TRANSCRIPT: COVID-19 Directors' Chat - September 10, 2020


Directors' Chat
Thursday, September 10, 2020


Anna Yackle- IHLS Carbondale: Hello all. did you have a good  Labor Day weekend?

Kay Burrous  South Macon: Yes.

Sara Zumwalt: good afternoon

Jeremy (Cahokia PLD): Wasn't long enough :)

Anna Yackle- IHLS Carbondale: @Kay that is great. The weather was great.

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Hi Everyone

Ellen Popit/IHLS: I agree, Jeremy!

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Never long enough

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Are your schools coming back into session?

Anna Yackle- IHLS Carbondale: When is the next holiday?

Sara Zumwalt: our schools are live 2 days a week / online 3 OR totally online

Jeremy (Cahokia PLD): I will have to check on ours.  I am pretty certain they are still remote only

Janet Carlinville PL: Speaking of holidays, are public libraries closed on Election Day?  We host a polling site in our meeting room.

Carrie Russell - Maroa Public: Our schools are M/T/Th/F in person, remote Wednesdays.

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Sara, that seems to be a pretty typical model.  Ours are going to that next week.  They're been remote for about six weeks.

Janet Cler - Tolono Public Library District: Does anyone have a Trustee Orientation packet they would be willing to share with me?

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Staunton is back, has been since Aug 13. the public school had to shut down for a few days after the first week but so far, everything is back in. Students had the choice to attend in person or do the remote

Anna Yackle- IHLS Carbondale: I was reading about how colleges are sending students with COVID home to share with their communities there instead of quarantining them on campus. not all but a good number.

Angie --- Trenton Public: In Trenton, elementary school went in-person 2 weeks ago, middle school starts in person next week.  High School starts in person 2 weeks after middle school.

Ellen Popit/IHLS: That's interesting, Angie?

Beth Fuchs: Is anyone planning a program for Family Reading Night in November?

Sara Zumwalt: @Janet I have one I can email you

Angie --- Trenton Public: They all started as remote.

Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: Janet, I think it is left up to the municipality whether offices close, at least for Groff because we fall under their umbrella.  They and the library will be open.

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Janet. great question, We have not even talked about it yet. It is getting closer all the time

Bill mfrom Mt. Vernon: We'll be open

Janet Carlinville PL: Thank you, Kathleen.

Jeremy (Cahokia PLD): I am not sure if my Board would be okay with closing for that date.

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Staunton is doing  an every day thing, all different times for different classrooms. I do not know how the parents and teachers are keeping up

Janet Cler - Tolono Public Library District: @Sara - Thanks!

Ellen Popit/IHLS: If open, do you have policies in place to assure your staff have time to vote?

Kami - Germantown: @ Beth - Family reading night.  Haven't started planning, but may have a grab and go craft.  Or something outside if weather permits.

Sara Zumwalt: i am working the election as a deputy registrar

Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: Beth, we aren't.  Even though we're a small community our positivity rate was 13% a few days ago.

Esther Curry--CE Brehm Memorial PLD: Mt Vernon City schools started in full remote, but may start in person on 9/21.

Julia, IHLS: Poll: Is your library closed on Election Day?  7-yes, 9-no, 9-hasn't been decided yet.

Jeremy (Cahokia PLD): @Ellen I am pretty sure we do not, so I will have to make that happen unless the decision is made to close

Sandy West - RLCA: Walked into the office yesterday and by 8:30 a.m. contractors came in and said we needed to move things out of the library and office for demolition.  I had no office until 4 p.m. last night and just got a connection to do some work.  I had to quickly turn off all  hold for RLC materials.

Sara Zumwalt: oh no Sandy!! that is horrible! No warning???

Mary Ray/Sidell: We are normally closed on Tuesday, not just because of election.

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Wow!  Sandy, did you have to move everything?

Sandy West - RLCA: Last week we were told 4 weeks and then they would be here.  No notice and I was the only staff member in the building.  It's a disaster zone.

Beth Fuchs: KML will be open 1/2 day Election Day.

