Jasper and Birdseye Libraries to Participate in Summer Food Program

Dubois County Contractual Public Library Board announced plans to participate in a Summer Feeding program put forth by the Department of Education and the Tri-State Food Bank. Due to eligibility requirements, only Jasper and Birdseye Library branches will participate.

The program will not be a full meal program, but a rather a snack program. Library Director, Christine Golden described the opportunity as a stepping stone into the Summer Feeding Program.

The program will be available for all school age kids, no application or eligibility required. Summer Feeding at the Jasper and Birdseye branches will run through June and July. Jasper’s will be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons. Birdseye will provide theirs on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon’s.

This program will go along with other summer feeding opportunities like CHEW. Huntingburg Public Library reportedly will also be participating in the program.

Recent floods had minimal effect on Library properties, with curiosity set on the site of the future Jasper Cultural Center. Despite the rain in Jasper being a 500 year rain event, there was only a few inches of water sitting on site. The Cultural Center is planned to be built 30 inches above the floodplain. A good sign for the future Library and Arts center.

With the Jasper Cultural Center is moving forward with plans for contract proposals for engineering being presented to the City Council next week. Meanwhile, The Jasper Public Library Board is taking the next steps with the Annex building next to the current Jasper Library.

Next week they plan to publish that they are open to receive bids on the building. The Board has received two appraisals on the property, with the goal of at least receiving a bid of 90% of the average between the two prices. The first appraisal came in at $275,000, and the second came in at $225,0000. Both appraisals included the parking lot next to the building in the price.

Currently the board does not own the parking lot, they lease it on a 99 year lease with the option to buy the lot for $17,000. The option for the parking lot to be included as part of the Annex deal, will be up to the potential buyer. Bidding will be open up to 60 days, with the Library having the option to close bidding whenever they receive an offer they like.

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