East Alton Public Library District

September 2017

September 21, 2017



The regular meeting of the East Alton Public Library District board of Trustees was called to order at 5:47 p.m. by Margaret Funke at the library. Those in attendance were C. Wiegand, J. Richie, L. Silkwood, J. Bricker, and A. Harris. Also present was the Director, Richard Chartrand.

6 present, 1 absent. Quorum established.









            Motion: Wiegand        Second: Harris                           Approve the minutes of the August 17, 2017 board meeting.              Roll call vote: Wiegand, aye; Harris, aye; Richie, aye; Bricker, aye; Silkwood, aye; Funke, aye. 6 ayes, no nays, 1 absent.                Motion carried.





·         Madison County – Board of Review (3 Pages)





            Motion: Silkwood         Second: Richie                              Approve wages and expenditures as presented for September 2017.                                                                                          Roll call vote: Silkwood, aye; Richie, aye; Wiegand, aye; Bricker, aye; Harris, aye; Funke, aye. 6 ayes, no nays, 1 absent.             Motion carried.









1.     The book club selection for September is: “The Wonder” by Emma Donoghue. The story of an English nurse who attends the ills of an impoverished Irish village. A psychological thriller by the author of “The Room”.

2.     The library has received a mobile home tax payment in the amount of $76.07 on 8/29/17.

3.     The East Alton Association LP (new defense area housing) has protested their property assessment.

Current Assessed Value:

$1,299,810  -  Claimant Value: $669,150

4.     Volunteer hours worked during August 2017:

·        Will: 69

·        Rich: 59.5 (paid for 65 hours – total 124.50)

5.     The amount required to bid on constructing projects has increased to $25,000 from $20,000.

6.     My October project will be the annual Per Capita Grant.

7.     The meeting room was booked on September 14th for a legal deposition.

8.     We have the proposal from Thompson & Lengacher for accountant services. It needs tweaking. Darlene and I are discussing what, if anything, we would like to change. The proposal is included with the board packet.

9.     Some job descriptions received minor changes.

10. For October, I will present a summer reading club financial report. Participants versus costs.

11. This is the season to shift gears. We transition from summer to back to school.



September 2017

Since there was a full, solid schedule in June and July for the summer reading club, there were only a couple of story time and craft activities planned in August.  A full schedule for my story time youth will start in September.

The “Riverbend Rockers” seem to be active in our surrounding communities.  Therefore, we had “Paint Your Rocks Day” at the library as a craft day.  This event was held on two days.  The kids brought their rocks, and I supplied the paint.  The moms are just as creative as the kids—even somewhat more.  All participants enjoyed painting and already planned the locations where the rocks would be placed.

The second event was the awesome Solar Eclipse.  The children were actually not in school that day; so it was an opportune time to do a small science class on solar and moon eclipses.  In addition to a short craft project, pizza was served.  Dessert was “solar” cookies.  All who came to the program were provided with solar eclipse glasses.  The only requirement that I had made was that each child be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  This was a fantastic event for all of us to witness!

The new movie release “Boss Baby” was our family movie for the month.  We all agreed that the movie seemed a lot better than the previews.  Also, snacks were served.

Next month will be a full story time and craft schedule.  SWAYS meetings also return after the summer off. 

Submitted by Maury Reynolds.Text Box: DISCUSSION







             Motion: Wiegand        Second: Silkwood                                

Levy Ordinance (2017-05).

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


             Motion: Richie         Second: Silkwood                                

Accountant Proposal.

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



ADJOURNMENT             There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 6:16 pm.