A total of 217 children took part in this year’s summer reading program at the Allerton Public Library.

Even more impressive is that the prekindergarten through high school senior youths read a total of 149,330 minutes.

Leading the way was a participant who led all sixth through 12th graders by reading 9,500 minutes. The first through fifth grade winner read 7,800 minutes.

First through 12th graders read 117,320 minutes, while preschool and kindergartners read or were read to 32,010 minutes.

Of the 217 readers this summer, 135 reached the top level of achievement. A total of 121 ended up with Level 2 status.

Hency bequest

Paperwork is underway to re-open the Max Hency estate, the same one that generated about $3 million to build the new library building in 2016. After the estate was closed, additional funds and investments were found in Hency accounts in Hawaii. Testamentary letters expired, meaning they need to be re-issued by the court in order to proceed.

“They’re going to renew the letters of testamentary for one year – the State of Hawaii only does it for one year at a time. So they’re hoping to get this settled by June 30, 2020,” said Library Director Lisa Winters.

The found money could result in about $70,000 in additional bequests to the library district.

The library board gave Winters the go-ahead to sign a waiver with the bank that may lead to an early distribution of about $35,000 of the $182,000 currently the Hency account. That would result in about a $15,000 check for the library.

Other waivers being asked by estate attorneys are on hold while the library lawyer investigates them further.

The library board approved the district’s 2019-20 budget and appropriation ordinances. The budget that forecasts $434,942 in operating fund expenses for the year is unchanged from a preliminary budget presented earlier in the

summer.

Library events

Upcoming library events include:

Saturday, Sept. 14: 10 a.m. – Kids Craft Crayon Stained Glass Paintings

Thursday, Oct. 3: 2 p.m. – Quilters Show and Tell

Tuesdays, Oct. 20 through Nov. 19: 4 to 5 p.m. – Science Explorers Club

Saturday, Oct. 26: 10 a.m. – Wands and Potions kids program

Some of the events require preregistration. Go to www.monticellolibrary.org for more information.

In other action, the board:

–was told the library district received $3,409 in Corporate Personal Property Replacement Taxes in August, up from $2,748 received the same month in 2018. CPPRT is expected to increase from the $163,060 the library received in 2018-19;

–learned that program attendance was 198 for August, which is usually a light month that falls between the end of the summer reading program and the beginning of school year events;

–was informed that a pair of leaks have been repaired in the irrigation system that was recently expanded and put into action. A basic system was already in place from when the property was owned by Carle Clinic; and

–heard auditors were on site last week, and should have the written audit in library district hands in November.