Waterloo library officials say they're grateful for funding

Waterloo City Hall

WATERLOO -- A Karl Junginger Memorial Library budget and library information presentation was presented by library Director Kelli Mountford and library board representative Abby Vosters during Thursday's regular Waterloo Common Council meeting.

The KJM Library is funded by city of Waterloo funds or tax dollars; Jefferson, Dane, Dodge and Waukesha county funds; Meals on Wheels county nutrition; the Evelyn Kading Clark Trust Fund; donations and bequests.

"We're very fortunate to have the funding that we do, which helps the library," Mountford said.

The Junginger Foundation is a donation that is given to the KJM Library and in 2019. A commitment was established in which a donation will occur every year, with a 3% increase until the year 2023.

A contract between the Junginger Foundation and the KJM Library does not exist and the Junginger Foundation may determine if it will or will not be making a contribution each year.

County funding is dependent on nonresident users and is based on the total cost of library-provided services. The KJM Library only receives county dollars if the nonresident users do not live in a city, village or town with a library.

"For example, if a library has an operating budget of $100,000 and 20% of all circulation is to its county's nonresidents, the library can request $20,000 for reimbursement. Statutes direct that the county pay at least 70% of the calculated payment amount. In this example, the county is required to pay at least $14,000," presentation materials explaining how county funding for nonresident users is determined stated.

The Evelyn Kading Clark Trust is used toward all children's library uses, which include children's materials and programming, young adult materials and programming and the salary of KJM Youth Services librarian Amanda Brueckner.

The KJM Library fund balance spending has been used for several purchases, including the installation of a new metal roof, a new flat roof, an outdoor sign, new water bubblers, a new phone system, five air conditioner units, a new security system, public computer furniture, meeting room flooring and adult, children and young adult bookshelves and furnishings.

Upcoming KJM Library projects/purchases include three additional air conditioner units, carpet replacement, a new water heater and furnaces, updated computers and parking lot updates.

Vosters presented information to the council on the importance of the children/family programming and services at the KJM Library.

Storytime, 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, the summer reading program, book clubs, job search programs and informational events on fitness, essential oils and McKay Nursery Company are among the many programs and services that are currently offered by the KJM Library.

Vosters also provided statistics on a typical year at the KJM Library to the council.

In 2018, 42,189 people visited the library, 4,273 people used public computers, 44,524 items were checked out, 251 new patrons joined the library, 20,540 questions were answered by library staff and 347 programs were held with 5,628 people in attendance. On average, more than 13 items were checked out by each community resident.

"When you invest in the library you're investing in access to under-served populations in our community who might not have other resources available. The library does so much (more) than just checking in and out books, and it helps a lot of people," Vosters said.

The KJM Library will celebrate its 25th anniversary Sept. 21 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Sponsored by the Friends of the KJM Library, the celebration will feature a proclamation by city of Waterloo Mayor Jeni Quimby, balloons by Pop Art, food from Ayala's Market, beverages from Paradiddle's Café and music by Billy Saffyre. Family tile painting will also take place during the celebration for $10.

In other business, with the exception of an abstaining vote by Alderman Ron Griffin, the council approved a resolution authorizing the borrowing of $919,615 to provide for the issuance and sale of a general obligation promissory note and levying a tax connection for property located at 333 Portland Road.

During the Aug. 15 regular council meeting, with the exception of an abstaining vote by Griffin, the council had approved a resolution authorizing a $919,615 bank note to refinance the existing Tax Incremental District No. 3 debt and costs associated with the reuse of property located at 333 Portland Road.

Waterloo city Clerk and Treasurer Mo Hansen had noted during the Aug. 15 regular council meeting that an outreach to 15 financial institutions resulted in three replies with Monona State Bank proposing the lowest funding bid at 3.55%.

The new resolution was presented to the council during Thursday's regular council meeting to include text documentation from Monona State Bank. Hansen noted that terms or conditions related to the resolution that was approved during the Aug. 15 regular council meeting have not changed.

"It's not uncommon for banks to have their boiler plate information," Hansen said in regard to the new resolution that was approved during Thursday's regular council meeting.

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