On Thursday, November 17, a sellout crowd of over 250 people attended a fundraising event to benefit the
Youth Room of the Baldwin Public Library. With proceeds from sponsorships, donations, ticket sales and
the auction, the Library raised over $22,000. This money will be put to use to enliven the early learning
corner of the Youth Room and to expand access to the early literacy computers. Many thanks
to all who made this event a success
-Baldwin Books and Beyond Winter2012
Youth Room Renovation Project
How the money raised at the Books and Bites fund raiser might be spent was the first topic of conversation .Board members expressed a desire to show people who participated in the fund raiser where their donated money was being applied and to show the Birmingham City Commission that the Library was continuing to adhere to the fiscally responsible Purchase Guidelines published on the Baldwin Library web sight and made available at the meeting. One would think since the library raised the money on it's own via a fund raiser that that would be self evident but the Baldwin Library Board under Director Doug Koschik likes to dot all the I's and cross all the T's. For example the library's strict adherence to the rules and principals espoused in the Michigan Open Meetings Act is rare in civic or library arenas where deviations, lapses, and omissions are frequently shrugged off. In the past under other boards and other directors The Baldwin Library's fiscal responsibility was reported to be less than exemplary. The document below indicates the Library's goals in regards to the Youth Room and preliminary cost estimates. Much of the discussion concerned previous library dealings with both companies, prior satisfactions and how the dollars could best be allocated. Shopping locally was suggested and a couple toy stores were mentioned. It was remarked however that the puppet stage mentioned had to be of industrial strength to withstand the pounding of what could be thousands of children.
Report for the Long_Range Planning Session of the Birmingham City Commission to be made on January 21st 2012
A copy of this report was deliver in print and via a Power Point presentation at the last Library Board meeting and is available on the Library's website in written form, power point with pictures, and in a televised and archived version of the meeting In addition a copy of the written proposal and artist renditions have appeared in this blog as well.
The library's agenda position has been moved up to a 9:45 am time slot which in a day of discussions is prime time. Director Koschik said that it would be premature to expect a recommendation of the City Commissionat this time. He would however appreciate an opinion. That much was offered by board members and guests at the Building Committee meeting. The consensus seemed to be that the less expensive Fanning Howley option was more practical for now and served the immediate need. But one never knows what might happen in the future.Perhaps a donor with ten million dollars would come forward Kochick said he thought the fanny holly plan was lacking in two areas. Windows to open up the south side of the building to sunlight and handy capped access. There were also parts of the Victor Saroki planhat everyone seemed to like that could be incorporated. Two entrances one from Martin Street the other from Merill were mentioned. As was a cafe.One suggestion was cafe on the west side of the building and a third entrance with a ground level access for the handicapped. An outdoor seating portion of the cafe could then provide 24 hour electricity, wi fi access similar to what was done at the Leelanau County Library in Northport Michigan (see our post Pure Michigan. Pure Library. Northport, MI 49670.
| Front from left: Sheila Brice, Andrew Harris, James W. Suhay|
Back from left: David Underdown, Frank Pisano, Bob Tera
In terms of a time table, Koschik suggested perhaps by the end of the decade. The Fanning Howey plan by itself would require a year to make the decision and two years to implicate. Board Member Shelia Brice sasid the next steps would be to open the dialogue up to the public and involve the contract communities Board MemberJames W. Suhay favored a phase one Howley, phase two Saroki possibilities approach. Assistant Director Mark Church said if you were going to double the size of building you might think of doubling the staff because the library currently had a stopped toilet (which he excused himself to go fix) because te Mr Fixit was no longer available. Board Member Terra also said that he read of two metro area libraries carrying as much as a million and a half in annual debt money that would have to repaid even if revenue from declining property values housing values continued to drop.
All of the above and more will be open for discussion at the next library board meeting on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in the Tribute and Donor Rooms of the Library.
The Library will make it's presentation to