May 3, 2018 Valley Public Library Board of Trustees Minutes

[draft minutes]

Call to Order:  President Bernice Smith called the May 3, 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:  Bernie Smith, Teresa Mejstrik, Cole Buffington, 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 Bernice Smith pointed out the Open Meetings Act poster on the wall of the meeting room.

Approval of Agenda:  Motion to approve by C. Buffington, second by T. Mejstrik.  Yeas:  Smith, Swahn, Mejstrik, Buffington.  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 was recognized.  No others in attendance.

Public Comment:  President B. Smith asked for public comment.  None was given.

Approval of Prior Meeting’s Minutes:  Motion to approve the minutes as presented was made by J. Swahn, second by C. Buffington.  Yeas:  Smith, Mejstrik, Buffington, and Swahn.  Nays:  None.  Motion carried 4-0.

REPORTS

Board President:  No report.

Library Director:  G. Hochstetler handed out a written document of the Librarian’s Report which he went over verbally and answered questions from the Board.  No issues were raised.

Friends of the Library:  Phyllis Preble read the minutes from the last Friends meeting.  An electronic copy was sent to Joan following the meeting.

Foundation:  No representatives were present.  Garren informed the Board that the new furniture had arrived, and the chairs they were sitting in were given by the Foundation.

Old Business

None

New Business

The Board proceeded with the process of nominating new officers for the upcoming year.

A motion for Cole Buffington to be President was made by T. Mejstrik, with nomination to take effect end of May 3rd meeting.  No other nominations were made.  Motion seconded by J. Swahn.  Yeas:  Smith, Mejstrik, Buffington, and Swahn.  Nays:  None.  Motion carried.

Motion for Joan Swahn to continue in the position of Secretary was made by T. Mejstrik, seconded by C. Buffington.  Yeas:  Smith, Mejstrik, Buffington, and Swahn.  Nays:  None.  Motion carried.

Discussion held on next meeting date to allow review of the recommendations for the new budget.  Board decided on second Thursday of July since the usual first Thursday was close to the holiday.

Comments and Announcements by Board Members: 

None.

Meeting Adjournment was announced by outgoing President Bernice Smith at 7:12 p.m.  Next meeting will be Thursday, July 12th at 6:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Joan Swahn, Secretary

Ice painting success

The students had a lot of fun ice painting today! Although some decided to take home their work, others wanted it hung in the library. In the children’s room, you may see some of today’s creations.

Book Club on the Fourth Tuesday This Month!

Book Club this month will be on the fourth Tuesday, rather than the usual third Tuesday.

May 22nd at 6:30pm at Valley Public Library.

Our book is Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths by Bruce Feiler. We have plenty of book kit copies available for checkout at the circulation desk.

All are welcome, even if you haven’t read the book!

Ice cube painting

Weather permitting, AfterSchool on Tuesday, May 1st will go outside for ice cube painting! Made with water, food coloring, and a little bit of flour, these ice cubes will start to melt outside, allowing students to paint with them!

If the weather doesn’t allow us to be outside, we will make May Day/Mother’s day crafts.

Tuesday AfterSchool is offered in partnership with Twin Rivers YMCA and is open to all area elementary school children (under age 8 with supervision). Beginning right after school, the afternoon includes a snack, homework time, programs/activities and unstructured time for reading and play. Formal programming ends before 6 p.m.

Thank you, Officer James!

Color with a Cop was a huge success! AfterSchool loved meeting James, the visiting police officer, and coloring with him. While they colored, the kids asked him all sorts of questions! (No, police dogs do not track werewolves, to his knowledge.) He was a champ at answering all of their questions and promoting general safety.
Here are some of our creations:

Color with a Cop

Tuesday, April 24th, AfterSchool will have a visitor; a Valley police officer will be visiting! Coloring pages and blank paper will abound for creations.

Tuesday AfterSchool is offered in partnership with Twin Rivers YMCA and is open to all area elementary school children (under age 8 with supervision). Beginning right after school, the afternoon includes a snack, homework time, programs/activities and unstructured time for reading and play. Formal programming ends before 6 p.m.

Mo Willems for Third Saturday Story Time

The vote between Jon Klassen and Mo Willems on Facebook showed a slight preference for Mo Willems, so Mo Willems for Third Saturday Story Time it is! If you aren’t following us on Facebook already, please do so! You can participate in polls and discussions we have on there in the future.
Come April 21st at 10:30 for fun with Elephant and Piggie, Pigeon, and the book “That is Not a Good Idea!” As always, you can count on crafts, a yummy snack, and songs to accompany our books as well.

Cleaning Pennies

AfterSchool, on Tuesday, April 17th, will be exploring how to clean pennies. Will soap work? What happens with vinegar? Does it matter if we rinse them afterwards? Find out, this week, on another exciting episode of AfterSchool!

Tuesday AfterSchool is offered in partnership with Twin Rivers YMCA and is open to all area elementary school children (under age 8 with supervision). Beginning right after school, the afternoon includes a snack, homework time, programs/activities and unstructured time for reading and play. Formal programming ends before 6 p.m.