The Spring Valley Public Library Board of Trustees met Thursday, Jan. 16, for its first meeting of 2014, welcoming two new members, Rita Bezdicek and Karen Cleveland, who replace Shirley Gangstad and Mary Ann Schultz, whose terms have expired.

The board and Spring Valley Public Library director Dianne Sikkink thanked Gangstad and Schultz for their respective six years on the board, noting "their input and dedication over the years has been valued."

Officer assignments were made for the year, placing Bill Rowen as chairman, Jim Ryan as vice chairman, Sarah Reiland as treasurer and Sue Skifter as secretary. Tony Archer will continue to serve in his role as the city council library commissioner.

The board addressed numerous items on the agenda, including approving closing the library on Tuesday, Feb. 11, for inventory.

"We're looking for 20 community volunteers to assist with this project because it's large," said Sikkink. "We'll have plenty for them to do. We'll notify patrons in advance - we'll put up posters, put an ad in the Tribune and Reader and put cards out at the circulation desk."

Sikkink reported that the Mark Reps' book signing on Dec. 14 "had good attendance," and she thanked community members who donated treats. She reminded the board of the recently held SELCO e-reader roadshow last week in which community members were invited to bring iPads, Kindles, Nooks and other gadgets they got for Christmas and learn about how to use them and how to download Overdrive e-books.

The director related that Fillmore County's librarians will be attending the Fillmore County commissioners' meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 25, to prepare for formal new contract negotiation talks which are scheduled to begin late this summer.

Also, she and children's library assistant Jeanette Ramaker will attend the summer reading kickoff planning meeting Feb. 6 at SELCO in order to get ready for the children's summer reading program. Additionally, the "Hot Reads for Cold Winter Nights" adult reading program is set to start on Valentine's Day, and Sikkink encouraged patrons to participate.

She reported that a new computer hard drive for the third circulation computer and a thermal receipt printer will be installed at an estimated cost of $1,017.

The board thanked Jean and Herb Barnhardt for their donation of National Geographic DVDs and Rita and Joe Bezdicek for their memorial honoring Brian Boelter. Before the board adjourned for the evening, Sikkink presented her letter of resignation effective April 30 as she is planning to retire. Board members thanked her for her dedication and seven years of service in leading the Spring Valley Library and making it a great place for the community, patrons and staff.

The Spring Valley Public Library is open Monday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday from noon to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information on library services, call 346-2100.