January 10, 2019 Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes

[draft minutes]

Call to Order: President Cole Buffington called the Jan. 10, 2019 meeting to order at 6:30pm.

Pledge of Allegiance: The pledge of allegiance was recited.

Roll Call: Trustees answering roll call: Cole Buffington, Theresa Samson, James Musson, Teresa Mejstrik.

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 C. Buffington pointed out the Open Meetings Act poster on the wall of the meeting room.

Approval of Agenda: Motion to approve by T. Mejstrik, second by J. Musson. Yeas: C. Buffington, T. Samson, T. Mejstrik, J. Musson. Nays: None. Motion carried 4-0. There were no consent agenda items that required approval.

Recognition of Visitors: Gerri Nordell, secretary of Friends of the Library, was recognized.

Public Comment: President C. Buffington asked for public comment. None was given.

Approval of Prior Meeting’s Minutes: Motion to approve the minutes as presented was made by T. Mejstrik, second by J. Musson. Yeas: T. Mejstrik, J. Musson, C. Buffington, T. Samson. Nays: None. Motion Carried 4-0.


A. Board President: No official report.

B. Library Director: S. Voshell handed out a written document of the Librarian’s report, which she went over verbally and answered questions from the Board. Board members were reminded that to complete the re-certification, from the Trustee Academy, we need 15 hours before June. If each member commits to watching at least 3 videos, we will have enough to re-certify. S. Voshell will send links to board members so that this can be completed. She will also be researching in-person training opportunities for board members.

C. Friends of the Library: Gerri Nordell read the minutes from the last Friends meeting.

D. Foundation: No representatives were present, however; C. Buffington passed along the information that a $100.00 donation had been given to the Foundation from the Omaha Community Foundation.

Old Business: None.

New Business:

The 90 day appraisal of Librarian, S. Voshell was completed by the board with president C. Buffington taking the lead. T. Samson made the motion to accept the appraisal, seconded by J. Musson. Yeas: C. Buffington, T. Mejstrik, J. Musson, T. Samson. Nays: None. Motion carried 4-0. The completed employee evaluation form was signed and will be given to the city council.

Comments and Announcements by Board Members:

C. Buffington thanked the Friends of the Library representative for attending

Meeting Adjournment was announced by President C. Buffington at 7:12pm. Next meeting is March 14, 2019 at 6:30pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Theresa Samson, secretary

Library Board Meeting Agenda


Valley Public Library Board Meeting

DATE AND PLACE OF MEETING :        Thursday, Jan 10, 2019

                                                                             Valley Public Library

                                                                             232 N Spruce St. 


CHAIR OF MEETING:                    Cole Buffington, 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/.


  1. Call to Order
  2. Pledge of Allegiance
  3. Roll Call (K. Held, T. Mejstrik, C. Buffington, T. Samson, J. Musson)
  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
  10. Board President
  11. Library Director
  12. Friends of the Library
  13. Foundation
  14. Old Business
  15. New Business
  16. Librarian’s 90 Day Appraisal. [ACTION]
  17. Closed Session – The President may entertain a motion to enter into closed session in accordance with the Nebraska Open Meetings Act. [ACTION]
  18. Comments and Announcements by Board Members
  19. Adjournment

Mitten Story Time

Join us December 15th at 10:30 for our Third Saturday Story Time. This month is all about mittens, with books, songs, a snack, and the opportunity to make your own laminated mitten ornament!
Pictured here are Sydney’s and Sami’s very beautiful examples (Such talent!).

Mini golf is back!

Join us tomorrow, Thursday November 29th, for mini golf at the library.
This time I had some help setting up from a library volunteer!

Thursday 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.
All are welcome to come check it out!

Happy Thanksgiving!

As a reminder, the library will be CLOSED on Thursday and Friday due to Thanksgiving.
This means that there will no After School program this week. I will see After School students again on Thursday, November 29th.

Fun Facts:
1. Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird, not the eagle.
2. About 20% of all cranberries that are consumed in the U.S. per year are eaten on Thanksgiving.
3. The Macy’s Day Parade, when it started in 1924, had live animals from the Central Park Zoo instead of balloons! (Check out our children’s nonfiction book Balloons over Broadway for the story of how balloons were introduced to the parade!)

AfterSchool Halloween Spirit!

On Thursdays, Valley Public Library offers activities for all area elementary children (under age 8 with supervision), in partnership with Twin Rivers YMCA. 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.

Last week, we played pin the spider on the web, along with other carnival-like games, and we had the option to make a cute pumpkin craft.

This coming week, the Halloween spirit will continue with more games, including Wrap the Mummy (with toilet paper) and Feed the Ghost (a tossing game), as well as a mummy craft! Come and check it out!