ALIGNING IN LINEMAN WITHIN GOD'S WILL.

IT'S NOT A THEME NOR A DREAM REALITY WITHIN THE LIVES OF ENOKI BEAM.

SO DO WE CHECK IF HA D DIVINE INSPIRES US WITHIN GOD'S WILL.

JUST TO FIND THE BEAUTY WITHIN BLACKNESS, TO BE ALL WITHIN DARKNESS IS DRIVEN UP BY LIGHT.

ON SOUGHT IS HOW WE WRITE THOUGHTS IS HOW WE DRIVE.

JOY IS HOW WE CRY.

LOVE WHAT WE READ.

PROSPERITY IS HOW WE BREATHE.

SO IN THIS LIFE OF MINE, OUR IS YOURS.

WOULD YOU LET US LIVE IN THE LIGHT OF GRACE? WE THE PEOPLE WITHIN THIS SPACE, I LOVE YOU GRACE, AM ENLIGHTENED WITHIN GOD'S GRACE.

SOME MAY SAY AMEN.

AMEN.

NA, ALIGN IN ALIGNMENT WITHIN GOD'S WILL.

IT'S NOT A THEME NOR A DREAM REALITY IN THE LIGHT OF IN KI INDEED, I AM SAMBA C HOST OF THE PODCAST.

I WRITE POETRY AND I PERFORM POETRY.

AND I AM LOOKING TO ENDORSE THAT IN THE NEW LIBRARY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, SIR.

YOU'RE WELCOME TO STAY OR YOU'RE FREE TO GO.

ALL RIGHT, WE'LL MOVE ON NOW TO THE ITEMS FOR INDIVIDUAL CONSIDERATION.

AND THE

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FIRST ITEM IS CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLAN AND BOND PROGRAM UPDATES.

AND GOOD EVENING.

UM, HAPPY MAY.

SO I, I KNOW WE JUST MET A FEW WEEKS AGO ABOUT, UM, AND BROUGHT SOME UPDATES ABOUT ALL THE DIFFERENT, UH, CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS.

AND WE'RE GOING TO HAVE AN UPDATE TONIGHT.

WILL'S GONNA BRING AN UPDATE ABOUT NORTH AND CENTRAL, AND THEN WE WILL, UM, LOOK AT, UH, WEST AS WELL.

SO I'LL TURN IT OVER TO WILL.

ALRIGHT, THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

UH, SO FIRST WE'LL START OUT WITH, UH, THE NORTH GARLAND LIBRARY CONSTRUCTION.

REMEMBER, UH, WE TALKED ABOUT A COUPLE WEEKS AGO AT THE BOARD MEETING.

THERE ARE TWO PHASES TO THE CONSTRUCTION.

PHASE ONE EXTERIOR MODIFICATIONS INCLUDE SOME MURAL WORK, UH, MURAL WORK SCREENING AND SIGN INSTALLATION, AND MAJOR PARKING LOT CONSTRUCTION.

PHASE TWO INTERIOR MODIFICATIONS.

AS KAREN TALKED ABOUT, WE'RE KIND OF IN THE SCHEMATIC DESIGN PART OF THAT, UH, THAT PROJECT.

UH, WE'RE LOOKING TO, UH, IMPROVE THE LAYOUT, SECURITY AND FURNITURE, UH, IN, UH, IN THE NORTH BRANCH.

BUT OBVIOUSLY WE HAVE SOME MAJOR OR SOME BUDGET CONSTRAINTS.

SO WE'RE GOING TO TRY TO MATCH, UH, KIND OF OUR BUDGET WITH WHAT WE CAN DO WITH THAT.

BUT TODAY I WAS GONNA TALK TO YOU A GOOD BIT ABOUT THE EXTERIOR, UH, THE EXTERIOR PART.

SO, UH, ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE, A PICTURE OF THE WING WALLS.

UH, IF YOU'VE BEEN TO NORTH, IT'S SHAPED LIKE A V.

THERE ARE WALLS AT THE VERY END OF, OF EACH PART OF THE, OF THE V.

UM, WE HAVE, UH, WE'RE WORKING WITH, UH, AN ARTIST, UM, AT THIS, AT THIS POINT.

I THINK, UM, THEY'RE STILL WORKING ON THE FINAL PARTS, UH, OF THE DESIGN TO GET IT, UM, TO GET IT, UH, IN A PLACE WHERE EVERYBODY CAN AGREE.

UM, BUT, UH, WE WE'RE PRETTY PLEASED WITH THE DESIGN THAT'S BEEN CHOSEN.

AND, UH, HOPEFULLY THIS BLANK WALL WILL BE FILLED BEFORE TOO LONG.

, UH, FOR THE SCREENING AND SIGN INSTALLATION, UM, I THINK WE'RE DONE.

UH, YOU CAN SEE THE NEW LIBRARY SIGN, A BIG AND YELLOW.

UM, YOU CAN SEE THE SCREENING IS PUT ON A LOT OF WELDING, UH, HAS TAKEN PLACE.

UH, AND WE ARE FINALLY, I THINK UP AND READY.

I'M PRETTY SURE IT'S COMPLETED.

UM, IF YOU SHOW THE NEXT PHOTO, THIS IS KIND OF WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE FROM THE ROAD.

UH, REMEMBER, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE REALLY WANTED TO DO WAS INCREASE THE VISIBILITY OF THE LIBRARY.

SO I THINK THIS IS, UH, THIS IS, I WASN'T QUITE OUT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET, BUT I WAS OUT, UH, PRETTY FAR.

SO HOPEFULLY, UH, THIS WILL GIVE THE LIBRARY SOME MORE VISIBILITY.

AND WE'RE LOOKING FOR THAT.

OBVIOUSLY THERE'S STILL SOME WORK TO BE DONE ON THE FRONT, BUT THE SCREENING AND THE, THE SIGN IS UP AND GOING.

AND THE OLD SIGN IS DOWN FOR MAJOR PARKING LOT CONSTRUCTION.

THE, YOU CAN SEE ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE, THE LEFT HAND PHOTO.

UH, THIS IS WHERE SOME OF THE, UH, SOME OF THE LANDSCAPING WILL BE, WILL BE TAKING PLACE.

UH, THEY'VE, UH, SAW CUT, UH, SOME KIND OF AREAS THROUGH THE PARKING LOT FOR THAT LANDSCAPING.

RIGHT NOW IT'S A LITTLE BIT OF A LAKE BECAUSE OF, UH, OF, OF ALL THE, UH, THE RAIN THAT WE'VE HAD.

BUT, BUT THAT'S NOT A FOUNTAIN.

NOT A FOUNTAIN, NOT A FOUNTAIN YET.

.

IT'S GOOD.

I, WE'RE NOT THE ONLY ONE THAT THINKS THAT .

SO YEAH, IT'S BEEN A, IT'S BEEN A LITTLE ROUGH WITH THE RAIN.

UM, THE TOP RIGHT HAND CORNER, YOU CAN SEE SOME OF THE, UH, AREA WHERE, UH, THEY'VE POURED, UH, CONCRETE AND, UH, AND NEW KIND OF, UH, UH, SIDEWALKS.

UH, FOR THE, UH, FOR THE, THE, THE SPOT, UH, IN FRONT OF THE LIBRARY, WE'RE STILL, I THINK THAT'S LANDSCAPING.

THAT'S WHERE THE, UH, WHERE THE WATER IS, UH, RIGHT THERE.

ALSO, THERE WILL BE NEW, UH, OUTDOOR FURNITURE, UH, PLACED THERE.

THIS IS THE, UH, CROSSWALK BETWEEN WEBB MIDDLE SCHOOL, THE WINTERS PARK, AND, UH, THE PARKING LOT.

YOU CAN SEE WE HAVE NICE YELLOW WALKWAY TO GO THROUGH THERE.

UH, I THINK THERE'S ANOTHER WALKWAY, UH, NEAR THE, UH, MONUMENT SIGN THAT GOES ACROSS THE WINTERS PARK.

SO THAT'S, SO IS ALL THE YELLOW ON THE WALKWAY SURFACES? WILL THERE BE ANY MORE? OR IS EVERYTHING THAT'S GOING TO BE YELLOW ALREADY YELLOW? SOMEBODY ASKED ME ABOUT THAT.

SO I THOUGHT I'D ASK.

I'M NOT COMPLETELY SURE.

AND, UH, WE CAN ASK THAT QUESTION.

I, I WONDER IF THERE'S GONNA BE YELLOW ON THE OTHER, OTHER SIDE, UH, ON THE, UH, NON MEETING ROOM SIDE.

BUT, UH,

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AND THEN THE, THE LOBBY, THE FRONT LOBBY AREA, I, I'M NOT SURE ABOUT THAT COLOR.

THERE'S A LITTLE BIT OF YELLOW NEAR THE FRONT DOOR NOW.

THERE'S YELLOW, CLOSE TO THE FRONT DOOR.

THERE'S STILL SOME PAINTING THAT HAS TO HAPPEN ON THE CONCRETE, UM, CLOSE TO THE FRONT DOOR.

UM, BUT I DON'T KNOW, AND I CAN'T TELL FROM THIS PHOTO, IN THIS PHOTO IF ALL OF THE PAINTING ALONG THAT, UH, SIDE WHERE THE ADULT READING AREA IS HAS BEEN COMPLETED YET.

BUT THAT SHOULD HAPPEN, YEAH, IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS.

I DON'T THINK THAT SIDE HAS BEEN DONE.

SO I BELIEVE THAT'S THE INTENTION.

SO ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT NORTH EXTERIOR? UM, WORKS, UH, WE THINK WILL BE, UH, COMPLETED, UH, AT THE END OF JUNE FOR THIS, THIS PART OF THE PROJECT.

SO, GETTING CLOSE, GETTING CLOSE.

