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Books You “HAVE” to Read

Read @SCPL - Mon, 02/24/2014 - 10:12am

I admit it: often when someone posts a list of books that should be read “by age 30,” or “in your lifetime,” or some other arbitrary measurement, I feel a bit guilty about not automatically wanting to comply. So you can only imagine how much I love THIS list recently posted by Janet Potter on The Millions: 28 Books You Should Read If You Want To.

I just have two library-specific items to add (rounds it up to a nice 30):

You should read the book that catches your attention on the “What the Staff Is Reading” display (an eclectic, ever-changing display in Reader Services).

You should read the book you would have never found on your own from a “just returned” book cart.

That is, if you want to.

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Dust Everywhere!

Read @SCPL - Thu, 02/20/2014 - 3:47pm

“Pardon our Dust!” If you’ve stopped in the Library within the past week you’ve no doubt witnessed a flurry of activity, above and beyond the usual bustle. Our building is swimming with construction workers and everything is in flux– materials are being shifted around, furniture has been relocated, the scent of fresh paint is in the air, and the mezzanine is entirely (though temporarily) blocked off! In short, lots of DUST has been stirred up. Staff is confident that this “controlled chaos” will eventually settle into place nicely. However, dust does seem to be center stage for the moment, even in our fiction collection. Check out these reads that, interestingly enough, even share this title:

Dust by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, Dust by Patricia Daniels Cornwell, Dust by Joan Frances Turner, Dust by Elizabeth Bear, and Dust by Hugh Howey,

Dust really is everywhere! Thankfully, the “literary” kind doesn’t aggravate your allergies.

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Sweet Thoughts on Book Discussion

Read @SCPL - Fri, 02/14/2014 - 10:34am

A big shout out to the 2nd Tuesday Evening book group for venturing out on a very cold night to discuss After Visiting Friends: A Son’s Story, by Michael C. Hainey.

Besides the delicious edible treats (cranberry and chocolate shortbread cookies from the Blue Goose!) we had the A/V treat of discussing the book with the author who joined us from New York via Skype.

Discussing universal themes of love, loss and family, Michael Hainey gave generously of his time and delved deeply with us into his story of truth-seeking and reconciliation.  All of us in attendance appreciated Mr. Hainey’s thoughtful responses and were moved by his willingness to address our questions.

After we signed off with Michael we continued to discuss the book – but having had a glimpse of the real person behind  the words on the page, our discussion seemed weightier.  Some of us changed our opinion about the author’s motivation. Some of us felt an even deeper bond to the story.  Our discussion meandered through personal histories, memories of Chicago landmarks, family relationships – all the while linking back to the memoir we had gathered on a chilly night to discuss.

Next month we will be discussing The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (Morning) and The End of the Affair by Graham Greene (Evening).  I hope you will consider dropping by.  There will be treats, there will be conversation and there will be something to think about.

             

For more on this topic please see Marlise’s “Part 2″ post.

 

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More Sweet Thoughts on Book Discussion

Read @SCPL - Fri, 02/14/2014 - 10:33am

Once again I find myself amazed by the monthly event known as the “2nd Tuesday Book Discussion.” This deceptively simple name does adequately describe it (we DO discuss books and – hey! – it’s always on the second Tuesday of the month) but it cannot capture the full range of what is so often experienced. One of the co-leaders, Jane, has written more about this in her  post, Sweet Thoughts on Book Discussion.

In addition to agreeing with Jane’s sentiments, I was also struck by something else. Often when the words “books” and “technology” are combined I find myself stifling some feelings of irritation or frustration. However this past week was the culmination of the very best of books and technology with the result that I’ve spent days thinking, “I love living in the future!”

It started innocently enough last June when I was reading After Visiting Friends and tweeted about it, including the author’s Twitter name. Imagine my surprise when Mr. Hainey saw I was interested in using the title for 2nd Tuesday and replied with an offer to join in!

Fast forward seven months and suddenly there were a multitude of emails with Mr. Hainey’s helpful assistant, Emily as we worked out the details.  Yes, it seemed Mr. Hainey would be available on the evening of February 11 (we had tried for the morning discussion group in January but, alas, he was traveling in Italy). Of course he would be in New York, not St. Charles, but no problem! This is the future: we can use technology to put him in the room with us — and that’s exactly what happened. For nearly 30 minutes, Mr. Hainey spoke to us via Skype and shared from the heart about his book while the group listened and asked questions.

