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pen Meeting Notice
Monday, October 12, 2020    Noon at the library

1. Call to order
2. Meeting notes from September 2020, meeting
3. Bills 
4. Technology grant
5. Librarian report
6. Adjournment
Next meeting  November 9, 2020

Minutes of the October 12, 2020 meeting:

Minutes of Board meeting 10-12-20

Present: Ginny, Roger, Audrey, Maggie

Absent: Austin, Jack

Ginny called us to order at 12:09 pm.

Motion to approve minutes of the September meeting was made by Roger. Second offered by Audrey. Carry. Motion to approve bills made by Audrey. Second by Roger. Carry. Discussion was held regarding the Expetec proposal and the technology grant. The board asked Rhonda to research other companies that provide the same service and hardware so that prices can be compared.

Librarian report: The Davidson bill was sent to city hall with a bill that George had. The total was $257.30. JP concrete will come work at west door yet this fall.Silent Auction maybe in November and add Saturdays back into schedule 9-12. Not sure if amount of traffic will warrant staffing but won’t know until we do it.Events Crafts 10-7. 9 ladies. Bingo 10-14Book Discussion November 4 Water Keeper by Charles Martin. Story Time: Little Sprouts, Cindy Zuehlke, Brittany Bush.We will participate in Trunk or Treat and give out books. We will be closed on November 11 – Veterans Day and Th-Sun Thanksgiving weekend. When items are donated that don’t get put into circulation we often put on used book sale. May we explore ebay? The board asked Rhonda to learn more about the process since we are a city entity.

Maggie made the motion to adjourn at 1:00. The second offered by Audrey.

The next meeting will be November 9, 2020 at noon.

Minutes of the September 14, 2020 Board meeting
Present:Jack, Roger, Ginny Absent: Maggie, Audrey, Austin
Ginny called us to order at 12:12. Minutes of the August meeting were approved motion by Jack and second by Roger. Bills approved by Roger; second by Jack.

Only discussion was held at this meeting due to number in attendance. Rhonda updated the members about the Technology grant and the federal requirements that were originally unknown to the first round applicants. Further discussion led to quotes from Expetec in Aberdeen. This will be discussed further at the next meeting.

Rhonda updated the members about the circulation and patron numbers the last 4 weeks, plumbing done by Davidsons, plans for future events at the library. Story time will go on the road this week at 2 daycares. One more will be added in October. The other 3 have not yet scheduled. Rhonda would like to replace outdated staff computers. Quotes are requested for the next meeting to the full board to review and potentially approve. The annual SDLA conference later this month is going to be held virtually. Interested staff members may register.

The meeting adjourned at 1:30

The next meeting will be at noon on Monday, October 12, 2020.


Minutes of the August 10, 2020 Board meeting

Meeting called to order by President Ginny at 12:15

Present: Ginny, Roger, Jack, Maggie

Absent: Audrey, Austin

Jack made a motion to approve minutes from the July 2020 meeting. Second by Roger. Approved by vote.

Maggie made the motion to approve the bills. Second by Jack. Approved by vote.

Cindy visited with the board. Rhonda will research and provide feedback.

Maggie made a motion to adjourn to discuss personnel. Second by Jack. Adjourned at 12:26.

Resume regular meeting at 12:40. No action taken.

  1. report:Adult summer reading began on August 3. Program explained. There were 10 for crafts on the 5th. Crafts again on August 19. Trying Bingo at event center also on the alternate Wednesdays. SMD grant review completed. Tech grant computer in but not set up yet. Patron traffic report shared. Ideas for ST this fall could be in person at Daycare, outside at daycare, messenger room, FB live or not at all. Rhonda will be in contact with daycare providers this month and make a plan. Fall events: no Jr. events planned at this time. We talked about having book discussion, Bingo where we can be distanced. Library will be closed on Monday, September 7 LABOR DAY. Zoom meeting with SDSL staff will be held on 13th. SDLA will host conference virtually September 30 and October 1. No schedule yet. Humanities grant available for covid relief.
  2. was held for regarding items in the report. Maggie suggested Storytime in the park which would work for moms who bring their kids. Regarding the grant: One suggestion was to take storytime on the road this fall. Figure out what expenses there might be and request funds for that. Another idea is to learn about mobile hot spots that could be lent if schools go back to distance learning. Any other ideas for the grant will be shared via email. The grant has to be submitted by August 31. The library will begin Saturday hours September 12.

Budget discussion was held. Maggie made a motion to leave budget as is with the exception of salaries which should follow the percentage increase offered to the rest of the city employees for 2021. Jack provided the second. Motion approved.

Board minutes August 10, 2020

Board minutes July 13, 2020
Present:Ginny, Audrey, Jack, Maggie
Absent: Roger, Austin
Ginny called the meeting to order at 12:08
Motion by Maggie and second by Audrey to accept minutes of June 8 meeting. Approved.
Motion by Audrey second by Maggie to approve the bills. Approved.

Librarian report:52 kids registered for SR. Finishing up this week. Will do a storytime on the Britton Library FB page July 22 and 29. All of the summer reading grant was spent on books, prizes, decorations and craft supplies. Patronage and Overdrive reports were presented. Two surplus computers were purchased for a $150 donation. Reopening under Covid-19 article provided by SDSL was discussed briefly.

Budget discussion was held.

Ginny’s term on the board is up. She agreed to stay on.

Jack moved to adjourn at 12:55. Second by Maggie.

Next meeting August 10, 2020

Board minutes June 8, 2020
Present: Jack, Maggie, Ginny, Audrey
Absent: Roger, Austin
Ginny called the meeting to order at 12:04
Motion by Jack to approve March minutes. Second provided by Maggie. Pass by vote. Audrey made a motion to approve the bills. Second by Jack. Approved by vote. Discussion of laminator purchase. Jack made a motion to purchase the laminator discussed via DEMCO along with extra rolls of laminator film. Maggie provided the second. Motion passed. 

