East Alton Public Library District

August, 2015

August 20, 2015



The regular meeting of the East Alton Public Library District board of Trustees was called to order at 6:01 p.m. by President Sally Hierman at the library. Those in attendance were C. Wiegand, J. Richie, J. Bricker and L. Silkwood. M. Funkes and B. Werts were not present. Also present was the Director, Richard Chartrand. 5 present, 2 absent. Quorum established.









            Motion: Wiegand       Second: Richie                           Approve the minutes of the July 16, 2015 board meeting.              Roll call vote: Wiegand, aye; Richie, aye; Hierman, aye; Bricker, aye; Silkwood, aye. 5 ayes, no nays, 2 absent. Motion carried.









            Motion: Wiegand            Second: Richie                              Approve wages and expenditures as presented for August 2015.                                                                                          Roll call vote: Wiegand, aye; Richie, aye; Hierman, aye; Bricker, aye; Silkwood, aye. 5 ayes, no nays, 2 absent. Motion carried. 















1.      The first set of information was sent to the Illinois Department of Human Rights regarding the age discrimination claim.

2.      The County Clerk was notified of the appointment of Loretta Silkwood as trustee and the passing of Jerome Podesva.


3.      Kevin has been busy sending legal notices to the Telegraph.


4.      The memorial bench is now in the Youth Services area.


5.      Tanna has returned from the Great White North.


6.      The Levy Ordinance is on the agenda under “New Business.” It will need to be enacted in September.


7.      The plaque and photo collage in honor of Mr. Podesva are now hanging on the wall of the computer room.


8.      This is the meeting to appoint a treasurer and finalize committee appointments.


9.      Kevin is dividing and organizing the Graphic Novel collection by separating the manga from the traditional graphic novels.


10.  As our Facebook popularity increases, Natalie continues to post additional information.





The summer reading program ended with a bang with many prizes given out to all the reading participants.  Not only did we have our fill of pizza, but the readers received individual prizes of their choice and entered drawings for many special prizes.  Some also were rewarded with achievement awards.  Recognition went to the highest over-all readers, the highest readers in each age group, and special recognition went to the highest chapter book readers. 


The musical staff contest yielded 3 first place winners each receiving 2 tickets to a Cardinal’s baseball game.  The Bingo game (ending the weekend before the finale) attracted 4 winners who completed the game.  We also had one winner of the guessing jar contest. She actually guessed the exact amount.  All of the winners of these contests received musical-themed prizes and/or Cardinal tickets.

This program was such a busy, fun-filled eight weeks.  The musical theme was a great theme to spark the children’s interest and creativity.  I appreciate my 5 parent volunteers who were such tremendous helpers.  I call them my “valued volunteers”! A big thanks goes out to: The Spaghetti Factory, Papa Murphey’s Pizza, the Grizzlies, and the Cardinal Baseball Team for their donated children’s meals and free tickets. Thank you to all persons and patrons for their contributions and donations for the craft projects.

Performers in July                                                                               Approx. Attendees

Babaloo (hilarious musical mayhem performer)                                              75                               

Band students (local residents and SRC participants)                                               35

Mike Anderson (the Dulcimer guy & nose flute teacher)                                    60

Author Neal Proud Deer                                                                                 39                  

Craft Activities                                                                                               Approx. Attendees

Guitars                                                                                                65

Bell shakers                                                                                                       45

Beaded necklaces & bracelets                                                                        43

Pickin’ chicken guitars                                                                                    25                   

Movie Matinees                                                                                  Approx. Attendees

“Annie”                                                                                                           30

“Maya the Bee”                                                                                              30

“Paddington”                                                                                                  30

Monster High”                                                                                                            35                                                                               

Next month begins story times & craft activities, monthly family movie nights, and an after-school Lego Club.  The University of Illinois 4-H Extension of Madison County will be coming in August to present an educational program about rockets called “Rockets to the Rescue”.  Submitted by Maury Reynolds




              Motion: Wiegand            Second: Silkwood                             

Appoint Judy Richie as the Library Board Treasurer.

Roll call vote: Wiegand, aye; Silkwood, aye; Hierman, aye; Bricker, aye; Richie, aye. 5 ayes, no nays, 2 absent. Motion carried. 








ADJOURNMENT             There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 6:39 pm.