Friends of Whitman County Library
Meeting Minutes
April 02, 2013
Colfax Branch


The April meeting was called to order by President Wanda Alderman at 11:00 AM.  (The March FOL meeting was cancelled.)

No new guests joined us today.

Previous month’s minutes: were read by Claudia Rollins and approved as read.

Treasurer’s report: Peggy brought us up to date on our finances. She also explained that the WCL Foundation funds are under the umbrella of the FOL. Barn calendars for 2013 are sold out. Journals are selling well. On-line book sales have increased. The report was approved as read.

Old Business:

1. Journals: Kristie reported that the sale of journals is moving along. A suggestion was made to recognize Cougar Graphics and Main Street Books at some later date as Library Supporter of the Month.

2. Endicott branch update: The current estimate for completion of work is April 17, and Kristie is planning for a mid-May grand re-opening, which will occur before summer reading starts. The budget from the architect will include the additional $11,500 in funds plus $1,500. Kristie requested Peggy be authorized to make out a check for $13,000 to the Town of Endicott to cover those expenses. It was moved, seconded and passed.

3. Lacrosse branch update: Sadly, no new carpet at this time. Possibly by the end of May. Another grant application of $28,000 was written for .09 funds (county) to finish the common areas of the library/market. Everything is anticipated to be complete and ready by the Farm Festival in mid-June.

New Business:

1. Correspondence to the Friends: Thank yous were received from Cacy Hall (Colfax), winner of a $200 scholarship, and Cassie Thompson (Garfield-Palouse) for a $25 scholarship for participation in the Teen Advisory Board.

2. Memorials and bequests were received for Norma Zorb, Sook-Yi Nelson, Randy Leinweber, Ivan and Lola Glass, Esther Helt, Mark Oldenburg and Shirley St. John.

3. Library Supporter of the Month for April will be the Neill Public Library in Pullman for their support over the years with donated books and partnerships with WCL over the years. May Supporter will be a branch, and June will be Cougar Graphics for their assistance with the journal project.

4. Rural Heritage: Janet Nastasi made a presentation on the Rural Heritage project. WCL now has 3,000 items online and vies with Ellensburg for the most hits (use) per month in the state. Acquisitions are mostly by word of mouth and if items are not brought into the library, Wanda goes on-site for a visit. She is presently researching the Centennial farms. Janet tells us that what started out as a fun little project could now keep three people busy full time.

5. Branch update: Patricia Arnold has been hired to be the Malden librarian.

6. Transforming Life after 50 program: classes will be offered in bridge, vegetable gardening, container gardening, social media, Internet safety, starting a business classes and more.

7. CCS Community Enrichment Classes: 3/14 was a community reception with about 10-15 people in attendance. Enrollment has been good, and more classes will be available during the summer.

8. Youth Services: Summer Reading starts in June. Story time runs until June 2, and play time will run until the end of June. Sheri was nominated for the Children’s and Youth Services Visionary award through Washington Library Association.

9. Concrete River Festival: Concrete River Festival will be July 26 – 28. The library will be hosting an art exhibit and Kristie will be asking for volunteers to staff the art exhibit as it will be in the McGregor room and security is a concern.

10. Calendar of Events: Meet the Artist for April is Brianna Reynolds. She will be talking about her painting and the influences upon her art work.

11. Other: Kristie pointed out that the library now has its own blog and encouraged us to subscribe.

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, May 7. Meeting was adjourned at 11:50 am..

 Respectfully submitted, Claudia Rollins


Mary Ann Mitchell Sue Hallett Peggy Bryan Teri Kneale Sheri Miller Wanda Alderman Polly Anderson Kristie Kirkpatrick Claudia Rollins, Janet Nastasi

For more information, contact:

Kristie Kirkpatrick at 509-397-4366

For a complete list of events and programs happening in all fourteen Whitman County Library branches, visit the Whitman County Library website or the library's events calendar or call the library at 397-4366 or 877-733-3375 toll-free.