July 19, 2006

The regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Webster Groves Public Library was held at 7 p.m. on July 19, 2006. President Jon Furst presided, and Library Director Tom Cooper kept the minutes. Present: Library Board Trustees Gladys Tolley, Tom Reedy, Christine Krueger, Angela Birke and Celia Bouchard. Also present was council liaison Jeanne Kirkton. Absent: Stacy Deleste.

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 7:08.

Public Agenda

There was no public agenda.

Minutes of the June 21, 2006 Meeting

Christine Krueger moved to approve the minutes, Gladys Tolley seconded, and the minutes were approved.


There was no correspondence.

President’s Report

President Furst handed out committee assignments for the next year, noting that anyone interested in serving on some other committee was certainly welcome to do so.

Librarian’s Report

Mr. Cooper reported that the project to retrofit all of the library’s fluorescent lights had begun.

He reported on a recent meeting with Mayor Welch, in which she expressed her willingness to help in any way she could to help the library improve its services and to get the message out to the community about those services.

Mr. Cooper detailed a number of improvements and additions to the library’s Web site, including a new book blog and a new reader’s page.

The library will start a book discussion group in September. After an in-house poll of interested readers, it was determined to hold the discussions in the evening, and to discuss mostly fiction, with the occasional non-fiction selection. The first meeting will be Tuesday, September 5th.

The library has applied for a grant through the State Library that would pay for Learning Express, an online database of practice tests for many standard exams – the GED, ASVAB, SAT, GMAT, etc.

Mr. Cooper talked about putting together a strategic planning committee, who might be on it and how people from the community might be recruited, and presented a tentative timeline of its activities.

Advanced Planning

Ms. Krueger noted that with a new influx of cash from the lease of the Mason house, it may be a good time to accept the bid from Trees, Forests and Landscapes, Inc. to plant a new tree in the west parking lot. She moved to accept the bid, Mr. Reedy seconded, and the motion passed.


There was no report from this committee.

Building and Grounds

There was no report from this committee.


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

There was some discussion of the cost of our annual audit, and why it is getting more and more expensive; as well as why the report is so long in coming.

Human Resource

Mr. Cooper told the board that the library had been notified just before the fiscal year’s first payroll went out that the city had made a change in its employee benefits. In the past, employees had paid 5% of their pay into a pension plan, and the city had matched that with a 4% contribution. They had decided to improve employee benefits by reversing that, taking a 4% deduction from employee paychecks, and matching it with 5%. Since the city administers payroll for the library, we are obligated to do the same. It means an unanticipated increase of about $3,310 for the year.


There was no report from this committee.

Old Business

There was no old business.

New Business

There was no new business. Ms. Kirkton took a moment to inform the board that a few promising candidates had put in applications for board trustee positions.


Ms. Tolley moved to adjourn, Ms. Birke seconded, and the meeting was adjourned at 8:20.

The next meeting of the Library’s Board of Trustees will be held on Wednesday, August 16 at 7 p.m.