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Meeting Minutes


October 15, 2014

Present:                        Nancy Black, Sara Nicola, Jenny Carritt, Mary Laughlin and Kristi Kavan

Absent:                         Denise Patocka

Next meeting:                October 15, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.


A Regular Meeting of the Mead Public Library Board was held on October 15, 2014, at 6:30 p.m.  Jenny Carritt called the meeting to order.  Nancy Black read the minutes of the September 17, meeting.  Motion by Carritt, second by Nicola, to approve the minutes.


Old Business:


  • The board needs 20 continuing education units before August 2017 and 30 is needed by the director prior to June 2017.
  • Friends of Library meeting will be held Thursday, October 16. Can someone be there to introduce the operating agreement? Jenny Carritt will discuss with Denise Patocka.
  • The new computers have arrived, however some work needs to be done to the computers first to set up for library use. There is an IT person at Keene Memorial Library, Kelly Olson, that has given us a written proposal to set up all three new computers. Kavan motioned to approve the written proposal of $300 for the computer set up by Kelly Olson, second by Nicola.
  • Nancy will propose putting an ad in the newspaper to the Friends for a membership drive.
  • There was a low attendance for the beauty and blindfolded books fall program held on October 4.
  • Food for Fines is going very well.  Well over 20 items returned. The grant from the Read Outloud foundation have been picked up and will be delivered with the food from the Foods for Fines. Nancy would like to invite the Wahoo Newspaper along with someone from the backpack program to pick up the items and feature an article in the paper.


New Business:                                                


Since is Nancy is not available on Halloween, the board will award the library prize of a Halloween book to the person with the “best storybook costume”.


Nancy attended the Nebraska Library Association conference recently and shared some information on the conference. She earned 9 continuing education units also.


Old fashioned Christmas ideas.  An idea was proposed to change the name to “Christmas at the Library”. Nancy proposed to have a design a bookmark contest. What if we had a real tree outside, had the kids decorate pine cones and have a tree lighting? Mary will talk to her husband about possibly getting a tree. We will try to hold it on December 7 from 6:30 to 8:00.


Nancy would like to attend free training/conference for One Book One Nebraska on November 8. Nicola motioned to approve, second by Laughlin.


The library has saved patrons $37,388.09 from October 1, 2013, to October 31, 2014, by operating the library.


The library had 239 persons visit the library in September. There were 252 checkouts in September and 33 checkouts from Overdrive. Computer use has been steady. Two book club kits were checked out in September.


The expense reports, petty cash and profit and loss reports for September were reviewed.  Motion by Carritt, second by Kavan, to approve the September financial reports.


Motion by Kavan, second by Nicola, to adjourn the meeting.


Kristi Kavan, Secretary