Blue Mound Memorial Library

April 2019 Meeting Minutes


Anne Byard, President  

Diana Kupish, Secretary  

Amy Brown, Treasurer

Kathy Brownlee, Trustee  

Dani Noland, Trustee 

Julie Jones, Library Director 

Alice Reed, Consultant 


At 6:00 p.m. the meeting was called to order by President Anne Byard  


The Board recited the Pledge of Allegiance.  


Secretary’s Report:  The minutes for the March 25th Blue Mound Memorial Library Board of Trustees had been emailed to everyone to review.  Dani Noland made a motion to accept the minutes. Amy Brown seconded the motion.  It was approved with all ‘Aye’ votes.    


Treasurer’s Report:   Julie said she will be using some Memorial donations to purchase books. Amy pointed out that the Easter Egg Hunt account shows a negative balance.  Alice explained that she had talked to Leon Kallenbach at the Easter Egg Hunt and he confirmed that the Lion’s Club would be donating $1000 toward this popular event.  Kathy Brownlee made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s Report as submitted.  Dani Noland seconded the motion.  The motion carried with all ‘Aye’ votes.  


Librarian’s Report:    

  • The Library has received a number of donations in memory of Frank Rice
  • The Library received a ‘Thank You’ from “Think Outside the Barn” for our $100 donation.
  • The Library will be closed on Monday, May 27th for Memorial Day.
  • A letter from Jessie White’s office was received informing the Library that the Per Capita Grant to be expected next year will be $3,058.75.
  • The copier was serviced on 3/29/19 replacing a broken belt which had caused it to squeal.  
  • A notice was received concerning Employee Posters costing about $300.
  • Library Activities: 
  • Book Club met on April 16th to discuss the book “Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover” with 8 in attendance.
  • Story Time ***People You Meet in Our Community*** ended on Wednesday, April 3rd.   They have all been well attended and well received.  
  • The Annual Easter Egg Hunt was held on Saturday, April 13th. It was a beautiful day and a great turnout with over 200 kids participating. John Broux came from Pana News to cover the event.
  • LifeGoesOn – An Organ/Tissue Donor Drive was held at the Library on Monday, April 15th. One patron signed as a donor. One even inquired about how to donate their body to science. With help from the organization, the proper forms and contact information was discovered and passed on to the interested party. It was a learning experience for all.
  • Up Coming Programs Include:   
    • Book Club will meet again in May to discuss the book “Big Little Lies” by Liane Moriarty.
  • No Cook Summer Meals! Thursday May 9th from 6:30 – 8 p.m. Illinois Extension Office will be presenting this program to offer alternatives to hot meals on hot days. There have already been 12 patrons who have signed up after hearing Julie talk about it in the Library.   The Library will buy all the food and each table will prepare and eat the recipe as directed. The annex can handle about 40 adults for the event.

  • Summer Reading - Registration will be June 3rd through the 8th. This year’s theme is: “It’s Showtime at Your Library!”Julie will be taking a week off the first week of June.       
  • Motion to adjourn:  With no further business to discuss, Kathy Brownlee moved to adjourn the meeting;  Dani Noland seconded.   The motion carried with all ‘Aye’ votes.  Meeting adjourned at 6:50 p.m.  
  • Personnel: 
  • Other: Next month the Library needs to elect officers. Anne wants to see the maintenance projects through to completion before she steps down.
  • New Business:  Jack from Trimble’s Construction examined the roof of the Library and said it does need to be replaced. He provided two bids. The bid with shingles was $10,011.90 and a metal roof would cost $14,350.75.   The shingled roof would last about 20 years and the metal roof would last about 30 years. Since the fiscal year is near and this work cannot be considered in this budget, the discussion will be tabled until June.
  • Old Business:  The Library received a letter from Jessie Whites Office concerning the Per Capita Grant.
  • One of the light fixtures in the annex is out. In 2013, all (30) of the light fixtures in the main library were replaced with the more energy efficient LED tubes costing the library thousands of dollars. However, prior to their replacement, the fluorescent bulbs were constantly being replaced, and none have had to be replaced in the six years since their installation indicating that the LEDs last longer. They did not replace any of the lighting fixtures in the annex because they were still in good shape. Replacement will be pricy and since the electrician who had previously done the project is no longer available, Amy Brown made a motion to get bids from several electricians in the area before making a decision. Kathy Brownlee seconded the motion. The motion carried with all ‘Aye’ votes.    

Diana Kupish, Secretary

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