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Oh gosh, that sounds terrible Sandy

Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: Kami, a grab and go craft is a good idea.  Is there a theme this year?

Teresa (Paris): We still have our "hole in the wall" - waiting on insurance okay to start.

Beth Fuchs: Our board voted to have a Carnival theme open house with a limit of 50 people.

Anna Yackle- IHLS Carbondale: @Teresa, did you at least get all the insulation and stuff out?

Sara Zumwalt: family reading night is November, correct?

Teresa (Paris): Still there - the contractor will do the cleanup.

Carrie Russell - Maroa Public: @Ellen - I am the only full-time, so everyone will have half a day to vote.  

Sandy West - RLCA: Circulation is gone until after construction is completed.  Beth's office stayed where she was.  Children's library is being expanded.  Wellness center going in (not your medically kind) - more for anxiety an isolation for those who feel overwhelmed.  Lost the computer lab until finished.  No student foot traffic allowed.  Unable to offer curb-side now.

Diana Donahoo_CentraliaRLD: @Sara Would you email me your Trustee Orientation packet  also?

Beth Fuchs: November 12.

Kelsey Schaep--Nashville PL: I think Family Reading Night is November 19th this year.

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Grab and Go bags are being handed out here for the months of Sept and Oct. I have not thought of Nov yet or family reading night ?

Sara Zumwalt: @Diana certainly!

Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: Sara, me too, please.

Beth Fuchs: We celebrate a week early to avoid school events.

Jeremy (Cahokia PLD): @Sara Would it be possible to get me in on this?

Anna Yackle- IHLS Carbondale: @Sara and anyone else who has a trustee orientation package can you mail it to me as well so I can hve them on hand for the future.

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Here's the family reading night link:

Sara Zumwalt: yes @ Kathleen no problem!   no Anna you can't have mine :P

Kelsey Schaep--Nashville PL: @ Sara Could I also have a copy?

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Me too please Sara--

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Alyson, would you remind us what library you're from?

Anna Yackle- IHLS Carbondale: @Sara, you monster. I know where your library is and I know where you used to summer. I can find you.

Diana Donahoo_CentraliaRLD: We've done Books for Treats at Halloween the last couple of years. We are going to change it up a little and move it outside this year.

Sara Zumwalt: yes I will Jeremy and Kelsey and Julie LOL Anna

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Thank you! :)

Bill mfrom Mt. Vernon: I could use an orientation package(s) as well.

Shelley (Hillsboro Public Library): Hi everyone! I have a patron "problem" I need some help with this week.

Sara Zumwalt: i am doing a storywalk and trick or treating on Halloween Eve -- outside of course -- because Halloween is my Christmas (not religion , just holiday preference lol)

Sara Zumwalt: ok Bill!

Ginger - Athens: @sara, maybe just send it to everyone? ha!

Beth Fuchs: Thanks Ellen!  we usually do our own thing.  This year, since we had no town homecoming with  a little King and Queen, we are crowning all the children who attend.

Anna Yackle- IHLS Carbondale: When we finally get our new website, I am hoping to have a Trustee page. I have been looking at other states for examples and trying to collect info to share on it. I am open to suggestions and documents.

Julie Jarman (Staunton): We are loving the Story Walk theme. I have An Old Lady who swallowed a bat up now- along with Sept grab bags

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Sara what is your storywalk ?

Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: I'm thinking about having a pumpkin decorating contest through the Friends.  Pay $5 to enter your decorated pumpkin and let the community vote.  It would all be set up outside.  A man from our local American Legion suggested it.

Sara Zumwalt: @ginger i'm thinking so lol

Shelley (Hillsboro Public Library): @Ellen. Count me on your statistics as attending. I forgot to sign in on L2. Still don't remember my password. Been too busy to take the time to figure that out.

Alyson: Hi, Ellen. Marshall Public Library

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Thanks, Alyson!

Sara Zumwalt: not sure yet Julie But there will be inflatable ghost trees!! LOL

Anna Yackle- IHLS Carbondale: I am still trying to figure the new L2 out as well. How are you all finding it?