It was an extraordinary experience (again, see Jane’s post) and a delightful reminder to me that “books and technology” is a combination of terms book groups should take advantage of as often as possible!

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Minutes, Regular Monthly Meeting, January 8, 2014

Library Board - Thu, 02/13/2014 - 2:17pm

MINUTES

REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

ST. CHARLES PUBLIC LIBRARY DISTRICT

JANUARY 8, 2014

 The Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the St. Charles Public Library District was held on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 7:00 pm at the Library.  Present:  President Tory Haines, Vice-President/ Secretary Kimberly Reese, Treasurer Norm Huntley, Trustees Mike Hill, Karen DeVault, Cynthia Steimle; Director Pamela Leffler, Administrative Assistant Virginia Tsipas.  Library Staff present:  Bryan Wood, Pam Salomone, Heidi Krueger, Denise Farrugia.

WELCOME OF GUESTS

Mrs. Haines called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm.  Mrs. Haines welcomed Director Pamela Leffler and resident Daniel Prath.

MINUTES:  Regular Monthly Meeting, December 11, 2013

Motion by Mrs. DeVault, second by Mr. Hill, to approve the Minutes of the Regular Monthly Meeting of December 11, 2013.  Carried unanimously.

MINUTES:  Executive Session Meeting, December 11, 2013

Motion by Mrs. Reese, second by Mrs. DeVault, to approve the Minutes of the Executive Session Meeting of December 11, 2013, and for the Minutes of the Executive Session to remain closed.  Carried unanimously.

TREASURER’S REPORT:  December 2013

INTERNAL BUDGET REPORT:  December 2013

YEAR-TO-DATE STATEMENT:  December 2013

FUND BALANCE:  December 2013

INVESTMENT REPORTS for Valley Community Bank,

Harris Bank and IIIT:  December 2013

Motion by Mr. Huntley, second by Mr. Hill, to approve the Treasurer’s Report for December 2013, Internal Budget Report for December 2013, the Year-to-date Statement for December 2013, the Fund Balance Report for December 2013, the Investment Reports for Valley Community Bank, Harris Bank and IIIT for December 2013.  Carried unanimously.

BILLS:  December 2013

Motion by Mr. Huntley, second by Dr. Steimle, to approve the bills for December 2013 in the amount of $613,485.81.  AYES:  Huntley, Hill, Haines, DeVault, Reese, Steimle.  NAYS:  None.  ABSENT:  None.  ABSTAIN:  None.

DIRECTOR’S REPORT:  December 2013

Diana Brown did not prepare a December 2013 Director’s Report prior to resigning.  Mrs. Leffler will prepare a Director’s Report for January 2014 meeting.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 Foundation (Karen DeVault)

Meeting to say farewell to Diana Brown.  Board will meet Thursday, January 9, 2014.

Intergovernmental Group (Mike Hill)

Annual breakfast meeting sponsored by the City.  Farewell for Diana Brown.  Next meeting will be held at the Park District, Baker Community Center on Thursday, January 9, 2014.

Motion by Dr. Steimle, second by Mrs. Reese, to accept the Committee Reports.  Carried unanimously.

Communications and Citizen’s Comments:  Following Robert’s Rules of Order, there is a 10 minute time limit per issue on testimony with a limit of two (2) issues per meeting.

Mrs. Haines would like to thank Nick Petta and the Maintenance staff for keeping the building secure during the winter, to thank Pam Leffler and Bryan Wood in dealing with Library closings in the best interest of patrons and staff, and to thank Pam Salomone and Penny Walsh for preparations for festivities for Diana Brown’s retirement.  Mrs. Haines welcomed Pam Leffler as incoming Library Director.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

62.       SWEARING IN OF NEW TRUSTEE BY NOTARY PUBLIC

Daniel Prath was sworn in as new Trustee by Notary Public Virginia Tsipas.  Mrs. Haines will meet with Mr. Prath Saturday, January 18, 2014, to discuss Board Committees Mr. Prath would like to join and Trustee responsibilities.

63.        BUILDING PROJECT UPDATE

Mrs. Leffler reported that construction is expected to begin the first of February.  There have been delays with suppliers and a construction time line should be forthcoming from the construction contractor.  The Fire Department did approve the permits and they have a couple questions for the general contractor.  Bryan Wood said the lights and carpeting are on order.  Contractor will have trailer for staging furniture.  As work is conducted on the main lobby elevator and lower level lobby, construction crew will need use of the Huntley Meeting Room.  The building update will take about 3-4 months to complete.

