Library Minutes July 10, 2018

July 2018 minutes


Minutes of the Madrid Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting:

July 10, 2018

Meeting called to order by President, Kelli Wolf at 5:32 p.m.


Roll: Pam Allen, absent. Denise Hiveley, yes.  Alice Sharp, yes.  Kelli Wolf, yes.  Dave Evans, yes.

Director, Angie Strong, yes.

Absent: Pam Allen


Approval of Agenda:   [Additions or corrections- Director’s Report – Trustee Training]

On a motion by Dave, 2nd by Alice, agenda approved with the addition.

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


Approval of Minutes:  Board Meeting minutes of June 12, 2018

Corrections: none

On a motion by Denise, 2nd by Dave, minutes of the June 12, 2018 meeting were approved as read.

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


Approval of Bills:

Special notes if any on claims: The actual amount for the Des Moines Register bill was $324.03 and the lighting bill was $1,504.00.  (Those bills were submitted as estimates at the June meeting).  Also the total amount for the repair of the front sidewalk was more than the estimate.  The total for that bill was $1,885.00.

On a motion by Denise, 2nd by Alice, bills were approved as presented.

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


Financial Report:

Detailed account is available upon request.




$             158.90  Fines/Fees

$               31.50  Fax Revenue

$               76.15  Copy Revenue

$                5.25   Mag/Books sold

$                0.00   Misc.

$               0.00  Meeting Room            

$            271.80  Total for month

$         4,153.78  Total year to date



Trust Fund Receipts:

$         647.92  Madrid Community Endowment Fund – computer chairs

$         105.00  Mem’l in honor of Lois Pies from Carla Pies

$         100.00  Mem’l in honor of Lois Pies from Denise & Steve Hiveley

$         100.00  Mem’l in honor of Lois Pies from Paul & Eleanor Junck

$           45.00  Mem’l in honor of Lois Pies

$           19.25  Van Meter Library – audio book purchase

$         399.00_ Hopkins Grove Grant – laptop cart_____  

$      1,416.17  Total for the month

$    10,545.12  Total year to date



Library Donations:

$           00.00

$           00.00                 ________

$           00.00  Total for month

$       1,817.50  Total year to date

Circulation Report for the month of June


Items loaned in June 2018             2,571                Average daily circulation  99

Items loaned in June 2017             3,414                Open Access Items         172

Items loaned last month (May)       1,541                 Access Plus Items           19


Internet Use: Public Access Computers – 1,205 & Wireless users – 1,360

Bridges Checkouts:  audiobooks-106 eBooks-110 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. The State Library of Iowa sent an article on the list serve about removing barriers to access of materials by eliminating library fines on children’s materials. Angie gave the board a copy of this article for discussion.  According to the article removing fines would give equal access to all income brackets and would be more welcoming to children and families.  When goals of libraries today are to help develop early literacy skills, the threat of accumulating fines is keeping some families away.  The other side of the topic is that fines promote responsibility in returning things on time and it generates some revenue for the library.  It was commented that even if a patron has fines, materials are always available to use within the library.  The board has tabled this discussion until the next meeting and has asked Angie to compile more information from other fine free libraries in Iowa to review information on the pros and cons.


Unfinished Business:


  1. The repair of the sidewalk began on July 5 and was finished on July 6. Angie decided to keep the library open during the repair.  Patrons used the west side door to enter the library.  The original estimate had been to remove the small portion of concrete in front of the door but it was determined that another section of the sidewalk needed to be replaced to ensure water would flow away from the building.  Patrons were able to use the front entrance on Saturday, July 7.


  1. Mary Jo (city clerk) let Angie know that any corrections to the library ordinances will have to be presented at a city council meeting and will have to go through three readings.


  1. At the last meeting Angie informed the board that the internet filters the library is using will no longer be available for purchase. Angie was hoping that some discussion about this would have been brought up on the library list serve but unfortunately it was not.  Angie did receive an email from the previous filtering company the library used.  Angie switched due to incompatibility issues with the timer software the library has.  But if needed the library could go back to this filter.  With the busy summer Angie has not been able to gather more info about other filter options and costs.  At this time, the issue has been tabled again until more info is gathered and to see if the current filters are still operational since the subscription ends on July 10. (If they are working, no support would be available).


  1. The library’s trust account was discussed at the last meeting. Angie met with Mary Jo and Lori Stansberry (city consultant) about the trust account as well as the Boyd and Helms estate accounts.  Angie was assured that these accounts were going to essentially function the same way but she was asked if they could be reassigned to make it clearer for the city/auditor for accounting purposes.


  1. The State Library of Iowa has officially sent the library’s accreditation certificate. Angie presented it at the meeting.  The library is fully accredited until June 30, 2021.  It will be shown at the next council meeting, then it will be placed in a frame next to the fireplace.


New Business:


  1. Review of the library’s long range plan was conducted. Many items have been achieved.  Angie and the board have been reminded of areas where the objectives have not been met yet.


  1. For 26 years Shelly Schaffer has worked at the library, she has decided that it is time for her to retire. Her last day will be August 9.  Angie will be looking for a replacement to fill her hours and will be posting a help wanted sign soon.


  1. The library fax’s policy was given to the board for review. No additions or corrections were made.

On a motion by Dave, 2nd by Alice, to approve the fax policy as read.

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


Director’s Report:


Amy, Steph and Angie have submitted a grant proposal to the Lowrey Foundation for the purchase of two educational Oculus Go virtual reality headsets and storage cases.  These VR (virtual reality) headsets are not tethered to a computer and are preloaded with educational apps.  These headsets will be for middle school and high school aged patrons as well as homeschoolers.  The library has asked for $829.98.  If the grant is awarded she will let the board know.


As a part of Direct State Aid and accreditation, Angie has filled out the necessary paperwork for the State Library of Iowa.  Angie has completed the Direct State Aid report, Interlibrary Loan report, and the Open Access report.  These reports are due on July 31, but are already done.


Weekly programs will continue until the first week of August for the Summer Reading Program.  The End of Summer Bash will be on August 8.


Upcoming programs include:

  • Teen CD Scratch Art program is Thursday, July 12 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm.
  • Adult Pinterest Party on July 12 at 7 pm.
  • Monthly Movie Night is Saturday, July 14 at 7 pm with the featured movie Sherlock Gnomes.
  • Adult book discussion is Monday, July 16 at 7 pm.
  • Adult lyric trivia night is Thursday, July 19 from 6:30 to 8 pm.
  • Teen after hours event is Friday, July 20th from 7 pm to 10 pm.
  • Movie afternoon featuring the movie School of Rock on Monday, July 23

at 1:30 pm.

  • Teen program on Thursday, July 26 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm.




  • Adult Coloring on Thursday, July 26 at 7 pm.
  • Crafts and stories during Food Truck Friday on July 27.
  • 4th-6th grade lock-in at the library on Saturday, July 28 from 7 pm to 12 am.


As a part of the accreditation process, the trustees need to have 3 to 5 hours of training. Angie has asked the board to watch a webinar from the State Library about advocacy before the next meeting.  Angie and the board will discuss the class at the next meeting.


Board Comments:



Items to be discussed at the next board meeting:

Filters, trustee class, ordinance, fines/fees


Next Council meeting to attend:  July 16, 2018 at 5:30 pm with board member Dave to attend.


Adjourn Meeting

On a motion by Alice, 2nd by Dave, meeting adjourned at 6:26 pm

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



Next regular Board meeting will be: Tuesday, August 14, 2018


Angie Strong, Director