TRANSCRIPT: COVID-19 Directors' Chat - October 22, 2020


Directors' Chat
Thursday, October 15, 2020

Ellen Popit/IHLS: @Julie.  I know exactly what you mean.  We've found several places that do great curbside service and I want to support them as best I can.   

Ellen Popit/IHLS: I guess AMC is renting theaters out for $99.00 for a showing from a pre-selected list and 20 guests.  That's pretty creative.

Kami-Germantown: Love curbside.  I don't have to cook.  :-)

Julie Jarman (Staunton): How about contacting wineries for free coupons,, LOL,, just kidding sort of. It has been a tough year for all of us.

Ellen Popit/IHLS: I hope they're doing a good business in this lovely weather!

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Creativity has soared though during this time.

Anna Yackle - IHLS: Rachel, I have always wanted to do that. I have heard it is really beautiful and I don't know if they did the big event this year of not.

Anna Yackle - IHLS: Julie I think our libraries have definitely been exceptionally creative. And I like the winery coupons.

Anna Yackle - IHLS: I like it when we can help some of our struggling community partners.

Rachel- Sherman PLD: I don't know either.  I've been enjoying just going on drives.  Last week we drove along the Illinois River up to Starved Rock,  Stopping to drive along the Grandview Drive in Peoria.  So pretty!

Julie Jarman (Staunton): I am thinking Kimmswick Mo- they have a beautiful town.. I will have to check those numbers though, Mo is going up again.

Shari Rawlings:  We just gave out 56 craft and candy bags to the kids in our community.

Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: Anna, our Friends group bought several gift certificates from local businesses for this past summer reading rather than ask for donations since so many local businesses had been shut down.

Ellen Popit/IHLS: I did a lot of driving last spring.  It was just good to get out of the house!

Rachel- Sherman PLD: Yes Ellen so nice!  Ellen do you know if they will add the Learning Journal feature in the new L2?

Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: Shari, what were the crafts?

Anna Yackle - IHLS: Rachel, that is a nice drive and having grown-up in East Peoria, I have always loved Grandview Drive. It really is pretty seeing all of tahe hills filled with trees along the river. And a really great misture of trees and colors.

Maria Dent - Mt. Zion District: Speaking of stress... Village of MTZ is forming another TIF.  The current one ends next year and the new one which is much larger starts next year.  The library is not in either one, but our tax dollars are frozen in the TIF.  We stand to “lose” hundreds of thousands in the next 23 years.  Our school district is leading the effort to make the best deal possible to not lose so much each year.  We shall see...  In the meantime, it is quite stressful.  I have asked and gotten some good advice on the Director’s listserv from other libraries involved with a TIF.  So thank you to the listserv:)

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Yay Shari, We are giving out Oct grab bags - we stuffed 50 bags full of art projects and small prizes. We also have a color page to go with our story walk this week - If you color it and return it, you can get a free t shirt. Smiles all around for parents, kids and staff members.

Shari Rawlings:  Kathleen ,  I just ordered Halloween and Thanksgiving crafts from Oriental Trading

Anna Yackle - IHLS: Kathleen, that was a considerate and affirming gesture on the part of your friends.

Ellen Popit/IHLS: @Maria, glad you're getting the information that is helpful.  

Rachel- Sherman PLD: @Maria I

Rachel- Sherman PLD: I'd like to hear about this in more detail.  Maybe next Med. Pubs?

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Lots of grab bags out there and I've seen fun ways of Halloween deliver----like down the arm of a ghost!

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Tif.. eww, we too are frozen here in Staunton- Our library is a city library and of course the city set up the TIF.

Maria Dent - Mt. Zion District: The part I was glad to find out about is that we can negotiate.

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Good, Maria.

Anna Yackle - IHLS: Maria, so sorry to here that. I have read several articles that have pointed out how many of the  projects original purpose was astoundingly unsuccessful. The length of time that the money is tied up is quite considerable.

Anna Yackle - IHLS: It is good that the school is leading the charge

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Maria I am glad you can negotiate..

Greg McCormick: Public Libraries should be on the look out for an announcement regarding the FY21 Public Library Per Capita and Equalization grant applications.  I imagine what we will be speaking to everyone at future member meetings and at the board meetings.   You are the first group to recieve the information - the due date shall be March 15, 2021; the application shall focus upon only the two statutory requirements - the library's tax rate and the library's operation related to the "Serving Our Public 4.0, Standards for Illinois Public Libraries".    No other requirements will be necessary.  In anticipation of completing the application, I urge you all to review the Standards and the checklist at the end of each chapter - that will make completion of the new application very easy.

Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: Ellen, maybe sometime we could have a Tif for Dummies presentation?  I've read about them but understand zilch.

Maria Dent - Mt. Zion District: I just wanted to share that a district doesn’t just need to accept, but can negotiate some terms.  Better if all or most of the taxing bodies involved act together though.  Thanks for your kind words.