Librarian report: Share numbers for circulation while closed. State Library wants us to keep separate numbers for virtual story times, circulation, folks we help, time we are open etc. because they are not sure what the feds will ask on our next annual report regarding our COVID-19 experiences. Marie asked me to mark things COVID if it was a specific purchase for that in case there are funds for reimbursement. Virtual SR – registration numbers, 30 kids as of June 4. June 3 Ali T provided our kick off on FB live. Ft. Sisseton provided all supplies for the craft. We will start with our presentations this week. We are open to public M-W-F 9-5:30. I created a special report. If the city plans to continue doing council meetings via ZOOM, they are required by offer a place for people to access it. I offered to host that meeting once a month in the conference room starting in July if they are doing it. Plan for SR thru July 8. Will need to decide if meeting in person to give prizes and have celebration as we had originally planned. Phyllis Cole-Dai cancelled her visit but will let us know when she starts up on her speaking tour again so we can reschedule. I haven’t touched base with the speaker I scheduled for Harvest Days weekend…I have been in contact with librarians I have met and been to class with about opening and about summer reading. Each community is different. Most are doing SR online. New product provided by State Library – READSquared. Registered our library May 26. Training on 27th and 28th. Sign up takes place, they log reading, it alerts them and us if they are due a prize. We can set missions and other activities for earning points. We can use this program for any type of reading program – 1000 Books B4 K is already set up in there. The funds came from the CARES Act thru the Fed. Gov’t. If it is a positive experience for most, the SDSL will continue to fund the product. We are still learning…I applied for a technology grant that was due June 1. I requested $1000 for a new computer processor and monitor plus $250 for cleaning supplies which would cover most of the automatic sanitizing station I ordered. WE HAVE BEEN AWARDED $1000 – IT WILL GO TO OUR FINANCE OFFICER. I will contact Steve about ordering a new desktop. Then we can update the 6th one this fall…
The board discussed providing a bonus for the staff as a thank you for essential work during teh COVID-19 pandemic. The board agreed to purchase Britton Bucks using the Gift Fund.
The meeting adjourned at 12:52.

No May Meeting
No April Meeting

Board Minutes March 9, 2020

Present: Roger, Ginny, Austin, Audrey, Jack

Absent: Maggie

Ginny called the meeting to order at 12:06

A motion was made by Jack with a second provided by Roger to approve the minutes from the Feb. 10, 2020 meeting. Approved by vote.

Discussion was held regarding the leave policy in the BPL handbook and policy recommended by Britton City Council for the City employees. A motion was made by Audrey to adopt leave policy as put forth by the City of Britton. Second was made by Jack. Approved by vote.

Audrey made a motion to approve the bills. Second by Austin. Approved by vote.

Librarian report:We have been awarded the Stephanie Miller Davis grant for summer reading. It is a $1000 award. Annual report is complete. The only item left is to get signatures and submit. We had a trip and fall outside the west door at the library 2-25. The sidewalk has been marked and will need to be fixed when the weather gets better. $289 earned on recent silent auction. Beverly Schatz will be at library April 4 to discuss her book at 1pm.

The purchase of an Oculus Quest was approved after discussion and a motion by Jack and a second by Roger to shop around and purchase with the gift fund.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:13

Next meeting will be held Monday, April 13, 2020 at noon.

Board Minutes 2-10-20

Present: Ginny, Jack, Roger, Audrey, Austin

Absent: Maggie

Ginny called to order 12:06.

Roger made the motion to accept the minutes of the January meeting. Second was by Jack. Approved by vote.

Audrey made the motion to accept the bills. Jack seconded. Approved by vote.

Jack made a motion to accept both the computer policy and meeting room policy with corrections from the last meeting. Austin provided the second. Approved by vote.

Librarian report:Craig from CDJ came to check furnace 1-16-2020 as it was 65 degrees and would not warm up. He thinks when Ottertail shut us down the propane didn’t kick in because of the plugged exhaust pipe again. He will place screens (again). The library closed early on 1-17-2020 due to weather. George and Brent came to work on our water fountain. It no longer sprays over the edge but George said we may need to seek a plumber if there are further issues. One of the surplus computers was sold for a $50 donation. Steve will put the new computer policy on the computers so patrons will click “OK” that they agree to the policy before they can get to the internet. Next book discussion will be 3-27 JUST MERCY. Jumpstart Summer reading class will be in Bowdle 3-13. Shelly and Rhonda are signed up. there is a 2 day training in Huron coming up in April that Rhonda would like to attend with Cindy that relates to early literacy through teen services. Rhonda has applied for a travel grant through the Stephanie Miller Davis grant. We have not heard back yet whether or not we will receive the summer reading grant again this year. Annual report is in progress. While our traffic has remained steady, our circulation of books has increased. Our ebooks are steady but audiobook downloads increased. We have over 60 unique wifi users in January who used our wireless over 200 times. The state historical society will no longer by microfilming newspapers. I got a new solicitation request about digitizing from Northern Micrographics. The board wants to keep this on the agenda for the future…

The board approved our travel to Huron for training.

Adjournment at 12:56.

Board minutes 1-13-20
Present: Austin, Jack, Ginny, Maggie, Audrey

Absent: Roger

Call to order 12:06

Jack made a motion to approve minutes of Dec. meeting. Second offered by Audrey.
Approved by vote.

Audrey made a motion to approve Dec. bills to be paid. Second by Jack. Approved by vote.

At a previous meeting the board requested a 4% increase in the library budget. City council approved 4% for wages. 2020 wages will be as follows:Shelly Kann $11.96, Cindy Krutsinger $13.16, Bonnie Henricks $15.71, Rhonda Hardina $18.20. Motion by Maggie; second by Jack to approve. All voted aye.

Discussion was held regarding meeting room policy and updated computer policy. Corrections were indicated and will be retyped for the Feb. meeting. Person utilizing meeting room should get a copy of policy and sign with phone number. Additions/corrections to computer policy were offered. Discussion was held regarding acceptance of policy. Purchasing Cybrarian at $649 annually was not an expense to incur at this time. Rhonda will check with Steve to find out if there is a product that would bring up policy when a computer user signs in which would require the user to agree to policy. Once new policy goes into effect, notices will be posted by computers.

