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Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2024

  • Meeting was called to order by Jenn Lee at 6:15pm.  Open Meetings Act poster was pointed out on the west wall of the back room.


  • Roll Call:
    • Members Present: Sara Else (2027), Kylee Hickman (2024), Amanda Schaal (2028), Cara Simon (2027), Jenn Lee (2026)
    • Members Absent: None
    • Library Employees Present: Director-Laurie VanAckeren
    • Library Employees Absent: Lori Moseman, Roberta Kisling, Rachelle Gay


  • Guests or Public Items to discuss: None


  • Minutes, Bills, Financials, and Monthly Reports for June
    • June minutes reviewed.
    • June Bills/Financial transactions reviewed.
      • Lee moved to approve June Minutes, Bills, Financials, and Monthly reports, second by Hickman. Motion carried. Unanimous approval. June reports approved.


  • New Business/Director’s Report
    • June stats were reviewed. Nearly all stats and program attendance improved. Adult programs continue to do well and the UNL Extension Program saw a FANTASTIC turnout of 93 participants over 4 days.
    • Upcoming Summer events to note:
      • TWO Adult Book Clubs each month. Due to a change in Library Hours, the Mead Library Adult Book Club has been moved to Monday, July 15th at 6:30.
      • Adult Summer Reading Challenge continues June 1st-July 31st. Stop by to pick up a form and return at the end of the challenge for a chance to win a great prize! Many local organizations have provided donations for prizes. Special thanks to Scott and Dalene Selko, Todd Valley Farms, AWS Well Co., Bank of Mead, Subert Well, and Insulfoam.
      • Campfire Safety and Craft- Tuesday, July 9th at 12:00
      • Ice Cream Party! Friday, July 19th between 3-4pm



  • Board Member Reports
    • The Village Board approved wages for new hire at their June meeting. After conducting interviews, Laurie hired Rachelle Gay as a part time Library Aide. She started June 19th and completed Training/Orientation within 2 days!
    • Annual Evaluations and Merit Increase
      • The Board completed Director, Laurie Van Ackeren’s, Annual Evaluation and merit increase.
    • Member Else continues to brainstorm ideas for organizing the Library to create an open and welcoming concept. She will report back at our August Meeting with any new ideas.
    • The Library Board discussed the annual budget for the 2024-2025 fiscal year. Member Simon and Library Director will meet with the Village Accountant/Team on July 15th at the Village Office.


  • End of Meeting Roll Call:
    • Members Present- Sara Else (2027), Kylee Hickman (2024), Amanda Schaal (2028), Cara Simon (2027), Jenn Lee (2026)
    • Members absent- None
    • Library Employee Present: Director-Laurie VanAckeren


Lee adjourned the meeting at 7:32 pm.


Next Meeting: Tuesday, July 30th at 6pm- Mead Public Library


Respectfully Submitted by

Cara Simon