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July 2014


Eldora Public Library Board of Trustees

July 29, 2014


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


MINUTES were approved. BILLS were approved. Dan will be double checking on the bill for mat service.


Dan gave Director’s Report. Library received a donation from the City of New Providence for $855; a thank you will be sent.


The Eldora Library was invited to participate in Iowa Public Television’s Ready for School Initiative. On Wednesday, July 30, an IPTV representative will explain how our library can be involved. Board members are welcome to attend.


Dan gave an update on volunteers at the library. Susan Knight has been working at the front desk. Joan Smith from Experience Works will hopefully be returning after her recovery from hip surgery. Darell Cosgrove from Promise Jobs has been helping process DVDs, get ready for the book sale and also helping shift fiction books within the library.


Books are being shifted within the library after a number of non-fiction titles were withdrawn. By shifting books, most shelves now have books on only 4 shelves instead of 6, making it easier for patrons to reach all the books.


The Library took in $718.75 from sales on Saturday. 25% of book sale profits will be given to Friends. Friends also received a $100 donation from Saturday. From the library’s 75% portion, pizzas were purchased for the training school boys. Training School boys were a great help in transporting books.

A book dealer also purchased a number of books and gave a $125 donation. Free will donations are being accepted for remaining books.


Summer Reading Program ended with a well attended pool party. Dan said there were no teen participants but elementary participation was good.


Dan drafted an animal policy that states, “Bringing animals into the library, except trained service animals or as authorized for library-sponsored events is prohibited.” Board approved the policy.


Discussed maintenance of City Web Site now that there is no city administrator. Dan asked Dean to talk to the mayor and mention that the library could assist as a new contact.


Future computer needs were discussed. Dean requested that Dan compile a list of current computers and their respective ages and bring to the next board meeting. Discussed creating a schedule for replacing older computers.


NEXT MEETING: August 26, 2014 at 5:00 pm.

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