September 18, 2007
Present: Becky Dickerson, Leslee Miller, Jon Kehne, John
Aune, Peggy Bryan, and Kristie Kirkpatrick.
Jon Kehne, board chair, called the meeting to order at 4:01.
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 August 31, 2007, September Vouchers and Account
Balances Reports. She reviewed September vouchers #8772-8816
totaling $15,330.84. Kristie reviewed circulation reports for
July, noting that overall circulation was down 653 from last
year. She noted volunteer hours are starting to rise. Summer
reading had an increase of 121 from last year, with Malden's
first every program having 8 finishers. Teen summer reading had
74 finishers submitting 248 reviews. Adult summer reading had 78
Kristie shared cost projections from Integrus Architects to
update the Headquarters building and solve accessibility
problems. A discussion of various upgrade options and funding
ideas followed including implications of bond elections and the
cost to taxpayers. In the discussion, Kristie noted that the
library district was formed in the 1945, the building was
constructed from a voter-approved bond in 1955, and remodeled in
1985 by that same method. Kristie and Peggy will continue to
explore the most prudent solutions to the accessibility problems
and ways to fund any improvements.
Peggy presented the Friends of WCL membership list, with six
Kristie announced that Elizabeth Gordon named WCL in her
will. The library has received $47,872.59 to date, and our
attorney advised us that we might receive quite a bit more.
Kristie announced that Elizabeth, from the LaCrosse area, used
the book mobile and library for many years. Kristie expressed
her appreciation of this memorial and how much it means to the
library. An article featuring Elizabeth will be featured in the
Kristie discussed the Statewide Early Learning Advocacy
contract. She stated that Library Directors statewide
unanimously gave their support to this project and committed
their libraries to pay a contract fee based on library budgets.
WCL would pay approximately $650 for 2007 and 2008. Becky
Dickerson made a motion to accept the contract, Leslee Miller
seconded and the motion carried.
Peggy presented the 2007 library budget revision, noting line
item changes. John Aune made a motion to accept the 2007 library
budget resolution number #02-07, Becky Dickerson seconded and
the motion carried.
Peggy presented the 2008 library budget. She reviewed various
line items and noted changes. Becky Dickerson made a motion to
accept the 2008 library budget resolution number #03-07, John
Aune seconded and the motion carried.
The Board named Wanda Alderman of Colfax as library supporter
of the month. She was praised for work on the scrapbook, book
sales and much more. A certificate will be presented to her at
the next Friends meeting.
Kristie announced that WCL staff will be participating in
library conferences and professional activities. Peggy will be
making two presentations at the WILL Conference and three
presentations at the WALE Conference. James Morasch will be
serving as the technical support person at the WALE conference.
Clancy Pool will be handling the Poker Walk at the WALE
conference. Jill Cocking received a grant to attend the WALE
conference. Kristie will be attending the Rural Library
Conference in Ohio and will also be presenting throughout the
North East Ohio Regional Library District later in October.
Kristie noted that grants and participating in conferences saves
the library money and gains statewide attention.
Kristie announced WCL's fall newsletter should be mailed to
all households on October 10.
Kristie announced Everybody Reads "The Deep Dark"
by Gregg Olsen. She encouraged everybody to read this true story
about the Sunshine Mine in Kellogg in the 1970's. Gregg Olsen
will be making public appearances at Colfax High School and
Gar-Pal High School. Kristie encouraged everyone to attend.
The next board meeting will be October 16th at the Palouse
Library at 4:30 pm. Those wanting to carpool should be at the
Colfax Library at 4 PM sharp.
Kristie announced that St. John city attorneys have approved
contracts for the city hall/library building. Construction can
begin 14 days after the contracts are signed.
The meeting adjourned at 6:00.
Bryan, Recording Secretary
Kristie Kirkpatrick, Library Director
Kehne, Board Chair