International Falls Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes – May 13, 2020

Present: at library Diane Adams, Library Director, Paul Nevanen, and Ted Saxton, present via Zoom: Ashley Kostiuk, MaryJo Winkel, Dick Peterson and Mona Johnson

Call to Order: Saxton called the meeting to order at 4:30 pm

Motion was made by Nevanen, seconded by Peterson to approve the April minutes, approved unanimously via roll call vote.

Financial Report and Bills: Motion by Kostiul, seconded by Nevanen to pay the bills. Approved unanimously via roll call vote with Saxton abstaining. Nevanen signed the bills.

Director’s Report – Life continues to be weird. We checked out 926 items to 293 patrons last month via our pickup service. 921 items (compared to 761 in February and 843 in March) were borrowed via Overdrive and 497 (compared to 188 in February and 283 in March). We estimate we have approximately ten watching storytime live with most weeks ending up with about 100 views (no way to tell how many watch the entire storytime). Four patrons accessed LinkedIn Learning and 5 accessed Mango Languages and there were 14 visits to Consumer Reports so digital learning is happening and people are utillizing our digital resources.

Here is our summer reading plan in a nutshell. DIGITAL!

All tracking via ReadSquared – All ages – free book every ten hours read

All ages – entry in monthly drawing for community gift cards for book reviews

All ages – complete Community Adventure for community gift cards

Upcoming programs – Libratory – Wednesday afternoon – take home pack, links to activities, garden plot – schedule time to work in garden with Beth, outdoor obstacle course around garden

Storytime – Thursday morning – live Facebook feed, craft take home packs, link to beanbag song

Family Fun – Friday morning – links, take home packs

Crafts in the Park – table on sidewalk with sign on table – ask at pick up table for supplies

June – Metal Stamping

July – Artist Trading Card

August – Rock Painting

July 8 and August 4 outdoor art programs with Twin Cities artists, utilize entire green space

Grants – no new news

New Business:

Motion by Nevanen, with second by Kostiuk to approve the library Preparedness Plan. Unanimous acceptance via roll call vote. Diane will attend the city council meeting via Zoom on Monday, May 18 to get approval to re-open the library per the preparedness plan.

Next Friends of the Library sale – looking at putting carts in parking lot and advertize a ‘pop-up’ sale on Facebook on nice days. Talking with Stacy Sather, book sale volunteer about what she would like to do and comfortable doing.

What are you reading? – Ted has been reading lots of comics with his son, especially enjoying Pinky and the Brain. MaryJo finished View From Mount Joy by Lorna Landvik, Diane enjoyed A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn, Paul read Booknotes: stories from American History compiled by Brian Lamb, Ashley read Third Wife by Lisa Jewell, Mona shared Everybody Needs to Forgive Somebody by Allen Hunt and Dick just returned Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice.

The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 10th at 4:30 pm.

Meeting adjourned at 5:00 pm.

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