International Falls Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes November 8, 2017


Present: Library Director Diane Adams, John Dalton, Ted Saxton, Darcy Sullivan, Mary Jo Winkel, Lindsi Barnhart, Paul Nevanen, Dick Peterson

Ted Saxton called the meeting to order: 4:30 p.m.

Review of June meeting minutes. Nevanen made a motion to approve the minutes, Peterson seconded, motion approved.

Financial Report

The current bills were reviewed. Nevanen made a motion to pay the bills, Sullivan seconded, motion carried. Peterson signed to pay the bills.

Director’s Report

October circulation was better than September, we are currently down 4% for the year compared to 2016. Program attendance has been fairly good thus far this fall. A bookcase with used books has been placed in the new airport terminal and a staff member will check weekly to keep it stocked and straightened. Our Small Business Saturday program from last year was featured in a national newsletter for programming librarians. I attended a workshop by the Minnesota Digital Library on scanning equipment they will loan to libraries.

Old Business:

Lorna Landvik will speak tonight, Wednesday, November 8th at 6:00 pm. Handiwork nights are on the first and third Mondays from 6 – 8 pm. Voyageur Jacques LaChristian will be portrayed by a re-enactor on Saturday, Deccember 9th at 10:15 am. Carpeting is scheduled to be replaced on the south half of the main floor beginning Friday, November 10 and continuing November 11 (they think they can finish in two days now). No word from the county on the budget. I will be gone from Monday, November 13 – Sunday, December 3. William Frank’s last day is tomorrow. I believe we have covered all staffing needs for the rest of the month utilizing part-time staff for extra hours and substitutes.

New Business:

The new ALS Service Agreement was presented and Nevanen moved to approve, seconded by Dalton. Saxton and Adams signed. The holiday closed dates for 2018 were approved by the board. William Frank has submitted his resignation, job opening will be posted Monday, November 13, appear in the paper Nov. 15 and 18, close on Sat. Dec. 2. The goal will be to conduct interviews Thurs. and Fri. Dec. 7 and 8.

Friends of the Library book sale, November 14, 4 – 6 pm, Saturday, December 2, 11 – 1 pm

Darcy is reading Beowulf, Kalevala and Dante’s Inferno, MaryJo is reading House of Curls by Lorna Landvik, Lindsi is enjoying the classic The Professor by Charlotte Bronte, Diane is reading European travel guides, John is reading Undercover by Danielle Steel, Dick is reading The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston, Paul is reading Sting Ray Afternoons: a memoir and Ted is focusing on picture books with his kids, particularly Llama Llama Red Pajama.


Next board meeting: December 13, 2017, 4:30 p.m.

Adjourned: 4:50 pm