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October 8, 2008


The Ocheyedan Library Board met on Wednesday, October 8, 2008.  President Tammy Hoekstra called the meeting to order.  Members present were Tammy H., Don H., Carol I., Nancy F., Bernie W., Laurie G. and Librarian Connie Schuster.

A motion was made by Bernie and seconded by Laurie to approve the September minutes.  Motion carried.

The treasurer’s report was read by Nancy.  The bank balance showed $21,715.73.  The General Fund had a balance of $2,861.35.

Tammy read the bills for the month.  A motion to approve the bills and send them to the city council was made by Laurie and seconded by Carol.  Motion carried.

Connie reported that more books were being checked out and that we were up 45 books over last year.  Lately, many used books and paperbacks have been donated to the Library.

Unfinished Business:

The front door is in the hallway waiting for Jim Dekkenga to install it.

Two new fire extinguishers are in place, plus one that has been recharged.

The sewer pipe is on the plumber’s list to repair.  He thinks a new plug will fix the leak and the cost will be around $100.

No new board member has been found.

Tammy asked Zack Espy to remove snow but he hasn’t responded to her request.  Connie will ask Sam Anderson if he would like the job.

The County Meeting will be at the Ocheyedan Public Library on November 6, at 7:00 p.m.  Bonnie McKewon will give the presentation.  Members will furnish bars, snacks, cider and coffee.

New Business:

Connie went over the changes in the Long Range Plan.  A motion was made by Don and seconded by Laurie that it be approved.  Motion carried.

The Policy changes were approved after a motion by Bernie and a second by Carol.

Connie will be attending a Summer Reading workshop in Storm Lake on October 31.  The theme is:  “Be Creative at the Library.” 

Members were asked if the library should apply for another Community Foundation Grant.  It was agreed upon by all that we could use it for new carpet on the main floor of the library.  Connie will ask Jobes for an estimate that would include removal of the old and installation of the new carpet.  Connie will then apply for a grant in November.

Connie asked for ideas for Christmas gifts for the library volunteers and assistant librarian.  An amount of about $10 each for a gift was suggested.  It was decided that a Christmas get together would be held for the volunteers and trustees after the December board meeting.  Trustees would furnish refreshments.

Marlys Claus has agreed to try out volunteering on Thursdays throughout the winter months.  Diane Truckenmiller has also agreed to help on Thursdays.

We need to update the technology plan in order to participate in the E-Rate program.

Next meeting will be on Wednesday, November 5, 4:30 P.M.

Respectfully submitted, 
Bernie Willadsen

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