Gail Borden Public Library Board of Trustees Met March 14, 2017
Gail Borden Public Library Board of Trustees met Tuesday, March 14.
Meets generally the second Tuesday of the month at 7p.m. at 270 N. Grove Ave, Elgin, IL
GAIL BORDEN PUBLIC LIBRARY
Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes
270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin, IL
March 14, 2017 7:00 p.m.
President Bednar was physically present as well as Secretary Harkin and Trustees Gross, Moylan, Kruger and Wegman. Executive Director Medal, various members of the press, public and staff were present.
President Bednar called the meeting to order at 7:01 p.m.
President Bednar welcomed Trustee Candidates, Tiffany Henderson and Amanda Garcia.
Randy Hopp commented on the Board vacancy and 3D printing.
Kruger motioned to approve the February 14, 2017 Regular Board Meeting minutes as presented; seconded by Gross. There was no discussion. Roll call resulted in 6 ayes (Bednar, Gross, Harkin, Kruger, Moylan, Wegman), 0 nays.
Treasurer Moylan motioned to approve the revised list of bills to be paid between March 14, 2017 and April 11, 2017, as well as those bills to be paid at the March 14, 2017 board meeting in the amount of $304,324.36, including those bills over $10,000 each; seconded by Harkin. There was no discussion. Roll call resulted in 6 ayes (Bednar, Gross, Harkin, Kruger, Moylan, Wegman), 0 nays.
There was no correspondence.
The Foundation added a Gail Sales Representative position to their Board. A “Support Your Library” button will appear on the library’s website to encourage monetary donations, volunteering and book donations. The Foundation is also considering a possible fundraising gala during the dinosaur exhibit.
Executive Director’s Report
The library received the Elgin Police Department’s Distinguished Community Service Award for an Organization. Danielle Henson and Tish Calhamer were honored individually for exemplary partnership with the EPD. Tina Viglucci received a $5,000 grant from ALA’s The American Dream Grant to fund a mobile website called Hello Elgin, Hello English, along with free admission to the 2017 ALA Conference in Chicago. “Books in the Pantry” and “Barbershops & Books” are two new partnerships staff have developed to encourage reading. Weeded and discarded book donations will be used for these partnerships. The Librarians vs. Fake News program has been viewed over 1,000 times. The library and the Elgin Rotary Club partnered for a “Random Act of Kindness Day”. Customers coming to pay off their fines were happily surprised to learn their fines were already paid. Gail’s Golden Ticket program similar to Willy Wonka’s Golden Ticket was held at all three buildings. Customers who found a golden ticket could choose either ½ off their fines or a free tote. Seventy percent of GBPL district residents hold library cards compared to Aurora’s fifty nine percent, Joliet’s fifty two percent and Rockford’s twenty five percent.
KidSpace’s Kim Anderson gave a presentation on the Lutzbotz mini 3D- printer. The purpose is to give kids early exposure to CAD programming and designing. The printer will be part of the STEM summer camp for third to fifth graders.
Gross motioned to approve Resolution 2017-3-A: Application for Kane County Grand Victoria Riverboat Funds; seconded by Harkin. Following discussion. Roll call resulted in 5 ayes (Bednar, Gross, Harkin, Kruger, Moylan), 0 nays, 1 abstention (Wegman).
Moylan motioned to approve an upgrade to Building Automation System from Mechanical Inc. Advanced Automations Solution Group for $28,727; seconded by Gross. Following discussion.
Roll call resulted in 6 ayes (Bednar, Gross, Harkin, Kruger, Moylan, Wegman), 0 nays.
Kruger motioned to approve the Security Report as presented; seconded by Moylan. There was no discussion. Roll call resulted in 6 ayes (Bednar, Gross, Harkin, Kruger, Moylan, Wegman), 0 nays.
Trustee Harkin will be presenting a paper at the National Conference of Teachers. There was request about the Thespians performance at staff training day being done for the board. The library closed Wednesday, March 8th due to a power outage. For safety reasons no one was allowed to enter the building, although customers already in the building could remain. The paramedics were called to help a customer in a wheelchair get down to the first floor. A staff member was stuck in the elevator for a very short amount of time. Adding the freight elevator to the generator is now being looked at. The decision to close the library at 3:30 p.m. was made when Executive Director Medal was informed the power would not come on until around 8:30 pm. The ALA conference is being held June 23rd thru June 26th in Chicago. Trustees wishing to attend should contact Joyce Schifferer. Trustees are also invited to join staff on the buses, Monday, June 26th, for a day trip to visit the ALA Exhibits.
Kruger motioned to adjourn; seconded by Moylan. A voice vote resulted in no nays.
Meeting adjourned at 7:34 p.m.
Approved April 11, 2017