East Alton Public Library District

October 2021

           October 15, 2020

EAST ALTON PUBLIC LIBRARY DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES

CALL TO ORDER

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

Also present was the Director, Richard Chartrand.

7 present, 0 absent. Quorum established.

*The September meeting of 2020 was not held.

 

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

       None   

 

             

     

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

            Motion: Richie     Second: Wiegand                          Approve the minutes of the August 20th, 2020 meeting.                  Roll call vote: Richie, aye; Wiegand, aye; Hierman, aye; Silkwood, aye; Bricker, aye; Funke, aye; Harris, yes. 7 ayes, no nays, 0 absent.                                                                                         Motion carried.

 

 

CORRESPONDENCE

·         ‘Cleaning Up After COVID’ Grant Submitted by Richard

·         ‘Let’s S.T.E.A.M. Power Your Reading!’ Grant Submitted by Becky

   

 

 

FINANCE

 

 

            Motion: Wiegand     Second: Silkwood                              Approve wages and expenditures as presented for August & September 2020.                                                                                          Roll call vote: Wiegand, aye; Silkwood, aye; Richie, aye; Bricker, aye; Hierman, aye; Funke, aye; Harris, aye. 7 ayes, no nays, 0 absent.                                     Motion carried.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

October 2020

  1. On September 2-3 due to COVID scare Andy and Darlene operated the library alone. This was truly an example of a very dedicated staff.
  2. The police arrested one of the homeless men that hang around the library. He has a concealed weapon and outstanding warrants. The other was permanently banned from the premises. This occurred before regular library hours. Andy spoke with the police and they called me.
  3. The State Library offered grant opportunities this fall. Two grants were submitted. One COVID related for the virus mitigation items with a maximum of $500. The other was “Back to Books”. Becky applied for $5000 for non-fiction materials.
  4. On the Agenda as “New Business” is the annual levy.
  5. Election packets with instructions were sent to those trustees with expiring terms (Bricker, Wiegand, Harris and Silkwood).
  6. The quarantine of items is still in effect. Andy has done a great job of determining when a shipment is able to be released from quarantine.
  7. The constant cleaning seems to be never ending.

YOUTH SERVICES REPORT

October/November, 2020

 I’ve spent recent weeks culling the shelves of the Children’s Collection for books that haven’t been checked out in the past 10-15 years. The sale table is full!

            The October SWAYS meeting was accomplished using ZOOM.   The topic of discussion was how we have been supporting our local schools. I’ve made a couple attempts at outreach, and see that it is going to be a long, drawn-out process to coordinate with the local teachers. This year is problematic, to say the least. I’ve sent a letter to the East Alton elementary and middle school teachers introducing myself and extending an offer to share resources, etc. I also described the Back to Books Grant offering, asking them for input on future purchases. I’ve yet to hear back from anyone, including the State Librarian.

            I am continuing to familiarize myself with the Polaris System, and have been continuing to update both fiction and non-fiction book series and graphic novels.

Respectfully submitted by Becky Retzer.

DISCUSSION

       None

 

 

OLD BUSINESS

       None

     

 

NEW BUSINESS

            Motion: Hierman     Second: Richie                              

Levy Ordinance 2020-02

Roll call vote: Hierman, aye; Richie, aye; Silkwood, aye; Bricker,        aye; Funke, aye; Wiegand, aye; Harris, aye. 7 ayes, no nays, 0 absent.                                             Motion carried.

 

 

ADJOURNMENT             There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 6:07 pm.

 

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