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The Chrisman Public Library Board held their monthly meeting on February 10th with six members present and three absent. The meeting began with the approval of the December meeting minutes.
Due to the cancellation of the January meeting, both the December and January Bookkeeper’s reports were reviewed. A motion was made to accept the report was made by board member Greg Lientz and seconded by President Donna Malone.
Statistics for January include: 175 new items cataloged; 196 items loaned to patrons; 317 items loaned to other libraries; 128 items borrowed from other libraries; 6 Internet user sessions and 33 electronic books checked out.
Two books were received from Heartful Children’s Foundation. Their mission is to help children with cancer through art. They have donated books to 1,075 libraries in California. Chrisman was one of the 800 libraries chosen outside of California to receive these books.
Illinois Heartland Library System has made some improvements that benefit the libraries patrons. In the past, they have sent text or email notices when someone had items overdue by three days. This was inconvenient for people who had checked our multiple DVD’s at fifty cents a day per DVD overdue.
Now they are sending out notices three days before an item is due and some are automatically renewed. More people are signing up for text or email notices and more are away that they can check their account online. Both librarians frequently give mini lessons about online accounts to anyone who is interested.
Meeting dates and Holidays for 2022 were reviewed. Greg Lientz motioned to accept the meeting dates with Kyle Lientz seconding the motion. All present board members voted “yes” to accept the 2022 meeting dates and holidays. The motion carried.
Attendance of board members for meetings was discussed. A couple of board members have missed several meetings. The idea of possibly replacing said board members was discussed, but at this time, no one has expressed interest in becoming a board member.
The Chrisman Public Library Board held their monthly meeting on March 10th.
Statistics for the month of February include: 204 items loaned to patrons; 278 items loaned to other libraries; 94 items borrowed from other libraries; 89 new items cataloged; 24 electronic books checked out and 4 Internet user sessions.
The library has been blessed with volunteers lately. Mary Rank has been present at the library several times and has moved the large donation from Terry Elston into the nonfiction shelves. Susie Hoult has also come in to put stickers on many of the DVD’s. Dick Long came in and put plates in some donated books and stamped them. “These people are a great help and I want to thank them for their service,” Librarian Cheri Oates said.
The library system ceased to mail out their invoices/bills, but they did not contact the library about this change. Ultimately, this caused the library to be behind in their payments. “We had changed from annual billing to $300 a quarter to avoid one large bill,” Librarian Beth Daily said. “Until last week there was no communication.”
A large donation will be making its way to the library. A total of twenty boxes, mostly filled with cookbooks is set to be delivered. Both librarians were thinking of replacing two computer stations with a couple of bookshelves to display the large number of cookbooks.