Grace A. Dow Memorial Library

Library Board


Wednesday, October 19, 2011 7 p.m.

City Hall Council Chambers


      I.                        Roll Call

Burhans called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.


PRESENT: Melissa Barnard, Michael Burhans, Lucille Cronin, Sarah Galt, Laura Peterson, Suzanne Phillips, Mary Ann Woodbury


ABSENT:  Maxine Brink


ALSO PRESENT: Wendy Shields, Technical Secretary; Virginia McKane, Assistant Director; Marty Wazbinski


   II.                        Acceptance of August 17, 2011 Meeting Minutes

Motion to accept minutes made by Galt, seconded by Cronin.  Motion approved.


 III.                        Additions or Changes to the Agenda



IV.                        Public Comments



   V.                        Presentation on Library Databases

In addressing the Board goal to increase awareness of the library, Barnard arranged for Ron Suszek, Supervisor of Adult Services, to give a presentation.  Suszek gave an overview of the library’s databases.


VI.                        Director’s Report

Barnard announced that special promotional rental charges will be offered on DVDs during November and December.  This promotion is intended to highlight the unique resources available in the collection.  Galt and Burhans thought this was a great way to make patrons familiar with our unique selection of DVDs.


Patrons are encouraged to participate in the Great Michigan Read featuring Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age by Kevin Boyle.  Copies of the books will be available for check out beginning in November. 


The Battle of the Books Kick Off is Saturday, November 12th and features children’s author Shelley Pearsall.  Fourth and fifth graders from the Midland area will be participating in this annual program.





VII.                        Patron Comments and Suggestions


1.      Why is there not a drive up book deposit in the City of Midland?  All of us Baby Boomers who have walking issues would love to have one.

Options have been explored but no economical solution has been found.

2.      The new fall flower plantings by the front door are lovely!


1.      Very pleased to see the Criterion Collection featured in the video area – many of these titles cannot be found in video stores, making the library an even more important community resource!


Eleven comments were received regarding date stamping.


Four comments were received regarding ebooks for ereaders.


VIII.                        Old Business

 a.   Board/Community Communications

Phillips noted that the Friends October Book Sale was a success.  Burhans relayed that he had received a positive comment about Circle Time storytime.  Peterson commented that the bookmarks and posters has been received at Midland Public Schools to promote the Battle of the Books program and that students are getting excited about it.


      b.   Mid-Michigan Library Cooperative Report

                                    Cronin reported on the MMLC meeting which took place on 9/8/2011.  The final report from the work plan of last year and the 2011-12 budget were approved.  An audit will be scheduled for the budget.  A report on the director’s evaluation and the summer reading program was presented.  The 2011-12 work plan was also discussed.


c.    Library Board 2011-12 Goals

Board members brainstormed ideas to increase adult circulation statistics.


IX.                        New Business

a.        Library Board Workshop, Tuesday, November 1st, 5:30 p.m.

Workshop will take place at Whiting Forest with a light dinner included.


   X.                        Board Announcements



XI.                        Adjournment

Galt moved to adjourn.  Phillips seconded.  Motion approved.  Meeting adjourned at

8:20 p.m.