East Alton Public Library District

August 2017

August 17, 2017



The regular meeting of the East Alton Public Library District board of Trustees was called to order at 5:49 p.m. by Margaret Funke at the library. Those in attendance were C. Wiegand, J. Richie, L. Silkwood, J. Bricker, S. Hierman, and A. Harris. Also present was the Director, Richard Chartrand.

7 present, 0 absent. Quorum established.











            Motion: Wiegand        Second: Harris                           Approve the minutes of the July 20, 2017 board meeting.              Roll call vote: Wiegand, aye; Harris, aye; Richie, aye; Hierman, aye; Bricker, aye; Silkwood, aye; Funke, aye. 7 ayes, no nays, 0 absent.             Motion carried.





·         Madison County – Board of Review (5 pages)

·         Sally Hierman & Family – Thank You card

·         Christopher Hendricks Resignation Letter

·         Nylon Picture Bag made for Ms. Maury by Kasandra Overall





            Motion: Hierman         Second: Silkwood                              Approve wages and expenditures as presented for August 2017.                                                                                          Roll call vote: Hierman, aye; Silkwood, aye; Richie, aye; Wiegand, aye; Bricker, aye; Harris, aye; Funke, aye. 7 ayes, no nays, 0 absent.            Motion carried.






1.     Volunteer hours:

·        Will – 60

·        Richard – 33.5 (Paid for 65 hours)

2.     Brandy Hunter’s last day was July 31, 2017

3.     Accept the resignation of Chris Hendricks effective July 31, 2017. Chris completed his education and is intending on taking a job in New Jersey.

4.     The budget and 2ȼ Building and Maintenance Tax Resolution have been published in the Telegraph.

5.     The ordinance for the replacement library card fee is included in the board packet.

6.     A replacement tax check in the amount of $714.01 was received on August 9, 2017.

7.     Max Rickerson has returned for the school year.

8.     Due to the minimum 30-day requirement for waiting to pass the Levy after passage of the Appropriation, the soonest the Levy Ordinance may be passed is September.

9.     We are short a 20-hour position once again.

10. There have been frequent air conditioner repairs this month.



August 2017

Summer reading continued throughout July. There was only one performer in July due to the 4th of July holiday on Tuesday. Animal Tales from Kentucky was well received by the children. Their falcon, Honduran milk snake, a four-eyed opossum, a Chaco Tarantula, and the group’s favorite a Timber Wolf. The 3-month old wolf reminded you of a small puppy with rather long teeth. He even played with his “dog” toys. Animal Tales was introduced to new children who haven’t seen this performer before.

We had a couple of creative craft projects. The children made spyglass telescopes using various mediums. A Perler bead fusing craft kept them entertained for several hours. Various stencils were used by filling in the stencil with the beads. Their creations were fused by an iron – adult part of the project. Pictures on Facebook.

Four movies were shown in July from an old classis “James and the Giant Peach” (book written by popular children’s author Roald Dahl) to “The Spiderwick Chronicles” (book written by popular children’s fantasy writer Tony DiTerlizzi.)

The finale was divided into two days. This worked out so well. I enjoyed awarding various prizes and awards the first week since there were so many prizes to be given. I was happy to announce that the top reader was a 12-year-old girl (Lydia Ruot) with 1,960 minutes. She only had to read 600 minutes. I was very proud of her accomplishment. Many top reader prizes, achievement prizes, guessing jar prizes, contest prizes were awarded. Too numerous to mention.

Finale 2 held the following week was at Van Preter Park. A lovely day with hot dogs, nachos, watermelon, cookies, and drinks. The playground and ball diamond were actively used. Families brought other outdoor toys too. I appreciate the Rec Center’s input in the use of their concession stand. I brought the food but used their hot dog and nacho machines. Pat Minogue and I discussed possible future joint activities. Something that I can help him with at the center’s location.

I received another donation from Patches and Badges from Wood River. This was a surprise donation that is very much appreciated. They had given me a donation at the beginning of the program. Donated coupons from Sonic and Gateway Grizzlies baseball game tickets were available to all the children. Besides the “drawing” prizes won (including Cardinal baseball tickets), each child received a draw-string bag (tie-dyed cloth) filled with coupons, tickets, candy, multi-use pens, puzzle erasers, stickers, and the beloved slime!

I am attaching a very special gift given to me made by one of the mothers. I though you (crafters) would enjoy seeing this.

Activities are being planned for August centering on the Riverbend Rockers and the Solar Eclipse. The children will soon be back in school.

Submitted by Maury Reynolds









             Motion: Hierman        Second: Richie                                

Approve the separation of Brandy Hunter effective July 31, 2017.

Roll call vote: Hierman, aye; Richie, aye; Funke, aye; Bricker, aye; Harris, aye; Silkwood, aye; Wiegand, aye. 7 ayes, no nays, 0 absent.                     Motion carried. 


             Motion: Harris         Second: Silkwood                                

Approve the resignation of Chris Hendricks effective July 31, 2017.

Roll call vote: Harris, aye; Silkwood, aye; Wiegand, aye; Hierman,     aye; Bricker, aye; Richie, aye; Funke, aye. 7 ayes, no nays, 0 absent.                   Motion carried. 


             Motion: Harris        Second: Richie                                

Policy Amendment for lost card fee (Ordinance 2017-05)

Roll call vote: Harris, aye; Richie, aye; Silkwood, aye; Hierman, aye; Bricker, aye; Wiegand, aye; Funke, aye. 7 ayes, no nays, 0 absent.                   Motion carried. 





ADJOURNMENT             There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 6:16 pm.