March 8, 2022

Present:  J. Lane,  K. Eddleman, C. Carman, S. Wiesemann, W. Gibbs, D. Hamilton, S. Angleton, D. Lampert, J. Alvey
Absent:  I. Bishop

6:00 p.m. Call to Order

Discussion/New Business:

Motion to approve the February minutes. C. Carman/ W. Gibbs All agreed.

New board members, Dana Lampert and Judy Alvey, were sworn in by Board Secretary J. Lane and welcomed by the board.

Motion to approve February financials, checks 11075-11084 and 3 e-pays. J. Lane/W. Gibbs - All Agreed

S. Wiesemann asked the board to read some documents she provided for them (Attachments A, B, C from the 2013 Library Director’s training manual). The attachments reviewed the responsibilities and do’s and don’ts for library trustees and the director. It will be added to the Library Fun Facts information.

S. Wiesemann asked for the board to read her Librarian’s report: see attached.

S. Wiesemann added separate documents with detailed information about the Craft Program in with her financial reports and Librarian’s report.

Unfinished Business: 

S. Wiesemann talked to City Clerk Traci Bishop who said the Rosiclare Council would not add the library on their workman’s comp insurance. J. Lane mentioned that it said they would add the library on in the Rosiclare Council minutes. After the Library meeting J. Lane checked the original document from the Rosiclare Council and the Independent had made a typo. The information S. Wiesemann received was correct. D. Hamilton said she would talk to Mayor Tolbert and library board members would likely attend an upcoming Rosiclare Council meeting to see if they will add the library and the library would pay its portion.

New Business:

Two employee evaluation forms were reviewed and the board made adjustments to one they liked best. Under interpersonal skills they added “positive supervision of volunteers and other workers”, since the evaluation didn’t mention anything about other workers.

Motion to approve an Employee Performance Evaluation. C. Carman/S. Angleton All Agreed.

The board will do an evaluation on S. Wiesemann after the next library meeting in April.

S. Wiesemann is in charge of evaluations of other employees.

Since the “Friends of the Library” group has been purchasing crafts materials for the Library Craft Program, S. Wiesemann said she would like to put the $50 that was part of a motion at the last meeting for craft supplies to be added to money to pay D. Walczak’s wages instead.

Motion to approve the change of the $50 from craft money to Donna’s wages.  S. Angleton/C. Carman. All Agreed

The board discussed the January minutes where they forgot to assign D. Walczak’s wages at $12.00 per hour.

Motion to approve D. Walczak, Library Assistant, wage to $12.00 per hour. W. Gibbs/J. Lane. All Agreed.

Board members reviewed Chapter 3 in Serving Our Public 4.0 and updated next year’s grant paperwork for that specific chapter.

C. Carman asked if the new board members if they had any questions. The group discussed that it will take time for the new board members to learn and absorb the information and duties. If they had any questions they should ask S. Wiesemann or any of the board members. S. Wiesemann will set up their library emails soon and contact them when done.

Motion to Adjourn  6:42 p.m. W. Gibbs/J. Alvey All agreed.

Minutes prepared by J. Lane.

QUESTIONS FROM PREVIOUS MEETING ANSWERED: 

Tax Levy Request—The city requires our previous year’s expenditures and tax levy request to be turned in to them by May 30.  Therefore, I turned them in.  The tax levy request is merely the figures the county has already given me.

FY22-23 Budget—I have made a budget based on the information available.  I was required to use our current year’s budget to apply for the IL Humanities Grant.  Both the Tax Levy Request and the budget are on the agenda for July 12.

Furniture and Fixtures--$2,458.  A/C  It was not paid for from a grant. 

Library materials--$4,198.  Library materials are the items available for people to check out.  State standards require 8 – 12% of each library’s budget.  We are just under 12%.  We are very lucky to have the Otto Cochran money for this purpose.

Office Supplies--$424.11.  That is the amount over the budget amount that we spent.

I don’t understand what the Programming Misc. $400 376.73  ?  $500 question is asking.  If the Programming question is why did we spend $778.71 instead of $200.00 that question has been asked and answered.  We budgeted $200 which isn’t enough if you actually plan to have a program.  The Friends of the Library and others donated every penny spent on Programming.  The Library paid for absolutely nothing. 

