International Falls Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes – February 10, 2021

Present: at library Diane Adams, Library Director, Paul Nevanen, Mona Johnson tried to connect via BlueJean but Adams didn’t start meeting there as didn’t think anyone would be there

Nevanen signed bills. Will approve at March meeting.

Director’s Report – January circulation was lower than a year ago, but the world hadn’t changed yet. Since re-opening we’ve had fewer issues with people not wearing masks. I had conversations with a couple of people, about the need to follow the state mandate to be able to stay open and haven’t had to do it again with them. Storytime began again on January 21 and had three families each of the first two weeks with another 3 families picking up book bags.

No policy revisions this month. I spent a lot of time on the desk, getting organized for the year and began working on organizing statistics for the annual report which will take quite a bit more time this year as definitions of programs have changed and we did everything differently, so have to figure out how to record what we did.

We have also begun having conversations about summer and figuring out how to plan flexibly. We definitely hope we can do some in-person programming, although we won’t be having any outside performers coming up here to perform. Our focus continues to be on building community and encouraging people to participate and not just consume.

All details of meeting delayed until March.


What are you reading? – Paul is reading The Searcher by Tana French due his wife and daughter’s recommendation. Darcy continues to read The Manitous: the spiritual world of the Ojibway by Basil Johnston and has added Living Our Language by Anton Treuer, Dick read Island of the Lost by Joan Druett on the beach in Mexico, Mona shared she was reading Mosby, the Kennedy Center Cat by Beppie Noyes and Diane is reading Palaces for the People by Eric Klinenberg, a book about social infrastructure and The Women’s War by Jenna Glass, a fantasy.

The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 4:30 pm.

Meeting ended at 4:45 pm.

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