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|W. Lafayette – Jan. 2 – 1923
The Public Library Board met in the Town Hall with all members of the Board present. Meeting called to order by Pres. Mr. Vawter.
Mr. Cunningham presented a financial report showing the following collections:
Amount previously reported 1557.21
Mr. Cunningham read the report of Mr. [Chas. Misser] Treas. Library Board for receipts & disbursements for 1922 as follows:
Feb. 2 – J.B. Cunningham – 400.00
Mar. 22 – J.B. Cunningham – 400.00
July 13 – J.B. Cunningham – 400.00
Dec. 21 – J.B. Cunningham – 400.00
Disbursement – 187.06
Balance in Treas. Jan 1st, 23 – 1412.94
It was moved & carried both reports be accepted & filed.
The following bills were presented for labor materials & ordered paid:
A. [---] lux – 1.10
Lason – 4.50
Meek – 15.75
Shipley – 4.50
J.B. Cunningham – 3.40
May & Davis – 64.85
Manger – 67.16
Lux & Humphrey – 1.74
The Secy. read a letter from Miss Deeds from Oxford Ind. in regard to her previous library 4 [-----] & her willingness to meet the Library Board in regard to position as Librarian.
Personal recommendations in regard to Mrs. Babbs of Williamsport for Librarian were read.
After a lengthy discussion in regard to trained & untrained librarians – salary to be paid – hours to keep library open – possibility as to future collection toe Library fund & approximate cash of equipment & other [----] as to [---- light] janitor service – books – periodicals etc. it was moved & carried that the Library be kept open from one to six and seven to nine p.m. Daily except Sunday with it appeared advisable to change these hours.
The secy. was instructed to write Miss Deeds inviting her to meet with the Board at her earliest convenience & to advise her if none [secured] the board would be in a position to pay a Librarian about 75.00 per month.
It was moved & carried the constitution be waived & officers for 1923 be elected by [acclamation]. Mr. Vawter was unanimously re-elected President & Mr. Burtsfield elected Sec.
Mr. Cunningham was instructed to look after proper [----] apparatus for Library Room.
The attention of the Board was called tot he fact that a plot of ground known as [Reserve] Square in West Lafayette was being offered for sale & its possibilities as a site for a future library building with attractive park surroundings were explained. It was unanimously agreed this matter should be investigated & presented to the Town Board in co-operation with the Village Union & see if the tract could be secured for W. Lafayette & made a beauty spot.
The Pres. Appointed Mr. Cunningham & Mr. Smith to confer with the Town Board in co-operation with the Village Union on this [proposition]
E. B. Vawter – Pres.
Ethel B. McQueen – Sec. Pro. Temp.