November 2013 Minutes


November 6, 2013 - Regular Monthly Meeting

Meeting called to order by President, Joan Niewiadomski, at 6:00 p.m.  Trustees present, were Anne Billiard, B.R. Smith, and Sue Warner. Bonnie Weaver was absent.  Library Director, Anna LaRue, and Sherry Webster were also present.


  • Minutes of the October 2, meeting, were read and approved with one spelling correction

No guests and no public comment:.

Treasurer’s Report:

  • Anne presented the bills to be paid, the profit and loss statements, and the bank statements for initialing, for the months of September and October.
  • Sue made the motion to pay the monthly bills, supported by BR.  Motion carried.
  • Total liabilities and equity for the month of September: $161,039.88 for the month of October: $150,599.94
  • BR moved to accept the treasurer’s report, supported by Sue.  Motion approved.

Library Director’s Report:

  • The cash and usage report was discussed.  Slight increase in activity since September.
  • Mary has been helping Sally Smith’s high school English classes; BR is assisting as well.  Receiving positive feedback from the school.
  • There is a new MI-Card in circulation; basically replaces the original MichCard.
  • New program coming from UPROC (NCIP) that will merge MEL and SIRSI; making circulation chores easier.
  • Anna presented a request for an outside sign to publicize programs at the library; hopefully this will attract more patrons and program participants.
  • It was decided to close the library at 4:00 pm on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.
  • Anna will design an evaluation guide to be used to evaluate the library staff.
  • B.R. moved to accept the librarian’s report, supported by Sue.  Motion carried.

Unfinished Business:

  • After some discussion it was decided that book club will be suspended due to lack of interest.  Anna will put a notice on the website along with a short questionnaire.  If there is more interest shown in the future it will be reinstated.
  • FOAL:  nothing scheduled
  • Book Sale: scheduled for the first Saturday in March with set up on that Friday, February 28.   Sue will contact Dan to secure the building for those dates.
  • Christmas Party:  On Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 6:00 pm, at Anne’s.  Finger foods only!

New Business:

  •      Alanson Christmas Open House will be December 13, from 6-9 pm.  Decorating ideas were discussed
  •      Reviewed part of the Essential Qualities Measures; will review the remainder at the December meeting; review again in 2015.
  •      December meeting will be rescheduled to Thursday, December 5, due to lack of quorum
  •      The January, 2014, meeting will be rescheduled to the second Wednesday

Meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

Sue Warner, Secretary

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