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February 2011

 

MINUTES

Eldora Public Library Board of Trustees

February 22, 2011


PRESENT: Dean Stickrod, Lou Schafer, Kristin Gehrke, Mary Swartz, Gary Knox, Jill Stanish, Dan Gehring


MINUTES approved. BILLS approved.


Dean suggested getting a quote on printer cartridges from the new computer business in town.


Lou had been in to the library to look at the atrium lights and discovered that many were burned out and others were dim. Dan will be ordering new bulbs which will hopefully better illuminate the adjacent library shelves.


Dan turned in the final report regarding previous funding from the Hardin County Community Endowment Foundation. Additional request for funding will need to wait until next year.


Dan talked with a representative from Hardin County Empowerment regarding funding for a specialized children’s computer for the library. The library can apply next year. In the meantime, it was suggested that Dan check with Cargill in Iowa Falls. Dan is also waiting to hear from McElroy Trust. McElroy has an early March deadline.


Dan is waiting for Chris Perkins to complete the changeover from DSL to wireless internet.


Friends of the Library donated $750 for the Summer Reading Program. Susan will be heading it up.


The book budget for the year has been spent. The next four months of book purchases will come from the Trust. Possible line items to cover costs include: donation from City of New Providence and Enrich Iowa Direct State Aid (funds must be spent this fiscal year). Memorial gifts had been received in honor of Bonnie Wilson. It was suggested that these funds be used for Large Print books. Board approved.


Discussed contributing additional funds (in addition to annual subscription costs) to assist NEIBOR in purchasing additional e-books. Dan said other libraries have made donations. No decision was made.


Dan suggested that library Board members take turns attending City Council meetings to know how the city operates and to explain or defend library issues that come up.


Dan distributed information about a subscribing to a music service called Freegal that would allow patrons three free music downloads per week (from a catalog of selected music). If enough libraries participated, the lowest cost would be $1380 per year. Board decided not to do this due to budget constraints.


Discussed subscribing to a book review service which enables patrons to subscribe to newsletters pertaining to specific genres. Annual cost would be $300. Board decided not to pursue due to budget constraints. Discussed creating a library blog. Joan indicated that one had been tried previously but had not been continued.


NEXT MEETING: March 29, 2011 at 5:00 pm.