I WAS OUT THERE A FEW DAYS AGO AND THERE ARE DEFINITELY THINGS HAPPENING IN THE PARKING LOT.

YEAH, IT'S, IT'S GONNA BE GREAT.

ALRIGHT, MOVING ON TO CENTRAL.

UH, REMEMBER A COUPLE WEEKS AGO, UH, KAREN TALKED A LITTLE BIT ABOUT, UH, ABOUT THE CENTRAL LIBRARY, WHERE WE WERE AT.

UM, UH, AT THAT TIME, THE FFE, THE, THE FURNITURE FIXTURES EQUIPMENT HAD NOT BEEN APPROVED, BUT IT HAS BEEN APPROVED BY COUNCIL AS OF MAY 4TH.

REMEMBER, WE HAD TWO CRITICAL PATH AREAS THAT WE, UH, THAT WE NEEDED TO KIND OF OVERCOME OR WE NEED TO OVERCOME.

ONE IS THE ROOF AND DRAINS, UH, UM, THAT'S ANTICIPATED TO GO TO COUNCIL, UH, IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

UH, THE OTHER, OTHER CRITICAL PATH IS THE ELEVATOR.

REMEMBER, UH, WE TALKED A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE ELEVATOR BEING DAMAGED, UH, BY SOME OF THE CONSTRUCTION.

AND THEN ALSO, UH, DURING THE MOVE OUT, UH, THERE WAS SOME DAMAGE IN, UH, TO THE INTERIOR OF, OF THE CAR.

SO, UH, WE STILL HAVE TO KIND OF WORK OUT THE DETAILS OF WHAT WE'RE GONNA, HOW WE'RE GONNA TO ADDRESS THAT.

BUT OBVIOUSLY, UM, BEFORE WE'RE ABLE TO OPEN UP, WE NEED TO HAVE OUR ELEVATOR WORKING AND, AND DOING WELL.

SO KAREN ALSO SPENT A GOOD BIT OF TIME TALKING ABOUT OUR, UH, OUR, UH, ART PIECE THAT'S GONNA GO OVER OUR GRAND STAIRCASE.

UH, AS IT'S A BEAUTIFUL KIND OF RENDITION OF WHAT IT'S GOING TO LOOK LIKE.

UM, REMEMBER, UM, IT'S BY CARLY RAY OR CARLIN RAY.

CARLIN RAY DESIGNS.

UM, AND TUESDAY OF LAST WEEK WE WERE ABLE TO VISIT WITH, UH, MS. UH, MS. RAY, SORRY, THAT'S HER ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE.

SHE BROUGHT SOME OF THE PIECES OUT TO THE CENTRAL LIBRARY, UH, ALONG WITH SOME OF HER TEAM.

AND WE WERE ABLE TO, WE, THE LIBRARY STAFF ARCHITECT, UM, BECKY KING, UH, ANDY FROM, UH, FROM CITY MANAGEMENT'S OFFICE, UH, AND THE CONSTRUCTION, UH, SOME OF THE CONSTRUCTION COMPANY, UH, AND OTHERS WERE THERE.

SO WE WERE ABLE TO SEE SOME OF THE PIECES THAT, THAT SHE, UH, HAD, HAD ALREADY PUT TOGETHER, UH, FOR US.

UM, GO AHEAD.

SO ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE, WE ALL WENT DOWNSTAIRS.

SO WE WERE UNDERNEATH THE, THE SKYLIGHT.

IT WAS A BRIGHT, BEAUTIFUL DAY, LOT OF, LOT OF LIGHT COMING THROUGH.

UH, SHE HAD ONE OF HER, UH, ASSISTANTS HOLD UP A YELLOW PIECE SO YOU COULD KIND OF SEE IT KIND OF GLOW.

IT'S NOT A GREAT PICTURE, BUT IT REALLY KIND OF GLOWS WITH THE LIGHT.

IT WAS, IT WAS WONDERFUL TO SEE.

AND THEN MY FAVORITE THING THAT THEY DID, UH, THEY HAD A, UH, FORKLIFT AND THEY ATTACHED A LONG PIECE OF, UH, WOOD TO IT AND PUT SOME OF THE PIECES OUT AND HUNG THEM OVER, UH, OVER WHERE THE STAIRCASE WOULD BE.

AND WE WERE DOWNSTAIRS.

WE WERE ABLE TO KIND OF SEE, UH, WHAT THEY MIGHT, WHAT THESE PIECES MIGHT LOOK LIKE IN THAT SPACE.

YOU CAN SEE CURIOSITY IS RIGHT THERE IN THE MIDDLE.

IT REALLY DOESN'T DO, IT REALLY DOESN'T ANY OF THE PIECES JUSTICE.

UH, SEEING THEM IN A PHOTOGRAPH VERSUS SEEING THEM IN PERSON UNDER THE SKYLIGHT.

'CAUSE THEY ALMOST WILL'S RIOT WHEN THE SUN WAS COMING DOWN.

THEY ALMOST GLOWED IN SOME ASPECTS OF, SO THE NEXT ONE, IT MIGHT HELP A LITTLE BIT.

I TRIED TO TAKE THIS, THERE ARE PICTURES AT DIFFERENT ANGLES, SO YOU CAN SEE THAT THERE ARE KIND OF DIFFERENT, A DIFFERENT SHADE, DIFFERENT KIND OF, UH, UH, TAKE ON EACH ONE OF THOSE.

BUT, UH, VERY EXCITED.

UH, WE GOT TO KIND OF SEE, UH, SOME OF THE BLOCK LETTERS, THE CURSIVE LETTERS.

WE GOT TO SEE CURIOSITY AND SOME, SOME OF THE DESIGNS.

SO, UH, IT WAS WONDERFUL.

THERE REALLY SEEMS TO BE A GLOW ABOUT THEM.

YEAH.

YEAH, IT WAS.

AND IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL DAY TO DO IT TOO.

THERE

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WAS JUST LIKE BRIGHT SUNSHINE COMING.

IT HAD BEEN RAINING AND CLOUDY AND IT WAS LIKE THIS BRIGHT SUN SUNSHINE, UH, COMING DOWN THAT WILL ADD.

SO THE, THE PIECES THAT SHE BROUGHT TO HANG ON THE BOARD, UM, WITH THE FORKLIFT WERE ALL INTO THE BLUES AND GREENS.

THERE MAY HAVE BEEN JUST A LITTLE BIT OF YELLOW, BUT THERE ARE ORANGES, REDS AND YELLOWS ARE GONNA BE ADDED TO THE PIECE THAT WILL REALLY POP IN THAT PARTICULAR SPACE.

AND THERE'S A PICTURE OF THE CREW.

UH, WE ALL LOOK VERY OFFICIAL, RIGHT? LOOKING UP, WE KNOW LIKE WE WERE REALLY INTO CONSTRUCTION AND WE KNOW WHAT WE'RE DOING.

ALRIGHT, SO I ALSO TOOK SOME PICTURES WHILE WE WERE INSIDE OF SOME DIFFERENT AREAS.

UM, PICTURE ON THE LEFT, LIBRARY ADMINISTRATION OFFICES, UH, WE HAVE, UH, SHEET ROCK, UH, DRYWALL AS THEY CALL IT IN THE BUSINESS.

I'VE HEARD, UH, UP, UH, I DON'T THINK WE'RE QUITE READY TO MOVE IN YET, BUT, UH, WE'RE HEADED THAT DIRECTION.

THAT'S THE ADMIN ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES AND OUR CONFERENCE ROOM.

AND THAT'S KAREN'S DOOR TO THE CONFERENCE ROOM THERE.

SHE'LL BE COMING OUT OF THEIR MEETING AREA.

YEAH, IT'S OUR FUTURE MEETING AREA.

ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE.

UH, WE HAVE THE RECORDING STUDIOS, THE FIRST, UH, FIRST UH, UH, ROOM THERE, THE BUSINESS LAB AND THE MAKERSPACE.

THE MAKERSPACE, I DON'T THINK I DID IT JUSTICE WITH THIS PICTURE BECAUSE IT'S QUITE LARGER THAN, THAN IT KIND OF LOOKS IN THIS.

ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS TO SEE WAS THE TEEN AREA.

WE HAVE A TEEN, UH, TEEN STUDY ROOM, WHICH IS GONNA BE A LITTLE BIT LARGER THAN I THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO BE.

I'M VERY EXCITED FOR THE TEENS TO HAVE THAT, UH, HAVE THAT STUDY, THAT STUDY AREA.

THEY'LL, UH, BE A GLASS ENCLOSURE OR A, A ENCLOSURE IN FRONT.

UH, THEY'LL HAVE THEIR OWN SPACE, UH, FOR, UH, STUDYING, GAMING, THOSE SORT OF THINGS.

SO, VERY EXCITING.

UM, THE PICTURE ON THE LEFT, THE MAIN ENTRANCE AND THE LARGE MEETING ROOM.

IT'S KIND OF HARD TO, TO PICK OUT.

UM, THE, UH, THE SOUTH, UH, WEST ENTRANCE IS IN THE VERY FAR BACK RIGHT CORNER.

AND THEN OUR WEST ENTRANCE IS JUST TO THE RIGHT HERE.

AND WE WOULD BE LOOKING INTO THE MAIN, UH, THE MAIN, UH, MEETING ROOM THAT, THE LARGE MEETING ROOM THAT WE HAVE.

AND THEN OF COURSE, WE'VE SEEN A LOT OF PICTURES OF THE GRAND STAIR.

UH, THEY DO HAVE THE, UH, THEY DO HAVE THE STEEL WORK AND IT LOOKS LIKE A STAIR, SO THEY'RE GONNA BE WELDING IT IN AND PUTTING IT IN SOON.

SO I'M EXCITED TO SEE THAT HAPPEN.

I ALSO, UH, TOOK SOME PICTURES OF THE OUTSIDE.

UH, THIS IS THE NORTHEAST CORNER.

