Minutes from the Friends of the Greene Public Library Meetings

Friends of the Library

May 3, 2017

President LeAnn McRoberts called the meeting to order with six members present. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved. The Treasurer’s Report was $1885.85 in the checking account and $2589.02 in the money market account.

 Under Unfinished Business, the book signing by Janell Butler Wojtowicz was well attended.  Coffee, lemonade and cookies were served.  The next author presentation is scheduled for Wednesday, May 10 at 7:00 p.m.  Linda McCann, from Shell Rock, will be presenting “Civilian Conservation Corps”, her latest book in a series of historical non-fiction.

Discussion of the Herb Festival’s pie-by-the-slice booth was tabled until June.

There was much discussion about the state of the library’s landscaping.  Although the weather has not been favorable, it was noticed that weeds need to be sprayed and some plants (especially the butterfly bush and some grasses around the library sign) are not growing.  It was decided that Cynthia will contact Levi Kramer from ALL Landscaping and ask about replacement of the dead plants, etc.  It was moved by Rita Barth and seconded by Chris Baker to pay All Landscaping an extra $55 for weed control. Motion carried.

The Friends’ walking taco and baked goods stand during the city-wide garage sales was discussed next.  We will be serving on Saturday, May 6th beginning at 9:00 a.m.  Doritoes and taco meat will be offered along with toppings to include lettuce, cheese, onion, salsa & sour cream for $3.00 a bag.  Water will sell for $1 a bottle, coffee for 50 cents a cup, and baked goods will be 50 cents per bag (one bar or 2 cookies).  Cynthia will email the Friends and ask for more volunteers to work.

Under New Business, Marilyn Watson made a motion to give the library staff an additional $150 for programming expenses. Barb Graven seconded it.  Motion carried.

The next FOL meeting will be Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

There being no further business, Barb Graven moved to adjourn and Marilyn Watson seconded it.  Motion carried.

 

Cynthia Siemons, Secretary Pro-Tem

 

Friends of Library April 5, 2017

Meeting was called to order by President McRoberts with 10 members present.  Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved. Treasurer’s Report showed $2142.16 in checking and $2588.80 in the Money Market and was approved.

Food for the Rummage Sale was discussed. We will only do Saturday.  We will be serving Walking Tacos, water, and baked goods.  Numbers were discussed and baked goods will be solicited through email.

Herb Festival was tabled.

There will be book signings on April 15 and May 10 Cynthia will solicit cookies.

National Library Week is the 10th-15th

Election of officers: Joan S moved to retain current officers 2nd-Mary S Carried

Landscaping Clean up-Marilyn moved to authorize $360 for the cleanup 2nd-Juliene Carried

There being no further business Julie S moved to adjourn 2nd-Rita Carried

Secretary/Treasurer

Nancy Fiddick

 

 



Friends of the Library March 1, 2017

Nancy Fiddick called the March FOL meeting to order In the absence of President McRoberts with 4 members present.  Minutes of the previous meeting were approved as read.  Financial report showed a check to Advantage for the digitizing leaving a balance In checking with $2142.16.  MM was at $2588.80 which Included 20 cents interest Report was approved.

Valentine Day had 10 entries for valentines with all getting a prize.  The Feb Food Bank drive is done.

We discussed having food for the city-wide rummage sale including Walking Tacos, water, coffee and/or baked goods. Tabled till April.

The Herb Festival was discussed. Pie by the slice was decided for our food booth. Cynthia will contact Susan N.

The new sign is here and cost was $216.31

Bereavement conditions were discussed.  Mary Ann moved to give $40 memorial for Kelly Graven. 2nd-Chris B Carried

There will be a book signing April 15th and one on May10th

Proposal to pay for supplies for Summer Library Program $127.82 by Mary Ann 2nd Chris Carried

Mary Ann moved to adjourn 2nd-Chris Carried

Nancy Fiddick Secretary/Treasurer

 

Friends of the Library February 1, 2017
President LeAnn McRoberts called the February meeting to order with 6 members present.  Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved . Treasurer’s report was approved..
Unfinished Business: The deadline for Valentines for the contest will be 02-07-17. The Story Hour kids are making some.  Categories and prizes will be determined when we see what comes in.  Cynthia is setting up the Food Bank donations for the month.
We looked at some options for the sign and picked one. Motion to buy by Marilyn, 2nd Nancy Motion carried. Cost will be around $200 
We will contact Wedeking Electric concerning the lighting on the outside wall.
New Business: We made the decision not to do the rummage sale but perhaps offer food instead.  Details to follow.
A motion to pay for digitizing the paper was made by Marilyn 2nd- Chris Carried.
National Library week in April.  Sunday, July 30 will be the Herb Festival.  Contacts have asked to consider some sort of food stand. Tabled
With no further business Marilyn moved to adjourn Chris 2nd Motion carried

Secretary/Treasurer
Nancy Fiddick

Friends of the Library January 4, 2017

 

President LeAnn McRoberts called the January meeting to order with 5 members present.  Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved as corrected. Treasurer’s report was approved..

 

Unfinished Business: Xmas Open House went very well with a good attendance. The program went very well. Meat & cheese tray was gone. 7 people donated 2 doz cookies and used 1 jug of cider. Everything OK.

 

The lighting and sign are still in progre

New Business: Valentine’s Day will have a handmade valentine contest with a few categories. Candy will be the prize. We will have Food Bank donations for the entire month of February.

With no further business Marilyn moved to adjourn Cynthia 2nd Motion carried

 

Secretary/Treasurer

 

Nancy Fiddick


 

Friends of the Library December 7, 2016

President LeAnn McRoberts called the December meeting to order with 5 members present.  Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved. Treasurer’s report was approved.

Unfinished Business:  The Barn Quilt program went well and everyone thought the stories were captivating.

Christmas Open House plans are going well.  Cookies are being solicited and Marnie is working on the program.  The scheduled book signing had to be cancelled due to health problems.  It was suggested that people be able to vote early.

Ideas on lighting and the sign are being postponed for further research

A scholarship program has been declined.

3000+ pounds of law books were donated for our recycling

New Business: Story Hour is Oct-March with a special one in January Chris moved to give $150 for supplies for the story hour programs Nancy-2nd Motion carried

Marilyn moved to adjourn Chris-2nd Carried

Checking account:  Book sales-$3.86 Greene Bucks-$20.00

                                  Supplies for Corrine T scrap book-$13.26

Ending Balance: $2381.76

Money Market:  $2588.38 incl $0.22 Interest

Secretary/Treasurer

Nancy Fiddick

 

Friends of the Library  November 2, 2016

The meeting was called to order by President Leann McRoberts with 7 members present.  Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.  Treasurer’s report was approved.

Unfinished Business:  Book sales are slowing and with Xmas decorating it will be discontinued.  Halloween party:  Jane Innes donated decorated cookies.  Will send a thank you to Jane.  The book signing is scheduled for 11-21-16 at 7:00PM on “Barn Quilts”. 

Xmas Open House: 12-10-16 Cynthia will solicit cookies. The book signing with “Joggers Adventures” will be going on.  Marnie has contacted a numbers of performers for the music.  Greene Bucks will be given as prizes for the Xmas Tree decorating contest.

Cynthia is still working on the Multi Media Player options.

New Business: Options: Light on the sign outside.  New sign to post announcements and current library events.  Both tabled for further research.

Linda Crandall Cassman thanked the FOL for the digitized Recorder saying it was great to work with.

Rita moved to adjourn. 2nd Joan Motion carried

Nancy Fiddick

Secretary/Treasurer

Friends of the Library

The meeting was called to order on October 5, 2016 by President LeAnn McRoberts with 7 members present.  Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.  Treasurer's report was read and approved.

The book sale is on-going at a table in the library.

Halloween:  Cynthia will contact Jane Innes about making cookies.  We will also get juice boxes.  The party is on the 29th of October.

Christmas Open House will have Christmas tree contest, music program (organized by Marnie) and Cynthia is continuing to look into a book signing.

New Business:  Cynthia talked about needing a new multi-media projector.  The Teen Board has pledged $200.00.  Juliene moved to pay the balance 2nd - Barb Graven.  Motion carried.

Cynthia is looking at a gentleman who presents a program on the history of quilt making and also the current "barn quilt" movement.

LeAnn opened discussion of new ideas for fundraising.

Suggestions included a cookbook, continuing of the "Bible" class photos book, using old books as decorating ideas.

With no further business, Rita Barth moved to adjourn, 2md - Juliene Bramer.

Motion carried

Nancy Fiddick, Secretary/Treasurer

Membership:  50 members with 22 paid  Total: $1510.00

 

 

 

Friends of the Library

 

The meeting was called to order on 09-07-16 by President Leann McRoberts with 7 members present.  The minutes and Treasurer’s Report were read and approved.

 

Julie Shook has been watering the new plants in the landscape.  Susan Needham took the leftover pavers to try and sell them.

 

The adult reading program had 55 participants with great success.  Marilyn Watson won the grand prize.

 

Book sale will be 09-23-24 with free will offering.  Set up: Cynthia, Nancy, Barb, LeAnn and Mary Ann at 9:00 Thursday.  Sale on Friday 9:00 to 5:00 with Leann, Barb and Chris  Saturday will be 9-Noon with Juliene.  We will box leftover books at noon.

 

Halloween Party was discussed  Perhaps will have cut out cookies, juice boxes and will check on some type of book for give a way

 

Xmas Open House will be 12-10-16  We will do the miniature decorated trees, music program and if possible a book signing.

 

It was suggested that we add another level to our registration sheet.

 

There being no further business Barb moved to adjourn, Juliene -2nd  Motion carried

 

Nancy Fiddick

 

Secretary/Treasurer

 

 

 

Friends of the Library

August 3, 2016

Meeting was called to order by President LeAnn McRoberts with 9 members present.  Minutes were read and approved with the addition of thanks to John McRoberts for his help on the pavers.

Treasurer’s report was read and approved.

There was a discussion of how the landscaping project went.  It was discussed as to what to do with leftover mulch and pavers.  New hose should probably be purchased.  A suggestion was made to add a spot light to the front of the library on the name.  Light globes need to be cleaned.

A number of programs are planned for the adult reading program: line dancing, bingo and nutrition.

August is membership month.  Emails have been sent and a list will be compiled for mailed notices.

Book Sale is Sept 23-24 with final plans next month

Nancy presented the final report sent to the City.

It was decided to purchase Xmas trees again for the Open House. Marilyn Watson will take care of. Motion by Rita B 2nd Joan S Carried

Motion to adjourn: Mary Ann 2nd Julie S Carried

 

Nancy Fiddick  Secretary/Treasurer

 

Friends of the Library

July 6, 2016

Meeting was called to order by President LeAnn McRoberts with 8 members present.  Minutes of the previous meeting were approved as read.  Treasurer's report was approved as read.

Landscaping project started 7/6/16.  Discussion of the plan led to members going out to survey progress.  Don Fiddick will haul mulch for beds.

The article in the paper was done nicely.

River Days - OK

Summer Reading Program going on in June OK

Adult Reading Program in august still being planned.

Book Sale scheduled for September

Thanked Teen Board for their help with the pavers and Bob Barth and Dick Vickers with power washing the brick walls.

Membership Drive is August.  Need to email and send notices.

Motions to adjourn - Rita Barth, 2nd - MaryAnn Vickers  Motion carried

Nancy Fiddick, Treasurer




 



FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY
June 1, 2016

The monthly meeting was called to order by President LeAnn McRoberts with 10 members present.
Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.  Treasurer's report was read and approved.
Rummage Sale netted $279.81 but there were less items than last year.
Landscaping Project: Levi Kramer presented a revised quote for $6100 plus tax.  The plan would concentrate on the front and the sign.  Pavers would be recycled to use around the sign and other beds.  Implementation would be July but no specific time line.  Maryann Vickers moved to accept the estimate of May 31, 2016 subject to change but not to exceed the amount of the estimate for Library Board approval.  2nd by Marilyn Watson. Motioned carried.
An article will be in the paper announcing the plan and opening it up to public donations.
River Days - no report
Children's Summer Reading Program will be in June.
Book sale to be discussed later.
Next meeting will be July 6, 2016.
Motion to be adjourned by Juliene Bramer.  2nd by Barb Graven. Motion carried.
Nancy Fiddick
Secretary/Treasurer
Treasurer's report
Checking:  Beginning Balance - $3499.25
                  T & M (Parade candy - $28.45
                  Ending Balance - $3470.80
Money Market   $5586.81 which includes $0.46 interest for June

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY
May 4, 2016

The monthly meeting was called to order by Nancy Fiddick with 9 members present.  Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.  Treasurer's report was read and approved.
Election of Vice-President:  Cynthia nominated Rita Barth. Maryann seconded it.  Motion carried.
Rummage Sale will be May 6, 2016 from 9-5 and May 7, 2016 from 8-noon.  Set up will be Thursday at 9:30 am and clean up at noon on Saturday.  Members volunteered to man the site.
National Library Week went well with a good turnout.  Two games were Guess the Book and Guess the Number of Gummy Bears.
Landscaping Project:  Another quote was presented from Levi Kramer of Bristow for $8880.54 which included sales tax which will be eliminated.  The other quotes included Bill Cordes: $11235.00 and Otto's Oasis: $8919.00.  After much discussion it was decided to form a committee to formulate a general plan of plant, areas and a specific money amount.  This would be presented to each business for an "apples to apples" comparison.  Committee: Juliene Bramer, Rita Barth and Julie Shook.
Maryann moved to pay for candy for the Teen Board's River Days float. 2nd by Barb. Motion carried.
Summer Reading program to be announced later.
Barb moved to adjourn.  Maryann 2nd.  Carried
Nancy Fiddick
Secretary/Treasurer
As of May 31, 2016   Checking $3499.25 which includes $279.81 from the rummage sale     Money Market  $5586.35 which includes $.47 interest for the month


FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY
April 6, 2016
Meeting was called to order by President Leann M with ten members present.  Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.  Treasurer's report: Money Market - $5584.95 Checking - $3319.44 There is an outstanding check for $100 to Joan Becker.  Report was approved.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS:  Leann thanked Cynthia for all her work getting book signings.  The Joan Becker signing was successful with a full house.  National Library Week starts April 11.  An article will be in the Recorder with interviews of the four employees done by Chris Baker.  Open house will be all week with a game to participate in.  Open Mic morning was a success with speech students and musical selections.  Thanks to Marnie for organizing.  The rummage sale will be during City-Wide sales.  Set up will be May 5 at 9:30.  Sales days will be May 6 from 9-5pm and May 7 from 8-noon.  A sign up sheet was sent around for workers.  Cynthia will send out an email to Friends for additional help.  Leftovers will go to Goodwill.
Landscaping: Mary Smith presented a proposal from Otto Oasis of Charles City for plans to landscape.  Some areas would go back to grass.  Pictures were circulated and Mary went over details of plants, etc.  The proposal would cost $80 if not used.  Total cost of the project would be $8919.00 which would be all inclusive.  It was decided to have a meeting with the owner to go over questions either May 12 or May 13.  Everyone is welcome.  In addition, Tom Smidt will do soil samples on the worst areas.
FYI Book Sale  September 23 & 24   River Days
NEW BUSINESS:  Nancy F accepted the office of Secretary/Treasurer.  Marily nominated Leann for President. 2nd by Nancy. Motion carried
Rita moved to adjourn.  2nd by Joan Strickler. Motion carried
Nancy Fiddick
Secretary/Treasurer
 

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY

March 2, 2016

Nancy Fiddick presided at the FOL meeting in LeAnn’s absence.  The meeting was called to order at 4 p.m. with five members present.  Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.  Treasurer’s report was  checking $3319.44 ($46.60 had been paid in January to Shelby Wihlm for the markers used for the coloring class). There was  5584.95 in the money market account.

It was announced that June Johnson was very happy to have won the quilt that was donated by Betty Morgan’s family.

Cynthia will send out an e-mail to solicit cookies for the Joan Becker book signing at 6:30 March 21 – she will be paid $100. Chris made a motion and Mary Ann seconded that the Friends replenish any supplies needed for such events held at the library.

“Libraries Transform” is this year’s theme for National Library Week April 11. It was suggested that maybe the staff could be interviewed as to any visions each had for the future improvements or interesting projects to be explored. Chris volunteered to interview Librarian Cynthia Siemons. Cynthia will look into ordering book markers or something appropriate to be given away during the week of the open house.

FOL would like to continue with the landscape project this Spring; follow up w/the soil testing to be done by Tom Smidt. Bill Cordes’ name was suggested as someone who might be able to help with the planning of the project.  Another idea was the possibility of an outdoor reading area.

It was noted that there was going to be an “Open Mic Morning” Saturday, March 5, at the library featuring speech students and other music selections.

April is the month for election of officers.

A reminder that dates for the Rummage Sale will be set up May 5th with the Friday & Saturday, May 6 & 7 being the sale which goes along with the city-wide sales.

Next FOL meeting will be Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 4 p.m

Mary Ann made a motion to adjourn w/Cynthia seconding.

Barb Graven, Secretary

Members present: Nancy Fiddick, Barb Graven,  Chris Baker, Mary Ann Vickers and Cynthia Siemons


FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY

February 3, 2016 

The FOL meeting was called to order by President, Leann McRoberts on Wednesday, February 3 at 4:00 p.m. with five members attending.  Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved. Treasurer’s report was $3390.42 in the checking account and $5584.04 in the money market account.

Under Unfinished Business, a quilt donated to the library by the Betty Morgan family is being displayed during the first two weeks of February.  Any one who brings in a donation to the Greene Food Bank can enter their name in a drawing to win the quilt.  The drawing will be held on Monday, February 15th. 

A Coloring Class conducted by Marnie Schmidt took place on Sunday, January 24th.  There were ten in attendance.  Another coloring class is being planned to be held at the Black Sheep Coffee Baa in the near future. 

Discussion was held about National Library Week in April.  Cynthia will look into ways that the Friends could be involved.

Under New Business, Joan Becker, who wrote “Sentenced to Life, the Mark Becker Story”, has been invited to give a book signing at the library in March.  Joan Strickler made a motion for the Friends to pay the $100 speaking fee and Marilyn Watson seconded it.  Motion Carried.  Refreshments for the event will be discussed at our March meeting. 

Cynthia presented an Oriental Trading bill for supplies for the library’s Dr. Seuss children’s event on Saturday, February 27th.  The total was $40.98.  Nancy Fiddick moved to pay the bill and Marilyn Watson seconded it.  Motion Carried.

Election of officers will be held at our April meeting.

 

Next FOL meeting will be Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.

 

Joan Strickler made a motion to adjourn with Marilyn seconding it.

Nancy Fiddick/Cynthia Siemons, Secretary Pro-Tem


Members present: Leann McRoberts, Marilyn Watson, Nancy Fiddick, Joan Strickler and Cynthia Siemons

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY

January 6, 2016

The meeting  was called to order by LeAnn McRoberts January 6 at 4 p.m. with six members attending. Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.  Treasurer’s report was $3447.04 in the checking and 5584.04 in the money market account.

The Christmas Open House was well attended with the decorated trees being a main attraction – the votes were tallied and the adult winner was Diane Ramker; in the children’s group it was Kay Reser. Only one of the trees was not returned so if this is done another year it might be well to get a better idea when they are checked out as to classification. The music and Christmas readings were awesome; each participant was presented with a note of thanks. Gail Kittleson was pleased with those attending her book signing. Seven people donated two dozen cookies/bars which was just right; plus the cheese/ cracker tray was all gone.

The quilt donated from Betty Morgan’s family will be on display at the library on February 1st. Library patrons who bring in an item for the Community Food Pantry will be eligible to enter their name for the drawing to be held February 15 when the quilt will be given away.

Marnie Schmidt has announced a Coloring Night to be held in the meeting room on Sunday, January 24 from 5 to 6 p.m.  Mary Ann made a motion that the Friends pay for the supplies needed for this event; Cynthia seconded the motion.

Rick Martzahn had installed the shelf for the DVD player and submitted his bill for staining the chair rail and shelf in the amount of $30 which was paid. Also a $10.02 bill was paid to Greene Lumber for screws to install the chair rail. Paul Yerkes had been called to bring the DVD player and put a conduit around the cords – then the project would be complete.

National Library Week is the second week in April so we could be thinking of ideas that the Friends might help with to be a part of this event.

April is the month for election of officers.

Dates for the Rummage Sale will be set up May 5th with the Friday & Saturday, May 6 & 7 being the sale which goes along with the city-wide sales.

The dates for the Book Sale will be September 23/24th.

 Next FOL meeting will be Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 4 p.m

Mary Ann made a motion to adjourn w/Rita seconding.

Barb Graven, Secretary

Members present: LeAnn McRoberts, Barb Graven,  Marilyn Watson, Rita Barth, Mary Ann Vickers and Cynthia Siemons.


FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY

December 2, 2015

Leann McRoberts call the meeting to order on December 2 at 4:00 p.m.  Seven members were in attendance.  Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.  Treasurer's report was $3573.04 in the checking and  $5583.57 in the money market account.

The chair railing had been put up earlier today and met with everyone's approval.  The bill for the oak boards came to $102.31 and had been paid to Greene Lumber.  Dennis Griffin's bill for the installation was $176.00.  Rick Martzahn will have a bill for the staining and building a shelf for under the TV.

Gail Kittleson's book "In This Together" was passed around and she will be at the library on Saturday for a book signing during the Christmas Open house.  The music will start around 10 a.m.  Marnie has arranged for students to participate and Nancy will do the announcing.  Cynthia asked for cookies/s - thought six or seven bringing 2 dozen each would be enough.  Coffee and apple cider will also be served starting at 9 a.m.

The tree decorating contest is deemed a success.  We thank Marilyn Watson for the idea and going ahead with the purchase.  All 25 were checked out - they will be displayed at the library and voted on with prizes being announced on December 12 at the Open House.  The trees costs $160.23 and we spent $20 on four $5 Greene Bucks.  Participants will keep the tree they decorated.

There will probably be an adult coloring event in February.  Marnie is working on that so more will be decided at the next meeting.

The family of Betty Morgan donated a quilt to the library so it was decided to have a drawing on Saturday, February 13.  Anyone could bring in a donation for the food bank and then enter their name starting Feb. 1st and going until the 13th.

There was another membership check in the amount of $50.

Cynthia had the scrapbook that Corrine Thompson has been keeping updated for the Friends.

Nancy made a motion to adjourn with Rita seconding.

Next FOL meeting will be Wednesday, January 2016 at 4 p.m.

Barb Graven, Secretary

Members Present:  Leann McRoberts, Nancy Fiddick, Barb Graven, Chris Baker, Marilyn Watson, Rita Barth and Cynthia Siemons

 

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY

November 4, 2015

Chris Baker called the FOL meeting  to order November 4, at 4 p.m. Six members were in attendance. Minutes of the previous meeting were read with a couple date corrections being made.  Treasurer’s report was not updated but probably some interest had been added since last month’s  balance which was Checking $3657.60 and Money Market $5582.64.

