East Alton Public Library District

January, 2015

January 15, 2015



The regular meeting of the East Alton Public Library District board of Trustees was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by President Sally Hierman at the library. Those in attendance were C. Wiegand, B. Werts, and M. Funke. Eileen Long, Van Long, and J. Podesva were not present. Also present was the Director, Richard Chartrand. 4 present, 3 absent. Quorum established.




            Motion: Wiegand       Second: Funke                            

Approve the minutes of the December 18, 2014 board meeting. Roll call vote: Wiegand, aye; Funke, aye; Werts, aye; Hierman, aye. 4 ayes, no nays, 3 absent. Motion carried.


1) Thank you letter received in regard to our website.

2) Letter received for the Per Capita Grant.

3) Letter received from the Madison County Board of Review.


            Motion: Funke          Second: Werts                               Approve wages and expenditures as presented for January 2015.                                                                                          Roll call vote: Werts, aye; Funke, aye; Wiegand, aye; Hierman, aye. 4 ayes, no nays, 3 absent. Motion carried.         


1) The ballot certification page for the 2015 trustee election was

     signed by the Secretary Pro Tem and mailed to the county

     clerk. Ballot order: Funke, Richie, Hierman and Werts.          

2) The book club election for the month is: “The Best of Me” by

     Nicholas Sparks.

3) We need to discuss possible board member(s) that will be

     needed after the election. This is listed under discussion.

4) During our holiday lull; Chelsea, Cameron and Natalie revised

    the items in the children’s area. They are making great progress.

5) The computer upgrade went well. All of the kinks were

     resolved the day of the upgrade. All was well when we opened

     on Saturday.       
6) Tanna was sent a “rah rah” note about the Youth Services

     portion of the website from a home school group.

7) One of the short oak book cases in the Youth Services section

     will be moved to the large print area for additional shelf space.      
8) I completed the annual library certification to the state Library.

    We are a legal library for 2015.

9) Due to the fact that the board meeting is the 15th, the packet

     may look skimpy. Expect hand outs of items that did not make

     the mailing.

10) I would like to thank everyone who worked to make out

      annual Christmas Extravaganza its usual success.


Family movie night for December had 7 in attendance.  Unfortunately it was a bad weather night.  Also school was already out for their holiday vacation.  Those that attended enjoyed the Christmas cookies, snack cakes, and fruit punch. The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was shown.  Next month the new release “The Boxtrolls” will be shown.

Story time themes for December were adorable letters to Santa, the Christmas holiday, Christmas mice, gingerbread men/women, and snowflakes.  Letters to Santa was an exciting adventure for the children.  Santa “sends” a reply back to them.  The Christmas crafts were decorating ornaments with glitter & sequins and using red, green, & gray felt to make mice with candy cane tails.   It is amazing how many Christmas stories use mice as main characters!  Colorful gingerbread felt puppets were decorated.  I am pleased that one of my grandmothers who attends the story times is an experienced seamstress.  She sewed the gingerbread puppets for me.  Great help! Shiny, sparkly glitter snowflakes were also made.  The Christmas party was shared with both the am and pm classes.  Christmas cookies and cakes were devoured.  They enjoyed the little gifts that I gave to each of them.  The smaller girls under 2 years received rag dolls, and the older children received supersize color books.

SWAYS for December was held at the Edwardsville Public Library.  We were excited to have an Edwardsville children’s author, Jennifer Ward, attend our meeting.  She gave a great talk about writing and introduced 21 of her books.  Jennifer currently has 4 more books under contract.  Her books are mostly easy picture books with a rhythmic verse.  Many of her books could be used during the 2015 summer reading program, which is “read to the rhythm”.  Next month’s meeting will be at Hayner Public in Alton.

Preparations are being made for our annual performers showcase next month at the Fairview Heights Library.  It seems as if some new performers will be showcased.  I am looking forward to view the new performers.

Bev and I are working on having “Elsa” from Frozen come and visit the children during a story time.  This should be a lot of fun.  We will be finalizing Elsa’s visit soon.  Thanks Bev for your great connection and ideas!  Submitted by Maury Reynolds.





ADJOURNMENT   There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:29 pm.