Shelley (Hillsboro Public Library): Ok so I got an issue I need help with. How do you deal with "stinky" patrons?  (I already had one conversation with the person, but I need to readress it and not sure how to do that).

Bill mfrom Mt. Vernon: Instead of Books for Treats we are doing a reading challenge and they get a free book when they finish the challenge.

Julie Jarman (Staunton): I have grab bags with Halloween items to hand out for Oct. maybe some small bags of candy to go in them too- it is still being worked out. We are having fun stuffing grab bags

Shelley (Hillsboro Public Library): Switching to purple. Pink is too light to see.

Sara Zumwalt: Shelley that can be a violation of patron behavior policy IF yours is worded hight

Shelley (Hillsboro Public Library): It is.  But I've already had one talk with him and not much has changed.

Sara Zumwalt: @ Kathleen I like that idea

Julia, IHLS: @Shelley, if you know what email address you used, you can click on Forgot Password and L2 will email it to you.

Julie Jarman (Staunton): shelley we have all had our share of those-

Beth Fuchs: Are we able to register for Members’ Day on November 10 yet?  I cannot see a whole calendar on the new site???

Shelley (Hillsboro Public Library): Hate to kick him out, but I might have to?!  

Kristen McCormack: Could I please have the orientation packet too

Shelley (Hillsboro Public Library): But how do I got about this.

Diana Donahoo_CentraliaRLD: @Bill that's a good idea!

Shelley (Hillsboro Public Library): Do i tell him he needs to "start taking better care of himself" or else we will have to ban him temporarily?

Anna Yackle- IHLS Carbondale: @Shelley, do you have a patron behavior policy. If the stench is impacting on the use adn enjoyment of other library users than they can be asked to leave until they are less fragrant.

Shelley (Hillsboro Public Library): How do you tell someone they reak?

Bill mfrom Mt. Vernon: I have had to do so to a couple who always stunk of cat urine. Not a fun task

Shelley (Hillsboro Public Library): It's mainly a board member that is complaining. But it is against policy.

Shari Hope Welty: Our Preschool storytime in the park is going great. The parents really love it. So far I have had new people every week. Plus the regulars

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Does your policy state you can ask the person to leave the library after multiple warnings?

Shelley (Hillsboro Public Library): @Julie. No but maybe we should change that in the policy that they can be banned after multiple warnings. But how many warnings should I give?

Julia, IHLS: @Beth, registration for IHLS Member Day on Nov. 10 will open later this month!

Shelley (Hillsboro Public Library): Also how do you even address it to begin with and tell them politely that they stinky?

Beth Fuchs: Thanks Julie!

Shelley (Hillsboro Public Library): The first time I made it sound more like a concern about access to laundry and mentioned his dirty clothes.  I asked if he had enough clothes and access to laundry.

Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: I found the whole calendar by accident the other day.  Click on events and then towards the middle of the screen there is a calendar link.

Beth Fuchs: Ok.  Thanks!

Shelley (Hillsboro Public Library): He has access to laundry and (I think a shower), but he wears dirty clothes. That part is starting to get better but still smells like sour milk and poopy diaper.

Anna Yackle- IHLS Carbondale: @Shelley, you have to be careful that it does not appear you are asking them to leave because of any other reason. If it is in your policy than you can. Never a fun conversation. Can you offer them some solutions? Are they homeless?

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Shelley, look at some of the work that Ryan Dowd has done.  I think libraries have used different strategies to help people like your patron in some supportive ways.  I don't know if I'm imagining this, but some have discreet "self'care" kits made up that they can share with patrons.

Shelley (Hillsboro Public Library): It is in our policy. Not homeless.

Shelley (Hillsboro Public Library): But I'm more concerned about the language and how to say it.

Anna Yackle- IHLS Carbondale: That is right Ellen. I think if you Google it you might find some scenarios online.

Shelley (Hillsboro Public Library): Any ideas for how to tell him that he needs to take better care of himself. Is that language polite enough?

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Shelly, here you go:

Shelley (Hillsboro Public Library): We plan to give him some self-care kits, but that might not make a difference if he isn't showering or continues to wear dirty clothes.

Shelley (Hillsboro Public Library): He's not homeless though.  

