Local libraries offer ‘Movies Under the Stars’ this summer

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Family-friendly venues offer fun for all

Barry-Lawrence Regional Library has rolled out the new “Movies Under the Stars” film series.

“We were able to obtain $500 sponsorships from First State Bank of Purdy in Monett, Community National Bank - Monett, Plymouth Junction, Race Brothers and the Monett Kiwanis Club for each of the Monett movies,” said Gina Milburn, director. “We are working on the same for the others in the series.”

The schedule includes: Friday, June 21, Monett Pavilion, “How to Train Your Dragon 3”; Saturday, July 13, Cassville, “Smallfoot” at Roaring River State Park; Friday, July 19, Monett Pavilion, “A Dog's Way Home”; Saturday, July 20, Marionville, “Guardians of the Galaxy”; and Friday, Aug. 16, Monett Pavilion, “Wonder Park.” All shows are free to attend.

Officials held a sale of books, materials, furniture, and equipment from April 11-13 at the Purdy Branch location.

“We were busy almost the entire time and made $2,545.50,” Milburn said. “We boxed up what was left, 43 boxes to ship to Better World Books and 22 boxes of paperbacks to bring back to the Regional Office. There are still a few pieces of furniture to sell, but overall the sale was very successful.”

Joyce Frazier and Milburn met with Jessica Struckhoff of Paragon Architecture to discuss the possibility of building an office building to house the Regional Office using the property that the library system currently owns close to Monett High School.

“In conjunction with separating the Regional Office from the Monett Branch we also discussed remodeling or enlarging the existing Monett Branch,” Milburn said. “Ms. Struckhoff will work up fee proposals for the board to review for both of these projects.”

Milburn plans to discuss the potential plans to remodel and enlarge the current library building with Wade Ennes, Monett building inspector, before moving forward.

Brenda Lopez, part-time library assistant at the Marionville branch, submitted her resignation effective Wednesday, May 22. The position has been posted and Milburn hopes to fill it soon.

Kelly Godrey has been hired to fill the vacant part-time library assistant position at the Shell Knob Branch.

The April circulation statistics revealed 26,451 checkouts for the month. Mt. Vernon came in first in circulation with 5,585, Monett was a close second with 5,552, and Cassville was third with 4,901.

E-material checkout, including Hoopla, totaled 3,734 and Ancestry was used 138 times. Computer use was 2,939 and Wi-Fi use was 792. A total of 284 programs were presented to 6,280 participants.

The Aurora Library turned 100 on February 25, celebrating the anniversary during National Library Week with a cake party on Thursday, April 11 and ending with an old fashioned carnival on April 12.

The next meeting of the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library board will be at 9 a.m., Thursday, June 20, at the Pierce City Branch Library.

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