Minutes of Recent Meetings
Summary: Lane Library League raises nearly $12,000 to rebuild burned library in Blue River
General Meeting of the Lane Library League, January 27, 2020 at the Creswell Library.
Summary: Lane Library League allocates $4500 for volunteer libraries
At the Lane Library League’s annual general meeting, the Board decided to spend $4500 on Summer Reading and other grants to volunteer libraries in rural and suburban Lane County in the coming year. A successful Authors & Artists Fair in December had earned the LLL $3119, and Carol Shininger had donated an additional $1000 to make the grants possible.
The meeting in Creswell was a chance to showcase the newly expanded Creswell Library, which director Su Liudahl said had doubled in size this past year by buying and remodeling a health clinic next door.
The meeting began on a somber note, as Bill Sullivan reported that Maggie Osgood, the LLL’s former secretary and founder of the Lowell City Library, had lost her battle with cancer. Lowell is in the process of replacing their decrepit city hall/library by renovating a nearby church as the Maggie Osgood Library, with city hall offices inside. A later $1.7 million project would build a new city hall next door, allowing the library to expand. Lowell did not spend the $1000 that the Lane Library League sent them last year, but the Board decided to wait, encouraging the new project to move forward.
The approved grants for 2020 included $500 for a Summer Reading Program in Dorena, a rural community east of Cottage Grove with no library and no civic center. Pete Barrell, director of the Cottage Grove Library, has agreed to work on a way to restart the lapsed summer library program for Dorena children.
Other approved grants include $500 for Summer Reading Programs at volunteer libraries in Alvadore, Dexter, Leaburg, Marcola, and River Road/Santa Clara. Marcola received a $500 outright grant for a “wish list” of acquisitions. Other volunteer libraries will be asked to apply for an additional $1000 in competitive grants.
The Board approved Saturday, December 12, 2020 as the date for the next Authors & Artists Fair fundraiser.
More detailed minutes of the meeting are available in the longer version below.
Submitted by Su Liudahl, Secretary
Lane Library League
2020 -- FULL LENGTH VERSION OF MINUTES
Lane Library League general meeting, Monday, January 27, 2020 at the Creswell Library
Present were Bill Sullivan (President) and LLL Board Members Meg Spencer, Rick Stoddart, Hope Crandall, Beth Hammond (Treasurer), and Su Liudahl (Secretary). Guests attending were Carol Shininger of Eugene and Sally Leete of the Marcola Media Center volunteer library.
Bill opened the meeting at 12:03pm and invited those present to share library-related news. He reported the sad news that Maggie Osgood, the LLL’s former secretary and founder of the Lowell City Library, had lost her battle with cancer last year.
REPORTS OF LIBRARY NEWS -- Sally explained that the Marcola Media Center was the result of a vote to build a new elementary school in Marcola in 2017. To broaden the appeal of the bond measure, it was agreed that the school library would be open as a community library as well. Run by volunteers, the library is open to the general public on Wednesday evenings and on Saturdays when school is not in session. The collection of books for adults is still small, and entirely donated. The school collection is larger and 90% funded by the school. Sally presented a “wish list” of things the library would like to buy if they had more grant money.
Hope asked about school media staffing; she is a retired school librarian from Marion County.
Rick said that he has moved from his job as director of the LCC library to a library assessment position at the UO Knight Library.
Su gave everyone a tour of the Creswell Library, which has doubled in size after an entire year of expansion and remodel. The adult collection is housed in what used to be a PeaceHealth medical clinic adjacent to the old library. By knocking out most of a concrete block wall the former clinic and old library have merged. The old part of the library now looks new, with murals, a historic safe door, and displays. The teen area is large, with glass doors. The children’s section is now so large that when the bookshelves are rolled aside it can be used as a lecture hall that seats 100. The library currently has 5 paid employees (3.7 FTE) and 40 regular volunteers. There are 5 internet-connected computers available to patrons, which is enough because most patrons bring their own devices and just use the library’s wifi. The next project on Su’s wish list is the addition of a large, covered front porch.
AUTHORS & ARTISTS FAIR – Bill reported that the LLL’s annual fundraiser earned $3119.23, almost exactly as much as in 2018, but much more than in 2017 or 2016. The LLL saved $500 by dropping paid advertising with KLCC, and instead relying on social media and free newspaper articles. Su contributed $50 to purchase Facebook ads. Rick noted that we might save about $40 if credit card sales could be handled through a system that charges a 3% fee instead of 4%. He also suggested that cashiers could ask clients if they want to “round up” their charge with a donation. Bill agreed this was a good idea, and easy to implement. Bill pointed out that the UO Bookstore no longer staffs tables at the A&A Fair because the “Duck Store” no longer focuses on selling books. He suggested that the OSU Press, the Timber Press, or Sasquatch Books might be invited to attend instead. Beth agreed that this would add diversity to our offerings, especially with more children’s books. Although these publishers would have to donate the standard 25% of sales to the LLL, they might want to attend for the sake of publicity.
TREASURER’S REPORT – Together with A&A Fair profits, $800 in uncashed checks from the Dorena Summer Reading Program, and a $1000 donation from Carol Shininger, the LLL’s bank account at Selco is now $5314.89.
2019 GRANT REPORTS – Bill said all of the grant recipients from last year have now filed reports. In 2019 the LLL provided $500 each for Summer Reading Programs at Alvadore, Dexter (Cascade Foothills), Leaburg, Lowell, Marcola, and River Road/Santa Clara. In addition, we sent checks for $500 to Lowell for shelving in a new library, $500 to Alvadore for paint and repairs, $300 to Dorena for a shade shelter, $100 to Marcola for astronomy books, and $100 to RR/SC for children’s books.
RIVER ROAD/SANTA CLARA sent the most detailed report, with color photos describing each of the 4 days of their Summer Reading Program. They spent $75 for a program from the Eugene Science Center and $150 for a program from the Cascade Raptor Center, which drew the largest crowd of 19 kids and 9 adults.
CASCADE FOOTHILLS supplemented the LLL’s $500 grant with $1700 in additional grants to put on an impressive Summer Reading Program with free books, art projects, snacks, and programming for the attendees.
LEABURG used the $500 SRP grant for a different project, to remodel a special room with display cases for a recently donated collection of 400 rare books and first editions.
ALVADORE used the SRP funding to provide books, snacks, prizes, and craft projects, but were disappointed that the number of children attending was low. The volunteers are planning to use the supplies for additional events, trying to expand their audience.
