East Alton Public Library District

December, 2015

December 17, 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, L. Silkwood and M. Funke. Also present was the Director, Richard Chartrand. B. Werts was absent. 6 present, 1 absent. Quorum established.










            Motion: Funke        Second: Silkwood                           Approve the minutes of the November 19, 2015 board meeting.              Roll call vote: Funke, aye; Silkwood, aye; Wiegand, aye; Richie aye; Hierman, aye; Bricker, aye. Werts was absent. 6 ayes, no nays, 1 absent. Motion carried.










            Motion: Funke          Second: Silkwood                              Approve wages and expenditures as presented for December 2015.                                                                                          Roll call vote: aye; Funke, aye; Silkwood, aye; Bricker, aye; Richie, aye; Hierman, aye; Wiegand, aye. Werts was absent. 6 ayes, no nays, 1 absent. Motion carried. 











1.      The transfer of the Illinois Funds into Liberty Bank has been delayed until January. An interest rate correction from November, erroneous rates were posted, is being corrected during December.

2.      The power supply for Maury’s computer died in its sleep the weekend of the 4th. A new power supply, along with a spare, was ordered along with an external hard drive.


3.      The Book Club selection for December is the inspirational book by Richard Paul Evans, “The Christmas Box.”


4.      The District is in receipt of a replacement tax check in the amount of $3,906.39.


5.      The adult collection is now being weeded and shifted. The large print books that were removed from the collection were sent to other libraries.


6.      Under a current agreement with the Governor and State legislature, we can expect at least 50% of the annual Per Capita grant. This proration could change.


7.      I would like to thank everyone who helped decorate the library. The Mickey Mouse tree is a big hit.


8.      I would like to thank Charlotte for keeping us supplied with historical calendars. They are popular.


9.      From all the staff: “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!”













Family movie night for October had 14 in attendance.  Disney’s “Halloweentown” was shown.  It’s an older Halloween movie that seems to never grow old.  The younger generation enjoyed the movie and ate the treats, goodies, and candy.  The movie night for November had 18 in attendance.  Disney’s Pixar “Inside Out” was shown.  This movie was a popular new release.  Refreshments were served. The meeting room wall is a great “theater screen”.  December’s movie will be the entertaining movie “Minions”.  Looking forward to that one.

Story time themes and coordinating crafts for October were “all about fall”, pumpkins, bats, and Halloween.  Crafts were fall posters, bat pumpkins, witches, and Halloween magnets.  The Halloween party was fun with costumes, cookies, and cupcakes.  The children entertained us with their superhero costumes.  In November our story time themes were Indians, turkeys, pilgrims, and Thanksgiving.  Indian headdresses were made.  Other Thanksgiving crafts were pilgrim door knob hangers, and candy corn ornaments.  The children always enjoy the crafts after listening to 2 to 3 children’s books.

I hosted the October SWAYS meeting.  The meeting room was a Halloween delight due to added decorations from Charlotte!  It was a festive meeting discussing library policies for underage children in the library.   The age is 10 years for most libraries.  Many libraries also don’t allow adults using computers in the children’s area.  We had a make and take craft program.  This is always fun when other SWAYS members share different craft ideas.  We had scarecrows, Yoda puppets, spider hats, pirates, paper bag puppets, and monster crafts. “Bat” pumpkins and tp (toilet paper) roll witches are craft projects that I submitted.  Breakfast finger foods and “party” favors are provided by the host library.  The SWAYS meeting in November was at Bethalto Public Library.  I did not attend the meeting due to my father’s death. However, the meeting reviewed relationships between school and public librarians.  There was finalizing of the performance showcase coming up in January.  The next meeting will be in Glen Carbon.

The after school LEGO Club has continued to be rather small.  For both October and November there have been less than a handful.  Will try to work on this more after the holidays.

I appreciate your condolences concerning my father’s passing.  It was sincerely appreciated.  I’m sorry my October report was late.

Submitted by Maury Reynolds.










ADJOURNMENT             There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 6:17 pm.