December 20, 2006

The regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Webster Groves Public Library was held at 7 p.m. on December 20, 2006. President Jon Furst presided, and Library Director Tom Cooper kept the minutes. Present: Library Board Trustees Tom Reedy, Angela Birke, Bob Herdler, Celia Bouchard, Christine Krueger, Gladys Tolley, Peter Ruger, Stacy Deleste, and City Council Liaison Jeanne Kirkton.

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 7:02 p.m.

Public Agenda

There was no public agenda.

Minutes of the November 17, 2006 Meeting

Celia Bouchard moved to accept the minutes as written, Christine Krueger seconded, and the minutes were approved.


Mr. Cooper showed the Board two notes received recently from State Representative Kathlyn Fares, one thanking the library for providing wireless Internet access and the Friends of the Library for funding it, the other thanking the library for providing story times for families with special needs children.

President’s Report

Mr. Furst noted that the 2007 Calendar should be distributed at this meeting, but it was waiting until the Board considered a proposal to amend the Library’s by-laws. Article VI, Section 1 would be changed to read: ‘The board shall meet regularly on the third Wednesday of each month except December.’

Mr. Ruger moved that the by-laws be so amended, Ms. Bouchard seconded, and the amendment passed. The votes were as follows:

Ms. Birke: Aye Ms. Krueger: Aye
Ms. Bouchard: Aye Mr. Reedy: Aye
Ms. Deleste: Aye Mr. Ruger: Aye
Mr. Furst: Aye Ms. Tolley: Aye
Mr. Herdler: Aye

Librarian’s Report

Mr. Cooper noted that Library Advocacy Day is coming up in February, if any board member would like to accompany him to Jefferson City for the event.

He also presented the trustees with the service response recommendations from the Strategic Planning Committee. The recommendations were accepted as the basic blueprint for a Strategic Plan; the Board’s Advance Planning Committee will meet soon to begin work on a formal plan. Mr. Furst suggested a letter be drafted to inform the members of the Strategic Planning Committee of the Board’s acceptance of their recommendations, and to thank them for their work.

Advance Planning

There was no report from this committee.


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 November, 2007. Mr. Reedy made a motion that the financial report be approved as presented. Ms. Bouchard seconded, and the report was approved.

Mr. Cooper noted that the trustees had been given copies of the fiscal year 2005-2006 audit report; the library is now up to date on its auditing requirements.

Human Resource

Mr. Cooper noted that with the new minimum wage requirements, eight part-time employees would be given raises. The raises will be effective in the first full pay period in 2007.


There was no report from this committee.

Old Business

There was no old business.

New Business

There was no new business.


Ms. Tolley moved to adjourn, Mr. Ruger seconded, and the meeting was adjourned at 7:47 p.m.

The next meeting of the Library’s Board of Trustees will be held on Wednesday, January 17 at 7 p.m.