I will copy all items from our budget and share them with you.  However, every expenditure ever made was approved by the Library Board. 

Evaluations:  These are a tool for providing the very best service our library can offer.  I have always participated in evaluations, sitting face-to-face in order to receive positive feedback and suggestions for constructive change.  I do not understand the function of evaluation by secret ballot.  

During hours of operation, I am at the library, helping patrons to set up email accounts, write resumes, apply for unemployment, renew FOID cards, remember the name of that writer or that book or that movie.  We provide a safe and friendly space for children to read, use the internet, work puzzles, and play games.  I write grants that fund the programs used by dozens of kids and some adults.  I keep state-required records of library use and I take care of the glitches as they happen.  When our website goes down or QuickBooks malfunctions, I’m the person who make the long phone calls.  It’s a big job.  It’s an important job.  And it is a job that I am good at.  When Margo left, our Monthly Statistics showed that 2,657 patrons had used the library during the fiscal year ending April 2016.  For this past fiscal year we had 4,921 patrons.  Clearly our library is doing its job.

Overpayment of taxes:  This was a county error.  It was reported in the May 5 Hardin County Independent.  The money was never promised to us or owed to us. The money was returned, and the library board was notified.  See April Librarian Report.

Timesheets of library employees:  Like every other public library board in the State of Illinois, the Library Director is the only employee of the Board of Directors.  My timesheet is always provided.  I hire, manage, and supervise janitorial staff and library helpers.  Those timesheets are my responsibility.  If the board has a need to see a specific library staff time sheet, I will be glad to provide them on an as-needed basis. 

Donations and Memorials:  The amounts in both the Hurford/Kibler Memorials and the Donations/Memorials funds have not changed since I’ve been the director.  I have been told that this money is not to be spent.  If it is now available, I am very glad to hear that. I desperately need a new printer.  Jeff has suggested an HP LaserJet Pro M281fdw All-in-One Wireless Color Laser Printer.  It is available through Amazon for $647.00.  I have spoken with both Chris Williams and Susie Williams and both are in agreement that they would much rather see that money spent on that specific need rather than to continue to sit in the bank any longer. 

Blocked areas in the back room: There are no blocked areas.   I received the June minutes BEFORE I received the May minutes and I wasn’t sure what Jennifer was referring to when she commented that the storage room was looking better.  There were absolutely no changes made in the back room between the May meeting and the June meeting except for some cleaning out of the cabinets and files.  There have been changes made now.  The ladders were stored close to the door and there was only a space 26 inches wide to get through.  That was enough for me, but I took my ladder home so it’s no longer in the way. I’ve called the city and asked them to take the other ladder.  They don’t want it.  Brian Lewis refused to use it when he was on the board and no one who is currently employed here is going to use it.  Donna and Patti have spent hours organizing and getting rid of unnecessary items from the back room.  It is in excellent shape.

Chapter 5 for the Per Capita Grant:  Is this one completed yet?  That is a question only the Board members can answer.  Did you come up with a response for that question or not?   The May Minutes state that this chapter has been addressed and I know everyone here will be delighted if we can just zoom through it.  I do need the answer though. Darlene asked if the inventory had been completed.  The Inventory was included with the November 2021 Board packet.  You voted to have me put a copy in the safe deposit box at the bank.

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Special Board Meeting Minutes

April 20, 2022 - CTO: 6:00 p.m.


Present: J. Lane, D. Hamilton, S. Angleton, S. Wiesemann, I. Bishop, K. Eddleman, C. Carman, D. Lampert
Absent: J. Alvey, W. Gibbs

Jody Morrison with Banterra Insurance found a new Worker’s Comp Insurance quote for the Library from Employers EIG Services, Inc. He wasn’t able to release the quote until Monday, April 18. The quote was $869.00, significantly lower than the two quotes received from Hartford at Williams and Associates from Melissa Steigerwald ($1528.00) and Banterra Insurance from Jody Morrison ($1630.00).