NEW BUSINESS

64.       AUDIT COMMITTEE REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS

            a.   Review of Closed Minutes and Recordings of Closed Sessions

            b.   Review of Secretary’s Records for the Period July 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013.

Mrs. Reese stated that the Committee met just prior to the meeting this evening and reviewed all closed Minutes and recommend that they remain closed.  Motion by Mr. Huntley, second by Mr. Hill, to approve the Committee’s.  Carried unanimously.

65.        BUILDING MAINTENANCE AND REPAIRS

Trustees wanted to know how heating was working with most recent frigid temperatures.  Mr. Wood reported that heating was good.

66.       CLOSED SESSION FOR DISCUSSION OF THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS:

            a.         Acquisition and lease of property [5 ILCS 120/2 (c)(5) and (6)]

            b.         Litigation [5 ILCS 120/2(c)(11)]

            c.         Personnel [5 ILCS 120/2(c)(1)]

No need to go into Closed Session.

67.       POSSIBLE VOTE ON ITEMS DISCUSSED IN CLOSED SESSION

No votes necessary.

ADJOURN

Motion by Mr. Huntley, second by Mr. Hill, to adjourn at 7:12 pm.  AYES:  Huntley, Prath, Hill, Haines, DeVault, Reese, Steimle.  NAYS:  None.  ABSENT:  None.  ABSTAIN:  None.

                                                           

Kimberly Reese, Secretary

Board of Trustees

 

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Minutes, Audit Committee, January 8, 2014

Library Board - Thu, 02/13/2014 - 2:15pm

MINUTES

AUDIT COMMITTEE

 BOARD OF TRUSTEES

ST. CHARLES PUBLIC LIBRARY DISTRICT

JANUARY 8, 2014

 The Audit Committee of the Board of Trustees of the St. Charles Public Library District met at the Library at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 8, 2014, to examine the Secretary’s minutes and other records for the period July 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013. Present: Audit Committee members Karen DeVault, Kim Reese and Cynthia Steimle; Library Director Pamela Leffler and Administrative Assistant Virginia Tsipas.

The Committee reviewed the Secretary’s records for the period July 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013, and found them to be in good order without errors or discrepancies. In addition, they examined the minutes and audiotapes of closed sessions for the same period, and the written minutes of all closed sessions, and agreed to make the following recommendation to the Library Board:

That the closed minutes of executive sessions remain closed.

Meeting adjourned at 6:58 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Virginia Tsipas

 

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No positions available

Positions Available - Sat, 02/08/2014 - 6:43am

Currently there are no open positions available at the Library.

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Minutes, Regular Monthly Meeting, December 11, 2013

Library Board - Fri, 02/07/2014 - 12:36pm

MINUTES

REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

ST. CHARLES PUBLIC LIBRARY DISTRICT

DECEMBER 11, 2013

 The Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the St. Charles Public Library District was held on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 6:15 pm at the Library.  Present:  President Tory Haines, Vice-President/ Secretary Kimberly Reese, Treasurer Norm Huntley, Trustees Mike Hill, Karen DeVault, Cynthia Steimle; Director Diana Brown, Administrative Assistant Virginia Tsipas.  Library Staff present:  Jean Langlais, Denise Farrugia.

Mrs. Haines called the meeting to order at 6:15 pm.  The Board of Trustees interviewed Daniel Prath at 6:16 pm and interviewed Roman Seckel at 6:29 pm for the position of Trustee.

Motion by Mr. Huntley, second by Mrs. DeVault, to adjourn from the interview session at 6:39 pm for a break.  AYES:  Huntley, Hill, Haines, DeVault, Reese, Steimle.  NAYS:  None.  ABSENT:  None.  ABSTAIN:  None.

The Regular Monthly Meeting began at 7:00 pm and the following guests and Library staff members were present:  Guests:  Christy Mazza, Examiner, Citizen Daniel Prath.  Library Staff present:  Bryan Wood, Bonni Ellis, Christine Lees, Pam Salomone, Heidi Krueger, Jean Langlais, Denise Farrugia.

WELCOME OF GUESTS

Mrs. Haines welcomed the guests and staff members present.

