International Falls Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes – June 12, 2019

Present: Library Director Diane Adams, Paul Nevanen, Ted Saxton, Lindsi Barnhart, MaryJo Winkel, Dick Peterson, Darcy Sullivan

Peterson called the meeting to order: 4:30 p.m.

Review of May meeting minutes. Saxton made a motion to approve the minutes, Nevanen seconded, motion approved.

Financial Report: The current bills and financial report were reviewed. Saxton made a motion to pay the bills, Winkel seconded, motion carried. Nevanen signed to pay the bills.

Director’s Report:         May circulation was very disappointing. We are now 1% below year to date compared to 2018. We had 10 attend the Sutter Brothers concert and 6 for the wireworking workshop. Both were very good programs, would have liked to see a few more in attendance, but May is always a difficult month to get attendees.

Summer reading is underway. Please track your reading and encourage others to track their reading to earn free books.

Recording studio is moving slowly, still waiting for a piece for the bottom of the door and the sound insulation treatment for the inside walls of the studio. Equipment has been ordered but hasn’t arrived yet, hoping it will arrive prior to my departure for 2 weeks. So most likely we will plan some kind of ‘grand opening’ at some point in September. That will give us some time to test and learn the software and equipment. I am working on creating a Google form for people to use for scheduling time in the room.

Old Business: Anna Meyer Bequest – We have money available to purchase a large scanner to begin working on digitizing the newspaper collection. However, I think we should consider using the rest of the Anna Myer donation to purchase the scanner and use city money to pay for the staffing needed to scan all those newspapers.

Digitization Project – no progress (see above)

KTI – Koochiching Technology Initiative – received both grants, will deal with beginning in July

Donations – Gladys Brown – $50 in memory of Jerry Rutledge, Arlys Johnson – $10 in memory of Francis Einarson, Bruce Biggins – $100 – just because, move by Saxton to accept donations, second by Peterson, motion passed.

New Business: none

What are you reading? Dick is reading Soldier, Sailor, Frogman, Spy, Airman, Gangster, Kill or Die: how the allied won on D-Day by Giles Milton, Paul is finishing up Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, Ted has thoroughly enjoyed reading Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney with his son, Darcy is focusing on folk songs again and the amazing old book Lost Spirituals by Cohen, while MaryJo recommends The Secretary by Renee Knight, Lindsi is enjoying reading some of James Herriot’s stories with her kids and Diane is reading about the over 3,000 nights of reading by a father to his daughter in Reading Promise by Alice Ozma.

Friends of Library book sale: June 24, 1:30 – 3:30 pm

Next board meeting: Wednesday, July 10, 2019, 4:30 p.m.

Adjourned: 5:05 pm

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