Maggie and Ginny will perform employee evaluation for Rhonda on Thursday, Jan. 16 at 10am.

Librarian report: 971 visitors in December. Shelly and I got our leave time taken. She is taking some vacation with Steve in Feb. As we begin to work on personnel policy, I am wondering if you would be thinking about whether or not we could offer the 24hours of personal leave to part-time staff after a certain number of years of service to the library.

Ended the year under budget although we went over couple of line items.

This months events:Jr. Crafters and Builders each Tuesday after school from 3:30-4:30.

Bingo Jan 8 and 22. Storytime each Wed this month. Book Discussion 1-17 at 2pm. Adult Crafts Wed. Jan 29 at 1.

We will be closed on the 20th as MLKJ Day.

Feb. will be another closure for Pres. Day on 2-17

rhonda and shelly are Registered to attend jumpstart in Bowdle. Depending on scheduling etc she may go alone.

Pilcrow Foundation Grant books have been received. They will debut at READING RIOT Jan. 30. We will take photos, put article in paper, etc. We will need that info to report back to the foundation. We received additional books thru another donor. They are all science and Math,

We will be getting a request for the state library report to be completed soon…

Jack made the motion to adjourn at 1:00pm. Second provided by Maggie. Approved by vote

Minutes of the December 9, 2019 Board meeting

Call to order by Ginny at 12:04

Present: Ginny, Jack, Austin, Audrey, Maggie

Absent: Roger

Jack made a motion to approve the November minutes. Second by Maggie. Approved by vote.

Maggie made a motion to approve the second reading of the policies in review. Jack provided the second. Approved by vote.

Inclement weather policy:If no travel is advised in the county the library will be closed. Scheduled staff has the option to take the day without pay, make up the hours or take personal/vacation leave. Motion by Jack; second by Austin. Approved by vote.

Rhonda will do further research with the SD Historical society to see if newspapers are being digitized and which ones before the board discusses digitizing local papers that are currently on film here.

Audrey reviewed bills and made a motion to approve. Jack-second. Approved by vote.

Rhonda provided information about Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library which offers free books to kids. Marshall County families qualify through the Marshall County United Way. Forms can be completed and sent to Even Start 5 S State Street Aberdeen, SD 57401

A list of end of year bills will be created and emailed to board members for approval. (City council will hold a special meeting later in the month to pay year end things)

Librarian Report: Book Discussion was held 11-22 with 9 attending. BOOK WOMAN OF TROUBLESOME CREEK Jan. 17.

$400 check to mail to Pilcrow foundation for grant books. I will apply for the Stephanie Miller Davis grant again for next year’s summer reading.

Oculus Go was taken to KOLEE Library to be returned via courier to SDSL.

We are now a part of SD Share It. I am still learning process. I did ship out the first requested book today. I will request a couple of copies of the discussion book this week.

We will be open 9-2 on 24th and closed the 25th and 1st.

The board decided to bring goodies and light lunch to the library between 11:15 and 12:45 to treat the staff.

The meeting adjourned at 12:50. Ginny, Maggie, Audrey, Rhonda and Cindy took a tour of the school’s Maker Space following the adjournment.

Minutes November 7, 2019

Present: Jack, Audrey, Maggie, Austin

Absent: Roger, Ginny

Jack called to order at 12:18

Minutes were approved: motion by Maggie second by Jack

Bills approved: motion by Audrey second by Maggie

Policy reading, Imagination Library were tabled until next month.

Librarian report: $300 silent auction. December 7 is Christmas on Parade. There will be stories with Mrs. Claus, cookies and coffee and a come-and-go craft. Roger asked about a tour at the school’s Maker Space after he experienced VR here. There were 6 people who tried it out on the 30th. We have renewed the VR from SDSL until Thanksgiving and will invite the public on the 22nd and the 27th to try it out. We will be closing early on the 24th of Dec. We will choose children’s books and send $400 to Pilcrow Foundation by the end of the year. There were about a dozen people who enjoyed the Genealogy presentation. We were asked to have her back sometime. Next book discussion November 22 at 2.

October numbers:1181 guests, 1613 items circulated, 520 downloads via OverDrive.

Jack adjourned meeting at 12:50.  Next meeting dec. 9,2019 at noon.

Next meeting : November 7 at 12noon

Minutes Oct. 14, 2019, meeting

Present: Ginny, Jack, Audrey, Maggie, Austin

Absent: Roger

Ginny called the meeting to order 12:08.

Jack made motion to approve minutes of Sept 9 meeting. Second by Maggie. Approved by vote.

Audrey made motion to approve bills. Second by Jack. Approved by vote.

Policy review and proposed changes:

Board members to reside in Britton.

            Meetings shall be held monthly in the library prior to the monthly meeting of the Britton City Council which is held on the second Monday of each month. Notice of the meeting will be published according to the open meeting laws of the state.

           The board shall elect a president and vice president. The director shall serve as the treasurer-secretary.

           A separate collection of books is maintained for our young adults (grades 6-12) and are distinguished by a “Y” in the call number.

          Circulation: Checkout: a combination of 5 books or magazines plus either 2 videos or audios may be checked out to any one person at a time. – Books                and audios are checked out for 2 weeks.

          Overdue Book Policy:1 week overdue – phone patron 2 week overdue – send postcard

           If the book needs to be replaced, the patron will be charged a $10 replacement fee. Failure to pay may result in loss of privileges.

          Director duties:Serve as treasurer-secretary of to the library board and keep its records.

         The library has a Revenue/Gift fund checking account into which fees, fines, gifts and grants are deposited.

         Books designated as surplus shall be distributed as the director sees fit.

         Reservations for the meeting room can be made by phone or in person. A calendar of back room events is maintained at the circulation desk.

