LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING

Oct 14 2014 7:00 pm

 

 Minutes of the Board of Trustees

Johnsburg Public Library

 

October 14, 2014

 

Call to Order

Meeting was called to order by President E. Munson at 7:00 P.M.  Trustees present:  E. Munson, M. Diedrich, K. Gustafson, K. Hughes, M.J. Farrell, and J. Stockwell.  Absent:  R. Barnes.  Director M. Zawacki was present.

 

Approval of Minutes

Motion was made by M.J. Farrell and seconded by J. Stockwell to approve the minutes of the September meeting.  Ayes:  E. Munson, M. Diedrich, K. Gustafson, M.J. Farrell, and J. Stockwell.  Abstain:  K. Hughes.  Motion passed.

 

Approval of Bills

Motion was made by M.J. Farrell and seconded by J. Stockwell to approve the payment of bills in the amount of $58,980.02.  Ayes:  E. Munson, M. Diedrich, K. Gustafson, M.J. Farrell, J. Stockwell and K. Hughes.  Motion passed.

 

Treasurer's Financial Report

 Trustees reviewed the financial report.

 

Committee Reports

There were no committee reports.

 

Correspondence

Trustees reviewed the September IT systems report.

 

Trustees reviewed the letter of communication from Susie Frank in relation to Kathy Wentz and her services as well as the response from the lawyer.

 

Trustees reviewed the 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service Nomination which has been sent.  The beautiful job of editing was noticed. 

 

Unfinished Business

There was no unfinished business.

 

New Business

Tim Low, our insurance agent, discussed the renewal of our insurance policy.  He recommended changing to Hanover Insurance instead of Cincinnati Insurance to save $1,050.00 per year.  Motion was made by M.J. Farrell and seconded by J. Stockwell to accept the presented package from Hanover Insurance which includes a premium savings of $1,050.00 per year.  Ayes:  E. Munson, M. Diedrich, M.J. Farrell,

 

                                                                                                                                    (over)

K. Gustafson, K. Hughes, and J. Stockwell.  Motion passed.

                                                                                                                                                           

Motion was made by K. Hughes and seconded by M. Diedrich to approve the snow plow quote of $189.00 per plow from Brooks.  This is the same price as last year.  Ayes:  E. Munson, M. Diedrich, M.J. Farrell, K. Gustafson, K. Hughes, and J. Stockwell.  Motion passed.

 

Motion was made by M.J. Farrell and seconded by J. Stockwell to approve Direct Energy Business as our electric contract.  Ayes:  E. Munson, M. Diedrich, M.J. Farrell, K. Gustafson, K. Hughes, and J. Stockwell.  Motion passed.

 

Director's Report

Employee H. Stewart, our teen librarian, has found an alternative to the Accelerated Reading program which is no longer offered at our school district.  The web-based program, Book Adventure, is now available for grades 6-12.  There is a game board display that tracks the progress of participants.

 

John Huemann, village trustee, informed M. Zawacki that the village agreed to pay half the cost of new library banners for the new street lights.  The total cost is $986.24, so our share will be $493.12.  Pam Miskoci, our graphic artist, is currently working on a design.

 

At this time Tim Harnett has nothing to report as to the street lights by the Johnsburg Road entrance. 

 

Public Input

There was no public input.

 

Board Input

There was no board input.

 

Adjournment

Motion was made by M.J. Farrell and seconded by K. Gustafson to adjourn.  Ayes:  E. Munson, M.J. Farrell, M. Diedrich, K. Hughes, K. Gustafson, and J. Stockwell.  Meeting was adjourned by President E. Munson at 8:15 P.M.

 

 

                                                                              Repectfully submitted,

 

 

                                                                               Madelyn Diedrich, secretary

 

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

October 2014

 

  1. New web-based reading program:

Since the school district no longer offers the Accelerated Reader (AR) program, the library now offers a similar web-based program called Book Adventure, sponsored by Sylvan.  A number of the kids in our teen group commented to Heather Stewart, our teen librarian, that they missed the AR program.  Heather took it upon herself to find an alternative that the library could provide for free.  The program works similar to AR, in that quizzes are taken after books are read and points for prizes are earned by taking a comprehension quiz.  Currently the program is for those in grades 6-12.  The program also allows parents and teachers to track a child’s progress.  There is a game board display on the bulletin boards in the children’s area that tracks the progress of participants.

 

  1. New library street banners:

John Huemann contacted me to report that the village has agreed to pay half the cost of new library banners for the new street lights.  (The old banners don’t fit.)  The total cost of the banners is $986.24, so our share will be $493.12.  Pam Miskoci, our graphic artist, is currently working on a design.

 

  1. Street lights by Johnsburg Road entrance:

I emailed Tim Hartnett again about this and he replied he has nothing to report at this time.  He will follow up with Claudett Peters and Bill Swartzloff to see what the status is.

 

 

 

 

September 2014 statistics:

TOTAL CIRCULATION:  7,028                  AVG. DAILY CIRCULATION:  260

VOLUMES ADDED:             287                            VOLUMES WITHDRAWN:  270

TOTAL VOLUMES:  62,605                         TOTAL PATRONS REGISTERED:  11,462

ILL BORROWING STATISTICS:  260       ILL LENDING STATISTICS:  585

                                                                                   

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Maria Zawacki

 

Library Director