Twin Falls Public Library

Board Minutes

Minutes of the Board of Trustees

Wednesday, June 23rd 2021

  • Approved on Friday, July 16th 2021

June 23, 2021

Minutes of the Board of Trustees Twin Falls Public Library

The regular meeting of the Board of Trustees was held on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. The meeting was held in the Twin Falls Public Library’s Program Room. Attending the meeting were Chairman Monica De’Angelo, Trustee Jennifer Hall, Dana DeHaan, Elly Young, Susie Kapeleris and Chris Reid, City Council Liaison; Director Tara Bartley, Staff Karolee Sorenson. Members of the community.

Monica De’Angelo called the meeting to order at 4:30 with brief introductions. Approval of Agenda- Susie Kapeleris motioned to approve the agenda for the June 23, 2021 meeting; Elly Young 2nd the motion. Motion approved 5-0. Approval of Minutes- The Trustees MSC approval of the May 19, 2021 minutes. Jennifer Hall motioned to approve the minutes from the May 19, 2021 meeting; Dana DeHaan 2nd the motion. Motion approved 5-0.

Approval of expenditures and financial accounting-The Trustees MSC the approval of the May 2021 bills. Dana DeHaan reviewed and signed off on the May 2021 bills. Susie Kapeleris motion to approve the May expenditures and financial statements; Elly Young 2nd the motion. Roll call vote taken approved 5-0.

Communications & Correspondence

July 5, 2021 the library will be closed in observance of Independence Day.

Summer reading has begun. 640 reading logs have been given out. 410 in the Children’s Department and 230 in the Teen Department. 372 are using the reading app. 330 attended the 2 children summer reading programs and 14 attended the 1 teen program.

City Council

Fees will now be charged to door to door sales. Background checks will be conducted and paid by the peddler if doing business in residential areas. Must have and ID card to present to the resident. If there is no ID card the call code enforcements. Schools and religious organizations are excluded. A $10,000 Impod grant is available for non – profit organization who would be performing at city functions. The City will pay impact fees to builders. The fees will be passed on to homeowners.

Library Foundation

The Foundation has started planning for the golf tournament on September 11, 2021. Introduction of new members.

Finance & Budgeting

No report

Building & Grounds

No report

Planning & Public Relations

No report

Operations & Personnel

No report

Business Issues

Reconsideration – A request for reconsideration was submitted regarding the Pride Display going down the stairs to the Youth Services area. When a reconsideration form is processed, the director has the authority to handle the request. After discussion with staff, it was decided to keep the display in current location. The reconsideration decision was appealed and brought to the board for final decision. The board heard public comment and received letters from the community. Trustees had a brief discussion regarding the circulation of the books included in the display. Jennifer Hall spoke on reaction to the responses from the community. Dana DeHaan motioned to keep the display up in the current location for the remaining month of June. Susie Kapeleris 2nd the motion. Motion passed 4-1.

Library Staff

No report

Library Director

RFID update: The handicapped buttons on the doors have been updated.

June 7 – went live with RFID.

ICFL American Rescue Plan Act Grant has been submitted. The grant request was for $18,600. Projects include 5 concrete tables for outdoor Wi-Fi use. Inside request for glass walls to create semi-private study areas.

ICFL My First Books Grant - My First Books targets children who are unlike to have books in their homes or have a library card. Each month our librarians will read to the children and each child will receive a copy of the book that was read. Lincoln and Harrison Elementary Schools will be participating in the First Books program.

COVID Update – we will open our meeting rooms for programming. Parenting room will remain closed and the toys will be the last to be brought out.

Public Comment

Public Comment (3 Minute) – Public comments were made regarding library display on the staircase to the children’s department. The following individual’s comments were either on favor of or against keeping the display on the staircase.

OPPOSED DISPLAY: Paul Thompson, Braden Patterson, Rhonda Meyers, Lindsay Dyson, Jacob Dyson, John Martin, Luke Hahn, Leslie Hall, Michael Pellnar

IN FAVOR OF DISPLAY  Stephen Poppino,Malachai Platts, Cory Smith, Tiffany Fountain,  Brian Hilverda, Michael Becerra, Kathy McRae, Shade Fontes,  Steven McRae,Amy Chambers,  Dory Hammersley, Yariot Rodriguez,  Nathaniel Wheeler, Sid Havard, Katie Klimes, Brandon Connolly,  Erik Allen, Emily Goodnight, Buddy Gharring ,Abby Andersen, Jessie Clay/George Navez

Additional Comments

Schedule meeting date

Regular meeting date: July 14, 2021 – Request to cancel/reschedule meeting. Request to cancel July meeting approved. Reschedule meeting date to August 4, 2021.

Adjourned 6:41 pm

MSC to EXECUTIVE SESSION – 74-206(1)(b) To consider the evaluation, dismissal or disciplining of or to hear complaints or charges brought against, a public officer, employee, staff member or individual agent, or public school student. 6:41 pm

respectfully submitted, Karolee Sorenson, Administration

*sent to and approved by Jennifer Hall, Secretary