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Board Meeting Minutes — Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Chairperson, Kim Schulz, called the meeting to order at 7:35 PM.

Present: N. Eggenberger, M. Farell, S. Foster, T. Hartnett, K. Schulz
Absent: J. Fausone
Also Present: E. Davis, K. Gladden

Call to Audience

(L. Golden, R. Havenstein-Coughlin, D. McHugh, L. Papa, S. Rzetelny, J. Spencer) – None

Approval of Agenda

The agenda was approved by unanimous consent.

Approval of General Meeting Minutes

The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.


E. Davis shared with the board a Village Theater program for the upcoming season in which the library has once again purchased advertising.

Director’s Report

Davis acknowledged the presence in the audience of Friends of the Library Secretary John Spencer; in July, the Friends’ bookstore, Secondhand Prose, sold approximately $7,300 worth of used books and other materials. The bookstore will now be open on the Sunday of the monthly Bag Sale weekend.

September is National Library Card Sign Up Month; a letter to the editor from Davis as well as an editorial appeared in the local edition of the Observer newspaper.

The annual Stuff the Truck event with the Detroit Diaper Bank will be held November 20-21; the organization will partner with the library to hold a 5th birthday party in April 2014.

The library’s second Lego contest will be held September 28-29 and they are looking for “celebrity” judges; the 2013 theme is Your Dream Home.

The library will be closed to the public on Monday October 14 for a staff in-service. The longevity recognition ceremony will be at 4:00 PM; the board is invited to attend.

Community Relations department head Laurie Golden has been appointed to the Board of Education’s Communication, Legislation and Partnerships subcommittee. 
The October meeting will see a 3rd Quarter Budget Amendment request, a Strategic Plan update, and Chris DeBear of Library Design Associates will present an overview of the Patron Service Improvement Project, for board approval of the project proposal.

Bruce Feiler – author of this year’s Everyone’s Reading selection, The Secrets of Happy Families – will speak at a program hosted by the MetroNet libraries at the Hindu Temple on Tuesday, October 29 at 7:00 PM; the Friends will provide the reception for this event. It is a free, ticketed event so interested board members should contact R. Havenstein-Coughlin for tickets as soon as possible. L. Golden and her department have done a stellar job in creating family programming for October, leading up Feiler’s appearance.

Committee Reports


Unfinished Business & General Orders

Proposed 2014 Board Meeting Calendar - Davis presented a revised schedule which accommodated changes suggested at the August meeting.

T. Hartnett moved and M. Farell supported a motion to accept the revised schedule as presented.

The motion passed unanimously 13/9-19/1.

New Business

Statistic of the Month – L. Golden presented a recap of the 2013 Connect Your Summer program, which ran from June 17-August 17. She explained in brief the variety of badges available and broke down how each fared in post-program staff and patron surveys. Golden and the CYS committee will consider the information obtained from the surveys when designing the 2014 program. Chair Schulz commented that seeing the progression of Connect Your Summer over the years has been fabulous and offered congratulations to the staff.

Call to Audience



The meeting was adjourned at 8:17 PM.