East Alton Public Library District

March, 2014

March 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 Larry Thatcher. Beverly Werts, Eileen Long, and Van Long did not attend. Also present was the Director, Richard Chartrand. 4 present, 3 absent. Quorum established.                                                                                         




             Motion: Podesva               Second: Thatcher                            Approve the minutes of the February 20, 2014 board meeting.          Roll call vote: Podesva, aye; Thatcher, aye; Hierman, aye, Wiegand, aye. 4 ayes, no nays, 3 absent. Motion carried. 


                        Illinois Bell tax objection; housing development
                        news for defense area  


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


1.      A replacement tax check in the amount of $4,603.60 was disbursed on March 10, 2014.  

2.      Tanna is in the initial process of switching the landlines from AT&T to Charter.               

3.      The Book Club will have an author presentation and reading
for the March meeting.
Ron Wenzel will be reading from his book “Vonnegut’s
Ghost”. Many thanks to Charlotte and David for coordinating
this event.              

4.      Ron says that he will be presenting the annual audit at the
March meeting.                       

5.      In July, we will transition from Overdrive to a similar service from 3M. It will be cheaper, have more e-books, and will work through the PAC public access catalog.               

6.      Darlene turned Sally’s snowman display into a Saint Patrick’s Day theme. We now have Irish snowmen. It seemed
appropriate with the never-ending winter.          

7.      We have received a large donation of books from the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows. We have been able to replace many tattered copies. Kevin is working on this.                 

8.      Income tax service continues to be brisk. There are four tax preparers. When business slows, one preparer will be

9.      In answer to a question, the Treasurer’s Bond comes up for renewal in August.        

10.  We have received a tax objection from Illinois Bell for a
property located on East Airline.  

11.  Youth Services: Family Movie Night had 15 in attendance.
The movie shown was DreamWorks’s “Turbo.” It seemed
to be enjoyed by all the children. The film features an
ordinary garden snail whose dream to become the fastest
snail in the world comes true. Next month, I will be showing
either “Free Birds” or the new Lego movie.
Story time themes for February were penguins, polar bears,
Valentine’s, and frogs. Coordinating crafts were penguin
charm bracelets, polar bear snow globes, puppy dog
valentine’s bags, and green egg (plastic Easter eggs) frog
creations. All the crafts made were lots of fun. I especially
enjoyed the snow globes. We “hand-made” them from baby
food jars and glitter.
SWAYS this month was held at the Hayner Public Library
in Alton. Our focus was on the “Bow Wow Pow Wow
Therapy Dogs”. I’m certainly considering therapy dogs in
the future. Children are encouraged to read to the dogs. Next
meeting is in Waterloo.
I don’t have a cost comparison complied yet. Much of my time
has been spent cataloguing our acquisitions (both new and old).
We have received a lot of donated materials. I’m not quite finished reviewing the crafts & activities for the SRC and
ordering new books for the youth services.
This month was my annual visit to Toddle Town in East Alton.
February is the month the children learn about all kinds of
occupations. I preceded the fire department, ha! This year I
described my duties as children’s youth coordinator explaining
about our various children’s departments and activities. i.e.,
story times, crafts, books, family movie nights, and the
summer reading program. I brought along a couple of posters
that I made to show them our library’s resources and
activities. Time allowed me to also read a couple of stories
about a frog, teach a couple of finger plays, and show off my
“pet” frog, Sherman. Actually, Sherman is a big stuffed green
frog! (Donated by Sally) Thanks! I enjoyed the interaction with
all 30 children in attendance!
Summer reading is fast approaching. My focus is to finalize
the activities in order for me to present my itinerary/schedule
when I attend family reading night at Eastwood Elementary
next month.          
Submitted by: Maury Reynolds




             Motion: Wiegand               Second: Hierman                            Approve the Director’s redeeming of 1,000 hours of accrued
sick leave at his present hourly rate of $34.56.         
Roll call vote: Wiegand, aye; Hierman, aye; Podesva, aye,
Thatcher, aye. 4 ayes, no nays, 3 absent. Motion carried.                                                                              

ADJOURNMENT   There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:25 p.m.