IT'S ACROSS FROM THE MUSEUM.

UH, A LOT OF THE WORK THAT THEY'VE DONE IS, IS, UH, ON THE GROUNDS, LEVELING THE GROUNDS.

THEY'VE ALSO DONE A LOT OF WORK, UH, UH, WITH DRAINAGE.

SO THEY'VE DUG, DUG DOWN, PUT DRAINAGE, UH, PIPING IN, UH, AND POURED SOME, UH, POUR SOME SIDEWALKS ON THAT SIDE.

THIS IS WHERE OUR NEW DUMPSTER IS GOING TO BE.

THE GENTLEMAN IS BLOWING IT OFF.

HE TOLD ME THAT THEY WERE GONNA START PUTTING IT UP, UH, THIS WEEK.

SO, UH, WE'RE EXCITED TO, TO GET A NEW DUMPSTER.

UH, ENCLOSURE.

THIS IS KIND OF THE SAME AREA AGAIN.

IT'S THE, THERE'S GONNA BE A NEW CHILDREN'S PLAY AREA.

YOU CAN SEE THERE'S LITTLE BLACK PIPES THERE.

THAT'S WHERE THE, THE DRAINAGE WAS PUT IN.

UH, THEY'VE BEEN LEVELING THIS GROUND, SAME OVER HERE.

UH, AND, UH, THEY'LL START WORKING ON THAT LANDSCAPING SOON.

THE SOUTHEAST SIDE.

THERE ARE SOME CHANGES.

UH, THEY'RE SUBTLE, UH, KIND OF NOT REALLY GOOD, NOT WELL SEEN IN THIS PICTURE.

BUT YOU CAN REMEMBER THE OLD ENTRANCE FOR, UH, FOR THE LIBRARY WAS JUST ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SAILS.

UH, THAT ENTRANCE IS NOW GONE.

IT WAS A RAMP.

UH, WE'VE GOT THAT.

ANOTHER THING THAT WAS REALLY EXCITING TO ME, IT PROBABLY WON'T BE EXCITING TO ANYBODY ELSE, BUT WE HAVE NEW WINDOWS.

YES, .

OUR OLD WINDOWS WERE THE WORST.

SO, UH, WE HAVE NEW WINDOWS.

UM, THEY'LL BE DOING A LITTLE BIT OF WORK IN THIS AREA.

I THINK ANOTHER SAIL IS GONNA GO UP, UH, HERE.

AND THEY'RE GONNA DO SOME WORK ON THAT PATIO TO MAKE IT, UH, A LITTLE BIT BETTER AS WELL.

UH, PICTURE ON THE RIGHT HAND SIDE IS KIND OF WHERE THE NEW GREEN SPACE IS GONNA BE.

ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE LIBRARY, UH, THEY'VE TORN OUT MOST OF THE PARKING LOT AREA.

YOU CAN KIND OF SEE THE FORMS, UH, ON THE LEFT HAND, LEFT TOP UP THERE OF WHERE THE NEW PARKING LOT IS GONNA GO TO, UH, BETWEEN THE BUILDING AND THE, UH, THE NEW PARKING AREA.

THERE'LL BE A TREE GROVE WITH SWINGS.

AND THEN RIGHT ON THIS SIDE, A TREE GROVE WITH THE SEATING AS WELL.

SO LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING THAT.

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AND, OH, I CAN'T SEE BECAUSE OF THE, OH, THIS IS THE, UH, WEST ENTRANCE FOOTING.

SO THEY'RE, UH, WHERE THE NEW WEST ENTRANCE IS GOING TO BE.

THEY'RE LAYING, PUTTING THE FOOTING IN, THEY'VE DUG DOWN.

UH, THEY'LL PUT CONCRETE IN THERE AND THEY'LL START BUILDING THAT ENTRANCE.

AND THEN THE SOUTHWEST ENTRANCE FOOTING AS WELL.

THAT'S IT.

LITTLE UPDATE.

ANY QUESTIONS? ARE THEY ON SCHEDULE OR, YOU KNOW, WE ARE.

SOME THINGS ARE ON SCHEDULE AND THERE'S, THERE'S BEEN A SMALL DELAY BECAUSE OF NEEDING TO, TO DO THE WORK FOR THE ROOF AND THE DRAINS, LIKE WHEN THEY, UM, FOUND THAT THEY NEEDED TO REPLACE THE ROOF OR DO THE ROOF OVERLAY, IT TRIGGERED OTHER THINGS, UM, FOR CODE.

SO THERE'S JUST A, A SMALL RIPPLE EFFECT.

WHERE WAS STAFF PARKING BEFORE, BEFORE THIS ALL STARTED? AND WHERE WILL STAFF PARKING BE NOW? THE STAFF PARKING WAS ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE BUILDING AND, UH, CLOSER TO THE EAST SIDE OF THE NORTH SIDE.

SO WHERE THE, UH, WHERE THE MUSEUM, UH, WAS OVER THERE ON THAT, THAT OR IS STILL THERE, UH, ON THAT NORTH SIDE.

AND THEN A LITTLE BITTY SLIVER, UH, ON THE, UH, NORTH, UH, EAST SIDE OF THE BUILDING.

NOW THAT'S ALL GONE.

THAT'S A CHILDREN'S PLAY AREA NOW.

AND ALSO THERE'S A DUMPSTER ENCLOSURE THERE.

SO NO MORE STAFF PARKING THERE.

I ANTICIPATE.

WE HAVEN'T REALLY TALKED ABOUT IT, BUT I WOULD ASSUME THAT SOME OF IT WILL BE ON THE NORTH SIDE AND THEN SOME ON, ON THE EAST SIDE AS WELL, OF THE LIBRARY.

THOSE, THOSE PARKING SPACES NEAR THE BOOK DROP ARE STILL GOING, UH, TO BE IN THAT AREA? YES.

AND THERE'S THE, THE PARKING GARAGE RIGHT ACROSS, UM, MM-HMM, , WHAT IS THAT? SIXTH? UM, THE STAFF ARE ABLE TO USE AND UTILIZE AS WELL.

AND THE STAFF ENTRANCE WILL STILL BE NEAR WHERE THE GARAGE IS.

MM-HMM.

.

SO, OKAY.

NOTHING HAS CHANGED FOR THAT.

'CAUSE WE THINK IT'S ALL ABOUT US, THE PUBLIC, BUT , IT HAS TO WORK FOR THE STAFF TOO.

BRIAN, THE, UH, CHILDREN'S PLAY AREA, I KNOW YOU SAID THE LANDSCAPING IS THE NEXT THING THAT'S GONNA HAPPEN.

UH, WHAT SORT OF, UM, IS THERE GONNA BE A PLAY SCAPE OR YOU CAN INSTALL LIKE THE CY TYPE OF FLOORING THAT YOU SEE IN SOME PLAY AREAS, OR, IT'S A NATURAL, UM, PLAY AREA.

SO SOME OF THE, THE REALLY COOL, WHICH I'M ENVIOUS OF, UH, THE, GOSH, I CAN'T REMEMBER THE NAME OF THE, THE SUBSTANCE, UM, THAT THEY PUT DOWN.

WE WON'T HAVE THAT HERE, BUT THERE'S NOT, THIS ISN'T LIKE THE SWINGS THAT YOU RUN AND JUMP OUT OF.

IT'S NOT, UM, IT'S BUILT FOR PLAY, BUT NOT MAYBE QUITE AS RAMBUNCTIOUS PLAY FOR THAT.

BUT IT IS NATURAL.

GOT IT.

OTHER QUESTIONS? OKAY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

WILL.

MM-HMM, .

SO, YEAH, I WANTED TO TOUCH JUST, UH, BEFORE WE LEAVE, UM, CONSTRUCTION UPDATES ON WEST GARLAND LIBRARY.

SO LAST MEETING, I WAS VERY EXCITED TO BE ABLE TO SHARE THAT WE HAD A PORT FOUNDATION.

THE, THE CONCRETE WAS THERE.

UM, THIS MEETING, I'M EXCITED TO SHOW THAT WE'RE, WE'RE GOING VERTICAL.

SO WE'VE GOT STEEL, UH, BEAMS THAT ARE BEING, UM, PUT IN PLACE.

UM, YOU CAN SORT OF SEE, IF YOU CAN IMAGINE, UM, THIS IS WHERE THE, UM, ART PLAZA IS CONNECTING THE, THE, UH, RECREATION CENTER AND THE LIBRARY.

THIS IS OUR READING PORCH HERE.

ALL OF THIS IS THE ADULT READING AREA.

THIS IS THE NEW DRIVEWAY THAT'S CONNECTING BOTH, UM, PIECES.

NOT SURE.

YEAH.

AND WE ACTUALLY GOT TO, TO WALK ON THE, THE CONCRETE PAD AROUND WHERE THE WORKERS WERE WORKING.

UM, THIS IS TAKEN FROM, I THINK THE ADULT AREA.

I'M NOT A HUNDRED PERCENT SURE.

OH NO, I'M SORRY.

THIS IS THE CHILDREN'S AREA, THE CHILDREN'S READING AREA.

LOOKING BACK OVER, THIS IS, UH, AGAIN, FROM THE CHILDREN'S AREA, LOOKING TO WHERE THE, THE MAKER SPACE, THE STUDY ROOMS, UM, ALL OF THAT IS GONNA BE, SO IT'S, IT'S REALLY EXCITING TO BE ABLE TO WALK THROUGH.

IT FEELS REALLY BIG RIGHT NOW, WALKING THROUGH WITH JUST THE STEEL FRAMES.

UM, I HAVE BEEN ASKED SEVERAL TIMES, SO IF, IF ANYONE ASKS YOU, UH, THE CEILINGS ARE VERY TALL AND WITH THE, THE PROMENADE DOWN THE, THE MIDDLE, UM, OF THE BUILDING, AND IT'S THAT, THAT GRAND STRUCTURE, IT LOOKS REALLY, REALLY TALL.

