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   Whitman County Library

Board of Trustees Meeting

Colfax Branch
November 20, 2007
4:00 p.m.

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

Jon Kehne, board chair, called the meeting to order at 4:02. The minutes of the previous meeting were reviewed. Becky Dickerson made to accept the minutes, Leslee Miller seconded and the motion carried.

Peggy reviewed the Financial Reports; Budget Report through October 31, 2007, November Vouchers and Account Balances Reports. She reviewed November vouchers #8876-8931 totaling $27,927.08. Board members signed to authorize payment.

Becky inquired what cost of the newsletter was per household and Leslee shared a company she has used for similar projects. Library staff will meet with Sabrina Jones and investigate cheaper production and mailing options.

Kristie thanked Becky Dickerson for assisting with the press release portion of the regional Branch Workshops in October. Kristie reviewed circulation reports for October, noting that overall circulation was up 905 from the previous year. Branches that had increases were Albion, Endicott, LaCrosse, Oakesdale & Tekoa. There was no report on the database uses for this month, as there are problems with the Bridges reports. Ask Us 24/7 usage was busy with 132 users for the month.


Kristie reported on phone calls and contacts made regarding the elevator and Hamilton projects. She will continue to work on the project and keep the board informed.


Peggy presented the Friends of WCL membership list, with fifteen new members.

Kristie announced that Elizabeth Gordon was honored as the supporter of the month for November. John Aune traveled LaCrosse with Kristie, Peggy, Jack & Virginia Pittman to present the award to her family, Jon and Arlene Gordon in her memory

Kristie announced that Kathy Schluneger named the library in her will. The impact to the library is not yet clear. Kristie will pass on details as they become available.

The library supporter of the month for December will be First Step Internet for providing free Internet in Colfax since 1995. A presentation will be made to them during the Winter Luncheon on December 12.

Kristie reported on her "Little Library That Could" presentations to Ohio Libraries.

Kristie announced that Angela Smeltz was recently hired as Colton/Uniontown's new branch manager. Welcome Angela!

Kristie announced that the Rosalia Branch building needs to have the soffets removed and/or replaced. Money designated for Rosalia in the Friends of the Library will assist with this project.

Kristie discussed the recent Supreme Court Ruling that I-747 is unconstitutional. The Governor and state government are taking measures to reinstate the 1% as it was voter mandated.

Kristie reported that author Gregg Olsen visit to the Colfax & Palouse schools in November went well. Upcoming events in December are: December 1st, 2 pm, Sydney Stevens and her new book Dear Medora December 5th, 1:30 pm, Tree of lights and Remembrance December 6th, 10-8, Santa Clause at the Library

The Winter Staff Luncheon will be December 12th at 1:00, with a board meeting to follow at approximately 2:15.

The meeting adjourned at 4:58.

_______________________________________________________ Peggy Bryan, Recording Secretary

_______________________________________________________ Kristie Kirkpatrick, Library Director

_______________________________________________________ Jon Kehne, 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