Whitman County Library
Board of Trustees Meeting
Colfax Branch
June 8, 2010


Present: Jon Kehne, Teresa Myott, John Aune, Kristie Kirkpatrick, and Peggy Bryan.

John Aune, board chair, called the meeting to order at 4:07 p.m. on the second floor of the U.S. Bank building, adjacent to the library. The minutes of the previous meetings were reviewed. Teresa made a motion to accept the minutes and Jon seconded. The motion carried.

Peggy presented the financial reports. She presented vouchers #10561-10599 totaling $12,493.84 from the general fund. Leslee Miller and Becky Dickerson joined the meeting. Board members signed, affirming their approval the payments. She also reviewed the construction fund deposits and expenditures to date.

Kristie presented the circulation reports for May. She noted that circulation is down 3000 in Colfax, while there were increases in Garfield, Malden and Rosalia. Tekoa and Endicott’s circulation had decreases. She noted increases in database usage, website visits, volunteer hours and attendance at kids programs.


Kristie announced that the library will reopen on August 9 in the renovated building. This time will give library staff time to clean, organize and move back in the building. An open house/ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Wednesday, August 11th. The families of Hayden Klaveano, Elizabeth Gordon and Kathy Schuneger will receive a special invitation. Representative Joe Schmick will also be a special guest. She announced that the outdoor shrub, trees and flowers were planted this week. She thanked Danielle Klaveano for coordinating this effort, Jane Fluegel for assisting, Crossroads Nursery for donating a tree and the Friends of WCL for their financial support.

Kristie announced that a donor wants to contribute another $30,000 toward the purchase of the Hamilton Building, giving the funds to the library foundation to purchase the building. She foresees the building as a cultural center for the community. Kristie recommended the library make a firm $60,000 offer on the building. If the offer were accepted, it could be contingent on the findings of a commercial inspection should we request it. Then she would proceed to secure grant funding to renovate the building, possibly updating the building in small increments. A discussion followed on both the pros and cons. Leslee Miller made a motion to proceed with the purchase of the building, Teresa Myott seconded and the motion carried with a three to two vote.

Kristie discussed plans for the renovation of the Endicott library through a USDA Grant. She noted that the Town of Endicott owns the building, as do all cities in branch locations. An inspection revealed the building had lead paint and mold issues. The application would be submitted as a Safety and USDA Renovation Project. Larry Kom will inspect the building and report back to Kristie. The Town of Endicott will submit the application, with Kristie assisting in fund raising for the matching funds. She anticipates Endicott would qualify for funding at a higher level due to the income level in the town.


Kristie announced that Vicki Hatley of Vick’s Daycare is library supporter of the month for June. She has raised over $1000 over the years in the Penny Drive, which support children’s services. Her generous support is greatly appreciated.

Kristie discussed her summer schedule. She and James will attend The Broadband Summit in Seattle next week. She will be part of the WLA coalition attending National Library Legislative Day in Washington D.C. the latter part of June. The ALA Conference is also the same time as Legislative Day, which she plans to attend. She also has a three week vacation planned in July.

Kristie announced that the Malden Branch will increase hours to 4˝ hours a week beginning the week of June 15, with open hours on Tuesday and Thursday. An announcement of a grand opening will be scheduled soon.

Kristie announced that the library will be co-sponsoring Hank Kramer with the Chamber of Commerce at Schmuck Park on Tuesday, June 22. The festivities will begin at 6 p.m. with a barbeque and a performance of western music by Hank Kramer at 7 p.m.

Kristie announced that the Rural Heritage exhibit is on display in the Courthouse. The funding for this exhibit came from Whitman County Historic Preservation Grant. A ribbon cutting ceremony for the exhibit will be announced soon. Traveling exhibits will be also be available in the coming months for community celebrations.

Summer Reading will be held at Ells Park in Colfax at 1:00 p.m. A great line-up of programs is planned that includes Fire Truck Water Fun and Water Magic with Jeff Evans. Teens and adults who read three books can turn in a form for a free coffee or slice of pizza. All names will be entered into a drawing for a grand prize.

The next meeting will be July 20 at 4 p.m. in Colfax. With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:15. Kristie gave board members a tour of the library building following the meeting.

Peggy Bryan, Recording Secretary

Kristie Kirkpatrick, Director

John M. Aune, 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.