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The Chrisman Public Library Board held their first meeting of the new year on January 12, 2023. Statistics for December 2022 include three hundred sixty-five items loaned to patrons; two hundred thirty-eight items loaned to other libraries; eighty-three items borrowed from other libraries; one hundred twenty-four new items located; sixteen electronic books checked out and five internet user sessions.
The Chrisman librarians extended a thank you to Rick Jenness for putting away the Christmas decorations, starting a new year for the library. Loretta Fagg was thanked for doing such a good job putting up the gold and pearl Christmas Tree. Taylor Lovett also received thanks for doing a great job on the red, white and blue tree as well as donating a tree for next year.
Earlier in the moth, the library phone was out due to the outside line needing fixed. A work order has been submitted for city worker Cody Lewis to put up the bookshelves. Librarian Beth Daily mentioned that if the job is preferred to be done by the board members, the work order can be taken back.
Daily also mentioned that due to this time of year and being overwhelmed with reports needing done, she would be getting the Per Capita Grant Application as soon as possible.
Other reports needing done for the library include: Illinois State Library Certification, Illinet Interlibrary Loan & Reciprocal Borrowing Statistical Survey, Non-Resident Fee & IPLAR- Illinois Public Library Annual Report.
At the December meeting of the Chrisman Public Library held on December 8th, twenty children participated in the stuffed animal sleepover. The children made a name tag, sleep mask and blanket for their “pet”. Santa Claus came and read them a story. He also took the letters from them back to the North Pole. The next day, the kids came back for their stuffed animal and got a doughnut, juice, candy cane, pencil, sticker, the mask they made and a photo album of the animals at their sleepover.
A total of ninety people came to see Santa: forty-four children, forty-two adults, three volunteer helpers (Grayson Strange, Tori LaBaume and Ellie Lorton), board members (Lori Mallory & Rick Jenness) and Staff (Beth Daily and Cheri Oates).
In matters of New Business, board member Kyle Lientz motioned to reimburse Rob and Lori Mallory two hundred and fifty dollars for ‘Scare on the Square’ with Rick Jenness seconding the motion. All members voted yes.
It was also discussed if there should be a time limit for public comment. It was decided that a three minute time limit would be enough. Lori Mallory motioned to set three minutes as the time limit for public comment and Rick Jenness seconded it. All present board members voted yes.
After her death, the ‘Betty Beals Memorial’ fund was started. The board discussed how much the librarians could spend on books with the money from the memorial and decided they could spend $1,000 on what books are needed. The books purchased will have memorial plates in them. Greg Lientz made the motion to have the librarians spend one thousand dollars on books from the fund. Lori Mallory seconded the motion. All members voted yes.
The next board meeting of the Chrisman Public Library will be on February 9th at 7:00 p.m.