At July's meeting of the Du Quoin Public Library Board, trustees chose the company that will replace its windows next month.
Two bids for the large project were unsealed at the meeting: one from Marion Glass and Mirror in Marion for $31,155, and one from Doug Eubanks Construction of Sesser for $28,979.
"As you can see, the second bid was not submitted in the correct form," Library Director Kristina Benson told trustees. She was referring to the bid from Doug Eubanks Construction, which was submitted by email. "So, we can't really unseal their bid."
Benson also pointed out that she had received no other communication from the company other than the bid, and that all of the required information -- in particular, how quickly they could begin the project -- was not included.
"In order to be compliant with the grant, work must begin in August or at the latest, early September," she said.
Marion Glass and Mirror installed the windows on Du Quoin City Hall, which shares the building with the library.
"Brett Ridgeway, president of Marion Glass, worked with us in writing the grant for the windows," Benson said.
She was referring to the Live and Learn Construction Grant from the Illinois Secretary of State. These grants, which are funded by an annual state legislative appropriation, help public libraries with construction costs.
The library windows are 49 years old and will be replaced with dual-pane, tinted, thermal windows to increase energy efficiency and eliminate water leakage.
Library to hold college, ASVAB prep events
There are two high school-related events scheduled for July at the Du Quoin Public Library.
The first, "What to Take to College," took place Monday. The second, "Preparing for the ASVAB," will be presented by an Air Force recruiter beginning at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 20.
The ASVAB is a multiple-aptitude battery of tests that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military. It is administered annually to more than 1 million military applicants.
Summer reading programs continue
The library's summer reading program is growing each week, with more than 25 children registered and more than 40 hours of reading reported. There are three age groups participating -- kids, teens and adults -- and it's not too late to join. Contact the library for more information.
Kids, don't forget story times at 10 a.m. Saturdays or the monthly kids movie. Seventeen kids came to the library for the kids' movie in June, and Benson hopes to pack them in July 24, too, with the newest, most popular, animated movie she can find. The show starts at 5.
And for the big kids, adult coloring night will be held at 6 p.m. July 27.
But no matter what you do, kids, don't miss the Bubble Bus. It's coming to the library at 2 p.m. July 27 more bubbles than you've ever seen in one place!
Library looks to offer tutoring
Library trustees discussed holding after-school tutoring sessions for local high school students beginning in August and the start of the new school year.
Several trustees stressed the importance of offering the service.
"It's a natural role for us," Benson said. "And we will be getting some help from the high school."