April 2014 - Board Minutes

Owatonna Public Library Board Minutes of April 15, 2014

Owatonna Public Library (OPL) board of directors held the monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. In attendance were: President Russ Dunn-Foster, Vice President Eric Mattison, Secretary Angela Sager, Don Overlie, John Pfeifer, Library Director Mary Kay Feltes, Assistant Director RenĂ©e Lowery, Children’s Services Librarian Darla Lager, and Administrative Assistant Dawn Sorensen.

Dunn-Foster called the meeting to order at 4:30 pm. Feltes made an addition to the agenda to add under New Business: d. Annual Report 2014, and e. Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation grant news.

Lager presented the Children’s Services report for March 2014. Lager visited the Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) program in Ellendale on March 3, 2014. This was a storytime event for the Ellendale ECFE Kick-off celebration. There were 34 children and adults present. There were 12 Storytimes held at OPL for the month of March 2014, with 334 children and adults in attendance. Junior Achievement continued programs in March 2014 with 15 children and adults in attendance. A total of five programs were held this winter. Adventure Club, held in partnership with Steele County 4-H was held on March 5, 2014 with 12 children in attendance. The Owatonna Christian School kindergarteners visited OPL on March 12, 2014, with 10 children and 3 adults in attendance. They had a tour, listened to stories, and checked out books. A Boy Scout troop with 11 scouts and leaders visited the library on March 24, 2014. They were given a tour and learned about the proper care of books. Lager presented the board with the summer reading program bookmarks highlighting the “Fizz! Boom! Read!” theme for 2014.

Overlie made a motion to approve the March 2014 board minutes, and Pfeifer seconded. All aye.

Feltes presented the financial report for OPL, and reviewed budget programs with the board. Circulation numbers for OPL were up 3.4% for March 2014 as compared to March 2013. At the Blooming Prairie Branch Library (BPBL), circulation increased by 20% for March 2014 compared to March 2013. OPL had 147 new borrowers for March 2014. BPBL had 4 new borrowers. Inter-library loans (ILLs) for OPL decreased slightly for items that were borrowed in from other libraries and for items that OPL lent out to other libraries. BPBL had a decrease in ILLs lent out to other libraries, and an increase on items lent to BPBL. The people count for March 2014 at OPL was 19,201, an increase from March 2013 by 2%. BPBL had 1,210 people come through their doors in March 2014. This is an increase of 1% from March 2013.

Feltes reported that OPL had two new self-check machines in Adult Services. Lowery reported on digital use at OPL. In March 2014, 332 patrons downloaded 1,086 eBooks and 187 eAudio from OverDrive. Freegal, the music database at OPL, had 115 patrons downloading 767 songs from 42 genres for the month of March 2014. Patrons downloaded 220 digital magazines from the Zinio database for March 2014. Patrons streamed 4 movies from the IndieFlix database for March 2014.

Sorensen reported on the upcoming program highlighting local community-supported agriculture (CSA) farms on Monday, May 5, 2014 at 7:00 pm at the library. Louanne Kaupa, local dietician from Eat Well Nutrition Therapy, will host the program highlighting local farms and farmers.

Feltes reported that the Otto Bremer Foundation grant final report is in progress.

Dunn-Foster and Feltes thanked Mattison and Sager for their many years of service to the board. Feltes presented each of the departing board members with the book, Owatonna Public Library: Free to All by Nancy Vaillancourt. Mayor Tom Kuntz will appoint two new board members at the May 6, 2014 City Council meeting at 7:00 pm. Mattison and Sager will also be recognized and thanked for their service at the meeting. An election of new OPL board officers will take place at the May 20, 2014 meeting.

Pfeifer reported on negotiations with Southeastern Libraries Co-operating (SELCO) director Ann Hutton on renewing the Steele County contract. Pfeifer spoke of how the current contract is sufficient, with only a few minor specific services no longer in existence at OPL. (Bookmobile and Books by Mail program) Dunn-Foster stated that “it is the board’s wish to continue the contract as is without change, and repeat our course of dealing with SELCO for the future.” Feltes and Pfeifer will meet with county staff.

Feltes reported on the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library project of the Women’s Leadership Group of the United Way of Steele County. The Imagination Library project will offer Steele County children one book a month from birth to age 5. The Owatonna Public Library Foundation will support of the project, as well as Owatonna Rotary.

Feltes reported on the completed Annual Report for 2014. Library board President Dunn-Foster signed it as required and it was mailed off to the Minnesota Department of Education.

Feltes reported on an additional Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation grant offered to OPL in the amount of ten thousand dollars. ($10,000.00) Feltes stated that conditions of this grant requires her assistance in developing a tool kit for their grant process. Overlie made a motion to accept this offer of a grant in the amount of ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00) from the Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation. Mattison seconded, all aye.

Dunn-Foster adjourned the meeting at 5:25 pm. Mattison seconded, all aye.

Respectfully submitted,
Dawn Sorensen