The Hennepin County Library Board met on Wednesday, September 18, 2002, at the Edina Community Library.

Present: John Gibbs, Gerda Haas, Dawn Harris, Patricia Izek, David Pratt, Carol Walsh.
Library Staff Attending: C.Brown, D.Cramer, J.Leick, J.Morgan, N.Perron, L.Larsen, S.Louis, L.Maki, T.Pineda, N.Lee, P.Jones, M.Schuster, M.Wattson, G.Wronka, C.Ahrens, & B.Berg.
Guests: Dawn Currier (OBF).

Call to Order/Welcome/Public Comment
The meeting was called to order by President David Pratt with a welcome to guests and staff. No public comment.

Library Greetings: Marcia Wattson welcomed all to the new Edina Library; they are very happy in the new building. Use has increased dramatically in the new facility. IPAC installed in July has also made a difference and increased use. Friends activities and promotions including Friday, Nov. 8, 7:00 p.m., Friends Indeed wrap-up is at Edina Library. One Book program has been widely promoted throughout the community. Edina Community Council--Library is involved with Marcia as the current chair.

A motion was made to approve the minutes of the July 24, 2002, meeting was made by G. Haas, seconded by D. Harris; motion passed.

PROGRAM: Outreach Services -- Patrick Jones and Outreach staff presented a powerpoint highlighting the many Outreach services (homebound, nursing home, correctional facilities, community outreach). Joining Patrick were Lin Maki, Tammy Pineda and Nong Lee.


Policy Committee: P. Izek distributed copies of the Expense Policy for review by Board members with a request for any input; this policy is scheduled for action at the October 23 meeting.


2003 Budget Update: D. Cramer reviewed the current budget status. Budget addbacks fund 40 FTE positions and additional sub budget; however, no additional collection funds. October 30, 10:00 a.m., is scheduled for the Library budget presentation to the County Board.

Library Board/Foundation Board Breakfast: Dawn Harris reminded everyone of the date--Oct. 15, 7:30 a.m., Lutheran Brotherhood; Library Board should wear their name tags.

Commissioner Candidate Meetings: C. Brown reported on meetings with David Pratt and Commissioners to discuss possible library levy; no additional meetings are scheduled. Plan is to schedule a Board Briefing early in 2003 to highlight the collection challenges with expanded buildings. During October, David Pratt and Charles Brown will meet with the 2 candidates in the 6th County District (formerly Tambornino).


MLA Attendees: Carol Walsh is the only trustee planning to attend the annual MLA conference in St. Paul; she is attending on Thursday.

A written report was mailed in the Board packets. Construction updates: Wayzata has new librarian who will complete the project; Hopkins is ahead of schedule and will probably open late October/early November; Eden Prairie--building update and concern on available parking with addition of a service center to the plans; Southdale--entry construction update from David Cramer covered the addition of self-checkout area at Sd.
David Pratt reported on the appointment of Karla Kimerer as the new Foundation Executive Director.
Charles reported on a possible partnership with the Minneapolis Institute of Art, with a meeting scheduled at the St. Anthony Library in October.

G. Haas: Reported on her visit to the Readmobile where she visited at the Meadowbrook stop in St. Louis Park.
C. Walsh: Gave a St. Louis Park art initiative report on additional art for the building, and reported on activities of the St. Louis Park Friends.

Motion to approve the gifts was made by Dawn Harris & seconded by Gerda Haas; motion passed.
$3299.00Friends of the Champlin Library to the Champlin Library for: a puppet show, two author programs, mystery book club presenter and books, posters, puppets, puppet washing, summer reading books, browsing magazines, Mity-Lite meeting room tables, books, wood for shelves for booksale, treats for programs, MALF membership, and retirement party for S. Smith.
92.45Friends of the Eden Prairie Library to the Eden Prairie Library for plants for planters at library entrance.
913.13Friends of the Edina Library to the Edina Library for: Dorothy Brindle flower arranging program, two-framed art works for Children's area, MELSA summer program materials, coffee and refreshments.
115.00Friends of the Excelsior Library to the Excelsior Library for books, browsing materials, and local periodicals.
321.24Friends of the Excelsior Library to the Excelsior Library for flowers, plants, supplies for front garden and refreshments for 8/7 patio party.
1411.54Friends of the Excelsior Library to the Excelsior Library for MELSA summer program handouts, Juvenile paperback books for Read to Win prizes, circulating collection, 2 performances of Schiffelly Puppets, Bead bracelet class and tootsie pops.
144.36Friends of the Excelsior Library to the Excelsior Library for 32 board books, 50 book bags, 200 bookmarks, 1 poster for "Wee Read," gift to parents of newborn babies.
385.72Friends of the Excelsior Library to the Excelsior Library for Author and adult program honorariums, refreshments, special publicity, and supplies.
103.02Friends of the Excelsior Library to the Excelsior Library for teen programs and refreshments.
50.00Excelsior Bay Books to the Excelsior Library for ten $5.00 gift certificates for Read to Win.
676.90Friends of the Maple Grove Library to the Maple Grove Library for a toaster for staff, puppets, MELSA summer program, and program supplies.
2819.98Friends of the Plymouth Library to the Plymouth Library for pencils, refreshments and gifts for staff clean-up day, tablecloths, puppets, staff lounge supplies, boombox for storytime, ALA posters for schools, author program - Sarah Stonich, board books, Read to Win prize books, and plants for outside planters.
3946.85Friends of the Plymouth Library to the Plymouth Library for honorariums for Minnesota Book Award Authors series, Read to Win prize books, MELSA summer promotional materials, live performers and Three Rivers Park District programs, coffeepot and silverware caddy.
422.66Friends of the St. Louis Park Library to the St. Louis Park Library for books for summer reading programs.
32.00Friends of the St. Louis Park Library to the St. Louis Park Library for MELSA summer program design caps for volunteers assisting with crowd control.
35.00Friends of the St. Louis Park Library to the St. Louis Park Library for beads and beading supplies for special teen workshop.

Motion to adjourn made by D. Harris, seconded by C. Walsh; meeting was adjourned.


Dawn Harris, Secretary