Voters approved our $3.995 million budget levy for 2020-21 with a 64 percent approval rate. We greatly appreciate the enduring support of the community we serve. Throughout the pandemic shutdown, we have continually strived to reinvent ourselves to meet patrons’ needs virtually in various ways. Now, as we work in two staggered staff teams to gradually reintroduce services, we are vigilant on health and safety concerns, and aim to proceed with utmost caution for the well-being of staff and patrons alike. Our resolve remains steadfast: we’re here for you as we move forward with intention. Thank you for recognizing the intrinsic value of YOUR library!
Out of five candidates seeking one of three open Board of Trustees seats, the three elected are: Marcia Alazraki, Mark Keeling (incumbent), and Richard Rubin. We extend our congratulations to these individuals, and our sincere appreciation to Herb Hennings and Phil Metzger for their dedicated service to the Library Board. We are grateful for the diligent oversight and contributions of all who volunteer their time and energy as GPL Board members.
Building Project Update
Last year, the Library received about 4,200 votes due to the proposed building project, which was approved. Despite the building remaining closed to the public since mid-March due to the pandemic, our renewal plans are progressing on time and on budget.
The Library is on target to go to bid in October. Once construction begins, we will remain open through most of the renovations. The first phase will be an addition on the east end of the building to better accommodate crowded children’s programs and services. Subject to weather and industry factors, the project is slated for completion in the summer of 2022.
Our contactless curbside service by appointment to process materials we’ve been holding since mid-March (“holds”) is underway. Anyone who requested items prior to the pandemic shutdown has been notified to set up their appointment for pick up. Our hours of operations for these front entrance transactions are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Tuesday and Thursday, 3 to 7 p.m. Two staggered teams of staff are operating in our building – which remains closed to the public – with stringent procedures enacted to help ensure everyone’s safety.
— Luanne Nicholson