LOWELL’s library has been closed because the city hall building is unsafe, and because the volunteer director, Maggie Osgood, passed away. Maggie had been encouraging the city to buy a nearby Jehovah’s Witness Hall to renovate as a new city hall and library. Jared Cobb, Lowell’s city administrator, reported that the city had indeed acquired the church and now was involved in planning. The city council was expected to vote soon on a proposal to spend $284,000 to remodel the church as a small library and a small city hall as a first step. The next stage would be to spend $1.7 million to build a larger city hall next door, allowing the library to expand. He said the new library would be named the Maggie Osgood Library. He reported, however, that none of the $1000 of LLL grant money from 2019 had been spent because there was no summer reading program and the new building plans had not yet been approved. He asked if Lowell should return the money. Su suggested that we wait a while to see if the building plans are finalized. If the plans remain unfinished, we should ask for the money back and hold it in reserve until plans are ready. In the meantime, the LLL should not commit more funds to Lowell until it is clear how they will be used. Bill pointed out that Lowell is an official Public Library, which means that it automatically receives $1000 a year from the State Library for Summer Reading Programs. The board discussed this and agreed: the LLL wants to honor Maggie and support the relocation of the library, but would like to see more details about this project before allocating more than the $1000 that was sent in 2019.
ELECTION OF OFFICERS AND BOARD MEMBERS – Bill noted that terms are expiring for three board members: Bill, Su, and Meg. He asked if there were other candidates for the board. Hope moved and Beth seconded that Bill, Su, and Meg be reinstated for another 2-year term. The motion passed unanimously. Then Bill asked for candidates for the three officer positions required by state law. After some discussion, Meg moved and Rick seconded that the three current officers be reelected for another year. The motion passed unanimously.
AUTHORIZATION OF GRANT FUNDS FOR 2020 -- With $5314 available to disburse, there was lively discussion about how best to allocate funds in 2020.
Bill said he had spoken with the Eugene Public Library Foundation’s new director, Reed McGowan. When Bill was president of the EPLF 18 years ago, the group had insisted that all of the money they raised must be spent to benefit Eugene taxpayers, and not people in outlying areas. Reed reported that the EPLF was now considering buying library cards for children in suburban areas that are not within the city limits – a program that might be called “Early Access Initiative” or “Books for All Children.” The Eugene library currently earns about $20,000 a year by selling library cards to non-city-taxpayers for $11 a month. Bill suggested that the LLL might encourage this effort by offering at least $500 toward the program. Su pointed out that our contribution would buy annual library cards for about 4 children, but if we used the same $500 for a volunteer library it would provide library access for dozens of children. Meg agreed, pointing out that library cards at Creswell, Florence, and Springfield are much cheaper than in Eugene; perhaps we should encourage patrons to go there instead? She noted that the EPLF has an annual budget nearly 100 times larger than the LLL’s. A grant of $500 would hardly be noticed in Eugene, but could make a world of difference to a volunteer library. Why should we send children to the Bethel Branch of the EPL when the River Road/Santa Clara volunteer library is in the same area, has a good children’s collection, and is underutilized? Meg suggested that Bill should write a letter of support to the EPLF, encouraging their outreach efforts to suburban children, and offering to assist with publicity.
Beth asked about the LLL’s “Read 2 ME” program, providing free books to young families in rural Lane County. Did this program need more funding? Bill reported that Parenting Now! delivers the LLL’s free book bags only to “at-risk” families identified by Lane County. As a result, this program reaches only about 300 families a year. Our supply of free books and book bags is adequate for several more years.
Meg noted that United Way is now offering free monthly by-mail delivery of books to children in rural Lane County through the Imagination Library program founded by Dolly Parton in Tennessee. The families must sign up to join. The LLL could help spread the word about this program, but it does not require our financial support.
Meg moved that the LLL allocate $500 each to the Alvadore, Leaburg, Dexter, Marcola, and River Road/Santa Clara volunteer libraries for Summer Reading Programs. An additional $500 would be set aside for a Summer Reading Program in Dorena, if an acceptable proposal could be developed by Pete Barrell at the Cottage Grove library. A $500 outright grant would be given to the Marcola Media Center based on the “wish list” provided by Sally Leete. And $1000 would be made available for competitive grants of up to $500 each to the volunteer libraries in Alvadore, Dexter, Leaburg, and River Road/Santa Clara. Those 4 libraries would have to submit grant requests, which would be prioritized and selected by the LLL board. Su seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously.
AUTHORIZATION OF AUTHORS & ARTISTS FAIR FOR 2020 – Beth moved and Meg seconded that the LLL’s next fundraiser be set for Saturday, December 12, 2020.
Bill adjourned the meeting at 1:35pm, and most board members retired to the Creswell Bakery for a late lunch.
Minutes submitted by Su Liudahl, Secretary
General meeting of the Lane Library League on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 1958 Onyx Street, Eugene.
President Bill Sullivan called the meeting to order at 1:05pm. Board members and guests introduced themselves and gave reports on library activities:
Carol Shininger, a guest who has been a steadfast donor to the LLL, reported that she became interested in the LLL’s work after she moved from Coos Bay (with a county library system open to everyone) to rural Lane County (without a county-wide system). Retired for 20 years, she recently moved to Eugene.
Rick Stoddart moved to the area 6 months ago to accept a position as library dean at Lane Community College. He has been assessing the library resources in the county, trying to see how LCC could help, in part through the school’s community education program. The school now offers a $10/year community borrower library card that gives county residents access to LCC’s library. In addition, a free “Community Scholar Class” would allow residents to qualify as an LCC student for the purpose of library privileges.
Hope Crandall reported that she has been involved in language immersion classroom work, setting up Little Free Libraries in Eugene, volunteering at the K-8 Village School, and helping rural low-income families.
Su Liudahl, director of the Creswell Library, recalled that after the LLL helped Creswell form its library district (which passed in 2004 with a margin of just 19 votes), they leased half of a hardware store to serve as a library. They bought the entire property in 2016 and have since spent $580,000 to remodel the other half of the building, doubling the size of the library. A grand opening is scheduled for June.
Joe Blakely attended with his wife Saundra. They have been long-time donors to the LLL. Joe is an author, and reported that he is working on several new book projects about Oregon history.
Beth Hammond introduced herself as LLL treasurer and as a part-time employee at the Florence library.
