The Wood County District Public Library is to receive more than $60,000 from the estate of a former Bowling Green State University professor.
Director Michael Penrod told the Library Board last week that the library will receive approximately $62,000 from the estate of Dr. Audrey Rentz, who died in 2010. She was a professor at the university from 1974 to 1997 in the Department of Higher Education and Student Affairs.
Penrod said the library was notified in 2011 that they were to be the beneficiaries of 10 percent of Rentz's stock holdings.
She had specified that the money be used to purchase books on investing, as well as nonfiction books on women's history. Rentz had been a member of the First Ladies Investment Club of Bowling Green, and presented educational workshops on investing.
"This is a great gift," Penrod said. "We will spend that money wisely over the next several years to make sure that this investment keeps these two core areas of our collection" going forward for the future.
In other business, the board:
• Heard that the Community Reads committee is working with the BGSU Common Reading group in hopes of combining efforts. "I think there is a great deal of renewed enthusiasm for Community Reads this year," said Mary Boone, the library's public relations coordinator. A display of possible books for the community read is now available at the library.
• Heard that Bowling Green Police are "spending a lot less time in our lots" in the wake of an after-hours towing policy instituted at the library's parking lots.
• Heard from Boone that a new ebook newsletter offering tips and other information has been started by the library. "It's been real successful," she said. Penrod noted that the library is on pace to circulate more ebooks than the circulation of the book mobile or the library at the Wood County Jail. Adult Services head Michele Raine said that more than 2,061 ebooks circulated in the month of January, a new record. Over 28 percent of ebook borrowers were new registrants.
• Went into an 20-minute executive session to discuss the purchase of a replacement van. The current 1996 vehicle needs $2,000 worth of work, but is worth less than $1,500. After the session, the board approved a resolution authorizing Penrod to explore the purchase of another van.
"We've nurtured it along as long as we could," he said of the vehicle.
• Heard that the annual Schedel Gardens fundraiser will take place this year on July 18. The meeting was conducted by Board Vice President Chet Marcin. President Brian Paskvan was absent.