MINUTES:  Public Hearing, November 13, 2013

Motion by Mr. Hill, second by Mrs. DeVault, to approve the Minutes of the Public Hearing of November 13, 2013.  Carried unanimously.

 MINUTES:  Regular Monthly Meeting, November 13, 2013

Motion by Mr. Huntley, second by Mr. Hill, to approve the Minutes of the Regular Monthly Meeting of November 13, 2013.  Carried unanimously.

MINUTES:  Executive Session Meeting, November 13, 2013

Motion by Mr. Huntley, second by Mrs. DeVault, to approve the Minutes of the Executive Session Meeting of November 13, 2013, and for the Minutes of the Executive Session to remain closed.  Carried unanimously.

TREASURER’S REPORT:  November 2013

INTERNAL BUDGET REPORT:  November 2013

YEAR-TO-DATE STATEMENT:  November 2013

FUND BALANCE:  November 2013

INVESTMENT REPORTS for Valley Community Bank,

Harris Bank and IIIT:  November 2013

Motion by Mr. Huntley, second by Mrs. Reese, to approve the Internal Budget Report for November 2013, the Year-to-date Statement for November 2013, the Fund Balance Report for November 2013, the Investment Reports for Valley Community Bank, Harris Bank and IIIT for November 2013.  Carried unanimously.

BILLS:  November 2013

Motion by Mr. Huntley, second by Mrs. Reese, to approve the bills for November 2013 in the amount of $648,408.07.  AYES:  Huntley, Hill, Haines, DeVault, Reese, Steimle.  NAYS:  None.  ABSENT:  None.  ABSTAIN:  None.

DIRECTOR’S REPORT:  November 2013

Mrs. Brown stated that the Trustee’s Manual is being updated and will soon be ready electronically.  A paper copy is available upon request.  She and Bryan Wood attended a meeting with the contractor and architect and they plan to begin the remodeling project by mid-January and believe it will take three to four months to complete.  She has not received the initial draft of the schedule.  She told the Board that since this meeting would be her last Board meeting she wanted them to know how much she enjoyed being Director at the Library and having the opportunity to work with them.  She wanted to thank the Board for all the farewell parties, dinner and gifts.  Motion by Mr. Huntley, second by Mrs. Reese, to accept the Director’s report, with regret that she is leaving the Library as Director, but that she has done a fantastic job.  Carried unanimously.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Foundation (Karen DeVault)

The Foundation finalized their pamphlet and brochure and copies were provided for the Trustees to review.  The most recent program of the portrayal of Jacqueline Kennedy on November 19 was well attended by 97 people.  They changed wording on the endowment investment policy.  The recent Friends book sale raised $4,100.  The next two book sales will be in April and November of 2014.  During this last sale they needed extra tables and had to take cash registers to lobby to accommodate the shoppers.  There were newer signs to designate the genres of the books on sale.  Year-end donor letters were mailed out.  A new fundraiser will be held at Dunham Woods Riding Club in April entitled Books & Brunch.  The brunch will have raffle baskets and all Foundation members are asked to donate a basket for the brunch.  The Foundation pledged $15,000 to the Library for the Early Literacy Interactive Area in Youth Services.  The area will have new furniture and toys.  Robin Soderquist asked Mrs. DeVault to thank Mrs. Brown for her service to the Library.

Intergovernmental Group (Karen DeVault)

Mrs. DeVault reported on the December 12, 2013 meeting of the Intergovernmental Group.  The next meeting will be held on January 9, 2014.

Motion by Dr. Steimle, second by Mr. Hill, to accept the Committee Reports.  Carried unanimously.

Communications and Citizen’s Comments:  Following Robert’s Rules of Order, there is a 10 minute time limit per issue on testimony with a limit of two (2) issues per meeting.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

50.       APPOINTMENT OF NEW TRUSTEE

This Agenda Item will be discussed in Closed Session.

51.       BUILDING PROJECT STATUS REPORT

This Agenda Item was discussed in the Director’s Report.

52.       CONCEALED CARRY LEGISLATION

This Agenda Item was covered in the Agenda Explanation.  There is a FAQs sheet available on the Illinois State Police website.  Current Peace Officers cannot carry concealed guns.  Signs are on doors of Library and have been ordered for parking lot.