Meg Spencer, director of the Siuslaw Public Library in Florence, reported that 500 people walk through the doors of the Florence library each day – a number that represents a surprisingly large 7% of the population of Florence. She has also been participating in the Siuslaw Vision project, helping to plan for the future of the area’s schools, parks, and transportation. As chair of the state ODLC she helps oversee a consortium of Oregon libraries that contract with publishers to buy access to eBooks, audio books, and other digital materials for their patrons. The Oregon State Library contributes $50,000 a year toward this service. Meg said publishers are suspicious that selling eBooks to libraries might cut into their other sales, and so only provide a limited number of copies. As a result the average wait time to check out an eBook or audio book is 40 days.
AUTHORS & ARTISTS FAIR – Sullivan reported that the 2018 fundraising event netted $3218, more than $1000 more than in recent years. He speculated that the increase was due to several factors – replacing radio ads with inexpensive social media, replacing the UO Duck Store table with 6 more authors, and a reduction in the rental charge for the room rental at the fairgrounds.
SUMMER READING AND OTHER PROGRAMS – Sullivan shared Summer Reading Program reports from participating volunteer libraries. Interest in this program remains good. The “Read2Me” program is now in its third year, providing free books to the at-risk families with newborns in Lane County. The books are delivered by Parenting Now!, a non-profit group with a contract from the county to check on children of at-risk families. During that past year United Way of Lane County has reached out to the Lane Library League to explore the possibility of extending the Imagination Library to rural Lane County. Founded by Dolly Parton, the Tennnessee-based Imagination Library mails a free book every month to children age 0-5 whose parents sign up. United Way is funding the program with a bequest they received for about $30,000, which is only enough for a pilot program in the zip code area that encompasses Oakridge and Westfir. The LLL could become more involved if the program expands.
ELECTION OF OFFICERS AND BOARD MEMBERS – The Board acknowledged the sad loss of LLL secretary Maggie Osgood. Maggie helped create the Lowell City Library, but lost a year-long battle with cancer earlier this month. Sullivan asked for nominations of new Board members. Meg Spencer moved (and Su Liudahl seconded) that the Board elect Rick Stoddart and Hope Crandall to two-year terms, and that Beth Hammond be re-elected for a two-year term. The motion passed unanimously. Then Meg moved and Su seconded that the Board (re)elect Bill Sullivan as president, re-elect Beth Hammond as treasurer, and elect Su Liudahl as secretary. This motion also passed unanimously.
NEW BUSINESS: AUTHORIZATION OF FUNDS – There was much discussion about how to spend the $5355 in the LLL bank account. Bill asked if there were a way to fund a county-wide “virtual library” that would allow all residents to check out digital materials (eBooks and audio books) online. He suggested that a “virtual library” could be a stepping stone to a more comprehensive county system, such as has been developed in many other Oregon counties. Meg said this is worth exploring, but that it would require much more money than the LLL has. A county-wide “virtual library” would probably also have to exclude the City of Eugene, because the library there has a different, even more expansive deal with publishers. Bill asked if the new county commissioners might be interested in exploring a “virtual library” plan. Rick pointed out that access to digital materials would not be enough for rural, low-income residents who lack computers or internet access. Meg said that publishers would still want people to have some kind of library card, although these could be issued at public and volunteer libraries. Su added that librarians would be needed to show people how to sign up and download digital materials.
Meg moved (and Su seconded) that the LLL give $500 grants for Summer Reading (or other library uses) to each of seven volunteer libraries: Alvadore, Cascade (Dexter), Dorena program, Leaburg, Lowell, Marcola, and River Road/Santa Clara – for a total expenditure of $3500. In addition, competitive grants of up to $500 would be offered to volunteer libraries that submit a one-paragraph explanation of a special one-time need. The total amount of these additional competitive grants would be limited to $1500. The motion carried unanimously.
Sullivan asked that the Board authorize him to begin planning for the next Authors & Artists Fair on December 7, 2019. The date was approved, and Sullivan adjourned the meeting.
Sullivan’s notes for the meeting’s minutes were edited and submitted by secretary Su Liudahl.
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Minutes of the Lane Library League general meeting, 12noon, Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at 1958 Onyx Street, Eugene.
In attendance: Bill Sullivan (president), Beth Hammond (treasurer), Maggie Osgood (secretary), Su Liudahl (board member), and Meg Spencer (board member).
Reports from libraries and board members –
Maggie, volunteer director at the Lowell Public Library, noted that the Lowell city administrator, Jared Cobb, is a fan of libraries. He saw to it that they were provided with three new computers for patrons to use. Lowell does not charge an “out-of-district” fee, so anyone can use the computers and check out books for free. Maggie complained that registering with the Oregon State Library as an official public library has been “a pain.” Although the state sends $1000 a year to fund summer reading and literacy programs, in exchange they require a lot of paperwork, much of it with questions that don’t seem pertinent or important in Lowell.
Su, director of the Creswell Public Library, reported that her library last year bought the building they had been renting for eleven years. They are already using meeting rooms in what had been an adjacent medical clinic. They want to knock down some walls and fully expand into the extra space, but need to raise another $800,000. The expansion might also trigger new city regulations, reducing their parking lot and moving new construction next to the sidewalk. Su is also looking at other options. Creswell’s old community center is a block away. It has been purchased by the fire department, but isn’t in use. And due to the determination of former Lane Library League secretary Verlean McCoy, Creswell’s original library building has been sold by the city to a local non-profit heritage group for preservation. Two blocks from the current library, the historic library building is a century-old schoolhouse. Its future use is still uncertain. Meanwhile, Su reports that the Creswell Library has 2 full-time and 3 part-time employees and 30 volunteers. People from outlying areas who can’t afford the out-of-district library fee of $50 are allowed to “work it off” by volunteering for 20 hours. Su says that a surprising number of people take advantage of this offer. She wishes, however, that scholarships were available to buy library cards for needy out-of-district patrons, and wonders if this is something the LLL could fund.
Beth reported that Bonnie Schwetzger at the Mapleton branch of the Siuslaw Library District has done an admirable job of working together with the Mapleton School District. At storytimes, older students read out loud to younger children – a practice that has been documented to be extremely beneficial for all involved. Elementary schoolchildren also come to the library on field trips to check out books they can read during school reading periods.
