Minutes – January 4, 2021

January 4, 2021 (Revised February 1, 2021)
Covid-19 Pandemic Meeting
Virtual, via Zoom, 4 pm

(as submitted)

Members present: Lee Halberg, Tulli Kerstetter, Amy Weldon, Laurie Webster, Anne Benson, Miriam Dunbar, Silvia Fleitz, Caroline (Koko) Smith

1. Call to order at 4:06 p.m.
2. Minutes from November meeting – approved as emailed.
3. Guest requests – none
4. Proxy/e-mail votes – none
5. Correspondence – none

6. Financial report – Laurie reported that the amount is correct on the emailed financial report for November-December 2020, but she forgot to fill in subject lines so she will re-send. The report noted $4222.64 in savings. Credits include an Amazon Smile payment, $380 for year-end donations but more coming (per Lee of $1260). An unsigned check for $200 will also be coming, making ca $1900 from year-end mailing. Checking account shows a balance of $6573.27, for a total in checking and savings of $10,795.91. The revised September-October statement was re-sent to Friends previously. Amy moved and Tulli seconded to approve the report. All approved.

7. Librarian’s report – (given orally by Lee) Not much new to report. Four infrared heaters have been received for the patio and will be installed in the next couple of days; they are remote-controlled and will remain on during business hours only. Also heat-reflecting tarps will be installed across the front of the building to keep the heat from the infrared heaters close to the building. Curbside book service is going well, but meeting rooms still remain closed per Covid restrictions. Although circulation is down, it is still busy for staff (one half to three quarters of total volume) because not every staff member is at the library on a daily basis. If the tentative schedule for rollout of the vaccines is in operation, the library may be able to open doors around April or May, although the pace of vaccinations is now running behind. Lee has asked all staff to get vaccinated but he cannot force anyone. Planning meetings for the marathon have started and hopes are that there will be a marathon this year. Donations of books is still on hold at this time. Gallagher Amendment repeal during the November election is good news for the library.

8. Old business
Donation to Daughters of the American Revolution – Anne and Joan donated about 10 boxes of books to this group from the library for distribution to local area Native American groups.

Bylaws adjustment – Changes in duties. Tulli raised a few questions on the proposed changes, which Anne will rectify. One question, however, concerned how many officers shall be signers on the bank accounts. Dolores State Bank is rather specific on this issue and Anne will contact them about exact wording for the new bylaws and finalize the proposed changes at next month’s meeting.

9. New business – none.

Discussion about whether to do a curbside bake sale in lieu of Friends annual Valentine’s Day sale was nixed. Silvia brought up the fact that Friends does use the bake sale to elicit new and renewed memberships. Suggestions for substitutions were to go through facebook and/or send an email along with some recipes. Those Friends who are interested in donating a recipe should send them to Lee, who volunteered to attach them all to an email as a library website link to MFOL.

10. Adjourn at 4:45 p.m.
Next meeting: February 1, 2021

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