53.       SALARIES, 2014

            a.   Impact of Positional Increases

Twenty-two people will be affected by positional increases.  Positions that will be affected are generally new Librarians, Shelvers, Ref/Tech Aides and Security Monitors.  The total amount for rates in line with new salary schedule will be approximately $25,000.  The Base rate increase will be 3%, with merit raises beginning at additional rates of .5%, 1% and 1.5%.  Motion by Mr. Huntley, second by Mrs. Reese, to approve the $25,000 salary schedule increases.  AYES:  Huntley, Hill, Haines, DeVault, Reese, Steimle.  NAYS:  None.  ABSENT:  None.  ABSTAIN:  None.

            b.   Maximum Policy

In the past the practice has been that staff who reach the maximum in their salary ranges will receive an increase over the maximum of one-half of the percentage of the increase they are awarded.  Dr. Steimle said the Board wants to keep this as a practice.

NEW BUSINESS

54.       ORDINANCE 2013/2014 – 7:  ESTABLISHING DATES OF REGULAR BOARD MEETINGS OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR CALENDAR YEAR, JANUARY 2014 – JANUARY 2015

Motion by Mrs. DeVault, second by Mrs. Reese, to approve Ordinance 2013/2014 -7AYES:  Huntley, Hill, Haines, DeVault, Reese, Steimle.  NAYS:  None.  ABSENT:  None.  ABSTAIN:  None.

 55.       RECOGNITION OF FORMER TRUSTEE DEBRA McMANUS

Motion by Mrs. Reese, second by Mrs. DeVault, to approve the purchase of a paver brick for the Carnegie Walk to recognize retired Trustee Debra McManus for her dedicated service.  Carried unanimously.

56.       LEGAL CALENDAR 2014

A draft Legal Calendar for 2014 was distributed to Trustees.  There may be an incorrect date for an election in 2015.  Mrs. Brown will check on the accuracy of the date and if needed, provide a revised Legal Calendar for the Trustees at the January 2014 meeting.

57.       APPROVAL OF FULL TIME EMPLOYEE:  ASSISTANT CIRCULATION SERVICES MANAGER

Mrs. Brown explained that the experiment to have the position of Shelving Supervisor be a part time position has proven to show the need for a full-time Assistant Manager in the Circulation Services Department.  Motion by Mrs. DeVault, second by Mrs. Reese to approve the reinstatement of the full-time Assistant Circulation Services Manager for Christine Lees at her current salary.  AYES:  Huntley, Hill, Haines, DeVault, Reese, Steimle.  NAYS:  None.  ABSENT:  None.  ABSTAIN:  None.

58.       NEW TELEPHONE SYSTEM

The Trustees received a handout by Bryan Wood.  The Library proposes to hire Platinum Communications Group as a consultant to evaluate the Library’s current phone system and desired feature needs.  Mr. Wood needs to talk with references who have used this consulting group.  The Consultants will determine if the system needs to be upgraded or replaced and whether or not a different provider would save the Library money.  Platinum Communications Group is very knowledgeable about our current phone system.  Some components may be reused if there is an upgrade of the system.  Some features we currently have are outdated.  Motion by Dr. Steimle, second by Mrs. Reese, to approve hiring Platinum Communications Group as a consultant to evaluate the Library’s phone system needs.  AYES:  Huntley, Hill, Haines, DeVault, Reese, Steimle.  NAYS:  None.  ABSENT:  None.  ABSTAIN:  None.

59.        BUILDING MAINTENANCE AND REPAIRS

Nothing to report.

60.       CLOSED SESSION FOR DISCUSSION OF THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS:

            a.         Acquisition and lease of property [5 ILCS 120/2 (c)(5) and (6)]

            b.         Litigation [5 ILCS 120/2(c)(11)]

            c.         Personnel [5 ILCS 120/2(c)(1)]

Motion by Mrs. DeVault, second by Mrs. Reese to adjourn to Closed Session with regard to Personnel [5 ILCS 120/2(c)(1)] matters at 7:25 pm.  AYES:  Huntley, Hill, Haines, DeVault, Reese, Steimle.  NAYS:  None.  ABSENT:  None.  ABSTAIN:  None.

Reconvene to Regular Meeting at 7:32 pm.

61.       POSSIBLE VOTE ON ITEMS DISCUSSED IN CLOSED SESSION

Motion by Mr. Huntley, second by Mrs. Reese to select Daniel Prath as the new Trustee for the St. Charles Public Library Board.  AYES:  Huntley, Hill, Haines, DeVault, Reese, Steimle.  NAYS:  None.  ABSENT:  None.  ABSTAIN:  None.

