|Friends of the Library Meeting Minutes from May 20, 2010|
Present: Claire Kreher, Denise Stacer, Julie Herrin, Anne Mannisto, Joe Thomas, Paul Snyder, Ellison Franklin, Jim Morche, Sandy Walts, Martha Nork, Christa Williams, Erin McDermott, Boni Trush, Jennifer Gustafson, Roz Fink, Laura Lockhart
Absent: Marcy Hershoren
7:32 Meeting called to order
Jim added used book sale to agenda after programs. Approval of the agenda passed after amendment by Jim.
Minutes from previous month's meeting amended and approved.
President's Report - Paul Snyder
The GDL has 14 branches and 8 separate Friends Groups. I was asked by the FOML to present to them during a volunteer recognition breakfast on how they might be able to work together based in part on the success we've had with the Art House and the Historical Society.
Library Director - Julie Herrin & Anne Mannisto
The meeting room upgrade is 99% complete.
The 10th Anniversary of the Endowment will be in November. There will be a display in the alcove. There will be programs that the library is putting together along with a mailing to patrons. The performance on the endowment money has been a 20% increase in the past year.
The library has added a new investment database by the name of Valueline. It is heavy on stock analysis.
Four members of the Board of Trustees for the library are up for election in November. The filing deadline to run is in mid-July.
The Summer Reading Program will be kicking off on June 1 for Adults. The program will kick off on June 18 for the Youth and Teen Programs.
Upcoming Library Events:
As a result of the crisis, the library fines will be increasing from $0.10 to $0.20 on July 1. Fines have been the same for over 50 years. There will be a millage election in November. It will be a source to replace lost income. If there is no additional income, the library is looking at closing on Friday's during the school year which would impact staff salaries. The service level of the library will not be the same as it has been in the past. There will be an article in the June Library Newsletter detailing the issues. There will be a public meeting on July 21.
The library will be having an all day planning session with the Board and Library Staff on June 11. Friend's members are welcome.
Treasurer's Report - Denise Stacer
The Finance committee is looking to make a counter proposal to the Gift Tree. They are looking at giving $3,500. This would be towards the purchase of the tree.
Paul made a motion to give $3,500 to the library for the Giving Tree. Roz seconded the motion.
Christa noted that she is concerned that we will have to give up our wall space and the space size is potentially too small.
In response to Christa's concern - the artist has figured out how to space the tree appropriately.
The question was asked was there a projected end date for the tree?
The motion passed. All present board members approved the measure except Christa who opposed.
Denise then made a motion to approve the budget as presented.
Joe worked with Ellen to spruce up the Book Cellar. They are looking at a budget of $1,000. They want new carpet, paint, and maybe a counter. Ellen is working on a proposal.
Claire noted that a number of people have retired. They are considering books in honor of service for Steve Berner, Dave & Marilynn Randall, and Margaret Eminger. A group will be forming to determine the criteria for bookgiving.
Corresponding Secretary - Christa Williams
Used Books - Joe Thomas
Membership - Ellison Franklin
The decision was made to do another mailing.
Gift Store - Martha Nork
Amy Storm indicated that she wants to retire as the Finance person. They will be looking for a new person.
Summer Reading Program - Roz Fink
July 9 the Library will be hosting a Lock-In. The Library is looking for volunteers to help.
Programs - Jim Morche
Used Book Sale - Jim Morche
New Business -
The Board has decided to move forward with going for the millage. It will be during the November election. $76,000 has to come out of the salary budget. The last millage was in 1994. If the millage is voted no in November it means closings will begin in January.
Christa made a proposal to start the meetings at 7:00. The proposal was passed.
Meeting adjourned 9:38 pm.