East Alton Public Library District

July, 2017

July 20, 2017


The hearing for the Appropriation Ordinance (2017-03) was convened at 5:15 PM by the Director, Richard Chartrand. Those in attendance were: Loretta Silkwood, Richard Chartrand, Margaret Funke, Sally Hierman, and Charlotte Wiegand. No one from the public attended. Adjourned at 5:40 PM.


The regular meeting of the East Alton Public Library District board of Trustees was called to order at 5:45 p.m. by Margaret Funke at the library. Those in attendance were C. Wiegand, J. Richie, L. Silkwood, J. Bricker, S. Hierman, and A. Harris. Also present was the Director, Richard Chartrand and Darlene Pingolt.

7 present, 0 absent. Quorum established.




Darlene Pingolt asked the board to consider changing the $3.00 fee for a lost library card to $1.00.                   






            Motion: Silkwood        Second: Harris                           Approve the minutes of the June 15, 2017 board meeting.              Roll call vote: Silkwood, aye; Harris, aye; Richie, aye; Hierman, aye; Bricker, aye; Wiegand, aye; Funke, aye. 7 ayes, no nays, 0 absent.             Motion carried.




·         (2 Pages) Joint Review Board Notices – EA TIF Redevelopment Project

·         Chelsea Camerer’s Resignation Letter




            Motion: Silkwood         Second: Wiegand                              Approve wages and expenditures as presented for July 2017.                                                                                          Roll call vote: Silkwood, aye; Wiegand, aye; Richie, aye; Hierman, aye; Bricker, aye; Harris, aye; Richie, aye. 7 ayes, no nays, 0 absent.            Motion carried. 


1.      The 2ȼ Building and Maintenance Resolution and the Levy Ordinance are included in the board packet and on the agenda as “New Business”.

2.      Chelsea’s last day was June 30th. Her resignation is under “New Business”.

3.      Chris will be leaving in August. We are transitioning Drew into the tech position.

4.      The safe deposit box has been relinquished, keys returned, and a receipt provided.

5.      An email was sent to all libraries in the automation system notifying them of the availability of the East Alton history book.

6.      The July book club selection is “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” by Joan Berendt. A non-fiction book concerning eccentric people in Savannah, GA.

7.      Volunteer hours in June

a.       Rich – 127

b.      Will – 67

8.      A replacement tax check was disbursed in the amount of $15,485.85.

9.      The Appropriation Ordinance was changed by $250.00 to reflect the donation from Patches and Badges. This is for Programming. Programming changes to $3,250.00 and In-Library Receipts to $12,250.00.



July 2017

Summer reading club registration continues. This gives the opportunity for children attending vacation bible school and on vacations to still participate. To date there are approximately 80 children registered.

Summer reading officially started on June 6th with the performance of the Bubble Bus in our side parking lot. It was an extremely nice day for the bubbles to flow accompanied by music. There were even neighbors who came to visit the program. Thank you Adam for the cones to reserve this space for a few hours.

Another performer for June was the well-known Rob as Babaloo entertaining us with silly songs, guitar playing, drumsticks rolling, toilet paper flying, and bubbles bursting! Many new children attended and had a new adventure. Way Cool Balloons performed and presented each child with an exotic balloon creation to take home. Face painting was available for the children by two of my middle school reading participants. I am proud of Mary and Peyton for helping. They did a great job creating various designs. The last performer in June was Abra-Kid-Abra. He not only performed magic tricks but emphasized science demonstrations incorporating the solar eclipse coming in August. A very informative performance as well.

Many fun craft activities were done. The children made volcanoes using baby food jars. They liked the eruptions. Marble mazes were made using simply paper plates, marbles, and wikki sticks. Robot masks and robots were made. Some of the robots are on display. But the tie-dye activity was a great hit! They enjoyed tie-dying t-shirts and wore their creations the next week. Facebook has recording all the pictures from these craft activities. I’m sure you have checked it out!

Last of all many movies were shown. The children had a variety of movies to see. The morning movies were geared to the younger set, and the afternoon movies were primarily for the older children. This seemed to work out well so all ages could participate.

Many more activities will be coming in July. Overall this theme is great, and I am well pleased by their participation and enthusiasm. I have a high school senior volunteer, Milli, who I am proud of all of her assistance.

The children are creating extra projects. The dioramas, robots, rockets, etc. are on display. Check out their wonderful designs. Submitted by Maury Reynolds










             Motion: Hierman        Second: Richie                                

Appropriation Ordinance (2017-04)                                                                                           

Roll call vote: Hierman, aye; Richie, aye; Funke, aye; Bricker, aye; Harris, aye; Silkwood, aye; Wiegand, aye. 7 ayes, no nays, 0 absent.                     Motion carried. 


             Motion: Wiegand         Second: Harris                                

Approve the resignation of Chelsea Camerer effective July 1, 2017

Roll call vote: Wiegand, aye; Harris, aye; Silkwood, aye; Hierman,     aye; Bricker, aye; Richie, aye; Funke, aye. 7 ayes, no nays, 0 absent.                   Motion carried. 


             Motion: Richie        Second: Wiegand                                

2ȼ Building and Maintenance Tax Resolution

Roll call vote: Richie, aye; Wiegand, aye; Silkwood, aye; Hierman,     aye; Bricker, aye; Harris, aye; Funke, aye. 7 ayes, no nays, 0 absent.                   Motion carried. 





ADJOURNMENT             There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 6:20 pm.