Joan reported that she helped with the Halloween Story Hour on October 31 and there were 16 kids. The bill at T&M for the donut holes and juice served was $30.64.

Cynthia had talked to a couple others about the chair railing, but none seemed interested.  The consensus was that the south wall not be done and that it wasn’t necessary to do between the windows so possibly the labor could be reevaluated.  Juliene made a motion to go with Dennis Griffin and Joan seconded the motion.

Margaret Smolik gave an interesting book review “Like a Haystack” at 7 p.m. Only four attended.

Gail Kittleson will be at the Christmas Open House on December 12 to have her book “in This Together” available. The refreshments and music would start at 10 and run until Noon. At the next meeting we will finalize the food list – Chris offered to furnish a cheese/cracker tray.

In other business Cynthia reported that the Bridges usage was up and usually over 100 books were checked out each month. In turn that helps promote the library services.

It was suggested that maybe we could provide small trees to be decorated as an activity for a Christmas project instead of homemade cards/ornaments which had been done in the past. Joan and Marilyn will check on the availability of trees to see if this would be feasible.

The coloring contest was discussed again; Juliene is going to a class and would see what it involved - we could decide whether to do it or not before the February meeting.

Juliene made a motion to adjourn the meeting with Marilyn seconding.

Next FOL meeting will be Wednesday, December  2, 2015 at 4 p.m.

Barb Graven, Secretary

Members present:

Barb Graven,  Chris Baker, Marilyn Watson, Joan Strickler, Juliene Bramer and Cynthia Siemons.


October 7, 2015

Nancy Fiddick opened the FOL meeting in LeAnn’s absence.  Wednesday,  October 7, at 4 p.m.  with seven members in attendance. Minutes of the previous meeting were read with a couple date corrections being made. Balance in the checking account was $3657.60 and in the Money Market account $5582.64

$313.45 was deposited from the Used Book Sale; $70 was donated by Bob Nandell  from the sale of his books during the book signing on Sept. 19th; and a check for $78.65 was received from the Butler County Reycle which pays $55 per ton for donated books/magazines etc.  Also another $180 was deposited from membership dues .

Margaret Smolek “Like a Haystack” will be at the library for a book signing on Wednesday, November 4 at 7 p.m. Gail Kittleson ”In This Together”  is scheduled for December 12 during the Christmas Open House.  A couple suggestions for next year might be Linda McCann who has a book about Butler County and Sara Utoff  “Little House on the Prairie”.

Cynthia reported that Dennis Griffin had estimated $651 to put up the chair railing; this included the 1X4” oak boards @ $194; Rick Martzen staining them  to match the woodwork @ $27.20 and $30 for screws . Maybe we should get a couple more estimates before deciding on this project.

The Halloween Story Hour will be Saturday, October 31. Joan made a motion that FOL help serve and pay for treats (donut holes and juice boxes). Chris second this motion.

The Christmas Open House is December 12 – probably line of music from 10 to noon like has been done in the past. Marnie will probably be able to help with getting students to take part. There will be books to be given away.

Finding someone to hold the vice president office was tabled again.

A coloring contest was suggested as an activity for next February.

Rita made a motion to adjourn the meeting with Cynthia seconding.

Next FOL meeting will be Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 4 p.m.

Barb Graven, Secretary

Members present:

Nancy Fiddick, Barb Graven,  Chris Baker, Marilyn Watson, Rita Barth, Joan Strickler and Cynthia Siemons.


September 2, 2015

LeAnn McRoberts called the FOL meeting to order Wednesday, September 2, at 4 p.m. with eight members in attendance. Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved. Balance in the checking account was $3044.15 and in the Money Market account $5582.18.

The Membership is going well – so far $975 has been deposited.

There was sheet posted to sign up for working at the Book Sale September 25/26. There will be posters distributed down town and Barb will pay to have FOL on the list that will be published in the Recorder. Maybe John McRoberts and Donald Fiddick will be available to load up the remaining books on Saturday when the sale is over. Will see about using the TV to learn about using the library website during the sale.

Around 63 adults participated in the Reading Program held in August. It was felt that it created increased readership and the prizes donated were an incentive. The library staff is to be commended for a successful event.

Landscaping was again discussed; the Board may have ideas on what should be done; Mary volunteered to contact Tom Smidt about testing the soil. Maybe a professional  would be the way to go.

The chair rail for the meeting room was brought up again but decided the Board should okay that and give their input before contacting either a local person or Greene Lumber on prices to do the job.

An e-mail will be sent to solicit cookies for  book signing by Bob Nandell on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 1 p.m. and also for when author Margaret Smolek from Osage plans to be at the library on October 3.

Joan made a motion to adjourn the meeting with Nancy seconding.

Next FOL meeting will be Wednesday, October 2, 2015 at 4 p.m.

Barb Graven, Secretary

Members present:

LeAnn McRoberts, Nancy Fiddick, Barb Graven, Mary Smith, Marilyn Watson, Rita Barth, Joan Strickler and Cynthia Siemons.

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY

August 5, 2015

Nancy Fiddick volunteered to chair the meeting in the absence of LeAnn.  Eight members were present. Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved .  Treasurer’s report: $2093.57 checking and $5581.71 savings.

A reminder that the Friends will set up Sept. 24 for the Book Sale on the 25/26. A worker sign-up sheet will be available at the next meeting. There was a suggestion that maybe a demonstration could be on-going during the sale about how to use the digitizing system on the GPL website.

There was no report on Landscaping/Artwork project, but maybe landscaping should be the priority at this time. It was mentioned that maybe a chair rail might be needed to protect the newly painted walls in the meeting room.

The Membership Drive is underway w/ new forms available at the library. There was an article in the Greene Recorder; an e-mail will be sent to present members as well as some letters sent to those not living in the area.

The 501c3 tax exempt status has been resolved for the time being. After consulting with Attorney Dick Vickers and City Clerk Jayne Knapp it was decided since the proceeds of Friends isn’t over the $5000 limit we could just go on as we have been (which is to provide bank statements at the end of the City’s fiscal year). Thanks to Mary Smith and Mary Ann Vickers for their research on this matter.

There was a good turnout for the Adult Summer Reading Program held Saturday, August 1st. Bills for treats ($9.52) to Marnie and for postage $14.70 to Cynthia were paid. Shelby Wilhm is baking the cake for the end of the month open house so a check will given to her probably in the amount of $25.

Rita moved that Friends pay for needed items/treats needed for the Halloween Story Hour which is October 31 and also the Christmas Story Hour which is Nov. 28. Mary Ann seconded that motion.

Nancy Hadley made a motion to adjourn the meeting with Rita seconding.

Next FOL meeting will be Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 4 p.m.

Barb Graven, Secretary

Members present:

Nancy Fiddick, Barb Graven, Mary Smith, Marilyn Watson, Rita Barth, Nancy Hadley, Deb Steere and Mary Ann Vickers.


FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY

July 1, 2015

President  LeAnn McRoberts called the meeting to order at 4 p.m. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved along with the  treasurer’s report:  $2106.55 in checking and $5581.24 in money market account.

 A check for $12.88 was issued to Dorothy Leavens for candy the Teen Board used on their float at the River Days Parade.

There was another lengthy discussion concerning the 501c3 Tax Exempt Status. Mary is going to research the subject for further information so we can possibly start the process of obtaining a Federal ID Number.

Juliene reported on some yard sculptures she had seen or heard about.  She mentioned the Conrad Library, Pat’s Greenhouse, and a bronze sculpture at Nevada. We will continue to look into this for a future project.

The membership drive will again be in August.  A group e-mail will be sent with forms being available at the library. As in the past, a letter will be sent to those not on the e-mail list along with a registration form.

Cynthia reported that the Neibors website would be changing to Bridges in August.

The annual Book Sale will be September 25/26.

Nancy Fiddick made a motion to adjourn – Mary seconded. Next FOL meeting will be Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015 at 4 p.m.

Barb Graven, Secretary 

Members present:  LeAnn McRoberts, Barb Graven, Mary Smith, Joan Strickler, Juliene Bramer, Chris Baker, Nancy Fiddick, Deb Steere, and Cynthia Siemons.

 

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY

 

June 3, 2015

 

President  LeAnn McRoberts  called the meeting to order at 4 p.m. It was nice to have two new members in attendance making a total of 12.  The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved  along with the  treasurer’s report:  $2155.61 in checking and $5580.78 in money market account. A check for $28.75 was issued to Juliene Bramer, member of the Garden Club, for the flowers used to help kids make wrist corsages for Mother’s Day.

 

Cynthia had talked to Ann Stark, who cleans at the library, about the vacuum cleaner. She didn’t think a new one was needed at this time so it was decided to delay looking any further at this time.

 

The Teen Board is planning a float for River Days Parade so it was voted on that Friends would pay for whatever candy they might need for the day.

 

Mary reported what she learned about the 501c3 Tax Exempt Status: there is an initial fee of $400 due the IRS for those entities earning less than $10,000. in each of the last four years; a Federal ID number is needed and  a set of bylaws. A 990-EZ federal tax return would need to be filed each year, this is a simple form and could be filed by an FOL member. She will download the form for a non-profit charitable organization and we will see what that entails at the next meeting. Hopefully something can be worked out before
the next year.

 

“Every Hero Has a Story” is the theme for the summer reading program which is underway.  It is for 3-year-olds up to 5th grade and there have been about 40 attending each week.  A representative from the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines will again present a program on River Days. There will be an adult reading program in August.

 

Cynthia had contacted Bob Nandell of Des Moines; he has set Sept. 19th at 1 p.m. for a book signing. Any ideas for someone for Christmas Open House?

 

Marnie Schmidt has arranged a framed author sheet for the wall above the piano so Mary moved we pay her for supplies which include the frame in the amount of $45.31. Nancy second the motion.

 

There was a discussion about our next goal which could include landscaping or an art piece for the area where plants don’t do well. Juliene will check into some things that might work - as well as anyone else with ideas to talk about at the next meeting.

 

The membership drive will again be in August.  Nancy Fiddick made a motion to adjourn – Joan seconded. Next FOL meeting will be Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 4 p.m.

 

Barb Graven, Secretary 

 

Members present: Barb Graven, Mary Smith, Joan Strickler, Marilyn Watson, LeAnn McRoberts, Juliene Bramer, Arthena Freesman, Mary Ann Vickers, Nancy Fiddick, Deb Steere, Nancy Hadley and Cynthia Siemons.

 

 

 





FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY

May 6, 2015

President  LeAnn McRoberts  called the meeting to order at 4 p.m. with 11 members present .  The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved  along with the  treasurer’s report:  $2155.61 in checking and $5580.31 in money market account. $3000 was transferred from the money market account April 4; $3850.00 was paid to Wheeler Painting, Waverly and $71.18 to Greene Lumber for sheet rock/screws for the work done on the meeting room and foyer.

$573.85 was deposited from the garage sale held May 1/2nd. Next year we should start at 8 a.m. both days. The leftover things were taken to the Good Will truck Saturday afternoon.

The Lego Party was attended by 14 children and five adults.  It was fun and the end creations were displayed in the library. Bonnie Knapp donated a lego cake and cake pops for the kids to take home.

Maria Peth ‘s book signing of “Angel Decoding” was  well attended (28). Cynthia reported that she had contacted Bob Nandell about a book signing and thought September might be a good time to do that.

Melinda Smith was the recipient of the Kindle Fire that was given away as part of National Library Week.

The election of a vice president was again tabled.            

Mary had looked up the 5013c Tax Exempt Status – she will download it to see if it is something  that we might be able to complete or if we would need to consult someone with tax knowledge.

It was suggested  the Friends might purchase a new vacuum cleaner for the library. Rita made a motion to check into this.

Cynthia also brought up there might be a need for volunteers to be a Reading Buddy over the summer so contact her if interested.

Mary Ann made a motion to adjourn – Rita seconded.

Next FOL meeting will be Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 4 p.m.

Barb Graven, Secretary

Members present: Chris Baker,  Barb Graven, Mary Smith, Joan Strickler, Marilyn Watson, LeAnn McRoberts, Juliene Bramer, Arthena Freesman, Mary Ann Vickers, Rita Barth and Cynthia Siemons.

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY

April 1, 2015

President Elect LeAnn McRoberts chaired The Friends of the Library meeting  held in the newly-painted library meeting room at 4 p.m. with nine members being present. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved  along with the  treasurer’s report:  $2585.36 in checking and $8579.79 in money market account.

Old unfinished business: The painting project has been completed; Mary made a motion to pay the bill when it comes; with Joan seconding. The Lego Party date is set for April 18 – the FOL will pay for what food/drinks they provide for the 14/15 kids that will be attending.

 Maria Peth of Waverly will be at the library April 15 for a book signing of “Angel Decoding”. There will be an e-mail sent out for any Friends who would like to furnish cookies/bars.

Chris learned that Brad Taylor, who wrote a children’s book, has moved away so he probably wouldn’t be able to do a book signing. Cynthia is trying to contact Bob Nandell.

 Chris was paid $132.42 for the Kindle Fire she ordered for the April give-away that is going along with National Library Week (12-18). Cynthia will get a grocery cart for the food items donated.  The drawing will be held April 30/May 1.

The annual yard sale will be May 1 and 2. Set up will be Thursday, April 30 with the sale being 9-5 on Friday and 9 to noon on Saturday. A sheet was passed around for a work schedule – be nice if two would work together, but one could probably handle it. Barb will pay for the ad in the Recorder which will be included on the city-wide map; and also get change for the money box. Cynthia will note in her library column that we’d be happy for anyone to donate items, baked goods or plants for this project.  Everyone should mark their own donations.  Anything left over can be taken to the Good Will truck which hopefully will be in town on Saturday.

The election of a vice president was tabled.

Juliene wondered if the Friends would like to help defray costs for a project that Marni Schmidt is planning. The Garden Club will help children make wrist corsages for a Mother’s Day project.  Mary made a motion and Nancy seconded that we support this program.

There was a discussion about acquiring a non-profit status form, but more information will be needed in order to proceed.  Nancy moved the meeting adjourn – Joan seconded.

Next FOL meeting will be Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 4 p.m.

Barb Graven, Secretary

Members present: Chris Baker,  Barb Graven, Mary Smith, Joan Strickler, Nancy Fiddick, LeAnn McRoberts, Juliene Bramer, Arthena Freesman and Cynthia Siemons.

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY

March 4, 2015

The Friends of the Library meeting was held at the home of Chris Baker. Chris called the meeting to order at 4 p.m. There were nine members present. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved  along with the  treasurer’s report:  $2585.36 in checking and $8578.40 in money market account.

Old unfinished business: Hopefully the painting project will begin within a couple weeks. It was reported that about 30 books were checked out for the Blind Date w/a Book during the month of February. Audrey Smith donated a prize that was given to the name drawn from those who participated. Rita Barth was the recipient.  

Another bill for supplies for the Wimpy Kids Party was paid in the amount of $46.28 making the total $52.66 paid by the Friends. Library staff entered a drawing offered by the Lego Co. and Iowa Library Services and received 10,000 Legos.  A motion was made by Nancy with a second by Mary Ann that Friends will provide other supplies needed for a Lego Party when the time comes.

Rita made a motion and Joan seconded it that Chris order the Kindle Fire to be given away at the end of April to commemorate National Library Week which is April 12-18. As in the past, those entering their name for the drawing will contribute an item for the food bank each time.

New Business: The date of the Christmas Open House was discussed and it was decided that no change be made so that the craft show could go on as usual. So it will be 12/12/15. LeAnn has donated a piano that will be used when needed for library programs.

Chris will check with Brad Taylor, who wrote a children’s book, and Cynthia has tried to contact Bob Nandell about future book signings.

The election of officers should take place in April. LeAnn McRoberts had agreed to be president and Barb said she would stay on one more year, but a vice president would need to be elected.

Cynthia passed around an invitation to Jake Goodrich’s Eagle Scout Ceremony at the Legion on Sunday, March 8 at 2 p.m. The letters on the sign should be done when the weather is warmer as well as the landscaping around the new brick sign.

The annual yard sale will be May 1 and 2.

Next FOL meeting will be Wednesday, April 7, 2015 at 4 p.m.

Nancy moved to adjourn the meeting with Rita seconding.

Barb Graven, Secretary

Members present: Chris Baker,  Barb Graven, Marilyn Watson, Joan Strickler, Nancy Fiddick, Rita Barth, Mary Ann Vickers, Arthena Freesman and Cynthia Siemons.


FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY

January 7, 2015

The January meeting was cancelled due to the inclement weather.

February 4, 2015

The Friends of the Library meeting was held in the library meeting room at 4 p.m. Because of the weather, Chris Baker was unable to attend so Barb Graven called the meeting to order. There were five members present. Nancy Fiddick read the minutes of the December 2014 meeting and Barb gave the treasurer’s report:  $2638.02 in checking and $8578.40 in money market account. Barb also read Librarian Cynthia Siemons report on the Christmas Open House which was very well attended.  Cynthia also noted that the painting project will probably begin soon.

The Wimpy Kids Party was held January 31 at the library with 10 kids attending who enjoyed the party. There may be more bills, but a check was issued to Marnie Schmidt for the cupcakes from T&M.

The library staff once again has a table for the “Blind Date with a Book” activity for February.  Those who participate will sign in and a prize will be awarded at the end of February. There was a Valentine entered and maybe there will be more.

New Business: National Library Week is April 12-18 – that will be discussed at the next meeting. The group thought giving away a Kindle Fire like the Friends have done the last two years was a good idea. Those entering would bring in something for the Food Bank and a name would be drawn out at the conclusion of the Week. That will also be discussed further at the March meeting.

Next FOL meeting will be Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 4 p.m.

Nancy moved to adjourn the short meeting with Joan seconding.

Barb Graven, Secretary

Members present:, Barb Graven, Marilyn Watson, Joan Strickler, Nancy Fiddick and Mary Smith.

 




FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY

December 3, 2014

The FOL meeting was called to order by President Chris Baker at 4 p.m. with nine members in attendance. The minutes of the previous meeting were read; treasurers report a balance of  $2658.02 in checking and $8576.94 in money market account. LeAnn  made a motion to approve these reports with Nancy seconding. The yearly check from Butler County Recycling in the amount of $121.55 was deposited. They pay $55 per ton. We thank Susan for her many trips.

Old business: The brick work has been completed on the library sign and Cynthia reported that the electrician needed to come so that it could be turned on.

Plans for the Christmas Open House scheduled for December 13 were finalized. Nancy reported that Janice and Chad Shultz would bring in the keyboard to use for the day, but this would be the last year. Leanne Anderson Nashua will be present for a book signing. Marnie Schmidt had the list of 12 school students who would be providing music and readings. She would make up a program. Nancy will be on hand to make introductions. Juliene Bramer will bring trays for the cookies and decorate the serving table. An e-mail had been sent to Friends who would be willing to furnish cookies (four had already signed up); we had 14 dozen last year; Chris will bring cheese/crackers;  Joan took the fliers around town last week and brought the cups; LeAnn would furnish the apple juice;  and the library staff would  make coffee and assist. The Greene Bucks in the amount of $20 were picked up to be on hand for the winners of the hand-made Christmas ornament contest. Susan furnished 60 books to given out that day so after the meeting stickers were placed inside the cover.

There is a Wimpy Kids Party planned for January and the Friends will furnish whatever is needed. Maybe Blind Date with a Book would be a good February activity – more on this next meeting.

New Business: Dates for 2015 – National Library Week in April; Officer change in April; Yard Sale May 1 -2; Book Sale Sept. 25-26; Christmas Open House – Dec. 12.

Would Friends want to keep up the digitizing which would run about $45 a year; it would start May 2013. Joan made a motion that we continue with updates each year and Nancy seconded the motion. We might look into doing the microfilming if there isn’t any help from the State.

 Next FOL meeting will be Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 4 p.m.

Nancy moved to adjourn the meeting with Marilyn seconding.

Barb Graven, Secretary

Members present: Chris Baker, Barb Graven, Susan Needham,  Marilyn Watson, Joan Strickler, Cynthia Siemons, Nancy Fiddick, Rita Barth  and LeAnn McRoberts.

 



FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY

November 5, 2014

President Chris Baker called the FOL meeting to order at 4 p.m. with ten members in attendance. The minutes of the previous meeting were read; treasurers report a balance of 2447.09 in checking and $8574.84 in money market account. Juliene Bramer made a motion to approve these reports with Joan Strickler seconding.

Cynthia reported that she had ordered some activity books and a few other items from Oriental Trading for the Halloween Party and other activities – since there were only 10 attending the October 25th Story Hour the rest of the bags were given out during the week to children who visited the library. Joan Strickler helped serve the donut holes and apple juice on the 25th.  Mary Ann made a motion to pay Cynthia $90.62 for the things she ordered and $28.72 was paid to T&M for the refreshments. Mary Smith seconded the motion.

The library sign has been started and it was reported that the Brian Tank would be working on the next day (Nov. 6th) to finish putting on the brick.

A Membership list was posted noting 27 paid memberships to date; three more were added as of this meeting making a total of 30 members; a total of $1355 having been deposited.

The painting project would probably be started early next year.

The Christmas Open House scheduled for December 13 was discussed; Leanne Anderson Nashua will be present for a book signing presenting her The Great “I Am!”, a Christmas book for children. Cynthia will call Nancy Fiddick to see if she plans to line up any young musicians for the day; Marnie Schmidt has been contacting high school music students and will help with the planning; someone will see about getting the keyboard for the day. It was decided not to have a cookie decorating contest this year and instead have a hand-made Christmas ornament contest. Maybe they can be displayed on a tree and voted on by anyone visiting the library during that time. Chris will check on getting four $5 Greene Bucks to be used for the winners of each category. Members will be contacted to furnish cookies for the day; Chris will bring cheese/crackers; also we’ll have coffee and apple cider available. Juliene will decorate the serving table. More will be discussed at the next meeting. Susan Needham has books to be given to children participating in the Pictures W/Santa by Marnie Schmidt that day.

Mary Smith made a motion the meeting be adjourned which was second by Rita.

Next FOL meeting will be Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 4 p.m.

Barb Graven, Secretary

Members present: Chris Baker, Barb Graven, Juliene Bramer, Mary Smith, Marilyn Watson, Joan Strickler, Cynthia Siemons, Mary Ann Vickers, Rita Barth and Arthena Freesman.

 

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY

October 1, 2014

The monthly meeting of Friends of the Library was called to order by President Chris Baker with nine members in attendance. Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved on motion by Mary Smith, second by Mary Ann. Treasurer’s report: Checking - $2376.43 and Money Market Account - $8574.84 ($3,000 had been transferred from the checking last month).

The Used Book Sale profit was $285 less $10 paid for the ad in the Recorder. A note from Susan Needham that she had taken 1,095 lbs. to the Recycle Center. Susan also gave a check for $94.38 for items from our sales that she had sold on e-Bay and other sources.