On Tuesday, April 19, S. Wiesemann, D. Hamilton, S. Angleton, and J. Lane attended the Rosiclare City Council meeting to talk to the City Board about adding the Library to their Worker’s Compensation Insurance and the Library would pay their portion if added. The Board wanted to help the Library, but was worried about liability. City Attorney Fred Turner attended along with Jody Morrison, Banterra Insurance agent (who is the agent who provides insurance for the City) weighed in with details and guidance to the City. Morrison said that if the City added the Library on their Worker’s Comp insurance, they would also have to put the Library’s building insurance on a policy too, a requirement by the carrier. They would have to enter into an intergovernmental agreement. After much discussion, the City Board agreed to pay the difference of the amount that the Library would have paid if added to the City’s policy, instead of adding them to their policy. If the Library Board decided to take the new Employers EIG Services, Inc. policy that Morrison found, they would only have to pay about $300 for the policy with the City’s donation. Mayor Tolbert said that TIF money should be paid to the Library this year and that will also help with expenses. The Board agreed that they would reassess the situation on a yearly basis to see if they will donate again toward the library’s Worker’s Comp insurance.

Also, at the City Board meeting, Mayor Tolbert said he went to the Courthouse to look up and further investigate the deed to the Library building. He said it hadn’t been recorded.

D. Hamilton and I. Bishop planned to go to the courthouse to take care of the deed this week.

D. Hamilton suggested once everything is taken care of to reprint the history of the Library in Out of the Past of the Hardin County Independent.

Motion to approve and accept the Worker’s Comp Insurance quote from Banterra Insurance through Employers EIG Services, Inc of $869 with acknowledgment that the City will send a check for $566 to help cover the cost of the annual premium. S. Angleton/K. Eddleman All Agreed

Motion to adjourn at 6:24 p.m. I. Bishop/K. Eddleman All agreed

Minutes prepared by Jennifer Lane

April 12, 2022

CTO: 6:20 p.m.

Present: J. Lane, D. Hamilton, S. Angleton, S. Wiesemann, D. Lampert, K. Eddleman, C. Carman
Absent: J. Alvey, W. Gibbs, I. Bishop

Discussion/New Business:

Motion to approve March minutes. K. Eddleman/D. Lampert, All agreed

Motion to approve March financials, check numbers 11085-11104 and 3 epays. J.Lane / K. Eddleman, All agreed

See Librarian’s report. S. Wiesemann said the library is open 25 hours per week, with Patti opening 30 minutes earlier each day, 12:30 -5:30 p.m.

Unfinished business:

Workman’s comp insurance – S. Wiesemann said that Bill Ghent provides a worker’s comp insurance for Harrisburg library and they pay $1,200 for it. The quotes the Rosiclare library has been given were around $1,500 and $1,600 so far. S. Wiesemann found the LIRA company that provides Worker’s Comp insurance for libraries. She said we may be able to get a cheaper policy through them. Board members said they would see what the Rosiclare City Board could offer at the next meeting because their agent was giving them a quote to include the library. Then, if their offer isn’t sufficient or they don’t want to add the library, the board could apply for the LIRA to get a quote.

New Business: S. Wiesemann asked if she could get the toys out again for library patrons. The board agreed if they were cleaned after use to prevent spread of coronavirus or other viruses.

S. Wiesemann asked if the library could advertise Cards for Kids, a program that gives a free library card to kids 18 or under enrolled in public school. There are no restrictions on how many books children can check out. Since all kids at Hardin County Schools qualify for free lunches, all kids enrolled in school can get a card for free whether they live in Rosiclare or not. The board members agreed to promote the program.

Board members reviewed Serving Our Public, Chapter 4.

Motion to adjourn at 7:11 p.m. J. Lane/K. Eddleman All agreed

Minutes prepared by Jennifer Lane

January 11, 2022

CTO: 6:08 p.m.

Present: J. Lane, D. Hamilton, S. Angleton, S. Wiesemann, I. Bishop, K. Eddleman
Absent: C. Carman, W. Gibbs

Discussion/New Business:

Motion to approve December minutes. S. Angleton/K. Eddleman, All agreed

Motion to approve December financials check numbers 11040-11056 and 3 epays. J.Lane / K. Eddleman, All agreed

See Librarian’s report.