Shelley (Hillsboro Public Library): Could be a mental health issue, I don't know.

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Shelley, it is tough. and you need to be careful- especially a mental health issue. Tread lightly so he does not feel backed into a corner.

Carrie Russell - Maroa Public: @Ellen, those are great!

Shelley (Hillsboro Public Library): I do plan to ask him if he wouldn't mind a self care kit. But not sure how tell him he needs to take care of himself or we will have to start banning him.

Anna Yackle- IHLS Carbondale: I worked at a library that had a significant homeless problem and we would leave clean used clothing and fresh socks in a location that they could be accessed  with out too much attentions.

Shelley (Hillsboro Public Library): Anyone suggestions for positive phrasing on that?

Rachel-Sherman PLD: Great resource Ellen!  I like the "Hey, you probably didn’t know, but you have a little bit of an odor. " approach.

Shelley (Hillsboro Public Library): @Rachel. Thanks. I might try that.

Sara Zumwalt: we use the "we've had some patron complaints about your body odor"

Shelley (Hillsboro Public Library): I might put the emphasis on "we have received some complaints"....

Shelley (Hillsboro Public Library): exactly sara. I think I"ll have to put it that way.

Shelley (Hillsboro Public Library): I just hope I don't offend him to much because he is a "regular"

Anna Yackle- IHLS Carbondale: Once you experience really filthy, smelly wet socks on a radiator it was worth donating money to the fund.

Sara Zumwalt: eewwww Anna

Shelley (Hillsboro Public Library): @Anna     EWWWWWWWW

Ellen Popit/IHLS: @Shelley, there was some helpful language in that link.

Rachel-Sherman PLD: I remember a yoga instructor tell me she had to address this same issue.  The person was not aware they had an odor issue.  They were upset at first, but came back to the studio three months later thanking the instructor.  They realized their bath towels were the problem.

Shelley (Hillsboro Public Library): I think that person didn't use common sense there.

Shelley (Hillsboro Public Library): @Ellen. Ok I"ll check it out!

Don Pippin, Philo: If he is a regular is this a new issue with him? Or has it been occurring for an extended period of time?

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Omgosh, Anna-. I am picturing socks now melting on the radiator.

Shelley (Hillsboro Public Library): @Rachel.   WOW!  That's interesting.

Shelley (Hillsboro Public Library): @Don.   Yes the issue IS new! That's why I'm wondering if it's a mental health thing or medical problem? I dunno.

Shelley (Hillsboro Public Library): Didn't notice it until the past two-three months

Beth Fuchs: Any instructions from the State Library on Kid Cards yet?

Don Pippin, Philo: I too was wondering if it could medical?

Shelley (Hillsboro Public Library): But I do think he lost a lot of clothes when he was a bit transient before coming back to the area.  So I plan to seek out donations for clothes in a self care kit.

Anna Yackle- IHLS Carbondale: With Covid, maybe people are having trouble paying utilities. What kind of social services can you make him aware of in your community?

Shelley (Hillsboro Public Library): I already donated my hubby's old clothes to him.  Which is weird seeing him wear them. But at least going to a good cause.

Sara Zumwalt: @Ellen do you know what percentage of IHLS libraries are open vs curbside or closed?

Shelley (Hillsboro Public Library): @Anna. He is already on a link card. There is also a Salvation Army and there is some sort of  Family Services (but I don't know what they do)

Shelley (Hillsboro Public Library): Again, I'm at the point it might be more that he isn't showering, then the clothes issue or maybe both.

Shelley (Hillsboro Public Library): Can't make someone shower.

Shelley (Hillsboro Public Library): Maybe I can get a donation of clogne for him?

Julie Jarman (Staunton): maybe just some spray on deodorant in his bag might do the trick

Jeremy (Cahokia PLD): @Sara  That's a good question.  We are still curbside.

Shelley (Hillsboro Public Library): @Julie. That's a good idea!

Ellen Popit/IHLS: @Sara, I could only guess.  I think most are opening their buildings to some degree (and it varies widely), but there a number of libraries (especially where numbers are high) are only doing curbside and that is often from the advice given by their local health departments.

