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Whitman County Library Board of Trustees Meeting Colfax Library September 24, 2013

Present: Rebecca Dickerson, Bob Bates, Teresa Myott, Steve Balzarini, Chuck Petras, Kristie Kirkpatrick and Peggy Bryan.

Board chair Rebecca Dickerson called the meeting to order at 4:03. She asked for additions or modifications. Kristie personally thanked board members for their contributions to the library by attending board functions, assisting with Supporter of the Month presentations and their participation in summer reading. Board members received coffee cards as a small thank you from the library.

Becky reviewed the many successes of the WCL board over the years. She urged the board to continue open discussions at meetings for the continued success at the library.

The minutes of the previous meeting were reviewed. Chuck Petras motioned to approve the July minutes, Steve Balzarini seconded and the motion passed.

Peggy presented the financial reports for July and August 2013. She presented payment voucher resolution #17-13 totaling $106,790.41. Bob Bates made a motion to approve the resolution; Teresa Myott seconded and the motion passed.

Kristie reviewed the July and August statistics. She noted that the trend continues, with decreases in traditional circulation and increases in online usage. Adult programming over the past few months has seen large increases, thanks in large part to the Transforming Life after 50 Grant.


Kristie announced that the CEC Building has been very busy with classes: Yoga, Zumba, Art Classes, etc. The ever increasing programs at the library and need to use the CEC Building will be helpful as Kristie continues to write grants, as it demonstrates an overwhelming need.

Kristie presented a summer reading wrap up, sharing photo collages made by each branch manager. She noted that Clancy assisted managers in making the collages as a way to help train them on the new Publisher software. System wide 176 adults participated in summer reading, an increase of 20 from 2012. Although there were 300 fewer participants in children’s summer reading, 25 more finished the 10 books or 10 hour reading challenge. Rosalia and Endicott saw increased participation and this was the first year ever that Lamont had a summer reading program.

NEW BUSINESS: Peggy presented policy #15-13 to update the staff classifications in the policy manual. Full time employees are required to work a minimum of 125 hours a month and the maximum hours a part time employee can work is 124 per month. Chuck Petras made a motion to accept the resolution, Steve Balzarini seconded and the motion passed.

Peggy presented and reviewed the 2013 Revision #1 Budget. Steve Balzarini made a motion to accept Resolution #18-13, Chuck Petras seconded and the motion passed. Peggy presented and reviewed the 2014 Budget. Bob Bates made a motion to accept Resolution #19-13, Steve Balzarini seconded and the motion passed. The board had questions on property tax revenue and the new construction for 2014. Kristie suggested Joe Reynolds, Whitman County Assessor would be a great resource. She will invite him to the next board meeting.

Rebecca Dickerson left the meeting at 5:00 and Bob Bates, Vice Chair, continued the meeting.

Kristie announced that Nichole Kopp job has expanded to include Teen Services and adult programming. She already has several programs scheduled and it looks to be a great year ahead. Janet Nastasi retired from her job in Mending and Processing with Debi Hergert of Colfax hired to replace her. Janet will, however, continue to assist with Rural Heritage.

Kristie announced that the library will assist customers with accessing their benefits through the WA Health Benefit Exchange website. WCL has added links to our website, is scheduling a Navigator who’ll visit branches assisting patrons and is seeking a source for handouts and public programming. Kristie also noted that we will partner with Whitman Medical in this effort.

Kristie said the Library is participating in the Microsoft IT Academy, which will allow patrons and/or library staff to become certified on Microsoft programs via the Internet. Chuck pointed out what a great service this is for those seeking to improve their job skills.

Kristie announced that the library received a $5000 Inland Radio marketing grant for the 2013 Everybody Reads programs. The featured book for 2013 is Tree Soldier by J.T. Oakley. Anyone wanting to sign up for the November 4 lunch program about the Citizen Conservation Corp at the Methodist Church in Colfax should contact Kristie. The library will purchase a lunch for you.

Kristie thanked Chuck Petras for attending the Open Meetings program at the McGregor Company on behalf of the library board. She noted that WCL is co-sponsoring the event.

Other items on the Calendar of Events include Meet the Artist and a Voter Forum on Tuesday, October 14.

With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:14. The next meeting will be at the Colfax Library on Tuesday, October 15 at 4:00 p.m.


Peggy Bryan, Recording Secretary

Becky Dickerson, Board Chair

For more information, contact:

Kristie Kirkpatrick at 509-397-4366

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