As we navigate library life after being closed for many months due to COVID-19 and its affects; we are seeing many changes on how the library operates. With that being said, the biggest impact from COVID-19 to the library is the lack of property taxes received. The library didn’t receive the expected additional funding of $250,000 from the Spring 2020 collection and are unsure how future property tax collections will be impact us. The library depends on property taxes to stay open and offer materials, programs & services to the communities we serve. Other impacts to our budget include the expensive but necessary window replacement project due to leaking windows, the State of Illinois’ minimum wage mandate, decreased Equalized Assessed Valuation (EAV) for current year, and estimated 10 to 11% decrease in EAV the next year. Furthermore, the dwindling numbers of users of the bookmobile & circulation of materials were other factors in retiring of the bookmobile.
At the August 18, 2020, the Library Board of Trustees approved the offer submitted for the bookmobile by the Gail Borden Public Library District. The bookmobile left its parking bay for the last time on August 25, 2020. The bookmobile may be gone but it’ll never be forgotten.
Outreach Services including Homebound Deliveries will continue with the same Staff that were on the Bookmobile. We will still be going out in the communities of Glenwood & Lynwood but it’ll be in a new format. We’re still working on details. Once outdoor events return to our communities; we’ll be there with our library tent & table letting the everyone what we have to offer in this ever-changing world. We will be adjusting to the new norm as we adapt our services to meet this ever changing world.
Updated: September 1, 2020