Unfinished business:

Workman’s comp insurance – S. Wiesemann will contact the city of Rosiclare to see if they will add the library on to their policy and the library could pay that part so it wouldn’t cost the city anything. She will also contact the Illinois Library to see if they recommend any companies that would have competitive rates.

New Board members – C. Carman was absent from the meeting and she is the one soliciting new board members, so the decision will be discussed at the next meeting. Dotty Cubley and Chris Williams were mentioned again as possibilities.

New Business:

MTA the state mandated minimum wage increase to $12 per hour for the custodian and $12.50 for the library director beginning January 2022.   J. Lane/S. Angleton, All Agreed

Board members reviewed and updated grant applications of the first chapter of Standards for Illinois Public Libraries - Serving our Public for the per capita and equalization grants for 2023.

Board members are required to take sexual harassment training. S. Wiesemann sent the link to the training to those who wanted to read it online. She printed a copy for the others. Board members were asked to submit their signed certificate to S. Wiesemann once completed.

Motion to adjourn at 6:48 p.m. K. Eddleman/ I. Bishop All agreed

Minutes prepared by Jennifer Lane

June 14, 2022

Present:  J. Lane,  K. Eddleman, C. Carman, W. Gibbs, D. Hamilton, S. Angleton, J. Alvey, D. Lampert
Absent:  I. Bishop, S. Wiesemann

6:16 p.m. Call to Order

Discussion/New Business: 

Since she was absent from the last meeting, S. Angleton had some questions and discussions about the May meeting minutes before approval. 

The library’s checking account number will be added when the approved minutes are presented to Banterra Bank for K. Eddleman to be added as a third check signer for the library.

Motion to approve the May minutes. J. Lane/K.Eddleman, All agreed.

Board said that the new non-resident fee is figured based on a formula required by the state. It was last updated in 2021.

Motion to approve and raise the non-resident library card fee to $30. C. Carman/K.Eddleman, All Agreed.

Library Director S. Wiesemann was absent due to COVID-19 illness. She is doing better and hoping to come back Thursday. The financial reports were not finished so they can be looked over for approval at the next meeting.

Motion to go into Executive Session at 6:26 p.m. C. Carman/J. Alvey, All agreed

Motion to exit Executive Session at 6:51 p.m. W. Gibbs/D. Lampert, All agreed

Discussion/New Business:

J. Lane will give the completed employee evaluation to S. Wiesemann later this week since D. Hamilton will be leaving town for a couple of weeks.

Members thought it would be a good idea for someone to come down and put a sign on the door, in addition to putting the closure on facebook, to let patrons know the library would be closed.

Board members read through and collectively answered questions on the Humanities Grant application that has to be completed and submitted by June 30. 

To add to the agenda for July meeting: Board wants to look at the personnel policy to look at paid time off amounts and discuss options at the next meeting. Also, it is time to review the personnel policy. D. Hamilton quickly looked for the personnel policy but couldn’t find it. She will have S. Wiesemann get it out for the next meeting.

P. Spivey has been organizing the back storage room and it is looking better.

Motion to Adjourn  7:43 p.m. W. Gibbs/C. Carman/All agreed.

May 10, 2022

Present: Cyndi Shockley, Darlene Hamilton, Ida Patton, Kevan Eddleman, Dana Lampert, and Judy Alvey.

 6:04 meeting was called to order.

The  minutes for April 12 were approved with a motion by Cyndi Carman and a second Kevan Eddleman. The minutes for April 20 was approved with a motion by Ida Patton and a second but Cyndi Carman. Bills to be paid were tabled until the next meeting.

Librarian report:

The librarian  report indicated that Shirley Rose would be retiring from her janitorial job.  It was suggested that Shirley should send a letter to the board and that the  job position should be posted with a job description, the rate of pay, and the hours. The posting can be on the door, Facebook and our regular website.