Digging is to begin next week for the brick library sign – the footings will be 9 ft. x 2 ft. with the sign being 8 ft. wide and 6 ft. high.

The book signing with Dave and Barb Else was well attended. A check for $23 for cookies served that day  was paid to Clayton’s Bakery.

Cynthia had contacted John Wheeler, the painter from Waverly, about the painting project that can hopefully be done this winter.

It was decided to help with refreshments for the Halloween Story Hour this month. The Friends would furnish donut holes and juice boxes for the planned 50 children that might attend.

Joan Strickler made a motion the meeting be adjourned which was second by LeAnn.

Next FOL meeting will be Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 4 p.m.

Barb Graven, Secretary

Members present: Chris Baker, Barb Graven, LeAnn McRoberts, Mary Smith, Marilyn Watson, Joan Strickler, Cynthia Siemons, Mary Ann Vickers and Joyce Corwin.

 

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY

September 3, 2014

Chris Baker called the FOL meeting to order at 4 p.m. with 10 members being present. The minutes of the previous meeting were read as well as the treasurer’s report: $4,394.43 checking and $5574.84 savings. Nancy Fiddick made a motion they be approved, along with the suggestion to transfer $3000 to the savings account, which was seconded by LeAnn McRoberts.

There were 19 membership renewals noted, which makes the total to date $1,275.

The Boy Scouts took the bags/forks leftover from Ragbrai; Sandy Ruby took the boats to be used for 4-H and Bill Dolan took the butter with the sour cream being given to Steere’s.

The progress on the library sign was again discussed in length – Cynthia reported that the Goodrich’s reported the lettering estimate might be $1300 and there was still no estimate for electrical work ; they have $3600 in the bank for the project. The Boy Scout leader may be able to help in getting this going.

The Book  Sale set up will be 9:30, Thursday, Sept. 25 – Sale Friday – 9 to 5; Sat. 9 – noon. Nancy will distribute flyers down town; Cynthia will put a notice in the Recorder and send out e-mails for donations, including baked goods if anyone is interested, (we will pick up if they are boxed and ready to go); Nancy will check with T&M about boxes for loading up afterwards. A signup sheet was passed around. It will be free-will offering, but someone should be available to help. Susan Needham will help load up afterwards and take leftover materials to the recycle center.

Dave & Barb Else from Cedar Falls would be at the library 10 a.m. September 13th for a book signing. Leann Anderson from Nashua, will come for a book signing at the December Open House.

It was reported that 65 people participated in the Adult Summer Reading Program – the librarians drew for prizes which could be picked up any time.  

The painting project will likely cost more than the estimate from two years ago – it would be a winter job.

Halloween story hour was discussed and maybe FOL would be able to get books to be given to the children.

The meeting adjourned at 5 p.m. on motion by Nancy and seconded by Rita.

Next FOL meeting will be Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 4 p.m.

Barb Graven, Secretary

Members present: Chris Baker, Barb Graven, LeAnn McRoberts, Juliene Bramer,  Mary Smith, Marilyn Watson, Rita Barth, Cynthia Siemons, Mary Ann Vickers and Nancy Fiddick.

 

 

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY

August 6, 2014

Chris Baker called the FOL meeting to order at 4 p.m. with 10 members being present. The minutes of the previous meeting were read as well as the treasurer’s report: $4092.43 checking and $5574.37 savings. Nancy Fiddick made a motion they be approved which was seconded by Rita Barth.

RAGBRAI results were reported – All bills were paid in the amount of $1310.64 which included a $137.00 refund from T&M for items returned; deposits including a $125.00 donation totaled $3600.35. There was  $84.33 taken in as free will offerings for leftover potatoes. So the profit for the event was $2374.04. A thank you was sent to St. Mary’s for the use of their basement to prepare the potatoes. Checking on places to donate the leftover bags/forks – possibly the Scouts.

A bill for $27.33 was paid for refreshments for the August 1 Adult Reading Program signup. It was very well attended.

Membership Drive was discussed, but since the new secretary wasn’t prepared Cynthia will see if Juliene can make up the form for 2014/15 to be available at the library. E-mails and some letters will be sent  to past members. Dues are payable in August or anytime thereafter.

Jacob Goodrich did show up to report on the progress of the library sign he is planning as an Eagle Scout Project. The Goodrich family worked to help out in the FOL tent on the day of RAGBRAI. A check for $500 from FOL will be deposited at the bank to be added to his fund.

The Book  Sale was discussed with more decisions being made at the next meeting. Set up will be 9:30, Thursday, Sept. 25 – Sale Friday – 9 to 5; Sat. 9 – noon.

Leann Anderson from Nashua, who has written a childrens book might be available for a book signing in December; also Dave & Barb Else would be happy to come to Greene to talk about their book on Iowa schools.

FOL would be willing to pay for the painting that needs to be done on the library meeting room and the entry. Cynthia will see about getting an estimate.  

The meeting adjourned at 5 p.m. on motion by Nancy and seconded by Joan Strickler.

Next FOL meeting will be Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 4 p.m.

Barb Graven, Secretary

Members present:

Chris Baker, Barb Graven, Joan Strickler, Arthena Freesman, Mary Smith, Marilyn Watson, Rita Barth, Cynthia Siemons, Mary Ann Vickers and Nancy Fiddick.

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY

July 2, 2014

Chris Baker called the FOL meeting to order at 4 p.m. with 12 members being present. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved as well as the treasurer’s report: $1927.72 checking and $5573.90 savings.

Nancy Fiddick moved that Le Ann McRoberts be named as vice president; Mary Ann Vickers second the motion. Le Ann agreed.

Cynthia Siemons reported on the Goodrich sign project – they did man the inflatable rides on River Days to add to the funds.

The Adult Summer Reading Program was announced and the Friends agreed to pay for the cake that will be served at the Open House on August 1, from 9 a.m. to noon; Mary Smith made the motion which was seconded by Joan Strickler.

The meeting adjourned at 4:30 on motion by Nancy and seconded by Joan.

Next FOL meeting will be Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 4 p.m.

Barb Graven, Secretary

There was a discussion following about the plans for the baked potato project for Ragbrai.


FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY

May 7, 2014

The 64th meeting of the Friends of the Library was held in the Library at 4 p.m.  Four members were present.  Acting President, Chris Baker, opened the meeting.  Joan Strickler read the minutes of the last meeting and they were approved as read.  The May 5th balance in checking was $1952.72 (including Yard Sale deposit of $419.35).  The May 5th balance in savings was $5572.97.

Unfinished Business 

National Library Week – It was estimated that 4 grocery carts of items were donated during the library’s Food Bank Drive in April.  Marcus Jepperson was the lucky winner of the Kindle Fire HD purchased by the Friends.  Dan Wardell’s program was very well attended and the healthy snacks were purchased and served by the Friends.  It was moved by Mary Smith and seconded by Joan Strickler to donate $100 to IPTV for Dan’s two programs performed within the last year at the library.


Library Mugs - Katie Wold Heeter made 14 mugs but they were damaged while being processed in her kiln.  She was unable to use the library’s Red Wing stamp so she did her best to duplicate the stamp manually.  Because she did not charge us for them, it was decided to give them away as prizes during this summer’s adult reading program. 

FOL Yard Sale – It was agreed that we should continue to have our yard sale on the city-wide yard sale weekend.  Proceeds were down from last year but it was felt that we didn’t have as many treasures to sell as other years. 

Library Sign – An estimate was turned in by Brian Tank and an Omnitel grant will be submitted soon.

FOL Officers – Chris Baker committed to being president for one year unless someone else expresses interest and Barb Graven will take over the secretary/treasurer position.


New Business

River Days Teen Board Float - Dorothy will discuss with the Teen Board the possibility of them having a float and there will be a report at our next meeting.

RAGBRAI – The library board, staff, teen board, FOL & the Goodrich family will be sponsoring a food booth on Thursday, July 24.  Baked potatoes with toppings will be sold. Volunteers will be needed for set-up, clean-up, baking and selling potatoes. Proceeds will go toward library improvements.


Joan Strickler motioned and Mary Smith seconded the motion to adjourn the meeting at 4:43 p.m.


Next FOL meeting will be Wednesday, June 4, 2014

                                             Submitted by Cynthia Siemons

 

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY

April 2, 2014

The 63rd  meeting of the Friends of­ the Library met in the Library Meeting Room at 4 p.m.   Ten members were present. President Susan Needham opened the meeting.  Juliene Bramer read the minutes of the last meeting and upon correction, they were approved as read.  The April 1 balance was $1,578 in checking.  The April 1 balance was $5,572.51 in savings. 

Old Business

Book Signing – Cynthia Siemons has talked to Leanne Anderson, a children’s author from Nashua.  She will look at her calendar and get back to Cynthia. 

Library Chairs – 20 library chairs were re-upholstered by Kerry Hinders’ 6th Grade Girl Scouts with the help of FOL.   Upon motion by Nancy Fiddick, seconded by Rita Barth a $50 donation was given to the girl scouts for their effort.  

National Library Week –   April 19th is also the Easter egg hunt.  Cynthia Siemons will talk to Dan Wordell about changing the time of his program to 11.  Susan Needham has 60 Capri Suns, Nancy Fiddick will contact T&M for delivery on the 18th the following:  napkins, 3 bags of carrots, 1 bag celery, 20 bananas, 1 box of raisin, 1 peanut butter, clementines.  Barb Graven and Susan Needham will help that morning.

Juliene Bramer reported that Katie Wold Heeter would have the mugs done by the end the week.  

Yard Sale – Setup 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 1.  Hours on Friday 9 -  5, Saturday hours 8 – 2 (noon items will be half price).  Barb Graven will check into advertising with the City Wide Sale.  Bring boxes, bags, mark your items and have change.  Baked goods – grab & go are also needed. The Goodwill truck may be in town for leftovers and perhaps the Silver Cord kids could help with boxing up leftovers. 

Election –  Discussion/election will continue next meeting.

NEW BUSINESS 

Summer Reading Program – Nothing new to report.

There being no further business, meeting adjourned at 4:45 p.m. upon motion by Nancy Fiddick, seconded by Barb Graven.

 

                                                                                        Juliene Bramer, Sec./Treas.

Next FOL meeting will be Wednesday May 7, 2014

   

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY

February 5, 2014

 

The 61st meeting of the Friends of the Library met in the Library Meeting Room at 4 p.m. Seven members were present. President Susan Needham opened the meeting. Cynthia Siemons read the minutes of the last meeting, they were approved as read. There was no Treasurer’s Report.

 

Old Business

 

February Chocolate Lover’s Month - The cake pop class given by Bonnie Knapp was a huge success. Because Bonnie did not want payment for her expenses, Joan Strickler made a motion and Rita Barth seconded to purchase a $25 gift certificate for Bonnie from Freeze Frame Bowl.

Valentine Contest - Joan Strickler was reminded to pick up the “Homemade Valentine Contest” prizes at Smith’s, etc. that were selected by Chris Baker. Susan Needham delivered bags of candy to the library to be distributed from Monday, February 10th through Saturday, February 15th.

A thank you from Tasha Opperman was read. She picked up some of the free books that were given away by the Friends during the library’s Christmas Open House last December.

National Library Week - Mary Ann Vickers brought in the pottery stamp from Red Wing which she had received in the mail. There was no word from Katie Wold on the possibility of her making mugs for the Friends’ 5th anniversary.

Susan Needham reminded the group there will be officer election at the Friends’ April meeting.

Cynthia presented an estimate from Barb & Hugh Weidemann, owners of Iowa Furniture Stripping and Restoration for the reupholstering of 14 straight library chairs. The total was $1030.85 plus pick-up and delivery expenses. After much discussion, it was decided to have Rita Barth check on the cost and availability of the upholstery materials needed for the project. Kerry Hinders and her Girl Scout troop offered to do the labor involved. The work would be done at their scout meetings every other week.

There was no new business.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:45 p.m. upon motion by Joan Strickler, seconded by Barb Graven.

 

Submitted by Cynthia Siemons

Fill-in Secretary

Next FOL meeting will be Wednesday, March 5, 2014

 

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY

January 8, 2014­­­­­

The 60th meeting of the Friends of­ the Library met in the Library Meeting Room at 4 p.m.   Eight members were present. President Susan Needham opened the meeting.  Juliene Bramer read the minutes of the last meeting, they were approved as read.  $1,677.41 was in the checking account and $5,571,14 in savings.    An accounting of the 2013 FOL year was distributed.  A $250 donation was received from Dan and Carol Schroeder.

Old Business

Christmas Open House – Cynthia Siemons reported that the open house went very, very, very well with approximately 250 attending and Marnie Schmidt’s input brought some new musicians.  In addition, Joe Debner played the keyboard, he was very good and may be available in the future if asked.  Attorney and author Karen Thalacker of Waverly donated a book and a knitting kit.  Lots of cookies were entered in the contest.  The refreshments were just right.  Overall, it was a huge success.  Joan Strickler has a keyboard that could be used in the future.

February Chocolate Lover’s Month – Cynthia Siemons contacted Bonnie Knapp to demonstrate cake pops on Saturday, February 1 at 1 p.m. with registration required.  If there are any costs, FOL will cover them.   FOL will also sponsor a valentine contest.  Chris Baker will get prizes.

National Library Week – Dan Wordell will present a program on Saturday, April 19 at 10 a.m.   Details will be worked out, with healthy snacks the preferred menu (the meeting room is not available that day).  

Juliene Bramer reported that Dawn Deines Christensen would not be able to make coffee mugs.  Katie Kittleson Wold (formerly of Greene) was contacted.  She could do a hand thrown mug for approximately $15.  The Red Wing stamp would be helpful and cut cost.  The preferred color would be like the Red Wing crocks, blue, grey, brown.   We would start with an order of two dozen.   Juliene will see if we can get the Red Wing stamp for her use.

Also, FOL talked about having Justine Calderwood do cookies, there is time to decide on this.  Juliene Bramer will get information on a Kindle, for a give away with Food Bank donation.

 

NEW BUSINESS 

Silver Cord – President Susan Needham told us about Silver Cord.  Counselor Martina Clark has started a program at the high school.  If a student volunteers 50 hours a year for four years they receive a silver cord.  These students may be helpful to us at the book & yard sale packing boxes.  Keep this in mind.

Chairs – Cynthia Siemons reported that the Library has 18 straight back chairs that need to be reupholstered.  Marnie Schimdt’s aunt Barb might be able to do this for approximately $500.  Cynthia will confirm an estimate.  This is something FOL could pay.

There being no further business, meeting adjourned at 4:45 p.m. upon motion by Nancy Fiddick, seconded by Joan Strickler.

 

                                                                                                                Juliene Bramer, Sec./Treas.

Next FOL meeting will be Wednesday February 5, 2014


FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY

December 4, 2013­­­­­

The 59th meeting of the Friends of­ the Library met in the Library Meeting Room at 4 p.m.   Eight members were present. Vice President Chris Baker opened the meeting.  President Susan Needham arrived shortly thereafter.  Juliene Bramer read the minutes of the last meeting, they were approved as read.  $1,540.21 was in the checking account and $5,570.67 was in savings earning 46 cents interest.  FOL received a check from the Butler County Solid Waste Commission for $70 per ton-recycled paper for a total of $137.20.

Old Business 

Five Year FOL Anniversary – Susan Needham stated that Mary Ann Vickers has not heard anything from Red Wing.   Following discussion, Juliene Bramer will contact FOL member Dawn Deines Christensen, a potter from Decorah, about creating a coffee mug, the possibilities, the costs, etc. 

Christmas Open House – Nancy Fiddick and Marnie Schmidt have lined up a great group of musicians to perform.  The prizes for the cookie-decorating contest are ready.  Photos with Santa will now be during the Open House.  Karen Thalacker, in addition to signing her books, will also have kits to sell.  Chris Baker is furnishing cheese and crackers.  Those furnishing cookies are Mary Smith, Mary Ann Vickers, Lee Ann McRoberts, Susan Needham, Juliene Bramer, and Barb Graven.

New Business 

February, Chocolate Lover’s Month – Discussed options.  Cynthia Siemons will ask Bonnie Knapp if she would teach a cake pop class, etc.  FOL would absorb any costs. 

2014 Dates to Remember

Yard Sale – May 2 – 3 (during Citywide) set up on the 1st

Book Sale – September 26 – 27

National Library Week – April 13 – 19

Christmas Open House – December 13

There being no further business, meeting adjourned at 4:50 p.m. upon motion by Nancy Fiddick, seconded by Joan Strickler.

 

                                                                                    Juliene Bramer, Sec./Treas

Next FOL meeting will be Wednesday January 8, 2014

 

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY

November 6, 2013­­­­­

The 58th meeting of the Friends of­ the Library met in the Library Meeting Room at 4 p.m.   Nine members were present. President Susan Needham opened the meeting.  Juliene Bramer read the minutes of the last meeting, they were approved as read.  $1,585.65 was in the checking account and $5,570.21 in savings.

Old Business

Library Sign – Nothing new to report.                                                      

Membership Drive – Juliene Bramer reported a total of $1,745 received from 31 members.   

Halloween Story Hour –  Joan Strickler helped served approximately 30 children.   Cynthia Siemons submitted a bill for $33.17 for the treat bags, etc.  Motion made by Nancy Fiddick and seconded by Mary Smith for FOL to pay this bill.  Motion carried.

5th Year FOL Anniversary –Mary Ann Vickers reported that the Red Wing company maybe closing or sold by the 1st of the year and there is no way, at this time, to have any mugs made.   

Christmas Open House – Attorney and author Karen Thalacker of Waverly will be signing books Knitting With Gigi and Gigi Knits…and Purls.  Hopefully, we can get some knitters to attend.  Nancy Fiddick has lined up six musicians and more possibilities.  We will have the cookie decorating contest, ages 5 and younger; 6 – 9, 10 – 14 and 15 and older.  Susan Needham and Cynthia Siemons will get prizes.  14 dozen cookies were solicited last year.  Juliene Bramer will email members for cookies.  Chris Backer will bring cheese and crackers.  Apple juice and coffee will be served.  Juliene will decorate the table.  Joan Strickler will bring cups and napkins planning on 150.    The refreshments will be ready at 9.  Music will begin at 10 ending at 12.  Marnie Schmidt will not be taking photos with Santa that day. Juliene will make a poster for Cynthia to use.  FOL helped put stickers in the books to be given away. 

New Business

There being no further business, meeting adjourned at 4:45 p.m. upon motion by Nancy Fiddick, seconded by Joan Strickler.

 

  Juliene Bramer, Sec./Trea

 

Next FOL meeting will be Wednesday December 4, 2013

 

Friends of the Library 

The 57th meeting of the Friends of the Library met in the Library Meeting Room at 4 PM. Seven members were present – Susan Needham, Barb Graven, Mary Ann Vickers, Mary Smith, Cynthia Siemons, LeAnn McRoberts and Chris Baker. President Susan Needham opened the meeting. Chris Baker read the minutes of the last meeting and Cynthia read the treasurer’s report. The minutes were approved as read. Currently $1,558.65 is in the checking account and $5,569.30 is in savings. Income from the rummage sale was $368.75.

Old Business

Digitizing – Cynthia reported that the digitizing is completed and ready to be used.

Brick Library Sign – Still waiting for a budget on the sign. There have been posters and cans for donations have been placed around town.

Membership - Still coming in. 

Book Sale – Susan reported that 707# of recycle was taken to Allison after the sale. VHS, DVDs, printer and puzzles were taken to the Treasure Chest. Barb Graven took a few items to store for the yard sale next year. There was discussion regarding finding more help with packing up -  teen board, boy scouts, 4-H next year. Possibly having  the sale one more year then deciding if it should continue. We did make more money than last year. Discussed not offering to pick up materials from the public unless items are easily accessed – one person had them packing up in a basement and making several trips up and down. Also discussed the need to stipulate what we will NOT take for the sale next year.

Halloween Story Hour – Mary Ann Vickers reported that she talked to Tony and will need to let him know amounts the week before. She will order plain doughnut holes. Cynthia reported that there are enough cups and napkins. There will need to be 2 FOL helpers that day. Julienne can ask for volunteers the week before.

5th year  anniversary – Discussed Red Wing mug salt glazed or decaled for 5th anniversary item. Mary Ann Vickers will get info for next time as we’d need to order by January. Possibly we can offer it in conjunction with National Library week in April.  Talked of selling the mugs for our cost. Discussed having a giveaway again in April but need ideas. After discussion Cynthia made the motion to purchase decorated 5th anniversary cookies to offer during National Library Week. These would be ordered from Justine Calderwood.  LeAnn McRoberts seconded the motion. Motion passed.

New Business

Christmas Open House – Cynthia will check with Nancy Fiddick regarding whether she plans to set up the musicians for the open house again this year. Cynthia will also look into a book signing that day.  It was suggested that Marnie Schmidt talk to the High School music teacher and get more high school students involved and perhaps Adults- Dennis Griffin, Dave Flammang etc. Refreshments will be discussed next time.

Cynthia provided a sheet of statistics that compares the Greene Library with each library in Butler County.

Mary Ann Vickers made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Barb Graven seconded the motion. Meeting adjourned.

Next meeting November 6th at 4 PM.

Submitted by Chris Baker.

 

September 4, 2013

The 56th meeting of the Friends of­ the Library met in the Library Meeting Room at 4 p.m.   Nine members were present. President Susan Needham opened the meeting.  Juliene Bramer read the minutes of the last meeting, they were approved as read.  $3,060.31 was in the checking account and $3,069.30 was in savings. $2,500 will be transferred to the savings account.

Old Business

Digitizing – Cynthia Siemons reported that the newly digitized files are not yet available on the website.                                               

Adult Summer Reading Program – 70 participated in the “Groundbreaking Reads” with the open house on Saturday, August 31.  Everyone received a donated prize in this fun event.  

Membership Drive – Juliene Bramer reported receiving memberships for a total $1,215 with more coming in. 

Library Book Bags – Cynthia Siemons showed off the bright blue book bag recently ordered and paid for by FOL.    

Book Sale – Setup will be Thursday, September 19 beginning at 9:30 a.m.  Friday hours will be 9 – 5 and Saturday 9 – 12.  All books and media will be free will offering with one cashier/can for donations. Cynthia Siemons did the flyers and Joan Strickler will help distribute.  Juliene Bramer will send out email reminders.  Joan Strickler will pick up boxes and Mary Ann Vickers will donate some boxes.  A sign up sheet was distributed.  The items left over should be boxed, like items together, to be easier to recycle or donate.  Susan Needham will pick up the leftover items on Saturday afternoon.

 

Recycle – Susan Needham reported that 405 lbs. have been donated at the Butler County Transfer Station to FOL.

New Business

Halloween Story Hour – Upon motion by Mary Ann Vickers and seconded by Mary Smith, it was decided to purchase apple juice boxes, donut holes and napkins and plan on serving approximately 36 children for the October 26 story hour.  Motion passed.  Mary Ann will order the groceries from T & M and will have them delivered on Friday the 25th.  

