Blue Earth Community Library

Library Board Minutes

Sept. 13, 2010

4:15 pm


Members present: Kay Nemanic, John Huisman, Lennie Clement, Kathleen Benz, Wilma Bittinger and director Eva Gaydon as well as City Administrator Kathy Bailey.  Members absent:  Ann Ekse, excused


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


Minutes approved:

On a motion by Wilma Bittinger and second by Kathleen Benz, the minutes were approved as printed.


Approved bills: 

The motion was made by Kathleen Benz and seconded by Wilma Bittinger to approve payment of August bills.


Director’s Report:

MLA will hold their annual conference in Rochester, MN from Oct. 6-8.  A brochure was shared with board members, who are eligible to attend. 


Young Readers program will begin the fall session on Thursday, Sept 16th at 1 pm.  A second session will be added this year, being held from 7-8 pm starting Sept. 16th as well. 


Old Business:

Lennie described what is available at Whitewater State Park for bird watching and suggested that the library use the Steinberg bequest for the purchase of similar equipment for library patrons.  Eva will check with local birding experts to see what they recommend in the way of binoculars, etc.


New Business:

In partnership with Community Ed, the library is working on forming a Middle school book club. 


Kathy Bailey went over the proposed library budget for next year explaining how amounts are set and adjusted.  Changes in library staff will allow for some savings in the budget.  Kathy said the City and County will certify the final budget in December.


Motion to adjourn carried unanimously at 5:15.  Next meeting will be Oct. 11, 2010.


Respectfully submitted


Wilma Bittinger