  1. If a meeting is scheduled outside of regular library hours, the key must be picked up and signed out prior to the meeting.
  2. Upon locking up after the meeting, the key should be left in the drop box outside of the library.
  3. If the key is lost, there will be a $5o fee.
  4. If there are any issues with the room or opening/locking the building please contact the library director.
  5. Make sure all appliances and lights are off and that there is no running water.
  6. The room should be left clean and in order.
  7. If there is a problem with the condition of the room, advise the Library Director prior to using the room. (This includes visible damage, items missing or left and dirty.)
  8. If any damage occurs during your function, contact the Library Director as soon as possible to prevent further damage, and added liability to the group involved. All payments for actual damages resulting from negligence shall be paid to the city of Britton.
  9. While there is no fee to rent the meeting room, any damage or uncleanliness may result in a charge to the person/group utilizing the room.
  10. There is no children's meeting without adult supervision,
  11. There shall be no roller blades, roller skates, skateboards, bicycles or shoes with cleats, etc, in the room. No smoking, no burning, no cooking and no alcohol or drugs.
  12. Bulletin board materials may be posted by individuals or groups publicizing a specific event. Limited space generally allows only short-term notices. The director may prohibit and remove any postings which do not meet library standards. Posters should be removed the day following the date of the publicized event.

Librarian report:Information from the recent SDLA conference was shared. We currently have 3 students for whom tests are being proctored. Silent auction until Nov.1. We have been awarded a Pilcrow Foundation grant. More details to come. Weekly visits to the after school program, Tuesday after school activities continue. Adult craft scheduled 23rd, genealogy class on the 25th, device advice 29th, VR 30th. Book discussion postponed to 18th. There will be 8 Story time sessions yet in 2019. Explained Dolly Parton Imagination Library program.

Next meeting will be held Thursday, Nov. 7, noon.

Adjourned 1:15


Minutes September 9, 2019

Present: Ginny, Audrey, Roger, Jack, Austin

Absent: Maggie Jerde
Meeting called to order at 12:12 by Ginny.

Motion to approve minutes from Aug. meeting was made by Jack. Second by Roger. Vote for approval passed.

Motion by Audrey second by Jack by approve bills. Motion carried.

Maggie Jerde was appointed by mayor to board of trustees for a 3 year term.

There was discussion of policy changes. Rhonda will rewrite for a first reading at the October 2019 meeting.

The city approved a 4% salary increase for library staff for the 2020 year with the rest of the budget the same amount.

  1. report: the roll of microfilm was returned from Graphic Sciences in MI where it was digitized and put on a flashdrive. Cost and quality were discussed. Rhonda will research a little more. Craft time was held 4x in August for adult summer reading. Device advice was held 9-3 with another being planned for 10-29. Jr. crafts 9-10 and Jr. builders 9-17. Both will be held from 3:30-4:30. We plan to have a float in the HC parade on the 20th. Shelly and Rhonda registered for SDLA September 25-27, 2019. Employee reviews this month. Application for Pilcrow grant has been sent. The Library is signed up for Who-fi to begin in Oct. No further information has been received from the SDSL. There will be a book discussion 10-11 at 2pm WHERE THE CRAWDADS SING. Silent Auction to be held in Oct.


Minutes Aug. 12, 2019

Ginny called to order at 12:15. Present: Ginny, Roger, Austin

Absent:Jack, Audrey, Janelle

Motion to approve July minutes made by Roger; second by Austin.

Roger reviewed bills and made a motion to approve; second by Austin.

Discussion was held about board membership. Roger agreed to stay on for another 3 year term. Need to replace Janelle.

Discussion was held regarding having windows washed. Austin mentioned that the hospital hires What a Pane from Watertown in the spring of the year. Roger will check on our having library windows done when the group comes to town.

Policy approval tabled.

Budget tabled until Sept. meeting.

Librarian report: 7-15-19 called Davidson’s about A/C. Can’t be fixed. Got quote from Davidson. Asked Marie what rule is:state law req. us to try to secure 3 quotes. Got one from Mike’s. Was going to get one from Jason. He came and thinks he fixed it and doesn’t need replacing yet…

Had approximately 90 people at the event center for Hanson Family Show on July 10th.

AR testing continues.

I will go to in-service on the 14th to talk about the Prairie Award book nominees and the voting procedure for K-5.

Harvest Days:$64 on books sale – 30 attended Humanities event---97 total in library that day.

Shelly and I registered for SDLA.

Sent a roll of film to a digitizing company in MI. They will do 1 roll free and send USB drive with data. Email to indicate cost to do a roll with same amount of frames…

Gearing up for school year activities: Lego, Craft, ST, book club, Bingo, begin a new program called device advice. Going to start slowly…Sept . Patrons call to set up a time and let us know what it is they want help with. Will be on Tuesdays when we can all be available.


Minutes July 8, 2019

Present: Austin, Ginny, Roger, Audrey, Janelle, Bobbi
Absent: Jack

Ginny called the meeting to order at 12:08

Roger made a motion to approve minutes of last meeting (6-10-19). Second by Janelle. Approved by vote.
Janelle made a motion to accept bills. Second by Austin. Approved by vote.
Janelle made a motion to pay the automatic door invoices with the gift fund. Second by Roger. Approved by vote.
Discussion held regarding board replacement when Janelle’s term is up. Check with state library about codified law.
The FMLA will be added to the library employee manual. The board asked to have current policy that needs to be updated emailed to them with revision suggestions to be acted upon at Aug meeting.
Librarian report: 111 signed up for SR. Average 74 kids each Wed. these last 5 weeks. Last gathering will be 7-10 with program at 6 at event center. Public invited to attend. Thirty-six currently signed up for 1000 books program. Couch went to Spruce Court. New chair purchased for $100. Book discussion was held 6-7. 6 attended. Speaker coming Aug. 3 through the SD Humanities: Marian Cramer (Laura Ingalls Wilder, Family and Friends) 2pm at the library. This is Harvest Days weekend. Ginny will sit at a book sale at the library that day.Patron mentioned additional signage. It was suggested I check with George Flanery regarding street sign. Hillarey will repair sign this week. Only 2 signed up for scan day. Can’t have if not 6 confirmed. Adult crafts in Aug. Two in evening and 2 in the afternoon. 

