February 2014 - Board Minutes

Owatonna Public Library Board Minutes of February 25, 2014

Owatonna Public Library (OPL) board of directors held the monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 25, 2014. This meeting was rescheduled from Tuesday, February 18, 2014. In attendance were: President Russ Dunn-Foster, Vice President Eric Mattison, Secretary Angela Sager, John Pfeifer, Library Director Mary Kay Feltes, Assistant Director RenĂ©e Lowery, Children’s Librarian Darla Lager, and Administrative Assistant Dawn Sorensen. Don Overlie was absent.

Dunn-Foster called the meeting to order at 4:29 pm. Mattison made a motion to approve the January board minutes, and Pfeifer seconded. All aye.

Lager presented the Children’s Services report for January 2014. On Tuesday, January 7, 2014, a local Girl Scout troop toured the library. 12 Girl Scouts with 3 adult leaders were present for Patty’s tour. Adventure Club began on Wednesday afternoons running through May 2014. Adventure Club is a program provided in partnership with Steele County 4-H. The theme for this session is weather. Eight children attended the January session about tornadoes. Storytime resumed on Tuesday mornings and Thursday evenings for the year. There were 9 Storytimes held in January 2014 and was attended by 139 children and adults. This total includes the 51 people that attended Family Fun Night, the Storytime presented in partnership with Early Childhood Family Education. The theme was “Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow.” Lager took part in Project Community Connect again this year. Project Community Connect brings community resources together in a single location for a one day event to “reduce barriers to community services that individuals may have difficulties accessing.” This year Project Community Connect was held on January 23, 2014, at Saint Joseph’s Parish. Lager spoke with 35 individuals about the library, and gave children’s books to parents and grandparents. Lager shared that the summer reading program theme for 2014 is “Fizz Boom Read!”.

Feltes presented the financial report and the use report for January 2014. The programs related to the budget were explained to board members. Circulation numbers for OPL in January 2014 decreased 4.8% compared to January 2013. The Blooming Prairie Branch Library (BPBL) showed a decrease in circulation of 9.7% for January 2014 compared to January 2013. OPL registered 102 new borrowers, and BPBL registered 5 for January 2014. In January 2014, OPL recorded 16,517 people coming through the doors. At BPBL, 1,013 people came to the library in January 2014. Both locations showed a decrease in inter-library loaning (ILL) in both lending and borrowing of materials for January 2014 compared to January 2013.

Lowery gave the usage report for OPL. OPL continues to lead the southeastern Minnesota region for eBook circulation. OverDrive showed 349 patrons downloading 1,221 eBooks and 150 eAudio for January 2014. In January 2014, patrons downloaded 167 digital magazines via Zinio, the online magazine database. Freegal, the music database, showed 135 patrons downloading 697 songs in 36 genres for the month of January 2014. Lowery presented information on Collections HQ, a database new to OPL with intentions to track circulation and trends closely.

Feltes reported that upcoming programs for March at OPL included:

  • “Star Wars” film presentation on Saturday, March 1, 2014 in the newly renovation Gainey Room at OPL.
  • “Midwestern Girl in the Middle East” with Britta Dornfeld, former page at OPL.
  • “Snap Sessions” photography gallery on display in the Teen Room at OPL until March 31st, 2014. The photographs were taken by local teens, members of a class taught at the library by local photographer Kelsey Daly in January and February 2014.

Feltes reported that she is completing a final report for both the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Foundation of Minnesota grant and the Otto Bremer Foundation grant that were received by OPL in 2013. Feltes also explained that Overlie, Mattison, and Sager would end their terms this coming April 2014. The board holds elections for new members and officers at the May 2014 meeting.

Feltes welcomed two new staff members to OPL:

  • Holly Jorgensen-Desk Assistant (20 hours weekly)
  • Linda Hoffmann-Desk Assistant (10 hours weekly)

OPL’s Grand Opening celebration was held in honor of the library’s 114th anniversary on Saturday, February 22, 2014. Over 50 people were in attendance, including City of Owatonna staff and leadership, past OPL employees, and patrons.

Dunn-Foster adjourned the meeting at 5:03 pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Dawn Sorensen