Library committee holds first meeting of 2019

January 29, 2019

BULLHEAD CITY — The Mohave County Library Citizens’ Advisory Committee held its first meeting of 2019 at the Bullhead City branch library.

Staff had the chance to talk to committee members about various activities at the busy local branch.

Goodwill Industries recently asked library staff if it could use public computers at the branch to conduct computer classes for people seeking employment.

The Goodwill program would require people attend three classes — each lasting seven hours — using the public computers. Those who complete the coursework will receive a computer literacy certificate.

Stella Carlzen, the branch’s service manager, made note about the need for such training and that a significant number of people in the community don’t know how to use computers.

But Carlzen explained that such heavy use of the equipment would be a problem for library users who rely on it.

There are about 40 public computers at the branch. Use is for one hour at a time and can be expanded when the demand is low. But demand can be high; the computer area can get busy, according to staff.

Goodwill is looking for a nearby location to set up an instructional area for this purpose, she said.

The U.S. Census Bureau also asked to use the library. Its request for space also would have been too burdensome, Carlzen said.

Bullhead City Friends of the Library talked about various items purchased for the branch, such as booth space at an array of public events to spread awareness about the library and its programs.

The power door opener for the front entrance of the branch needed its mechanism replaced. Friends spent $5,000 for a new mechanism so the door would stop opening and closing whenever there was nearby movement or even a slight breeze.

The community has a significant number of retired people coming in and some of the library visitors aren’t able to open the front doors to go in and out without the power opener, said Kay Vallie, who leads the library’s Friends group. Friends is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

“The door opener provides ADA accessibility,” she said.

The branch also features a Book Nook visible on the left side of the building to those entering.

A recent weekend book sale raised nearly $900, Vallie said.

Other items the group raised money to buy include a Playstation and some accessories for the teen area of the library; large-print novels and special shelves on which to display oversized books; art supplies for family events; and a variety of CDs and DVDs. The Friends also replaced a large number of broken book ends.

In other business, plans to expand the Kingman library to about 25,000 square feet are ongoing. The current location is about 15,000 square feet. Cost of the project will be nearly $4 million.

County Library Director Kathy Pennell carefully provided the exact amount: $3,996,599.

“And 50 cents,” she said.

• The Hildale branch of the Washington County (Utah) public library serves a significant number of people from neighboring Colorado City, Arizona, which is in northern Mohave County along the Arizona-Utah border.

A bookmobile used to serve Colorado City but no longer does.

Families of children attending nearby Arizona schools will be asked to sign up their children for library cards. Nearly 275 students attend elementary or junior high campuses in Arizona near the Hildale branch library.

• Ginny Anderson, Mohave County Clerk, was at the meeting. She is attending various meetings of citizen groups that advise the Mohave County Board of Supervisors.

The supervisors want to ensure that all of these groups are following the same meeting rules as they do during meetings.

These citizens groups will be asked to conform to these rules mid-year.

• Chair of the library advisory committee is Noreen Thomas, who represents Mohave County District 5. Committee members approved her nomination for the position.

The next meeting will be March 25, at the Mohave Valley library branch, 5744 Highway 95, Suite 102.