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 Whitman County Library

Board of Trustees Meeting

Colfax Branch

March 17, 2009
4:00 p.m.


Present: Rebecca Dickerson, Leslee Miller, Jon Kehne, John Aune, Teresa Myott, Kristie Kirkpatrick and Peggy Bryan. 

Teresa Myott, board chair, called the meeting to order at 4:05 p.m. 
Teresa asked for additions or modifications to the agenda. Kristie asked that when Al Kirkpatrick arrives, the Supporter of the Month award be presented to him.
The minutes of the February meeting were reviewed. John Aune made a motion to accept minutes, Becky Dickerson seconded and the motion passed.

Peggy reviewed the Financial Reports; Budget, Account Balances Reports and March vouchers #9748-9810 totaling $41,822.84. Board members signed to authorize payment. 

Kristie reviewed circulation reports for February. She reported that overall circulation remained similar to last year, with increases in Tekoa, Colfax and Albion. She noted that website usage had a 65% increase. Kristie reported that the Bridges usage in the database usage seems too low; staff is investigating. It was also noted that 1790 holdings had been deleted in preparation for the remodel.

Kristie reported on the headquarters building update, handing out copies of the updated floor plans. Architect Larry Kom sent an update on the progress with the plans. His report said samples throughout the building revealed there was asbestos in the meeting room ceiling, basement tile, paint on meeting room walls and ceiling tiles in basement staff room and computer room. After inspecting the roof, he reported it is in pretty good shape, but will need some repairs to resolve drainage problems. Larry is responding to questions on the PAR in the USDA application, which he feels should be easy to answer. Kristie discussed the tree that will be in Hayden's Corner; a brief discussion followed. There are also plans for a lighted window, possibly stain-glassed, in the children's area.

Peggy reported that the Friends recently purchased a new database to track dues, donations and memorials to the library. As soon as all of the information is entered into the new database, she indicated that a new Friends of WCL list will be generated.

Kristie gave an update on branches. She attended the Endicott Town Council Meeting to discuss possible annexation to the library district in 2009 or 2010, whichever the town decides. The need for a new fire station, community center and library was discussed. After a talking with an architect who works on similar projects, possible funding sources could include stimulus funding or USDA Grant. Kristie reviewed the branch fact sheet for 2008 and the property tax revenues sources throughout the county. Other branch reports included total circulation by year, and branch program attendance by year. 

The library has been busy with programs and events. Hank Cramer was a huge success, visiting several branches throughout the county. Wylie will be performing at Spokane Public Library for their auction in April. If anyone is interested in attending, please let Kristie know. Kristie gave a brief tour of the front page of WCL's website on the new patron computers that James secured as part of the Gates grant. 

Al Kirkpatrick joined the meeting. The board presented him with the Library Supporter of the Month for March. Al Kirkpatrick, a long-time library supporter, was one of the first members of the Friends of WCL. He has generously made monetary donations, as well as his time over the years. 

The next meeting will be at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21st at the Colfax Library. John Aune and Leslee Miller will be out of town and unable to attend.

With no further business the meeting was adjourned at 5:00.

Peggy Bryan, Recording Secretary

Kristie Kirkpatrick, Library Director

Teresa Myott, Board Chair

If you have any questions, please contact:

Kristie Kirkpatrick
Whitman County Library
102 S Main Street
Colfax, Washington 99111

509 397-4366 or toll-free 1-877-733-3375