Christmas Open House – Marnie Schmidt will not be taking photos with Santa that day.  In the past, books were given to each child after their photo.  Susan Needham suggested giving children’s books during the month of December.  Upon motion by Mary Smith, seconded by Joan Strickler it was decided to have the children pick out a book during the library hours beginning December 2 until gone.

5th Year FOL Anniversary – Susan Needham stated that next April would be the FOL 5th Anniversary.  Do we want to do something special?  Perhaps a salt glazed Red Wing coffee mug.  Mary Ann Vickers will report back.

There being no further business, meeting adjourned at 4:45 p.m. upon motion by Joan Strickler, seconded by Rita Barth.  

                                                                                                             Juliene Bramer, Sec./Treas.

Next FOL meeting will be Wednesday October 2, 2013

 August 7, 2013

The 55th meeting of the Friends of­ the Library met in the Library Meeting Room at 4 p.m.   Nine members were present.  Vice President Chris Baker opened the meeting.  Juliene Bramer read the minutes of the last meeting, they were approved as read.  $2,797.85 was in the checking account and $3,069.04 was in savings.

                                    Old Business 

Digitizing – Cynthia Siemons reported that the Library received a bill from Advantage for scanning/indexing/digitizing 8 files (2004-2013) at $45 each for a total of $360.   FOL will pay this bill.  

Brick Sign – Jake Goodrich has an informative display in the Library as to this project.  He does not have a budget yet. 

Adult Summer Reading Program – 64 signed up for “Groundbreaking Reads” and interactive games with participants planting ‘vegetables in their garden”.

Membership Drive – Juliene Bramer mailed and distributed renewal forms.

Library Book Bags – Cynthia Siemons showed options on book bags.  Motion by Joan Strickler and seconded by Mary Smith to purchase 100 cloth book bags at a cost of approximately $1.59 each.  Motion carried.

New Business

Book Sale – Setup will be Thursday, September 19 beginning at 9:30 a.m.  Friday hours will be 9 – 5 and Saturday 9 – 12.  All books and media will be free will offering.  Nancy Fiddick will contact KLMJ for advertising.  Cynthia Siemons will do the flyers.  Joan Strickler will help distribute.  Juliene Bramer will send out email reminders.  Boxes will be needed.  Sign up will be next month.

There being no further business, meeting adjourned at 4:35 p.m. upon motion by Rita Barth, seconded by Nancy Fiddick.

                                                                                Juliene Bramer, Sec./Treas.

Next FOL meeting will be Wednesday September 4, 2013

  

July 3, 2013

­­­­The 54th meeting of the Friends of­ the Library met in the Library Meeting Room at 4:00 p.m.   Eight members were present.   President Susan Needham opened the meeting.  The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.  Treasurer Juliene Bramer reported a balance of $2,697.85 in the checking account and $3,068.78 in savings.

 

Old Business

Digitizing –     Advantage is still working on the DVD.

River Days – There was no teen board float.  The FOL disks were handed out during the program and prior to the parade.  There are approximately two dozen left.

Library Sign –  The Goodrich’s were at the June Library Board Meeting and are still working on the proposed plan and budget.  They should have this completed in August.

Dan’s Reading Road Trip –  This was a huge success.  Approximately 100 attended.  He offered to come back during the school year.  It was suggested that a more healthy meal be served (not chips – carrots, bananas, etc.)

 Summer Adult Reading Program – Marnie Schmidt and Sandy Ruby are working on this and would like some money from FOL.  Motion by Rita Barth, seconded by Le Ann McRoberts to fund this program.

 

New Business

Book Bags – Cynthia Siemons notified FOL that there is a need for book bags.  She will look into pricing.

 Renewals -  Secretary Juliene Bramer will send out by email & mail renewal notices as she has done in the past.

 There being no further business, meeting adjourned upon motion by Nancy Fiddick, seconded by Barb Graven, motion carried.

Juliene Bramer, Sec./Treas. 

Next FOL meeting will be Wednesday August 7

 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The 53rd meeting of the Friends of­ the Library met in the Library Meeting Room at 4 p.m.   Nine members were present.  Vice President Chris Baker opened the meeting.  Juliene Bramer read the minutes of the last meeting.  $2,704.54 was in the checking account and $3,068.58 was in savings.  $1.80 of interest has been earned to date.  FOL has two new friends, Terri Castle and Martha Deines.  There are 28 friends current with their dues.

 Old Business

Digitizing – Cynthia Siemons reported that Advantage has the DVD and everything should be good to go. 

River Days – The Teen Board will be throwing the FOL Frisbees at the parade.  This year Grout Museum will present a fossil program prior to the parade.

 Sign – Jake Goodrich is working on the plan/budget and will present it to the Library Board.

Dan’s Reading Road Trip – At this time, FOL will plan on serving 120.  Nancy Fiddick will order and have the supplies delivered to the Library that morning.  She will furnish her electric roaster to warm up the hot dogs.  Juice boxes will be used.  Potato chips will be served out of a big bowl.   Barb Graven, Joan Strickler and Juliene Bramer will serve.  Juliene will send out an email reminder.

 Summer Fest – Has been canceled this year.

 

New Business

Adult Summer Reading Program – Nothing to report as this will be done later in the summer. 

Reminder –  Book Sale, September 20 & 21

                   Christmas Open House, December 14

 

There being no further business, meeting adjourned at 4:25 p.m. upon motion by Nancy Fiddick, seconded by Joan Strickler.

                                                                                   Juliene Bramer, Sec./Treas.

 

 

Next FOL meeting will be Wednesday July 3, 2013

 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The 52nd meeting of the Friends of the Library met in the Library Meeting Room at 4 P.M. Seven members were present- Susan Needham, Chris Baker, Cynthia Siemons, Barb Graven, Mary Ann Vickers, Nancy Fiddick and Rita Barth. President Susan Needham opened the meeting. Chris Baker read the minutes of the last meeting and the treasurer’s report. The minutes were approved as read. There is a balance of $2041.03 in checking and $3608.37 in savings.

Old Business

Digitizing – Barb Graven has completed converting Recorder files. Ross Hawker has some things to do yet before they are sent to Advantage. Cynthia reported that the library will be continuing to microfilm and get caught up.

Spring Book Signing – The cookbook signing went well. The food presented was very good. The author, Debbie Lestina, sold 25 cookbooks and we received $3 for each sold.

Nat’l Library Week – The week went well. The cookies and coffee were a hit. Nolan Reser won the Kindle Fire. At least 3 plus carts of food was donated to the Greene Food Bank.

Yard Sale The sale was good this year. We made $500.41. $23.50 was added to the amount at the meeting. More money was made in 2012 by $160. It was felt that we should try and have it with the City Wide sale next year. Sarah Hawker told Cynthia Siemons that City Wide is always the first weekend of May. We are signed up for that weekend next year.

River Days Teen Board Float – The Teen Board will be meeting and will discuss having a float this evening. Will know more next meeting.

Dan’s Reading Road Trip – Wednesday, June 26th at 4 P.M. It was decided to order the food for this event from Tony’s.  It was decided to serve Oreo cookies rather than bars. The menu will include hot dogs, chips, ketchup, juice and Oreos. Will discuss and sign up next meeting.

Discussion was brought regarding the library sign that Jake Goodrich plans to build as an Eagle Scout project. It will be a brick sign and will indicate whether the library is open or closed. Cynthia is applying for an Omnitel grant when information is available. At some point FOL may also donate to the cost of building the sign.

There was no new business.

Nancy Fiddick motioned and Barb Graven seconded the motion to adjourn the meeting. Meeting adjourned.

Next FOL meeting will be Wednesday, June 5, 2913

Submitted by Chris Baker

 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The 51st meeting of the Friends of the Library met in the Library Meeting Room at 4:00 p.m.  Seven members were present.  President Susan Needham opened the meeting.  $2,066.03 was in the checking account and $3.067.86 was in savings.

Old Business

Digitizing:  Barb Graven is still working on converting the Recorder's files.  Cynthia Siemons reported that this might be completed by the end of the month.

Spring Book Signing:  Cynthia Siemons contacted Debbie Lestina from Mason City,  She will sign her cookbooks You're Invited at the Library on Saturday, April 20 at 10 a.m. with a brief presentation.  She is not charging a fee and will sell her cookbooks for $25 each, which included tax.  For each cookbook sold she will donate $3 to the Library.  It was decided to serve some food that day with recipes from her cookbook.  Nancy Fiddick, Chris Baker and Juliene Bramer will make something from her cookbook to be served with coffee.  Upon motion by Nancy Fiddick and second by Rita Barth, it was decided to purchase a cookbook for the Library.  Motion carried.

Kindle Give Away: Items are being brought in for the food bank.  The drawing for the Kindle HD will be at noon on Saturday, April 20 in conjunction with National Library Week.

Yard Sale:  The sign up sheet was passed.  Any items left after the sale, LeAnn McRoberts will haul away.

New Business

River Days:  It is not known if the Library Teens will have a float.  If they do, FOL mini flyers should be given away.

May Fund Raiser:  Susan Needham has been approached with a fundraiser idea.  Would FOL make Mother's Day Baskets for a silent auction?  Several ideas were discussed but it is a busy time for us so it was tabled until January.

Dan's Reading Road Trip:  Cynthia Siemons announced that Dan Wardell, IPTV Kid's Clubhouse host, will give a program at the library on June 26 at 4 p.m.  She hopes that FOL will serve food (hot dogs, chips, bars, etc.)

Cynthia Siemons reported that the Library received a $2,000 grant from Butler County and received $500 from LSB Foundation to be used towards the purchase of an AED (defibrillator).

Susan Needham just took 155 lbs. in books to the transfer station.

There being no further business, meeting adjourned at 4:55 p.m. upon motion by Nancy Fiddick, seconded by Barb Graven.

Juliene Bramer, Sec.,/Treas.

 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The 50th meeting of the Friends of the Library met in the Library Meeting Room at 4:00 p.m.  Seven members were present.  President Susan Needham opened the meeting.  The minutes of the last meeting were read, corrections made and approved.  Treasurer Juliene Bramer reported a balance of $2,316.03 in the checking account and $3,067.47 in savings.

Old Business

Digitizing:  Barb Graven is still helping the Greene Recorder convert the PDF files.

February's Chocolate Lover's Month: Cynthia Siemons reported that there were nine homemade valentine entries.  The sweet prizes were perfect.

Spring Book Signing: Cynthia Siemons reported that Karen Thalacker of Waverly is busy and only would be available on Saturdays.  Juliene Bramer suggested having her in the fall with a knit along, etc.  She also told of Debbie Lestina of Mason City who has written a cookbook on entertaining.  Cynthia will contact her.

Recycling:  Susan Needham suggested a reminder be posted that FOL is recycling paper, books, etc.

National Library Week:  FOL will give away a Kindle Fire (Juliene Bramer has purchased it for $170.13).  FOL will accept items for the Food Bank April 1 - 15 for a chance to win the Kindle.  The Library Board will serve treats and there will be other fun promotions.

Yard Sale:  is scheduled for April 16 - 27 with set up at 9:30 on Thursday the 25th.  Hours on Friday are 9-5 and Saturday 9-12 (items will be half priced on Saturday).  Cynthia Siemons will do the advertising and posters, Joan Strickler will help distribute.  Juliene Bramer will email a reminder to FOL members and have the money box ready.  Bags will be needed.  We will again offer baked goods, individually wrapped treats, etc.  We discussed what to do with left over items and this was tabled until next meeting.  A sign up sheet was passed and will be passed again at the April meeting.

Libri Grant:  Cynthia Siemons reported that the Library received the grant to purchase children's books.  Dorothy Leavens is in the process of choosing the books.  FOL will help match this grant in the amount of $250.

New Business

There being no further business, meeting adjourned at 4:45 pm upon motion by MaryAnn Vickers, seconded by Barb Graven, motion carried.

Juliene Bramer, Sec./Treas.

 

 

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

 The 49thmeeting of the Friends of the Library met in the library meeting room at 4:00 PM.  Six members were present. President Susan Needham opened the meeting, Chris Baker, acting as secretary, read the minutes of the previous meeting. The minutes were approved as read. The treasurer’s report remains the same as posted in January.

 

Unfinished Business:

Digitizing – Cynthia reported that the Recorder continues working on PDF files to further the digitizing process. Barb Graven reported that she is helping convert PDF files at the Recorder when a computer is available. She can complete a month’s worth of papers in about an hour.

February Chocolate Lover’s Month – Cynthia reported 1 entry in the Valentine’s Contest so far. The story hour children will be making valentines this Saturday. Mary Ann Vicker’s dropped off the prizes . Susan has purchased the candy for the bowl.

Spring Book Signing – Cynthia has contacted Karen Thalacker for a book signing and is waiting for a return call. She also reports that Linda McCann had contacted regarding a new book she has written. It was felt that it may be too soon to have her back for a book signing. Cynthia will schedule Thalacker for April to avoid Wednesday night Lenten services.
Susan reported that she took 385# to the Allison recycling station for the Library account.

 Our garage sale will be April 26 and 27.

 

New Business:

Chris Baker suggested another give away similar to last year. Discussion led to a motion by Barb Graven to purchase a Kindle or Kindle Fire to give away with bringing an item for the Food Bank for each entry for the drawing. Joan Strickler seconded the motion. Motion passed. Susan will email Julienne to purchase the Kindle.  The event will be in April.

 Cynthia requested that Friends of the Library help match a grant she is applying for through Libri Foundation for children’s books. The grant is for $350. The Teen Board will match $100 and she wondered if Friends is willing to match $250. After discussion Rita Barth made a motion to match the grant with $250. Barb Graven seconded the motion. Motion passed.

 Because there was no further new business Barb Graven made the motion to adjourn the meeting. Rita Barth seconded the motion. Meeting adjourned.

 

Submitted by Chris Baker

Next Meeting March 6, 2013

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The 48th meeting of the Friends of the Library met in the Library meeting room at 4:00 p.m.  Three members were present.  President Susan Needham opened the meeting.  The minutes of the last meeting were read by Chris Baker, vice-president, as Juliene was unable to be present.  The minutes were approved as read.  Chris also gave the Treasurer's report.  There is $2486.16 in the checking account and $3066.34 in the money market (with no current accrued interest).

Unfinished business:

Digitizing - President read a report from Cynthia Siemons who was unable to attend.  Ross Hawker had contacted her for contact information with Advantage.  He will be working on pdf files to send them.  Cynthia has not been updated since.

Christmas Open House - Cynthia's report stated that 158 people came to the library that day.  Marnie Schmidt had a good turnout for the Santa pictures.  We gave away all the little books and had two that didn't receive a book.  The children loved the books.   There were 7 musicians - piano, flute, vocal.  Joan Strickler filled the gaps between with Christmas music on the piano.  This was appreciated and she has been asked to do so again next year.  The book signing went very well.  The refreshments wee adequate and the coffee and cookies were left out all day.  It was suggested to have refreshments available at 9:00 when the library opens next year.  The cookie decorating contest was successful although no adults or teens participated.

February Chocolate Lover's Month - It was decided after discussion to have the Valentine contest again this year.  There will be four age groups again.  Prizes will be purchased by MaryAnn Vickers.  Cynthia will do the publicity and Susan will take care of the bowl of candy that will be set out for Valentine's Day.

It was decided to put Valentine's planning on the agenda earlier next year due to a variety of ideas suggested last meeting that could be implemented with more time for planning.

There was no new business.

MaryAnn Vickers motioned and Chris Baker seconded the motion to adjourn the meeting.  Meeting adjourned.

Submitted by Chris Baker

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The 47th meeting of the Friends of the Library met in the library meeting room at 4:00 p.m.  Eight members were present.  Vice President, Chris Baker, opened the meeting.  The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.  Treasurer, Juliene Bramer, reported a balance of $2,381.16 in the checking account and $3,066.34 in savings.  President Susan Needham arrived and continued the meeting.

Unfinished Business:

Digitizing - Cynthia Siemons reported that Advantage has received the 2004 copies of the Greene Recorder from the State Historical Society and will start microfilming but they have no idea when this will be completed.  Advantage has contacted Ross Hawker to get the PDF files.

Christmas Open House - Scheduled for Saturday, December 8 from 10-12. Nancy Fiddick has eight musicians.  Susan Needham has the children's books that will be given to the children during the Santa pictures.  Cynthia Siemons will put a label on each book stating the book is from FOL.

NEIBORS - Checkouts in November were 41.

Recycling - Susan Needham presented a check for $166.50 from the Butler County Solid Waste Commission.  They paid $75 per ton.

New Business:

February Chocolate Lover's Month - Many ideas were suggested: candy making, chocolate seminar, decorating cupcakes, tastings, chocoholic, charging, etc.  Further discussion at the next meeting.

Adult Prom:  Andrea Ramker has approached Cynthia Siemons if FOL would like to make some money.  The Jaycees need drivers for the prom, to pick up and drive home on New Year's Eve.  We decided this was something we did not want to do.

There being no further business, meeting adjourned at 4:45 p.m. upon motion by Nancy Fiddick, seconded by Rita Barth, motion carried.        Juliene Bramer, Sec./Treas.

Next FOL meeting will be Wednesday, January 2, 2013

 

 

 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The 46th meeting of the Friends of the Library met in the library meeting room at 4:00 p.m.  Eight members were present.  President Susan Needham opened the meeting.  The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.  Treasurer Juliene Bramer reported a balance of $2,381.16 in the checking account and $3,065.96 in savings.

Unfinished Business

Membership Drive - Juliene Bramer named some of the FOL who listed on their renewal if they would help/furnish treats and she will contact these members for the Christmas Open House.

Halloween Story Hour - Approximately 19 attended.  Apple joince was left over to use for the Christmas Open House.

Digitizing - Cynthia Siemons reported that Advantages still needs to get the 2004 copies of the Greene Recorder from the State Historical Society to start microfilming.  Advantage will contact Ross Hawker directly to get his PDF files.

Christmas Open House - Scheduled for Saturday, December 8 from 10-12.  Nancy Fiddick has five musicians so far, Juliene Bramer has purchased some Christmas/baking prizes, will solicit 14 dozen cookies and will bring the table decorations.  Barb Graven and Rita Barth will bring cheese and crackers.  The treats are to be brought in by 5 on Friday the 7th.  Juliene will have a check off sheet for treats.  Joan Strickler will furnish cups and napkins.  Chris Baker suggested that someone demonstrate how to access the digitized files.  Cynthia will do this.  Wynette Mills, children's author from Waverly, will be signing books at no fee.  Cynthia asked if anyone knew of bellringers that could perform.

NEIBORS - Checkouts in October were 34.

Recycling - Susan Needham has been hauling and hauling recyclables to Allison.  The community is supporting this project by bringing in their books/magazines, etc.  We have not received a payment yet.

New Business:

2013 dates set:  April 26-27 Yard Sale

                           September 20-21  Book Sale

                           December 14 - Christmas Open House

There being no further business, meeting adjourned at 4:45 p.m. upon motion by Nancy Fiddick, seconded by Rita Barth, motion carried.     Juliene Bramer, Sec./Treas.

Next FOL meeting will be Wednesday, December 5, 2012

 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The 45th meeting of the Friends of the Library met in the library meeting room at 4:00 p.m.  Eight members were present.  President Susan Needham opened the meeting.  The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.  Treasurer Juliene Bramer reported a balance of $2,256.16 in the checking account and $3,065.19 in savings; currend accrued interest was not available.

Old Business:

Membership Drive - $1,300 memberships have been received.  Arthena Freeseman is the new FOL.  A note was read from Dale Shatzer, thanking the library for their kindness, he renewed his membership.

Book Sale - Proceeds were $340.75 (2009 - $520, 2010 - $400, 2011 - $561.31).  We felt we did not have the amount of books in the past.  Perhaps we can ask the community for books/media and volunteer to pick these up.  Also, on Saturday possibly run the sale from 9-12.

Digitizing - Cynthia Siemons reported that Advantage needs to get the 2004 copies of the Greene Recorder from the State Historical Society to start microfilming.  Ross Hawker will burn to a CD his PDF files from 2007 - 2011 and send to Advantage.  He will also work on transferring 2004 - 2006 Recorders from electronic files to PDF files so they can digitize.

Library Sign - Cynthia Siemons reported that the Goodriches are working on the plan.

Halloween Story Hour - Saturday, October 27 FOL will serve apple juice and donut holes.  LeAnn McRoberts will furnish the apple juice and donut holes, Juliene Bramer will furnish the cups and napkins.  Barb Graven will help.  We will not do treat bags this year.

New Business:

Christmas Open House - Saturday, December 8 from 10-12.  Nancy Fiddick will arrange the music and use the new FOL microphone.  The cookie decorating contest will be held as last year (Juliene will do the flyer), pictures with Santa (Marnie Schmidt) and FOL will serve cookies, cheese, apple juice and coffee.  (Juliene will email FOL for cookies, etc.)

 

There being no further business, meeting adjourned at 4:25 p.m. upon motion by Nancy Fiddick, seconded by Barb Graven, motion carried.       Juliene Bramer, Sec./Treas.

 

Next FOL meeting will be Wednesday,November 7, 2012

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

 

Present:  Cynthia Siemons, Susan Needham, Rita Barth, MaryAnn Vickers, Barb Graven & Leann McRoberts

 

Cynthia read the minutes.  Approved

Treasurer's report:  $820.41 in checking and $3774.80 in savings.

Reports on:

Adult Summer Reading Program: "Between the Covers" very popular.  Also lots of prizes from local businesses.

Digitizing - Will microfilm one year of Recorder for $275 per year (paid by library board).  Friends could pay for digitizing 8 years from 2004 - 2011.  Barb made motion, Leanne seconded. MC

Membership Drive:  still on-going

Book Sale:  September 21 &22.  Friday 9-5, Saturday 9-2.  Set up Thursday the 20th at 9:30 a.m.

Halloween Story Hour:  Friends will supply apple juice and donut holes.  Kids are encouraged to wear their costumes.  The first story hour of the season is being planned with a Western theme.  MaryAnn moved to contribute up to $100 for this project, as per Fancy Nancy and Legos parties.  Barb 2nd, MC

Marnie presented an incentive plan for school kids to promote reading.  Every student with an A on their report card gets their name in a drawing for a $20 Barnes & Noble gift card.  One from each school - 2 elementary, 1 middle and 1 high school.  These would be drawn 4 times a year.  Or could ask Allison Friends group to participate with their elementary school and middle school.  Would be $80 - 4 times a year.  Mary Ann/Barb motioned that we decided to use our funds for digitizing instead of another promotion. MC

Barb moved to adjourn, Leann 2nd. MC                        Rita Barth, Temporary Sec.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

 

The 43rd meeting of the Friends of the Library met in the library meeting room at 4:00 p.m.  Seven members were present.  President Susan Needham opened the meeting.  The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.  Treasurer Juliene Bramer reported a balance of $725.36 in the checking account and $3,064.41 in savings; current accrued interest was not available.  Two FOL renewals were received at the meeting and will be shown in next month's report as well as money from the Summer Fest water sales, a commemorative crock sale and money from the yard sale.