Roger made the motion to adjourn. Bobbi provided the second. Approved. Next meeting Aug. 12, 2019.

Minutes June 10, 2019

Present: Jack, Bobbie, Roger, Austin, Janelle
Absent: Ginny

Jack called meeting to order 12:15.

Austin made a motion to approve May minutes. Janelle seconded. Approved by vote.

Janelle made a motion to approve bills. Roger seconded. Approved by vote.

There was discussion of board replacement. Bobbie Kuske had previously resigned pending a suitable replacement. The mayor will be asked at the city council meeting about approval. Two members have terms ending this summer. Janelle does not plan to stay on so a replacement will need to be found for her as well.

Librarian report:
95 currently signed up for SR. Half that attended programming last Wednesday.
34 signed up for 1000 Books B4 Kindergarten
Wiring done for automatic door. House of Glass can be contacted to retrofit door now.
$318 silent auction
Field trips from school last 2 weeks brought us 212 teachers and students for NASA kit into. Cindy and I promoted SR at school on last day.
Kids are taking accelerated reader tests here this summer.
Janelle made a motion to declare couch surplus and to purchase two chairs to replace. Second by Roger. Approved by vote.
Little Free Libraries taken to Ft. Sisseton and Roy Lake. It was suggested to ask if there is anywhere in Pierpont that would be appropriate for the last one.
Discussion was held regarding Rhonda applying to be a notary public. Motion by Janelle with a second by Austin that library will pay for application and stamps necessary. Approved by vote. Discussion was held and was decided that this would be a free service.
Discussion was held regarding the library employee policy compared to the policy received from city hall. The board would like to see what the changes are before adopting. It was asked that Rhonda send email prior to the next meeting with the changes so the board can review and discuss in July.
The outdoor sign is in need of fixing on north side. South side was fixed last year. Bobbie made a motion to have Hillarey Holland fix north side as she did south side. Janelle second. Approved by vote.
SDLA will be held in Spearfish Sept 25-27. Board approved Director and one other to go. Book Festival is in Deadwood Oct 3-6.

Roger made a motion to adjourn. Second by Austin. Motion passed.


May 13, 2019
Present Ginny, Austin
Absent Roger, Jack, Bobbie, Janelle
Austin checked bills so that they could be okayed at city council meeting tonight. 
West door automation was discussed. Via email the board ok'd proceeding with Maxwell Electric and House of Glass to get the door working.
Librian report was shared and then emailed to members:

Furnace trouble 4-29. Maxwell Electric switched us over to propane while ordering parts for electrical problem. Came back to fix. Birds housed in vent. Talked with Justin P. He had David Beck come. Cleaned out vent. Damper and screen broken. Will order and replace. Fixed it so nothing can get in right now.

City guys put up our new summer reading banner outside.
We were awarded the Stephanie Miller-Davis Grant for summer reading

Silent auction through 5-31-19.

Jr crafters and Jr builders each met 2x in April. Will meet once each in May. There was a 5th Tuesday so we held an elementary game time. 22 kids here.

Story time 5x, Bingo twice. Will do each 2x in May before we settle into prep for Summer Reading.

Reading Riot was held on 22nd – 38 attended.

Adult crafts: April 24. 11 attended. She will have again May 22.

Cindy and I will go to school during awards for elementary school on 17th to promote summer reading
Probationary period over for Shelly.  Will do eval and notify city hall. Via email members ok.

April 8, 2019 Library Board

Present: Ginny, Bobbie, Janelle, Austin
Absent: Roger, Jack
Ginny called the meeting to order at 12:08

Austin made a motion that was seconded by Janelle to approve minutes of March meeting. Motion carried by vote.

Librarian report: Bingo twice in March -- 20 total Will have Bingo 2x in April and May
Legos twice in March -- 19 total kids Will meet 2x in April and 1x in May as well as Jr. Craft
Jr. Craft 2x -- 19 total kids
Story time 3 times.-- About 100 in attendance kids and adults Will meet on Wed. thru May 8
Adult crafts 3-27 -- 14 attended will meet again April 24
Went to the after school program 2x in March. -- 34 total kids
Reading Riot got cancelled for March. Last meeting for the school year will be next month.
Book Chat held March 29. – 4 attended. Will discuss Journey with Crazy Horse on Friday April 26 2-3.
Painting completed. Cost under estimate.
Britton area expo March 30. Gave away a $50 Kindle. Shirley Symens winner.
Funds were put into CD at bank in Feb.
We currently have 3 students taking on-line classes that we proctor exams for.
Rug service was discussed.
Motion by Austin and second by Bobbie to cancel service. Motion carried.
Discussion about back door. Rhonda will contact House of Glass about an auto open button.
Bobbie Kuske resigned her position on the board pending a suitable replacement.
Rhonda will do some research regarding digitization of microfilm.
Motion to adjourn by Janelle, second Austin. Motion carried.

Next meeting 5-13, 2019

Minutes of board meeting 3-11-19

Present: Janelle, Jack, Ginny, Austin

Absent: Roger, Barb

Ginny called meeting to order 12:08.

Librarian report: Bingo, after school program, Jr. Builders and Jr. Craft Club were held 2 times in February. Adults crafted 2-27. Four story time gatherings. Reading Riot was 2-28. Next Riot will be 3-28.
Annual report completed and submitted but need certification signed.
Lori and Cindy attended Jumpstart Summer Reading meeting in Watertown 2-22-19. Both were pleased with the event. Shelly and Bonnie attended a similar meeting in Aberdeen 3-8-19. They had a good experience as well.
Friends met on 2-13. Good turnout. Thank you notes were sent to speakers.
One Book SD discussion was held 2-26-19. Thirteen attended. Jane Rasmussen from Sisseton was out leader.
We will have a book at the Expo on the 30th.
Grant opportunity for summer reading was submitted.
Dr. Seuss was celebrated on March 2.

Board reviewed quote for painting the main library and hallway offered by Bev Daberkow and Colleen Vold. Jack made a motion to accept the bid. Second by Janelle. Motion carried.

Motion made by Austin and second by Janelle to approve the bills.

