October 16, 2007
Present: Becky Dickerson, Leslee Miller, Jon Kehne, John
Aune, Teresa Myott, Holly White, Judy Willcox, James Morasch, Jo
Johnson, Peggy Bryan, and Kristie Kirkpatrick.
Jon Kehne, board chair, called the meeting to order at 4:30.
Kristie announced that the library supporter of the month is
Judy Willcox. Kristie presented her award with Board members
expressing their appreciation for Willcox's long history and
commitment to quality library service. She served as the Palouse
Branch manager and the Youth Services Manager for the entire
library district. Since retiring in 2004, Willcox volunteers for
the Palouse Library as a member of the Xenodican club, working
at booksales, painting the library, frying funnel cakes, and
Kristie introduced Holly White, Palouse Branch Manager and
gave a report on the Palouse Branch. She praised the Xenodican
Club for their valuable contributions and commitment to the
library. James Morasch reported on the completion of the
Wireless Grant through Washington State Library. The $10,000
LSTA grant funded equipment for wireless access to branches. The
project was a success, as James was able to purchase slightly
used equipment at a reduced cost, giving access to all twelve
branches. The wireless access is stable and running in all
locations. Kristie praised James & Don for their efforts in
project. Judy Willcox, Jo Johnson & James Morasch left the
meeting. The minutes of the previous meeting were reviewed. John
Aune made to accept the minutes, Becky Dickerson seconded and
the motion carried. Peggy reviewed the Financial Reports; Budget
Report through September 30, 2007, October Vouchers and Account
Balances Reports. She reviewed October vouchers #8817-8875
totaling $16,648.20. Board members signed to authorize payment.
Kristie reviewed circulation reports for August & September,
noting that overall circulation was down slightly from last
year. She noted while library usage is changing, with more
program & website usage, we continue to serve our customers
and meet their needs.
Kristie discussed progress on the headquarters building
upgrades. She met with Representative Dave Buri to discuss
getting the project on the State Capital Budget. She reported he
resigned the following week, accepting a lobbyist position at
EWU. She is corresponding with his aides and will continue to
pursue this. She is also corresponding with Shan Kelley (Aide to
State Representative Cathy McMorris-Rodgers) regarding Federal
Capital Budget. John Aune, Peggy and Kristie also met with the
Commissioners to report on the need of this project. She met
with Colfax Mayor Norma Becker, Colfax Rotary and has written a
letter to the editor of the Whitman County Gazette.
Peggy presented the Friends of WCL membership list, with six
Kristie announced that Elizabeth Gordon will be the supporter
of the month for November. John Aune will plan to go to LaCrosse
with Kristie and Peggy in November to present the award to her
family, Jon and Arlene Gordon.
Kristie announced that two fall training sessions for Branch
Managers will be held at Albion and Rosalia. Becky Dickerson
will be assisting with the press release portion of the
Kristie discussed the fall newsletter. Everyone agreed that
they liked the county-wide feel of the newsletter. She noted the
quality of the pictures was not as good, but the problem was
identified and will be resolved for the next issue. She and
Peggy will discuss other possible options for the newsletter
Gregg Olsen, author of the "Deep Dark," has
scheduled appearances in November at Colfax High School, Palouse
High School, the Kenworthy Theatre and Neill Public Library.
Library events scheduled in December are Sidney Stevens, Tree of
Lights, Santa photos and the Blood Drive.
The Winter Staff Luncheon will be December 12th at 1:00, with
a board meeting to follow at approximately 2:15.
The meeting adjourned at 5:36.
Peggy Bryan, Recording Secretary
Kristie Kirkpatrick, Library Director
Jon Kehne, Board Chair