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 Whitman County Library

Board of Trustees Meeting

Feeding Station, Tekoa

May 20, 2008
6:00 p.m.


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

Leslee Miller, board chair, called the meeting to order at 6:18 p.m. following a tour of Farmington and Tekoa branch libraries. Leslee asked for additions or modifications to the agenda. There were none. The minutes of the previous meeting were reviewed. Becky Dickerson made a motion to accept the minutes and Jon Kehne seconded. The motion passed.

Peggy reviewed the Financial Reports; Budget, Account Balances Reports and May vouchers #9210-9257 totaling $13,746.17. Board members signed to authorize payment. Kristie reviewed circulation reports for April. The circulation statistics showed an increase of 7% system-wide. The report showed that Albion, Colton, Endicott, Malden, Oakesdale, Palouse, Rosalia, St. John and Colfax had increases in their circulation. There were significant increases in online usage with database usage up by 1000, website visits up by 3000 and online catalog searches up by 62,000.

CONTINUED BUSINESS: Kristie reported on the progress with the Headquarters building upgrades. Kristie noted that fundraising is continued, with an application sent to Avista Corporation and local banks. Alex McGregor pledged to contribute 20% for all funds donated to the building renovation or Hayden's Corner. A list of donors to the renovation project was passed out.

Kristie reported that the St. John building project is nearing completion, with plans to move the library the first week of June. Volunteers will form a book chain to assist with the move. An open house will be scheduled sometime after the move. She noted Clancy's hard work in coordinating the furnishings and all library related details.

Kristie announced the public information meeting on the Colfax Renovation project was postponed. It will likely be rescheduled for June at the Colfax Library.

NEW BUSINESS: Peggy presented an updated list of the Friends of the Library, noting several new members.

Peggy reviewed the proposed Budget Revision. John Aune made a motion to accept Budget Revision, resolution #05-08. Jon Kehne seconded and the motion carried.

The library supporter of the month is Becky St. John from Tekoa. Becky was presented with the award during the tour of the Tekoa Branch Library. Kristie thanked Becky for her donations and support of the library.

Kristie reported on National Library Legislative Day. She shared pictures of her trip, noting her visits with state legislators, the Librarian of Congress and the Newseum. She distributed the report of her trip that she compiled for WLA.

Kristie reported that the Town of Garfield's desire to annex to the library district. They are in contact with Whitman County and hope to have it on the ballot in November. Becky Dickerson made a motion to approve annexation of Garfield the Whitman County Library District. John Aune seconded and the motion passed.

Kristie announced that the library was awarded a Laptop Lab Grant. This is an LSTA federal grant through Washington State Library. This lab will give staff the opportunity to offer training in library branches throughout the county. Kristie thanked Don and others for their work on this grant.

Kristie announced that all 14 branches received a Libri Grant. She thanked Clancy Pool, Kristin Williams and Sheri Miller for their efforts on this grant. This grant will add 980 children's books to our collection.

Kristie reported that the Heritage Digitization Grant will give us the necessary equipment to scan historical and fragile documents, thus preserving them. The equipment has been ordered. Also, the One Book Grant will provide one free book to every child who attends summer reading programs.

Kristie read a thank you from Marie Doak expressing her appreciation to the staff and board for the gift at the recent Annual Staff Development Day noting her 30 years of service to the library.

Kristie expressed her appreciation to all the WCL staff for the great work they've been doing, crediting their efforts in allowing her the time to focus on fundraising for the Colfax safety and ADA renovation project.

The board decided not to meet in June. The next board meeting will be on Tuesday, July 15 at the LaCrosse Branch. The board will leave Colfax at 4:00 p.m., stop for a tour of the Endicott Branch before traveling on to LaCrosse.

With no further business the meeting was adjourned at 6:55.

Peggy Bryan, Recording Secretary

Kristie Kirkpatrick, Library Director

Leslee Miller, 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