East Alton Public Library District

February, 2012

February  16, 2012



The regular meeting of the East Alton Public Library District board of Trustees was called to order at 7:01 p.m. by secretary E. Long at the library. Those in attendance were C. Wiegand, L. Thatcher, J. Podesva, E. Long, and V. Long.   Also present was the Director, Richard Chartrand. Hierman and Werts were absent. 5 present, 2 absent. Quorum established.                                                                                                  



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


  Christmas gift thank you from the staff. Per Capita grand acceptance. Olin tax protest update. Change of attorney for Olin Tax Protest.                                        


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


1. The East Alton social event of the season was held on January 25, 2012 at 6:00 PM. Forty-four people attended the lecture and book signing by East Alton’s favorite son, Michael Ringering. A big thank-you to Charlotte, The Riverbend Book Club, and the library staff for truly making this a night to remember.

2. The February book club selection is naturally “Six Bits” by Michael Ringering.

3. Still hoping for a miracle, the Olin taxing body consortium change attorneys. The expensive Chicago firm was replaced by a slightly less expensive Madison County firm. A negotiated settlement with Olin is still the hope. An injunction is being sought to prohibit the Madison County Clerk from withholding the tax refund due to Olin for the 2003 and 2004 tax cycle.

4. I did not attend the ALA mid-winter meeting in Dallas. Neither Regina nor I felt up to the drive.

5. AARP income tax service began on Monday, February 6th. They are swamped and I am policing the parking situation.

6. Patrons should have access to e-books sometime this month. Dustin has been working with the System and Overdrive. Kevin is scheduled for patron training later this month. Maury has secured patron down-load “cheat sheets” used by Hayner Library.

7. Leslie Rigsbey, David’s mom, suffered a heart attack due to a 90% coronary artery blockage. A stent was installed; she was placed on insulin and released from Alton Memorial on Saturday, February 4th. She is at home going stir crazy.

8. The staff is taking turns catching the various maladies that are going around. Scheduling has been an interesting challenge.

9. The new library automation system chosen for the new merged system is Polaris. The first group to migrate will be the member of the Old Shawnee Library System. We will transition in about 24 months.

10. Jordan Rodgers was finally allowed, after multiple protests. To collect unemployment. His weekly benefit is $86.00.

11. Youth Services: Movie night for December was attended by 18 children and adults.  “Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure” was shown. “Kung Fu Panda 2” was the movie in January with about 12 in attendance. SWAYS meetings were held in December and January at Tri-Township Public Library in Troy and the Hayner Public Library at the Alton Square. In December I was invited to my first CASA meeting at the Eastwood Elementary School. The goal of this group is to review the needs of the students and families in our school district and offer/implement help. The “performers showcase” was held in January at the Fairview Heights Public Library. Next month I will be reading to pre-school student at the Toddle Town Learning Center.      



ADJOURNMENT             There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:26pm.