Blue Earth Community Library

Library Board Minutes

March 8, 2010

4:15 p.m.


Members present: Ann Ekse, Wilma Bittinger, John Huisman, Kathleen Benz,Kay Nemanic,Lennie Clement and director Eva Gaydon.


Members Absent: Amalia Olson


Meeting called to order at 4:15 p.m. by President John Huisman

The minutes were approved as printed.


There was no Director’s Report


Old Business: 

There was no old business

New Business:


1.The copier currently being used on a trial basis is from Metro sales, and if we decide not to purchase, there will be a $500.00 pickup fee. As they have been prompt and reilable vendors, it was decided on a motion by Wilma Bittinger with a second from Ann Ekse to remain with Metro Sales.


2. The new rotation delivery system to Bricelyn and Frost was discussed. Deliveries of materials were sent to these locations and were approved by both of these areas.  Frost and Bricelyn have approximately 20-30 checkouts/month.


3. The 2010 budget was considered. In anticipation of the proposed Minnesota state government unallotments which could be as much as 235 thousand dollars, the city council will meet with various departments regarding how much each will have to trim from their budgets. We need to ook at longer-term reductions.






The summer reading program was discussed, with the idea of possibly finding someone to sponsor this. Incentive prizes cost around $800.00 last summer.


It was noted that we still have $20,000 available from the Steinberg bequest. The board felt that perhaps these funds should be invested in an instrument that returns more than the interest-bearing savings account to which they are presently attached. Ms. Gaydon will check if it is possible to purchase a certificate of deposit.


Respectfully submitted,

Ann Ekse, Secretary