Meeting Minutes - July 21, 2011

July 21, 2011 — 7:30 p.m.
The Chairperson, Michael Siegrist, called the meeting to order at 7:32 p.m.
Present: M. Siegrist, K. Schulz, G. Snow, D. Turner, C. Van Auken
Absent: J. Fausone
Also Present: E. Davis, K. Gladden

Call To Audience

(G. Bell, R. Havenstein-Coughlin, A. Heidemann, L. Papa, S. Rzetelny, N. Szczepanski, C. Young, A. Young-Snow):

Cecil Young spoke about the proposed Volunteer Code of Conduct policy and of his desire that the non-discrimination clause language be altered to include "sexual orientation" and "gender identification" as protected classes in the policy. He indicated that he believes that the library will appear to be a more inclusive and welcoming place to a younger generation of library users if the proposed changes are made.

Approval Of Agenda

The agenda was approved by unanimous consent.

Approval Of General Meeting Minutes

The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.



Report Of The Library Director

Approximately $188,000 in additional delinquent property taxes was received from Wayne County (monies levied in December 2009 for the fiscal year 2010.) Because of this additional revenue, the department heads are looking at accelerating some 2012 projects into 2011, which will be brought to the board for approval as outlined in the Purchasing Policy.

QR Codes

By now, you have probably noticed these funny looking boxes on everything from cereal to restaurant menus. You have also probably wondered what the heck they are and if they matter to you. Well, these black and white squares are actually called QR codes, a type of 2D barcode meant to be read by smartphones. Originally created by a Toyota subsidiary in Japan to track automotive parts, these black and white boxes are now being used to pass along text, web addresses and all sorts of information to smartphones. Companies are using these codes to direct customers to everything from sweepstakes entry forms to job applications. Get scanning today with one of the many smartphone apps that enable you to scan and read QR codes — like NeoReader & BeeTagg Reader (just to name a few).

Anatomy of a Crime Novel

Libby Fischer Hellmann, a Chicago-based author of crime novels will be conducting two fee-based workshops this Fall on how to write a crime novel. Ms. Hellmann has been twice-nominated for an Anthony Award and once for an Agatha.

For more information and/or to register go to Libby Fischer Hellmann's Writing Workshops.

Easy innocence by Libby Fischer Hellmann

Knitting Block by Block

Knitting block by block by Nicky Epstein — It is amazing how many projects can be constructed by using blocks. In this book, renowned knitter and designer Nicky Epstein shows 150 different blocks you can use to create sweaters, afghans, bags, scarves, and a bunch of other items. She includes so many different techniques in these blocks that even experienced knitters may learn some new ones.

Adult Contemporary Book Discussion September 19

The Leisure Seeker by Michael Zadoorian is about a road trip. An elderly married couple from the Detroit area decide to take their RV on a nostalgic ride along Route 66 to Disneyland for one last vacation to remember and relive the past. It's not so much about the destination, as it is getting there. So take a journey with us and be a tourist on Monday, September 19 at 7:00 p.m. in the Purple Room.

Baby Sign Language

Many parents teach signs to their young children before they are able to speak. If you'd like to try signing with your baby, we have materials that can help you get started. Below are some suggested books and DVDs that can be found in the Parenting section in the Children's Department.

Baby sign language basics: early communication for hearing babies and toddlers by Monta Z. Briant

Baby signing: how to talk with your baby in American sign language by Andrea Fixell and Ted Stafford

Baby sign language for hearing babies by Karyn Warburton

Baby talk: a guide to using basic sign language to communicate with your baby by Monica Beyer; with a foreword by Alan Greene


Enjoy some easy-to-read stories to get yourself ready to go back to school. Listed below are some of our newer arrivals. You can read them to yourself, or share with a school buddy. Happy reading!

Katie and the class pet by Fran Manushkin; illustrated by Tammie Lyon

The Smurfs: off to school! by Peyo

Class picture day by written by Margaret McNamara; illustrated by Mike Gordon

Splendid speller by Jane O'Connor; cover illustration by Robin Preiss Glasser; interior illustrations by Ted Enik

It's the 100th day, Stinky Face! by Lisa McCourt; illustrated by Cyd Moore