Upcoming Book Discussions

In March we will start having TWO book discussion events per month.

Mar 6th @ 6:30pm — Casual Book Discussion. No assigned reading. Just come talk about what you’ve been into lately.

Mar 20th @ 6:30pm — Book Club. Author Kimberly Arms Shirk will be here to talk about her book ‘Remote Fears & Silver Linings.’

Agenda for Library Board Meeting March 8

MEETING NOTICE
Valley Public Library Board Meeting

DATE AND PLACE OF MEETING : Thursday, Mar. 8th 2018
Valley Public Library
232 N Spruce St.

STARTING TIME OF MEETING: 6:30pm
CHAIR OF MEETING: Bernice Smith, President

This meeting’s agenda will be kept continually current and available for public inspection on the bulletin board in the library’s entryway and on the library’s website at http://libraries.ne.gov/valley/.

AGENDA

1. Call to Order
2. Pledge of Allegiance
3. Roll Call (K. Held, T. Mejstrik, C. Buffington, B. Smith, J. Swahn)
4. Proof of Posting / Open Meetings Act Poster
5. Approval of Agenda [ACTION]
6. Recognition of Visitors/Correspondence
7. Public Comment – Limited to 3 minutes per speaker and 30 minutes total. When recognized by the chairperson, please state your name and address for the record.
8. Approval of prior meeting’s minutes [ACTION]
9. Reports
a. Board President
b. Library Director
c. Friends of the Library
d. Foundation
10. Old Business
a. [None]
11. New Business
a. Give the Library Director more discretion over snow days. [ACTION]
b. Put a 3 item limit on game and puzzle checkouts. [ACTION]
c. Expand Fine Free Saturdays to include other item types. [ACTION]
d. Change Kit and E-reader fine structures. [ACTION]
e. Allow minors 12 years old or older who have signed Internet permission to use the adult computers if they prefer. [ACTION]
f. Allow the creation of minor library cards with DC West teacher validation of send-home permission forms. [ACTION]
12. Closed Session – The President may entertain a motion to enter into closed session in accordance with the Nebraska Open Meetings Act. [ACTION]
13. Comments and Announcements by Board Members
14. Adjournment

Book Club on February 20th

Our next book club meeting is on Tuesday, February 20th, at 6:30pm.

We’ll be discussing All the Lonely People by Martin Edwards. All are welcome to this free program.

Book kit copies are available at the circulation desk!

Library Board Minutes for January 18, 2018

Valley Public Library Board of Trustees Minutes

[draft minutes]

Call to Order:  President Nicole Schneider called the January 18, 2018 Board Meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.

Pledge of Allegiance:  The pledge of allegiance was recited.

Roll Call:  Trustees answering roll call:  Nicole Schneider, Bernie Smith, Kyle Held, Joan Swahn.  Library Director Garren Hochstetler was in attendance.

Proof of Posting / Open Meetings Act Poster:  The meeting was held in accordance with the Nebraska Open Meetings Law, with meeting notice posted in the post office, City Hall, and the library bulletin board.  Continuously updated copies of the agenda were maintained on the library’s bulletin board and the library’s website.  President Nicole Schneider pointed out the Open Meetings Act poster on the wall of the meeting room.

Approval of Agenda:  Motion to approve by B. Smith, second by K. Held.  Yeas:  Schneider, Smith, Held, Swahn.  Nays:  None.  Motion carried 4-0.  There were no consent agenda items which required approval.

Recognition of Visitors/Correspondence:  Phyllis Preble, President of Friends of the Library, and Cole Buffington were recognized as visiting.  No others in attendance.

Public Comment:  President N. Schneider asked for public comment.  None was given.

Approval of Prior Meeting’s Minutes:  Motion to approve the minutes as presented was made by K. Held, second by B. Smith.  Yeas:  Schneider, Smith, Held, Swahn.  Nays:  None.  Motion carried 4-0.

REPORTS

Board President:  Nicole announced that her term was complete, and she would be leaving the Board effective this day.

Library Director:  G. Hochstetler handed out a written document of the Librarian’s Annual Report covering the fiscal year beginning 10/1/16 and ending 9/30/17.  Verbal review of topics by Garren, with some questions of interest by the Board.  No issues were raised.

Friends of the Library:  No report.

Foundation:  G. Hochstetler had attended the meeting, so provided a brief overview of one of the topics.  Last year the Foundation had approached local businesses for donations to replace some of the library furniture in the front room.   Garren presented a picture of potential chairs and coffee table being considered for the replacement.   No definite decisions have been made at this time.