The board is interested in seeing the janitorial timesheet as well as other board employees timesheets.  They should be reviewed when reviewing the librarian’s time sheets.  

Board terms need to be amended as they should be three-year terms not four year terms. We will need a new list updated and new appointment letters.  At this time, it is Darlene Hamilton, Dana Lampert,  and Judy Alvey.

New business:

There was a motion by Judy Alvey to make Kevan Eddleman a third check signer for the library’s account #________________ at Banterra Bank. The motion was seconded by Cyndi Carman and passed  with a roll call vote.   Yes: Cyndi Carman, Dana Lampert, Judy Alvey, Darlene Hamilton, Ida Bishop.  There were no objections. 

Chapter 5:  Serving  our Public, see attached sheets.

Tax Levy request and  Fy 22-23Budget were tabled.

Board needs more information on these items.

Furniture and Fixtures $2,458 grant. What was purchased.

Library materials $4,198

Office supplies  $424.11

Programming

Misc. $400   376.73  ?  $500

Employee Performance Evaluation

(Librarian)

The evaluations were passed out to each board member to complete. President will email them to each board member and evaluations will be turned in without names at the next meeting. They will be tallied and an average score will be compiled.  Written remarks will be complied together.

Executive session should be added to next months meeting to review employee evaluation.

Adjournment at 7:19

Questions

How did overpayment from the county occur?  

How were we notified of the error?

Was it in writing?

Why was the board not notified of such a big expense and mistake?

We would like to see all timesheets in the folder during the regular  board meetings.

Donations and Memorials:  The amount of $654.37 hasn’t changed in two months.

 We need the backroom to be organized. It  is  full of different items, and  we need to get it cleaned up. We don’t want any blocked areas.

Chapter 5:  Building,  Infrastructure and Maintenance:    Is this one completed yet?

Minutes prepared by Ida Bishop and typed by Darlene Hamilton

November 9, 2021

CTO: 6:16 p.m.

Present: J. Lane, D. Hamilton, C. Carman, S. Angleton, S. Wiesemann, W. Gibbs, K. Eddleman
Absent: I. Bishop

Discussion/New Business:

Motion to approve October minutes. S. Angleton/W. Gibbs, All agreed

Motion to approve October financials check numbers 11002; 11004-11017; 11020 and 4 epays. C. Carman / S. Angleton, All agreed

S. Angleton took a very thorough inventory of the furniture. A copy will be put in the safety deposit box.  It was suggested that someone take a few pictures of the inside of the library for insurance purposes in case of fire or other disaster. 

Holiday Open House will be held December 11, from 10 a.m. to noon.
 
Board members reviewed Chapters 10-13 Standards for Illinois Public Libraries - Serving our Public

Ch. 10 Provisions are made but not noted.

Ch. 11 Youth serving policies - Don't have staff professionally trained to work with youth

Ch. 12 Website not ADA, needs to be updated monthly

Don't have minutes on website

Ch. 13 Marketing - communication plan to share goals

The Live and Learn Application Grant is due January 15, 2022. It was suggested that Sharon contact Alene Carr with SIRPDC to see if we should apply for the grant. The idea of a storage building to be placed behind the library was discussed.

Librarian's report: See report

Unfinished business: 

Motion to approve the sale of AT&T stocks and funds be deposited into the existing mutual fund. K. Eddleman/C. Carman

Possible new board members were discussed: Chris Goolsby, Andy Oxford, Valerie Holbrook. C. Carman will make some contacts in the future.

Workman's Comp: A Banterra Insurance agent will meet with Kevan and Darlene to discuss quotes in the upcoming future.

