East Alton Public Library District

October, 2016

October 20, 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 A. Harris. Also present was the Director, Richard Chartrand. M. Funke was absent.                               6 present, 1 absent. Quorum established.











            Motion: Wiegand        Second: Silkwood                           Approve the minutes of the September 15, 2016 board meeting.              Roll call vote: Wiegand, aye; Silkwood, aye; Hierman, aye; Richie, aye; Bricker, aye; Harris, aye. 6 ayes, no nays, 1 absent.            Motion carried.






·         Maury’s Letter to Board

·         Sick Leave Payout Authorization Form




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


1.      The Book Club selection for October is James Patterson’s, “When the Wind Blows”. A suspense thriller about a veterinarian whose husband was recently murdered.

2.      The Wi-Fi now is enabled: Monday – Thursday 8am-8pm, Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday 9am-5pm. It is off the remaining hours. This will stop the late night visitors lurking about the building.

3.      The water fountain has died after about 20 years. We are pricing a replacement.

4.      The draft of the new policy manual has been e-mailed. There will be hard copies at the board meeting. I would like to thank Loretta for finding the typos and noting spacing errors.

5.      Maury has requested that her sick leave be distributed. This is on the agenda under “New Business”.

6.      There is a new sign in the foyer about loitering. The Wi-Fi crowd has been hanging out.

7.      I will begin preparing the Per Capita grant later this month.

8.      The $1.00/bag sale has been popular. We are almost down to the dregs.



October 2016

Family movie night for September was Disney’s new “Jungle Book”. It was well received by a small group. Next month I will be showing an “oldie” Halloween movie “Hocus Pocus”. It should be very entertaining. Serving Halloween treats is also delicious and fun.

Since school has resumed story times have also begun. Story time themes and coordination crafts for September were back to school and personal growth posters “all about me”. The beginning of the new season is fun to compare with the ending of the school year when we do another unit on personal growth.

It was great to see my regulars return. I have also started a special story time for the wee set. There are only 4 young toddlers between 12 to 18 months listening to stories. This was requested by a few young moms and grandmas babysitting their wee toddlers. Themes and coordinating crafts for this young age are very simple. Introducing this younger group is so advantageous in promoting the love of books and strengthen their attention spans.

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











            Motion: Richie          Second: Silkwood                                

Approval of leave redemption of 410 hours for Maury Reynolds

Roll call vote: Richie, aye; Silkwood, aye; Wiegand, 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 6:34 pm.