 

Old Business

Summer Fest - Nancy Fiddick reported $10 in water sales.

PA System - Susan Needham passed around the portable waist-band PA system for all to see.

Library Sign - Cynthia Siemons reported that the proposed Eagle project has not yet been approved.

Digitizing - Cynthia Siemons reported that Advantage is improving the website and that this should be easier to navigate.  Discussion was had on future digitizing/microfilming, we will review this further.

Adult Summer Activities - "Between the Covers", a book review and drawing, will run in August.  Book review sheets/entry forms are available at the desk.

Membership Drive - Juliene Bramer passed out renewals used last year.  She will email and send out the renewal forms.  Forms will also be available at the desk and a reminder will be in the paper to join Friends of the Library now or renew your current membership during August.

 

New Business

Book Sale - Set up on Thursday, September 20 at 9:30 a.m.  Friday, September 21 hours are 9-5 and Saturday, September 22 hours are 9-2.  The community will be asked to donate books (magazines & encyclopedias can be recycled), sturdy boxes will be needed.  Barb and Juliene will have some book page crafts displayed to inspire and view.  Individually packaged baked goods will also be sold.  Sign up at the September meeting.

The September meeting will be on Wednesday, September 5, 2012.

There being no further business, meeting adjourned at 4:45 p.m. upon motion by Nancy Fiddick, seconded by Joan Strickler, motion carried.     Juliene Bramer, Sec./Treas.

 

Wednesday, July 3, 2012

 

The 42nd meeting of the Friends of the Library met in the library meeting room at 4:00 p.m.  Seven members were present.  Vice President Chris Baker opened the meeting and President Susan Needham continued the meeting.  The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.  Treasurer, Juliene Bramer, reported a balance of $725.36 in the checking account and $3,063.64 in savings with current accrued interest not available.

 

Old Business:

River Days - The Teen Board handed out 100-150 of the FOL discs.

PA System - Susan Needham purchased a system for $35.95 and is awaiting shipment.

Card Tables - Juliene Bramer paid Landers Hardware $64.18 for the two card tables.

Library Sign - Nothing to report.

Digitizing - Cynthia Siemons reported that the Greene Recorder has electronically filed since 2002. 

E-Books - NEIBORS had a circulation of 10 in June.

Adult Summer Activities - There will be no game planned but there will be special displays in the Library.

Summer Fest - Susan Needham reported that FOL could see water for a $10 fee.  14 vendors are signed up.  Nancy Fiddick moved that we sell water, Rita Barth seconded it.  Motion passed.  Nancy can work from 10-12, Rita may be available and Susan and Nancy have coolers.  Nancy has water left from last year, she will check to see if the water is still good.  If it is not, FOL will not sell water.

New Business:

Membership Drive - It was decided to table this to August.

The August meeting will be on Wednesday, August 1.

There being no further business, meeting adjourned at 4:55 p.m. upon motion by Barb Graven, seconded by Nancy Fiddick, motion carried.      Juliene Bramer, Sec./Treas.

 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

 

The 41st meeting of the Friends of the Library met in the library meeting room at 4:00 p.m.  Eight members were present.  President Susan Needham opened the meeting.  The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.  Treasurer Juliene Bramer reported a balance of $1,109.27 in the checking account and $3,063.64 in savings; current accrued interest was not available.  A thank you was read from the Parish Nurse Health Council for the food collected for the Greene Food Bank in our Kindle contest.

Old Business:

PA System - Chris Baker passed out some information and prices on a PA system with three estimates.  It was decided that it was up to Susan's discretion which system to purchase.

Yard Sale - The total received for the Yard Sale was $678.33.

Card Tables - Cynthia Siemons got two card tables from Landers Hardware.  Juliene Bramer will stop and pay for them. Two old tables were available to be sold for $5 each.  Joan Strickler and Rita Barth each bought a table.

Digitizing - Everything is working fine.  A discussion pursued of digitizing the Recorder's files.  Cynthia will get more info.  The shelf life of a CD is 10-15 years.  The library has paid for microfilming the files through 2003.

E-Books - NEIBORS had a circulation of 25 in March, 20 in April and 22 in May.

Adult Summer Activities - Sandy Ruby is working on some ideas for July.

River Days - Juliene Bramer showed th e5 inch discs she ordered with the Greene Public Library-Friends of the Library logo.  500 were purchased for $225 at 45 cents a piece.  Juliene has donated the set up fee and the shipping.  Some discs can be given for the summer reading program also, etc.

Summer Fest - No decision was made.

 

New Business:

 

Flowers - Rita Barth submitted a bill for flowers and soil needed to plant five containers for the Library.  Upon motion by Joan Strickler, seconded by Nancy Fiddick this bill for $66.73 was paid to Rita.

The July meeting will be on Tuesday, July 3.

There being no further business, meeting adjourned at 4:45 p.m. upon motion by Nancy Fiddick, seconded by Barb Graven, motion carried.    Juliene Bramer, Sec./Treas.

 

 

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

 

The 40th meeting of the Friends of the Library met in the library meeting room at 4:00 p.m.  Eleven members were present.  President Susan Needham opened the meeting.  The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.  Treasurer Juliene Bramer reported a balance of $1,100.17 in the checking account and $3,063.26 in savings.  Current accrued interest was not available. 

 

Old Business:

 

Yard Sale - The Yard Sale was very successful with $669.23 deposited and some additional money to be counted and deposited.  The hours worked well (we did start selling on Thursday after we had set up.)  There were a few items left and they will be taken to the Goodwill Truck next weekend.  Note: Yard Sale 2010 - $414.64, 2011 - $660.46 and 2012 - $669.23 plus.

Digitizing - Cynthia Siemons reported a glitch in access.  This will be checked on.

E-Books - Cynthia Siemons reported 45 checkouts and she is not sure if the e-book class will run again.

Adult Summer Activities - No ideas, bring some next meeting.

River Days - The teen board will have a float in the parade.  Nancy Fiddick made a motion and Rita Barth seconded, that Juliene Bramer get 200 - 300 FOL advertising items to hand out (i.e. balls, etc.).  Motion passed.

Brick Library Sign - Nothing to report.

 

New Business:

 

Summer Fest - FKA Herb Fest is scheduled for the last Saturday in July in Perrin Park.  No details yet, we should keep this in mind as a money maker. 

Card Tables - Cynthia Siemons brought up the need to replace the library's card tables (there are currently 3).  Upon motion by Mary Ann vickers, seconded by Nancy Fiddick that FOL purchase two card tables.  Motion passed.  Cynthia will pick them out.

Chris Baker asked if the library had a portable microphone system to rent out, would there be a need.  Susan Needham will look into cost, size (limited amount of storage in library), etc.

There being no further business, meeting adjourned at 4:30 p.m. upon motion by Nancy Fiddick, seconded by Barb Grave, motion carried.        Juliene Bramer, Sec., Treas.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

 

The 38th meeting of the Friends of the Library met in the library meeting room at 4:00 p.m.  Eight members were present.  President Susan Needham opened the meeting.  The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved with one correction.  Treasurer Juliene Bramer reported a balance of $430.94 in the checking account and $3,063.48 in savings; current accrued interest was not available.

 

Old Business:

Book Signing - Scott Calwati did an excellent job, 17 attended and he sold all of his books.  Cynthia Siemons sent him a thank you.

Digitizing - Cynthia Siemons reported very positive comments!  It is recommended that we continue to microfilm as microfilm lasts 500 years, digitizing is new and experts are not sure how long it will last.  It is estimated that the cost to microfilm the files would be $300 - $400 per year.

E-Books - Cynthia Siemons is not sure how many library patrons are using NEIBORS.  The Kindle Touch give away is getting good response.  The e-book class ran into some technical difficulties and they are not sure if there will be more classes offered.

River Days - The Teen Board will have a float in the parade.  FOL could walk along the round and hand out FOL advertising items, we are to think on this an discuss next meeting.

Meeting Time - It was decided to keep the meeting time at 4 p.m.

Yard Sale - Scheduled for April 27th from 9 -5 and the 28th 9-12.  The library meeting room will be available after 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 26 for set up.  This is not the same weekend as the City Wide Garage Sale, FOL is one week earlier.  If there are a lot of items left, Chris Baker offered the use of her driveway on City Wide weekend.  We can discuss this at the next meeting.  Remember to price your own items, LeAnn will bring a clothes rack.  The Libray will run an ad in the Recorder, do the posters and LeAnn can help distribute and the sign will be out front and at the message center.  We will have individually wrapped food items for sale also.

 

New Business:

 

Summer Activities - Discussed whether to have adult bingo again, no decision made.

National Library Week April 9 - 14th - The Library Board will financially support this event "You belong at your Library", there will be cookies and coffee served all week and guessing games with prizes awarded.

Goals - As to long-term goals, Cynthia Siemons reported that it was hoped a brick library sign could be erected as an Eagle Project; perhaps FOL would be willing to financially support it.  AS of now, there is no one in mind.  Digitizing the microfilm will be our future goal.

There being no further business, meeting adjourned at 5 p.m. upon motion by Nancy Fiddick, seconded by Barb Graven, motion carried.        Juliene Bramer, Sec./Treas.

 

 

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

 

The 37th meeting of the Friends of the LIbrary met in the library meeting room at 4:00 p.m.  Seven members were present.  Vice President Chris Baker opened the meeting.  The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.  Treasurer, Juliene Bramer, reported a balance of $4,966.87 in the checking account and $3,762.40 in savings; current accrued interest was not available.

Old Business

Digitizing - Cynthia Siemons reported that, as of today, digitizing is completed at a cost of $5,130 through Advantage Companies.  An icon will appear on the Library's monitors, others can access from a link on the Library's website.  After a few bugs are corrected, all will be able to use and access digitized microfilmed reels of the Greene Recorders from 1876 - 2003.  Cynthia will do an article for the paper regarding this accomplished FOL goal and a thank you will be put in the paper for the support received from emembers, community and grants from Omnitel and LSB Foundation.  At the time, Juliene will also send a thank you for the grant money.

Membership Drive - Current paid membership is 30.

Valentine Contest - There were 17 hand decorated entries and two winners, Ava Litterer, 5 years and under and Ethan Litterer in the 6 - 9- age group.  It was deemed a success.

E-books - NEIBORS is up and running.  Cynthia reported a good response.  A free e-book class is scheduled for March 28 at 7 p.m.  Becky Newton will teach the class.  FOL will promote NEIBORS by a give away e-reader. This give away will run from April 1 - April 15.  For each item brought in for the Greene Emergency Food Bank, you will have a chance at the drawing.  Chris reported that the Food Bank is especially in need of paper products and non-perishable items as in soaps, cleaners, etc.  Cynthia will take care of advertising and posters.  Juliene and Susan will decide which e-reader to purchase. 

Book Sigining - Scott Cawelti, author of Brother's Blood; The True Story of the Mark Family Murders will be at the library, March 21 at 7 p.m.  FOL will serve coffee, Nancy Fiddick, Barb Graven and Juliene will bring bars/cookies.  Joan Strickler will furnish cups and napkins.  Juliene will get coffee.

River Days - The teen board is not sure that they will have a float for the parade; we will table this for now.

Yard Sale - Scheduled for April 27 & 28.  The Library Meeting Room will be available after 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 26 for set up.  Juliene will email yard sale reminders to members. Sign up next meeting.

There being no further business, meeting adjourned at 5 p.m. upon motion by Nancy Fiddick, seconded by Barb Graven, motion carried.

Juliene Bramer, Sec./Treas.

 

 

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

 

The 36th meeting of the Friends of the Library met in the library meeting room at 4:00 p.m.  Eight members were present.  President Susan Needham opened the meeting.  The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.  Treasurer Juliene Bramer reported a balance of $5,466.87 in the checking account and $3,761.92 in savings; current accrued interest was not available.

Old Business

Digitizing - Nothing to report

Red Wing Potter - Five sugar bowls are available for sale.

Membership Drive - current paid membership is 30.

E-books - FOL paid the $500 set up fee.  This service should be up and running by February 28.  Check out the NEIBOR's website.  Chris Baker suggested that FOL give away a 'Kindle or like device'.  Upon discussion of a 'give away' (possibly a chance for the drawing with an item donated for the Greene Emergency Food Bank) and of having classes on using e-books, Rita Barth made the motion to accept Chris' suggestion, Barb Graven seconded and all approved.

Recycling - The end of the year for the transfer station is either August or September; the library will not receive any money until then.

Valentine Contest - Two valentines so far!  Mary Ann Vickers brought the sweet prizes and Juliene Bramer brought the heart bowl and candy kisses.

Book Signing - Juliene Bramer suggested Karen Thalacker of Waverly, she writes children's knitting books.  Cynthia Siemons suggest Scott Cawelti of Cedar Falls who wrote a book about the Marks' murder.  Cynthia will contact him.

Yard Sale - Good used clothing will be included.

Book Sale - Have 'paper crafts' for show or purchase?

New Business

 

Herb Festival Water Sales - The format for the Herb Fest will change, there is not enough information at this time to make a decision.

River Days Parade - Chris Baker suggested FOL have a float/Huck Finn theme.  The Library Teen Board has a float.  Perhaps advertise FOL on their float, throw beads or pencils, etc. with FOL advertising.

There being no further business, meeting adjourned at 4:50 p.m. upon motion by Bard Graven, seconded by Rita Barth, motion carried.

 

Juliene Bramer, Sec./Treas.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

 

The 35th meeting of the Friends of the Library at 4:10 p.m.  Five members were present.  President Susan Needham opened the meeting.  The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.  Treasurer Juliene Bramer reported a balance of $5,430.87 in the checking account and $3,760.98 in savings; current accrued interest was not available.

OLD BUSINESS

Digitizing - Cynthia Siemons reported that the hard drive will be coming soon and the files will be on the library's web site within a couple of weeks.

Red Wing Pottery - Five sugar bowls are left.  Cynthia Siemons reported that  Red Wing would keep the FOL logo on file in the event we wish to use it again.

Membership Drive - Current paid membership is 29.

Christmas Open House - Lots of people attended, the authors/book signing was a nice touch, the musicians were well received, there were more entries in the cookie decorating contest and Santa pics went well.  The amount of food and drink served was adequate, as well as FOL help and the hours 10 -12 were perfect.

E-Books - Nothing to report.

Recycling - Remember to Recycle

 

NEW BUSINESS

February Chocolate Lovers' Month - It was decided to have a handmade Valentine contest with the same age groups as the cookie decorating contest: 5 and younger, 6 - 9 years, 10 - 14 years and 15 to adult.  Valentine deadline is 5 p.m. February 10.  Valentines will be voted on and awarded on the 14th.  Sweet prizes will be given.  Cynthia Siemons will do the flyers.  Juliene Bramer will bring a heart bowl for candy kisses, which will be available.

Scheduling 2012 Events - Spring Yard Sale, Friday & Saturday April 27 & 28

                                    Book Sale, Friday & Saturday September 21 & 22

Book Signing - Authors were discussed, bring suggestions to next meeting.

There being no further business, meeting adjourned at 4:50 p.m. upon motion by Nancy Fiddick, seconded by Barb Graven, motion carried.

Juliene Bramer, Sec./Treas.

 

 

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

 

The 34th meeting of the Friends of the Library met in the Library Meeting Room at 5 p.m.  Eight members were present.  President Susan Needham opened the meeting.  The minutes off the last meeting were read and approved.  Treasurer Juliene Bramer reported a balance of $5,180.87 in the checking account and $3,760.98 in savings.

OLD BUSINESS

Digitizing - Cynthia Siemons reported that the digitizing should be completed in 4 - 6 weeks.

Red Wing Pottery - Five sugar bowls are unsold.

Membership Drive - Current paid membership is 28.

Christmas Open House - Nancy Fiddick has ten performers lined up.  Mary Smith has donated prizes for the cookie decorating contest.  Nancy Fiddick donated Christmas stamps and the Greene Recorder donated paper pads to be passed out to the children after their Santa picture.

E-Books - The contract has been signed.  February 28, 2012 is the proposed start date.

Red Wing Pottery - Mary Ann Vickers talked to Red Wing.  They are unable to make platters.  Upon discussion, we decided to table the raffle and the purchase/selling of companion the Red Wing pottery.  All were in favor.

NEW BUSINESS

Recycling - Remember books, magazines, newspapers, etc. can be recycled.

Change of Meeting Time - It was decided to change the start time of FOL meetings to 4 p.m.  starting in January 2012.  Juliene Bramer will send out reminders in January.

February Chocolate Lover's Month - Mary Ann Vickers suggested a valentine decorating contest.

 

There being no further business, meeting adjourned at 6:00 p.m. upon motion by Nancy Fiddick, seconded by Barb Graven, motion carried.

Juliene Bramer, Sec./Treas.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

 

The 33rd meeting of the Friends of the Library met in the Library Meeting Room at 5 p.m.  Ten members were present.  President Susan Needham opened the meeting.  The minutes of the last meeting were circulated and approved.  Treasurer Juliene Brmaer reported a balance of $5,286.93 in the checking account and $3,760.42 in savings.

OLD BUSINESS

Digitizing - Cynthia Siemons spoke to the State Historical Society and they received all of the films from Heritage except 1 roll.  The cost to digitize will be approximately $90 a roll or $4,740.  Nancy Fiddick made the motion that they start the digitizing.  Barb Graven seconded.  Motion passed.  Further, the 2004 films to present should be digitized at a cost of $125 per roll x 7 with backup of $150, plus an additional $90.

Red Wing Pottery - Five sugar bowls are left to be sold.

Membership Drive - A list of all members from the beginning was passed out.  Juliene Bramer will provide the current/paid members list next meeting.

Halloween Story Hour - 36 children and 8 adults attended.

Christmas Open House - December 10 from 10-12.  Nancy Fiddick has lined up six performers.  Book signing by Delores Allan and Bernita St. John Wiebke will be in the children's book area beginning at 9:30 to noon.  Refreshments will be served with apple juice and coffee.  Mary Ann Vickers will call those who don't have email for treats.  Juliene Bramer will email members for treats.  Juliene Bramer will set up the table, Joan Strickler will furnish cups, Susan Needham will furnish napkins.  Juliene will do the cookie contest flyer, Joan, Nancy and Mary Ann will put out flyers for the open house.  Marnie Schmidt will do Santa pictures also.  Nancy will check on Christmas bracelets to be given to the children (approx. 50).  As to the cookie contest, everyone is to look for prizes.  Coloring sheets will also be available.

E-Books - The Library Board has decided to go with NEIBORS.  Sign up is quarterly and will begin in January/February 2012.  Motion by Nancy Fiddick, seconded by Barb Graven that FOL pay the $500 start up fee. Motion passed. 

Red Wing Pottery - Mary Ann Vickers will find out if they can do a large platter to raffle and a small tray for the sugar & creamer.

 

NEW BUSINESS

Recycling - Susan Needham took 250 lbs. of books/magazines to the transfer station.  There was a good response to this service.

There being no further business, meeting adjourned at 5:50 p.m. upon motion by Nancy Fiddick, seconded by Barb Graven, motion carred.

 

Juliene Bramer, Sec./Treas.

 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The 32nd meeting of the Friends of the Library met in the LIbrary Meeting Room at 5 p.m.  Ten members were present.  President Susan Needham opened the meeting.  The minutes of the last meeting were circulated and approved.  Treasurer Juliene Bramer reported a balance of $5,326.90 in checking and $3,760.42 in savings.

OLD BUSINESS

Digitizing - FOL has received a full refund from Heritage.  Advantage is trying to get the library's copy of the films given to Heritage.  Advantage's estimated cost of digitizing the files to 2003 is $90 a roll x 51 rolls or about $4,590.  Also, the microfilm from 2003 to date would cost approximately $1,260.  It was advised to wait until we receive the film from Heritage, as the quality will be better.

Red Wing Pottery - Five sugar bowls are left to be sold.

Membership Drive - Juliene Bramer reported that FOL hasd 43 members, 26 paid and 3 new members.

Book/Bake Sale - Total receipts were $561.31.  340 pounds of magazines and books went to the Butler County Transfer Station for Library credit.  The sale went very smoothly.

Halloween Story Hour - Cynthia Siemons ordered items for 50 treat bags. Joan Strickler will help fill the bags on Friday at 3 p.m.  Barb Graven, Joan Strickler and Cynthia Siemons will help on Saturday from 10 - 11.

Christmas Open House - Scheduled for Saturday, December 10 with details to be worked out.  Perhaps run from 10 - 12 with the cookie decorating contest.  (Be on the lookout for appropriate prizes.)  Santa pictures are also being considered.  Cynthia Siemons recommended Delores Allan from Allison and her sister Bernita St. John Wiebke, who wrote and illustrated a children's book to be at the Library also.

E-Books - More information and questions were shared.  NEIBORS cost $500 set up, $300 yearly fee.  Wilbur is $500 set up with $300 yearly audio fee and $250 yearly e-book fee plus a 1 cent per audio book fee.  Becky Newton uses NEIBORS through the Clarksville Library and told us how it works.  We have questions and need more information.

 

NEW BUSINESS

Red Wing Raffle - Mary Ann Vickers reminded us that it will be time to place an order with Red Wing if we want to continue the raffle/sales.  Discussed whether a platter could be made to raffle and a smaller version be sold for the sugar and creamer.  No decisions were made.

There being no further business, meeting adjourned at 6 p.m. upon motion by LeAnn McRoberts, seconded by Sue Schroeder, motion carried.

Juliene Bramer, Sec./Treas.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The 31st meeting of the Friends of the Library met in the Library Meeting room at 5 pm.  Six members were present.  Vice President Chris Baker opened the meeting.  The minutes of the last meeting were circulated and approved.  Treasurer Juliene Bramer reported a balance of $2,120.59 in checking and $3,760.03 in savings.

OLD BUSINESS

Digitizing- Cynthia Siemons has been trying to contact Heritage asking for a refund.  She has been assured that we will get a refund.

Adult Bingo- Four turned in their Bingo cards and each received $5 bakery certificates.

Red Wing Pottery- Five sugar bowls are still left to be sold.

Membership Drive- The FOL table set up in the Library was a good idea.  26 members were emailed renewals and 14 were sent in the mail as well as applications published in The Recorder.  Memberships are still coming in.

Book/Bake Sale- Set up will be on Thursday, September 22 at 4 pm.  Sign up sheet was passed.  Items will be free will offering.  Individually wrapped baked goods will be sold on Saturday.  Cynthia Siemons will make posters and run articles in The Recorder.  Juliene Bramer will email a reminder to FOL.

Fall Book Signing- There is none planned.

NEW BUSINESS

E-Books- One of the suggestions on a renewal was about E-books for Kindle/Nook readers.  This is something that FOL possibly could support.  The Library Board had not wanted to do this, as there is a $500 initial set up fee and a $300 yearly fee.  Neighbors or Wilbur are E-book services, Cynthia Siemons will research this further.