Meg, director of the Siuslaw Library District in Florence, remarked that the past few months have seen an unexplained 60% increase in new library card applications over last year’s numbers. Cardholders must have proof of residency, either as an owner or a renter. All ages are signing up. She doesn’t know if the area’s population could really be increasing this rapidly. On a related topic, she said the library was serving as the host for “Siuslaw Vision”, a community planning program sponsored by the Ford Family Foundation to get feedback on what people want the Florence area to be like in ten years. Meanwhile, because of retirements and new hires, Meg admits she is no longer the youngest person on the library staff.
Bill reported that a new volunteer library has opened in the Marcola Elementary School. The Friends of the Marcola Schools Media Center formed a non-profit and worked with the school district to staff the media center with volunteers, open it to the public, extend library borrowing privileges to all community members, and acquire materials appropriate for teens and adults. The library is now open to the public Wednesday afternoons and evenings and one Saturday a month.
Treasurer’s Report –
Beth reported that the LLL bank account is currently $3133.70. We are expecting an additional check from the UO Duck Store for $300. This year’s bank balance includes income from the Authors & Artists Fair, as well as some large donations: $500 from Joe Blakely, $500 from Carol Shininger, and $200 from Cathy Briner.
Authors & Artists Fair –
Bill reported that this fundraising event on December 9, 2017 netted $1936.31, about the same amount as in the past two years. Rent at the fairgrounds decreased from $1540 to $900. Donations at the door increased only $50 over last year, even though “Read2ME” children’s books were offered for donations of $10. Su suggested that we stop paying $500 to KLCC for radio ads and instead budget $50 for targeted Facebook ads. She offered to undertake this switch, and all approved. Next year’s Authors & Artists Fair will be held on Saturday, December 8, 2018.
Summer Reading Program –
The LLL sent $300 to each of six volunteer libraries or library groups in 2017. Three of these have not yet reported on how the money was spent. The River Road/Santa Clara Volunteer Library sent a detailed report with photos about the 4 programs and 83 children who attended. The Cascade Foothills Library in Dexter added the LLL’s $300 to a Chambers Family Foundation grant of $2600 to fund a 6-week program with 30 kids. The Lowell Public Library used the grant to buy books. The LLL board decided to withhold future funding from the Leaburg, Alvadore, and Dorena summer reading programs until they send in reports.
Read2ME Program –
In 2017 the Lane Library League published two children’s books to give to parents of newborns in rural Lane County. The books are in bags delivered for free by the staff of Parenting Now during home visits. Bill relayed a report for Lynne Swartz, director of Parenting Now:
We have distributed all but about 30 of the bags we were given. We have taken them directly to families that we visit in the targeted rural areas, and made them available for families at rural family resource centers, food pantries, and other places young families go for services.
The reception for the books has been very positive. Families are thrilled to receive books for their children, and in many cases, the books they receive are among the first the child owns himself. The bookmark with literacy tips appears to be just the right amount of information to stress the importance of reading with your child, without being overwhelming to parents. Struggling parents especially appreciate being given these high quality, interesting and fun books to share with their children. The books provide a positive parent-child activity that both kids and parents enjoy over and over, as the child will often say, when the book is finished, "Again! Again!"
Bill wondered why only about 250 book bags had been delivered in the past year, although he had estimated that 800 children are born in rural areas annually. Meg noted that Parenting Now only visits the homes of families that are deemed “at risk”, mostly because of poverty. About a third of rural families fall into this category, and that is why only a third of the parents of newborns had received books. Bill agreed that “at risk” families were a primary concern, but suggested the LLL look into ways to reach still more families.
There was some discussion about the popular “Imagination Library” program and how it differs from “Read2ME.” Both programs provide free books to children. The Imagination Library, branded by superstar Dolly Parton, ships books from Nashville, Tennessee that are chosen from Penguin Books’ catalog without the advice of librarians. The program costs more than 100 times as much per child as Read2ME, but delivers books monthly to children age 0-5, if their parents sign up. Meg said that donors like the Imagination Library, but it deflects dollars from more effective local programs. When a donor offered to fund the program in Florence, she said, “I can do better.” She bought discounted children’s books and arranged with Parenting Now to distribute them. Her goal, she says, was to entice new patrons to visit the library, so each book bag included a coupon for a free book if they visited the library in person. Meg’s effort inspired the Read2ME program of the Lane Library League. The LLL’s goal is to provide books to young families in otherwise “unserved” areas and to make them aware of free library programs available to everyone.
Elections – Maggie moved and Meg seconded that current officers be reelected and board members with expiring terms have their terms extended for two years. Everyone agreed. Board members with renewed two-year terms are Bill Sullivan, Su Liudahl, and Meg Spencer.
Authorizations – Meg moved and Su seconded that $400 be awarded to each of seven volunteer libraries or volunteer groups, if they have provided an accounting for last year’s grant. The prospective grant recipients are Alvadore, Cascade Foothills, Dorena, Leaburg, Lowell, Marcola, and River Road/Santa Clara.
The meeting adjourned at 1pm.
Submitted by Maggie Osgood, Secretary, LLL
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Minutes – Lane Library League general meeting
January 25, 2017, at 1958 Onyx, Eugene
President Bill Sullivan called the meeting to order at 12 noon, with Treasurer Beth Hammond and Secretary Maggie Osgood attending in person, and board member Meg Spencer attending by speaker phone from Florence.
The meeting began with a discussion of the closure of the Douglas County Library, with the Roseburg library set to close on May 30. Libraries in Lane County (and the Lane Library League website www.lanelibrary.org) have been flooded with requests from people in Douglas County asking if they can use our library system for free. They are disheartened to learn that they must pay for non-resident library cards at our 12 tax-supported libraries, just as most rural and suburban Lane County people must. Most of our 6 volunteer libraries in Lane County, however, do allow free use for everyone.
Maggie noted that Lowell’s new school superintendent and city manager have greatly improved the town’s outlook, and that the library’s summer reading program will be held at the school next summer in conjunction with other free programs, so attendance should be higher.
Bill reported that the Authors & Artists Fair, our annual fundraiser in December, raised 2060.27.
Beth, our treasurer, reported that our bank account is 3383.67, counting recent donations, money carried over from last year, and recent expenses.
Last year the LLL distributed 7 grants of $400 apiece to volunteer libraries and other groups to fund summer reading programs. Of these, 5 have responded with news of how the money was spent. We are still waiting to hear from the programs in Dorena and Lorane, areas that do not have even a volunteer library.
