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Blue Mound Memorial Library

February 2023 Board Meeting Minutes


Anne Byard, President

Nancy Gorden, Vice President

Diana Kupish, Secretary

Dani Noland, Trustee

Julie Chapman, Trustee

Sharon Reynolds, Trustee

Amy Brown, Trustee

Julie Jones, Librarian

Alice Reed, Consultant


Monday, February 27, 2023 at 6:00 p.m., the Blue Mound Memorial Library Board of Trustees met in the annex of the Library.  The Blue Mound Memorial Library President, Anne Byard, called to order the Board of Trustees meeting for February, 2023.


The Board recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

Secretary’s Report: President, Anne Byard verified that each Board member received and reviewed the January 23, 2023 Minutes that had been emailed.  Amy Brown made a motion to accept the Minutes as presented.  Nancy Gorden seconded the motion.  The motion carried with all “Aye” votes.


Treasurer’s Report: There were no questions.  Nancy Gorden made a motion to accept the Treasurers Report.  Julie Chapman seconded the motion.  The motion carried with all ‘Aye’ votes. 

Librarian’s Report: 

  • The Blue Mound Leader from 1918 thru 1974 is on microfilm in the Decatur Public Library
  • Julie Castro who provided the Charcuterie demonstration was paid $100 but she normally receives $10 per person and there were 21 attendees.
  • The new Chair Rack is here and fits perfectly in the corner near the counter in the Annex. ‘Big thanks to Jeff and Alice Reed for putting it together and putting it in the Library.’
  • The Blue Mound Leaders are in an awkward place now. With so many programs in the Annex, there is a greater chance of them being handled and possibly damaged.  Julie would like to move them to the front of the Library where they can be seen by patrons and supervised by staff. 
  • Four new 8 foot tables were purchased and are in the Annex.
  • Julie would like to store one computer in the closet/furnace room to make room for the Blue Mound Leaders.
  • Looking for volunteers to paint the Annex, with Board paying for supplies.
  • Storm Door to the Annex is cracked and needs to be replaced.
  • Window with poor seals costs the Library extra in heating bills. It needs to be replaced. 


Dani Noland made a motion to send Julie Castro another $110 to make up the balance of what she would have received at $10 per person.  Sharon Reynolds seconded the motion.  The motion carried with all ‘Aye’ votes. 


Dani Noland made a motion to get a new heavy duty storm door with double closure and air flow.  Amy Brown seconded the motion.  The motion carried with all ’Aye’ votes.


Library Activities:

  • Book Club met on February 16th and discussed The Indigo Girl by Natasha Boyd with twelve
  • Adult Yoga for Beginners began on Monday January 16th and ended on Monday, February 20th. Running six weeks, they averaged around 5 people per class.
  • Next of Kiln was here on Thursday, February 2nd providing a variety of plates in different sizes and shapes for Valentine’s Day, along with a choice of some extra pieces. With 22 ladies attending, everyone seemed to have a good time. The Library booked another session for the summer.
  • Decorating Cookies for Valentine’s Day was held on Saturday, February 11th with 13 children participating.


Upcoming Programs:

  • Story Time
  • Nature Journaling class taught in the Annex on Thursday, March 2nd from 6:00-8:00 p.m. At a fee of $10, each participant will receive their own handmade book, a paint pallet with at least 6 colors, their own water brush and pen to keep.  This class is for Adults but school age children can attend if accompanied by an adult.)
  • Book Club will be meeting on Thursday, March 16th to discuss the book Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter.
  • Children’s Easter Craft on Saturday March 18th from 10:00-11L00 here at the Library.


Old Business: 

  • D & D Electrical completed the electrical work to install another outlet above the counter in the Annex. They were able to have 2 Pizzazz’s working at the same time without any problems.


New Business:  

  • Carpet Cleaning in the main area of the Library is on a 3-year schedule but since there has been less traffic due to COVID restrictions, the carpet really doesn’t need to be done right now.
  • Mowing: Jerry Reichert has agreed to mow for the Library again this summer.  Last year we paid him $35 per time. 
  • Storage fee needs to be paid for 2022 and will be due again in July of 2023. Julie will put the Storage fee on the agenda in July so it is not overlooked in the future. 


Nancy Gorden made a motion to pay the Storage fees.  Amy Brown seconded the motion.  The motion carried with all ‘Aye’ votes. 



  • National Honor Society will assist in filling eggs on Saturday, March 26th for the Easter Egg Hunt. Helpers are needed for the Easter Egg Hunt scheduled on April 1st and should meet at 11:30 with the event to begin at 1:00 p.m.
  • Discount tickets available to public libraries. Julie will check into it.
  • GFL the new garbage service sent the Library a contract that needs to be signed. Services are supposed to remain the same as before.  They will offer a tote (garbage container) so the Library won’t need to continue to buy them. 
  • Consolidated Telephone sent another contract to be signed. We will sign on a yearly basis, if possible.
  • Warrensburg Library has a number of interesting items such as sensory packs, STEM packets, and music time.  Dani would encourage Board members and staff to visit other libraries to see what is available and give us ideas to improve our Library.


Personnel:  None


Motion to Adjourn:  With no further business to discuss, Dani Noland made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Sharon Reynolds seconded the motion.  The motion carried with all “Aye” votes.  The meeting adjourned at 7:35 p.m.


The Next Regular Board Meeting will be Monday, March 27, 2023 at 6:00 p.m.

                                                                                                                                                Diana Kupish, Secretary

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