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WWhitman County Library Board of Trustees Meeting
Colfax Branch
April 13, 2010

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

The board toured the Colfax library renovation prior to the meeting, viewing the progress with Larry Kom. 

John Aune, board chair, called the meeting to order at 4:45 P.M. on the second floor of the U.S. Bank building, adjacent to the library. 
Larry Kom reviewed his written report for the Board as related to the Colfax renovation. A copy of that report is attached. Larry left the meeting following his report
The minutes of the previous meeting were reviewed. Becky made a motion to accept the minutes and Jon seconded. The motion carried.

Peggy presented the financial reports. She reviewed the February and March budget reports and account balance report. She presented vouchers #10437-10494 totaling $40,093.20. Jon motioned that the vouchers be approved for payment and Becky seconded. The motion carried. Peggy presented a 2010 Budget Revision. After reviewing, Leslee Miller motioned to approve the budget revision. Jon seconded and the motion carried.

Kristie presented the circulation reports for March. She was impressed with the increase in Malden circulation. She has surpassed the circulation of other branch locations and is only open two hours a week. She also noted the increase in Rosalia circulation, up 45% in the first 3 months of 2010. Colfax Branch circulation is down 30%, which she anticipates will improve once the library returns to a remodeled building. 


Kristie informed the Board that Noanet, the organization sponsoring WCL's Broadband stimulus grant with the Port of Whitman would like to feature the Rosalia library and community for it's Eastern Washington PR effort. They are hoping to secure a story in the Spokesman Review. 

Kristie reported that the Rural Heritage project is going like gang-busters. Patti is participating in speaking engagements around the county. Exhibits of this project will soon be ready. One will be in the courthouse and another in the Colfax Library. A high quality exhibit will be available for groups and communities to reserve, and the library is putting together a bulletin board display to be used in branch libraries, the St. John Fair, etc. Brochures are also being produced to accompany the exhibits. Patti will also be submitting another Rural Heritage grant by the end of this month. Wanda Alderman has also done an amazing job with this project.

Kristie reported on the WORC grant. Erica and Andree continue to assist individuals throughout the county with job seeking skills. Individualized cards have been placed throughout the county for interested individuals. This will help our staff to identify and respond quickly to interested individuals.

Kristie discussed the governor's proposed budget and affects on Washington State Library and WCL. She did not have the current update, but reiterated that the biggest reduction to Whitman County Library would be to services. These federal grants generally support services we couldn't normally afford such as WORC, Rural Heritage, Ask Us 24/7, databases, downloadable audio, summer reading kickoffs, etc. 

Kristie gave an update on the Hamilton Building/Art Education Center. She noted the pros and cons of purchasing the building, which are attached. After a discussion, the board expressed concern in taking on another project both financially and because of the time commitment. They asked Kristie to continue to search for funding opportunities that would help facilitate this project but do not involve the library accounts. 

Kristie reported that a Lamont library/restroom building was funded with .09 money. Lamont will seek contract service from WCL once a building is complete. As per discussions, WCL will provide two hours a week and a book drop, which is similar to the service in Malden. 


Kristie announced the Library Supporter of the Month for April will be Two Old Gals. They have hosted Friends meetings and are supporters of summer reading and other promotions.

Kristie announced that Virginia Pittman received the Library Friend of the Year award from WLA. The award will be presented in Victoria, B.C. at the WLA/PNLA Conference in August. Patti Cammack will accept the award on her behalf, as she will be a presenter at the conference.

Kristie reported that the Library Link newsletter was mailed to all households in our library district. Board members liked the newsletter and have received good responses from the community.

Kristie announced she will attend the Rosalia City Council meeting tonight. She will be report on library service there, including that circulation is up 45% from last year and that the public computers are well used. Rosalia has requested the Rural Heritage exhibit during Battle Days.

The next meeting will be May 11 at 4 p.m. in Colfax. With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 6:40.

Peggy Bryan, Recording Secretary

Kristie Kirkpatrick, Director

John M. Aune, 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