The new “Read 2 ME” program, which will give free children’s books to the parents of every newborn in otherwise unserved areas of Lane County, is ready to begin within a week, Bill reported. We have 1000 tote bags, 1000 “Baby Cat” board books, and some instructional bookmarks ready for distribution by Parenting Now. We do not yet have books for older kids or other materials that we might want to add to the gift bags. The board considered several options for a book that would be appropriate for children age 1-4, Kurt Cyrus’ “Big Rig Bugs” (at $1700 for 1000 copies), a collection of PaperCraft Storybooks (at $1500 for 1000 copies), and a book written for free by Sullivan and illustrated by his daughter, “The Super Hungry Dinosaur” (at $1100 for 1000 copies).
For our elections, the board voted unanimously to elect Beth Hammond and Maggie Osgood to another 2-year term on the board, and to re-elect the current officers for another year: Bill Sullivan, President; Beth Hammond, Treasurer; and Maggie Osgood, Secretary.
In New Business, the board discussed how to spend our funds for the current year. Beth Hammond moved, and Meg Spencer seconded, that we allocate $300 to each of last year’s 7 Summer Reading grant recipients (on the condition that the programs in Dorena and Lorane provide reports on last year’s grant). The motion also included additional funding for the Read 2 ME program, with $80 to print more informational bookmarks, and $1100 to print 1000 copies of “The Super Hungry Dinosaur.” The budget motion passed unanimously. This will leave the LLL with about $120 in the bank. Meg noted that the purpose of raising money was to spend it on worthwhile causes, to spread literacy, and to help Lane County’s neediest families.
In other New Business, the board agreed to hold our fundraiser, the 18th annual “Authors & Artists Fair” on Saturday, December 9, 2017. That event is open to the public for free. Donations of $1-5 have been requested at the door, but the income from that system has been declining. To encourage donations, the board agreed to offer a free “Read To Me” tote bag to people who donate $1, and a free copy of either “Baby Cat” or “The Super Hungry Dinosaur” to people who donate $10.
The meeting adjourned at 1pm.
-- Maggie Osgood, Secretary
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Minutes – Lane Library League general meeting, Wed., February 3, 2016
At the Lane Library League’s general meeting the board praised donors and the Authors & Artists Fair for raising $4400 this past year. After electing officers and a new board member, the board voted to authorize $400 for each of half a dozen Summer Reading Programs in rural Lane County. The board also approved a $400 grant to the volunteer-run Lowell City Library, and set aside $1600 for a possible new “Read to Me” program that would put children’s books and library information into the hands of hundreds of new parents throughout the county.
The meeting was held at the home of Beth Hammond, in a rural forest subdivision near Mapleton that was excluded from the surrounding Siuslaw Library District by Lane County’s erstwhile Boundary Commission. Attending were president Bill Sullivan, secretary Maggie Osgood, treasurer Beth Hammond, and guests Stephen Skidmore (retired Siuslaw Library) and Meg Spencer (current Siuslaw Library director). Board member Su Liudahl was on vacation in Hawaii. Hammond served a very spicy and delicious taco soup, so the meeting proper was not called to order until 12:30pm.
Authors & Artists Fair report:
For the benefit of guests, Sullivan recounted the 16-year history of this fundraiser, which earned $10,000 a year as the primary fundraising event of the Eugene Public Library Foundation from 2000-2006. When the Eugene Public Library canceled the fair to reduce demands on staff and resources, the LLL became the new beneficiary. A simpler version of the event has been held at the Lane County fairgrounds since then. Because only about 40 local authors are chosen each year from a list of more than 600, the fair has become an anticipated literary event as well as a way to raise awareness of the county’s library needs. The 2015 fair netted $2123. The biggest expenses were $1540 for the fairgrounds rental, $255 for insurance, and $505 for KLCC ads. This coming year’s Authors & Artists Fair is scheduled for Saturday, December 10.
2015 Summer Reading Program report:
Reports are in for 5 of the 6 programs that received $400 in LLL funds in 2015.
The Alvadore Volunteer Library hosted 15 children at its summer reading program, and used the remaining money to update its children’s book section and help pay for a new high-speed Internet connection.
The Cascade Foothills Library in Dexter had 45 children attend a SRP with the theme “Every Hero Has a Story.” The program provided free books and free snacks. The Dexter fire department brought a fire truck to one session.
The Leaburg Volunteer Library lacked the volunteers to run its usual SRP this year, so they used the money instead to buy children’s books, bookends, and a new “Story Hour” event sign to display on Highway 126.
Lorane does not have a library, so they used the SRP money to have kids build and stock two “Little Free Libraries,” which were officially planted on September 19.
The River Road/Santa Clara Volunteer Library had children attend weekly SRP events each Saturday in August. Guest presenters included speakers from the Greenhill Humane Society (with a dog ambassador named Sweet Pea) and the Science Factory (with Art-Bots that painted patterns).
The Dorena SRP has not yet reported. For many years the two volunteers there have held the Summer Reading Program on a Post Office lawn, providing children with lunch as well books. There is no library building. Hammond will try to contact the volunteers.
After opening the floor to nominations, the board re-elected current officers for another year. Board members Sullivan and Liudahl were elected to another two-year term. The board voted to add a fifth member, Meg Spencer, for a two-year term. Spencer is the director of the Siuslaw Public Library.
Sullivan noted that the LLL could continue to fund the Summer Reading Program applicants from last year, offer a similar grant to the volunteer-run Lowell City Library, and still have $1600 to save, distribute via competitive grants, or launch a new program. He suggested that the LLL might join in the “Imagination Library” program founded by Dolly Parton, which sends a book every month to enrolled children age 1-5. The Eugene Public Library Foundation joined this program in 2014, spending $25 per child to reach 2500 Eugene pre-schoolers. Osgood said that the Lowell City Library is also part of this program, but that it is unfriendly for her to use. The books are shipped from Parton’s Tennessee foundation, which takes a cut of the money and demands computer compliance for addresses and accounting. Spencer said that the Siuslaw Library District reaches a wider range of young parents at a tenth of the cost by partnering with Lane County’s “Healthy Families” program. This method does not send books monthly, but it does provide the parents of every three-month-old child with a sturdy board book, a “Read To Me” bib, and information about library services. Hammond agreed to investigate this option, and to help organize the preparation of the necessary book packages, if need be.
