East Alton Public Library District

July, 2016

July 21, 2016


The hearing for the Appropriation Ordinance (2016-02) was convened at 5:30 PM by the Director, Richard Chartrand. Those in attendance were: Sally Hierman, Adam Harris, Jason Bricker, and Charlotte Wiegand. No one from the public attended. Adjourned at 5:55 PM.


The regular meeting of the East Alton Public Library District board of Trustees was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by President Sally Hierman at the library. Those in attendance were C. Wiegand, J. Richie, L. Silkwood, J. Bricker, and A. Harris. Also present was the Director, Richard Chartrand. 6 present, 1 absent. Quorum established.










            Motion: Wiegand        Second: Silkwood                           Approve the minutes of the June 16, 2016 board meeting.              Roll call vote: Wiegand, aye; Silkwood aye; Richie, aye; Hierman, aye; Bricker, aye; Harris, aye. 6 ayes, no nays, 1 absent.             Motion carried.




·         7-9-2016 Incident Report




            Motion: Wiegand         Second: Richie                              Approve wages and expenditures as presented for July 2016.                                                                                          Roll call vote: Wiegand, aye; Richie, aye; Silkwood, aye; Hierman, aye; Bricker, aye; Harris, aye. 6 ayes, no nays, 1 absent.            Motion carried. 


1.      A replacement tax check in the amount of $15,976.48 was disbursed on July 12, 2016.

2.      The annual 2¢ Building and Maintenance tax resolution is on the agenda as New Business.

3.      The public hearing on the Appropriation Ordinance (2016-02) is scheduled for 5:30pm the evening of the board meeting.

4.      The book club selection for July is: Elizabeth Strout’s, “My Name is Lucy Barton”. A domestic novel set in a small Illinois community.

5.      The police were summoned on July 9 for a possible “drug incident”. The incident report will be available at the board meeting.

6.      I will present some recommendations for budget reductions at the August meeting.

7.      We had to upgrade our telecom network. There were problems with proper functionality.

8.      The current project is shifting the fiction collection.




July 2016

Kick-off for the 2016 summer reading program “Be Like a Superhero-Read for the Win” began on Tuesday, June 7th.  Great attendance with about 90 children and adults.  Yo-Yo Matt was the beginning performer.  Every week has been exciting and fun-filled for the children as well as for myself.  The agenda and curriculum for June is noted below.


Date       Performer                       Crafts & Activities         Movie

6/7-6/9   Yo-Yo Matt                    Superhero Masks            Lego Batman

6/14-16   Elsenpeter Marionettes  Puppet Theater                 Super Girl

6/21-23   Wildheart                     Superhero Sun Catchers   Lego DC

6/28-30   Oh My Gosh Josh          Superhero Capes              Lego Star Wars


Yo-Yo Matt is a 14-year old yo-yo champion.  Great youth inspiration.  Elsenpeter put on a marionette performance of The Wizard of Oz.  The props, stage, marionettes, and performance are all designed, created, and performed by Richard Elsenpeter and his wife.  Wildheart is a husband and wife team performing original songs and dances about natural animal habitats.  OMG Josh was a single performer entertaining us with juggling, magic, and comedy acts with song and dance.  All the performers encourage “kid” volunteers and participation.  Each performer promotes and encourages the love and importance of reading. Of course, the entertainment is accompanied with loads of laughter!  Wildheart was my only returning performer.  The others listed were first-time guests.  Next month I will list the remaining acts, crafts, and movies and detail all costs and expenditures.


Decorations are out and about throughout the children’s areas.  Life-size superhero cardboard cut-outs are on loan by a participating family.  The finale prizes in the display case are a huge success, and the children are working hard to earn tickets for these prizes.   Many pictures are displayed on the meeting room door and nearby wall.  Come and view our excitement.  More photos are on our Facebook page under specific folders. 


As soon as the program finishes next month, I will be creating a sponsor/donation letter to be presented to area businesses.  This fund-raising activity is needed to generate special financial backing and to encourage community involvement for our children/youth service programs.  Since our library needs additional funds to maintain our special youth programs, I will be focusing on these letters and their distributions in the near future.


As always I welcome your suggestions, contact names and/or addresses. Our team spirit is always focused on children, families, community, and literacy.  Submitted by Maury Reynolds.








             Motion: Wiegand        Second: Silkwood                                

Resolution (2016-03) 2¢ Building and Maintenance Tax Resolution                                                                                         

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


             Motion: Wiegand         Second: Richie                                

Appropriation Ordinance (2016-02)  

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





ADJOURNMENT             There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 6:21 pm.