East Alton Public Library District

March 2019

              March 21, 2019




The regular meeting of the East Alton Public Library District Board of Trustees was called to order at 5:48 p.m. by Loretta Silkwood at the library. Those in attendance were C. Wiegand, J. Richie, J. Bricker, and S. Hierman.

Also present was the Director, Richard Chartrand.

5 present, 2 absent. Quorum established.











            Motion: Hierman    Second: Wiegand                          Approve the minutes of the February 21, 2019 board meeting.         

Roll call vote: Hierman, aye; Wiegand, aye; Richie, aye; Bricker, aye; Silkwood, aye. 5 ayes, no nays, 2 absent.                                                                                         Motion carried.





·         (CD) State Comptroller’s Report 2018 FY

·         IMRF 2018 Employer Retirement Reserve Statement

·         FY2019 Illinois Public Library Per Capita Grant







            Motion: Hierman      Second: Wiegand                            Approve wages and expenditures for February 2019.                                                                                                 Roll call vote: Hierman, aye; Wiegand, aye; Richie, aye; Bricker, aye; Silkwood, aye. 5 ayes, no nays, 2 absent.                                     Motion carried.







1.     A replacement tax check in the amount of $4,022.92 was disbursed by the Village on March 13.

2.      The March book club selection is: “The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend” by Katarina Bivald. A Swedish visitor decides to open a bookstore in Iowa. Who knew Iowa could be quirky, eccentric and surprising?

3.     The Large Print section has been weeded and shifted. Thank you Natalie.

4.     Everything needed for the General Consolidated Election in April is completed.

5.     The 2018 tax levy information should be available in early May.

6.     Drew is slowly revitalizing the computers. It takes approximately five hours per computer.

7.     The sofa has been removed from the periodical reading area.

8.     The new fax machine is operating satisfactorily. Even I can successfully use it.

9.     Income Tax service seems to be less stressful for all concerned. Limiting the returns to 20 per day was a good decision.


March 2019

The themes for February story times were dairy cows, Valentine’s day, favorite US presidents, and unicorns. Coordinating crafts were dairy cow carrying bags (black and white), love bug paper roll craft, posters detailing descriptions and facts about their favorite US president, and unicorn sun catchers. Each child received a small squishy cow on dairy cow story time day.

The Valentine’s party was a big turnout with 15 kids for Valentine stories, crafts, and the always fun event of exchanging Valentines. Special treats and snacks were served.

My family movie shown was the new release on DVD “Small Foot”. Hopefully, the last winter-type movie to be shown. Next month I chose “Bambi” because it depicts the springtime. One of my families surprised us with pizza. So in addition to our popcorn we had this special treat!

SWAYS was held at the Glen Carbon Centennial Library. We discussed “pop culture” programming in the library. Many suggestions on successful past library programs were reviewed. Some I would like to try. Such as: 90’s cartoons, Dr. Who, Harry Potter, Marvel vs. DC, Star Wars, Minecraft time, and a T-rex tea party. Many libraries have gaming clubs, but we don’t have the computers to do what they do. I may try to do a search and find based on either “Where’s Waldo” or “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego”. Both have made a comeback in the pop culture scene. I would like to incorporate some of these themes during summer reading because our theme this year is “Showtime in Your Library”.

I made my annual trip to Toddle Town learning Center for their occupations month. I took many of my new elementary fiction books to read to them. As always they are so inquisitive and well behaved. I’m thankful for their invitation. I treated the children with stickers and bookmarks. I included a picture of the group. Submitted by Maury Reynolds.












   ADJOURNMENT                    There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 6:03 pm.