The regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees was called to order at 4:40 p.m. by President Peg Giesler. In attendance were Trustees Mary Taylor, Greg McHenry, Roxanne Michels and Librarian Teresa Pennington. Absent: Trustees Merle Clark, Jerry Cockcroft, Mary Ann Tucker and Sharon Farris.
Minutes of the September 8, 2008 meeting were reviewed. Motion: McHenry, second Michels to approve the minutes as read. Motion carried.
Finance report was reviewed. Motion: Michels, second McHenry to approve finance report as read. Motion carried.
Motion: Michels, second McHenry to approve 16 titles of nonfiction for purchase through the Lucy Bishop Fund. Motion carried.
McHenry reported that Hand’s Construction has not yet replaced the ceiling tiles in the Children’s Reading Room. As for work on the roof, Pennington reported that insurance will cover temporary and permanent roof repairs, but the cost is below the city’s deductible. Insurance will not cover the needed maintenance to the roof, gutters and downspouts. McHenry reported that Art Reese Lumber Co. will replace the downspouts this fall, but will not be able to complete any other roof work until spring 2009. Pennington reported that she will make a $400 down payment for the elevator work to be started. She also reported that Dave Patterson will clean the traffic pattern areas of the carpet upstairs and downstairs on Sunday, Oct. 19.
Reading Room: Pennington reported that Mary Ida Riedell’s daughter Nancy Conner visited the library and was pleased with the portrait of her mother hung in the Reading Room.
Librarian’s Report (Statistics):
Statistical report was reviewed. Motion: McHenry, second Michels to approve report as read. Motion carried.
The Per Capita Grant application is completed and ready for board members’ signatures. Pennington will submit the application by October 15, 2008.
Five people attended WILL’s digital TV/radio presentation on September 18, 2008.
The Annual Profile Summary for Lincoln Trails Library System has been completed. Pennington will send it in by October 15, 2008.
Librarian Julie Eveland shared the process that she and Pennington use to decide what books, periodicals and DVDs to purchase, and which books and audio books to lease.
The Lincoln-Douglas Debates exhibit is in the northeast meeting room now through October 31.
The library will be closed Columbus Day, October 13.
Monthly storytimes for Creative Center and Head Start begin October 15.
Congressman Tim Johnson’s mobile office hours on October 16 are 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Julie Eveland will represent the library at District 95’s parent workshop “Families Building Better Readers” on October 16 at Carolyn Wenz school.
Don Chamberlain will give a slide presentation entitled “Lincoln in Illinois: The Lincoln-Douglas Debates,” on Thursday, October 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the Gibson Room.
Storyhour begins on Tuesday, October 21 at 10:30 a.m. and continues through April.
The library is hosting “Genealogy Computer Night,” October 21, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. to encourage use of the programs HeritageQuest Online and Ancestry Library Edition.
Charla Sanchez will return to work part-time for several months (about 11 hours per week) on October 27.
Meeting Adjourned at 5:25 p.m.