Meeting Minutes - May 20, 2010

The Chairperson, Colleen Van Auken, called the meeting to order at 7:31PM
Present: K. Schulz, M. Siegrist, C. Van Auken, J. Fausone, G. Snow, D. Turner
Also Present: E. Davis, S. Rzetelny

Call to Audience

No comments (A. Heidemann, L. Papa, Ellen Pare, Michael Pare)

Approval of Agenda

The agenda was approved as presented

Approval of Minutes

Minutes of the April 15 meeting were approved as presented

Communications

E. Davis shared with the Board a note from Peg Britz on behalf of the Friends Board and Secondhand Prose volunteers, thanking the library for the volunteer luncheon.

Report of the Library Director

E. Davis reported that Nancy Szczepanski had accepted the new position of Department Head for Circulation Services, in charge of a group of roughly 50 employees. She will assume her new duties as of June 1. Leo Papa will continue on as interim supervisor for the rest of the Technical Services group (9-10 people).

Davis mentioned a spate of articles and emails about other Metro Detroit libraries that are cutting hours, cutting staff, etc. in an effort to cope with the current budget realities.

Fishy Books

With books like these, who needs a Nemo movie?

A fishy story by text by Gail Donovan ; illustrations by David Austin Clar Studio

Hooray for fish! by Lucy Cousins

Professor Bumble and the monster of the deep by Daniel Napp ; translated by Hilary Schmitt-Thomas

There was an old lady who swallowed a trout by Teri Sloat ; illustrated by Reynold Ruffins

Rainbow Fish discovers the deep sea by Marcus Pfister

Murder Will Out — June 2010

Historical mysteries have become increasingly popular in the last decade. If you are a fan of historical fiction, and historical mystery stories in particular, you've read many of the well-known authors of this sub-genre: Steven Saylor, Anne Perry, Eliot Pattison, I. J. Parker, Lindsey Davis, John Maddox Robert, Margaret Frazer, and the list goes on, but have you read the works of:

Nefertiti: the book of the dead by Nick Drake

Critique of criminal reason by Michael Gregorio

The fifth servant by Kenneth Wishnia

Thirteenth night : a medieval mystery by Alan Gordon

Library Board Meeting Agenda - June 17, 2010

Thursday, June 17, 2010, 7:30PM

  • Call to Order
  • Call to Audience
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of Minutes
  • Communications
  • Report of the Library Director
  • Old Business
  • New Business
    • July Board Meeting (item of discussion) – verify quorum
    • Possible utilization of Fund Balance monies to pay some or all of 2011 debt obligation (item of discussion)
  • Call to Audience
  • Adjourn

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Meeting Minutes - April 15, 2010

The Chairperson, Colleen Van Auken, called the meeting to order at 7:33PM
Present: K. Schulz, M. Siegrist, C. Van Auken, J. Fausone, G. Snow, D. Turner
Also Present: E. Davis, K. Gladden, G. Bell, A. Davis, M. Swartz

Call to Audience

No comments (R. Havenstein-Coughlin, A. Heidemann, L. Papa, S. Rzetelny)

Approval of Agenda

The agenda was approved as amended

Approval of Minutes

Minutes of the March 18 meeting were approved as presented

Communications

E. Davis shared with the Board an invitation from the new Belleville District Library to attend a reception and swearing-in ceremony of the new District Board on April 24th.

Included in the April PR packet were materials relating to the 2009 Annual Report that were mailed to donors and a placard that was sent to community partners.

Report of the Library Director

Canton Township confirmed that Canton Center Road construction would begin in earnest on Monday, April 26.

Permits were received April 15, so construction of the new sorting area in the former library Copy Center would also begin on Monday, April 26.

Feed Your Pet Right

We, as humans and consumers, may look at food labels before we buy a product. Maybe if it's too high in sugar or sodium or fat we won't buy it. If you have a pet, have you ever read the labels on pet food? You might be surprised. This book, Feed Your Pet Right, is by a human nutritionist, Dr. Marion Nestle, and an animal nutrition expert, Dr. Maldon Neheim. The authors take a fascinating look at the science behind pet food and guides pet owners to make informed decisions to provide a healthy, balanced diet for their pets.

Michigan's Gray Wolves: Should People Be Allowed to Kill Them?

If wolves attack livestock or pets, do humans have the right to kill them, even if they're on the Endangered Species list? This long-standing debate has reached the states of Michigan and Wisconsin. Both states have requested permission from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to obtain permits allowing the killing of wolves, including gray wolves, which are protected under the federal Endangered Species Act. There are roughly 600 wolves in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The FWS is accepting public comments on this issue through May 19. Email your comments to Regional Director Peter Fasbender at: permitsR3ES@fws.gov. For more information, check out FWS's web page.
You can learn more about the pros and cons of wolf killing by checking out the book Once a Wolf: How Wildlife Biologists Fought to Bring Back the Gray Wolf.

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