The regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees was called to order at 4:30 p.m. on November 3, 2008 by President Peg Giesler. In attendance were Trustees Mary Taylor, Greg McHenry, and Librarian Teresa Pennington. Absent were Trustees Sharon Farris, Jerry Cockcroft, Mary Ann Tucker, Merle Clark and Roxanne Michels.
Minutes of Previous Meeting:
Minutes from October 6, 2008 were reviewed. Motion: Giesler, second McHenry to approve the minutes as read. Motion carried.
Finance report was reviewed. The library received a $25,000 bequest from the Pauline McClain estate. Motion: McHenry, second Taylor to approve the finance report as read. Motion carried.
Motion: Giesler, second McHenry to approve 21 titles of nonfiction for purchase through the Lucy Bishop Fund. Motion carried.
McHenry reported that Art Reese Lumber Co. has installed downspouts. Hand’s Construction will replace the ceiling tiles in the Children’s Reading room in late November. Otis Elevator plans to install the emergency telephone in the elevator within the next two weeks.
Librarian’s Report (Statistics):
Statistical Report was reviewed. Motion: McHenry, second Taylor to approve the report as read. Motion carried.
Pennington received information from the state library about upcoming Gates Foundation grants. Grant funds will be based on the area’s economic status and the age of the library’s current computer equipment; funds must be used to purchase computer equipment and will require matching funds. The first step in the application process is due January 5, 2009. Two of the original Gates computers and one monitor have been recently replaced.
Pennington has contacted Websdezined to discuss upgrading the library’s website. The board discussed use of the site. Pennington announced that NoveList, a database that recommends reading for all ages, has been added to the library’s online resources. The subscription cost for NoveList was shared with the state library.
McHenry is the library’s liaison to the committee planning for the future of the EdPlex, and asked for input from the librarian and board members about future use of the complex. Discussion.
Storyhour and Headstart/Creative Center storytime programming began in October. Cub Scouts visited the library. Fourteen people attended the Lincoln-Douglas Debates program presented on October 16. Two people attended the genealogy Computer Night on October 21. Also on October 21, 270 people attended librarian Julie Eveland’s presentation at District 95’s “Families Building Better Readers” program.
The per capita grant application and Lincoln Trail Libraries System annual profile summary were completed in October. Charla Sanchez returned part-time on October 27.
Pennington and Eveland will be reading aloud at Crestwood on November 20. The Children’s Book Council has moved National Children’s Book Week from November to May. Paris Public Library will continue to visit the elementary schools, but most likely not in May.
The library will close at 4 p.m. on November 26 and be closed on Thanksgiving Day.
Meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m. Motion: Giesler, second Taylor.
Mary Taylor, Secretary