The Chairperson, Michelle Farell, called the meeting to order at 7:43 PM.

Present:           Nancy Eggenberger, Michelle Farell, Jane Pandit, Don Turner, Amy Watts

Absent:            Jasmine Lee

Also Present:  E. Davis, K. Gladden

  • CALL TO AUDIENCE  (R. Fairchild, K. Hedrick, D. McHugh, M. Nicholson, R. Noble, N. Szczepanski, K. Young) – None

The agenda was approved by unanimous consent.


The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.

  • DIRECTORS REPORT — The library is 66% of the way through 2018, as of August 31st.  State Aid to Libraries and interest income received raised the revenue to over 100%; this will be addressed in the 3rd Quarter Budget Amendment in October.  Due to payments made earlier in the year, Insurance and Capital Outlay are still trending higher but will fall in line as the year progresses; all other expenditures are generally in line. The board will vote on the 4th Quarter Budget Amendment at the December meeting, and will also have a vote to move money from the Fund Balance to cover expenditures from the 2018 staff area construction project.

    Rebecca Havenstein-Coughlin’s retirement reception for the public has been tentatively scheduled for Sunday, October 21st from 2-4 PM.

  • TRUSTEE COMMENTS — Trustee Nancy Eggenberger may miss the October board meeting, as well as the Michigan Library Association conference.
  • COMMITTEE REPORTS — Chair Michelle Farell confirmed that she was in receipt of director Eva Davis’ self-evaluation, as well as a few evaluations from library staff members. The Director’s Evaluation Committee will meet on October 1st.
  • 2019 Calendar of Board Meetings and Holiday Closures (2nd Reading) — N. Eggenberger moved and D. Turner supported a motion to accept the 2019 Calendar as presented.
    The motion passed unanimously 18/9-20-1
    • Presentation by Engie Services — Ken Hedrick and Rob Fairchild of Engie Services, an independent energy efficiency consulting company, explained how they could work with us to evaluate and prioritize replacement projects for our major mechanical and building fixtures.

       Board approval is needed to proceed with a study for this project. Since Secretary/Treasurer Jasmine Lee was
       not present at the meeting, the board agreed to carry the discussion forward to the October meeting.

  • Wage and Salary Discussion for 2020 and Beyond — After briefly discussing the Salary and Salary and Fringes graphs supplied by Business Services Department Head Marian Nicholson, the board agreed to dig more deeply into the subject at a meeting in early 2019.
  • Overview of 2019 Capital Projects — Some of the items on the document supplied to the board were facilities-related placeholders on the master capital replacement spreadsheet.  Also planned are a renovation of the Sorting Room; improvements to the Friends’ donation area; and replacement of the Pedigrid walk-off carpet in the lobby.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:50 PM.  

Is your life upside down if you forget your phone or misplace it? How much time do you think you spend on your electronic devices such as your phone, your ipad, your laptop? Mobilstatistics recently reported that the average person spends 90 minutes a day on his/her phone. That adds up to 23 days a year and 3.9 years over a lifetime of staring at a screen. Need to disconnect? Check these books out first!

Do you find yourself reaching for your phone first thing in the morning? All day long? Right before you go to sleep? You just might be addicted to it. Price has provided a manual for breaking addiction to your smartphone or any other wireless mobile device (jokingly, if slightly disturbingly, referred to as WMD). In the first part of the book, Price lays out the multiple ways this addiction can be harmful and result in anything from poor sleep to adult-onset ADHD. Probably most commonly, the devices commandeer our attention, keeping us from being present in the moment while also curtailing our productivity and creativity. The second half of the book is a 30-day guide to breaking up with your phone. Starting with downloading a usage-tracking app and ending with a 24-hour phast (phone fast), Price lays out a comprehensive, step-by-step solution to spending less time with your phone and more time doing the things you love. The style doesn't make for riveting reading, but as a self-help manual, this does the trick.