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Greg----thanks for sharing that information.  Our libraries will be thrilled to hear this.  @Kathleen, that's a good idea.  It is a complex issue and getting that information about there would be great.

Maria Dent - Mt. Zion District: Thank you for sharing this Greg.

Anna Yackle - IHLS: @Kathleen, I have one to do one for Trustees but since we can do things virtually it may now be easier to find speakers and a date.

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Thank you Greg. I appreciate the heads up on this- glad the deadline was extended till March.

Rachel- Sherman PLD: Thanks Greg!  Our board of trustees has reviewed the entire Serving Our Public 4.0 this year in preparation.  :)

Shari Rawlings:  Nice to hear we have until March for the per cap grant !! We all have so much other stuff to do to keep our libraries going during this trying time

Anna Yackle - IHLS: That should read that I wanted to do one for Trustees. I had trouble getting speaker, place and time to all align. But with Zoom might  be easier and I will try to get something together.

Anna Yackle - IHLS: Greg, so many of our members will be relieved to hear this information.

Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: Anna, please ask them to use layperson explanations if we get to have one, my brain is full but I'd really like to know more about these since we are affected here.

Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: Cartoon drawings with lots of simple words is about my brain capacity lately. :-)

Ellen Popit/IHLS: @Kathleen----we're all there with you!

Shari Rawlings:  Yes, everyones brain is on Overload !!

Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: Does anyone buy crafts from a company other than Oriental Trading?  Just wanting some fresh ideas.

Lisa Winters (Allerton Public Library ): @Kathleen - occasional purchase from Michaels.

Anna Yackle - IHLS: Kathleen, when I was an undergrad I took a class called advanced math for the Liberal Arts Major and it actually did have Snoopy and Kathy cartoons.

Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: Lisa, do they have little kits?  Anna, Snoopy is the best!

Lisa Winters (Allerton Public Library ): @Kathleen - we usually have to make our own kits.

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Love snoopy. I actually have two adorable snoopy and woodstock masks :) If you have to wear one, might as well make it fun

Maria Dent - Mt. Zion District: Lisa can u share some of the kits u have put together?

Jo - Greenville Public Library: I make our storytime in the park kits.  I usually check pinterest for ideas and tweak them to make it work for us.  

Jo - Greenville Public Library: Last week, I did a scarecrow face out of a paper plate.  It involved painting, gluing, and lacing.

Anna Yackle - IHLS: I know when I had to do a lot of programming for all ages I used to scout the internet and Youtube. I know you can find lots of inspiration there. But making you own kits is ambitiousLisa.

Julia, IHLS: You may enjoy this......I just bought a baby gift from Sam's club. It was a box set of Baby Lit. It includes Romeo & Juliet, Alice in Wonderland, Pride & Prejudice, and Moby-Dick!

Lisa Winters (Allerton Public Library ): @Maria - there have been so many.  Can you check our FB page or our calendar on the library's website  The kids kits have always been popular but we now are finding the teens are really interested in the kits and we started the adult crafts back up.  I wish it wasn't so time consuming for us to put everything together.  I guess my hands aren't as nimble as they used to be.

Ellen Popit/IHLS: @Julia.  I've seen those and they're fun!

Jo - Greenville Public Library: I think it depends on how many you need.  We usually have 8-10 kids, so I make 10 kits

Julie Jarman (Staunton): I was thinking of doing craft bags for adults soon- They could use a bit of fun as well

Maria Dent - Mt. Zion District: I will.  Thanks Lisa and all for some fresh ideas.

Anna Yackle - IHLS: I just noticed it is 2 and time for us to catch our pumpkins back to work.

Jo - Greenville Public Library: Adult craft bags would be fun!

Shari Rawlings:  Have a safe and Fun weekend!!!

Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: Julia, do they have happy endings? Moby Dick for a that

Ellen Popit/IHLS: It's 2:00, so it's time to close for the week.  We'll be back in the same spot next Thursday.  See you then!

Lisa Winters (Allerton Public Library ): I will say that we have had to limit the kids kits to 40.  

Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: s funny!

Maria Dent - Mt. Zion District: Thanks all:)

Kami-Germantown: @Lisa - Thanks for the link.  Will be looking for ideas.  :-)

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Thank you all- It is always great to chat with you each week!

Jo - Greenville Public Library: Thank you all

Julia, IHLS: Baby Lit:

Anna Yackle - IHLS: Great that you joined us and we got insider info on the Per Capita. I consider this a success.

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Lisa- that is great! glad you have so many interested at your library

Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: Thanks everyone!

Greg McCormick: Be safe and well everyone!

Bill from Mt. Vernon: We've been doing kits for different age groups, and they go almost as soon as we make them available.

Julia, IHLS: Thank you everyone!

Anna Yackle - IHLS: By all. Talk to you next week. Thanks for joining us Greg.

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Our grab bags are going over well here, the kids are very happy to get them. We mail out bags to YABC and they seem to like them as well. Now I am thinking about adults?/ always something to think about for next week