Spencer moved, and Osgood seconded, a motion to fund SRPs at $400 apiece, offer a similar $400 grant to the Lowell City Library, and set aside $1600 while the feasibility of a “Read to Me” program is investigated. If the “Read to Me” program proves unfeasible the money would be used for additional grants to volunteer libraries. The motion passed unanimously.
The meeting adjourned at 2:30pm.
(Notes by Bill Sullivan for Maggie Osgood.)
Minutes of the Lane Library League general meeting, Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 1958 Onyx Street, Eugene. Present: Bill Sullivan (president), Beth Hammond (treasurer), Maggie Osgood (secretary), Su Liudahl (at-large board member), and Shirley West (outgoing Summer Reading Program coordinator).
Sullivan called the meeting to order at noon, and opened the floor to reports.
Hammond noted that a major Register-Guard editorial on January 18 questioned the City of Eugene’s strategy of asking voters to approve temporary city library funding levies without having a long-term plan. The newspaper wrote:
“Among Oregon’s 10 biggest public library systems, only Eugene’s is entirely dependent on city support. The others are funded through library districts or counties, sometimes in partnership with cities.”
The editorial noted that 22 percent of Lane County lacks public library service altogether, and that Eugene should consider working with the other local public libraries and volunteer libraries to develop a permanent funding solution that reaches more people.
In the discussion that followed, Sullivan suggested that Washington and Benton Counties might provide good role models for a solution. A county-wide district at a moderate tax rate would provide permanent funding for basic service. Then Eugene (and possibly other cities) could choose to provide additional funding to enhance service for their residents. Liudahl commented that almost any cooperative solution would require local jurisdictions to give up some level of control, and that this is difficult politically.
In other news, Hammond reported that the Siuslaw Library District in Florence has a new, ambitious director -- the youngest person on that library’s staff – who has been making good use of volunteer help.
Liudahl, director of the Lane Library District’s Creswell Public Library, reported that her library needs to double its space. Her district is hoping to buy their current building, expand into a portion of the building that will soon become vacant, and build an addition that will connect with the outdoor farmer’s market held behind the building. Inspection of the building, a former hardware store, is required to check for paint thinner and gasoline spills, and will cost $16,000.
Osgood, volunteer director of the Lowell City Library, reported that by achieving official “public library” designation, her library now receives $1000 annually from the state for summer reading and “Ready to Read” literacy programs. This nearly doubles the library’s annual budget, which also consists of donations and $1000 a year from the city of Lowell.
In Old Business, Sullivan reported that the Lane Library League’s annual fundraiser, the Authors & Artists Fair, had earned a profit of $1483.14. This a good result, and reflects a lot of volunteer help as well as an improving economy.
Hammond also noted two significant donations: $250 from Carol Shininger of Dorena and $1000 from Eugene author Joe Blakely. The board applauded these gifts. Together with donations, the LLL bank account now stands at $2645.68.
In New Business, the board voted to renew the board memberships of Hammond and Osgood for two years, and to re-elect the current officers for a year.
West, the outgoing coordinator of the LLL’s Summer Reading Program, reported that the LLL gave $200-300 to summer reading projects at Alvadore, Dorena, River Road/Santa Clara, and Cascade Foothills (Dexter) this summer. The board applauded West for her years of work, and asked for suggestions for administering the program in the future. West said that the volunteers who run the local summer reading programs work hard and use our money carefully, so they can be trusted to continue with less direct supervision.
After discussion, the board agreed by consensus to invite the county’s volunteer libraries to submit one-paragraph email applications for grants of up to $400 each this year. The grants could be used for summer reading programs or “Ready to Read” programs, including (for example) storytimes, early literacy projects, purchase of new materials, or even building a puppet stage. The focus would need to be on children, and not (for example) on building maintenance. Sullivan will send out an email request for applications soon. The board will then consider the applications and send out checks this spring. Grant recipients would be expected to send a one-paragraph report in the fall, explaining how they used the money.
Before adjournment the board authorized the next Authors & Artists Fair fundraiser, to be held on Saturday, December 5, 2015.
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Minutes of the Lane Library League general meeting, Thursday, January 30, 2014, in the Lowell City Library. Present: Bill Sullivan (president), Beth Hammond (treasurer), Maggie Osgood (secretary), Su Liudahl, Shirley Perez West.
Maggie Osgood, volunteer director of the Lowell City Library, led a tour of the library housed in Lowell’s City Hall. Then LLL president Bill Sullivan called the meeting to order at 12:40pm.
Su Liudahl, director of Creswell’s library, volunteered to replace retired Siuslaw library director Stephen Skidmore as the LLL laiason to the Lane Council of Librarians. The LCOL limits its membership to professional librarians of tax-supported libraries, and does not hold meetings that are open to the public. Su reported that an LCOL agreement now offers reciprocal borrowing priveleges among all tax-supported libraries except Eugene. A person with a library card in Springfield, for example, can use that card to check out books in Cottage Grove, but not Eugene. Su also noted that Creswell’s library is negotiating an agreement to buy their library building from the current owner, if they can raise $1 million in three years. She is optimistic.
LCOL has joined the Oregon Digital Library Consortium, which allows their patrons to download digital books to cell phones and other digital devices. Bill asked if the Lane Library League might someday offer this popular service to patrons of volunteer libraries. Su said this would take some negotiation, and there would be a fee of at least several thousand dollars a year. Still, Bill said this kind of “virtual library” might eventually be an achievable goal for the LLL.
Beth Hammond, LLL treasurer, reported that the freak snowstorm in December had hurt the LLL’s annual Authors & Artists Fair fundraising event. The event usually raises $3000, but this year lost $1476. Still, a spate of generous year-end donations has lifted the LLL bank account to $1189.92.
The group discussed a variety of fundraising options. Bill reported that Pete Barrell had suggested holding an event at the Axe & Fiddle in Cottage Grove, and that Leigh Anne Jasheway had proposed holding a comedy event in Eugene. Bill also noted that the Leaburg volunteer library had held an auction that raised more than $10,000. Maggie said Pete Peterson had put on a historical drama at the Lowell Grange that raised $700. Su pointed out that people are more willing to donate to events that support their local communities, rather than county-wide projects, especially in rural areas. Beth said it would be a good idea for the LLL to help volunteer libraries organize local fundraising events, perhaps by booking a speaker or performance that could be used in many different locations.
After much discussion, the board decided to hold the Authors & Artists Fair again this coming December. The LLL will continue to welcome donations, but lacks the manpower to organize an additional fundraiser. As a result, the LLL may have to make do with a bank account of $1189.92 this year.