Bill mfrom Mt. Vernon: Trying to cover a bad scent with cologne works very badly, the smell becomes even worse

Anna Yackle- IHLS Carbondale: @Shelly no cologne, that can sometimes create an even more rancid mixture.

Shelley (Hillsboro Public Library): I think Greenville is still curbisde but not sure.

Julia, IHLS: If it is just the past few months, with COVID and being at home more often, some people may not be doing the same self care as they used to. I didn't have an Zoom calls today so I didn't put on makeup today.

Sara Zumwalt: we have been open since June 1.... just no programming

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Cassandra Thompson, do you have any additional insight?

Shelley (Hillsboro Public Library): I heard from a relative, Monticello is curbside but they can go inside to pick up books.

Anna Yackle- IHLS Carbondale: @Sara so are you totally open? No restrictions?

Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: Since you've already talked to him, you might say that you are still receiving complaints and ask that he shower with bath products each time before he comes to the library and that you love have him as a patron and want to keep him able to come to the library.

Sara Zumwalt: yes Anna

Lisa Winters (Allerton Public Library): @Shelley - yes Monticello is open with reduced hours 3 days a week with curbside 2 days a week.

Angie --- Trenton Public: Trenton is open regular hours.  Never did curbside.  No programming except for book club.

Beth Fuchs: KML has been fully open since July 1.

Shelley (Hillsboro Public Library): Thanks everyone for your ideas about the body odor issue. I think I'm going to take a comprehensive approach, by  1) telling him about the complaints 2) Give him a self care kit  3)Give new clothes and last resort is banning for a day.

Rachel-Sherman PLD: I can think of four libraries in my area that are not allowing browsing of stacks.

Deb Paxton Carnegie: We are open regular hours, following health guidelines. A lot of folks still order and pick up.

Bill mfrom Mt. Vernon: Got our Per Capita, last year it was Dec. I wonder when it will be next year?

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Staunton has been open to the public since July 6- curbside the month of June starting June 8 -- but the plan is,, if the numbers go up and school is closed down again, the library might return to curbside. It  is an on going discussion.

Esther Curry--CE Brehm Memorial PLD: Mt Vernon was open for Curbside in June. We've been open with limited numbers &  hours since July 1

Shelley (Hillsboro Public Library): @Kathleen. I think that is a great way to put it as I have a good relationship with him and don't want him to not feel welcome here as he comes here every day. Thanks for help with the phrasing!

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Good luck

Shelley (Hillsboro Public Library): Thank you all!

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Good luck Shelley, I hope it helps the situation

Anna Yackle- IHLS Carbondale: The whole reopening thing is tricky because some areas are still having increases in cases.

Shari Hope Welty:  We have been open the middle of June , but now seems a few more people are asking for curbside.

Sara Zumwalt: we havent had any trouble since we opened.

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Staunton does not have any programming, just grab bags for the young ones, no chairs, three patron computers, our Max inside is 20 but it has been slow.

Bill mfrom Mt. Vernon: Our curbside requests have been way down this month

Jeremy (Cahokia PLD): Cahokia's numbers and the rise in the county and region overall recently has put us where we don't feel comfortable opening yet.  It was funny because I have been on these chats talking about my Board putting some pressure to open on me,  but in our August meeting, they put out a timeline to reopen that was a longer period than I was looking at.  Threw me off a bit.

Anna Yackle- IHLS Carbondale: Does everyone plan on continuing curbside. People really love it, it will be hard to take that away.

Debra (Nokomis): We have been open since June 1st, with no programs or seating.

Kay Burrous  South Macon: Our schools started Aug. 31st.  Parents choice whether to send them or online.  We will not be closed Election Day.

Sara Zumwalt: we start programs in October -- story hour, LEGO Club, craft night for adults

Julie Jarman (Staunton): This week we are starting a letter writing campaign. sending out nice notes to those we have not seen since the Covid- just letting them know we ae here,, for inside and for curbside.

Anna Yackle- IHLS Carbondale: @Jeremy, I remember that is interesting.

