Whitman County Library
Board of Trustees Meeting
Colfax Branch
March 15, 2011


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

Becky Dickerson, board chair, called the meeting to order at 4:02 p.m. She asked if there were any additions or modifications to the agenda. The minutes of the previous meetings were reviewed. John Aune made a motion to accept the minutes and Jon Kehne seconded. The motion carried.

Peggy presented the financial reports. She presented vouchers #11058-11116 totaling $25,536.44 from the general fund. Board members signed to accept payment of the vouchers. Peggy presented resolutions #03-11 and #04-11 to open bank accounts at US Bank designated for Accounts Payable Fund and a Payroll Fund for the library, as the Whitman County Auditor will no longer be handling accounts payable and payroll vouchers for Junior Taxing Districts. Each of these accounts will have an initial deposit of $2000. John Aune made a motion to accept resolutions #03-11 and #04-11, Jon Kehne seconded and the motion passed.

Kristie presented circulation statistics for February. She noted overall circulation increased by 1500. Albion, Colton, Malden, Oakesdale and Colfax’s circulation rose. In house computer use rose by 2418. Database usage increased 2000 and Ask Us 24/7 increased 77. Website usage was up by 10,000 and online catalog transactions increased by 1500. Volunteer hours increased by 40 hours. Databases that had increases were Ask Us 24/7, E-Library, Rural Heritage and Heritage Quest. She noted Malden’s increased usage and discussed the grand opening, noting the success of this project. Becky Dickerson attended the grand opening and complimented Shannon Roe, Malden Branch Manager on her enthusiasm.


Kristie reported on the funding of the library ADA and safety renovation, as reported to the Gazette. Donations totaled nearly $300,000 for the renovation and the Washington State Capital Project funds were over $113,000. She explained that Joe Smilie took credit for an unfortunate statement in his Gazette article related to the library’s USDA funding.

Kristie reported that representatives from Inland Northwest Community Foundation will tour the Endicott Library on April 14, as they consider whether to provide partial funding for the renovation project. The Endicott Friends are also trying to raise money with a raffle that includes an outdoor fireplace donated by McGregor Company and two $100 Rosauers' gift cards, one donated by Rosauers. Raffle proceeds will benefit this project.


Kristie reported that Friends of WCL President, Virginia Pittman recently had surgery and is home recuperating. Ginny will be undergoing further treatment in Spokane. Everyone is encouraged to send cards or call her.

Kristie reported that she attended the Chamber of Commerce Farm to City luncheon. Matt Klaveano, Danielle Klaveano, Randy Suess, Alex McGregor and Al Kirkpatrick attended the luncheon with Kristie.

Kristie thanked Bob Bates and Jon Kehne for hosting Sam Reed’s recent visit to Rotary.

LaCrosse Community Pride and Whitman County Library submitted a .09 application to include the library in the LaCrosse Market project. The building plans include a grocery store, library, coffee shop, chiropractor, etc.

Kristie reported that Endicott, Palouse, Garfield and Colfax all have staff positions open. The Lamont Mayor is back on track with their library project. He has been ill, but is reported to back at work and continuing to work on the project again.

Kristie shared the Library’s 2010 Annual Report with the Whitman County Commissioners during their last meeting. She reviewed that report with the library board, noting highlights and statistics for the year (attached.)

Kristie reviewed the Friends of WCL financial reports that Peggy prepares each month for the Friends monthly meeting. She noted that donations and dues to specific branches go into separate categories for those Branches. Kristie also discussed how these donations help provide services beyond what the library can do within their normal budget. These funds assist each branch with treats, programming, and projects to improve the branch. The Friends of WCL regularly go over and above these branch allotments when funding programs and projects.

Kristie reported on library programs: Living Voices at nine county schools; Randy Suess on Yemen, Eritrea and Egypt; and Career Know How.

The Palouse business development video was delayed until the next meeting.

With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:05. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 19 at 4 p.m. with the location to be decided. A board training session meeting has been scheduled on May 17 from 4-7:30 p.m. with a trainer from Washington State Library.

Peggy Bryan, Recording Secretary

Kristie Kirkpatrick, Director

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.