Shirley Perez West, who administers the LLL’s Summer Reading Program, reported that the number of summer reading sites declined last summer from 6 to 5. We gave out a total of $2400. Cascade Foothills Library and the Lorane Rural Art Center each received $650. Several sites had money left over, which we encouraged them to spend on books.
Maggie moved, Beth seconded, and the board approved authorizing $1000 for this year’s summer program, and an additional $100 for Shirley Perez West to administer the program. The board encouraged Shirley to let people know why we had less cash to distribute this year, and to encourage them to seek matching funds among local supporters.
Bill opened nominations for officers and board members for the coming year. The current officers said they were willing to serve again, and because there were no other nominations, they were elected for another year. Bill then nominated Su Liudahl for a two-year term on the LLL board. She was elected unanimously. Bill adjourned the meeting at 1:45pm.
Submitted by Bill Sullivan for Maggie Osgood, secretary
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MINUTES -- Lane Library League meeting
5:30pm, Tuesday, January 15, 2013
1958 Onyx St., Eugene
President Bill Sullivan called the meeting to order at 5:30pm with Beth Hammond, Treasurer, and Maggie Osgood, Secretary, present.
Beth reported that the Oregon State Library is launching an Oregon Library Passport program that will allow people to check out and return materials at any participating library in the state. Materials would have to be returned to the same library where they were checked out. While exciting, this program will be of limited use in Lane County because it does not include volunteer libraries or people served by volunteer libraries -- and although the Siuslaw and Springfield libraries will participate, the Eugene Public Library has decided not to.
Treasurer’s Report: The Lane Library League has $4904 in the bank, largely because the Authors & Artists Fair did better this year, netting $2426.
The Board authorized $3000 for the 2013 Summer Reading Program, to be administered by Shirley Perez West.
The Board decided to spend the LLL’s remaining funds, nearly $2000, on cash grants to the seven volunteer libraries in Lane County. In the next month Bill will ask the libraries to send in a one-sentence proposal for grants of $200-600. The grant proposals may be for any need, including fixing the roof or buying shelves. Maggie Osgood pointed out that many small volunteer libraries are still checking out books by hand with pen and paper, but for about $600 they could buy a computer program with bar codes and a scanner to check books out electronically. The Board seemed to think this was a good idea, and grant proposals for scanners might be favored.
The Board set the date for the 14th Annual Authors & Artists Fair for Saturday, December 7, 2013. To simplify accounting, the sales fee for artists will be lowered from 30% to 25% -- the same rate as for authors.
Maggie noted that Dragon Theater Puppets, an excellent private performance group, came to Lowell as part of the Oregon State Library’s Summer Reading Program. Lowell is now officially a “public library” by state standards, and so receives $1000 in cash and other assistance from the state for summer reading and literacy programs. The Board expressed interest in having the puppet theater give performances for other local volunteer libraries, if this could be arranged.
The Board re-elected officers and board members: Bill Sullivan, president; Beth Hammond, treasurer; Maggie Osgood, secretary. The meeting adjourned at 6:20.
Minutes -- Lane Library League general meeting
January 31, 2012, at 1958 Onyx St., Eugene.
Bill Sullivan, president, opened the meeting at 5:30pm at his home in Eugene.
Beth Hammond, treasurer, reported that the LLL bank account is now at $3513.34. This includes $1411.15 from the Authors & Artists Fair fundraiser in December and $495 in end-of year donations.
A motion carried to authorize $3500 for summer reading programs at volunteer libraries in Lane County this summer. Although this will leave less than $14 in the LLL bank account, Sullivan reported that he hopes we will win a $2000 grant from the Three Rivers casino -- and if that fails, then he will apply for a grant from the Lane County Cultural Commission.
Organization of next year’s Authors & Artists Fair, on Saturday, December 8, 2012, was approved with the provision that we cut costs by eliminating our $500 advertising budget for ads on KVAL-TV.
Now that Emily Schue, our secretary, has moved to an apartment in Salem to be nearer to her daughter, Sullivan offered praise for her years of commitment to libraries and literacy in Lane County. Maggie Osgood of Lowell was nominated for the position of secretary, and was elected. At the same time, board positions for Steve Recca and Bill Sullivan were renewed for two years, and Susie Johnston’s board membership expired.
In new business, Sullivan proposed that the Lane Library League consider hosting a “Ken Kesey Lecture Series”, featuring talks by Lane County authors with new books. Sullivan recalled that Ken Kesey lived in Pleasant Hill, where there is no library service. Ten years ago, Sullivan had bet Kesey $100 that Kesey would have access to a county-wide library card within ten years. The monthly lecture series in Kesey’s honor would be free to the public, so it would not be a fundraiser, but it could raise awareness for the Lane Library League. A motion passed to encourage Sullivan to explore venues and times for the series.
The meeting adjourned at 6:25pm.
Respectfully submitted by LLL secretary Maggie Osgood
Minutes -- Lane Library League general meeting
September 20, 2011, in the Lowell City Library.
Maggie Osgood, Lowell’s volunteer library director, began with a tour of the library. Housed inside Lowell’s City Hall, the library’s two rooms are packed with shelves of well-catalogued books, each with barcodes so they can be scanned for electronic checkout. The walls are hung with historic photos and memorabilia of Lowell’s history, in part because the city has no other museum. Two new-looking computers with Internet access, available to patrons, were purchased for $250 from Goodwill with money from a Lane Library League grant this summer. Wifi is available for laptops. Volunteers keep the library open 40 hours a week. The city provides free rent, utilities, and $1000 a year. The library is expected to raise another $1000 in donations each year, which Maggie accomplishes partly through a used book sale. Surprisingly, the State Library has not yet approved "public library" status for Lowell, denying it funds and services.
Steve Skidmore, Siuslaw Public Library director, reported that Florence’s first annual Festival of Books will have 61 authors on hand to autograph their books from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, October 1 in the Florence Events Center at 715 Quince Street. The Siuslaw Public Library is one of six sponsors of the event.
Steve also gave a report from the Lane Council of Librarians, a group of paid professional librarians from the county’s seven tax-supported public libraries. Professional librarians resigned from the Lane Library League in January to work on their own. Steve reported that they have made only incremental progress toward the goal of a countywide library system since then. Their first effort is a pilot project to test the idea of allowing reciprocal borrowing among public libraries. For the pilot project, the Springfield Public Library and the Fern Ridge Library District would honor each other’s library cards, so someone from Springfield could check out a book in Veneta, and vice versa. To date, politics have delayed approval of this experiment, but they are hopeful.