IT'S MEANT TO LOOK REALLY TALL, BUT IT IS JUST A ONE STORY BUILDING.

THIS BUILDING IS NOT INTENDED TO BE A A TWO STORY BUILDING.

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SO I THINK I ALLUDED LAST MONTH, BUT WANTED TO SHARE THIS MONTH WE, UM, WE'RE TRYING TO DO SOMETHING VERY SPECIAL IN ALL OF THE, THE LIBRARY LOCATIONS, UM, IN THE CHILDREN'S SECTION.

UM, AND WE'RE TRYING TO BRING THAT LOVE OF, OF, OF LEARNING, UM, WANTING TO SPUR CURIOSITY, INNOVATION, GETTING A CHILD'S MIND TO, TO REALLY START THINKING IN A DIFFERENT WAY OR JUST TO, TO BE EXCITED ABOUT LEARNING.

UM, AND SO FOR, FOR WALNUT FOR WEST, WE ARE LOOKING AT CREATING A CURIOSITY COVE IN PART OF THAT CHILDREN'S AREA, WHICH WOULD BE A REALLY SPECIAL SPACE FOR KIDS OVER AT WEST.

AND JUST TO, UM, REORIENT EVERYONE, THE, THE MAIN ENTRANCE IS HERE, UM, THE ADULT SECTION, MEETING ROOM, AND THE CHILDREN'S AREAS UP AT THE TOP.

UM, IN THAT SPACE SPECIFICALLY, THE AREA, WELL THAT, THAT WON'T WORK THAT WE'RE LOOKING AT, IS THIS PARTICULAR SPACE HERE, DOES THAT SHOW UP? OH, YES.

AND THIS JUST GIVES YOU A LITTLE BIT MORE OF A, UM, A BIRD'S EYE VIEW.

SO THIS IS WHERE WE HAVE ALL OF THE, UM, THE STACKS, THE BOOKS FOR CHILDREN, MATERIALS FOR CHILDREN, GOING INTO THE LEARN, PLAY, GROW AREA, AND THEN THE, UM, PROGRAMMER THAT WE HAVE, SPECIFICALLY FOUR KIDS.

SO WHAT WE, WHAT WE, THE THOUGHT BEHIND THIS IS ALMOST LIKE, UM, ALLISON IN WONDERLAND OR WHEN SHE, SHE FOLLOWS THE, THE RABBIT DOWN THE HOLE AND THINGS SORT OF GET TURNED UP ON ITS HEAD A LITTLE BIT.

EVERYTHING ON ONE SIDE IS NORMAL.

EVERYTHING ON THE OTHER SIDE IS JUST A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT, A LITTLE BIT, UH, FANCIFUL, A LITTLE BIT, UM, CURIOUS.

SO THIS IS THE WALL.

AND I SHOULD START THIS BY SAYING, THIS IS, THESE CONCEPTS THAT WE'RE LOOKING AT TONIGHT ARE THE, ALL THE BELLS AND WHISTLES WE WANT OF AS MUCH OF THIS AS WE CAN, UM, AFFORD.

BUT WE PROBABLY WON'T HAVE QUITE EVERYTHING THAT YOU'RE SEEING TONIGHT.

BUT I DID WANNA SHOW, 'CAUSE IT IS A REALLY COOL CONCEPT AND A REALLY AMAZING, UM, FEATURE FOR BEST FOR KIDS.

SO THIS IS THE WALL THAT YOU'RE LOOKING AT NOW.

UM, THIS ONE RIGHT HERE, YOU'RE WALKING UP TO IT FROM THE OUTSIDE OR FROM THE OUTSIDE OF THE ROOM.

SO EVERYTHING SORT OF LOOKS NORMAL.

THE OWL LOOKS NORMAL, THE TREE SORT OF LOOKS NORMAL AS MUCH AS AN INDOOR TREE HANGING FROM A CEILING CAN LOOK, YOU KNOW, THE ANIMALS ALL, IT LOOKS LIKE A SQUIRREL.

IT LOOKS LIKE A BIRD.

UM, AND THEN WHEN YOU WALK THROUGH THE DOOR TO CURIOSITY COVE, THINGS BECOME A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT.

THERE'S DIFFERENT, UM, SHAPES, THERE'S DIFFERENT COLORS, SOME THINGS, YOU KNOW, LIKE THIS TREE IS PURPLE UP HERE.

I DON'T KNOW OF ANY PURPLE TREES.

THE, THE TRUNKS ARE THE, THE LIMBS AT LEAST, UM, BEING PURPLE, THE ROOM HAS A LOT OF COLOR, IT HAS A LOT OF MOVEMENT.

THIS IS A, UH, MOVABLE WALL.

SO ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS WALL IS THE CHILDREN'S PROGRAM AREA.

IF WE NEED THE SPACE LARGER FOR A REALLY BIG PROGRAM, OR WE NEED MORE PLAY SPACE, WE CAN MOVE THAT WALL AND IT BECOMES ONE GIANT SPACE.

BUT IT EVEN GETS A TREATMENT, A VINYL TREATMENT HERE.

AND EVEN SOME OF THE, LIKE THE TRIANGLES AND THE DIAMONDS HAVE A SPECIAL, UM, COATING ON 'EM THAT THEY LOOK, UH, SHINY, GLITTERY, IRIDESCENT, UM, UP ON THAT WALL.

THERE ARE, I THINK, UM, A TOTAL OF THREE OCULUS INSTALLATIONS IN THIS AREA TOO.

SO IT'S SOMETHING UP IN THE CEILING THAT KIDS CAN LOOK UP, BUT IT HAS LIKE A 3D EFFECT.

THERE ARE DIFFERENT PARTS THAT, UM, THAT WILL HAVE HANDS-ON PLAY, HANDS-ON LEARN.

AND, UH, THIS PARTICULAR ROOM, SO YOU CAN SEE LIKE, UH, THE BEAR HAS A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT PARTS THAT KIDS CAN GO AND PLAY.

UM, THIS IS A GIANT, UH, SIZE LIGHT BRIGHT THAT, UM, THAT WE PLAYED WITH WHEN WE WERE LITTLE.

BUT THIS, IT'S LIKE THE PIECES ARE LIKE THIS BIG AND IT'S REALLY GREAT FOR HAND EYE COORDINATION, FOR FINE MOTOR SKILL DEVELOPMENT, UM, USE OF COLOR.

IT WAS EASILY THE MOST POPULAR THING AT TLA THAT I SAW.

PEOPLE WERE CONSTANTLY, IT'S A REALLY WITH IT.

UM, AND THEN,

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WHOOPS, I DON'T THINK YOU CAN, WELL, YOU CAN SEE IT HERE A LITTLE BIT ON A WALL.

SO WE'VE GOT A LITTLE BIT OF HIGH TECH ON ONE WALL ON THIS WALL.

IT'S, UM, WHERE'S THE CURSOR RIGHT HERE? THIS IS A GIANT MAGNETIC BOARD WITH GEARS AND DIFFERENT THINGS THAT KIDS CAN GO AND MANIPULATE AND BUILD SOME DIFFERENT THINGS, UM, OFF OF THAT WALL.

SO IT'S A, WE WANT IT TO BE A COMBINATION OF BOTH, YOU KNOW, HIGH TECH, LOW TECH, AND SOMETHING IN BETWEEN FOR KIDS, BUT SOMETHING THAT KIDS CAN MANIPULATE, PUT THEIR HANDS ON.

IT'S MADE FOR A CHILD.

IT'S, IT'S MADE FOR A KID TO ACTUALLY BE A KID.

SO THAT'S THE EXCITING, UH, WORK THAT WE'VE BEEN DOING WITH WES.

WE'RE ALSO GOING THROUGH A PROCESS NOW.

WE'VE HAD A FIELD TRIP TODAY TO GO TO THE DESIGN DISTRICT IN DALLAS, UM, TO DO SIT TESTS ON DIFFERENT PIECES OF FURNITURE, UM, TO SEE WHAT WE LIKED, WHAT WE DIDN'T LIKE.

WE CAN LOOK AT PHOTOS AND CATALOGS ALL DAY LONG, BUT SEEING SOMETHING IN PERSON VERSUS THE CATALOG IS SOMETIMES VERY DIFFERENT.

AND ACTUALLY SITTING ON THAT TOO IS VERY HELPFUL.

SO THIS, UM, PROJECT SO FAR, UM, TALKING ABOUT SCHEDULE, TECHNICALLY I THINK IT'S SLIGHTLY BEHIND SCHEDULE BECAUSE OF THE RAIN THAT WE'VE HAD IN THE SPRING, BUT THEY'RE LOOKING TO MAKE UP A LOT OF THAT TIME IN THE SUMMER AS THINGS DRY OUT.

BUT WE'RE STILL LOOKING AT EARLY 2025.

SO WITH THAT, I'LL BE HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT WEST.

DO YOU HAVE ANY SENSE AS TO WHAT WOULD BE FIRST ON THE CHOPPING LOCK? IF IT'S YES, YES.

.

UM, I THINK SOME OF THESE THINGS, LIKE SOME OF THESE HAVE, UH, OF THIS ROUND HAVE LIKE LED LIGHTS INSTALLED IN IT.

UM, IT'S NOT A HAVE TO ON DAY ONE.

WE COULD PUT THE INFRASTRUCTURE THERE AND THEN GO BACK BEHIND AND ADD SOMETHING AT A LATER TIME, LATER DATE.

UM, THERE ARE DIFFERENT PIECES TO IT.

