BARTLESVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY
MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING

 

On Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 4:30 PM, the Bartlesville Public Library Board was called to order in the Board Room-Administrative Services, Bartlesville Public Library, 600 S. Johnstone, Bartlesville, Oklahoma pursuant to notice filed in the Office of the City Clerk, 401 S. Johnstone, Bartlesville, Oklahoma on May 7, 2015 and posted by 5:00 PM the same day.

 

MEMBERS PRESENT AT ROLL CALL:                ALSO PRESENT:

Mark Boekhout                                                   Joan Singleton, Director
George Halkiades                                               Denise Goff, Senior Administrative Assistant
Tyler Hartzell                                                       Karen Kerr-McGraw, Literacy Coordinator
Brittany Hess                                                      Anne Dennis, Literacy Assistant
Linda Maloney                                                    Norma Seabolt, Citizenship/Immigration Assist.
Alfreda McIntosh
Frankie Sievers
Chris Speirs

 

 

MEMBERS ABSENT AT ROLL CALL:

1 Position Vacant

 

The meeting was called to order at 4:30 PM by the Chairman, George Halkiades.

Ms. McIntosh made a motion to approve the March 10, 2015 Regular Meeting Minutes as presented. Seconded by Mr. Boekhout. Aye: Boekhout, Halkiades, Hartzell, Hess, Maloney, McIntosh, Sievers, Speirs. Nay: 0. Motion Carried.

Ms. Singleton informed the Board the Library has received two grants in recent weeks. The Phillips 66 Grant totaled $7,500. The grant paid part of the expenses for the 1920’s Program Events. It also provided for four tablets for the Youth Services Department and new e-books for the Library’s collection. The ConocoPhillips Grant was for $5,000 and it help purchase new projection equipment in the Meeting Room. The total project is estimated to cost $10,000-$12,000.

Ms. Kerr-McGraw introduced Anne Dennis, Literacy Assistant and Norma Seabolt, Citizenship/Immigration Assistant to present this year’s annual Literacy update. Ms. Seabolt was hired as part of an IMLS Immigration/ Citizenship Grant in July 2014. Ms. Kerr-McGraw was pleased to learn the grant was funded for an additional year so Ms. Seabolt will remain with Literacy Services in 2015-16. Ms. Dennis reported to Board Members as of today 115 adult learners are participating in Literacy Services. She has learned teachers are sending students to the Library if they need help. Currently, the Literacy Services Department needs additional tutors badly.  There are not enough tutors for the number of registered students.

Ms. Dennis continued say that ESL learners are emerging as a new population. She is seeing that people are having trouble with their own language skills. She recently read an article published by the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics that in 2014, in 19.9% of families in the United States no one had a job.

 

Ms. Seabolt arrived in the United States in 2004 and actually participated in the Literacy Council’s citizenship classes. She became a US citizen in 2007. She obtained her GED and took college classes.
She now teaches Citizenship class and has 10 students she works with. She also teaches some ESL classes.

Ms. Kerr-McGraw said there will be a tutor training at the end of May. If anyone is interested in becoming a tutor or know someone who is, you are welcome to attend. Mr. Halkiades told Board Members he has been a tutor for many years and it is a great program and well worth your time.

Board Members reviewed the Safety of Children and the Interlibrary Loan policies with no suggested revisions.

No additional comments were made.

No Public Comments were made at this meeting.

Items for the July 14, 2015 meeting agenda include the new fiscal year budget, annual election of officers, and the annual review of selected policies.

With no further discussion, the meeting was adjourned at 4:54 PM. The next meeting of the Bartlesville Library Board is scheduled for Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 4:30 PM in the Board Room-Administrative Services, Bartlesville Public Library.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Submitted By: Denise Goff
Senior Administrative Assistant