Motion by Janelle; second by Austin to approve minutes of the Feb. 22, 2019, meeting.

Discussion was held regarding a give- away of some sort for the expo. A Kindle was suggested.

Board voted to end probationary period for Director.
Adjournment:Janelle motion, Austin second.

Board minutes

Feb. 11, 2019

Present: Jack, Ginny, Austin, Janelle

Absent: Roger and Barb

Ginny called the meeting to order and acknowledged Brian Rabenberg and Megan Hastings who came to discuss banking options for a sum of the gift fund that has accrued. Options were discussed. Janelle made a motion seconded by Jack to place $45,000 of the current gift fund into a 5 year CD earning 2.25% to 2.5 % interest and have Rhonda Hardina’s name and Ginny Anderson’s name on the CD. Motion carried.

Minutes of the Jan. 7, 2019 meeting were reviewed. Jack moved to approve. Austin seconded. Motion carried.

Bills were reviewed. Janelle made a motion to approved that was seconded by Austin. Motion carried.

Librarian report was given: Bingo twice in Jan-8 each time
Legos twice in Jan
Jr. Craft 1x
Story time 3 times. Cancelled on 30th along with adult crafts.
Went to the after school program 1x in Jan. Plan 3x in Feb. now that I feel comfortable getting things in office done too.
Reading Riot got rescheduled from 24th to 31st. Feb. will be on the 28st.
Shelly started on Jan. 28th. Worked her 35 hours in 4 days that week. She is to be offered the benefits of other city employees.
We were closed due to no travel advisory.
Lori and Cindy registered to attend Jumpstart in Watertown on 22nd of Feb. Shelly and Bonnie are registered for Aberdeen March 8.
“Book chat” was held Friday January 25 at 2pm 4 attended but 3 of 4 were different than our regular book club. One Book Discussion for Feb 26 at 6pm. Neither Wolf Nor Dog by Kent Nerburn.
Discussion Scholar Jane Rasmussen from Sisseton. David Beck came to open our sewer vent 1-29-19.
We will be closed Monday, Feb. 18 for Presidents day. I am taking Friday also to go to the Hills with Chad and the boys.
We would like to start a 1000 books before Kindergarten program in April.
Britton area expo March 30. Non-profits can get free space. Will sign up. Offer device help for ebooks etc. Grant opportunity for summer reading
Janelle made a motion that was seconded by Jack to create a 1000 books before Kindergarten program. Approved.
Jack made a motion to adjourn. Second by Janelle. Next meeting 3-11-19

Bo ard meeting
January 7, 2019

Present: Ginny, Jack, Janelle
Absent: Roger, Bobbie

The meeting was called to order by Ginny.
Minutes of the December 10, 2018 meeting were approved after review and a motion from Jack and second from Janelle.
Bills were approved after review and motion from Jack and second by Janelle.
Rhonda provided librarian report: “book chat” will be held Friday, January 25 at 2nd taking the place of a Friday Friends book discussion.
Potentially there will be discussion of this year’s One Book South Dakota on Feb. 26 at 6pm.
The library will be closed Monday, Jan. 21, 2019.
A disruption at the library Sat. Dec. 29, 2018 was discussed.
Question raised about painting the library. Rhonda was asked to investigate potential painters and report back.
Board had previously approved 3% raise for part time staff. Jack made a motion for Rhonda’s hourly pay to be $17.50 per hour. Second by Janelle. Approved.
There will no longer be a pennant coming in honor of Grace Eclov per an email from the family.
Rhonda was asked to verify Brian Rabenberg coming to the 2-11-19 meeting.

Job applications for the recently advertised position were reviewed. Rhonda will set up interviews this week.
Janelle made a motion to adjourn. Second by Jack.

Next meeting 2-11-19

Board meeting

December 10, 2018

Present: Roger, Janelle, Ginny, Austin, Peggy and Rhonda

Absent: Jack, Bobbie

The meeting was called to order by Ginny.

Minutes of the October 8, 29 and Nov. 19 meetings were approved after a motion from Janelle and second by Roger. As per the notes in Nov., it is requested Rhonda visit with Brian Rabenberg of First Savings Bank about attending the Feb. 11, 2019, board meeting to discuss investment options for Cameron Johnston estate funds.

Bills were approved after motion by Roger and second by Janelle.

Librarian report: $389 raised on recent silent auction. Library will close at 5pm on Friday Dec. 14 for a staff Christmas gathering. Signs will be posted for patrons. Peggy thanked the board for all of the support they provided for the years she has been Library Director. This is her last meeting in this position.

Terms ending in 2019 will be discussed in August.

After discussion, it was decided to post an advertisement for full-time assistant librarian position. Ad will run 19th and 26th of December 2018 with applications needing to be in by January 4, 2019.

Susan Eclov had contacted the library about donating a reading banner in honor of Grace Eclov’s 89th birthday. Board approved. We will be in contact with the family regarding size and content.

Board approved 2 staff members attending Watertown JumpStart meeting for summer reading.

The 2019 summer reading program will be funded with the Britton Public Library gift fund and should be advertised as such.

Wages were discussed for Rhonda entering Director position. $17.00 was determined with a probable raise after 3-month review.

Motion from Roger to adjourn and second from Austin.

Next meeting will be Monday, January 7, 2019, at noon

November 19, 2018 notes
Ginny Anderson was the only board member present.
Holiday closures were set as: Dec 24 and 25; Dec. 31 and Jan. 1
Rhonda asked about booking the Hanson family to perform at the end of summer reading celebration. Ginny ok'd.
Ginny commented that the full time position could be discussed at the December 10 meeting.
There will be a holiday gathering at Bobbie Kuske's with the date to be determined.
The gift funds should be discussed in the new year - maybe the February meeting.

