Sheldon Public Library

SHELDON—Bookworms will be able to spend more time at the Sheldon Public Library, which will be extending its hours starting Monday.

The library has temporary hours of 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays.

The facility has steadily increased its hours since reopening in June and library director Nicole Weber has seen the foot traffic coming into the facility increase.

“It seems like the library has been picking up more with people coming in,” said Weber during the library board of trustees meeting on Wednesday, March 17. “We are really gearing up for summer. I would like to get back to our Monday nights starting in April and kind of start getting back to some more normalcy.”

Weber wants to stay open until 6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and return the regular hours on Monday, which would mean staying open until 8 p.m.

Weber said the way to accomplish that with the staff she has is to have assistant director Makayla Raley come in at 10 a.m. and stay until 6 p.m., which she is willing to do.

Weber said staff usually comes in at 9:30 a.m. She usually is in by 8 a.m.

“Check-in books, get everything turned on; we still have people putting things on hold through the computer to get books pulled,” Weber said. “We would still have enough staff to do that to be able to have Makayla to come in at 10. We will have to figure out Wednesdays because she doesn’t work Wednesdays.”

Board president Roger Hibma asked who is all qualified to close and Weber said when Raley will be there to lock the doors and when Raley is not available, Weber will be there to lock up.

Hibma said Weber seemed to have the logistics figured out and he was on board to return to normal hours on Monday and have the library open until 6 p.m. on Tuesday-Friday.

The rest of the board agreed and starting on April 5, the Sheldon Public Library will be open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Tuesday-Friday. Saturday’s hours remain the same of 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Earlier in the board meeting, a discussion was held comparing quotes for a new printer for the library.

The library’s current printer is a Canon ImageRunner Advance C250iF printer and is serviced through Access Systems in Sheldon.

A&B Business Solutions in Sioux Falls, SD, presented two options to the library — a Ricoh IM C2500 printer and a Toshiba e-STUDIO3015AC printer. Access Solutions also presented an option for the Ricoh IM C2500 printer.

The board decided the Ricoh IM C2500 printer provided the best option for the library since it allows patrons to print documents and photos from their phone when they are given the access code by the library.

The next step was deciding which company to get it from.

A&B Business Solutions provides services to nine Sheldon businesses.

However, Access Solutions is a local business and provided a more cost-efficient model for the library.

A&B Business Solutions would provide the Ricoh IM C2500 printer for $129.30 a month, which included 1,400 black and white pages and 250 color pages, through a 63-month lease.

While Access Solutions would provide fewer black and white pages at 1,000 per month, it offered the same amount of color copies. Board member Mike McCuddin did the math and said the difference in price was only about $1.50 per month.

Plus Access Solutions provided the same amount of service if something were to happen to the printer at a lesser cost. The printer would be leased to the library for $113.75 a month over a 60-month lease.

The board decided to go with Access Solutions and its Ricoh IM C2500 printer.

In other business, the board approved:

  • The summer reading program that will run May 31-July 17 with a pool party on July 20.
  • Changes to the front entry mats.
  • Plans to purchase an Accucut Die-Cutter and dies to use for library programs.
  • Submitting an application for a grant to digitize the library’s microfilm.