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In 1938, the Hollywood movie “Jesse James” was filmed in the Missouri Ozarks. The movie, produced by Twentieth Century Fox and starring Tyrone Power, Henry Fonda, and Nancy Kelly, was primarily filmed in McDonald County, and many of its citizens took part in the movie as extras. The film, which was a box office success, was Missouri’s first major contribution to Hollywood filmmaking history. And every August the city of Pineville continues to commemorate its role in the film with its annual “Jesse James Days” celebration.
The Jesse James Movie collection includes photographs and memorabilia from the 1938 shooting of the film. These items document the arrival of Hollywood stars and production teams, the filming of the movie in Pineville and elsewhere in McDonald County, and involvement of locals. Included are on- and off-set candid shots of the movie stars.
The Missouri Digital Heritage site (formally “Virtually Missouri”) has more than 6.8 million records, including the collections of the Missouri State Archives, the Missouri State Library and more than 50 institutions from across the state. There’s a wealth of fascinating photographs, maps, state records and other historical documents. We are very pleased to be a part of this excellent resource!
Roll Call – The meeting was called to order at 4:40 p.m. Those members present were Alice Snodgrass, Erlene Gideon, Ann Kresyman, Sheila Owens, Rachel Abercrombie and Carrie Cline.
Reading of Minutes – After reading the minutes and discussing them, Sheila made a motion to approve the minutes with 2 corrections. I typo in the Director’s Report, and the Stamper for the First Books should say “Compliments of the McDonald County Libraries : Pineville, Noel & Southwest City”. Erlene seconded this, and it was approved unanimously.
Carrie presented the October statistics.
Carrie spoke at the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group at Banner Church about literacy and best books for toddlers.
Carrie attended an all-day Summer Reading Program workshop in Springfield, and came back full of ideas that we can do next summer. The 2014 grant is due November 15th.
The October book sale earned over $400. The next book sale will be in April.
November is our Crosslines month, where people with large fines can pay half of them (or whatever they can afford), the rest of their fines are waived, and all proceeds go to Crosslines. Even though funds are tight for us, we are still pleased that we can help this worthy organization with their December rush.
Call to Order – The meeting was called to order at 4:40 p.m. Those members present were Sheila Owens, Erlene Gideon, Ann Kresyman, Alice Snodgrass and Carrie Cline. Rachel Abercrombie was unable to attend.
Reading of Minutes – After reading and discussing the September minutes, Erlene made a motion to approve them as written, Ann seconded, and the motion was passed unanimously.
Carrie presented the September statistics
Carrie attended the Missouri Library Association Fall Conference in St. Louis, where she gained valuable information not only at the workshops, but in conversations with fellow librarians. All are in financial stress, some worse than others.
Two staff members were recently married, which we are all happy about.
MOREnet / Fiber Update – the McDonald County Telephone Company has the fiber installed to the Pineville building. The Ozark Telephone Company has parts on order, but is installing a higher-speed DSL connection than we have right now, and will let us use this for free until our fiber is installed.
We are presenting some classes at both locations, a Windows 8 class and an Organization class.
Because Carrie was unable to attend, Retha and Tammy attended the Southwest City School’s literacy night, where they handed out free books to the kiddos. Ann suggested that each book be stamped with “Compliments of the McDonald County Library” so everyone would know who provided the free book.
It is time once again to write our Summer Reading Program grant proposal for 2014. The manuals are in, and it is a science theme.
Call to Order – The meeting was called to order at 4:50 p.m. Those members present were Sheila Owens, Ann Kresyman (formerly Ann Crowder-Sanders), Alice Snodgrass, Rachel Abercrombie, and Carrie Cline.
Reading of Minutes – After reading the August minutes, Sheila made a motion to approve them, Ann seconded, and the minutes were approved unanimously.
The August statistics were reviewed.
Keys to the Pineville Library were misplaced, so the front door was re-keyed, with all new keys made for the staff, cleaners, and computer IT men.
Carrie got all three final grant paperwork packets in the mail this week. We will hopefully be reimbursed for this money before 2014.
We did receive our mini tech grant for 10 new laptops, which were ordered today. Because they went down in price, we were able to purchase 13 laptops with the money awarded.
Camuela has been re-doing the landscaping at the sides of the building. It will be completed next spring with the planting of different trees and shrubs.
Last month, Carrie and Wes (and Sheila and Rachel and Alice) attended the Noel Back to School Block Party. We handed out free books from First Books to many many children.
2013 Tax Levy Hearing – Alice made a motion to set the 2014 tax levy at our voted rate of $.10, Sheila seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.
Roll Call – The meeting was called to order at 4:45 p.m. Those members present were Alice Snodgrass, Sheila Owens, Ann Crowder-Sanders, and Carrie Cline. Erlene Gideon and Rachel Abercrombie were unable to attend.