Motion to adjourn at 7:57 p.m. C. Carman/ K. Eddleman

Minutes prepared by Jennifer Lane

October 12, 2021
 
Present:  J. Lane,  K. Eddleman, C. Carman, S. Wiesemann, W. Gibbs, D. Hamilton, S. Angleton
Absent:  I. Bishop
Visitor: Chris Haynes, Banterra 
 
6:02 p.m. Call to Order

Discussion/New Business: 

Chris Haynes with Banterra Investments came to talk to the library board members to update them and advise them on their LPL financial account transferred to him from Raymond James back in 2015. 
Currently, the Otto Cochran investment donation of $50,000 originally donated to the library in 2006, is worth $48,703. In 2015 it was worth $46,379 when Chris took over as investment broker. The investment was a gift to the library. Only the donation was invested. No tax funded money or other monies have been added to the investment account. The account provides income to the library to purchase books or other needs the library might have, as stipulated by Cochran when he made the donation handled by Edward Jones originally.
Currently, there is a stock in A T & T and a Franklin Income Mutual Fund. There was a government bond that expired in November 2020. Its value was reinvested in the Franklin Income Fund.
A T & T fund value is $3,800. It was $32.58 per share in 2015, but has gone down to $25 per share. The A T & T stock currently pays $78 in dividends every 3 months (8.2 %).
The Franklin Income Fund had a 25.2 % return in the last year; 7.7 % return in the last 3 years; and 7.4% return in the last 5 years. It produces $166.00 dividend each month.
On a scale of 1-10, Chris described it as a 4, a low risk investment that provides income.
The goal of the investment account is growth with income.

Chris explained that interest rates are at an all time low right now and they are expected to rise very slowly. Chris said the library could purchase a Certificate of Deposit for 1 year, but the interest would be 0.4%, only providing $195 of interest income for one year.
He said Government Bonds are worse, only providing 0.3 % interest for one year; 0.32% interest for 3 years; and 1.61% interest for 10 years. 
The donated investment account would hardly make any money if the library chose to go that route.

Motion to sell A T & T stock (value $3,800) and purchase a second mutual income fund with a slightly higher investment risk (5 on a scale of 10) with Banterra Investments. C. Carman/ K. Eddleman - All Agreed.

Motion to approve September minutes. K. Eddleman/C. Carman - All Agreed.

Motion to approve May financials, checks 10971–10986; 10990-10991 and two e-pays, and one PayPal transaction. K. Eddleman / S. Angleton - All Agreed

Librarian’s report: see attached

Unfinished Business:  
Still looking for new board members to replace P. Koch and C. Gowins

New Business:
Sharon discovered that there is no Workman’s Comp Insurance on library employees, but was unable to successfully talk to the insurance company since she is an employee. K. Eddleman or D. Hamilton will follow up with the insurance company to get a quote.

Sharon will take a vacation from Oct 13-18. Donna W. and Patti S. will cover for her while she is gone.  Shirley Angleton will be volunteering to help out too.

Board members reviewed Chapters 5-9 in Serving Our Public 4.0
Ch. 5 - No maintenance schedule or list of repairmen to fix future issues
No inventory list - Shirley Angleton will start working on one when she volunteers at the library.
No Capital asset plan
Ch. 6 - No emergency manual or disaster plan. No defibrillator, but ambulance hall is next door. Might get a defibrillator with Live and Learn grant. 
Put up a sign for recommended area for tornado shelter under tables where computers are.
Ch. 7 - no improvements needed
Ch. 8 - no improvements needed
Ch. 9 - Work on getting more books/resources in different subject areas in the library

Motion to adjourn at 8:12 p.m. C. Carman/S. Angleton - All agreed.

Minutes prepared by J. Lane.

February 8, 2022

Present:  J. Lane,  K. Eddleman, C. Carman, S. Wiesemann, W. Gibbs, D. Hamilton, S. Angleton, I. Bishop
Absent: 

6:06 p.m. Call to Order

Discussion/New Business:

Board members filled out their Statement of Economic Interests forms and turned them back in to S. Wiesemann when finished. The form has been revised, so everyone discussed the meanings of the new questions.

Motion to approve the January minutes. I. Bishop/K.Eddleman All agreed.

Motion to add an item to the agenda for the executive session. C. Carman/ I. Bishop - All Agreed.

Motion to approve January financials, checks 11057-11074 and four e-pays. S. Angleton/W. Gibbs - All Agreed

Librarian’s report: see attached.

S. Wiesemann said she checked with other libraries about how their Workman’s Comp insurance was paid. The City of Golconda pays for its library’s WC insurance. Harrisburg library has WC through Erie Ins. and they pay $1215.00.

