East Alton Public Library District

September, 2015

September 17, 2015



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 andM. Funke. L. Silkwood and B. Werts were not present. Also present was the Director, Richard Chartrand. 5 present, 2 absent. Quorum established. B. Werts came into the meeting at 6:06 p.m.









            Motion: Funke        Second: Richie                           Approve the minutes of the August 20, 2015 board meeting.              Roll call vote: Funke, aye; Richie, aye; Hierman, aye; Bricker, aye; Wiegand, aye. 5 ayes, no nays, 2 absent. Motion carried.




-Three tax disputes from the Board of Review

-Two FOIA requests.

-Information that was sent for the FOIA requests.

-Obituary for Oscar J. Huber Sr., Jason Bricker’s grandfather.





            Motion: Funke              Second: Werts                              Approve wages and expenditures as presented for September 2015.                                                                                          Roll call vote: Funke, aye; Werts, aye; Hierman, aye; Bricker, aye; Richie, aye; Wiegand, aye. 6 ayes, no nays, 1 absent. Motion carried. 











1.      I attended the East Alton History Committee meeting in August. Jason Bricker and I spoke about the East Alton History Book. I will try to attend the September meeting.

2.      This is the meeting to pass the Levy Ordinance. This item is under “Old Business.” Kevin will have extra copies.


3.      By the time you read this, the checking account will have new authorizations completed. Marsha Wilcut is now our personal banker.


4.      This must be Freedom of Information Act season. I have received two requests. One from a data mining company in Florida and one from a man in Chicago. He sent one to every public library in Illinois. He is involved in a long-standing dispute with the Orland Park Public Library. I have been doing a lot of legal research.


5.      Andy moved the vertical File cabinet to the workroom. This freed space near the display cabinet. Charlotte’s picture board of East Alton photos is now much more visible.


6.      No further info from the Illinois Department of Human Rights relating to the extant complaint.


7.      The book club selection for the month is “Ripper” by Isabel Allende, a thriller set in San Francisco.


8.      Andy placed new shelving on the other side of the South alcove making room for additional graphic novels. Kevin shifted his precious graphic novels.


9.      The state report was mailed and electronically submitted to the State Library. The e-copy is in server limbo. I can’t resubmit it and the state library can’t retrieve it.


10.  We extend our prayers and thoughts to Jason Bricker upon the death of Grandpa Oscar Bricker.






The University of Illinois 4-H Extension of Madison County presented a free program in August.  It featured an educational program about rockets called “Rockets to the Rescue”.  I had an excellent turnout with approximately 20 children.  This exciting hands-on program also included discussion about rockets and their uses.  Each child was able to make his/her own rocket.  To add to the fun the children were able to launch their rockets outside.  This experiment proved valuable.  Each child was able to make predictions on launching techniques to determine height and distance of the rocket’s path.  It would be profitable to have more free programs from the University of Illinois.

Family movie night was extra special.  I decided to show it in our meeting room on our only blank wall.  Wow, it was a big improvement from the screen that I normally use in the children’s area.  The picture was large and clear.  The movie shown was DreamWorks “Home”.  Very family oriented animated movie.  I only had 9 in attendance but expect more families once their normal routines begin after vacations and school resumes.

There were two story times last month.  Wanted to try and keep the flow going before school begins again and to encourage new families to bring their children.  I have had around 8 new families attend the story times.  As usual some of my “kids” entered Kindergarten this year.  Story time themes and coordinating crafts involved going back to school for the older kids and starting school for the Head Start, pre-school, and Kindergarten kids.  We made “school” pictures and buses.

An after school Lego Club was started.  Now trying to hold the “club” once a month during the week instead of Saturdays.  Tremendous group.  I let them create their own designs.  Most of the kids enjoy this format because I was told by some parents that their children didn’t have a lot of legos at home to play with.  There were about 25 in attendance.  This time schedule may be adapted a few times to get the best time available for most of the children who want to attend.  There are many after school programs that I try to work around, i.e. sports, boys ‘n girls club, choir/band practice, and the Rec center activities offered to Eastwood students.  Submitted by Maury Reynolds




              Motion: Werts              Second: Funke                             

Appoint Judy Richie as the Library Board Treasurer.

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







            Motion: Funke               Second: Richie                            

Approval of Trustee B. Werts to attend ILA Conference.

Roll call vote: Funke, aye; Richie, aye Hierman, aye; Bricker, aye;

Werts, aye; Wiegand, aye. 6 ayes, no nays, 1 absent. Motion carried. 



ADJOURNMENT             There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 6:37 pm.