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February 2014

MINUTES

Eldora Public Library Board of Trustees

February 26, 2014

 

PRESENT: Dean Stickrod, Jerry Trittien, Kristin Gehrke, Mary Swartz, Dan Gehring, Jill Stanish

 

MINUTES approved. BILLS approved.

 

Jackie Goodman from IVCCD had to reschedule her visit to the Library Board for March. In her absence,

Deb Crosser shared some about IVCCD and some of the challenges of finding enough participants for classes as well as finding instructors. Further discussion was tabled until March. Deb mentioned that there is some funding available for people taking credit programs.

 

Dan reported that there had been a problem with the furnace recently. He is looking into getting the display keypad replaced. A city worker was able to get the furnace running on bypass mode in the meantime.

 

Dan applied for the HCCEF grant. Project cost for purchasing some children’s science, large print mysteries, graphic novels and audiobooks on CD would be $4000 (half of which the library would cover).

 

The Friends of the Library made over $500 so far on the book sale. Their February meeting was cancelled due to weather.

 

Dan reported that the movie showings on school vacation days had not been well attended. He will talk to organizations such as Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to make them aware that they could use the library for a movie showing. Dan will also be attending the theatre board’s meeting on March 12 to get input regarding movie programming at the library and see if they can assist with advertising such programs.

 

To make room for the donation of DVDs, cassettes and vhs tapes will be weeded. Dan reported that these items had not been checked out in the last three years. It was suggested that weeded items be included in the summer library sale.

 

Joanne Smith who has been helping through Experience Works recently had a fall on the ice and had been recovering for several weeks. She is now back working at the library.

 

Board approved using Direct State Aid, money from New Providence and the Special Library Trust interest to be used for book purchases made in the months of March through June.

 

Dan reported that he had no new information on the Beacon Library Consortium.

 

Joan and Susan’s program, “Blind Date with a Book” program was successful. A drawing will be held soon for prizes.

 

Board approved funding for Dan, Susan and Joan to attend the 2014 North Central Library Symposium in Mason City. Dan will attend one day; Susan and Joan the other. The $60 registration fees will be taken from education/training and mileage costs will be taken from travel.

 

Discussed purchase of a laptop for Susan to use for preparation of children’s programs. Dan had some estimates on possible choices. Mary will ask Scott if he has recommendations on a computer. Board approved the use of funds from Tender Sprouts and the State of Iowa Open Access funds to purchase a laptop for her use.

 

Board approved Siemens Service Contract for $1678. This represents year 1 of a 3 year service agreement. Year 2 will be $1710 and year 3 will be $1761.

 

NEXT MEETING: March 25, 2014 at 5:00 pm.