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Board of Trustees Meeting

Colfax Branch
September 18, 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 4:01. The minutes of the previous meeting were reviewed. John Aune made to accept the minutes, Becky Dickerson seconded and the motion carried. Peggy reviewed the Financial Reports; Budget Report through August 31, 2007, September Vouchers and Account Balances Reports. She reviewed September vouchers #8772-8816 totaling $15,330.84. Kristie reviewed circulation reports for July, noting that overall circulation was down 653 from last year. She noted volunteer hours are starting to rise. Summer reading had an increase of 121 from last year, with Malden's first every program having 8 finishers. Teen summer reading had 74 finishers submitting 248 reviews. Adult summer reading had 78 finishers.


Kristie shared cost projections from Integrus Architects to update the Headquarters building and solve accessibility problems. A discussion of various upgrade options and funding ideas followed including implications of bond elections and the cost to taxpayers. In the discussion, Kristie noted that the library district was formed in the 1945, the building was constructed from a voter-approved bond in 1955, and remodeled in 1985 by that same method. Kristie and Peggy will continue to explore the most prudent solutions to the accessibility problems and ways to fund any improvements.


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

Kristie announced that Elizabeth Gordon named WCL in her will. The library has received $47,872.59 to date, and our attorney advised us that we might receive quite a bit more. Kristie announced that Elizabeth, from the LaCrosse area, used the book mobile and library for many years. Kristie expressed her appreciation of this memorial and how much it means to the library. An article featuring Elizabeth will be featured in the fall newsletter.

Kristie discussed the Statewide Early Learning Advocacy contract. She stated that Library Directors statewide unanimously gave their support to this project and committed their libraries to pay a contract fee based on library budgets. WCL would pay approximately $650 for 2007 and 2008. Becky Dickerson made a motion to accept the contract, Leslee Miller seconded and the motion carried.

Peggy presented the 2007 library budget revision, noting line item changes. John Aune made a motion to accept the 2007 library budget resolution number #02-07, Becky Dickerson seconded and the motion carried.

Peggy presented the 2008 library budget. She reviewed various line items and noted changes. Becky Dickerson made a motion to accept the 2008 library budget resolution number #03-07, John Aune seconded and the motion carried.

The Board named Wanda Alderman of Colfax as library supporter of the month. She was praised for work on the scrapbook, book sales and much more. A certificate will be presented to her at the next Friends meeting.

Kristie announced that WCL staff will be participating in library conferences and professional activities. Peggy will be making two presentations at the WILL Conference and three presentations at the WALE Conference. James Morasch will be serving as the technical support person at the WALE conference. Clancy Pool will be handling the Poker Walk at the WALE conference. Jill Cocking received a grant to attend the WALE conference. Kristie will be attending the Rural Library Conference in Ohio and will also be presenting throughout the North East Ohio Regional Library District later in October. Kristie noted that grants and participating in conferences saves the library money and gains statewide attention.

Kristie announced WCL's fall newsletter should be mailed to all households on October 10.

Kristie announced Everybody Reads "The Deep Dark" by Gregg Olsen. She encouraged everybody to read this true story about the Sunshine Mine in Kellogg in the 1970's. Gregg Olsen will be making public appearances at Colfax High School and Gar-Pal High School. Kristie encouraged everyone to attend.

The next board meeting will be October 16th at the Palouse Library at 4:30 pm. Those wanting to carpool should be at the Colfax Library at 4 PM sharp.

Kristie announced that St. John city attorneys have approved contracts for the city hall/library building. Construction can begin 14 days after the contracts are signed.

The meeting adjourned at 6:00.

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