October 29, 2018
A special meeting of the board was held Monday, Oct. 29 for the purpose of reviewing job applications for the position of head librarian. All members and librarian Peggy were present.
Everyone looked over applications. Discussion was held on whether we needed to day any interviews. It was decided not to. There were 4 people who turned in applications. Two other applications were taken but not returned.
After more discussion, Jack made a motion to ask Rhonda to take the job, with a second by Roger. All members voted aye on this motion. Rhonda was called in. She agreed to accept the position so as of Jan. 1 will be head librarian.
Peggy and Rhonda were asked to write up a thank you note to be sent to those who had applied, thanking them and asking to keep us in mind should another position become available. Letters mailed Wed. Oct. 31
Meeting adjourned.

October 8, 2018
Present were Ginny, Jack, Bobbie, Austin, Jack, Janelle and librarian Peggy. Roger was absent
Ginny called the meeting to order.
Sept. 17 notes were reviewed and special note was taken about rescinding the motion of putting Cameron Johnston donation into the Cmmunity Fund. Peggy had visited with First Savings about different option for the monies to earn interest. Motion by Jack and seconded by Janelle to pursue this by consulting with First Savings further.
Bills were review by Janelle with a motion by her and second by Jack.
Librarian report:
Float in Homecoming parade; Rhonda was Statue of Liberty
Book Club Friday Oct. 12 @ 2 -"Rock of Justice"
Activities of the library for October were discussed.
Peggy's retirement was discussed; an ad was written for the Journal for the next 2 weeks; also decided to put application and director duties online; will accept applications until Oct. 27 at 2.; board will meet Oct. 29 to look at apps and decide interviews and times.
Library will be closed Oct. 20 for carpet cleaning.
Next regular meeting will be announced as Veterans Day holiday falls on the next regular meeting date and the library will be closed.

September 17, 2018
Present were Roger, Jack, Ginny, Janelle and librarian Peggy. Absent were Bobbie and Austin. Mayor Clyde was acknowledged as visitor.
Ginny called the meeting to order and turned it over to Mayor Clyde. He talked about budget numbers and informed the board the only increase in our budget would be a 3% increase in wages. As we have had so much money donated to us and have decided to put the funds into the community fund rather than spend locally, the council decided we apparently didn't need an increase. He indicated we should be using the money to improve our library and outside grounds instead of sending it off somewhere that we would not profit from. Discussion followed and library board decided to send a request through Clyde to the council that we are okay with not having an increase. Mayor agreed.
The board discussed different ways to use the money that has been donated by the Cameron Johnston estate after Mayor left. Nothing was decided. It will remain in the gift fund until an agreement was decided by the board members.
Minutes of the Aug. 13 meeting were read. An adjustment was made to rescind the motion by Bobbie and second by Janelle to put the money from the Johnston estate into the SD Community Fund. Motion by Jack and seconded by Janelle to deposit in local bank.
Ginny also reported she ahd sent a thank you to the county commissioners for the $1000 donation to our library.
Ginny had signed the bills earlier as we were a week late meeting this time. Jack moved and Janelled seconded to accept bills.
Librarian report:
Silent Auction netted $250
All fall activities have begun: storytime, bingo, lego club, jr/sr. craft clubs, Friday Friends book club.
John Moerke will not be shoveling for us this winter.
Matt Schuller state we do not need to appear in person next year at the commissioners meet to request the $1000; just call the auditor to remind her.
Estimate from Service Mater of Oakes to clean carpets-$829. Lesnar's are no longer doing this service. Ginny indicated we should have a date and time set up.
Tom Farber, through Lori, has requested to plant a tree/trees on the west side of library;board approved.
Peggy asked what the board should do with old computers; Steve does not think we should just give away. Suggestion made to offer/donate one to the Langford Library.
Peggy turned in her resignation as library director effective Dec. 31; will help with interview/hiring process and agreed to help out a little in the new year if needed.
Meeting adjourned. Next meeting scheduled for Oct. 8 at noon.

August 13, 2018
Present: Bobbie, Janelle, Roger, Ginny and librarian Peggy. Absent: Jack and Austin.
Minutes of July 9 were reviewed. $1000 check from the county commissioners was received. Funds will cover our overdrive contract. Ginny will send a thank you note.
Bills were reviewed by Janelle. Motion by Bobbie and second by Roger to accept.
Librarian report:
Silent auction through end of August.
Kid's summer reading over.; pool party well attended by 47 kids and 19 adults. Adult program each Wed. in August from 2-4 with activities planned. Last day, 8-29, ice cream social.
Sept. 7 Friday book discussion will be Me and a Guy Named Elvis
Bonnie, Cindy and Rhonda have vacations planned in Aug. Sept and Oct. 
Carpet needs cleaning; Peggy will get a quote from Lesnar's of Roslyn and Service Master of Oakes.
We will receive $48,487.62 from Cameron Johnston estate. Rhonda will pick up in Aberdeen Thursday along with a box of books Mr. Johnston wrote.
Rebate check of $3,193.60 from Ottertail for the indoor lighting was received. Check given to Marie.
Motion by Bobbie and second by Janelle to surplus old computers & monitors.
Roger is still working on getting a couple of little libraries installed.
Board okayed 2 of the girls to attend SDLA in Sioux Falls 26-28; Book Festival is in Brookings Sept 21-23 and anyone can attend that but library will not be closed for these events.
Motion by Bobbie, second by Janelle to put money from Johnston estate into the SD Community Fund under the Britton Public Library Designated Fund.
Janelle made a motion with a second by Roger to ask for a 3% bottom line increase for the 2019 budget. Peggy will turn this in to Marie to be acted on by the Council at their next meeting. The would be about a $5000 increase.
Meeting adjourned. Next meeting will be Sept. 10 at noon.

July 9, 2018
Present: Roger, Austin, Janelle, Ginny, and librarian Peggy. Absent: Jack and Bobbie
Minutes of May 14 were reviewed. No meeting was held in June. Minutes approved -motion by Roger, second by Austin.
Bills were approved by Janelle, second by Austin.
Librarian Report:
July 18 will be last summer reading program day; Ft. Sisseton employee coming to share outreach program about Native Americans and rock.
July 25 will be end of program party at the pool with swimming, Zumba, prizes, popcorn & drinks; Austin will provide music
Master Gardener not been here.
Barbara Johnson, SDHC, presented book discussion"The Whistling Season" June 28. 12 attended, good discussion.

