April 2013 - Board Minutes

Owatonna Public Library Board Minutes of April 16, 2013

The Owatonna Public Library (OPL) Board of Trustees convened their monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at the Owatonna Public Library. The meeting was called to order by President Jill Holmes at 4:30 p.m. In attendance were: Russ Dunn-Foster, Don Overlie, Eric Mattison, Angela Sager, Library Director Mary Kay Feltes, Assistant Director RenĂ©e Lowery, Children’s Librarian Darla Lager, and Administrative Assistant Dawn Sorensen.

Dunn-Foster made a motion to adjust the agenda to accommodate Children’s Librarian Darla Lager’s Children Services Report. Sager seconded the motion. All aye.

Lager presented the Children’s Services Report for the month of March 2013. Trinity Lutheran Church Preschool classes visited at the beginning of the month, with tours and Storytimes. There were twelve Storytimes presented in March, with 373 people in attendance. Lager visited Wilson Elementary School in Owatonna to read to “Book Buddies,” groups of third graders and Kindergarteners who partner for literacy. There were fifty-two students and teachers in attendance. Feltes mentioned that in 2012 during March-April, Washington Elementary School students and teachers were visiting daily since the school library was closed for testing during a three week period. Dunn-Foster, a teacher at Washington, mentioned that the school library will again be closing for testing in the coming weeks for 2013 school year. This will be temporary, and classes will be directed to OPL. Lager stated that the Summer Reading Program for 2013 is in the process of planning, with a theme of “Dig into Reading.” The Smart Play Spot environment was installed on April 10, 2013 in Children’s Services. The MN Children’s Museum distributed a Legacy grant from funding from the State of Minnesota, Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment, and the Arts and Culture Heritage Fund to OPL for this Smart Play Spot. The Owatonna Public Library Foundation matched funds. The intent of the early literacy environment is to give children access to creative learning experiences to advance children’s literacy development. It is a great success with children and parents! An open house will be forthcoming on Saturday, May 11, 2013. Feltes mentioned that there are plans to create a Spanish language sign for the Smart Play Spot as well.

Sager made a motion to approve the minutes from March 2013 as corrected by Sorensen. Dunn-Foster seconded the motion. All aye.

Feltes presented the March Financial Report, stating that all was on track for 2013. The usage report showed that circulation for OPL showed a 7% decrease when compared to March 2012. OPL added 133 new borrowers, with BPBL adding 5 for the month of March 2013. OPL had over 19,000 people come through its doors in March 2013. BPBL had well over 1,000. On a continuing trend, OPL and BPBL lent out more materials through the Inter-Library Loan (ILL)  than we’ve borrowed by local patrons from other libraries. Feltes also explained parts of the Annual Report compiled by Lowery for 2012. On average, OPL has 20,000 people come through its doors every month. This is a substantial increase from years past. Feltes also made mention of OPL hosting 210 programs for 2012, with high attendance. eBook usage is steadily increasing at OPL, as well as eAudio usage. OPL cardholders use OverDrive eBooks more than any library in southeast MN. Zinio, an online magazine service was presented for its first full month of usage for OPL, showing strong interest. Freegal and Overdrive downloads are also increasing compared to last year.

Feltes mentioned the upcoming “Health Info @ your Library®” programs for April and May. This program is supported by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation grant given to OPL to allow community equitable access to health information. The Owatonna City Council will tour the Owatonna Public Library on May 7, 2013. Feltes will have an opportunity to share the Annual Report to council members and the public. Board members are asked to attend.

Library renovations are coming along well. John Blaha from the City crew has begun ripping out bookshelves in the Reading Room at OPL in preparation for renovating the space. The Otto Bremer Foundation provided a grant to OPL for 2013 in the amount of $250,000.00 for “Opportunities at your Library®.” This grant will increase community engagement and equitable access to information for the community.

Board President Jill Holmes will end her term at this April 2013 meeting. Board members and library staff thanked her for her years of service. Mayor Tom Kuntz will appoint a replacement in April. The new board member will begin term of service May 1, 2013. Don Overlie is the SELCO representative for the OPL board, and his term ends in July 2013. In May, the OPL Board will elect new officers for the 2013-2014 term.

President Holmes adjourned the meeting at 5:15 p.m.

The next meeting for the OPL Board of Trustees will be on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at the library.

Respectfully submitted,
Dawn Sorensen