ADJOURN

Motion by Mrs. DeVault, second by Mrs. Reese, to adjourn at 7:33 pm.  AYES:  Huntley, Hill, Haines, DeVault, Reese, Steimle.  NAYS:  None.  ABSENT:  None.  ABSTAIN:  None.

                                                           

Kimberly Reese, Secretary

Board of Trustees

 

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Meeting Notice, 457 Plan Oversight Committee, February 12, 2014

Library Board - Fri, 02/07/2014 - 12:33pm

457 Plan Oversight Committee

St. Charles Public Library District

Meeting, February 12, 2014

Agenda

 Meeting: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:30 p.m., in the Bisbee Conference Room at the Library, One South Sixth Avenue, St. Charles, IL 60174.

Mission Statement

To support the growth and creativity of the individual and foster the spirit of community and local economy.

6:30 PM: Meeting of the 457 Plan Oversight Committee

 AGENDA:

1.  Review of plan offerings/plan mix/investment returns for year ending December 31, 2013:

Fidelity

Nationwide

2.  Staff Participation/Retirements/Withdrawals

3.  Staff Education

4.  Other

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Meeting Notice, Regular Monthly Meeting, February 12, 2014

Library Board - Fri, 02/07/2014 - 12:31pm

Board of Trustees

St. Charles Public Library District

REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING

FEBRUARY 12, 2014

AGENDA

Board Meeting: Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 7:00 p.m., Bisbee Conference Room at the Library, One South Sixth Avenue, St. Charles, IL 60174.

Mission Statement

To support the growth and creativity of the individual and foster the spirit of community and local economy.

 AGENDA:                                                                 

I.    Call to Order

II.    Welcome of Guests

III.    Approval of Minutes of Audit Committee Meeting, January 8, 2014

IV.    Approval of Minutes of Regular Monthly Meeting, January 8, 2014

V.    Approval of January 2014 Treasurer’s Report

VI.    Approval of January 2014 Bills

VII.    January 2014 Director’s Report

VIII.    Committee Reports

IX.    Communications and Citizen’s Comments

X.        Unfinished Business

68.       Building Project Status Report

69.       Salaries 2014

a.   Impact of Moving First Pay Date of 2014 to December 31, 2013

XI.       New Business

70.       Approval of 2014/2015 LINC Budget

71.       Set Date for Staff Recognition Dinner

72.       Approval of New Benefit Rate for Maintenance Supervisor and Communications &

Marketing Manager Positions

73.       Committee Appointments

74.       By-Laws:  Addendum to Include Procedures for Adoption of Consent Agenda

75.       Building Maintenance and Repairs

76.       Closed Session for Discussion of the Following Subjects:

a.   Acquisition and Lease of Property [5 ILCS 120/2 (c) (5) and (6)]

b.   Litigation [5 ILCS 120/2 (c) (11)]

c.   Personnel [5 ILCS 120/2 (c) (1)]

77.       Possible Vote on Items Discussed in Closed Session

MONTHLY REPORTS

Department Managers’ Report, January 2014

Statistical Report, January 2014

 

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50 Years of Beatlemania!

Good 2 Know - Wed, 02/05/2014 - 4:04pm

John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr arrived in the United States on February 7, 1964. They performed on the Ed Sullivan Show later that month and changed the music world. The foursome performed its last live concert on August 29, 1966 in San Francisco and the group retired from touring and live performing. The Beatles continued to release albums and made movies. The individuals in the group also had successful solo careers.

The Beatles continue to this day to be enormously popular. Whether you are an old fan or a new one, the Library has a large collection of CDs, DVDs, and books by and about the Beatles.

Click on the cover art below or check our online catalog for more titles. As always feel free to Ask Us!

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One More Time

Read @SCPL - Wed, 02/05/2014 - 9:09am

Groundhog Day was this week, so of course I’ve been thinking about the iconic Bill Murray movie of the same name, which then got me thinking about the nature of repetition. No wonder. Thoughts of shoveling one more pile of snow, of putting on boots, and scraping the car windshield–of the sheer one-more-timedness of winter. Turns out there’s a perfect book for this whole phenomenon.

