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Meeting Minutes — February 16, 2012

The following minutes are draft status pending approval.

The Chairperson, Don Turner, called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM
Present: J. Fausone, C. Van Auken, M. Siegrist, D. Turner
Absent: K. Schulz, G. Snow
Also Present: E. Davis, K. Gladden

Call To Audience

None (B. Czerniak, L. Golden, R. Havenstein-Coughlin, A. Heidemann, L. Papa, S. Rzetelny, N. Szczepanski, A. Thiruvenkat, R. Mahesh, S. Sathrasala, A. Yanamandra, P. Bharadwaj, S. Sundar, S. Kamakshisundaram, N. Sivashankar, S. Sivashankar, L. Baker, K. Sathrasala, S. Sundar)

Approval Of Agenda

The agenda was approved by unanimous consent.

Approval Of General Meeting Minutes

The minutes were approved as amended.


E. Davis reported receiving email communication that Trustee G. Snow would not be at the February meeting; Trustee K. Schulz was also traveling.

Director’s Report

The library catalogue and associated patron account functions will be unavailable on the morning of Tuesday, February 21 while the system is upgraded. (NOTE: This upgrade was postponed.)

E. Davis met with Eric and Laurel Hess, owners of Jungle Java Express; they are interested in renewing their lease on a year-to-year basis for a three year term. Davis will discuss this further with them and report back to the board before the current lease expires in May.

At the invitation of new library director Lawrence Marble, Davis attended the Garden City Library Board meeting on Tuesday, February 14. A decision will be forthcoming re: reinstating reciprocity in July when their millage goes into effect.

Board Comments

J. Fausone asked for clarification on the statistics re: patrons registering for email receipt of the electronic newsletter. (Roughly 31,000 patrons had already been receiving the electronic newsletter; an additional 150 patrons signed up as a result of the recent postcard campaign.) Davis and L. Golden stated that they were pleased with the number of patrons who had signed up thus far.

Unfinished Business

The Director’s Evaluation had been delivered and copies sent to the Board members by Chair D. Turner.

New Business

Destination Imagination Team presentation — The seven team members were present to receive their certificates and gift bags and to inform the Board of the final tally from their fundraising activities on behalf of the Canton Public Library. After expenses, the total amount raised (from sponsorships, concert tickets sold, candy sales, gift cards, and general donations) was just over $3,000. The group would like to see the money used for an additional group study room or teen-oriented materials.

Call To Audience

Davis introduced Lynda Baker, who is the new manager of Secondhand Prose, the Friends of the Library used bookstore and a Trustee on the Friends of the Library board.

Susan Kennedy (of K2+ Communications) will attend the March Board meeting to discuss the 2012-2014 strategic plan and get feedback from the board.


The meeting was adjourned at 7:50 PM. Colleen Van Auken – Secretary/Treasurer