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The La Farge Library Board will hold a meeting on Tuesday,

January 26, 2021 at 6:15 p.m. at the Lawton Memorial Library.    

Board Members and public are invited to join by using the Zoom Option:   Meeting ID: 981 9261 48

Call into meeting:  +1 312 626 6799

  Any questions, please call 608-625-2015.




  1. Call to Order/Roll Call

  1. Verification of meeting posting

  2. Approval of previous minutes

  3. Financial Report

  4. Statistical Report

  5. Friends Update

  6. Director’s Report




  1. Winter Reading Update

  2. Bader Grant Update

  3. Solar Update

  4. Closed Dates for 2021     

  5. Public Comment      

  6. Next meeting date

  7. Adjourn  


        Kimberly Walker, Village Clerk/Treasurer

        Posted 01/25/2021    


 Lawton Memorial Library Board Meeting 

                 Regular Board Meeting          Tuesday, January 26, 2021


*6:15 p.m. Chair Barbara Melvin called the meeting to order. Due to reducing transmission of COVID-19, participants participated via Zoom. Rachel was at the library in case anyone showed up there.


*Roll Call-Present: All board members: Barbara Melvin, Georgia Everson, Donna Niles, Gail Muller, Carol Persons, Gwendolyn Hatfield, and Kimberly Walker. Also, Librarian Rachel Clift.     


*Verification of posting at the Bank, Post Office, and Village Office on January 25, 2021 was given.          


*Persons moved, Hatfield seconded to approve the minutes from the December 1, 2020 meeting. (Carried).


*Financial report: Reviewed the 2020 year. The ending balance was a positive $11,411.87. Contributing to this is the previous Librarian quitting in February, the new Librarian, Rachel, not starting until mid-May with COVID stuff, health insurance going from a family plan to a single, and no premiums being paid for 3 months. There are carryovers of $1,134.35 in resource grant funds, $564.63 in the Gates grant, and $1,184.50 for the Cropp grant. The savings has a balance of $18,368.40, plus the 2 CD’s of $3,939.64 and $9,539.64. Niles moved, Hatfield seconded to approve the financial report and to remove the remaining budget amount of $11,411.87 to the library savings account. (Carried).


*Statistical Report: The statistics were looked over. There has been a lot of curbside requests during this COVID. Computer requests are not real high. Looked over the circulation activity for checkouts, check-ins, renewals, and holds from December to the current.    


*Friends Update:    

**They did very well on their recent on-line auction and February is Love Your Library month.     


*Directors Report:       

**Rachel is working on a special project, creating a spreadsheet of what we have to offer of all the series we have on hand. This will track what books we have and be easier to look up.  

**The Take and Make Craft bags are going well. There is a new bag every 2 weeks and will continue until we are fully open again.    

**With a new strain of Covid-19, extra care is being taken. She reviewed a list of 5 items, which included hand sanitizer by all doors and staff and volunteers following/performing a few extra tasks.

**Storytime online has seen a decrease in views. This is universal with other libraries. People are getting burned out on the screen. Rachel is pre-recording this now at her home, to prevent spreading gems in the library by not having a mask on.   

**Book Club is doing well.

**Working on the annual report for DPI. This is due March 1st.



**Winter Reading Update: A thank you was given to the Friends for sponsoring this adult and kids’ bingo reading event. When a Bingo is won, they receive a mug. For additional bingos, their name is put in for a grand prize drawing at the end of February. Prizes will be drawn then for both age categories.     


**Bader Grant Update: The Bader bags are doing great. A lot of people like them. Carol mentioned she has heard positive comments. There is money left in the grant, so Rachel is planning a second round of bags for next week, with a wider variety of items and activities for the older adults and caregivers.


**Solar Update: Members of the Friends have been clearing/raking the snow from the solar panels. Rachel met with PWM Wayne Haugrud and went over what to do if we lose power and are relying on the solar.   

Along with this, Barb sent out a letter she and Rachel worked on in support of a new group called Vernon County Energy District. They are applying to the PSC for a grant and are asking for community support. The Village also submitted a letter. The village attorney has looked this over, and we are under no obligation for anything. They’re looking at future renewable energy sources.


**Closed dates for 2021:

      Friday, January 1st - New Years’ Day

              Saturday, January 2nd – New Year’s Day

              Saturday, May 29th and Monday, May 31st - Memorial Day

                   (Extra day for the Good Friday Holiday not taken)

              Monday, July 5th - Independence Day

      Saturday, September 4th and Monday, September 6th - Labor Day

                   (Extra day for Thanksgiving that always falls on Thursday, which is a closed day)

      Wednesday, November 24th – closing at 6 p.m. for Thanksgiving  

      Friday, November 26th - Thanksgiving  

              Friday December 24th and Saturday, December 25th – Christmas

              Friday December 31st and Saturday, January 1st, 2022 - New Years

*Hatfield moved, Muller seconded to approve the closed dates as stated. (Carried).


*Public comments: Gail thanked Rachel for being so considerate to her customers. Have heard nice feedback.   


*The next meeting was scheduled for March 23, 2021, at 6:15 p.m.   


*Muller moved, Niles seconded to adjourn. (Carried). Adjourned at 6:58 p.m.



Kimberly Walker, Village Clerk/Treasurer


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