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Lawton Memorial Library Board Special Meeting

Wednesday, September 27, 2023


1). Chair Barbara Melvin called the special board meeting to order at 5:00 p.m. at the Lawton Memorial Library. Roll call was taken with all board members present: Melvin, Gail Muller, Georgia Everson, Donna Niles, Gwendolyn Hatfield, Carol Persons, and Kimberly Walker. Also present was Library Assistant Dana Yearous, Jean Beck, Peggy Pasker, Susan Reed, and Sharon Miessner.                     


2). Verification of posting at the Bank, Post Office, and Village Office on September 25, 2023, was given.             


3). This is a joint meeting with the Friends of the Lawton Memorial Library group, for finalizing plans for the 100-year anniversary celebration of the library.  


  • Displays: Donna gave an update. They’re setting up a timeline display and displaying books and kitchen utensils from the 1920’s in the corner curio cabinet. Barb Sarnowski is making labels for this. They have a couple of old quilts to display, and the historical society is bringing us some clothes, and a mannequin to display an educational dress. Planning to set up things tomorrow. Carol is making a photo album, doing pictures with write ups, etc. She has pics of all librarians, but one. 


  • Activities: Peggy and Gwen have a scavenger hunt set for in the garden (for the whole month of October). Doing a raffle for a nice gift basket and LAPA is helping get prizes. People can pick up a ticket at local businesses to sign up for this, which they need to bring back to the library to be entered.     Drawing is November 1st. October 16th and 18th, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. will be root beer floats, a silent movie, and a contest for creating flapper headbands or paper airplanes. Will also have crosswords and word search puzzles. Lisa is doing a “Blind Date with a Book” activity and for every 100th patron during October, they will receive a $20 LAPA gift certificate. Discussed a time capsule and decided on a suitcase of some kind to put small articles in. This will be stored inside the library (somewhere) and be opened in 25 years…the year “2048”. People can bring in small non-perishable items, we can put in our posters and items from the anniversary, make a list of current costs of things from this day and age, etc.  


  • Events: The Open House committee met before this meeting. The posters are out for the event on October 11th, from 5-7 p.m. From 5-6 p.m. will be a social time, for people to look at the displays, have refreshments, etc. At 6 p.m., Brad Steinmetz will give a history talk, then hopefully have some past librarians speak, and Village President Frank Quinn will close it out. There will also be kids’ activities, door prizes, and displays to view. Lunch will be cupcakes and other finger foods brought in, coffee, water, and lemonade. We are sending out invitations to past librarians. And a notebook will be set out for people to write memories in.   


**Also, need to get some volunteers to help setup, take care of the food area, and for cleanup.


4). Everson moved, Niles seconded to adjourn. (Carried). Adjourned at 6:00 p.m.



Kimberly Walker, Village Clerk/Treasurer

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