East Alton Public Library District

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March, 2012

March 15, 2012

EAST ALTON PUBLIC LIBRARY DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES

CALL TO ORDER

The regular meeting of the East Alton Public Library District board of Trustees was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by president Sally Hierman at the library. Those in attendance were C. Wiegand, B. Werts, J. Podesva, and E. Long.   Also present was the Director, Richard Chartrand. Thatcher and V. Long were absent. 5 present, 2 absent. Quorum established.                                                                                                  

PUBLIC COMMENTS

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

  Motion: Podesva                Second: Werts                              Approve the minutes of the February 15, 2011 board meeting. Roll call vote: Podesva, aye; Werts, aye; Wiegand, aye; E. Long, aye; Hierman, aye. 5 ayes, no nays, 2 absent. Motion carried.

CORRESPONDENCE

  Thank you card from Riverbend Book Club. Notice from County Clerk of tax protest by Illinois Bell Telephone Co. IMRF 2011 employer retirement reserve statement.                                         

FINANCE

   Motion: Werts                  Second: E. Long                             Approve wage and expenditures as presented for March.                                                                                          Roll call vote: Werts, aye; Long, aye; Wiegand, aye; Hierman, aye; Podesva, aye. 5 ayes, no nays, 2 absent. Motion carried.                                                                                                

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

1. Darlene, Dustin and Andy have designed new library cards. The old design is over 20 years old and needed updating. The design will be available for view at the board meeting.

2. E-books are here. The collection went live on February 28th. Kevin has been working with the staff and public on utilization. Darlene spent almost an entire morning with a lady who handed her a kindle right out of the box. The woman had such a poor grasp of what needed to be done that she decided to return it. Karen Skinner, book club member brought in 2 kindles for Kevin and Darlene. Karen already used the new e-service and down loaded her own books.

3. As I write this, Van is in Alton Memorial in intensive care due to kidney issues. Our thoughts and prayers are with him.

4. The book club selection for March is “The immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”. A true story of a woman whose cells were harvested by doctors without her knowledge. The cells never died and are used in medical experiments to this day. More than 20 years later her family discovered the truth.

5. Nothing further regarding the Olin tax protest.

6. IMRF retirement reserve statement:                                           Opening balance January 1, 2011       377,425.45                      Change on opening balance                 -28,306.91                       Employer contributions                         19,846.32                     Investment earnings                             -15,904.92                            Ending balance December 31, 2011    353,059.94

7. Charlotte brought a frame to memorialize the “Six Bits” program. David will assemble the items to be used. I am certain the frame cost more than six bits.  

8. Dustin and I will begin exploring ways to increase our bandwidth for telecommunications.  

9. The County Clerk’s office will soon be sending the annual statement of economic interests.

10. I am working on the Build Illinois grant for the new roof.

11. Youth Services: Movie night for February was attended by 23 children and adults. “Puss in Boots” was shown. The February SWAYS meeting was held at the Edwardsville Public Library. E-books and summer reading program crafts were discussed. Story time themes were: groundhogs; Valentine’s Day; Little Mouse; and Owls. This month I visited Toddle Town Learning Center on Smith Street. I have added several more performers to the summer reading program.         

OLD BUSINESS

NEW BUSINESS

ADJOURNMENT             There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:13pm.