Residents of the Crow/Applegate/Lorane area are interested in library service and have a blog, Steve reported. He said they have been encouraged to work with the Lane Library District in Creswell and/or the Fern Ridge Library District in Veneta to negotiate paying for service.
The Summer Reading Program went well, but served 170 children as opposed to last year’s count of 268. Shirley Perez West, program coordinator, reported that the Lane Library League funded programs at the same eight sites as last year: Alvadore, Cascade Foothills, Dorena, Leaburg, Lorane, Lowell, Marcola, and River Road/Santa Clara. A $2000 grant from the Lane County Cultural Coalition supplemented Lane Library League funding. Renee Klein, volunteer coordinator in Marcola, sent a report that said, “The average copyright date of books in our high school library is 1948. This opportunity to place books into the hands of students is such a blessing for the community.”
The 12th annual Authors & Artists Fair will be held on Saturday, December 10 from 10am to 6pm at the Lane County Fairgrounds, next to Holiday Market, Sullivan reported. New this year will be Noah Strycker’s “Among Penguins: A Birdman in Antarctica”, Peter Hoffmeister’s “The End of Boys”, Jan Eliot’s “Brace Yourself”, and dozens of other new books, along with jewelry, cards, and art. The event is a fundraiser for the Lane Library League’s summer reading program, but there is hope that it could also fund grants to volunteer libraries for capital improvements.
The Lane Library League’s next general meeting will be at 5:30pm on Tuesday, January 24, 2012.
Respectfully submitted by Bill Sullivan for Emily Schue, Secretary.
Lane Library League
Minutes of Jan. 18, 2011 meeting
The Lane Library League meeting opened at 5:30pm on Jan. 18 in the Singer Room of the Eugene Public Library. Attending were 16 people, including LLL board members Emily Schue, Stephen Skidmore, and President Bill Sullivan -- which constituted a quorum in light of the mass resignation of professional librarians the previous week. Also present were Ramona Jarkinsky, Donna Korn, and Claudia Doil (Alvadore Community Library); Pat Young and Cheryl Coleman (River Road / Santa Clara Volunteer Library); Sue Burkholder (State Library board of trustees); Shirley Perez West (Summer Reading Program coordinator); Henry Dizney; Robin Marx (Coburg Summer Reading Program); Mary Kay Dahlgreen (State Library staff); and Marty Mealey and Rita Stadel (Leaburg Library).
After introductions, Sullivan recapped the 11-year history of the Lane Library League, a non-profit group dedicated to expanding and improving library service throughout Lane County. He noted that the LLL spent its first few years advocating for a county library district -- which proved to be illegal, in light of a Metro Plan provision. Then the LLL advocated for a smaller but expandable Lane Library District -- which was in fact created in the Creswell area, but has proven difficult to expand for political reasons. Last year the LLL suggested investigating the possibility of a Lane Library Cooperative . Based on the system used for over 30 years in Marion County, the library cooperative would levy a small county-wide tax to fund a universal library card and universal checkout privileges for all libraries and all citizens in the county. This proposal has prompted the six professional librarians on the LLL board to resign.
Skidmore, representing the professional librarians, took the floor to explain. He said that the professional librarians have the same overall objective as the LLL, but are required to serve their constituents and their own governments first. The professional librarians fear that a county-wide levy could jeopardize their local funding and their authority. As a result they have chosen to work within the Lane Council of Librarians (LCOL). Sullivan asked if LCOL meetings are open to the public. Skidmore said no, LCOL is not subject to the state's public meeting laws because professional librarians are not elected officials. Skidmore said LCOL is developing an initiative to promote reciprocal borrowing and the delivery of materials among the county's seven tax-supported public libraries. This initiative, Skidmore suggested, might encourage people to join the professional librarians' taxing districts. Skidmore said he will continue to attend LLL meetings to keep communication open with LCOL.
Sullivan presented a report on the LLL's annual fundraiser, the Authors & Artists Fair, showing that $3553 in expenses and $6384 in income had left the event with a $2830 profit -- a substantial increase over the past two years. Additional donations have brought the LLL bank account to $3184. An anonymous donor has promised $2000 for competitive grants to volunteer libraries, and the Oregon Cultural Trust may provide an additional $2000 grant for the Summer Reading Program.
Shirley Perez West reported that the LLL funded 8 summer reading program sites last year at amounts between $300 and $400. She predicted we would have 9 sites this coming year, so we would need at least as much money to fund them adequately.
The annual election of officers and board members followed. Skidmore moved, and Schue seconded, that we re-elect current officers for a one-year term; that we re-elect Emily Schue, Beth Hammond, and Susie Johnston for two-year terms as board members; and that we elect Maggie Osgood to a two-year term on the board. The motion passed unanimously.
Under "New Business" the LLL board considered funding priorities for the coming year. Schue moved and Skidmore seconded that we allocate $3300 for the Summer Reading Program (with $300 set aside for the program coordinator's salary), and that we dedicate our remaining funds to competitive grants for volunteer libraries, while leaving some money as a contingency fund. The motion passed unanimously.
The LLL is inviting volunteer libraries to send grant applications by email to email@example.com by April 1. The grant requests should be one paragraph, asking for $300 to $2000. The requests should explain what the volunteer library needs the money for and why. The LLL board will then rank the grants and write checks for the ones that rate highest.
The LLL board unanimously authorized next year's fundraiser, the Authors & Artists Fair, on the second Saturday of December.
Is the Lowell City Library a public library? Sullivan explained the advantages of this classification -- grants, assistance, and $1000 annually from the State Library. He distributed copies of the Oregon Revised Statues detailing the legal difference between a private library and a public library. In short, a public library must be authorized by a local governmental body. City councils, school districts, and the Lane Library District all qualify. The library must serve all people in that government's jurisdiction for free. Osgood said the Lowell City Library qualifies, and said the Lowell City Administrator would ask for the required City Council resolution. Dahlgreen said the State Library would help in this process.
Volunteer librarians from Leaburg and Alvadore noted that they did not have a city council to authorize them as public libraries. Sullivan pointed out that they could still qualify by applying to a school district board, or by asking the Lane Library District to annex their area.
The meeting adjourned at 6:45pm.
Submitted by Bill Sullivan for Emily Schue, Secretary