Old Business

None

New Business

Library Director Garren Hochstetler presented recommendations for Policy changes to the Board.

A motion “that the category ‘new adult books’ be removed from the circulation policy, and this type of book should be treated as part of the category ‘most materials’ like other books” was made by Bernie Smith, second by K. Held.  Yeas:  Schneider, Held, Smith, Swahn.  Nays: None.  Motion carried.

A motion “that fines for movies be changed to match the same rate and maximum fine of books” was made by Kyle Held, second by J. Swahn.  Yeas:  Schneider, Held, Smith, Swahn.  Nays:  None.  Motion carried.

A motion “that tabletop games and puzzles be added to the circulation policy with the same rules as books” was made by Kyle Held, second B. Smith.  Yeas:  Schneider, Held, Smith, Swahn.  Nays:  None.  Motion carried.

Following the Board Membership change of N. Schneider leaving, discussion was held on a replacement for the position of President.  Kyle Held made a motion that Bernie Smith be named President, second by J. Swahn.  Yeas:  Schneider, Held, Smith, Swahn.  Nays:  None.  Motion carried.  This position change will go into effect with the next Board Meeting.

Cole Buffington expressed his interest in joining the Board.  Following Board discussion, Joan Swahn made the motion for the Board to recommend Cole’s membership to the City Council, second by K. Held.  Yeas:  Schneider, Held, Smith, Swahn.  Nays:  None.  Motion Carried.

Comments and Announcements by Board Members: 

Bernie Smith inquired about the number of meetings required for the Board per year.  Concensus was six.

Board discussion to set dates for upcoming meetings.  Agreed upon dates:  March 8, May 3.

Meeting Adjournment was announced by outgoing President Nicole Schneider at 7:32 p.m.  Next meeting will be Thursday, March 8th at 6:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Joan Swahn, Secretary

Attached:
Librarian’s Report Jan 2018

Winter Style Storytime

Third Saturday Story Time, January 20th, will feature Jan Brett’s “The Hat.” 🦔🧦

Spoilers ahead: The animals want stylish hats, but we see them wearing stockings, gloves, sweaters, and scarves as hats instead!
So…
(Safe to read again) We are going to design hats for the animals!
Come by for stories, crafts, songs, and a snack.

Library Closed January 11, 2018

DC West will be closed tomorrow, January 11th. Per policy, Valley Public Library is automatically closed too. (The Library Board Meeting for tomorrow evening is also postponed. Updated information will be posted ahead of time.)

Stay warm and cozy. If this causes any of your items to be overdue, don’t worry: we’ll make accommodations Friday and Saturday.

Agenda for Library Board Meeting January 18th

MEETING NOTICE
Valley Public Library Board Meeting

DATE AND PLACE OF MEETING : Thursday, Jan. 18th 2018
Valley Public Library
232 N Spruce St.

[Meeting rescheduled from 11th to 18th due to winter weather closing.]

STARTING TIME OF MEETING: 6:30pm
CHAIR OF MEETING: Nicole Schneider, President

This meeting’s agenda will be kept continually current and available for public inspection on the bulletin board in the library’s entryway and on the library’s website at http://libraries.ne.gov/valley/.

AGENDA

1. Call to Order
2. Pledge of Allegiance
3. Roll Call (K. Held, T. Mejstrik, N. Schneider, B. Smith, J. Swahn)
4. Proof of Posting / Open Meetings Act Poster
5. Approval of Agenda [ACTION]
6. Recognition of Visitors/Correspondence
7. Public Comment – Limited to 3 minutes per speaker and 30 minutes total. When recognized by the chairperson, please state your name and address for the record.
8. Approval of prior meeting’s minutes [ACTION]
9. Reports
a. Board President
b. Library Director
c. Friends of the Library
d. Foundation
10. Old Business
a. [None]
11. New Business
a. Removal of “New adult books” category from policy [ACTION]
b. Lower fines for movies in response to the recent lengthening of checkout
times [ACTION]
c. Adding a tabletop games and puzzles circulation policy [ACTION]
d. Assignment of officer positions, following a board membership change [ACTION]
e. Make board membership recommendation to city council [ACTION]
12. Closed Session – The President may entertain a motion to enter into closed session in accordance with the Nebraska Open Meetings Act. [ACTION]
13. Comments and Announcements by Board Members
14. Adjournment