Matt Schuller not gotten back in touch regarding donation arrival.
Roger talked a little about the little free libraries. He has taken measurements and with get in touch with Britton Lumber about base materials. Ginny offered David's help when Roger needs it. Cinty will talk with Cathy Wegleitner at Lake City about where to place.
No further discussion. Meeting adjourned. Next meeting: 8-13-18

May 14, 2018
Present: Roger, Jack, Janelle, Ginny, Bobbie, librarian Peggy. Visitor: Matt Schuller
Absent: Austin
Matt Schuller was introduced as visitor. He was here representing Marshall County Commissioners. He was asked to speak with the sommisioners for some monetary help so we can be in compliance with the state for NR representation. He did not know whether the commissioners would be willing to help. If they helped here they would probably have to help other libraries in county.His suggestion was to have some of our board members come t the next commissioners meeting with numbers and explanations. He will set the time for next Tuesday and some of the library board will attend. There was discussion about how to proceed after Matt left. Several board members will be able to attend.
Janelle reviewed bills and made a motion to accept, second by Jack.
Last month's minutes review with motion by Jack and second by Janelle.
Librarian report:
$1200 donations received in donations for summer reading.
Silent auction in May
4 new computers/ monitors up and running
Free little libraries being stored in city hall until they can be installed
Diana McKenzie would like to help with our flower beds outside for Master Gardener training hours.
Need to look at existing policies to see if changes need to be made.
A Copy of changes made to library since March 2015 was giving to bd members; this was suggested as a 5-yr plan at that meeting.
Meeting adjourned.

April 9, 2018
Present:Janelle, Peggy, Jack, Ginny
Absent: Austin, Bobbie, Roger
Minutes of Mar 12 approved after motion by Janelle and second by Jack.
Bills approved after motion by Janelle and second by Jack.
Following the state librarian's report we amended our terms of office to the following 3 year terms to end as follows: 1-1-19:Janelle and Roger; 1-1-20:Ginny and Austin; 1-1-21 Bobbie and Jack.
Librarian report:
Steve has purchased 4 new Dell computers for a cost of $3,260.80. He will install a new switch to help speed up the system.
We will acknowledge National Library Week.
Book discussion on Friday for "Ninety Minutes in Heaven" will be held.
Story time, jr. craft and legos will end for the season at the end of April. Bingo will finish in May.
Summer Reading theme is Libraries Rock. It will run for 6 weeks in June/July.
Discussion was held about out of town library board members, following the state recommendation that Andrea Kilker not continue on our city library board. Janelle will talk with Matt Schuller to get a sense of whether the county commission might now be willing to contribute financially to the library.
Meeting adjourned. Next meeting 5-14-18

March 12, 2018
Present: Jack, Peggy, Austin, Andrea, Janelle, Bobbie
Absent: Roger and Ginny
Called to order by Jack
Feb. 12 meeting notes approved after motion by Bobbie and second by Austin.
Janelle moved to approve bills. Second by Austin. Carried
Librarian Report:
Feb. 14 was Friends meeting: 15 attended
Silent Auction in Feb. yielded $337. Next auction in May.
New lights installed.
Book discussion to be held Friday on "Driving Miss Norma"
Story time going well: avg. 25/week
Bingo twice a month: avg 14
Jr. craft and legos meet twice monthly through May
12 non-library functions in meeting room during Jan. and Feb.

Wm. Camerson Johnston has left 5% of his estate to the Britton Library. It is unknown as to the amount at this time.
Motion by Andrea and second by Peggy to increase wages by 4% for 2018. Carried.
Peggy mentioned Steve will be ordering new computers.
Andrea mentioned that this may be a good time to review what activities are happening at the library. Peggy will provide a copy of her state library report.
Adjournment. Next meeting 4-9-18

February 12, 2018
Present:Peggy, Ginny, Andrea, Janelle, Bobbie, Roger
Absent: Jack, Austin
Call to order by Ginny.
Dec. 11, 2017 notes approved. Motion by Roger, second by Janelle
Roger moved to approve bills, second by Bobbie. Carried
Librarian report:
Silent auction going on now.
Painting done in meeting room. Wanescoting up. Trim needs to be varnished.
Library will be closed Presendent's Day
Problem with furnace. Parts ordered.
Problem with ice on windows. Cameron and crew worked on that and had Dustin Oschner caulk sills.
Book Discussion held last week.
Friends of Library will meet Feb. 14
Bobbie will check on Community Foundation and will write an article for the newspaper.

It was moved by Bobbie and seconded by Janelle that we purchase new computers, 2 or 4 depending on what Steve Henricks recommends. Carried
Peggy will double check with Marie about LED lights and talk to Brian Maxwell to get them replaced.
Adjournment. Nex meeting 3-12-18

December 11, 2017
Present: Peggy, Ginny, Andrea, Janelle, Jack, Bobbie, Roger Austin
Ginny called meeting to order.
Nov. 13, 2017 notes approved after motion by Roger and second by Jack
Jack moved to approve bills, second by Bobbie. Carried
New Lighting: City Council minutes mentioned that the city repair budget will cover cost of replacing lights in library. This will save on electricity and maintenance costs. Janelle made motion, second by Jack, to have Roger talk to Brian Maxwell about replacing lights. Carried.
Librarian report:
silent auction brought in $818
New fan put in.
Roger unclogged sink.
New chairs for meeting room have arrived.
Hot water heater needed adjusting so someone from Davidson's came.
Lions will take old drop box.
Steve is working on installing new server.
Cindy and her sister Lori will paint the meeting room. Hockenbrock will then install wanescoting.
Library will be closed Sat. Dec. 23, Christmas, New Year's and Sat. Dec. 30.

Staff requested we reconsider being open Saturdays. After reviewing numbers of patrons who come to library on Saturdays, the board decided to keep hours the same. 
Janelle moved that board members meet with staff regarding current tension. The meeting will be held at 8am Wednesday morning. Andrea seconded.Carried.