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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


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.

Elections:

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.

New Business:

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 sullivan@efn.org 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

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