LIKE THE TREE MAY NOT BE QUITE AS ELABORATE WITH ALL THE DIFFERENT 3D PARTS AS, AS THIS, BUT WE'RE GOING THROUGH THE, THE GROUP THAT'S DOING THIS AS, UM, CREATIVE ARTS AND WE'RE GOING THROUGH A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT EXERCISES WITH THEM TO SEE, YOU KNOW, WHAT DO WE WANT ON DAY ONE? WHAT MAY BE ABLE TO BE PHASED OR WHAT'S LIKE, IT WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE, BUT IT'S NOT, IT'S NOT GONNA IMPACT THE OVERALL FEELING OR DESIGN OF THE, THE SPACE.

IT SOUNDS FEEL VERY EXCITING.

WHAT ABOUT, CAN YOU EXPLAIN A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE CONNECTION PHYSICALLY BETWEEN THE, UM, THE REC SITTER AND THE LIBRARY? SURE.

I REGRET DON'T, I DON'T HAVE A AIRY, WELL DO I SORT OF, SORT OF.

I I, SO WE HAVE, THIS IS THE PORCH, UH, IN THIS GRAY SPACE HERE.

OKAY.

BASE IS WALNUT, RIGHT? NO, THIS SPACE IS WALNUT.

THIS IS WALNUT HERE.

OKAY.

THAT HELPS THE ART PLAZA THAT'S GONNA HAVE THE ART INSTALLATION.

UM, IT SITS RIGHT ABOUT HERE.

AND THEN THE REC CENTER AND GYM ARE UP IN THIS AREA.

THE REC CENTER DID REORIENT THEIR MAIN ENTRANCE TO BE ON THIS SIDE.

MM.

SO I'VE DRIVEN BY THERE, BUT I HAVEN'T MANAGED TO GO IN.

THE REC CENTER IS OPEN AS OF THIS WEEKEND.

YES, MA'AM.

UM, THEY HAD THE, THE RIBBON CUTTING FOR IT.

BUT WE'RE HOPING, SO THE, THE BIG, THERE ARE SOME STEPS THAT LEAD DOWN OR, UM, UM, A SMALL DECLINE THAT GOES DOWN TOWARDS, UH, REC CENTER OVER HERE AND HAS A, UM, A GREEN SPACE.

AND WE'RE LOOKING AT USING THAT GREEN SPACE, THE REC CENTER AND THE LIBRARY BEING ABLE TO CO-HOST SOME DIFFERENT PROGRAMS AND SOME DIFFERENT THINGS IN THAT SPACE.

UM, IS THAT ALL EXPOSED OR IS THERE ANY COVERING OVER THAT'S EXPOSED? THE PORCH HAS A, A BIG, UM, COVER OVER IT.

UM, BUT THAT THE SPACE IN BETWEEN THE LIBRARY AND THE REC CENTER IS EXPOSED TO THE ELEMENTS.

THE ENTRANCE IS TO THE LIBRARY.

I SEE.

THE FRONT ENTRANCE IS, LOOKS LIKE IT'S TO THE LOWER LEFT.

YES, MA'AM.

RIGHT HERE.

AND THEN ARE THOSE WINDOWS OR ARE THERE ENTRANCES AND EXITS ON THE BACK SIDE?

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WE ALSO HAVE A SECONDARY, UH, ENTRANCE AND EXIT UP HERE AGAIN TO HELP, UM, RIGHT HERE.

OH, RIGHT THERE.

OKAY.

RIGHT HERE.

UM, TO BE ABLE TO HOPEFULLY, UH, TAKE ADVANTAGE AND MAKE IT A, A SEAMLESS EXPERIENCE FOR THOSE WHO ARE GOING TO THE REC CENTER WHO MAY WANNA ALSO COME OVER AND USE THE LIBRARY.

AND THAT'S THE SHORTEST DISTANCE BETWEEN THE TWO AND VICE VERSA.

THAT'S KIND OF WHAT I WAS ASKING IS CAN YOU GET THE ONE TO THE OTHER EASILY? YES, MA'AM.

I'M SORRY.

AND THE ACTUAL BOOKS, I STILL LIKE BOOKS.

OKAY.

THOSE ARE THE RED AND BLUE STRIPES.

SILVER ON THE LOWER RIGHT.

THEY ARE THE, THE BLUE STRIPES HERE.

THIS IS THE ADULT SECTION HERE.

AND ACTUALLY WE HAVE SOME SHELVING THAT WILL GO UP ON THE WALLS.

THIS, THAT'S JUST NOT REPRESENTED HERE.

THE RED ARE TABLES, UM, CHAIRS, AND THEN, UM, COMPUTER TABLES.

SO WHEN YOU GET OVER INTO THE CHILDREN'S SECTION, ARE THOSE BLUE? ARE THOSE BOOKSHELVES? YES, MA'AM.

OKAY.

AND THE YELLOW? IT'S JUST, UM, THERE'S SOME YELLOW BOOKSHELVES TOO.

ONE I THINK ARE FOR LIKE, EASY PICTURE BOOKS, EASY READERS, AND THEN THE JUNIOR COLLECTION, THEY'RE WONDERFUL.

SO WILL YOU HAVE CHILDREN AVAILABLE FOR US TOMORROW SO WE CAN GO INTO THE KIDS SECTION? IF WE DON'T HAVE KIDS OF OUR OWN, EVERYONE WILL GET TO EXPERIENCE.

THEY'RE REALLY COOL.

CHILDREN'S SECTION CURIOSITY CODE.

WONDERFUL.

ARE THERE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU, KAREN.

THE NEXT ITEM IS THE LIBRARY MATERIALS DISPENSER UPDATE.

ALL RIGHT.

AND I'M GONNA TURN IT OVER TO KATHLEEN, UM, TO GIVE AN UPDATE ON THE KIOSKS SO YOU CAN GO TO THE, THE NEXT ONE.

SO STARTING OUT WITH WHEN THEY WERE INSTALLED, UM, NOT QUITE, UH, A FULL YEAR BETWEEN THE TWO, BUT WE DID INSTALL THE DOWNTOWN, UH, SQUARE KIOSK IN, UH, APRIL OF 20.

I SAID A YEAR.

IT'S NOT QUITE A YEAR.

IT IS NOT A YEAR.

UM, WE INSTALLED THE, UH, DOWNTOWN SQUARE KIOSK IN APRIL AND THE LAWN WIND IN JULY.

UM, BETWEEN THE TWO, WE LEARNED A LOT WITH THE INSTALLATION AND I THINK IT HELPED MAKE THE SECOND ONE GO A LOT EASIER JUST WITH CLEARANCE, UH, SETTING UP THE, THE, UM, THE FOOTPRINT AND GETTING IT BALANCED.

THEY, THEY HAVE TO, THERE WAS A LOT OF WORK THEY HAD TO DO TO GET, TO MAKE SURE THAT WHEN THEY, UH, LOWERED IT INTO PLACE, IT WAS LEVEL.

SO HAVING THAT TIME BETWEEN THE TWO DEFINITELY HELPED.

AND IT WAS A KIND OF A NAILBITER ON BOTH OF THEM, WATCHING THEM PICK IT UP AND PUT IT DOWN AND GET IT INTO PLACE.

BUT, UH, BOTH OF THOSE WERE SUCCESSFUL.

SO I THINK TERRY, WERE YOU THE ONE WHO YOU DID OKAY, , UH, ASK ABOUT THE TRANSACTIONS NOW, IF YOU, IF YOU SEE THAT, IT'S INTERESTING.

THE CHECK-INS ARE OUTNUMBER THE CHECKOUTS, AND WE THINK THAT'S TWO REASONS.

ONE, UM, JUST THAT, ESPECIALLY WITH THE DOWNTOWN SQUARE KIOSK AND WHERE, AND THAT CENTRAL IS NOT OPEN AND WE DON'T HAVE THE BOOK DROP.

WE HAVE A BOOK DROP, BUT I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT IT.

SO I THINK IT'S JUST A VERY CONVENIENT PLACE FOR THEM TO STOP BY AND, AND RETURN THEIR, UM, MATERIALS, THE CHECKOUTS.

UM, I THINK THAT'S STILL A, A GOOD NUMBER.

AND OF COURSE, AND THEN THEY HAVE THE RENEWALS FOR THE MATERIALS.

WE HAVE BOOKS, WE HAVE, UH, DVDS AND WE WILL ARE WORKING ON GETTING, UM, KITS FOR THAT WILL BE IN THERE THAT, ESPECIALLY WITH THE PARK AND THE, AND THE SQUARE, THAT IS THINGS THAT YOU CAN USE IN THOSE LOCATIONS.

LIKE FAMILIES CAN USE THEM, GAMES THAT WILL FIT IN, UH, WHERE THERE'S LIKE FOLDABLE KITES

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AND THINGS LIKE THAT.

AND THEN THEY CAN BE RETURNED IN THERE.

UH, WE DO HAVE ONE PROBLEM THAT WE, UH, RUN INTO FROM TIME TO TIME, AND THAT IS, UH, OVERSIZED BOOKS THAT SOMETIMES PEOPLE WILL TRY TO RETURN IN THERE, BUT THEY, THEY REALLY LIKE IT.

THE KIDS LIKE IT, THEY LIKE THE SCREENS, SO THEY'RE ENJOYING IT.

BUT CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOKS ARE A HARD THING YEAH.

FOR THE MACHINE TO ACCEPT.

SO FOR PROGRAMMING, WE, IT'S AN ONGOING THING FOR US TO TRY AND GET THOSE CHECKOUTS TO, UH, TO HAVE MORE CHECKOUTS THAN WE'VE GOT, UH, RETURNS.

AND JUST SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WE'VE DONE SINCE IT'S BEEN OPEN.

OF COURSE, WE HAD THE, DURING THE DOWNTOWN SQUARE REOPENING, WE HAD, UH, DEMONSTRATIONS AND THERE'S A PICTURE LATER ON OF, UH, VALERIE WHO IS, WE CALL HER THE, UH, UH, KIOSK QUEEN.

