Augusta County Library trustees elect new officers

??????????By Kurt Michael

Thursday during its July meeting, the Augusta County Board of Trustees met with director Diantha McCauley to elect officers for the 2014-15 year and welcome a new member to the board. In their tradition of rotating among the various branches, this month the meeting took place at the Churchville branch.

Susan Thacker, Middle River District representative, was elected president and Lynn Mitchell, Pastures District representative, was elected vice-president. Trustees welcomed a new member, Carol Anne Turrentine, representing Riverheads District. Last meeting we welcomed Doran Stegura of South River District after the death of long-time trustee Terry Sumey.

Trustees present at the meeting were Dr. Kurt Michael, Jim Friend, Carol Anne Turrentine, Doran Stegura, Susan Thacker, and Lynn Mitchell. Pat O’Neil, president of Friends of the Augusta County Library, also attended.

The Friends have purchased a rocking chair in memory of Terry Sumey to be located in the history area of the library in memory of Mr. Sumey for his years of service to the library and appreciation for Virginia history.

In other library news, a book drop has now been installed at the Deerfield branch. The Teen Room has been completed and is now in use at the Fishersville main branch, and glass has been installed in the reading corner on the main floor near the side doors. The library will be closed Friday, August 22.

A flag pole will be installed in front of the main branch with a dedication ceremony tentatively scheduled for Saturday, September 13, with an open invitation to elected officials and other dignitaries as the general public.

Augusta County Library will have a booth at the upcoming Sweet Dreams Festival in Stuarts Draft. Their float in Staunton’s 4th of July parade was well received.

The summer reading program at all branches has been very popular. Teen art is on display in the Teen Room at the main branch. ComicCom was extremely popular with over 100 entries.

The new book drop at Blue Ridge Community College is becoming more popular as word spreads.

For a detailed listing of all activities at Augusta County’s five library branches, check the Augusta County Library website.

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