June 21, 2006

The regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Webster Groves Public Library was held at 7 pm on June 21, 2006. President Jon Furst presided, and Library Director Tom Cooper kept the minutes. Present: Library Board Trustees Gladys Tolley, Tom Reedy, Angela Birke, Stacy Deleste. Absent: Celia Bouchard, Christine Krueger. Also present was City Council Liaison Jeanne Kirkton.

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 7:07 pm.

Public Agenda

There was no public agenda.

Minutes of the May 17, 2006 Meeting

Mr. Reedy moved to approve the minutes, Ms. Tolley seconded, and the minutes were approved.


There was no correspondence.

President’s Report

Mr. Furst asked the current slate of officers if they each were agreeable to staying in their present offices. Since they all agreed, Ms. Deleste moved that the slate of officers be approved for new terms. Ms. Birke seconded, and the officers were approved as follows:

Jon Furst, President
Tom Reedy, Vice President
Gladys Tolley, Treasurer

Mr. Furst described a visit to the library by Fox 2 news reporter Elliott Davis, who is known for his ‘You Paid for It’ stories. Someone in the community had reported their concern that the library owned the house at 5 Mason Avenue. Mr. Davis interviewed Mr. Cooper and Mr. Furst, then came to the library two days later with a cameraman. There he again conducted a very short interview with Mr. Furst before folding up and leaving. Almost a month has passed, and no story has run, so it seems likely that – as we believed all along – he found that there is really no story to report.

Librarian’s Report

Mr. Cooper reported on attending the Friends annual meeting, where he addressed the Friends concerning the Library’s goal of reaching out to the many Webster Groves residents who use only St. Louis County Library branches. Someone at the event had suggested a flyer mailed to the community letting people know that the Library is now a member of the MLC, that its resources are vastly expanded, that it has a quick and effective request system, etc. Someone else had suggested that this would be a good project for the Friends to pay for, and there was general consent – although there was no official vote on the matter. Mr. Cooper plans to pursue this in the next few weeks.

Requests for Proposals have gone out to three vendors to solicit bids for doing a community survey. The paperwork for a state library grant to pay for the survey is due by the end of the month. Mr. Cooper spoke about a timetable for assembling a planning committee. He hopes that by August we could have a committee in place.

Advance Planning

There was no report from this committee


There was no report from this committee

Building and Grounds

Mr. Reedy reported that the library’s house at #5 Mason Avenue has been leased. The new occupant has a year lease and is paying $2100 per month, 10% of which will be paid in commission to Karen Smith as our rental agent.


Ms. Tolley reviewed the financial report and disbursements for May 2006. Mr. Reedy made a motion that the financial report be approved as presented, Ms. Deleste seconded, and the report was approved.

Mr. Cooper reported that Pioneer Bank had declined to offer the library a line of credit, so being short of time to acquire funds to close out the fiscal year, it would be best to reactivate the line of credit with Cass Commercial Bank. Ms. Birke moved that the resolution be approved to open a new line of credit with Cass Commercial Bank, Ms. Tolley seconded, and the resolution was approved.

Mr. Reedy reported on the presentation of the budget to the City Council at the June 20th meeting. Though there had been a number of questions from council members, the presentation went well.

Human Resource

There was no report from this committee.


There was no report from this committee.

Old Business

There was no old business.

New Business

There was no new business.


Mr. Reedy moved to adjourn, Ms. Deleste seconded, and the meeting was adjourned at 8:20 p.m.

The next meeting of the Library’s Board of Trustees will be held on Wednesday, July 19 at 7 p. m.