Friends of Whitman County Library
Meeting Minutes
September 10, 2013
Colfax Branch


The September meeting was called to order by Vice President Sue Hallett at 11:00 AM.

We had no new members or guests today.

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

Treasurer’s report: Peggy Bryan reviewed our finances for us. The report was approved as read.

Old Business:

Concrete River Festival was a great success. Sheri passed around some pictures of the participants of the “water” parade, and the UNI exhibit, funded by the Foundation for Early Learning. There were also photos from the “Our Palouse” photography exhibit. A great time was had by all.

New Business:

1. No new correspondence to or from the Friends.

2. No bequests or memorials have been received in the last three months.

3. Library Supporters of the Month: a. June: Cougar Graphics for their assistance with the “journal” project. b. July: Peggy and Pete Bryan for all their work relating to the renovation of the LaCrosse library. c. August: Nan and Yosh Konishi of Pinewood Cottage, Rosalia

4. September is Library Card sign-up month. Sheri requested funds for two $25 gift certificates for new library card sign-ups. It was moved, seconded and passed.

5. CCS Community Enrichment Summer/Fall classes. A number of art, cultural exploration, dance and exercise, personal electronic devices, music and archaeology classes are being offered this term. Everyone is encouraged to sign up and participate.

6. Summer Reading wrap up: Teen summer reading completion was down 20 participants this year. This decrease was a result of changes in the program relating to the departure of the teen librarian just before the summer program began. Total participation in summer reading programs: 2,105. This count includes only the six summer reading programs at each branch and Lamont, not including additional programs held in the summer for kids. The 190 programs for kids and teens this summer had 3,454 participants. Kids programs: 489 participants completed. Teens: 49 participants completed. Adults: 176 completed.

a. Winner of the $50 Rosauers gift certificate for adult Colfax readers was Tami Drader. Winner of the adult countywide readers was Charlotte Reeves. Rhys Kimball, of Tekoa, won a $25 gift certificate to Rosauers.

b. Teen winner of the Colfax prize was Jullene Sager, and teen countywide winner of the flip camera was Kameron Lehn, of Tekoa.

c. Clancy suggested that we might plan to have a drawing for staff members that participate as they are excluded from winning any of the prizes at present.

7. Staff changes: Janet Nastasi has resigned and interviewing is taking place to find her replacement. Nichole Kopp has been hired as the Teen Librarian.

8. Fair Booth: Sheri reported that the “spinning wheel” was very busy. It was a very fun time. She is looking for a piece of carpeting to use in the booth as the concrete flooring is very uncomfortable after several days of standing.

9. “Everybody Reads” book of choice this year is “Tree Soldier”. Luncheon with the author will be November 14 at the Methodist Church. Lunch is available for purchase, or you may bring your own. Kristie has applied for a grant from Inland Broadcasting to publicize this event.

10. Branch updates: Nicole Jordon has filled the vacancy at the Uniontown branch. Karen Wallace is filling the librarian positions at Rosalia and Malden. Malden will eventually have its own librarian.

11. Youth Services: Sheri reminded us Storytime starts on Thursday. After school/Third Thursday starts next week. Play group on Fridays will start in October. Clancy brought to our attention that the library will coordinate with the schools on Early Release Days so that there are programs scheduled.

12. Teen Services: Nichole Kopp reported she has several programs planned: Zombies will rule on October 24, 3:30 to 5P; November 19 will have a movie release, “Catching Fire” with 4 movie passes (Hunger Games); November/December will bring three weeks of crafting at lunch with gift ideas. She requested $100 for supplies for crafts. It was moved, seconded and passed.

13. Calendar of Events: Peggy pointed out highlights from the upcoming calendar. Fitness Boot Camp, Meet the Artist with Susan Russell on September 12, gentle yoga, dance classes for adults and children, tumbling on Saturdays, and lots of other fun stuff going on. Check the website for the calendar.

14. Other: Peggy reported on the LaCrosse library opening. Everything was in place before the Farmer Festival in June, and circulation is increasing because of the fresh, new facility.

Next meeting will be Tuesday, October 1, at 11 AM.

Meeting was adjourned at 11:45 AM.

Respectfully submitted, Claudia Rollins


Sue Hallet Claudia Rollins Cheryl Jones Nichole Kopp Polly Anderson Clancy Pool Sheri Miller Peggy Bryan Teri Kneale

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.