AND SHE LOVES, SHE IS, SHE TOOK THIS ON, SHE IS IN OUR CIRCULATION DEPARTMENT AND SHE LOVES THESE KIOSK AND SHE'S KIND OF TAKEN IT ON AS HER RESPONSIBILITY.

SO SHE GOES AND CHECKS IT EVERY DAY AND SHE LOVES DOING THE DEMONSTRATIONS.

SO WE'LL SEE A PICTURE OF HER, UH, ON THE OTHER THINGS THAT ARE ON HERE.

MORGAN TALKED ABOUT WHEN SHE WAS IN HERE TALKING ABOUT HER, THE OUTREACH, AND THEY'VE BEEN DOING THE STORY TIME, STORY TIME AT LAWN WIND PARK, AND THEY HAVE THE FAMILY STORY TIMES WHERE THEY HAVE ACTIVITIES, AND THEN THEY ALWAYS HAVE A KIOSK DEMONSTRATION THAT'S PART OF THAT.

AND THE KIOSK IS IN THE BACKGROUND.

AND THEN THE DECA THEN THEY STARTED THAT BEFORE THEY DID, UH, BEFORE LAWN WIND WAS REDEDICATED, I SHOULD SAY.

UH, BUT THEY DID THE DEDICATION AND WE WERE, SEVERAL OF US WERE OUT THERE AND WE HAD AN INFORMATION TABLE.

WE WERE GIVING OUT THINGS ABOUT THE LIBRARY PROGRAMMING.

AND THEN WE ALSO DID, UH, KIOSK DEMONSTRATIONS FOR THAT.

UH, WE HAD CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK AT LAWN WIND WHERE WE HAD A LOT OF FAMILIES COME OUT.

THEY HAD GOT THEIR CHOCOLATE, HOT CHOCOLATE AND THEY PUT TOGETHER THEIR CRAFTS.

AND AGAIN, WE TALKED ABOUT THE, THE KIOSK, HOW, HOW THEY COULD USE IT AND DID DEMONSTRATIONS.

AND LIKE I SAID EARLIER, I THINK THE KIDS TAKE TO IT, THE ADULTS, IF YOU SHOW THEM, I THINK THEY'RE MORE COMFORTABLE WITH IT, BUT THEY'RE KIND OF LIKE, WHAT IS THIS? AND THE KIDS ARE JUST UP THERE PUNCHING THINGS.

, UH, AND THEN WE HAVE, UH, THE FOURTH SATURDAY OF THE MONTH, WE HAVE STORY TIME ON THE SQUARE, DOWNTOWN SQUARE.

AND AGAIN, KIOSK DEMONSTRATIONS ARE AVAILABLE.

WE DO IN ALL OF THESE, WHETHER WE, UH, DO DEMONSTRATIONS IF, IF NO ONE WANTS TO LIKE WALK OVER AND SEE IT, WE AT LEAST WE'RE TALKING ABOUT IT AND TELLING THEM HOW TO USE IT AND WHATEVER.

AND IF THEY FEEL THEY'RE NOT UN IF THEY'RE UNSURE ABOUT IT, WE WALK OVER THERE WITH THEM AND WALK THEM THROUGH HOW TO, UH, ACTUALLY USE IT.

SO THE PICTURE ON THE LEFT IS VALERIE.

UM, AND THIS WAS ACTUALLY ON OCTOBER 14TH AT THE, UH, GRAND OPENING OF THE SQUARE.

AND SHE WAS OUT THERE THE WHOLE DAY AND SHE GAVE LOTS OF DEMONSTRATIONS AND SOME PEOPLE WERE JUST, THEY WOULD WANDER OVER, BUT SOME OF THEM WE WERE, WOULD, THEY WOULD ASK QUESTIONS AT THE INFORMATION TABLE THAT WE HAD SET UP AND WE WOULD DIRECT THEM OVER AND SAY THEY WOULD ASK WHAT IT WAS OR HOW YOU USE IT.

AND WE'D SAY, SOMEBODY'S WAITING TO SHOW YOU HOW THE PICTURE ON THE RIGHT IS, UH, ONE OF THE STORY TIMES IN THE SQUARE THAT, UH, MORGAN IS DOING.

AND THAT'S ONE WHERE WE HAVE THE STORY TIME, BUT WE ALWAYS TALK ABOUT THE KIOSK.

UM, THE UPPER

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LEFT AND RIGHT ARE THE, IT WAS AT THE DEDICATION AT, UH, LAWN WIND.

AND YOU CAN SEE WE'RE DOING THE DEMONSTRATIONS THERE.

AND THE LOWER LEFT IS THE, UM, CHRISTMAS, THE HOT CHOCOLATE AND THE CRAFTS THAT THEY WERE DOING AT THE SQUARE.

I MEAN, NOT THAT SQUARE LAWN.

AT THE LAWN WIND, UH, THIS ONE, THE LOWER THE LEFT IS ONE OF THE STORY TIMES AT LAWN WIND.

THE UPPER RIGHT AGAIN IS A STORY TIME.

AND THE LOWER RIGHT IS THE ONE OF THE CRAFT THAT'S THE CHRISTMAS, THAT'S A CHRISTMAS ONE IN THE MIDDLE.

I DON'T KNOW IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN IT.

UH, IT'S NOT THE LIBRARY THING, BUT I THAT IS, YOU'LL SEE IT IN SOME OF THE BACKGROUNDS OF THE OTHER PICTURES.

THAT'S THE ARCHITECT, THE SCULPTURE THAT WAS INSTALLED FOR THE DEDICATION AND ITS BUTTERFLIES, WHICH FITS PERFECTLY WITH OUR BUTTERFLY.

SO , OOPS.

AND THAT'S IT.

DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT IT? DID YOU YEAH, JUST ONE QUESTION.

YES.

UM, FOR, I KNOW THERE WAS ON THE DEDICATION OF THE SQUARE, YOU DID LIBRARY CARD.

YES, WE DID.

BUT AT THE KIOSK EVENTS, DO PEOPLE ALSO HAVE THE ABILITY TO GET A CARD OR SIGN UP? I DON'T KNOW.

SOME OF THEM THEY DO.

OKAY.

UM, I DON'T KNOW.

I'D HAVE TO GO BACK AND ASK MORGAN, MORGAN ALWAYS HAS A MM-HMM.

WITH HER WHENEVER SHE'S AT AN EVENT THAT SHE'S READY TO ISSUE.

YEAH.

IF, IF IT COMES UP.

OKAY.

UM, I DO KNOW SHE AND HER TEAM ARE PLANNING ON DOING A COUPLE OF MORE ACTIVATIONS, SPECIFICALLY AT THE, UM, KIOSK DOWNTOWN, UM, TO TRY TO DO SOME MORE EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES WITH IT AND TO GET PEOPLE USED TO USING IT AND JUST TO, TO BRING SOME PEOPLE INTO IT.

UM, BUT I WILL GO BACK AND ASK HER TO MAKE SURE THAT SHE'S GOT LIBRARY CARDS, BUT I FEEL LIKE SHE ALWAYS DOES.

ALSO, UM, IN OFF THE SHELF THIS TIME WE ADDED AT THE VERY, AT THE FRONT WE HAVE, UH, MAPS OF THE LIBRARY LOCATIONS AND WE'VE ADDED THE KIOSK AND IT'S STILL NOT QUITE LIKE WE WANTED IT.

SO WE'RE GONNA TWEAK THAT AND, AND, UH, HAVE IT MORE SPECIFIC WHERE YOU CAN SEE WHERE THE, THE TWO LOCATIONS ARE.

AND THEN THERE ARE SPACES, UM, AS YOU GO THROUGH THE, OFF THE SHELF ON THE PAGES, THERE'S SPACES THAT WE'RE GOING TO PUT LITTLE ADS.

AND THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS WE CAN PUT THERE.

UM, AND JUST TRY TO GET THAT INFORMATION OUT THERE.

SO WE, WE BRING IT UP AT, AT MULTIPLE PROGRAMS THAT WE HAVE WITH ADULTS AND CHILDREN, AND WE'RE STILL PUSHING IT.

AND I THINK THE MORE ACTIVATIONS THAT WE HAVE, THE MORE, UH, CITY PROGRAMS WHERE WE SHOW UP AND WE TALK ABOUT IT, I THINK THE USE WILL GO UP.

YEAH.

I JUST, I WONDER ABOUT, BECAUSE I, I LIVE CLOSE TO LWIN PARK.

MM-HMM.

.

I JUST WONDER IF SOME SIGNAGE ON GLENBROOK MIGHT BE GOOD JUST 'CAUSE YOU COULD MISS IT.

YOU MAY NOT KNOW THAT YOU HAVE THE ABILITY TO STOP AND CHECK OUT SOMETHING.

EVEN IF IT'S JUST TEMPORARY SIGNAGE THAT'S UP.

JUST TRY TO TRY IT FOR A WHILE AND SEE IF PEOPLE WILL STOP.

THANK YOU.

YEAH, YEAH, OF COURSE.

BECAUSE IT IS SET BACK A LITTLE BIT.

YES.

IT'S FROM THE, FROM THE STREET, I THINK.

YEAH.

BUT NOW THEY'RE, I WAS BY THERE OVER THE WEEKEND.

THERE'S A LOT MORE PEOPLE COMING OUT BECAUSE THE WATER FEED HAVE ALL BEEN TURNED ON, AND SO NOW THERE'S A LOT MORE FAMILIES THERE.

SO I DO THINK THERE'S TWO THINGS.

I THINK ONE, WITH THE SQUARE BEING ACTIVATED SO MUCH, AND THERE'S SO MANY PROGRAMS GOING ON THAT WE'RE STARTING TO SEE THE NUMBER, EVEN IF IT IS RETURNED, BUT THE, THE NUMBER AT, UM, ON THE SQUARE GO UP IT, I THINK WE'RE GONNA SEE IT PEAK FOR LONG WIND IN THE SUMMERTIME WITH THE, THE SPLASH PAD BEING TURNED ON AND ALL THE KIDS COMING IN AND, AND DOING THAT TOO.

