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Library Board Meeting Minutes: January 28, 2014

Call to Order: President Bogue called the meeting of the Duluth Public Library Board to order at 4:35 p.m. on Tuesday, January 28, 2014. On a motion by Katz, seconded by Oswald, the agenda was approved.

Members Present:  Sister Edith Bogue, Dan D’Allaird, Frank Jewell, Virginia Katz, Megan Oswald, Andrew Slade
Also Present:
 One Book Coordinator Patra Sevastiades, Carla Powers
Absent:  Jane Brissett, Peter Spooner

Minutes:  On a motion by D’Allaird, seconded by Katz, the library board minutes of the regular meeting of November 26 were approved as written. 



One Book, One Community – Sevastiades
Sevastiades, who is coordinating the One Book project this year, shared some highlights of this spring’s One Book, One Community program. The featured book is The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway. The author will speak at the Cloquet Public Library and at Fitger’s on April 15. Duluth has gotten permission to host a performance of a play based on the book, and Cheryl Skafte will direct the play. The performance will involve adults and teens, and Duluth East’s Sterling Strings will play at intermission. The Duluth Art Institute has agreed to display eight photographs related to the book. The images show members of the organization Women in Black protesting Serbian aggression. There will be a lecture at the Main Library about the history of this region, followed by a presentation by Mike Jaros, a Duluthian who was born in Bosnia. Children’s crafts are planned at the Duluth, Cloquet and Virginia libraries. Churches in these three communities will host a musical presentation by Sam Black, with Serbian pastries and the exhibit photos. The first program will take place on March 27, and the final program is scheduled for April 25. Bogue offered to help with getting the word out about the program. D’Allaird asked whether a youth title was selected. There will be no separate youth title this year; however some of the events are aimed at children and teens. Powers mentioned that Sevastiades has done a tremendous job putting together this year’s program, and the board expressed appreciation for her work.

Friends of the Library – Powers/Markert
Markert recapped the written Friends report. At its last meeting the Friends board voted to turn over $7500 to library. The Friends brought in $912 at the Holiday Book Sale (which took place during a three-day snowstorm) and $6408 in the Barnes & Noble book fair. The Friends have lined up a fundraising event featuring author Brian Freeman, will be coming to Duluth on April 1 to launch his newest book. D’Allaird mentioned that he attended the Friends’ first author event, which featured William Kent Krueger, and it was excellent. Katz said she heard Freeman read section of his book at NEMBA a couple of years ago and enjoyed the description of Duluth residents. Bogue suggested that Minnesota Public Radio may be interested in doing a story. Powers and Markert will pass along ideas for publicity to the Friends board. Bogue expressed the board’s thanks for the Friends’ great work.

Duluth Library Foundation – Katz
A written report was provided in the packet. There was brief discussion of Libations at the Library. Bogue expressed congratulations for passing the $1 million mark in the foundation’s endowment.

Arrowhead Library System Report – Brissett
The written report was reviewed.


Old Business:   

Main Library Needs Assessment. Powers outlined a change in the process suggested by Facilities Manager Erik Birkeland, and there was discussion of what the process would look like. There was consensus that while this change would expedite the process, it is important to get community input and make sure that the plan meets the community’s needs. The board expressed an interest in meeting with Birkeland if possible, and asking him to provide more information and a timeline of the process for the next board meeting. Powers will follow up.


New Business:

Book challenge. The board reviewed the Statement of Concern form that was recently submitted regarding the title The Berenstain Bears and the Bully and the letter that Powers wrote in response. D’Allaird requested that the form and the policy be placed on next month’s agenda for review. 

Board terms ending in 2014. Terms will be ending for Bogue and Slade in March. Bogue is interested in continuing on the board, but Slade has reached the end of his second term and is not eligible for another. Powers asked board members to help spread the word about the vacancy and encourage people to go to the city’s website to submit an application 

Joint Friends/foundation/board meeting. Powers asked whether the board is interested in holding a joint meeting of the library’s supporting organizations, and whether the meeting should be business or social in nature. Katz suggested the meeting be primarily social, and Bogue suggested it take place in the spring. Bogue and D’Allaird will contact Friends president Linda Hanson.



Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 5:40 p.m. The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 25, 2014.

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