East Alton Public Library District

December 2018

        December 20, 2018




The regular meeting of the East Alton Public Library District Board of Trustees was called to order at 5:45 p.m. by Maggie Funke at the library. Those in attendance were C. Wiegand, J. Richie, J. Bricker, L. Silkwood, and S. Hierman.

Also present was the Darlene Pingolt.

6 present, 1 absent. Quorum established.

*The November meeting of 2018 was not held.









            Motion: Wiegand    Second: Bricker                          Approve the minutes of the October 18, 2018 board meeting.         

Roll call vote: Wiegand, aye; Bricker, aye; Richie, aye; Silkwood, aye; Hierman, aye; Funke, aye. 6 ayes, no nays, 1 absent.                                                                                         Motion carried.




·          November 7th, 2018 - Incident Report

·         IMRF $50,000.00 Accelerated Payment

·         ILLINET Interlibrary Loan and Reciprocal Borrowing Survey FY 2018

·         Copy of Expense Reimbursement Request






            Motion: Wiegand      Second: Silkwood                              Approve wages and expenditures for October & November 2018.                                                                                                 Roll call vote: Wiegand, aye; Silkwood, aye; Richie, aye; Bricker, aye; Hierman, aye; Funke, aye. 6 ayes, no nays, 1 absent.                                     Motion carried.







1.     A “Replacement Tax” check in the amount of $3,042.01 was disbursed on December 12, 2018.

2.     The December Book Club selection is: J. Courtney Sullivan’s, “Saints for All Occasions”. An Irish Catholic family’s journey to and adaption to America.

3.     A property tax disbursement in the amount of $14,050.41 was deposited on December 6, 2018.

4.     $50,000.00 was paid to IMRF for the accelerated payment.

5.     Under “New Business” is a staff reimbursement request.

6.     The Annual Financial Report should be ready for the board meeting. This is also under “New Business”.

7.     My surgery is tentatively scheduled for late January/early February.

8.     My projects for January: Annual Library Certification and the Per Capita Grant.

9.     Receipts for filing were mailed to the three candidates running for library board.

10. I would like to thank everyone who participated decorating the library for Christmas.

11. Merry Christmas to all.


January 2019

The themes for December story times were reindeers, Christmas & nativities, and gingerbread houses. Coordinating crafts were reindeer ornaments, gnome ornaments, nativity door hangers, and gingerbread craft/treat boxes. The children enjoyed making the special ornaments to hang upon their trees at home.

At our Christmas party we made the gingerbread treat boxes in which I filled up with goodies for them to take home. Around 16 children and parents attended the party. Christmas cookies, goodies, and other refreshments were shared and served.

My family movie night was very popular. The classic “Polar Express” was our special Christmas movie. I served them with hot chocolate and cookies. They each had to turn in their Polar Express “ticket” to enter movie land and receive the refreshments. If they believed, each child received a bell just like in the movie. The event was charming, and each child believed! I am attaching a polar express tickets for you to view. Next month I will be showing Frosty and Frosty returns per popular requests from the kids. Since my January themes involve winter, snow etc., these movies are appropriate.

SWAYS was held at the Six Mile Regional Library in Granite City. Each of us shared our top ten children’s books for the year. This is a good way to keep in touch with other youth services personnel’s acquisitions for their children’s and young adult programs. After our shared lists and perusing the books, we enjoyed a Christmas potluck. Next month the SWAYS meeting is in New Athens. Submitted by Maury Reynolds.



       The Board is tabling discussion on Accelerated Payment.










            Motion: Hierman   Second: Silkwood                               

Approve/Disapprove employee expense reimbursement request

Roll call vote: Hierman, aye; Silkwood, aye; Richie, aye; Bricker,       aye; Funke, aye; Wiegand, aye. 6 ayes, no nays, 1 absent.                                             Motion carried.             


ADJOURNMENT             There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 6:13 pm.