AND THE, THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE ARE REALLY MONITORING AS FAR AS, UH, WE'RE RUNNING LISTS TO SEE ITEMS THAT, UM, AREN'T, AREN'T CHECKING OUT AS WELL, SO THAT WE CAN ROTATE AND GET THE ONES THAT REALLY, THE WHOLE, UH,

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OUR IDEA BEHIND IT IS TO GET THE REALLY TOP MATERIALS IN THERE.

NOT THAT THEY'RE NOT IN OTHER PLACES, BUT IT HELPS DRAW PEOPLE TO THE KIOSK.

SO.

WELL, IT'S EXCITING.

THANK YOU.

I'M GONNA EXPOSE MY DEGREE HERE.

YES.

BUT THOSE KIOSKS.

YES MA'AM.

I HAVE NOT YET COMPREHENDED ARE THEY STOCKED WITH BOOKS? YES, MA'AM.

AS OPPOSED TO I'M AT HOME, I GO ONLINE, I REQUEST A BOOK, I PICK IT UP USUALLY AT ONE OF THE LIBRARY LOCATIONS.

IT'S, IT'S NOT THAT.

IT IS, UH, THESE ARE ITEMS THAT ARE ALREADY, UH, STOCKED IN THE KIOSK, AND YOU GO TO THE KIOSK IN PERSON AND YOU LOOK AT THE SCREEN AND YOU CAN, IT'S GOT A, SO YOU BROWSE THE SCREEN? YES, MA'AM.

YOU CHOOSE WHAT YOU WANT.

YES, MA'AM.

YOU DON'T CHOOSE WHAT YOU WANT IN ADVANCE.

WELL, I GUESS YOU COULD NOT AT THIS POINT WE ARE WORKING WITH A VENDOR TO SEE IF WE CAN, IF THAT'S SOMETHING THAT, THAT WE CAN ADD.

OKAY.

WHERE YOU CAN LIKE PLACE AN ITEM ON A RESERVE, BUT AT THIS, AT THIS TIME, IT IS, UM, YOU HAVE TO GO UP TO THE SCREEN, GO UP TO THE KIOSK AND, AND BROWSE THE SCREEN AND CHOOSE THE ITEM THERE.

IT'S, IT'S ALREADY IN THE, THE MACHINE.

AND IT'LL TELL YOU IF, IF THE, IF IT'S SOMETHING IS CHECKED OUT.

AND, UM, SO THE CATALOG WILL TELL YOU THAT THE YES ITEM IS AVAILABLE AT SUCH AND SUCH A KIOSK YES.

OR SUCH AND SUCH A BRANCH.

UM, THAT'S RIGHT.

IS THAT TRUE? YEAH.

OKAY.

THE, I THINK I'M, WELL, I MENTIONED THAT WE HAVE THE, THE DIFFERENT TYPES.

WE ALSO HAVE DIFFERENT AGE GROUPS TOO.

SO WE HAVE THE FULL CHILDREN'S TEENS AND ADULTS THERE.

SO, SO WITH WHAT I WANT JUST HAPPENS TO BE THERE, I'M IN LOVE, AND IF I DON'T SEE ANYTHING I WANT, THEN SO BE IT .

YES.

BUT HOPEFULLY THAT WITH ALL OF THE STUFF THERE, THERE'S , THERE'S ONE RIGHT OUTSIDE OF THIS BUILDING.

LIKE IT'S RIGHT OUTSIDE.

I'VE SEEN IT.

YEAH.

I JUST HAVEN'T YOU PLAYED WITH IT.

YEAH.

YOU PLAYED WITH IT WITH IT.

I WAS MESSING OUT WITH IT FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS EVENING.

YEAH.

DO YOU HAVE A, A SENSE AS TO, UM, OUTAGES OR WHEN IT'S NOT IN SERVICE OR AMOUNT OF TIME? AND I'M ONLY ASKING THAT IT'S PROBABLY MY DUMB LUCK , BUT I'VE GONE MAYBE HALF A DOZEN TIMES TO LONG WAY, AND ABOUT HALF OF THE TIME IT'S NOT AVAILABLE TO .

MOST OF THOSE TIMES HAVE BEEN BECAUSE OF A BOOK THAT IS JAMMED, JAMMED IN THERE.

THEY, THEY GO AHEAD AND EVEN THOUGH IT OBVIOUSLY DOESN'T FIT, THEY WILL TRY TO PUT THAT IN THERE.

WE DID HAVE PROBLEMS, UM, BEGINNING OF THE YEAR WITH THE, THE POWER SUPPLY, THE UNINTERRUPTIBLE POWER SUPPLY, BUT THEY CAME, THEY SEND THEIR, UH, TEXTS OUT FROM MINNEAPOLIS, I THINK, UH, AND THEY WORKED WITH OUR, WITH INE, WHO IS OUR SYSTEMS PERSON, AND THEY GOT IT FIXED.

SO, UH, IT'S PRIMARILY ON THOSE OCCASIONS WHERE SOMEBODY HAS TRIED TO PUT IN A BOOK THAT IS TOO LARGE AND I KNOCK ON SOMETHING.

UM, IT'S USUALLY THAT IT'S NOT PEOPLE PUTTING IN WEIRD THINGS.

SO , FINGERS CROSSED.

UM, SO YEAH, I THINK YOU ARE, YOU, YOU ARE JUST HITTING IT.

.

IT'S THE STORY OF MY LIFE.

YEAH.

.

MM-HMM.

.

THANK YOU, KATHLEEN.

YOU'RE WELCOME.

ALL RIGHT.

AND THE NEXT ITEM ON THE AGENDA IS THE ONE BOOK, ONE GARLAND PROGRAM.

SO I'M VERY EXCITED, UM, TO BE ABLE TO WANNA SIT HERE.

YEAH.

UM, BRING UP MILLIE, WHO WAS OUR WALNUT CREEK BRANCH LIBRARY MANAGER, AND SHE CAME, UM, GOODNESS, I'LL SAY A COUPLE YEARS AGO.

THIS HAS ALWAYS BEEN A DREAM OF HERS, OF WANTING TO DO A PROGRAM LIKE THIS.

SO MILLIE'S GONNA TELL YOU ABOUT A FIRST FOR US, UM, THAT WE'RE, WE'RE VERY EXCITED ABOUT.

OKAY.

HI EVERYONE.

OKAY.

YOU PERHAPS YOU'RE WONDERING WHAT THESE ONE

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BOOK ONE GALA IS.

IT'S A CITYWIDE PROGRAM, AND IT'LL ENCOURAGE ADULTS IN THE CITY OF GALLAND TO READ THE SAME BOOK AT THE SAME TIME, AND THEN DISCUSS IT IN VARIOUS EVENTS THAT WE HAVE PLANNED THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER.

SO EVERYONE WILL BE READING ONE BOOK, THE SAME BOOK, AND A BRIEF HISTORY OF THIS PROGRAM.

THIS PROGRAM WAS STARTED IN 1998, UH, AND IT STARTED AT THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY, AND IT WAS STARTED BY A LIBRARIAN.

UH, HER NAME IS NANCY POWELL.

AND SHE AT THE PO AT THE TIME WHEN SHE STARTED IT, SHE WAS WORKING AT THE SEATTLE'S PUBLIC LIBRARIES, WASHINGTON CENTER FOR THE BOOK.

AND SHE CALLED IT IF ALL OF SEATTLE READS THE SAME BOOK.

BUT THAT NAME HAS CHANGED.

TODAY, THEY CALL IT SEATTLE READS.

AND SO THEY'VE BEEN RUNNING THIS PROGRAM FOR 26 YEARS.

BUT, UH, TODAY AS I SPEAK, THERE ARE SO MANY LIBRARIES IN THE US AND I THINK ALSO OUTSIDE, UH, THE US THAT DO THIS PROGRAM.

AND SO WHEN I SAW THIS PROGRAM ABOUT MAYBE 2019 IS WHEN I STARTED THINKING ABOUT IT.

BUT, UH, THIS RIGHT NOW IS WHEN WE ARE ACTUALLY DOING IT.

SO IT'S BEEN ON MY MIND SINCE 2019, AND I THOUGHT IT WAS A GOOD IDEA FOR US IN GARAND TO GET EVERYBODY TOGETHER AND HAVE THEM READ ONE BOOK AND THEN HAVE A DISCUSSION ABOUT IT.

HMM.

UM, SO OUR GOAL FOR THIS PROGRAM, UH, IS TO FOSTER A SENSE OF COMMUNITY AMONG OUR DIVERSE POPULATION BY ENGAGING RESIDENTS IN CONVERSATIONS THROUGH A SHARED READING EXPERIENCE.

BECAUSE IN GALLARD WE HAVE A VERY DIVERSE POPULATION, AND SO WE WANT TO BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER, UH, SO THAT THEY CAN DISCUSS THE SAME THING AND KIND OF FOSTER A SENSE OF COMMUNITY.

WE ALSO WANT TO ENCOURAGE OR PROMOTE LITERACY BY ENCOURAGING ADULTS TO READ, BECAUSE SOMETIMES ADULTS WHO DON'T REALLY READ, UH, JUST THINK ABOUT WHEN THEY WERE FORCED TO READ IN HIGH SCHOOL.

WE WANT THEM TO READ BECAUSE THEY ARE ENJOYING IT.

AND SO THIS IS ONE WAY FOR US TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO DO THAT.

AND WE ALSO WANT ADULTS TO, UH, HAVE A RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LIBRARY, OR WHEN THEY THINK ABOUT A BOOK, WE DON'T WANT THEM TO THINK ABOUT AMAZON.