The City Clerk, T. Bishop, said the City wasn’t sure if they could add WC for the Library on their insurance because she said the library was not a component of the City. The library plans to pay their part of the insurance with no cost to the city. Board members disagreed and said the library is a component/department of the City with proof based on the Audit and the fact that the City approves library board members terms, and more. Also, in the past the library was fined because it was paying the federal taxes in the category for only 2 employees rather paying the taxes based on the amount of City employees.

Unfinished Business:  

C. Carman found two people willing to join the Library Board and fill the vacancies of Chris Gowins and Patti Koch. Upon approval by the City of Rosiclare Board, the two new members are Judy Alvey and Dana Lampert.

Motion to approve Judy Alvey to the library board. I. Bishop/J. Lane All agreed

Motion to approve Dana Lampert to the library board. S. Angleton/ K. Eddleman. All agreed.

Only three board members have turned in their sexual harassment training certificates.

New Business:

S. Wiesemann said there was $2,366.00 left in programming money and would like to restart the craft program. Some board members questioned why there was that much money when only $1,000 was allotted to the crafts program through the Humanities grant. S. Wiesemann said that $2,000 was donated by her husband to go toward programming, but it could be used for other programs too. The crafts program was recently stopped by the board since Covid cases were higher and one of the attendees ended up getting Covid. Some board members were fine to restart the program, now, while others were leery due to Covid. Since the numbers are going down and no other programs in the county are closed due to Covid, board members agreed to reopen the program. It was also discussed and all board members agreed that they would like to see the kids gain more of an interest in books. Board members felt that books related to the craft or project for that day should be displayed and acknowledged during the program or a few minutes be set aside either before or after, so the kids could read or be read to. Although not all programs have to be related to reading, the board wants to promote reading and the library when possible.

A motion was made to restart the library craft program beginning February 16, 2022 with enhanced safety precautions and incorporate more opportunities for kids to see, use, and listen to books that go along with the craft program. S. Angleton/W. Gibbs All agreed.

Board members reviewed Chapter 2 in Serving Our Public 4.0 and updated next year’s grant paperwork for that specific chapter.

S. Wiesemann and W. Gibbs left the meeting to go home at 7:17 p.m.

A motion was made for the board to enter into Executive Session to discuss personnel at 7:17 p.m. C. Carman/I. Bishop. All agreed.

A motion was made for the board to leave Executive Session and return to the regular meeting at 7:59 p.m. I. Bishop/S. Angleton All agreed

The board discussed that $1,000 was earmarked for the craft program from the $5,000 Humanities grant. The Humanities grant was received in August 2021 and has to be spent by August 2022. The $2,000 donation by S. Wiesemann’s husband given in the fall of 2021 was to be used for programming.

The board complimented organizers of the craft program and would like to see it continue, but the board agreed they would like to use part of the $2,000 Mr. Wiesemann donation for other programs the library puts on. In the future, the board would like to designate certain amounts to specific programs as needed.

Board members expressed concern for the future of the library saying that it is important to promote the library through programs when possible, since money is tight. The board would like to better know the financial specifics of the craft program.  Many of the board members were under the impression that the $1,000 Humanities grant amount would be paid strictly to D. Walczak over time and not used for craft supplies, but that information was not clear at the time of the meeting. Though S. Wiesemann provides financial reports at each board meeting, the board had more specific questions they would request from S. Wiesemann for better understanding, auditing purposes and to better project what will be needed to keep the craft program operating.

In order to help support and continue the craft program, a motion was made to move $200 from the $2000 Mr. Wiesemann Programming Donation to the craft program ($150 to the craft fund to help pay D. Walczak’s program wages and $50 to the craft fund to help pay for craft supplies). S. Angleton/K. Eddleman All agreed

The board expressed again how S. Wiesemann is an asset to the library. Duties at the library keep S. Wiesemann very busy and the board appreciates everything she does to keep library services going.

Motion to Adjourn 8:40 p.m. C. Carman/K.Eddleman All agreed.

Minutes prepared by J. Lane.