Kardaras, an addictions expert and professor of neuroscience, uses scientific studies and examples from his own practice to show the addictive powers of electronic gaming and social media, calling them electronic cocaine. He cites cases about teens who are avid gamers losing touch with reality and tests showing that attention and memory are shrinking in school children. Although not completely against the computer (he admits to writing his book electronically), his main concerns are the effects games have on the developing brains of younger users and the explosion of electronics in education. The constant reward seeking and escalating challenges cause an increase in dopamine, which translates into addiction, leading Kardaras to speculate on links to ADHD and waning sensory awareness as well as the influence of cyberbullying on rising crime and suicide rates. His tone is conversational rather than threatening, and his commonsense suggestions for combating this epidemic (public awareness, full disclosure by tech companies, emphasis on critical thinking in schools) are reassuring. Kardaras' eye-opening study is sure to spark discussions among parents and educators

The alchemist [kit] by Paulo Coelho

The charming tale of Santiago, a shepherd boy, who dreams of seeing the world, is compelling in its own right, but gains resonance through the many lessons Santiago learns during his adventures. He journeys from Spain to Morocco in search of worldly success, and eventually to Egypt, where a fateful encounter with an alchemist brings him at last to self-understanding and spiritual enlightenment. Comparisons to The Little Prince are appropriate; this is a sweetly exotic tale for young and old alike.

Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American dream and the new South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn't commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roy's time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy's conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together.

Memphis, Tennessee, 1936. The five Foss children find their lives changed forever when their parents leave them alone on the family shantyboat one stormy night. Rill Foss, just twelve years old, must protect her four younger siblings as they are wrenched from their home on the Mississippi and thrown into the care of the infamous Georgia Tann, director of the Tennessee Children's Home Society. South Carolina, Present Day. Avery Stafford has lived a charmed life. Loving daughter to her father, a U.S. Senator, she has a promising career as an assistant D.A. in Baltimore and is engaged to her best friend. But when Avery comes home to help her father weather a health crisis and a political attack, a chance encounter with a stranger leaves her deeply shaken. Avery's decision to learn more about the woman's life will take her on a journey through her family's long-hidden history.

A woman and her husband admitted to a hospital to have a baby requests that their nurse be reassigned - they are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is black, to touch their baby. The hospital complies, but the baby later goes into cardiac distress when Ruth is on duty. She hesitates before rushing in to perform CPR. When her indecision ends in tragedy, Ruth finds herself on trial, represented by a white public defender who warns against bringing race into a courtroom. As the two come to develop a truer understanding of each other's lives, they begin to doubt the beliefs they each hold most dear. CPL's Lunch and a Book Group gave this title 4.5 stars out of 5. This kit contains 10 copies of the title.

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September 23rd is Bisexual Visibility Day. Check out one of these great teen books that feature bi characters.

How to make a wish by Ashley Herring Blake
Adaptation by Malinda Lo

Murder on the Orient Express: a Hercule Poirot Mystery by Agatha Christie is one of the author's most famous mysteries. The story was inspired by two real-life crimes and the author's own experience being stranded on the Orient Express during Christmas of 1931.

In the book, the dapper detective Hercule Poirot, for whom murder-solving is a precise, intellectual exercise, agrees to interview all aboard the famous train's Calais coach, hoping to find the killer of an American millionaire before the local police arrive.

If you enjoy fast-paced mysteries like Murder on the Orient Express, then you may enjoy...

Also available in: audiobook

In 1914, a bold young American names Mary Russell meets a retired beekeeper in the English countryside. His name is Sherlock Holmes. And though many years have passed since he astonished Watson by solving Scotland Yard's most baffling crimes, the Great Detective is no fool. He instantly spots a fellow intellect in Mary. When his greatest enemy returns with a fiendishly resourceful plan for revenge, Holmes knows he faces the case of his lifetime - and that he needs Mary's help to solve it.

Also available in: audiobook

Nurse Hester Monk and her husband, William, commander of the Thames River Police, do desperate battle with two obsessed scientists who in the name of healing have turned to homicide. The monomaniacal Rand brothers--Magnus, a cunning doctor, and Hamilton, a genius chemist--are utterly ruthless in their pursuit of a cure for the fatal "white-blood disease." In London's Royal Naval Hospital annex, Hester is tending one of the brothers' dying patients--wealthy Bryson Radnor--when she stumbles upon three weak, terrified young children, and learns to her horror that they've been secretly purchased and imprisoned by the Rands for experimental purposes. But the Rand brothers are too close to a miracle cure to allow their experiments to be exposed. Before Hester can reveal the truth, she too becomes a prisoner. As Monk and his faithful friends--distinguished lawyer Oliver Rathbone and reformed brothel keeper Squeaky Robinson among them--scour London's grimy streets and the beautiful English countryside searching for her, Hester's time, as well as the children's, is quickly draining away.

Did you miss our Books and Stories Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions to have a bookish storytime at home!

From Storytime

A child of books by Oliver Jeffers


If you enjoyed reading about Kirsten Larson, the American Girl character who immigrates to the United States from Sweden in the 1850s, you might be interested in these titles.


Lucky broken girl by Ruth Behar