WE DON'T WANT THEM TO THINK ABOUT BUYING THE BOOK.

WE WANT THEM TO THINK ABOUT THE LIBRARY FIRST.

SO AND SO WE WANT THEM TO BE CONNECTED TO THE LIBRARY, AND SO WE WANT THEM TO ENGAGE WITH THE LIBRARY AND ALSO WITH THEIR COMMUNITY.

COMMUNITY.

UH, AND A FEW EXAMPLES OF LIBRARIES IN OUR LOCAL AREA THAT ARE ALREADY DOING THIS PROGRAM IS THE RICHARDSON PUBLIC LIBRARY, THE MCKINNEY PUBLIC LIBRARY, KELLER PUBLIC LIBRARY, AND THE CALLING COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE.

BUT THERE ARE MORE LIBRARIES THAT DO THE SAME PROGRAM IN THE METROPLEX.

UM, SO WHEN WE THOUGHT ABOUT, UH, DOING THIS BOOK, I MEAN DOING THIS PROGRAM, WE THOUGHT ABOUT, UH, WORKING WITH A LOCAL AUTHOR AND I HAD A TEAM OF ABOUT 10 PEOPLE FROM ACROSS THE LIBRARY THAT WERE WORKING TOGETHER.

AND SO AFTER A LOT OF, UH, CAREFUL CONSIDERATION AND A LOT OF, UH, MANY, A LOT OF PLANNING, WE CAME UP WITH THIS AUTHOR HERE.

AND THIS AUTHOR IS LOCAL.

HE LIVES IN PROSPER, TEXAS.

AND JUST A LITTLE BIT OF ABOUT HIM IS, HIS NAME IS RIVERS HAM.

HE WAS BORN IN PARIS, TEXAS.

HIS DAD WORKED FOR THE FORD MOTOR COMPANY IN DALLAS, TEXAS.

AND HE, HIS FAMILY LIVED IN PLEASANT GROVE AND HE WORKED FOR GISD FOR 35 YEARS.

AND HE RETIRED IN 2011 AND STARTED WRITING.

AND CURRENTLY HE LIVES IN PROSPECT TEXAS.

SO HE ACTUALLY LIVED, WORKED HERE FOR 35 YEARS, I THINK HE SAID ALL HIS CAREER WAS SPENT AT GISD.

AND, UM, SO THIS BOOK, UH, THAT WE CHOSE IS A MINISTRY.

HE, HE, HE'S WRITTEN, I THINK HE'S WRITTEN LIKE 16 BOOKS.

LET ME SEE.

SO HE'S WRITTEN 16 BOOKS AND HE HAS FOUR SERIES IN HIS, UM, UNDER HIS BELT.

UH, BUT THIS ONE, THIS BOOK IS ABOUT, UH, TUCK SNOW IS THE MAIN CHARACTER, AND HE IS A SPECIAL RADIO WITH THE TEXTILES.

AND WE SOUTHWESTERN CATTLE RAISERS ASSOCIATION.

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AND HE, HE GET, HE, HE LEAVES HIS JOB TO MOURN THE LOSS OF HIS WIFE AND HIS WIFE AND KID WERE KILLED IN A HORRIFIC ROAD ACCIDENT BY, UH, CAUSED BY A DRUG ADULT FELON.

AND SO TAKA MOVES HIS SURVIVING DAUGHTER.

HE HAS A TEENAGE DAUGHTER.

SO HE, WHEN HE LEAVES HIS JOB TO MOAN HIS WIFE, HE MOVES HER TO A QUIET TOWN IN EAST TEXAS.

AND WHERE WHEN HE MOVES TO THIS LITTLE TOWN IN EAST TEXAS, THE HOUSE HE MOVES INTO HAPPENS TO BE ACROSS A METH LAB.

AND SO THINGS HAPPEN.

AND SO HE HAS, HE TAKES UP HIS BADGE AND HE GETS BACK ON THE JOB BECAUSE HE CANNOT STAY SILENT AS, UH, A TEXAS RANGER.

HE CANNOT, UH, STAY SILENT.

AND SO HE GETS BACK ON THE JOB AND TRIES TO CLEAN UP THIS MESS.

BUT THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS GOING ON IN THIS LITTLE TOWN.

UH, BUT WE FOUND THE BOOK INTERESTING AND THE WHOLE TEAM KIND OF CHOSE THIS BOOK.

AND WE'VE MET THE AUTHOR, THAT'S AN ACTUAL, UH, UH, WE'VE MET HIM AND HE CAME OVER HERE AND HE TALKED TO US.

AND SO, UM, THAT, THAT'S WHY WE, WE LIKED THE BOOK A LOT.

AND THEN, UH, WE HAVE PLANNED SEVERAL EVENTS AROUND THIS, UH, PROGRAM.

AND THE KICKOFF DATE FOR THE EVENT IS GOING TO BE ON THE SAME DAY THAT WE HAVE THE SUMMER READING KICKOFF, WHICH IS JUNE 8TH.

AND THEN WE HAVE FOUR EVENTS.

THE FIRST EVENT IS GONNA BE AN AUTHOR EVENING, AND IT'S GONNA HAPPEN ON THE 14TH, SEPTEMBER 14TH.

AND SO THE AUTHOR WILL COME AND DISCUSS HIS BOOK AND DO A BOOK SIGNING.

AND THEN ON SEPTEMBER 19TH, HE'S GOING TO COME TO THE REGULAR BOOK CLUB THAT WE HAVE.

WE HAVE A BOOK CLUB, UM, WE HAVE TWO BOOK CLUBS IN, IN THE LIBRARY, AND WE ARE GONNA COMBINE THEM FOR THAT MONTH.

AND HE'LL COME AND PARTICIPATE IN THE BOOK CLUB.

AND THAT'S GONNA BE ON THE 19TH.

AND THEN ON SEPTEMBER 20TH, WE ARE GOING TO HAVE SOMETHING CALLED THE WRITER'S WORKSHOP.

AND HE'S GONNA COME THERE AND DISCUSS THE PROCESS, HIS PROCESS OF WRITING, AND, UH, I THINK HE HA HE HAS A, A WORKSHOP THAT HE DOES AND THAT'S WHAT HE'S GONNA COME AND PRESENT TO THE PARTICIPANTS.

AND ALL THESE EVENTS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, INCLUDING THE BOOK CLUB.

AND THEN ON SEPTEMBER 28TH, WE HAVE SOMETHING THAT WE ARE CALLING THE CRIME SCENE LIBRARY.

AND IT'S GONNA BE FROM THREE, I MEAN FROM 11:00 AM TO THREE O'CLOCK.

AND WE HAVE MANY ACTIVITIES THAT ARE GONNA TAKE PLACE.

AND IT'S ALSO, UH, OPEN.

EVERYTHING WE ARE DOING IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

SO, UM, I THINK THAT'S ABOUT ALL THAT I HAVE RIGHT NOW, IF YOU HAVE ANY.

OKAY.

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OKAY.

THAT JUNE 14TH, SEPTEMBER 19TH.

MM-HMM.

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WELL, CONGRATULATIONS ON MAKING YOUR DREAM TURN INTO A REALITY.

EXCITING.

YES, IT IS.

I LOVE THE NAME OF IT.

ONE BOOK ONE, ONE BOOK.

ONE GIRL.

YEAH.

THE TEAM CAME UP WITH THE NAME.

WE WANTED GARLAND IN THE NAME.

YEAH.

SO WHERE WILL THE, UH, SEPTEMBER EVENTS BE HELD? WILL THAT BE AT THE, THE CLEE OR? NO, EVERYTHING IS BEING HELD AT THE SOUTH PROGRAM ROOM AT SOUTH.

OKAY.

YEAH.

GOTCHA.

YOU PROBABLY SAID IT, I JUST MISSED IT.

OH, I DIDN'T SEE IT.

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OKAY.

YEAH.

WOULD YOU TELL ME IF THE TITLE OF THE BOOK, OH, THE BOOK IS CALLED HARD COUNTRY.

HARD COUNTRY.

HARD COUNTRY IN, YES.

IT WAS PUBLISHED IN, UH, LAST YEAR.

20 20 23.

YEAH.

YES.

THERE, THAT'S THE BOOK.

AND THAT'S THE OTHER, HE ALWAYS WEARS A HAT.

HE SAID HE'S A PRETTY AWESOME PERSON TO MEET AND GET TO TALK TO WHO'S, YEAH.

VERY PERSONABLE AND ENGAGING.

I'VE ACTUALLY DONE A ONE BOOK THING WITH, UM, ANOTHER SOURCE.

MM-HMM.

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THIS IS COOL.

THIS JUST REALLY EXCITES ME.

SO WHAT ABOUT HAVING A, IF WE GET LARGE PARTICIPATION, WE'RE GONNA SELL OUT THE BOOKSTORES.

MM-HMM.

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CAN WE DO SOMETHING LIKE HAVE SOME ON HAND THAT WE CAN BUY? SO WE ARE WORKING WITH OUR, UM, VENDOR, UH, EBOOK VENDOR ABOUT HAVING COPIES AVAILABLE.

IT'S A PERPETUAL USE LICENSE.

SIMULTANEOUS, SIMULTANEOUS USE LICENSE FOR PEOPLE TO BE ABLE TO CHECK IT OUT AND ALL READ IT TOGETHER.

UM, I THINK WE'RE WORKING WITH, UH, I THINK

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A BOOKSELLER, UH, LOCAL BOOKSELLER TO BE ABLE TO COME IN AND OFFER SOME DIFFERENT COPIES OR OFFER COPIES TO SELL, UM, THROUGH THE, THE FRIENDS ORGANIZATION THAT, UM, THEY'LL BE ABLE TO BENEFIT A LITTLE BIT FROM THAT AS WELL.

THE FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY.

UM, AM I MISSING, I THINK THAT'S THE TWO THAT WE ARE HAVING,