Cassandra Thompson, IHLS: @Sara, almost all of SHARE public libraries are open in some capacity and accepting interlibrary loans. Schools are a different story.

Shari Hope Welty: Our high school  has had 7 cases last week, so high school is all remote  for 2 weeks

Ellen Popit/IHLS: What a nice idea, Julie!

Rachel-Sherman PLD: Yes Anna!  Our new mothers LOVE curbside especially!

Julie Jarman (Staunton): since the shutdown I should rephrase that.. not covid. LOL

Kami - Germantown: I am working out a Book Bingo activity.  I have cards ready to go.  Just need to choose a start and end date and make sure I have prizes set aside.

Sandy West - RLCA: Back to moving books off shelves.  Just wanted to get in a quick update

Sara Zumwalt: @Kami I have a reaching challenge to the end of the year: Hurry Up, 2021!

Anna Yackle- IHLS Carbondale: Good luck Sandi

Sara Zumwalt: bye Sandy! Hang in there!

Shelley (Hillsboro Public Library): @Julia.  Hillsboro Library is open on Election Day. But I plan to offer to cover my staff on desk if they want to vote (since I'm not super into politics myself).

Jeanine Benanti/WSPLD: I think curbside has to remain an option for my library, especially since we are approaching fall/winter and cases could get worse to the point of requiring us to close again.

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Great title!

Julie Jarman (Staunton): We are trying to do a little something for all age groups. YA we are sending out care packages once a month or so, our story time group get letters letting them know about our Story walk and our grab bags. Keeping it fun!

Kelsey Schaep--Nashville PL: Our patrons HATE curbside. As soon as we reopened our building with restrictions, our curbside pickups decreased drastically.

Shari Hope Welty:  Book Bingo for the fall sounds like  Fun

Beth Fuchs: Kid Card info?

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Btw, any ideas what YAs like? we bought some nice Abe Lincoln paperbacks for the YABC,, I am just not sure what else to put in their care packages ? I asked my daughter Jess- she is 28 and did not have a clue this time.

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Not yet, Beth!

Sara Zumwalt: @ Beth I have not heard anything about it lately

Jeremy (Cahokia PLD): We are offering as much as we can curbside, I will say that.  Materials, copies, faxes, scans, notaries, library card registration, and take home activities as part of our programming.

Kami - Germantown: YA's - Maybe Jolly Ranchers, gum, they like food.  :-)  Book marks with lists of online activities.

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Hope everyone is looking at the grants offered by the State Library!

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Kami- love the Book Bingo idea

Sara Zumwalt: @ elllen all submitted

Carrie Russell - Maroa Public: @Kami - we do the bookmarks, too.  Online activities/resources, and other things - computers, wifi, printing, etc.

Julia, IHLS: IHLS Grants page:

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Thanks Kami. I am adding those ideas to my list- very helpful. I am clue less as to what to put in there.

Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: Kami, would you send me the book bingo info, please?  that's a great idea!

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Yay, Saa!

Kami - Germantown: @Kathleen- Sure.  I will scan the cards I have and email them to you.

Shari Hope Welty:   You can find book bingo ideas on Pinterest

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Thanks Carrie- I will check that out ASAP

Anna Yackle- IHLS Carbondale: @Sara did you go fro all of the grants?

Sara Zumwalt: @ Anna yes ma'am!

Sara Zumwalt: I just got a local grant for all new PCs, monitors, flatbed scanners, photo scanners

Anna Yackle- IHLS Carbondale: @Sara how was filling out the Broadband one?

Julie Jarman (Staunton): wow Sara- that is great!

Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: Sara, who from?  I'd love to have a larger scanner for scrapbooks in our local history that are fragile and a photo and slide scanner.

Sara Zumwalt: @Anna I am really good at "faking it".... I just told them what I needed to get high speed internet here *shrug*

Julie Jarman (Staunton): We did two of the grants. still thinking about the Digital tech grant  and what the focus would be for Staunton if so..

Sara Zumwalt: @Kathleen it's a Litchfield trust. Gives out $1000s every year

Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: Sara, guessing they only distribute to Litchfield area?

