Council held a public hearing on the library budget on Tuesday November 6 at 7:30 (during the regular Council meeting). Council previously voted to cut the library budget by $600, which is the amount of money the library had allocated for a data plan for hotspots. The council voted November 6 to reinstate the funding for the hotspots. B. Bleck thanked the board for their support throughout the budget process and for attendance at the November 6 meeting.
The local history books the Board approved having re-bound are finished.
A few years ago Park Lawn Elementary asked to use the library as a place to which students and staff can evacuate in case of an emergency. A few weeks ago, the school submitted a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that the City Attorney Stan Riffle is reviewing now. The hope is that Park Lawn will never have to use this contingency plan, but it is good that we have our agreement documented officially just in case.
CONTINUTED SYSTEM INVOLVEMENT/AUTOMATION
C. Meyer, the director of Bridges Library System, created a helpful document about the responsibilities of board members that was included in board packets.
The PLSR Steering Committee released its recommendation report and an updated timeline for the project. Steering plans to have an additional public comment period later this fall, and hopes to submit the report to DPI in December. The Steering Committee report is available at http://www.plsr.info/recommendation-development-phase/.
FRIENDS OF OPL
The Friends board meeting was Wednesday November 7, 2018. Agenda items included reviewing the Annual Meeting, consider/act on updating the cost of Friends membership, discuss plans for Friends of the Library Appreciation Week (October 20-26, 2019), discuss updating design/content of membership cards, Consider/Act on creating a Friends eBay account, and discuss accepting credit cards for payment at book sales.
The police responded to library calls twice during the week of October 22, 2018 - once due to an intoxicated person in the parking lot, and once for a hit-and-run fender bender in the parking lot. Police and library staff handled both situations very well.
B. Bleck, L. Radder, C. Schaffer, and J. Fidler attended the Wisconsin Library Association Conference in LaCrosse.
M. Muehlenberg attended the Back in Circulation Again Conference in Madison.
The Oconomowoc Kiwanis Breakfast Club has generously offered to cover the cost of my attendance at a three-day train-the-trainer taught by the Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI). The training will take place at the Oconomowoc Community Center, and CPI has advertised the training throughout North America. This training will be an opportunity to bring new people to Oconomowoc (in addition to the main benefit of the training, which will be having new tools to diffuse high-conflict and potentially violent situations).
The library will host the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight (SSHF) Art Show, which is a large traveling display of photos depicting veterans’ experiences taking the SSHF to Washington DC to visit the WWII, Korean, Vietnam War, and other memorials. The library is happy to share that the display will be at our library from November 24 through December 14. The library will host a special guest from the SSHF Speaker’s Bureau in conjunction with the art show. The speaker will be here on Saturday December 8 at 1 pm. The board had a great idea at our last meeting, which was that the library’s column in the Enterprise in November could feature the SSHF Art Show. B. Bleck will be interviewing the library’s contact with the SSHF, Diego Betancourt, for the column. Thank you to H. Schick for connecting the library to Diego and the art show.
B. Bleck will present to the Oconomowoc Kiwanis Breakfast Club on Wednesday November 21. The group is interested in a general update from the library, as well as a summary of what she learns at the Crisis Prevention Institute Training.