Minutes of the Lebanon Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting

September 22, 1999


The meeting was called to order at 4:10 p.m. by President Tom Whitsitt. Interim Director Kay Martin was present along with board members Jane Myers, Marsha Truitt, Mike Burns, Sharon Wood and Ruth Lucas. Ron Morelock, who had been out of town on business, joined the meeting later.

The Secretary’s report of August 25th was approved after a motion by Jane was seconded by Ruth. The Secretary’s report of September 8th was approved after a motion by Jane was seconded by Sharon. The Treasurer’s report was approved after a motion by Marsha was seconded by Mike.

During committee reports Jane indicated the Technology Committee will be meeting with Kay to discuss future services to be provided to the library by Chris Brown and his group, and we should have an update on that at our October meeting.

The Department reports were all perused and favorably discussed. Kay’s report included commendations of the staff for their cooperation and upbeat response to her in the new role of Interim Director. She outlined progress made with staff planning and training sessions and advised us that thus far she has hired two new people, Lori Fitzgerald and Ted Klyce. There have been 23 applicants for positions since the library began running ads in the Lebanon Reporter.

Kay also discussed plans for a survey of public opinion about the library; suggested an art show/sale to be coordinated by the Friends of the Library; and announced that the recent Back to the 50’s book sale had brought in $1423.85. It was decided that Mike, as Secretary, would write a letter on behalf of the board to the Friends thanking them for all their efforts with the successful book sale and other beneficial projects they have coordinated.

Under New Business, ILF membership renewal was approved; Jane announced that she plans to attend the ILF District IV Meeting; and Mike gained support for PROJECT: CLASSICS. He will compose a letter to patrons, to be signed by all board members, encouraging contributions and suggestions for favorite literary classics which should be secured for a special display area. These books would always be available, regardless of circulation statistics, and Mike has offered to start this project by donating new copies (if they can still be obtained) of The Great Gatsby, So Big, Appointment in Samarra, The Winter of Our Discontent, and The World According to Garp.

Claims were approved following a motion from Ron and seconded by Marsha, and our next regular meeting was rescheduled from October 27th to October 20th.

The September meeting adjourned at 5:15 p.m..


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Mike Burns, Secretary                                                               Tom Whitsitt, President