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Tuesday, July 12, 2011


Present: President Miserendino; Trustees Block, Casper, Champ, Dettling, Gibson, Hull, Napier, and Westropp; Youth Liaison, Jennifer Poth; Administrative Librarian Grabbe; and Administrative Assistant Grasmick.

Absent: None.

President Miserendino called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.

A welcome was extended to new trustees, Debbie Block, Lynn Casper and Robert Napier, and youth liaison, Jennifer Poth. Board members introduced themselves to the newcomers.

There were no changes or corrections to the minutes of the June 14 meeting.

Trustee Hull moved to accept the minutes of June 14, 2011. Trustee Gibson seconded. Motion carried.

Administrative Librarian's Report:

Maintenance: A new security camera has been installed on the back landing. This camera has a view of the driveway with the intention of getting license plate numbers of cars. We will use this information if/when materials are taken again from the book donations.

New teak display cases capped with copper have been installed on either side of the front door.

The library has experienced two power outages recently. The first was on June 22 nd. Our procedure is to move the public out after power has been off for an hour. After that time our emergency lights begin to fail. Staff will stay until 30 minutes prior to sunset if there is a chance that power will be restored. On June 22 nd the outage was widespread and the library closed at 5:00 p.m.

We had another outage on July 5 th. Staff stayed and power was restored shortly after 5:00 p.m.

The library was not affected by yesterday’s outage.
Repair to the wooden bookcases in the Children’s Library will require us to close their department for three days—August 1, 2, and 3.

Services: All books on audiocassette have now been withdrawn from our collection.

Miscellaneous: A copy of the library’s annual report was distributed. Trustees are asked to review it and ask questions/make comments at the next meeting. The report is a good accounting of all that happened in the library during the past year.

A patron from Skokie was banned after several unpleasant incidents. Open access to our internet workstations brings in nonresidents. It is possible to use software to register and time limit. We will investigate available options. President Miserendino praised Mrs. Grabbe and the library staff for handling this situation in a professional manner.

Committee Reports:

Services: A meeting needs to be set to review bylaws and standards as a requirement for the Per Capita Grant.

The committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. prior to the September 13 th board meeting.

Long Range Planning: No report.

Finance: No report.

RAILS: NSLS is no more. RAILS held their first board meeting. A new delivery vehicle has been ordered to replace one of the high mileage/poor condition vans. Mrs. Grabbe gave a brief history of NSLS and the move to RAILS.

Friends: Trustee Champ reported that the sale is fast approaching and lots of donations are coming in. The 2011 Newberry Library Book Fair is coming up at the end of the month and attendance is recommended. Also, the Book Fair blog at is really worth reading. It is both informative and humorous.

Old Business: Trustee Westropp has used the MediaBank several times and asked about having an opening ceremony for it. Mrs. Grabbe replied that the library has done lots of PR, but has not had a “ribbon-cutting”. It is certainly something we could do. We have had a few glitches, but once the problem is reported, our tech person in Italy usually resolves it in a very short time.

New Business: The appointment of committee members for FY 11/12 was discussed and a list of recommended appointments was distributed. Committee meetings may be attended by any trustee, not just committee members.

The next meeting will be Tuesday, August 9, 2011.

Opportunity for the public to address the Board: no one addressed the Board.

Trustee Napier moved that the meeting be adjourned; Trustee Gibson seconded. Motion carried.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:21 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Maria Westropp