Story Hour Support- There was no proposal presented but perhaps FOL could support the Summer Reading Program.  We will discuss this further at a later date.

Christmas Open House- Upon motion by Rita Barth, seconded by Cynthia Siemons, December 10th will be the date of the Open House.  We will discuss this further next meeting.

There being no further business, meeting adjourned at 6pm upon motion by Barb Graven, seconded by Rita Barth, motion carried.

Juliene Bramer, Sec./Treas.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The 30th meeting of the Friends of the Library met in the Library Meeting room at 5 pm.  Nine members were present.  President Susan Needham opened the meeting.  The minutes of the last meeting were circulated and approved.  Treasurer Juliene Bramer reported a balance of $1,403.59 in the checking account and $3,758.97 in savings.

OLD BUSINESS

Digitizing- Cynthia Siemons spoke to the State Historical Society.  They recommended that FOL request a refund from Heritage and that Advantage Corp. should do the digitizing.  Cynthia has requested the refund.

Adult Bingo- Cards have been picked up but none returned.  The deadline is approaching.

Red Wing Pottery- Five sugar bowls are left to be sold.

Herb Fest Water Sales- $92 was made from sales.  There is water left over.  Water will be sold at the upcoming Book Sale.

Membership Drive- Upon motion by Cynthia Siemons, seconded by Joan Strickler, a membership application form will run in The Recorder, motion passed.  An article will also be in the paper.  FOL will have a display during the week of August 8 at the Library to encourage new members.  The table will be manned, as Friends are available.  Juliene Bramer will send out current member renewals by mail and email.

NEW BUSINESS

Halloween Story Hour- Upon motion by Joan Strickler, seconded by LeAnn McRoberts, FOL will support the Halloween party.  Motion passed.

Story Hour Support- It was suggested that Dorothy Leavens, Story Hour Coordinator, present a proposal for upcoming story hour activities and costs.  FOL may elect to set aside a certain amount for special activities and costs.

Fall Book Signing- Options were discussed.

Book Sale- Set up will be on Thursday, September 22 at 4 pm.  Magazines may be allowed as the transfer station in Allison pays per pound of magazines, proceeds to the Library.
There being no further business, meeting adjourned at 6 pm upon motion by Nancy Fiddick, seconded by LeAnn McRoberts, motion carried.

Juliene Bramer, Sec./Treas.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The 29th meeting of the Friends of the Library met in the Library Meeting Room at 5 pm.  Ten members were present.  President, Susan Needham, opened the meeting.  The minutes of the last meeting were circulated and approved with one correction.  There was a balance of $1,216.59 in the checking account and $3,758.97 in savings. 

OLD BUSINESS

Digitizing- Cynthia Siemons reported that she contacted the State Historical Society regarding Heritage.  They are disgruntled with Heritage and we could ask for a refund.  Cynthia will keep an eye on this and we could work with Advantage Corp. in the future.

Adult Bingo- Forms are available for pick up and Cynthia has prizes (bags and bakery gift certificates).

Red Wing Pottery- The downtown cans had very few sales.  Friday night sales were $22, Saturday sales were $109.  Total income from raffle sales as $559, sale of crocks $1,755 (five left to sell) for a total of $2,314.  Expenses were license $41.60, crocks $1,820 for a total of $1,861.60.  Balance was $452.30.  The winner of the bean pot was Lorena Siemons.

We did not pursue the Schwann sales during River Days as they did not sell individual ice cream treats.

NEW BUSINESS

Membership Drive- Juliene Bramer will send out membership applications similar to last year.

Herb Fest-July 31- American Tool will donate $50 toward the purchase of water.  It was suggested that we sell at both ends of the street, sell the water for $1 and pick up 6 24 packs of water.  Set up at 9, borrow a card table from the Library.  Susan will work 9-11, Nancy 11-1.  Juliene will email FOL for volunteers.

Fall Rummage Sale- Dicussed wheter to participate in a Fall City Wide Yard Sale.  Upon motion by Nancy Fiddick and seconded by Rita Barth, FOL will hold the Book Sale in the Fall and participate in the Spring City Wide Yard Sale.  Motion passed.

Book Sale- The Fall Book Sale will be held on Friday and Saturday, September 23 and 24.

There being no further business, meeting adjourned at 5:50 pm upon motion by Nancy Fiddick, seconded by Mary Ann Vickers.

Juliene Bramer, Sec./Treas.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The 28th meeting of the Friends of the Library met in the Library Meeting Room at 5 pm.  Seven members were present.  President Susan Needham opened the meeting.  The minutes of th elast meeting were circulated and approved.  Treasurer Juliene Bramer reported a balance of $342.56 in the checking account and $3,757.70 in savings.

OLD BUSINESS

Digitizing- Nothing to report.

Raffle/River Days- Raffle ticket canister were taken to Sneeds, Dralles, Smiths, T&M, and LSB.  Joann Strickler will check if they need more tickets and get the money.  Mary Ann Vickers will pick up the canisters on June 15th.  The work schedule is Friday 5-7 and 7-9 and on Saturday 12-2, 2-4, 4-6, and 6-8 with the drawing at 9 pm.  Juliene Bramer will email members to remind to sign up to work.  Cynthia Siemons will get the ticket cage from St. Marys.  Mary Ann Vickers will set up the table and see that it is taken down Friday and Satruday nights.  LeAnn McRoberts suggested that the FOL bookmarks made by Juliene Bramer be available at the table.  McRoberts Implement will pay for the cost of printing.

Andrea Ramker, on behalf of the Greene Jaycees, had asked that the FOL sponsor the Schwan truck during River Days.  This would require no workers and upon paperwork submitted, FOL would recieve a portion of the sales.  Upon motion by LeAnn McRoberts and second by Joan Strickler, this will be looked into further.

American Tool & Engineering will donate $50 towards the purchase of water to be sold at River Days or to be used as a donation.  Water cannot be sold by FOL at the Park so we will take this as a donation.

Red Wing Pottery- Five sugar bowls are left to be sold.

Adult Bingo- This will begin in July and details are being worked out.

NEW BUSINESS

In August, FOL memberships should be renewed.

There being no further business, meeting adjourned at 5:45 pm upon motion by Mary Ann Vickers, seconded by Chris Backer.

Juliene Bramer, Sec./Treas.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The 27th meeting of the Friends of the Library met in the Library Meeting Room at 5 pm.  Eight members were present.  President Susan Needham opened the meeting.  The minutes of the last meeting were circulated and approved.  There was a balance of $2,216.74 in the checking account and $3,757.08 in savings. 

OLD BUSINESS

Digitizing- Cynthia Siemons reported that Heritage has relocated and is updating their files.  They will get back to her on FOL's status.

City Wide Sale- The two-day sale went very well making $642.11.  There was very little left and it was taken to the Goodwill truck.

Red Wing Pottery- The covered sugar crocks are selling well.

Raffle/River Days- Tickets are being sold.  Next month a sign up sheet will be passed.  Workers will be needed on Friday and Saturday.  Mary Ann Vickers will set up the table for display.  Juliene Bramer will email members.  Sonja Shirah will check with American Tool to see if they would like to donate water (Sonja, Susan, & Sherm would be avilable to sell water during the parade).  Water could also be sold at the raffle table.  Cynthia Siemons will check with the Jaycees.  Raffle tickets will be sold at T&M, Dralles, Smith's Etc., and Lincoln Savings Bank.  Cans with the crock's picture will be made.

NEW BUSINESS

Juliene Bramer made new FOL bookmarks with goals and achievements listed.

Ideas were tossed about as to FOL summer activities: an adult game similar to last years Bingo, selling mums, having coffee/food for sale during a book signing, etc.

There being no further business, meeting adjourned at 5:45 pm upon motion by Rita Barth, seconded by Sue Schroeder.

Juliene Bramer, Sec./Treas.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The 26th meeting of the Friends of the Library met in the Library Meeting Room at 5 pm.  Ten members were present.  President Susan Needham opened the meeting.  The minutes of the last meeting were circulated and approved.  There was a balance of $319.78 in the checking account and $3,756.44 in savings.

OLD BUSINESS

Digitizing- Nothing to report.

Spring Book Signing- Susan Needham reported that it was well attended.

Cynthia Siemons presented a hard cover book of Shell Rock's history.  The library has several books on the history of the towns in the county.  Upon motion by Juliene Bramer, seconded by Nancy Fiddick, it was proposed that the book be purchased by FOL for $55.  Motion passed.

Red Wing Pottery- The pottery is done and will be picked up.  As to the raffle it was decided that only the commemorative one gallon bean pot be raffled with sales to start the end of April (raffle permit will be applied for).  The individual sugar bowls will be sold immeditely.  Tickets for the raffle will be available at the library (packets of 10).  It was suggested that raffle promotion ideas be discussed at the next meeting.  A sign up sheet will be available at the meeting.  An email will be sent to FOL reminding them of the yard sale, meeting and raffle tickets.  Juliene Bramer will make a visual aid of what the FOL stands for, its accomplishments and goals.  This visual aid could be part of the River Days raffle table.

River Days- Cynthia Siemons read an email from Andrea Ramker on behalf of the Greene Jaycees.  FOL will not have to work at the inflatables.

City Wide Sale- Sign up sheets were passed.  Items can be brought to the library on the 28th.  Set up will begin at 6 pm.  Friday hours are 9-5.  Saturday hours are 7-3.  Items will be marked down to one half price at noon on Saturday, perhaps bag sale priced.  Price your own yard sale items and bring individuallyl wrapped 'grab & go' treats (these will be priced at the sale).  Baggies and sacks will be needed.

NEW BUSINESS

Corrine Thompson has put together a FOL scrapbook that she will continue to document.

Juliene Bramer, Sec./Treas.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The 25th meeting of the Friends of the Library met in the Library Meeting Room at 5 pm.  Five members were present.  Vice President Chris Baker opened the meeting.  The minutes of the last meeting were circulated and approved.  There was a balance of $487.17 in the checking account and $3755.86 in savings.

OLD BUSINESS

Digitizing- Everything is scanned; they are now working on the OCR (Searchable by key word), quality control and site promotion.  We are waiting on the completion date.  The Greene Recorder has signed the copyright authorization.

Februrary Chocolate Lover's Month- 10 sweet prizes were awarded.

Red Wing Pottery- The bean pot and 45 sugar bowls have been ordered.

Spring Book Signing- Linda McCann will be at the Library, Saturday, April 2 at 10:00 am.  She is charging $20 mileage.  FOL will furnish coffee and water.  Susan Needham will furnish rolls.  An email should be sent to FOL members to help that day.

River Days- It was decided the FOL would work the inflatables on Friday only from 5 - 9 pm.  Motion carried.

NEW BUSINESS

City Wide Sale- Friday and Saturday, April 29 & 30.  We will price our own items.  An email should be sent to remind FOL memebers to save items and if there is a clothing rack available to use.

Nancy Fiddick, Sec./Treas. Pro-tem

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The 24th meeting of the Friends of the Library met in the Library Meeting Room at 5 pm.  Seven members and one guest were present.  President Susan Needham opened the meeting.  The minutes of the last meeting were circulated and approved.  The Treasurer Juliene Bramer reported a balance of $567.81 in the checking account and $3,755.22 in savings.

OLD BUSINESS

Christmas Decoration- Nothing new to report.

Digitizing- Nothing new to report, but a release will need to be signed by The Greene Recorder to access the data base outside the Library.

Membership Drive Renewals- Nothing new to report but it was suggested that the list of members be made available to members.  The Secretary will prepare this list for distribution.

Lego Party- Cynthia Siemons stated that the Lego Party was a success and a lot of fun.  There was a Lego treasure hunt in the library, balloons, streamers, hard hats, caution tape, pictures taken, Lego shaped treats, and all received a Lego kit.

The theme of the next party will be the Wild West.

February Chocolate Lover's Month- Four entries so far.  Juliene Bramer will prepare the sweet prizes.

Red Wing Pottery- Cynthia Siemons reported that the bean pot and 45 sugar bowls have been ordered.  It was suggested that perhaps, at some point, a tray could be offered for the creamer and sugar to sit on.

City Wide Garage Sale- It was suggested that "clean, gently used clothing" also be advertised.

Spring Book Signing- Cynthia Siemons reported that Linda McCann will be at the Library, Saturday, April 2 at 10 am.  She is charging $20 and will bring her books and speak.  She has a press release available.  It was decided that FOL will furnish coffee and water.  Susan Needham will furnish rolls.

NEW BUSINESS

River Days- Andrea Ramker, on behalf of the Greene Jaycees asked FOL to manage the inflatable rides at River Days June 17 & 18 for $400.  The Jaycees goal is to make money and put it toward a new shelter house in the park.  After discussion, it was suggested that the rides be limited to four, an age limit of 12 and under be enforced, a fence be built around the inflatables and the hours be from 5-9 pm on Friday and noon to 8 pm on Saturday.  It was further discussed wheter FOL has the manpower, we will ask our members how they feel, will they be able to work, perhaps recruit others to work or whether we want to manage the rides with another group, thus making less money.  The Secretary will email members and report back at the next meeting so we can let the Jaycees know. 

The meeting adjourned at 6:10 pm.

Juliene Bramer, Sec./Treas.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The 25th meeting of the Friends of the Library met in the Library Meeting Room at 5 pm.  Five members were present.  Vice President Chris Baker opened the meeting.  The minutes of the last meeting were circulated and approved.  There was a balance of $487.17 in the checking account and $3755.86 in savings.

OLD BUSINESS

Digitizing- Everything is scanned; they are now working on the OCR (Searchable by key word), quality control and site promotion.  We are waiting on the completion date.  The Greene Recorder has signed the copyright authorization.

February Chocolate Lover's Month- 10 sweet prizes were awarded.

Red Wing Pottery- The bean pot and 45 sugar bowls have been ordered.

Spring Book Signing- Linda McCann will be at the Library, Saturday, April 2 at 10:00 am.  She is charging $20 mileage.  FOL will furnish coffee and water.  Susan Needham will furnish rolls.  An email should be sent to FOL members to help that day.

River Days- It was decided that FOL would work the inflatables on Friday only from 5-9 pm.  Motion carried.

NEW BUSINESS

City Wide Sale- Friday and Saturday, April 29 & 30.  We will price our own items.  An email should be sent to remind FOL memebers to save items and if there is a clothing rack available to use.

Nancy Fiddick, Sec./Treas. Pro-tem

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The 23rd meeting of the Friends of the Library met in the Library Meeting Room at 5 pm.  Nine members were present.  President Susan Needham opened the meeting.  The minuets of the last meeting were circulated and approved.  The Treasurer Juliene Bramer reported a balance of $844.39 in the checking account, and $3,754.47 in savings.  It was further reported that since May 2009, the start of FOL, the total income is $11,644.27 and the expenses totaled $7,049.80

 

OLD BUSINESS

Christmas Open House-  Cynthia Siemons reported that despite the horrible weather, 175 people attended the open house.  The amount of food and drink was perfect, the pictures and entertainment went very well.  There were nine entries in the cookie-decorating contest.  Perhaps run the open house from 10 am until musical entertainment is done next year as fewer people stopped by in the afternoon. 

 

Digitizing-  Nothing new to report.

 

Membership Drive Renewals- Nothing new to report.

 

Lego Party-  Cynthia Siemons stated that the Lego Party will be Saturday, January 29 from 2-3 pm for 3-10 year old boys, their dad, grandfather, or favorite fellow.

 

LSB Foundation Grant-  Juliene Bramer announced that FOL recieved $500 from the LSB Foundation Grant.  $1,000 was requested for digitizing the records.  A thank you was sent for this grant money.

 

February Chocolate Lover's Month-  Different ideas were discussed but it was decided to have another poetry contest, this time using the words "Book, Chocolate, and Valentine."  Juliene Bramer will do the posters, take to the schools, and put in the paper using the same format as last year.  The 14th is a Monday with the Library being open from 9-9.  At next month's meeting we will discuss prizes.

 

Red Wing Pottery-  Upon a motion by Nancy Fiddick, seconded by Rita Barth it was decided to do another raffle during River Days.  Motion passed.  After further discussion and upon a motion by Lee Ann McRoberts, seconded by Sylvia Hawker, a one gallon Red Wing bean pot and sugar bowl will be raffled and, if needed, the cost of a new smaller logo stamp is approved.  Motion passed.  Cynthia Siemons will contact those who have bought the Red Wing pottery in the past if they would be intersted in buying the sugar bowl and we will then have a better idea of how many to order.  Last year 40 pitchers were ordered and 39 were sold, one raffled.  The order to Red Wing should be done soon.

Cynthia Siemons is filing a Temporary Gambling Sales Tax Return with the State of Iowa.  $76.58 will be sent to the State (this is for 2009 & 2010 raffle). 

 

NEW BUSINESS

Spring Book Signing-   Cynthia Siemons has talked to Linda McCann from Shell Rock.  She has written books on Butler County History.  Cynthia will visit with her about a date she would be available to speak and sign books on a Saturday morning.

 

City Wide Yard Sale-  Discussed whether to start plants for the sale.  We decided not to do this nor advertise we have plants for sale.

 

Painting-  Cynthia Siemons reported that most of the painting of the library's interior is completed.

 

Upon motion by Barb Graven, seconded by Nancy Fiddick, the meeting adjourned at 6 pm.

Juliene Bramer, Sec./Treas.

 

Next FOL meeting will be Wednesday February 2, 2011

 

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The 22nd meeting of Friends of the Library was held in the Library Meeting Room at 5 p.m.  Eleven members were present.  President Susan Needham opened the meeting.  The minutes of the last meeting were circulated and approved with one correction, that being only cold juice will be served.  The treasurer reported a balance of $446.83 in the checking account and $4,253.60 in the savings account.

OLD BUSINESS

Digitizing- There was nothing new to report.

Membership Drive- Juliene Bramer reported we have 26 paid memberships.

Video Games- No one present to report.

Lego Party- Cynthia Siemons reported that the Lego party will be held on Saturday January 15 or 29 and that many of the crafts, supplies, and favors have been purchased.

Red Wing Pottery- Mary Ann Vickers suggested that a bean pot w/lid and lug handles, logo, and leaf be made to raffle ($110 gallon size, $85 3 quart size) and the small sugar bowl be sold ($38 approximate cost).  There may not be enough room on the sugar bowl for the logo stamp so we may need to have a new stamp made at a cost of $40.  A water cooler's approximate cost is $175-$200.  We will need to decide what route to pursue in January.  We discussed a silent auction vs. raffle; those present thought the raffle made more money.  Also all FOL members should be given tickets to sell for the raffle.

Christmas Open House- Nancy Fiddick reported that 10 and 11 children were scheduled to entertain with music.  Joan Strickler was furnishing cups and Susan Needham was furnishing napkins.

NEW BUSINESS


February Chocolate Lover's Month- Ideas were tossed around as to a poetry contest, submitting chocolate recipies or a chocolate exchange of some kind.  A decision will be made at January's meeting.

Painting of the Library- Cynthia Siemons reported that the painting cost of the Library's interior was double the estimate.  Upon motion by Nancy Fiddick and seconded by Rita Barth FOL gives $500 toward this expense and we could give more.

Christmas Decorations- Juliene Bramer suggested that we upgrade the Library's Christmas decorations.  Upon motion by Sylvia Hawker, seconded by Joan Strickler FOL gives $200 to the Library Christmas Decoration Fund.

Cynthia Siemons thanked FOL for their financial support in these endeavors. 

There being no further business meeting adjourned at 5:45 p.m.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The 21st meeting of Friends of the Library was held in the Library Meeting Room at 5 p.m.  Nine members were present.

President Susan Needham opened the meeting.

The minutes of the last meeting were circulated and approved.  The treasurer reported a balance of $421.83 in the checking account and $4,242.70 in the savings account.

OLD BUSINESS

Digitizing- Cynthia Siemons reported that the digitizing should be completed by January 1st.

Membership Drive- Juliene Bramer reported we have 25 paid memberships.

Halloween Story Hour- 38 children attended the fun event.

Christmas Open House- Nancy Fiddick reported that she had 8 children scheduled so far to entertain with music.  The electric key board will again be furnished by Chad Shultz.  The cookie decorating contest will be advertised with posters, ads in the paper and the home ec department at school will be contacted.  The prizes have been purchased.  Mary Ann Vickers will contact FOL members to furnish hot cider, apple juice, cookies, and cheese/crackers.  There will be color sheets also.  FOL will purchase books to be given to the children during pictures with Santa taken by Marnie Schmidt.

Electronic Message Board- Nothing to report.

Video Games- Nothing to report.

Lego Party- Upon motion by Mary Ann Vickers, seconded by Barb Graven FOL will pay $150 toward the party in January.  Motion passed.

NEW BUSINESS

Red Wing Pottery- Mary Ann Vickers will look into options for raffle/sale.

There being no further business, upon motion by Nancy Fiddick, seconded by Mary Ann Vickers, meeting adjourned at 5:45 p.m.

Submitted,

Juliene Bramer

Sec./Treas.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The 20th meeting of Friends of the Library was held in the Library Meeting Room at 5 p.m.  Nine members were present.

President Susan Needham opened the meeting.

The minutes of the last meeting were circulated and approved.  The treasurer's reported a balance of $641.78 in the checking account and $4,250.94 in the savings account.

OLD BUSINESS

Book/Bake Sale- We made $400.17 and felt we had less books and less traffic but it was a successful money maker.

Membership Drive- Juliene Bramer reported we have 39 memberships, 24 have renewed and 15 have not.  4 increased their giving and 1 decreased.  We have 4 new members.

Digitizing- Cynthia Siemons reported that the down payment of $2,010 was sent to Heritage Microfilm but she does not have a progress report at this time.

Grant Application- Juliene Bramer has not heard from Lincoln Savings Bank's Trust Foundation.

Halloween Story Hour- A party for 40-50 children is scheduled for Saturday October 30 at 10 a.m.  We will serve donut holes and apple juice.  Leanne McRoberts will provide the juice; Juliene Bramer will provide the donuts.  Sonja Hobson will provide the cups and napkins.  Cynthia Siemons showed Halloween bags and fun items purchased from Oriental Trading to be sent home with the kids.  FOL will meet on Friday the 29th at 10 a.m. to fill the Halloween bags, set up and decorate.

Book Signing- Karen Karr and Joan Nixt will be at the Library on Saturday October 9 at 10 a.m.

Electronic Message Board- We should all note area message boards and bring ideas to a FOL meeting.

NEW BUSINESS

Video Games- Sonja Hobson suggested that the Library purchase and rent video game cards as currently no one does in town.  We will ask the Teen Board for recommendations.

Volunteers for Story Hour- Cynthia Siemons needed FOL volunteers for reading/supervising at two Story Hours in October.

Lego Party- Cynthia Siemons stated that a Lego Party for little boys is being planned for January.

