Blue Mound Memorial Library

April 2018 Meeting Minutes


Anne Byard, President

Kathy Brownlee, Vice President

Diana Kupish, Secretary

Dani Noland, Trustee

Julie Jones, Library Director

Alice Reed


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:  Diana read the minutes from the February 26, 2018 meeting.  Kathy Brownlee made a motion to accept the minutes as read.  Dani seconded.  The motion carried.


Treasurer’s Report:  The Treasurer’s Report was reviewed.  Everything looked good.  

 Dani Noland made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s Report as presented.  Kathy Brownlee seconded.  Motion carried. 


Librarian’s Report:

Ø  Two new color printers were purchased and installed, one for patrons and one for the staff, paid from Supplies fund.


Ø  There were over 30 people in attendance when Amariah Rauscher, a illustrator for children’s books , came to the library. She entertained the group by reading a couple of her recent Princess Truly books and drawing sketches of some of the children in the audience. 


Ø  Lego Club met on Saturday March 17th with 8 children and 4 parents.  They met again April 21st (no mention of attendance in notes). 


Ø  Senior Freeze held on March 21st had 19 adults in attendance     


Ø  Story Time ended but averaged 24 children along with several babies and adults.


Ø  A letter was sent to businesses asking for Summer Reading donations.


Ø  Coffee and Conversation started gathering weekly in April on Tuesdays at 10:30 with an average attendance of 8 but if all came the same day it would be about 12 patrons in all.


Ø  The Book Club led by Lindsey Sheppard was met with enthusiasm on April 5th with 10 in attendance.  An equal number have commented about the program and some asked the library to order books for them as well.  The first book being read is “The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd.  One of the original in attendance has dropped out due to scheduling conflict.   


Ø  The Library was closed on Good Friday (March 30th) but was open on Saturday.


Ø  Easter Egg Hunt was delayed due to inclement weather but was held the following day.  Approximately 100 children were in attendance.



Old Business: Review Library Policy and Technology Policy.  After some discussion, minor corrections were made to the Library Policy.  Since technology changes so rapidly, a variety of items were discussed as options to add to the library weighing need, feasibility, and cost. The board made some changes and updated the future section.  Dani Noland made a motion to accept the changes to update both policies.  Kathy Brownlee seconded the motion.  The motion carried. 


Ideas for the Jill White Memorial were discussed.  A 42” table and four new chairs have been purchased for the periodical section to replace the well worn table and chairs that have seen over 40 years of use. Other ideas discussed included: reading benches for the junior reading section of the library to replace the large round table and chairs that obstruct traffic flow, books for Mr. and Mrs. Claus to give away at the Christmas party, as well as books to give to children at Story Time and/or Halloween, and stained glass hanging(s) for the front window.  Ideas will be discussed further by the committee and with the Jill White family.


New Business:

Ø  Mulch Clean Up bid was $400 from Curt Swigert.  He now comes twice a year and adds mulch, trims bushes and trees at his discretion, which has led to the current problem of knee-deep mulch that now must be removed. It was decided to re-evaluate the agreement with him. Instead of leaving the decision of what lawn maintenance needs to be done up to him, it has been decided that the library staff will contact him with a list of items that need tending. 


Ø  The Library received a Per Capita Grant from the state of $3058.75


Ø  A nomination to fill the empty Board seat to Nancy Gorden was discussed and approved.  Dani Noland made a motion to offer the position to Nancy and Kathy Brownlee seconded the motion.  The motion carried.  Anne will contact Nancy to see if she would be willing to join the Library Board. 


Other: None


Personnel:  None.


Motion to adjourn:  Kathy Brownlee moved to adjourn the meeting; Dani Noland seconded; motion carried.  Meeting adjourned at 7:25 p.m.


Diana Kupish, Secretary

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