Library Minutes August 14, 2018

August 2018 minutes


Minutes of the Madrid Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting:

August 14, 2018

Meeting called to order by President, Kelli Wolf at 5:33 p.m.


Roll: Pam Allen, yes.  Denise Hiveley, yes.  Alice Sharp, (arrived at 6:00 pm), yes.  Kelli Wolf, yes.

Dave Evans, yes.

Director, Angie Strong, yes.

Absent: None


Approval of Agenda:   [Additions or corrections- none]

On a motion by Pam, 2nd by Denise, agenda approved as presented.

Roll: Pam; yes. Dave; yes. Denise; yes. Alice; absent. Kelli; yes.  Motion carried; all ayes.


Approval of Minutes:  Board Meeting minutes of July 10, 2018

Corrections: none

On a motion by Dave, 2nd by Pam, minutes of the July 10, 2018 meeting were approved as read.

Roll: Pam; yes. Dave; yes. Denise; yes. Alice; absent. Kelli; yes.  Motion carried; all ayes.


Approval of Bills:

Special notes if any on claims: Angie gave the board a copy of what is covered in the Kruck Maintenance Agreement, Samsung copier lease.

On a motion by Dave, 2nd by Denise, bills are approved with the exception to not pay the Samsung copier lease and maintenance agreement, but will pay for the overages of that machine. ($12.69)  The board would also like to lease a new machine and maintenance agreement through the same company.

Roll: Pam; yes. Dave; yes. Denise; yes. Alice; abstain. Kelli; yes.  Motion carried; all ayes


Financial Report:

Detailed account is available upon request.




$             176.14  Fines/Fees

$               46.50  Fax Revenue

$               98.20  Copy Revenue

$                4.90   Mag/Books sold

$                4.00   Misc.

$              50.00  Meeting Room            

$            379.74  Total for month

$            379.74  Total year to date



Trust Fund Receipts:

$         00.00

$         00.00

$         00.00_ _____  

$         00.00  Total for the month

$         00.00  Total year to date



Library Donations:

$           00.00

$           00.00                 ________

$           00.00  Total for month

$           00.00  Total year to date





Circulation Report for the month of July


Items loaned in July 2018              2,765                Average daily circulation  111

Items loaned in July 2017              3,089                Open Access Items         177

Items loaned last month (June)      2,571                 Access Plus Items           10


Internet Use: Public Access Computers – 1,320 & Wireless users – 1,508

Bridges Checkouts:  audiobooks-88 eBooks-140 streaming video-0

[Open access: all patrons not in our tax locale: ex. Dallas County, Polk County, and other towns.

Access Plus: items requested from our library sent to other libraries.  Both of these programs are partly reimbursed by state funding programs.]



Public Concerns:

            In order to give equal time to everyone, each person to address the Board will have a maximum time of 15 minutes each.  This guideline is used only if there has not been an official request to appear before the board prior to a meeting.

            None to report



Correspondence and Communications:


  1. None to report


Unfinished Business:


  1. As a part of the 3 to 5 training hours a year for trustees, the board watched a webinar from the State Library’s Boardroom Series called Advocacy before the meeting. Angie and the board discussed the class.


  1. After the last meeting Angie decided to check all of the library ordinances not just the ones that were supposed to be corrected and she found some more errors. Angie gave those corrections to the city clerk to be presented at a city council meeting.  So far one correction has been presented and approved.  Angie hopes the other corrections will be on the agenda at the next council meeting.


  1. The library’s internet filters have been discussed at the meetings the last few months. The filters the library has are working, but no support is available for them.  The library is still compliant with E-rate since they are working.  Angie will research filters and costs soon.


  1. At the last meeting there was discussion about eliminating fines to provide equal access to all patrons. Angie was asked to compile more information on this topic.  She did and gave it to the board.  Other fine forgiveness ideas were discussed such as donating food to pay down fines or an amnesty week where fines would be forgiven for overdue materials.  Also one library had a fine free summer to encourage reading.  With this new information the board would like to table this discussion again to think about this issue.


  1. Angie just finished interviewing candidates for the open library aide position but has not hired anyone at the time of the meeting.  The new employee will be announced at the next board meeting.





New Business:


  1. The library’s Samsung copier has been leased and the lease is up. The board and Angie discussed whether or not to purchase the copier at fair market value or lease a new machine.   The board approved a new lease and maintenance agreement with the approval of the bills through Koch Brothers.


  1. Robin Brown and Holly Olson were given their annual written evaluations.


  1. The library’s circulation system, called Atriuum, was updated. Angie showed the board some changes to the card catalog and informed them on some other updated features.


  1. Last year at this time a rough draft of a new fiscal year budget was presented and discussed as per the request of the mayor. Since it is early to be discussing this and with the election of the new mayor, Angie decided to hold off on a rough draft until September or October.


Director’s Report:


The annual survey for the State Library of Iowa is due by October 31, 2018.  This survey is a requirement for accreditation.  After the survey is complete, Angie will create the library’s annual report from these statistics and will present the report to the board and the city council.


The Friends of the Madrid Library Fall Book Sale will be held on Saturday, August 25 from 8 am to 2 pm and on Sunday, August 26 from 12 pm to 2 pm. $1.00 admission the first hour on Saturday then free admission. The library will also continue the sale during open library hours until Wednesday, August 29.  Sunday through Wednesday will be fill a box for $5.00.


The Summer Reading Program has wrapped up for the year with the End of Summer Bash on August 8th.  Steph compiled the Summer Reading Program Stats for 2018.  A total of 76 programs were done this summer with a grand total of 1,777 participants.  Attendance was similar to last year (1,712 participants) but the library did see a decline in reading logs and minutes read.  Angie and Steph will discuss strategies to try to improve for next year.


For the Labor Day Celebration the library will be showing a movie on Saturday, September 1st at 7 pm.  The featured film will be Avengers Infinity War.


Upcoming programs include:

  • Adult Coloring on Thursday, August 16 at 7 pm.
  • Adult Book Discussion on Monday, August 20 at 7 pm with discussion of the book Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris.
  • Adult Pinterest Party on September 6 at 7 pm.
  • Chess Club on Monday, September 10 at 6 pm.


Steph has finished the schedule for Pages for All Ages for the fall and it was presented to the board.  This program is for any child preschool age and under and is on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 am (same program both days).


The board was given a schedule for preschool outreach.  Steph will be going to Tiger Tots and Lily Pad to read to the preschoolers as well as taking a selection of books for kids to enjoy.  Most of the visits will happen the third week of the month (although a few have been changed due to the holidays) and will be done through May.


Finally a schedule for early out programs was given to the board.   All early outs have been scheduled for the 18-19 school year.  All three schedules and Summer Reading Stats will be given to the council for the next meeting.



Board Comments:  None


Items to be discussed at the next board meeting:

Angie would like to review the by-laws at the next meeting, they will be included with the minutes.  Also the behavior policy and procedures will be included for review at the next meeting. Library aide position, ordinances, fines, and Avenue of Trees will be discussed in September.


Next Council meeting to attend:  August 20, 2018 at 5:30 pm with board member Pam to attend.


Adjourn Meeting

On a motion by Pam, 2nd by Dave, meeting adjourned at 7:10 pm

Roll: Pam; yes. Dave; yes. Denise; yes. Alice; yes. Kelli; yes. Motion carried; all ayes



Next regular Board meeting will be: Tuesday, September 11, 2018


Angie Strong, Director