Whitman County Library
Board of Trustees Meeting
Colfax Branch
July 19, 2011


Present: Becky Dickerson, Teresa Myott, John Aune, Bob Bates, Jon Kehne, Kristie Kirkpatrick, Sheri Miller and Peggy Bryan.

Becky Dickerson, board chair, called the meeting to order at 4:05 p.m. She asked for additions or modifications; there were none. The minutes of the previous meeting were reviewed. Jon Kehne made a motion to accept the minutes and John Aune seconded. The motion carried.

Peggy presented the financial reports through June 30, 2011. She presented payment voucher resolution #10-11 totaling $65,290.80. John Aune motioned to approve the resolution and Bob Bates seconded. The motion carried.

Kristie presented the circulation reports for July. She noted the high usage of Rural Heritage, which was #1 in the state. Locations with significant increases in circulation were Albion, Colton, Malden, Uniontown and Colfax. Increases programming attendance and holds filled were also noted in Colton and Uniontown where branch managers are making great improvements. Rosalia is seeing a mixed result with drops in circulation and computer use but increases in program attendance.

CONTINUED BUSINESS: Kristie reported that Endicott Renovation Project has reached its fundraising goal. Funding sources include $30,000 from Inland Northwest Community Foundation, $7500 from Avista, $12,000 locally and approximately $76,500 in a USDA Grants. Total project estimate is $120,000. She reviewed a new contract with the Town of Endicott for library services. Teresa Myott made a motion to approve the contract, Bob Bates seconded. The motion carried and Board Chair Becky Dickerson signed the document.

Kristie reported that she and Peggy met with the board of the Lacrosse Market/Libary project. During that meeting, the location of the library and a vision of how the community might use the facility were discussed. The architect and others have since toured the St. John Branch for ideas. Lacrosse Community Pride has received funding to proceed with the project and their board will be finalizing a plan soon.

NEW BUSINESS: Sheri Miller gave a summer reading wrap-up. She reported that KLEW TV from Lewiston-Clarkston featured a WCL summer reading program with Bubbillusionist Jarom Watts, which she shared the media clip with the board. She also praised Rosauers for the continued support of summer reading on their grocery bags every year. She shared photos of programs from Colton, Malden, Palouse and Colfax along with Summer Reading certificates, noting that all countywide sponsors are listed on the back. Sheri reported that 215 have signed up for SR in Colfax. She encouraged Board members to participate in Adult SR and gave them forms.

Kristie expressed her appreciation of Sheri. She noted storytime, Steptoe visits, after school programming, acquisitions, blood drive, parent resource, etc. among the many things she does. She also monitors the sprinklers, straightens Hayden’s Corner each morning, wears the book bear costume and has offered to paint the Oakesdale Library during closed week. Becky read a letter of commendation on behalf of the board for a job well done!

Delores Haley of Oakesdale will be the July Supporter of the month. She assists with programs, makes cookies and assists in many ways at the Oakesdale Library.

Kristie reported that the Smithsonian Journeys exhibit will be in St. John and the Forever Free Lincoln exhibit will be in Colfax. Lydia Smith reported on the Smithsonian exhibit at a recent Friends of WCL meeting. Jill Cocking will be the point person for the Forever Free exhibit in Colfax. These exhibits will be promoted at the Fair Booth along with Rural Heritage. She invited the board to work at the fair booth, noting the great opportunity to meet face-to-face with county residents and present a positive, friendly face for the library.

Kristie announced that the meeting room will be dedicated on October 23 at the fall fundraising event. The room will be dedicated in memory of Norma McGregor. The event will be similar to Soiree in the Stacks, but will have a local theme. Kristie asked all board members to plan to attend, either as a dinner guest or assisting with the event.

Kristie reported on recent accomplishments by library staffer Cindy Hall. A letter of commendation was signed for Cindy by the board.

Kristie recently attended a “Connect the Dots” Conference in Seattle. She was one of the featured speakers of the conference and spoke on behalf of libraries and the Early Learning Public Library Partnership, of which WCL was a founding member. Her talk was well received. Peggy noted that Kristie has a way of touching the hearts of people when talking about our library patrons.

Kristie presented an updated organizational chart and salary information for 2011. The information sheet displayed average comparisons to other libraries our size in Washington State. A brief discussion followed.

Kristie reported that Paul Slaughter has been hired as the new Albion Branch Manager. Sandra Woodrow was recently hired in Colfax will begin training in August. Welcome Paul and Sandra.

Kristie announced that all branches of WCL will be closed the first week in August for maintenance. Don & James will be performing computer maintenance during this week. Sheri will paint in Oakesdale and all towns were notified that this is a great time to cleaning or perform other needed maintenance on library branches.

There will be no meeting in August. The next meeting will be September 20, 2011 at 4 p.m. in the Colfax Library. With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:20

Peggy Bryan, Recording Secretary 

Rebecca Dickerson, Board Chair

For more information, contact:

Kristie Kirkpatrick at 509-397-4366

For a complete list of events and programs happening in all fourteen Whitman County Library branches, visit the Whitman County Library website or the library's events calendar or call the library at 397-4366 or 877-733-3375 toll-free.