East Alton Public Library District

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March 17, 2016



The regular meeting of the East Alton Public Library District board of Trustees was called to order at 6:04 p.m. by President Sally Hierman at the library. Those in attendance were C. Wiegand, J. Richie, J. Bricker, L. Silkwood and M. Funke. Also present was the Director, Richard Chartrand. B. Werts was absent. 6 present, 1 absent. Quorum established.










            Motion: Funke        Second: Richie                           Approve the minutes of the February 18, 2016 board meeting.              Roll call vote: Funke, aye; Richie aye; Hierman, aye; Wiegand, aye; Bricker, aye; Silkwood, aye. 6 ayes, no nays, 1 absent. Motion carried.





·         IMRF Statement

·         States of Illinois Department of Human Rights File

·         B. Werts Resignation Letter




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








1.      The Dynegy agreement was signed, sealed and mailed to the Alton School District.

2.      The paper work necessary for the Illinois of Department of Human Rights was written and compiled, sent to Chicago and word awaits. If there is a hearing it will be held in Chicago.


3.      Trustees seeking info requests are now required to request such information through the Director. The old courtesy procedure has been woefully abused.


4.      Two take-a-ways from the recent legislative meet up breakfast. Bill Haine: Don’t expect a budget next fiscal year, either. Jay Hoffman: Some type of property tax freeze will be decided.


5.      Staff evaluations have been completed.


6.      At the board meeting, copies of the policy manual, salary schedule, email from Bev Werts, committee assignments, and director evaluation form will be distributed. This is in case you have missed a document.


7.      A replacement tax check was received in the amount of $5,107.83.


8.      The three Illinois Funds accounts have been officially closed.


9.      Under “New Business” are two items for action. The Director’s Performance Review and review of the policy manual.


10.  The book club selection for March was the Christie classic: “The Murder at the Vicarage.”



March 2016

Family movie night for February had 9 in attendance.  An old Disney animated romantic “Lady and the Tramp” was shown.  We specialized in Valentine’s treats of popcorn, cookies, and candies.  Next month the new release “The Good Dinosaur” will be the featured family movie.

Story time themes and coordinating crafts for February were Groundhog’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Chinese New Year, and dinosaurs. Coordinating themed crafts were groundhog puppets and Valentine cards, bags, and pictures.  Also, made monkey lace-up cards for the Chinese New Year since it is the year of the monkey.  We made large dinosaurs out of colorful construction paper.  It should be posted on FB soon.

The SWAYS meeting in February was at the mall location of the Hayner Public Library.  We had a special presenter from the St. Louis Astronomical Society.  Some libraries have special telescopes and programs they offer to patrons.  Each telescope is hand-built and is fairly costly.  But it may be checked out by patrons with a deposit.  Summer reading program is quickly approaching.  My theme this year is “Be a Superhero, Read for the Win”.  I’ve had fun in finding prizes, crafts, and performers utilizing the superhero theme.  Next month’s SWAYS meeting will be at the Mascoutah Public Library.

I made my annual trip to Toddletown Learning Center.  The children and the staff always welcome me with welcome arms!  I thoroughly enjoy reading to the children.  I read 5 books and brought with me “coordinating” plush characters to go with the stories.  I treated them with muffins since I read the book “If You Give a Moose a Muffin”.  Since I try to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday each year at my story times and read books written by him, I presented to each child a special Dr. Seuss mini-memo pad as a parting gift.

Submitted by Maury Reynolds.













ADJOURNMENT             There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 6:45 pm.