*Carrie presented the statistics for May, June and July.
*Carrie gave a wrap-up of the Summer Reading Programs for children, teens, and adults.
*All three grants will end at the end of August, then final reports due in September. The library will be receiving several final grant payments toward the end of the year.
*Carrie wrote a grant proposal for 10 new laptops. If approved, the library only needs to pay 15% of the total, plus some of Bruce’s time to set them up, all of which can be taken from remaining Equalization funds.
David Long, owner of Jim’s Razorback Pizza in Jane, Missouri; receiving certificate for “Teen’s Choice Pizza Award” from Library Director Carrie Cline.
As part of our Teen Summer Reading Program this year, we encouraged all our teen participants to serve as judges for our county-wide Pizza contest. Each week for seven weeks they enjoyed a different pizzeria’s cheese, pepperoni and/or sausage pizza, and graded their opinion of the pizza by three criteria: Crust, Toppings, and overall Flavor. (More about the methodology after the detailed scoring results below.)
The top three favorites were:
First Place:Jim’s Razorback Pizza – Jane
Second Place:Hunt Brothers Pizza – Pineville (Country Market)
Congratulations to everyone who completed the program and got prizes and Freebie Cards!
This year’s Summer Reading Program once again exceeded all our hopes and expectations… Over 450 signed up this year. And it is all because of our great kids, teens, parents, and adult patrons! THANK YOU for making this another record-setting summer!
Our new Teen program was wildly popular, and we had a final party “Zombie Prom” that was simply amazing! Look for lots of fun “Zombie Prom Portraits” coming soon.
Remember that you have a month to claim your prizes and redeem your rewards! Don’t miss out on all the goodies you’ve earned.
Roll Call – The meeting was called to order at 4:30 p.m. Those members present were Erlene Gideon, Rachel Abercrombie, Alice Snodgrass, Ann Crowder-Sanders, Sheila Owens, and Carrie Cline.
Reading of Minutes – After reviewing the April minutes, Sheila made a motion to approve them as written, Ann seconded, and they passed unanimously.
Carrie presented the April statistics
There is a Tech Grant opportunity this summer that would enable us to purchase new laptops with only a 15% local match required. Carrie is going to write a grant proposal for this, due in July.
The Non Fiction Grant books have all been ordered, are being processed through right now, and are on display at each library.
The Equalization Grant is being partially used to redo and improve each of our children’s sections, including the purchase of rugs, manipulatives, and Bruce’s time to help move everything around and get set up in Pineville.
The Summer Reading Program is almost ready to kick off. The first day will be on Saturday, June 1st at the Pineville Community Center. Bruce has been working fast and furiously getting the Freebie Cards set up and to the printer, and thank you posters completed, and other registration forms and schedules ready to go. He also helped us create a 2 minute PSA about the teen program that we can show in each school to generate interest.
We actually received some A&E Funds this year to use on materials.
The Southwest City Library Empire Electric Bill was over $1000 this past month, but it turned out to be a massive billing error on the part of Empire, much to our relief!
Carrie attended another Trustee Webinar concerning By-Laws, and presented a quick rundown of Missouri State Statutes Chapter 182 that specifically governs libraries.
Roll Call – The meeting was called to order at 4:30 p.m. Those members present were Sheila Owens, Erlene Gideon, Alice Snodgrass, Ann Crowder-Sanders, Rachel Abercrombie, and Carrie Cline. Rick Peck was a visitor for a brief time.
Reading of Minutes – After reviewing the March minutes, Sheila made a motion to approve them as written, Ann seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.
Carrie presented the statistics for March.
The Book Sale starts Monday, April 15th.
Our large Obituary database has been hosted by GoDaddy very inexpensively for a long time, but now they are discontinuing this service. To save money, Charlie is going to create a database that we can host locally. He and Bruce have been getting the equipment ready this week.
This morning the entire staff attended an E-reader Petting Zoo and Training, taught by Bruce. It was very informative, and now we feel better prepared to assist our patrons on various devices.
All three libraries, especially Noel and Pineville, are re-doing the children’s spaces as an Equalization project. Neither library has enough room for all of our young patrons, and we are going to make the space larger and more appealing.
Instead of a table of prizes this year, area merchants have agreed to be part of our “Freebie Card,” which children and teens can earn this summer after reading 10 hours. This card is going to be worth a great deal of money, and they can take advantage of every offer on it.
The fixtures in the hallway near the public bathroom have never worked since I arrived in 2001. We have installed a nice little light on the wall which will light the way to the restroom very nicely.
The Non Fiction grant has been received and can be spent this coming week. The appropriate titles will be purchased ASAP, cataloged, and put out on display to check out as many times as possible before the Final Report is due in August.