Library Scrapbook- Corrine Thompson has created a historian's scrapbook using past photos and newspaper clippings of the library and its events.  Juliene Bramer will send her a thank you.  Motion by Sarah Hawker, seconded by Sylvia Hawker that FOL pay for the supplies purchased at Smith's Etc. for this book.

Christmas Open House- We are planning for children's music, refreshments and a cookie decorating contest on Saturday, December 11.  Marnie Schmidt will be asked if she would like to do photos with Santa.  Susan Needham suggested that small inexpensive books be given to the children.  Juliene Bramer will get the prizes for the cookie decorating contest.  We will advertise the contest to increase entries.

There being no further business, upon motion by Barb Graven, seconded by Sonja Hobson, meeting adjourned at 6:00 p.m.

Submitted,

Juliene Bramer

Sec./Treas.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The 19th meeting of Friends of the Library was held in the Library Meeting Room at 5 pm.  Ten members were present.

President Susan Needham opened the meeting.

The minutes of the last meeting were circulated and approved.  The treasurer's reported a balance of $1,686.61 in the checking account and $4,500.94 in the savings account.

OLD BUSINESS:

Creamers - All creamers have been sold.

Membership Drive- Juliene Bramer reported that 37 membership renewals were sent out and 14 received, of which 2 were new memberships.

Digitizing- Cynthia Siemons reported that digitizing is now billed at 15 cents per page with an extimated 150 pages on a reel and any records prior to 1978 are free under public domain.  The Library has not microfilmed records from 2004 to 2010.  Motion by Nancy Fiddick, second by Sonya Hobson to update the records and to digitize the 19 reels the Library presently has.  There is also a $500 fee for a search engine, a hard drive and shipping.  The total cost would be approximately $3,500.

Grant Application- Juliene Bramer reported that she applied for $1,000 grant through Lincoln Savings Bank's Trust Foundation.

Adult Bingo- Cynthia Siemons reported three winners.  Clayton's Bakery donated two $5 gift certificates.  Juliene will send a thank you to the Bakery.

September Book Sale- The second annual book sale will be on Friday September 24 from 9-5 and Saturday 25 from 9-3?, Saturday will also include a bake sale.  Setup is Thursday September 23 beginning at 4:30.  Everything will be free will offering.  Ads will run in the Recorder for 2 weeks.  The pickup and drop off dates are the 16th-23rd.  Members will also be emailed to bring in books, etc., baked goods, & produce.  Cynthia will do the advertising.  Sonya will do the posters and distribute them.  Sign up sheet was passed to schedule a time to work.  Leftover paperbacks could be added to the exchange rack and unsold items put in the free box or taken to Treasurers. 

Halloween Story Hour- A party for 40-50 children is scheduled for Saturday October 30 at 10 am and we will decorate and have a snack.  Sonya will do the drink, cups, and napkins.  Juliene will bring some snack ideas to the next meeting.

NEW BUSINESS:

New Goal- Cynthia Siemons suggested an electronic message board as our new goal.  It is thought that such a project would cost approximately $10,000 and could, perhaps, work with a Eagle Scout.

In October author Karen Carr will have a book signing and reading.  It is hoped that Joan Nixt can join her.

There being no further business, upon motion by Nancy Fiddick and seconded by Barb Graven, meeting adjourned at 5:45 pm.

Submitted,

Juliene Bramer

Sec./Treas.

Wednesday, August 5, 2010

The 18th meeting of Friends of the Library was held in the Library Meeting Room at 5 pm.  Seven members were present.

President Susan Needham opened the meeting.

The minutes of the last meeting were circulated and approved.  The treasurer's report was read and approved.  There was a balance of $3,076.61 in the checking account and $2,500.41 in the savings account.  It was decided to transfer $2,000 to the savings account. 

OLD BUSINESS:

Creamers- One creamer remains unsold.

River Days- A thank you was read from Andrea Ramker, Greene Jaycees' secretary.  We discussed that if FOL would be asked to help with the rides, perhaps split days with another local organization, having more people man the rides, and perhaps, limit number and time of the rides.

Herb Fest- $101 was made from the sale of water, brownies, and muffins.  American Tool donated the water and would do so next year or for another event.

Membership Drive- Membership renewals are coming in.

September Book Sale- The second annual book sale will be September 24 and 25.  Information was handed out and next month sign up sheets will be available.

Digitizing- Cynthia Siemons reported on Marble Rock and Oelwein's digitizing experiences.  Oelwein was very pleased with the results and the time in which it was done.  Juliene Bramer will apply for more grant money.

Adult Bingo- Cynthia Siemons was going to purchase gift certificates from Clayton's Bakery for prizes.  There have not been many participants.  The program runs to the end of August.

NEW BUSINESS:

Halloween Story Hour- We decided to host a Halloween story hour party.

Rita Barth read an article about author Karen Carr and her children's book which Joan Nixt illustrated.  Possibly have them for a story hour.

There being no further business, upon motion by Rita Barth and seconded by Joan Strickler, meeting adjourned at 5:40 pm.

Submitted,

Juliene Bramer

Sec./Treas.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The 17th meeting of Friends of the Library was held in the Library Meeting Room at 5 pm.  Eleven members were present.

President Susan Needham opened the meeting.

The minutes of the last meeting were circulated as was the treasurer's report.  There was a balance of $1,770.61 in the checking account and $2,500.41 in the savings account.

OLD BUSINESS:

A savings account was opened with $2,500 from Redwing sales and Omnitel grant money.  This account is specifically set up to keep the digitizing funds.  More money will be added to this account from the River Days raffle.

Cynthia Siemons reported that the Oelwein Library just digitized their microfilm files.  She will talk to them and give us an update.

Memebership Drive Renewals will go out the middle of July to current FOL memebers.  Sonya Hobson will talk to Sarah Hawker, and hopefully, we can have an article in the Greene Recorder re. our accomplishments this past year and our goals.

Rita Barth stated that FOL could sell water at the Herb Fest on July 25.  Sonya Hobson stated that American Tool would donate $25 for the purchase of these drinks.  We will charge $1 for each water and set up near the Greene Garden Club's table.  Coolers and ice will be needed and workers in two hour shifts starting at 9-11 (Susan and Sonya) 11-1 (LeAnn) and 1-3 (Nancy and Juliene).  Motion by Nancy Fiddick, seconded by Mary Ann Vickers to sell the water and have membership forms available that day.

Cynthia Siemons reported on the Bingo-Adult Reading Program running July-August.  FOL will buy the prizes.

Cynthia Siemons announced that three creamers are left to purchase.

The inflatable rides were discussed at lenght.  This project was a lot of work and more people were needed than what we had available.  We will not do this again unless we get more money and have more help. 

NEW BUSINESS:

September Book Sale will be Friday, September 24 and on Saturday, September 25 we will have a book and bake sale.  It will again be free will offering and we will ask for donations from the public.  We want no magazines or encyclopedias/text books.  More particulars next month.

We discussed whether to order/offer the Red Wing coffee mug for sale in the near future.  We decided not to at this time but keep our options open for a later date.

The next FOL meeting will be August 4, 2010.

No further business to be discussed, upon motion by Nancy Fiddick and seconded by Sonya Hobson, meeting adjourned at 6:05 pm.

Submitted,

Juliene Bramer, Sec./Treas.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The 17th meeting of Friends of the Library met in the Meeting Room of the Library at 5 pm.  10 were present.

President Susan Needham opened the meeting.

The minutes of the last meeting were read.  After paying the Fancy Nancy Tea Party bills there is a balance of $3,300.61 in the treasury.

OLD BUSINESS:


Fancy Nancy Tea Party

Cynthia Siemons reported on the Fancy Nancy Tea Party.  Thank you to the Friends as the FOL funds made it a fun afternoon, cute items were made and favors were given, photos taken and special food prepared.  A little boy event will be planned in the fall, perhaps a theme of Lego's, pirate school, etc.

Redwing

Cynthia Siemons reported that 12 of the 40 creamers ordered are left of which 8 are spoken for.

Greene River Days

The inflatable rides will run from 5-9 on Friday and 12-9 on Saturday.  There will be four rides.  A sign up sheet was passed.

The raffle table will be set up at the Park for both days.  Mary Ann Vickers will have the pitcher displayed on this table.  A sign up sheet was passed.

Herb Fest

Rita Barth does not know how many food vendors she will have.  We tabled this until next meeting.

Membership Renewal

Cynthia Siemons, Mary Ann Vickers, and Juliene Bramer reported that we currently have 34 members, renewals will be sent with an application, cover letter, and a FOL bookmark.  The FOL year runs 8/1-7/31.  Renewals will be sent out mid-July.  An article will also be published in the Greene Recorder.

Digitizing

Nothing new to report.

NEW BUSINESS:


Mary Ann Vickers suggested that a savings account be opened specifically targeted for the digitizing funds.  Upon motion by Mary Ann Vickers and seconded by Rita Barth, that such a savings account be opened with the Redwing proceeds and grant money.  Motion passed.

BINGO- Adult Reading Program

Cynthia Siemons announced a new program similar to one at the Charles City Library.  They are sill working out the details but would like approximately $50 from FOL for this project.  Motion by Joan Strickler, seconded by LeeAnn McRoberts to fund this project.  Motion passed.

Next meeting, Wednesday, July 7 at 5 pm.

Upon motion by Mary Ann Vickers, seconded by Barb Graven meeting was adjourned at 5:50 pm.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The 16th meeting of Friends of the Library was held in the Library Meeting Room at 5 pm.  Eleven members were present.

President Susan Needham opened the meeting.

The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.  There is a balance of $2,517.31 in the treasury.  Linda Rutz is a new FOL member.

OLD BUSINESS:

The Plant, Bake, and Yard Sale was evaluated.  $516.64 was deposited, less advertising and change for a total of $414.64.  The plants and food went well as did the rummage items.  Friday went especially well, prehaps run until 2 on Saturday.  Next year, start planning earlier, have more plants, bulbs, etc.  It was a good moneymaker.

Red Wing Pitchers are on display in the Library.  The creamers are for sale at $45 each.  The following area businesses will have raffle tickets:  Dralles, T&M, Smiths, Pharmacy, Bakery, Library, and Vickers Law Office.  Sonja Hobson will distribute color posters.

River Days Fundraiser will be discussed next meeting.

Fancy Nancy Tea Party.  Becky Newton showed us the table decorations, favors, and crafts for the party.  She does not have a total bill to submit yet.

NEW BUSINESS:

Herb Fest.  Would we like to have a stand, etc. on Sunday, July 25?  Rita Barth is not sure who will be serving food.  This was tabled until we know more.

FOL Memberships.  Cynthia Siemons presented a new application form, having suggestions from the Dumont Library staff.  This form lists our goals and accomplishments as well.

Digitizing was discussed.  Cynthia will ask Sylvia Hawker to do a write-up about the advantages of digitizing, etc.  Cynthia will also check with the salesman about upcoming specials.  We talked about setting up a special savings account earmarked for digitizing funds.  We will discuss this later.

The FOL membership committee will be meeting soon to work on the upcoming membership drive renewal.

The next FOL meeting will be June 2, 2010.

No further business to be discussed, upon motion by Rita Barth and seconded by Nancy Fiddick, meeting adjourned at 5:55 pm.

-Juliene Bramer, Secretary/Treasurer

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The 15th meeting of Friends of the Library was held in the Library Meeting Room at 5 p.m.  Eight members were present.

Susan Needham opened the meeting.

The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.  There is a balance of $2,853.67 in the treasury.  Leann McRoberts is a new FOL member.

OLD BUSINESS:

Children's Book Signing by Dixie Phillips.  14-15 children attended and Cynthia Siemons reported that the event went very well.  Ms Phillips read a book and later signed her books.

Photos with the Easter Bunny.  Cynthia Siemons reported that the pictures went well.  Teen Board had a bake sale at the same time.

Red Wing Raffle.  Cynthia Siemons received the gambling license which will run April 1 through June 29.  The raffle tickets will be printed and distributed, sales can start now.  The drawing will be Saturday, June 19 at 9 p.m. during River Days on the tennis court.  The Jaycees will not charge us for selling the raffle tickets in the park.

Mary Ann Vickers reported that the firing has been completed and the pottery will be picked up soon.

FOL will run the inflatable rides Friday 5-9 and Saturday, 12-9 during River Days.

Plant, Bake, and Rummage Sale April 30-May 1.  The work schedule was discussed.  Sonya Hobson will take care of the popcorn.  Any leftover items will be taken to Goodwill.  Remember to mark your items.  Bake sale items should be individually wrapped.  Juliene Bramer will have the change.

NEW BUSINESS:


The Library Staff is hosting a Fancy Nancy Tea Party on May 8 with decorations, crafts, food, etc.  Motion by Mary Ann Vickers, seconded by Nancy Fiddick that FOL help with the expenses.  Motion passed.

The next meeting will be Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at 5 pm in the Library Meeting Room.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 5:55 pm upon motion by Nancy Fiddick, seconded by Barb Graven.

-Juliene Bramer, Secretary/Treasurer

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Friends of the Greene Public Library met in the meeting room on March 3, 2010 at 5:00 pm.  With 7 members present.

In Juliene's absence Mary Ann acted as Recording Secretary.  The minutes from the last regular meeting were read and approved as corrected.

Cynthia gave the Treasurer's report showing a balance on $2907.67.  A bill for $14.00 from the Greene Recorder for advertising the poetry contest will be given to Juliene.

There were 24 entries, which included Sue Schroeder's 3rd grade class, for the Chocolate Lovers poem contest.  All entries recieved sweet treats with the grand prize of a book on "loving chocolate" going to Sarah Hawker.  It was discussed that this was an enjoyable contest for everyone and could possibly be a yearly event.

The Wii gaming night is coming along.  Adding other games was discussed.  Becky has applied for a grant from Omnitel.

Next weeks Recorder will be advertising Dixie Phillips book signing.  She is scheduled to be at the library March 13th at 10 am and her book signing will be at 11 am.  Fliers for this will also be posted in Churches.

Mary Ann reported that the Red Wing order for the pitcher and creamers has been placed.

The plant, bake, and rummage sale will be held at the library April 30th, 9 am - 3 pm and May 1st 7 am - 4 pm.  Items that are donated should already be priced when brought in.  It was suggested that the last hour or so of the sale anything left will be offered for free.  Set up will be Thursday at 5 pm.  All baked goods will be priced the same and should be singles and individually wrapped.  Sonja reported that Lincoln Savings Bank will donate napkins and popcorn.  It was decided that it would be easier to bag the popcorn at the bank.  Coffee will be offered free.  If the bank does not have cups Rita will donate.  She has also saved large plastic pots for transplants and will let us use her tables.  There will be advance advertising, so any collectibles or antiques being donated could be included if we know ahead of time.  Mary Ann will notify all members with email addresses and Barb will call the others.  A work schedule was passed around.

Marnie Schmidt will be taking pictures with the Easter Bunny on Saturday, March 27th.  Joan moved to purchae 50 plastic eggs and enough candy for same to be given to each child, Rita seconded and motion carried.

The Greene Jaycees offered us the opportunity to earn $400.00 during River Days to supervise the inflatable rides at the park on Friday night and Saturday, hours are yet to be determined.  After discussion Cynthia moved to accept the offer of supervising the inflatable rides on Friday night and Saturday, Sonja seconded and motion carried.

Cynthia will talk to Andrea Ramker concerning a space for us to sell raffle tickets at River Days.  We will apply for the gambling license to be in effect throught Saturday of River Days weekend.  Being that we are going to be working at the inflatable rides it was decided that we would not sell anything at the parade.

The next meeting will be April 7th at 5 p.m.  In the library meeting room.  Joan motioned to adjourn Sonja seconded.  Meeting adjourned at 5:55 pm.

-Mary Ann Vickers, Recording Secretary Pro-tem

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The 13th meeting of the Friends of the Library met in the Meeting Room of the Library at 5 p.m.  7 were present.

Chris Backer, acting as President, opened the meeting.

The minuets of the last meeting were read and approved.  There was a balance of $2,980.67 in the treasury.

Carrie Eiklenborg is a new FOL memeber at the $25 Book Lover level.  Juliene Bramer has submitted a request to Omnitel last quarter for a grant.  $200 has been received.  In the application, FOL activites were stated as well as our goals for digitizing the 53 reels of Greene Recorders and assisting in Library activites and funding programs.

UPDATES:

February's Chocolate Lover's Celebration- Flyers were posted about town, the paper, the library, and disbursed at the high school, middle schools, and elementary schools.  The poetry contest using the words "chocolate-libary-love" with all ages asked to participate will be judged (how, yet to be determined, depending on how many entries) and sweet prizes (small bags with treats yet to be determined to be awarded to all entries).  The entries will be posted in the library.

Crocks- Mary Ann Vickers brought the sample Red Wing coffee mug.  Possibly we could order these for holiday gift giving.

The gallon water pitcher and creamers have been ordered and the down payment made.  Red Wing may elongate the creamer as they see fit for our libary logo.  These creamers will cost approximately $38-$40, we could charge $45.  30 creamers were ordered, last year 45 were sold and we discussed whether to limit the amount to creamers, order the same ammount as last year or place orders as orders are received.

Children's Book Signing- Dixie Phillips- Cynthia Siemons talked to Ms Phillips.  She will be available for the March 13 story hour.  Notice of the same will be in the Recorder and posters will be placed about town.  There will be no food offered.

WII Gaming Night- Cynthia Siemons reported that they needed to make policy and have board approval before starting "Game Night".  FOL talked about buying more controllers and games but we decided to wait.

Bylaws and Election- This was discussed and to be discuessed further.  It was suggested to go on-line to look at what other FOL do.

NEW BUSINESS

Plant & Yard Sale- City Wide Garage Sale is the first weekend of May.  A committee of Sonja Shirah, Rita Barth, and Susan Needham will meet and report at the next meeting.

Next meeting will be Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at 5 p.m. in the Library Meeting Room.

Meeting adjourned at 5:45 p.m.

-Juliene Bramer, Secretary

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The 12th meeting of the Friends of the Library met in the Meeting Room of the Library at 5 p.m.  9 were present.

President Susan Needham opened the meeting.

The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.  There was a balance of $2,937.17 in the treasury.  A thank you was read from the Calderwood family, winners of the cookie decorating contest at December's Christmas Open House.

UPDATES:

Christmas Open House- Was deemed a success.  The amount of refreshments worked well.  There was 17 musicians who preformed during the day - they did a fantastic job, special thanks to Florence Vieker and Chad & Janice Shultz.  Santa was a hit (Bob Kepple) and Marnie Schmidt's photos turned out very well.  The cookie decorating contest should be advertised more and earlier.

Crocks- Mary Ann Vickers ordered the sample coffee mug and quoted prices on the Red Wing water pitcher and creamer, 1 pint - $36 and 1 gallon $80-85 with an additional $1-2 fee for the limited numbers and blue logo.  A birch leaf can be added at no cost to the back side of the pitcher.  After discussion and upon motion by Joan Strickler, seconded by Rita Barth a gallon size Red Wing water pitcher be ordered.  Motion passed.  Upon further discussion and upon motion by Juliene Bramer, seconded by Nancy Fiddick, 30- pint size Red Wing creamers be ordered.  Motion passed.  At the discretion of Red Wing, the logo and stamp will be arranged to fit as best.

Children's Book Signing- Dixie Phillips- Susan Needham talked to Ms. Phillips who would be available to sign books she has written and also to do story hour.  The last story hour is at the end of March.

February's Chocolate Lover's Celebration- This committee met hoping to host a wine/chocolate event but it is not possible to obtain an alcohol permit.  We will now host a poetry contest using the words "chocolate-library-love" with all ages asked to participate.  We will advertise in the Greene Recorder, the library about town and at the high school, middle school, and elementary.  Entries due February 10, winners will be announced and posted Febrary 12.  Sweet prizes will be awarded.

NEW BUSINESS

As to the election of officers, the length of term has not been discussed and we do not have bylaws.  April will be the anniverary of the first meeting of FOL.  This will be discussed further.

Cynthia Siemons reported on the WII gaming system.  Wednesday will be "Game Night" at the Library starting January 27.

Next meeting will be Wednesday, February 3, 2010 at 5 p.m. in the Library Meeting Room.

Meeting adjourned at 5:55 p.m. upon motion by Rita Barth, seconded by Nancy Fiddick.

-Juliene Bramer, Secretary

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The 11th meeting of Friends of the Library met in the Meeting Room of the Library at 5 p.m.  12 were present.

President Susan Needham opened the meeting.

The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.  There was a balance of $2,872.17 in the treasurer.

OLD BUSINESS:

There were some additions to the Membership list.

UPDATES:

Crocks- Mary Ann Vickers explained the difference on the handmade salt glaze and the Bristol glaze.  Red Wing was concerned that the FOL stamp would not fit well on a coffee mug.  A hand thrown Red Wing coffee mug would cost approximately $20.  A Bristol glaze mug would cost more because of the decal.  After a discussion and upon motion made by Joan Strickler and seconded by Sonya Shirah, one Red Wing FOL coffee mug be ordered for our review.

Christmas Open House- Nancy Fiddick has lined up 12-14 musicians to play from 10-12 and 1-3.  Chad Shultz has loaned the use of the keyboard.  Refreshments should be brought to the Library by Friday at 5 p.m.

The decorated cookies should be brought to the Library by 5 p.m. Friday.  Posters will be made by the Librarians with the rules for the cookie decoration contest.  The contest will be open for Adults 15 yrs. & up (Prize- cookie decorating book), 10-14 year olds (Prize- child's cookie decorating book), 6-9 year olds and 5 years and under (Prizes- aprons and cookie cutters).  The public will vote on the winners.  The cookies will be numbered, paper slips will be provided to place in a canister.  Sonya will attach a candy cane to the FOL bookmark.

NEW BUSINESS:

Susan Needham spoke about Dixie Phillips, a children's book author, from Floyd.  Susan will talk to her to see if she would be available for a book signing in Greene.

A committee was formed for February's Chocolate Lovers celebration.

No further business, meeting adjourned at 5:55 p.m. upon motion by Mary Ann Vickers, seconded by Rita Barth.

-Juliene Bramer, Secretary

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The 10th meeting of the Friends of the Library met in the Meeting Room of the Library at 5 p.m.  12 were present.

President Susan Needham opened the meeting.

The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.  There was a balance of $2,410.13 in the treasury.  At this time Lincoln Savings Bank does not offer any short term CDs.

OLD BUSINESS:

Halloween Party- Susan Needham reported that 40 youngsters attended story hour.  They did crafts, had treats, recieved a non-edible gift baggie, and paraded throught the library.

UPDATES:

Crocks- Mary Ann Vickers quoted prices on the Red Wing water pitcher, 1 quart - $42, 1 pint - $36 and the 1 gallon $80-$85.  Pictures were passed around.  Rita Barth asked for a price on a coffee cup.  A decision should be made whether to order or not at the next meeting so that the firing can be done the first part of the year.

