Leetonia Library still working on policy for use of field

LEETONIA- The Leetonia Library Board continues to develop a use of facilities policy, but has yet to present it to other parties involved.

Library Director Lisa Rohrbaugh said the board discussed progress on the policy at its meeting Thursday night, noting that once a draft is completed it will be presented to the representatives from the school board and Leetonia Area Sports Association (LASA) for comments.

“It’s a slow process, but we’re looking at many, many library and school use policies,” she said. “[We’re] making sure that when we’re done, [the field] will be open to any non-profit who wants to use it.”

The board has been working on the use of facilities policy, mostly regarding the field north of the library currently used by LASA for soccer, so that there is a written document in place stipulating that the field is library property and restricting its use to non-profit organizations.

In other business the board discussed ways to assist schools educate children in the community.

“It takes more to educate the kids than what the teachers can do,” Rohrbaugh said. “[The teachers] have a huge load on their shoulders.”

Rohrbaugh said the library administration is looking at potential involvement in the education process, particularly getting parents more interested in bringing younger children to the library more often.

“We offer a good amount of programs, but attendance can always be improved,” she said.

Rohrbaugh said library administration will be meeting with school administration to discuss the issue.

Also at the meeting the board began discussion of the five-year anniversary of the current facility’s opening in September, considering how to mark the occasion and coordinating a fund raising effort in conjunction. The board also approved an average 2 percent pay raise for five employees and presented a certificate of recognition from state Rep. Nick Barborak and Speaker of the House William G. Batchelder for the library’s five-star rating.

Following the meeting the board unveiled the Friends of Library’s new coffee bar to the right of the main entrance which opened Friday. Coffee and cocoa is available for $1 a cup.