East Alton Public Library District

February, 2014

February 20, 2014



The regular meeting of the East Alton Public Library District Board of Trustees was called to order at 7:03 p.m., by President, Sally Hierman at the library. Those in attendance were Charlotte Wiegand, Jerome Podesva, and Beverly Werts. Larry Thatcher,
Eileen Long, and Van Long did not attend. Also present was the Director, Richard Chartrand. 4 present, 3 absent. Quorum established.                                                                                         




            Motion: Werts               Second: Podesva                            Approve the minutes of the January 16, 2014 board meeting.          Roll call vote: Werts, aye; Podesva, aye; Wiegand, aye; Hierman, aye. 4 ayes, no nays, 3 absent. Motion carried. 


                                           Official notification for Annual Per
                                           Capita grant. 


            Motion: Werts          Second: Podesva                                Approve wage and expenditures as presented for February 2014.                                                                                          Roll call vote: Werts, aye; Podesva, aye; Hierman, aye; Wiegand, aye. 4 ayes, no nays, 3 absent. Motion carried.                             


1.      The State Library has approved our per capita grant application in the amount of $15,225.00. When the check comes, who knows?    

2.     The library closed at 6:00 PM on February 4th, due to our latest snow storm.                  

3.     I am requesting attendance at the ILA legislative breakfast on
February 21st, 2014 at the Sunset Hills Country Club in
Edwardsville. Cost is $20.00.              

4.     Staff news:
Kevin made the Dean’s List.
Tanna has been accepted for Study Abroad. She will be in Europe
from June 20th to July 17th 2014.
My divorce is finally certified, effective December 22nd, 2013.                       

5.     Income Tax services began on February 3rd. The first two days
54 returns were processed. The pace has been more hectic than in
past years.                  

6.     On February 4th, after he had been yowling at the door for an hour
and a half, the staff took in a stray cat. Darlene named him Opus
and shared her lunch chicken. A cat box was made out of a small
box with shredded paper. Opus slept in my desk chair for most of
the afternoon. David procured some cat chow. I took Opus home.
Opus’s ears had frostbite.           

7.     Fred Spence is continuing is continuing to give us DVD donations.
A really cool donation was some yearbooks from the East Alton
elementary from the 1980’s.                   

8.     Tanna is upgrading the Cat5 network, as well as the WiFi.                 

9.      Jocie is continuing to block addresses in the Defense Area as
buildings are being vacated.

10.  Youth Services: Family movie night had 13 in attendance. The movie shown was the new release “Despicable Me 2.” This
movie proved to be just as good as the first Despicable movie.
Next month I will be showing “Cloudy with a Chance of
Meatballs 2.”
Story time themes for January were snow, winter, snowmen,
and penguins. The themes have been certainly appropriate
because of all the snow and cold weather we have been
receiving! Hopefully my pre-planned themes didn’t bring
about our severe weather, ha! Several story times were
canceled due to school cancellations and have been/or
were rescheduled. Coordinating crafts were a winter sticker
scene and a snowman paper craft.
SWAYS this month was held at the Edwardsville Public
Library. Our focus was on the performer’s showcase to
be held later in the month. I also attended that showcase
at the Fairview Heights Public Library. I was able to book
all of my performers for the 2014 Summer Reading club
(SRC). I am in the process of organizing and designing
decorations, crafts and prizes. The theme is “Paws to Read.”
I’m adding “hoofs, wings, and fins.” Originally I wanted to
specialize a paws theme, the Disney way. However, Disney
decorations and prizes would be very expensive. Therefore,
by expanding the paws theme to include other creatures, I
have more material to work with. FYI the cost to put on the
SRC is much more expensive this year. Each performer has
increased fees and have added travel expenses. I will have
more of a cost comparison in next month’s report. I would like
to find some sponsors or businesses who would love to
financially contribute. Should you have any contacts, please
advise. Thanks.          
Submitted by: Maury Reynolds





ADJOURNMENT   There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:27 p.m.