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     Whitman County Library

Board of Trustees Meeting

Colfax Branch
May 15, 2007
4:00 p.m.

Present: Becky Dickerson, Leslee Miller, Jon Kehne, Teresa Myott, Peggy Bryan, and Kristie Kirkpatrick.

Jon Kehne, board chair, called the meeting to order at 4:00. The minutes of the previous meeting were reviewed. Becky made a motion to accept the minutes, Leslee Miller seconded and the motion carried.

Peggy reviewed the Financial Reports; Budget Report through April 30, 2007, May Vouchers and Account Balances Reports. She reviewed May vouchers #8560-8606 totaling $19,768.48. Kristie reviewed circulation reports for April, noting that overall circulation increased by 1200. Albion, Colton, Farmington, Garfield, LaCrosse, St. John, Tekoa, Uniontown and Colfax. Kristie announced that St. John is #1 in branch circulation this month and for the entire year so far. Website visits increased by 1300 and volunteer hours were up 40. Sadly, volunteer Carol LaVerne will be moving. Attendance in children's programming is strong.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS: Kristie reported that Mark Dailey, an Architect from Spokane will tour the library and Hamilton building next week. Mark has remodeled libraries, as well as designed newly constructed libraries. He will evaluate both buildings and the potential options for us to pursue. Kristie hopes to develop a solid plan before exploring funding opportunities. A brief discussion followed.


Kristie announced recent grant awards: 

$10,000 Marketing Grant for Summer Reading Promotion. Kevin Adair will tour the county schools with Sheri in May promoting summer reading. Kevin is a juggler, magician, hypnotist, stilt walker, author and more. 

$7,000 Everyone Reads the Same Book Grant for Summer Reading Promotion. Every summer reading participant will receive a bug book and The Science Center will be featured in the summer programming. 

WCL is part of another Everyone Reads The Deep Dark Grant with other libraries in the region this fall. Four schools will be involved, as well as the community. 

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grant for two new computer work stations, approx. $6000 

$720 Libri Grant for new children's books at the Colfax Branch 

Freedom to Read Grant for 21 new books & Cd's at the St. John Branch

Kristie announced that the library supporters of the month will go to Harold and Virginia Sauer, longtime members of the Friends of Whitman County Library.

Kristie announced that Peggy received the WLA Merit Award for Outstanding Performance in a Special Area at the WLA Conference held in April and shared a brochure from that event.

The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 19 at 4 p.m. The board toured the Community Action apartments project in Colfax with Dale Miller following the meeting.

With no further business, the Board adjourned at 4:30.

Peggy Bryan, Recording Secretary

Kristie Kirkpatrick, Library Director

Jon Kehne, Board Chair

If you have any questions, please contact:

Kristie Kirkpatrick
Whitman County Library
102 S Main Street
Colfax, Washington 99111

509 397-4366 or toll-free 1-877-733-3375