Christmas Open House- We have a Santa, Marnie Schmidt has arranged a Santa to use with her photos also.  Sarah Hawker announced that the Commercial Club is offering Santa pictures a week before the Library Open House.  Nancy Fiddick has a keyboard lined up and students will play Christmas music on the piano, flute, and horn from 10-2.  Rita Barth suggested for the children's decorated cookie contest to offer more than one prize, prehaps an apron, cookie cutters, etc.  As to the food, we will plan for 100.  Mary Ann Vickers will contact the list of Friends of the Library and ask for donations of cookies, cheese and crackers.  Joan Strickler will furnish cups; Marge Barth will furnish the cider (3-4 gallons), Susan Needham napkins, and Juliene Bramer coffee.

NEW BUSINESS:

Mary Ann Vickers is working on the membership list and asked for missing email and telephone numbers.

Events and money makers for 2010 were discussed; we need to get these on the Library calendar.  The spring garage sale will be the weekend of May 1 - possibly have miscellaneous items, including plants, and food for sale on Friday afternoon and Saturday (Library Meeting Room booked on Sunday).

Cynthia Siemons suggested a Library cook book.

Chocolate lovers in Febrary sounded like fun.

The Library Teen Board is contemplating the purchase of a Wii gaming system.  Sylvia Hawker made the motion to donate $100 towards this purchase.  Seconded by Rita Barth.  Ayes carried.

As to digitizing the files, Cynthia Siemons will wait until the service offers a discount.

Next meeting will be Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 5 p.m. in the Library Meeting Room.

Meeting adjourned at 5:55 p.m. upon motion by Joan Strickler, seconded by Mary Ann Vickers.

-Juliene Bramer, Secretary

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The 9th meeting of the Friends of the Library met in the Meeting Room of the Library at 5 p.m.  11 were present.

President Susan Needham opened the meeting.

The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.  There was a balance of $3,054.13 in the treasury.

OLD BUSINESS:

Book Sale- Susan Needham reported on the success of the book sale.  Saturday was a bit slow and it was discussed to have just one day or have a special event i.e. chili cook-off to bring in more traffic the second day and perhaps request no magazines.  However, the leftover magazines were recycled and the remainder of items were donated.  A total of $520 was deposited.

UPDATES:

Halloween Party- Sonya Shirah reported that the Girl Scouts are having a Halloween Carnival the afternoon of the 31st.  After discussion, and so as not to compete with their money maker, Nancy Fiddick made the motion to table the Friends of the Library Halloween Party for this year, seconded by Rita Barth.  Motion passed.  Sonya will bring cups and napkins she purchased for the party to story hour on the 31st and serve witches brew, etc.

Christmas Open House- Susan Needham has purchased a Taste of Home Cookie Decorating book for the adult winner of the cookie decoration contest.  She is still looking for a child's decorating book.  Nancy Fiddick is still working on the music.  There is no Santa yet.

NEW BUSINESS:

Possible events and money makers for 2010 were discussed.  Cabin Fever, Library Lovers (with chocolate), crocks to raffle for River Days (with a table at Perrin Park), city wide garage sales in May and September- have our own or offer food, have a bake sale or a plant sale.  Friends does not always have to do a fundraiser, it can be promotional!

We discussed putting some of Friends' money in CDs or to allocate funds to disburse.  Cynthia Siemons will check on the digitizing and perhaps we can start the process.

Next meeting will be Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 5 p.m. in the Library Meeting Room.

Meeting adjourned at 5:55 p.m. upon motion by Nancy Fiddick, seconded by Marge Barth.

-Juliene Bramer, Secretary 

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The 8th meeting of the Friends of the Library met in the Library meeting room on September 2 at 5 p.m.  14 were present.

President Susan Needham opened the meeting.

The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.  There was a balance of $2,435.13 in the treasury.

OLD BUSINESS:

The second t-shirt order was picked up and is being sold to the waiting list.

Cynthia Siemons reported that 23 small crocks were ordered, with all but one spoken for.  The large crock was received and given to the winner of the raffle.  It may be possible to use the cracked crocks in a sphere, bird bath, stepping stone, etc.  This will be investigated.

Susan Needham reported on the book sale on September 25 and 26.  It was decided that it will be free will donation.  Cynthia Siemons will put announcements in the Recorder to run two weeks prior.  The sale is open to the community and they are invited to bring in books, etc. for the sale also.  Channel 13 and KLMJ will be asked to run notices.  Also, Greene and Allison's msg signs will announce.  Perhaps next year hold a chili-cook off during the book sale.  Sign up sheets were passed for working.

Sonja Shirah reported on the Halloween party for Saturday, October 31 from 11-1.  Items will be purchased, decorations will be brought in by members.  A $100 budget is suggested to cover food and supplies.  Sign up sheets were passed for working.

Susan Needham reported on the Christmas Open House on December 12 from 9-3.  Nancy Fiddick will work on the music, possibly students on a keyboard.

Susan Needham asked that the Book sale, Halloween and Christmas party be accepted as planned, everyone ok'd.

Cynthia Siemons reported on the annual membership meeting.  No changes will be made until next year.  But a questionnaire will be added to the form, a new entry level, over $250 to be Reserve List, list the goals and accomplishments on the form and use a mass mailing.  At this time, it is hoped that Becky Newton will develop the Friends of the Library on the Library's current website with events, meeting dates, etc.

NEW BUSINESS:

Cynthia Siemons presented two goals for Friends those being digitizing the microfilm of the Greene Recorder.  Currently there are 53 reels going back to August 1, 1876- 127 years.  The cost is approximately $100 per reel.  The second goal is purchasing story hour's supplies, glue, paper, craft kits, etc.

Christine Baker suggested making Friends of the Library bookmarks.

Sonja Shirah will pick up the donation canisters around town.  A canister will be left in the library.

It was decided to have regular meetings of the Friends on the first Wednesday of each month at 5 p.m. in the Library meeting room.  At the January meeting we will make plans for the new year.

Motion by Rita Barth, seconded by Joan Strickler to adjourn at 6:10 p.m.

-Juliene Bramer, Sec./Treas.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The 7th meeting of the Friends of the Library met in the Meeting Room of the Library on August 5 at 5 p.m.  12 members were present.

President Susan Needham opened the meeting. 

The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.  There was a balance of $2,188.63 in the treasury.

OLD BUSINESS:

Crocks- Upon motion by Sonja Shirah, seconded by Joan Strickler it was decided that August 15 is the cut off date to order the small crocks.  Five more crocks will be added to the waiting list.

T-shirts- 3 t-shirts left (1 small, 2 large) and 18 tanks (12 large & 6 med).  5 are on a waiting list for t-shirts.  Those t-shirts will be ordered.

Upon motion by Mary Ann Vickers, seconded by Sonja Shirah it was decided to run an ad in the Recorder regarding the cut off date for ordering the crocks and that a limited number of t-shirts are still available.

Open House- was deemed a success.  100 hot dogs were served.  Many cookies were brought in by the public.

Membership Drive- a committee comprised of Mary Ann Vickers, Cynthia Siemons, Sonja Shirah, and Juliene Bramer will work on this.

NEW BUSINESS:

Used Book Sale- will be held on September 25 & 26.  A committee of Susan Needham, Rita Barth, Barb Graven, Joan Strickler, and Chris Baker will meet to work out the particulars.

Halloween Party- was discussed.  Sarah Hawker and Sonja Shirah will plan this.

Christmas Open House- will be on December 12 in the morning only- pictures with Santa, music & cookies were discussed.  Nancy Fiddick, Marge Barth, Sonja Shirah, and Susan Needham are the committee.

The next meeting will be September 2 at 5 p.m. in the Meeting Room of the Library.

Upon motion by Juliene Bramer, seconded by Barb Graven, meeting adjourned a little after 6 p.m.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The 6th meeting of the Friends of the Library met in the Meeting Room of the Library at 5 p.m.  14 were present.

President Susan Needham opened the meeting.

The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.  There was a balance of $996.49 in the treasury.

OLD BUSINESS:

River Days- A total of $446.49 was deposited, some of which was prior donations, but all in all it was deemed a success.  Leftover icies will be available for the open house.

Raffle- Sonja Shirah will put raffle tickets out at area businesses.  Donations are still being collected at businesses.

T-shirts- There are 30 unsold T-shirts including 18 tanks.

Crock- Mary Ann Vickers talked to Red Wing and, in the firing process, the large crock and #1 & #2 of the small crocks were cracked.  Red Wing will make replacement crocks which would be done in mid August.  The crocks will be picked up on July 2 and the cracked crocks will be used for display during the open house and destroyed after the replacement crocks are received.

The small crock's cost is $28, upon motion by Mary Ann Vickers and seconded by Rita Barth, it was decided to charge $35 for the small crocks.

Open House- is from 9-3 on Saturday, July 11th.  A nice two page spread by Sylvia Hawker on Library history and photos was featured in The Greene Recorder.

Set up at 8 am with the tables and grill.  8:30 the buns and hot dogs are to be delivered.  Susan, Sonja, Sarah, and Barb will help.

Rita, Susan, and Sonja will bring drink coolers for the lemonade.  All Friends should bring ice that day.  No musicians are available; it was suggested to play CDs.  Dick Vickers will do the grilling, with Mary Ann & Sonja's help with serving.  (Serving hotdogs from 11:30-12:30)  Friends and the community are asked to bring two dozen cookies or bars on Friday the 10th.  Large platters will be used for the cookies.  Clean up at 4.

Rita Barth demonstrated some of her face painting.  Susan Needham will get more face paint.  Face painting will be done from 10-11:30. 

The Book Bovine (Dennis Hobson) will be at the Library at 10 with Sonja and Susan as clowns.

Cynthia Siemons contacted the City regarding barricades for the parking lot that day.

NEW BUSINESS:

Cynthia Siemons presented a Mission Statement, the purpose of the Friends of the Library.  Upon discussion and motion by Nancy Fiddick and seconded by Sylvia Hawker it was accepted as presented, to be looked at and revised as needed each year.

Cynthia Siemons further presented Friends of the Greene Public Library Membership Application with tiered giving.  Upon discussion and motion by Mary Ann Vickers, seconded by Marge Barth that the annual membership fees, beginning each August 1, be set as follows:  Bookwork $5, Book Lover $25, Book Collector $50, and Master Reader $100.  Prior donations shall be grandfathered in.

Possible fund raising goals for the Friends of the Library were also presented by Cynthia Siemons.

Next meeting will be Wednesday, August 5, 2009 at 5 p.m. in the Library Meeting Room.

Meeting adjourned at 6:10 p.m. upon motion by Sonja Shirah, seconded by Sarah Hawker.

-Juliene Bramer, Secretary

 

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The 5th meeting of the Friends of the Library met in the Meeting Room of the Library at 5 p.m.  9 were present.

President Susan Needham opened the meeting.

The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.  There was a balance of $578.09 in the treasury.

OLD BUSINESS:

Mass Mailing- Sarah Hawker explained that an insert in The Greene Recorder would run approximately $67.50 and a 3 column 3x5 ad in the paper would be similar in cost.  Pros and cons were discussed.  It was decided that an ad should run in The Greene Recorder one week prior to the 25th Celebration and an article with pictures, etc. would run the week of July 11th.  Cynthia Siemons will get the info to Sarah.

River Days- Volunteers will meet at the Library 9:30 on the 20th to fill coolers and set up the table to sell raffle tickets, water, icies, & t-shirts.  On the route, Dennis Hobson volunteered to drive the tractor, Sonja, Nancy, and Susan will walk, others are needed.  At the table will be Chris Baker and Marge Barth.  Juliene will have change.  Others volunteered to bring coolers, pencils, scissors, nail aprons, etc. & waste can.  The signs are made.  Icies were frozen and will be separated Friday the 19th at 2:30 at the Library.

Sonja Shirah donated the water and Dennis Hobson/American Tool donated the icies.

T-shirts- The tank tops cost $7 each, (the t-shirts were $6 each) so the sale price for the tanks was charged to $12, the same as the t-shirts.  A few shirts have been sold.

Crocks- Five people have reserved a crock with no money paid down.  One crock has been prepaid.

Music- Music for the Celebration is still being worked on.  Joan Strickler will talk to the Starks.

Face Painting- Rita Barth volunteered to do this for the Celebration.  Betty Heitland will donate some paints.

Celebration Sign Up Sheet will be available at the next meeting.

Clown- No luck in locating a clown yet for the Celebration.

Balloons- 50 10" helium balloons have been donated for the Celebration.  An air tank will be furnished.

Program- Father Brunkan has agreed to mc and will furnish the microphone.  Cynthia Siemons will speak.  Invitations to the past board members and staff at that time will be sent out.

Food- T&M will be able to get the 200 hot dogs and buns, the cost would be approximately $55.  Tony needs a week's notice and he will deliver to the Library that morning.  Barb Graven will donate the buns and hot dogs.

Rita Barth will bring over her round tables and chairs to be set on the patio.  Susan Needham will bring cloths for the table.

Next meeting will be Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at 5 p.m. in the Library Meeting Room.

Meeting adjourned at 6:05 p.m. upon motion by Barb Graven, seconded by Joan Strickler.

-Juliene Bramer, Secretary

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The 4th meeting of the Friends of the Library met in the Meeting Room of the Library at 5 p.m.  10 were present.

President Susan Needham opened the meeting.

The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.

OLD BUSINESS:

Bank Account- $622 is in the account received from donations and prepaid crock.  Cash received from the can donations since the last meeting was $___ for a total of $___.

Donation Cans- Sonja Shirah has placed Friends Donation cans at Bridgeway, Lincoln Savings Bank, the Bakery, Dralles, and Greene Pharmacy.  The businesses willing to sell Friends raffle tickets are T&M, Smiths, Dralles, and the Pharmacy.

T-shirts- Nancy Fiddick reported on the t-shirts, they should be done the end of the week.

Raffle- Cynthia Siemons has not received the gambling license but raffle tickets had been made and were distributed.  They cannot be sold until we receive the license.  It was hoped that St. Mary's drum could be used the day of the celebration for the drawing.

Crocks- Mary Ann Vickers showed pictures of the crocks prior to the firing.  We would like to use a picture of the finished crocks for advertising.

River Days Fundraiser- Sonja Shirah reported on the ices and the water.  She purchased 60 bottles of water at $3.88 and purchased 200 bigger sized ices for $8.00.  Dennis Hobson's mower and wagon can be used that day to drive along the parade route, advertising Friends and selling.  Cynthia Siemons will check with the Jaycees to see if a permit is needed to do so.  Juliene Bramer volunteered to make the posters for the table and the parade.  Juliene will furnish a cooler and she will ask Schroeder Concrete to donate ice.  We will also need scissors and garbage can.  The Mad Scientist will be at the Library that morning at 10.  We should have a table set up outside to be selling at that time.

25th Anniversary Celebration- Saturday, July 11 is the Open House from 9-3.  Food will be available from 11:30-12:30, program at 1.  Cynthia will ask Father Brunken to MC., past board members and teen members of the Library when the new building was built will be invited.  The Library has book bags to give away to the first 50 people (these were available to through a previous Library grant) and pencils and bookmarks will be ordered.  Music options were discussed and inquires will be made.  Sonja will ask a clown.  Cynthia will talk to Betty Heitland about face painting.  Susan reported about helium balloons, which are expensive.  Sonja will ask American Tool, Nancy will check another service.  The balloons could be used for decoration as well as give aways.

Food for the open house will be cookies, lemonade, and coffee to be served through out the day.  Hot dogs will be grilled (using Rita's grill) from 11:30 to 12:30.  Each Friend should bring two dozen cookies.  Planning on 200.  Juliene is donating napkins, cups, catsup, and mustard.

Cynthia Siemons will put a Friends' update in the Greene Recorder.

A mass mailing of Friends of Library fundraising was discussed, Susan Needham will check with the Greene Recorder to see if an insert is feasible.

The next meeting of Friends of the Library will be Tuesday, June 16th at 5 p.m. in the Library Meeting Room.

No further business, upon motion by Chris Baker to adjourn, everybody seconded, meeting was adjourned at 6:15 p.m.

-Juliene Bramer, Secretary

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The 3rd meeting of the Friends of the Library met in the Meeting Room of the Library at 5 p.m.  13 were present.

Susan Needham, President, opened the meeting.

The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.

OLD BUSINESS:

Bank Account- The Friends of the Library account has been opened at Lincoln Savings Bank.

Donation Cans- There is a donation can in the Library and donations have been received.  Sonja Shirah will ask area businesses if they would be willing to have a Friends of the Library donation can also.  Sonja will pick up these donations before each meeting.

Crocks- Mary Ann Vickers reported that the imprint in the shape of an arch was not recommended for the crocks, it was left at the potter's discretion to create the imprinted logo shape.  In addition, Red Wing only required $100 down when the crocks were ordered.

T-Shirts- Nancy Fiddick reported on the t-shirts.  Gordy Smith printed an example on paper and we needed to decide whether to fill in the library logo or leave as an outline, there is no cost difference.  Motion by Sarah Hawker and seconded by Sonja Shirah to have a solid logo.  We reviewed the sizes to be ordered and, per Gordy's opinion and our discussion, upon motion by Rita Barth and seconded by Sarah Hawker to order 6 small t-shirts, 6 medium t-shirts and 6 tanks, 12 large t-shirts, and 6 tanks, and 12 XL t-shirts.  Upon motion by Chris Baker, seconded by Barb Graven that we start the sales as soon as possible charging $12 for all t-shirts and $10 for the tanks.  (We based the tank sale price the same as the t-shirt price at $6-7 each, Nancy will check with Gordy, so our sale price may change for the tank.)

Raffle- Cynthia Siemons has applied for the gambling license.  Nancy Fiddick presented a sample of the raffle ticket done on the computer.  It was decided to add 'Commemorative Red Wing' crocks for a $1 donation.  These tickets will be stapled, 10 in a bundle, the Library will supply the paper.  We will start selling the raffle tickets as soon as we have the gambling license.

It was suggested that as Sonja contacts the businesses regarding the donation can that she ask if they will also sell the raffle tickets and give the businesses tickets and an envelope for such purpose.

Donations- Discussed whether to list donors to thank them for their donations in the paper and whether to keep a running balance of donations in the paper, it was decided to do neither.  Just a general thank you for donations.

River Days Fundraiser- Sonja Shirah reported on the cost of ices- 100 for $3.75 and water bottles at 25 cents or 50 cents each, depending on size from Sams Club.  Motion by Juliene Bramer to purchase 300 icies, to sell for 50 cents each and 48 waters to sell at $1 each, seconded by Cynthia Siemons.  The Pool will buy unused icies.  The Library freezer can used and a table can be set up in front of the Library the day of the parade.  More discussion next meeting.

Friends of the Library will not have a float- the Library Teen Board has one.

The purpose of Friends of the Library as discussed.  Cynthia Siemons stated they would provide support for activities and fund raising, to promote the Library.  According to the minutes from our first meeting, a more formal statement would be drafted later.

The next meeting of Friends of the Library will be Tuesday, June 2 at 5 p.m. in the Library Meeting Room. 

No further business, upon motion by Barb Graven to adjourn, seconded by Nancy Fiddick meeting was adjourned at 6 p.m.

-Juliene Bramer, Secretary

Monday, May 4, 2009

The 2nd meeting of the Friends of the Library met in the meeting room of the Library at 5:00PM.  12 were present.

Susan Needham opened the meeting.

The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.

Old Business:  Fundraising

Cynthia Siemons reported that a fee of $40 would be required to do a raffle for a 90 day period.  She will apply for one and look into printing tickets.  It was discussed that we raffle a big crock, a small crock, and t-shirt to give away at the 25th Anniversary.  Tickets could be sold during River Days, the 25th Anniversary, etc.  The raffle will be discussed more fully the next meeting.

Crocks:  Mary Ann Vickers and Cynthia Siemons told of their visit to Red Wing and the options available for the crocks.  Information was passed out, with prices and time schedule of firing was discussed.  A picture of the library building was not recommended, the Library Logo was suggested, perhaps in outline.  After discussion and upon motion by Joan Strickler, seconded by Mary Schroeder-Haack that the crocks be ordered with  Greene Public Library in an arch, Library logo, est. 1874, Greene, IA on one side, Red Wing stamp on opposite side, all Historic Salt blue glaze, with numbering on small crocks, beginning with #1.

Motion by Rita Barth, seconded by Mary Schroeder-Haack to purchase a 2 gal. crock with lug handles and 10 1 1/2 pint crocks with lug handles.  (More can be purchased, the set up fee is a one time fee.)  Mary Ann will use her credit card, as payment is upfront, and order right away, the first firing will be in June.  Approximate cost will be $125 for big crock, 20 small crock at $29 each (w/ numbering) - $580, stamp $40.  (Sales tax ? - non-profit).  Possibly charge $35 for each small crock, will discuss this later.  If the raffle goes well, do a different crock each year?

T-Shirts:  Nancy Fiddick talked to Gordy Smith.  We could order a minimum of 12 t-shirts in a light color and one color print being the cheapest.  There is one price for all sizes and would run approximately $6-7 per shirt.  The order could be done within a week and he asked for no money down.  Motion by Juliene Bramer, seconded by Chris Baker that 4 dozen white t-shirt/tanks with green lettering in sizes M-XXL be ordered.  printing centered on the front "Friend of the Library" with Library Logo and Greene, IA."  Selling price to be discussed later.  It is hoped to begin selling these shirts as soon as possible, Memorial Day Parade, River Days, Anniversary, etc.

Discussed to set cans around town for donations.  Motion by Joan Strickler, seconded by Sonja Shirah that this be done starting with one in the Library.  Cynthia Siemons will do this.

Setting membership dues in tiers were discussed.

Juliene Bramer will look into applying for grants through Omnitel and Iowa Telecom.

Discussion to sell fruit on the stick during River Days (in front of Library, etc.) Sonja Shirah will check prices on "icies" and water.

Celebration Items & Activities:  Discuss next meeting.

The need of publicity in the paper was discussed.

Next meeting, Tuesday, May 19 at 5 p.m.

Upon motion by Joan Strickler, seconded by Mary Ann Vickers meeting was adjourned at 6:40 p.m.

-Juliene Bramer, Secretary

Monday, April 20, 2009

The organizational meeting of the Friends of the Library was opened at 5:00PM by Librarian, Cynthia Siemons on April 20, 2009 in the library meeting room.  Twelve people attended.

The purpose of the group was discussed including support for activities and fund raising.  A more formal statement of purpose will be drafted later.  Members were asked to compile some ideas.

Fund raisers were discussed.  Mary Ann Vickers will check into a Red Wing crock idea.  Nancy Fiddick will contact Gordan Smith about tee shirts.  Other ideas included pencils, book marks, and possibly some sort of tea or wine tasting event.

The 25th anniversary of the library will be Saturday, July 11, 2009.  Ideas discussed included a program, music food, and a general open house.

Election of officers:  President Susan Needham, Vice President- Chris Baker, Secretary/Treasurer- Juliene Bramer.

Next meeting will be Monday, May 4, 2009 at 5:00PM in the library meeting room.