Kate Atkinson’s inventive, mind-bending novel Life After Life takes this notion of repeatedly living in the moment and turns it on its head. The story begins on a dark and wintery night in 1910 when Ursula Todd comes into this world–and almost immediately leaves it. Yet she doesn’t, quite, for a few pages further on, it is a cold and snowy night once more, and Ursula Todd is once again born but doesn’t immediately disappear into a kind of death.

This happens repeatedly during Ursula’s existence–some days it’s her 1910 birthday all over again, and other times it’s a day when she’s a teenager and there’s a killer stalking the woods behind her house. Throughout her life, Ursula will bear witness as England endures two World Wars and countless family tragedies. Though darkness falls in each episode, Ursula comes to life again to relive it in a different way.

Atkinson’s evocative reimagining of a life with endless possibilities is a vast and welcome respite from the sure-thing of this seemingly endless winter.

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SHELVER

Positions Available - Tue, 01/28/2014 - 1:46pm

Schedule: Part-time 15 hours a week. Will include Mondays from 3:00-6:00 p.m., Thursdays from 12:00-3:00 p.m., Fridays from 1:00-5:00 p.m., and every other Saturday and Sunday from 12:00-5:00 p.m.

Duties: Will include re-shelving and maintaining order of library materials in both the Youth Services and Adult areas.

Qualifications: Some knowledge of the Dewey Decimal System, library materials, and formats preferred. Public Library experience also helpful.

Salary: Starting at $8.48/hour. Training provided.

Applications and Resumes accepted until February 7th, 2014. For all of these positions, applications are available online and at the main circulation desk.

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BUILDING SECURITY MONITOR

Positions Available - Tue, 01/28/2014 - 1:45pm

Schedule: Part-time 17 to 18 hours/week. Will include some daytime hours Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; Saturday mornings, and rotating Friday evenings from 4:00-8:15 p.m.

Duties: Will include building security and monitoring of the library property and facilities; providing hourly rounds; and assisting with patrons and meeting rooms. Will educate patrons regarding library policies and will enforce rules. Will also provide light maintenance, and closing and securing of the building.

Qualifications: Requires a high school diploma and security or building/facilities experience. Experience in a school, library, municipal, or public setting required. Higher level education in a related field or building/security training preferred. Applicants must have strong communication, interpersonal, and public service skills.

Salary: Starting at $14.54/hour, depending on experience.

Applications and Resumes accepted until February 7th, 2014. For all of these positions, applications are available online and at the main circulation desk.

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Patron Picks!

Read @SCPL - Thu, 01/23/2014 - 12:04pm

Another roundup of book your fellow patrons enthusiastically recommend!

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes: This short yet intense novel follows a middle-aged man contending with a past he has never much thought about until he is presented with a legacy that forces him to reconsider past decisions.

Canada by Richard Ford: After 15-year-old Dell Parsons’ parents rob a bank and are arrested, the trajectory of his life is forever altered.

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom: When a white servant girl violates the order of Southern plantation society, she unleashes a tragedy that exposes the worst and best in the people she has come to call her family. A stunning debut novel.

The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer: An unforgettable story of three brothers, of history and love, of marriage tested by disaster, of a Jewish family’s struggle against annihilation, and of the dangerous power of art in a time of war.

The Lavender Garden by Lucinda Riley: After she inherits her childhood home, a magnificent chateau in Le Cote d’Azur, France, Emilie de la Martinieres realizes that it may hold secrets to her family’s enigmatic past during World War II.

Lady of Ashes by Christine Trent: A most unusual heroine–an undertaker–and an interesting time period–1860s London–drives this first in a new series.

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese: An enthralling family saga of Africa and America, doctors and patients, exile and home.

Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring by Richard Preston (585.509794 PRE): This account of the amazing world of redwoods is by turns terrifying, moving, and fascinating.

Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis by Timothy Egan (770 EGA): The remarkable untold story behind iconic American photographs.

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Winter Reads

Read @SCPL - Fri, 01/17/2014 - 10:10am

Love it or hate it, the snow and ice are here to stay – for awhile, at least. Why not embrace the midpoint of the season with a wintery read?

The Dead of Winter: A Rina Martin Novel – Jane Adams
Tempting Evil: A Novel of Suspense – Allison Brennan
Chill Factor – Sandra Brown
61 Hours – Lee Child
Whiter Than Snow – Sandra Dallas
Dry Ice - Bill Evans
White Corridor – Christopher Fowler
Ice Cold: A Rizzoli and Isles Novel – Tess Gerritsen
Downtown Owl – Chuck Klosterman
A Cold Season – Alison Littlewood
The Boy in the Snow - M.J. McGrath
The Cold Kiss – John Rector
Snow Day - Shannon Stacey
Frozen Solid – James M. Tabor

Stay warm!

