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Bookmobile wrap design approved by library board

The James River Valley Library System Board of Directors approved the design for the new bookmobile wrap on Monday. Joe Rector, library system director, presented the design, which features a white bison reading a book in a field with sunflowers,...

The James River Valley Library System Board of Directors approved the design for the new bookmobile wrap on Monday.

Joe Rector, library system director, presented the design, which features a white bison reading a book in a field with sunflowers, to the board for discussion. The design is bright blue with clouds in the sky, a subtle tribute to White Cloud, an albino bison that spent 19 years in Jamestown with the bison herd at the National Buffalo Museum, Rector said.

Board President Dale Marks and board member Sue Anderson both said the design was too "cartoony." Marks said he would have liked to seen real photographs of flowers, trees and White Cloud. Rector said when he looked at art on other bookmobiles, it was predominantly cartoons.

"I feel strongly that children are the No. 1 target of the bookmobile," Rector said. "I feel adults will use it no matter what; it's youngsters we really want to be excited about this."

Assistant Director Jennifer Senger said the design is not so "over the top cartoony" that it would deter adults. The design is eye-catching and no matter who sees it, it will grab their attention, she said.

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The board agreed on using the design after a couple modifications, including taking the bison off the back of the vehicle to make it less cluttered.

Rector told board members they will need to find a place to park the old bookmobile once the library system receives the new vehicle. The board will also need to discuss selling the old bookmobile at a later meeting, Rector said.

An estimate for fixing the electrical outlet that powers the Alfred Dickey Public Library's main computer desk will be presented at the next meeting, Rector said. The outlet was damaged while new LED lights were installed, he said.

The board will also look at estimates for renovating Rector's office doors at the next meeting. The board approved changes to the library system's fund balance policy to require a supermajority vote when creating or changing committed funds.

Development Director Bill Kennedy gave an update on the Friends of the James River Valley Library System group. An interim board has been elected and has begun holding meetings, Kennedy said. The group will help the library system raise money, provide programs and advocate for public funding.

The next step for the group will be submitting IRS form 1023, the application for tax exemption, in the next 30 to 60 days, Kennedy said. It can take up to six months for the form to be processed, but could also take much less time, he said.

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