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Hopkins District Library

August 11th Minutes

Due to transferring to our new website, these minutes and their agenda were not in the original transfer.


August 11, 2015

The meeting was called to order by Natalie Bazan, Director at 7:05 PM.

Roll Call Present: Tom Bailey, Natalie Bazan, Mimi Gabriel, Chris Navis and Barb Wrobleski.

Absent: Suzanne Antvelink, Karon Dunifin, Lynn Francis, Traci Rhoades.

Approval of Agenda: Two amendments were made to the agenda for discussion – free books offered at the East Lake Campstore and the planning for a Christmas Parade/Activities. Tom made a motion seconded by Barb for the approval of the amended agenda.

Approval of Minutes: Chris made the motion for approval of the minutes, seconded by Barb.

Treasurers Report: Tom made the motion for approval of the budget and seconded by Chris.

Correspondence: None

Public Comment: None

Director's Report:

Programs Ongoing: Book club. Upcoming: See newsletter. Summer Reading is done. The welding class is planned. Fall planning is done.

Publicity: Up to 541 likes on Facebook, planning additional advertising on Facebook, Allegan County Community Foundation quarterly news is out, advert. is still up at the Regent Theater, August-October newsletter.

Meetings, workshops, etc: Advisory and Board Meeting for LLC.

Building Issues: None

Budget Issues: None

Library Closings: Was closed for a week due to a power surge which took out the modem and firewall and the printer. They were down for two weeks. Will be closed on Saturday and Monday over Labor Day.

Volunteers: Two Michigan Works teen employees working at the library. One of them worked well and the other not.

Lakeland, State other library news: New website (delayed till Aug 14)

Patron comments and suggestions: donations for the library and for the library cat, continued book suggestions, dvd suggestions and programming suggestions.

Other: Keep Your Arts Alive competition through beginning of September, Bench/Firepit and plaque ordered from Perrigo Foundation (pots coming soon), Holiday book giveaway

planning in progress for December to the parochial schools – St. Stans, St. Marys and Moline Christian.

Old Business - Mobil Library – A “Tiny House” was advertised on Craig's List for $15,000 and volunteers are going to South Haven to look at it on Saturday, August 15th. Discussion was held about writing a DeLano Grant to pay for it.

New Business - Soaker hoses – Natalie will look into the cost.

Technology - The library experienced a power surge (related to the installation of a new pole nearby) that blew the modem, firewall and printer. It was down for 2 weeks. Will cost $1,200 - $1,500 to fix.

Natalie proposed that Education & Training certification training is available to her. She would be a Certified Public Library Administrator. The cost is $2,845 which would be split between Dorr & Hopkins over four years. Motion made and seconded for approval.

East Lake Camp Store – Mimi suggested that we provide free books to kids that camp at East Lake. We could provide book shelves with the free books. Natalie will talk to owners, Katherine & Greg Miller.

Christmas Event – Tom reported that planning is in the works for a Christmas Event in Hopkins on a weekend in December which would feature a tree lighting, Santa parade, wagon rides, hot chocolate and much, much more!

Public Comment – none

Adjournment – Tom made a motion and seconded by Mimi to adjourn.

Next Meeting: Tuesday, September 8, 2015.