East Alton Public Library District

November, 2016

November 17, 2016



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, J. Bricker, L. Silkwood and A. Harris. Also present was the Director, Richard Chartrand. M. Funke was absent.                               6 present, 1 absent. Quorum established.











            Motion: Silkwood        Second: Harris                           Approve the minutes of the October 20, 2016 board meeting.              Roll call vote: Silkwood, aye; Harris, aye; Hierman, aye; Richie, aye; Bricker, aye; Wiegand, aye. 6 ayes, no nays, 1 absent.               Motion carried.






·         Cameron’s Resignation Letter




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








1.      The Appropriation and Levy Ordinances along with the publications have been filed with the County Clerk’s Office.

2.      Final corrections, as discussed, were made to the policy manual. The ordinance sheet was prepared. This is included in the board packet.

3.      Listed under discussion is the annual staff/board Christmas party.

4.      Under “New Business” the transfer of the history vertical file to the history museum.

5.      The November book club selection is: “Ashley Bell” by Dean Koontz.

6.      The Community Christmas box has arrived. It will be collected around December 15, 2016.

7.      I am now weeding in the mystery and history sections. The book sale table is being replenished.

8.      The outdoor Wi-Fi people seem to be adjusting to the restricted times of availability.

9.      The History Committee is filming oral history interviews in the meeting room.

10.   Chelsea has returned to work after her recent surgery.

11.   Once again we are selling the East Alton History Calendars.

12.   I am starting to work on the Per Capita Grant.



November 2016

Family movie night for October was the oldie “Hocus Pocus.” Everyone received Halloween candy, snacks, and popcorn. It was a good turnout with mostly older elementary and middle school children. Next month I will be showing “A Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving.”

Story time themes and coordinating crafts for October were colorful-fall leaves, Johnny Appleseed, apples, Halloween, and black spooky spiders. Some crafts included apple pictures & frames, J. Appleseed wall hanging, and bat & ghost magnets. We sampled apples with caramel dip. Simple story time themes for the toddler group were apples and Halloween.

I decided to have a library trick or treat night. Very successful. Approximately 30 children dressed in costumes came into the library and received Halloween candy. Check out Facebook. Pictures of my “treaters” are posted. This was a lot of fun.

The SWAYS meeting in October was held at the O’Fallon Public Library. I attempted to attend the meeting, but got lost trying to find the library. However, the meeting was focused on gaming in the library. Many board games both old and new were suggested. There is an interest in graphic novel games, and the new trend is “open gaming night in the library.” It might be fun to find out if there is a patron (child) interest. Next month the SWAYS meeting will be in Freeburg. We will be discussing summer reading 2017. Submitted by Maury Reynolds

The SWAYS meeting in September was held at the Wood River Public Library. The meeting focused on partnering with our local parks and recreation centers. This would be to reinforce each other’s programs not to hinder present programs at each facility. Collaborating would benefit greatly with attendance and participation. Another benefit would be reducing costs by sharing facilities and supplies. I am looking forward to pursuing this. Submitted by Maury Reynolds



a)      Christmas Party will be on the same day as the   December 15, 2016 Board Meeting at 6:30pm

b)     Book Club moving to 3rd Saturday of January at 10am



             Motion: Richie          Second: Silkwood                                

Policy Manual Approval (Ordinance 2016-04)

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



            Motion: Wiegand         Second: Richie                                

Approve Transfer of EA History (vertical file) & cabinet to the             EA Historical Society

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


ADJOURNMENT             There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 6:32 pm.