Sara Zumwalt: @Kathleen yes sorry :(

Ellen Popit/IHLS: @Julie, I know that in our conversations about the Digital Access grant, it's all about provided wi-fi access to patrons as more and more of us work and study remotely.

Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: Ellen, how does that work with the library as a provider?  I'm totally ignorant about hot spots, etc.

Julie Jarman (Staunton): It is on the agenda for our board meeting on Mon- does this mean something like adding Hoopla or Scholastic Teachables? or something else?

Sara Zumwalt: hot spot costs were wayyyy too high for us to consider. plus theft would be an issue around here

Deb Paxton Carnegie: I've submitted the PPE application so far.

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Julie, it's more about extending your wi-fi----making in stronger and broader.  

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Hot spots would also be interesting but I hear Stn Schools received a grant for this now too so?

Bill mfrom Mt. Vernon: I've done the PPE and the Books grants. I have been told that the Tech one won't cover hotspots

Sara Zumwalt: @Deb problem with PPE is nothing is available. All the sanitizers are backordered for months lol

Shari Hope Welty: I have submitted the PPE  grant

Deb Paxton Carnegie: LOL

Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: Bill, what did your grant include then?

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Thanks Ellen- that does make better sense. I will share that bit of info with the board. as the grant reads, it does not sound like HOt spots are allowed

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Julie, here's the link to the grant and they give good examples:

Deb Paxton Carnegie: Thinking about the book grant

Bill mfrom Mt. Vernon: I didn't do one, we are lucky and are Tech is pretty up to date.

Bill mfrom Mt. Vernon: our not are

Bill mfrom Mt. Vernon: Need more coffee

Julie Jarman (Staunton): basically, I need to contact our provider and see what it would take to boost our technology. ( not a teckie ) etc

Ellen Popit/IHLS: The grant will not cover hot spots that would be checked out to individual patrons.  The grant is geared to technology that would still be helpful even in the instrance of buildings being closed again.

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Thanks for sharing Ellen-

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Ellen, I have that info already. I just need to read it again. LOL thanks :)

Sara Zumwalt: ugh... i dont want to think about closing again :(

Ellen Popit/IHLS: No one does, Sara!  We'll just have to see what the winter months bring!

Anna Yackle- IHLS Carbondale: You can always reach out to the Development Group at the State Library with questions about the grants. They are very nice and exrtremely helpul.

Shari Hope Welty:  I sure hope we can at least do curbside

Julie Jarman (Staunton): I am leaning on Curbside if Staunton goes down again,  that is the plan right now. I can not even imagine if we have to close again. argh!!!

Anna Yackle- IHLS Carbondale: Who is attendign ARSL?

Carrie Russell - Maroa Public: @Anna - I am.

Esther Curry--CE Brehm Memorial PLD: I am

Rita Stephens ISL: If you are in need of help with the ISL grants offering , please call  217-557-0136 for Aliese at our office, she will transfer your number to the proper person the answer the question.  The 800 number has had problems.

Diana Donahoo_CentraliaRLD: @Anna I am.

Julie Jarman (Staunton): I am adapting fairly well now to the new 7 day state mandated quarantine though.. once the shock wore off. How is everyone else doing on this?

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Thanks, Rita!

Kami - Germantown: @ Julie - need more boxes.  :-)  We'll adapt soon.

Peggy - MVE: @Anna - I am

Anna Yackle- IHLS Carbondale: Maybe those of us attending should do a zoom meeting to talk about what we liked best and whatideas you plan on using.?

Julie Jarman (Staunton): I just signed up with ARSL. very excited. thanks everyone for sharing this group with all of us

Bill mfrom Mt. Vernon: Every spare cart we have is full now.

Julie Jarman (Staunton): I am finding that out too- need more boxes here too

Esther Curry--CE Brehm Memorial PLD: And we keep running out of tubs

Anna Yackle- IHLS Carbondale: I love the in person conference but I  really am getting excited for the online version now.

Shari Hope Welty:  We are doing ok with the 7 days, but books are taking a long time to get back to us. Some patrons not happy with having to wait so long to get a book they have requested.

Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: I must have mised the seven day quarantine mandate.  Where can I find that info?

Shelley (Hillsboro Public Library): @Debra from Nokomis. Do you plan on starting back up programs at all anytime soon.

Carrie Russell - Maroa Public: It's a good thing we're not doing any in-person programming, because all of our conference tables are being used for quarantine

Sara Zumwalt: @ Bill... ours too and we aren't share  Cannot imagine how many we would need if we were

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Kathleen check out the IHLS - it is there

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Kathleen, here you go:

Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: Thanks, Julie and Ellen!  Haven't had a chance to look on there much lately.

Bill mfrom Mt. Vernon: Also having a shortage of tubs

Debra (Nokomis): @ Shelley No, there have been to many new cases. How about you?

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Carrie we know longer have a conference room. It is now the Q room/ 2020, never dull

Bill mfrom Mt. Vernon: 5 or 6 cases a day for Jefferson county

Julie Jarman (Staunton): no, not know, it is getting late in the day for me. lol

Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: Rita, do you know if the State offers any grants that would cover slide scanners, film scanners, movie reel conversion, etc. of local history items?

Anna Yackle- IHLS Carbondale: At least we do not have forest fires or 11 inches of snow on top of covid

Julie Jarman (Staunton): We might have to start using the floor for storage next.

Sara Zumwalt: @ Anna.... YET

Ginger - Athens: Working the desk too, so I'm behind... what type of books did you all request for the book grant?

Julie Jarman (Staunton): never say never-- that is for sure.

Jeremy (Cahokia PLD): Can we buy more tubs for use?

Carrie Russell - Maroa Public: @Anna - no kidding!  Most of my family is in Washington, in some of the fire areas there.

Sara Zumwalt: @ Ginger... curricula support for K-6 (nonfiction common core)

Rachel-Sherman PLD: Jeremy our delivery driver said boxes of lids would probably be ok to use if we run out of bins.

Shari Hope Welty:  Does anyone know if  there is any grants for  updating our lights

Jeremy (Cahokia PLD): Is there a way to set that up through IHLS so we have more tubs?  I will certainly buy some.

Rachel-Sherman PLD: boxes with lids*

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Jeremy, stay tuned.  We're trying to arrange a meeting for all of us to discuss delivery and that would be a great place to talk about tubs!

Jeremy (Cahokia PLD): And @Rachel, thank you for that info

Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: Ginger, I feel your pain.  I work the desk all day, everyday and fit in director stuff in 5 minute increments.  My head hurts!  lol

Bill mfrom Mt. Vernon: Job hunting, there is always a demand for that when unemployment is high, but mainly popular fiction and non-fiction. When unemployment is high out circ stats go up.. Hopefully things will be back to near normal next year.

Diana Donahoo_CentraliaRLD: We wrote the Back to Books grant for audiobooks

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Bill Staunton is above 70 now- for the daily total- in   a town of 5100.. mostly 20 and 30 yr olds now showing up with the virus

Bill mfrom Mt. Vernon: @Julie-Ow

Ellen Popit/IHLS: We're past two.  This hour has flown.  You guys are the best!

Anna Yackle- IHLS Carbondale: @Carrie hope they are all safe

Julia, IHLS: @Jeremy, you can try calling your hub manager and letting them know you need more tubs.

Peggy - MVE: Thank you

Shari Hope Welty: Have a great weekend !!

Jeremy (Cahokia PLD): @Julia - Thank you!

Julie Jarman (Staunton): I know, we held at 7 during the shutdown.. so that is news for us

Sara Zumwalt: Bye  thanks for this

Anna Yackle- IHLS Carbondale: Talk to you all soon. Take care, stay healthy and prevent forest fires.

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Thanks everyone

Jeremy (Cahokia PLD): Thank you all!  Take care!

Julie Jarman (Staunton): smokey bear is on here too

Ellen Popit/IHLS: TAke care!

Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: Thank you all!

Debra (Nokomis): Thanks everyone! Stay safe!

Shelley (Hillsboro Public Library): Bye Everyone! Thanks for any and all advice given.