Whitman County Library
Board of Trustees Meeting
Colfax Branch
June 12, 2012


Present: Teresa Myott, Jon Kehne, Chuck Petras, Becky Dickerson, Kristie Kirkpatrick, Clancy Pool and Peggy Bryan.

Jon Kehne, board chair, called the meeting to order at 4:01 p.m. Jon asked for additions or modifications; there were none.

The minutes of the previous meeting were reviewed. Becky Dickerson made a motion to accept the minutes, Teresa Myott seconded and the motion carried.

Peggy presented the financial reports through May 31, 2012. She presented payment voucher resolution #06-12 totaling $114,688.55. Chuck Petras motioned to approve the resolution; Teresa Myott seconded and the motion carried.

Clancy presented the circulation reports for May. Overall traditional circulation was down by 977. Digital usage was at 451, which was an increase. The Database usage also increased, with usage at 6972. Clancy reviewed the databases, giving an explanation of each one. She also reviewed statistics on Interlibrary Loans; including which libraries we borrow from and which ones we lend to. She continued to explain Facebook.com usage for branches.

CONTINUED BUSINESS: Kristie discussed the basement stairs at Colfax. Although the McGregor Company will make the handrail, a contractor will need to install it. Kristie has contacted one and hopes they will soon be here to inspect the stairs and get the project underway.

Kristie stated that Endicott’s renovation plans are with USDA on the State Architect’s desk awaiting review. Once this step is complete the project can go out to bid. The Town of Endicott is getting very anxious to get this project underway. The branch is temporarily being housed in the town hall.

Kristie reported Lamont called the previous week announcing they plan to put their Annexation to the WCL District on the ballot in November. Lamont is completing their paperwork at their town meeting tonight and will get it to the library. Becky Dickerson made a motion to accept Lamont’s ordinance to annex to the Library District. Chuck Petras seconded and the motion passed.

Peggy reported that the LaCrosse Market open house and Farmers Festival is Saturday, June 16. The dedication of the building will be at 2:00 p.m. and Kristie extended an invitation to board members. Peggy along with Kate Lyle, Lacrosse Branch Manager will host a table in the market for the library featuring the Rural Heritage traveling exhibit. Chuck said he would attend.


Kristie announced that the supporter of the month for May was the LaCrosse Community Pride. June supporter of the month will be The Feeding Station in Tekoa. They have donated ice cream cones to summer reading finishers in Tekoa for several years!

Clancy presented an overview of the results of the WSU Marketing Research survey, funded through an LSTA Grant through Washington State Library. The library received very positive grades in the survey. The results will give us clear direction for future programming and services. She reported there were over 600 respondents in the survey, with nearly 400 in the target age group of 50+. The extensive survey results continue to be reviewed. She also reported that the library is applying for a follow up grant that will focus on programs for midlife adults.

Kristie reported that officials from the WSU finding Linkages Symposium plan to make site visits to prospective projects that were featured at the February 9, 2012 event. The Hamilton Building, LaCrosse Masonic Hall and St. John Museum were three of the seven projects that were featured and have been scheduled for visits in July. The final selections will be announced once the visits are complete.

Kristie announced that she is seeking funding from the .09 Committee to begin renovating the Hamilton Building into a Community Enrichment Center and Business Incubator. Other grants projects involving WCL include: an IMLS Teen Tech Lab Grant (Chelsea Leachman), eReader Grant (Kristie) with 6 other libraries, Humanities Washington Grant “Music Across the Palouse” (Clancy Pool) and Rural Heritage Grant (Patti Cammack and library educators.)

Kristie encouraged every board member to participate in summer reading by reading just 3 books! Talk to friends, neighbors and associates about the library and the great programs that are offered. Becky Dickerson left the meeting at 4:55.

Chuck mentioned that a Fab Lab is coming to Moscow. Biketronics, owned by Mike Meehan, will move into a bigger facility and using its extra space for a Fab Lab — a place where entrepreneurs are encouraged to create their own products, businesses and hire people. The Lab will occupy approximately 60% of the building.

The next meeting will be July 17. With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:00.

 Peggy Bryan, Recording Secretary

Jon Kehne, 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.