Library Board Revises No-Smoking Policy

The library in Sheridan is on Alger Street. (Photo by Leslie Stratmoen)
The library in Sheridan is on Alger Street. (Photo by Leslie Stratmoen)

Electronic and battery-operated cigarettes are now banned from libraries in Sheridan County following action taken last night by the library board of trustees.

The library already has a non-smoking policy, but Director Cameron Duff told trustees people have been coming in with electronic cigarettes – including underage youth who are using the electronic devices in violation of Wyoming statute. The director said state law prohibits anyone younger than 18 from possessing electronic cigarettes.

Also last night, the trustees voted to return abandoned shelves at the Tongue River Branch Library to the town of Ranchester. The branch library installed new shelves for its books and materials. The library director said the old shelves were hand-made.

And trustees voted to provide $25,000 in seed money to a project that will convert more than 70 years of Sheridan newspapers from microfilm to digital. Money will come from two funds, available through the Wyoming Room. Newspaper files to be digitized span nearly 80 years, from 1922 to 1999.

Trustees also received their first look at a draft of the 2014-15 budget. Estimated expenditures and revenues for the coming year are not yet finalized, but the director said he will present a final budget draft at the library board's meeting on March 19. The budget is due in the county commissioners' office by the following day.

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