 

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Meeting Notice, Audit Committee, January 8, 2014

Library Board - Fri, 01/03/2014 - 2:51pm

MEETING NOTICE

 AUDIT COMMITTEE

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

ST. CHARLES PUBLIC LIBRARY DISTRICT

January 8, 2014

 

The Audit Committee of the Board of Trustees of the St. Charles Public Library District will meet at the Library (One S. 6th Avenue, St. Charles, IL 60174) on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 6:30 PM.

 AGENDA

 1. Review of Secretary’s Minutes and Records for the Period July 1 to December 31, 2013.

2. Review of Closed Minutes and Recordings of Executive Sessions.

 

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Meeting Notice, Regular Monthly Meeting, January 8, 2014

Library Board - Fri, 01/03/2014 - 2:49pm

 Board of Trustees

St. Charles Public Library District

REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING

JANUARY 8, 2014

AGENDA

Board Meeting: Wednesday, January 8, 2014, 7:00 p.m., Bisbee Conference Room at the Library, One South Sixth Avenue, St. Charles, IL 60174.

Mission Statement

To support the growth and creativity of the individual and foster the spirit of community and local economy.

 AGENDA:                                                                 

I.    Call to Order

II.    Welcome of Guests

III.    Approval of Minutes of Regular Monthly Meeting, December 11, 2013

IV.    Approval of Executive Session Minutes, December 11, 2013

V.    Approval of December 2013 Treasurer’s Report

VI.    Approval of December 2013 Bills

VII.    December 2013 Director’s Report

VIII.    Committee Reports

IX.    Communications and Citizen’s Comments

X.        Unfinished Business

62.       Swearing in of New Trustee by Notary Public

63.       Building Project Update

XI.       New Business

64.       Audit Committee Report and Recommendations

a.   Review of Closed Minutes and Recordings of Closed Sessions

b.   Review of Secretary’s Records for the Period July 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013

65.       Building Maintenance and Repairs

66.       Closed Session for Discussion of the Following Subjects:

a.   Acquisition and Lease of Property [5 ILCS 120/2 (c) (5) and (6)]

b.   Litigation [5 ILCS 120/2 (c) (11)]

c.   Personnel [5 ILCS 120/2 (c) (1)]

67.       Possible Vote on Items Discussed in Closed Session

MONTHLY REPORTS

Department Managers’ Report, December 2013

Statistical Report, December 2013

 

 

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Good, Better, Best

Read @SCPL - Thu, 01/02/2014 - 1:44pm

Everyone and his brother is doing a “Best of 2013″ list, so why shouldn’t I? This reading year was filled with a ton of great books, so let’s get to it.

Mine is the story of a happy reader, because the last book I read in 2013 was one of the year’s best: Ann Patchett’s collection of stellar essays, This Is the Story of  A Happy Marriage.

 

Want Not, Jonathan Miles’s sophomore novel, was a wry take on American consumerism. James McBride looked at the raid at Harpers Ferry through the eyes of a young boy in The Good Lord Bird, while Karen Russell looked at just about everything, but in a quirky new way in her clever collection of short fiction, Vampires in the Lemon Grove.

2013 was a year of  mind-boggling memoirs and exasperating exposes of global injustice, from Amanda Lindhout’s harrowing tale of captivity at the hands of Somali kidnappers in The House in the Sky, to the amazing Malala Yousafzai’s inspiring story of taking on the Taliban in I Am Malala:  The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, to Nicholas Kristof’s examination of global gender inequality, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression to Opportunity for Women Worldwide.

There were books about war–Ben Fountain’s scathing satire of the military and uber-patriotism, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk–and David Finkel’s sobering look at the stateside challenges faced by soldiers returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Thank You for Your Service.

And finally, these three novels proved that one didn’t have to top 700 pages to be a worthwhile read. Sometimes the best things really do come in small packages, as demonstrated by Alice McDermott in Someone; Larry Watson in Let Him Go; and Kent Haruf in Benediction.

We can only hope that 2014 serves up as many good reads.

Happy New Year, everyone!

 

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