TRANSCRIPT: COVID-19 Directors' Chat - September 17, 2020

TRANSCRIPT

Directors' Chat
Thursday, September 17, 2020

 

Ellen Popit/IHLS: How is everyone this afternoon. The weather's awfully pretty!

Carrie Russell - Maroa Public: Gorgeous day!  Doing well - how are you?

Mary Ray/Sidell District Library: Fall has arrived!

Jeremy (Cahokia PLD): Doing well!  Wishing I was outside haha

Kami - Germantown: Beautiful weather!!

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: It's lovely outside!

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Welcome, Mary!  Mary is a brand-new director----glad you've joined this group.  It's a great forum for discussion and questions!

Deb Paxton Carnegie: Welcome Mary!

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: Hi, Mary! Welcome!

Ginger - Athens: Welcome, Mary. I was new in July. It's a fun job! ;)

Ellen Popit/IHLS: And welcome to Ginger, another new director!  Glad you're here, as well!

Mary Ray/Sidell District Library: I am happy to be here!

Ginger - Athens: I feel like old news by now... ha

Deb Paxton Carnegie: Welcome Ginger!

Carrie Russell - Maroa Public: Hi, Mary!

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Anyone who has worked through the last several months has earned their keep!

Carrie Russell - Maroa Public: Hi, Ginger!

Marsha Burgener: Good afternoon everyone!

Deb Paxton Carnegie: @Ellen for sure!!

Ellen Popit/IHLS: What are you dealing with this week?

Carrie Russell - Maroa Public: @Ellen, it's sure been challenging!

Deb Paxton Carnegie: Just completed 2nd grant application!

Mahomet JohnH: I can only be here a few minutes - and may have to jump in and out.  But I would like to talk about delivery and the quarantining at the hubs.

Kami - Germantown: This is the third week of classes from the local school coming in for check out.  I think we have a rhythm down now.  :-)  

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Please feel free, John.  I'm glad that Susan Palmer has joined us!

Kelsey Schaep--Nashville PL: Welcome Mary and Ginger!

Teresa Pennington (Paris): I did my first in-person program to the Chamber of Commerce's Future Leaders group yesterday as part of their local government session

Mahomet JohnH: It seems to me that quarantining at the hubs has two benefits to libraries.  The first is that it alleviates space problems for libraries for which that applies.  That is good and I see no problems with that.

Mary Ray/Sidell District Library: Thanks for welcome wishes!

Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: Ellen, do you know how long the items sit in tubs after they are sorted before we receive them in the delivery?

Susan IHLS: I am glad to be here as well. I know all the changes have been somewhat confusing. My apologies.

Deb Paxton Carnegie: @Teresa, how did that go?

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Kathleen,as long as she's here, I'll defer all delivery questions to Susan.

Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: Oops, didn't see she was on!  Do you know Susan?

Susan IHLS: @Kathleen... after the sorters sort the tubs, then are placed for the drivers in the morning. So they are literally turned around next day.

Teresa Pennington (Paris): I@Deb It works better when I can do it as part of a library tour, but I had a Powerpoint presentation at city hall - talked about the library, IHLS, and the current state of library service.

Mahomet JohnH: The second is that it provides consistency - we know that every tub has actually been quarantined and don't have to worry that some libraries may not be doing so.   This consistency is important - it makes us more confident in going ahead and processing everything that comes in without an additional quarantine period.  But this only works if every library is quarantining at the hub - and libraries aren't opting out.  That part worries me.

Deb Paxton Carnegie: @Teresa..sounds good!

Carrie Russell - Maroa Public: @Susan, so we should quarantine them when they come in?  Or are they all handled with gloves and masks?

Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: Susan, thank you!  I'm thinking of incorporating that time into our seven day quarantine since the drivers don't handle the items.

Susan IHLS: At times, especially in the beginning, they may have to sit an extra day. Then are sorted. The volumes are not consistent. Seems like on Mondays and Tuesdays, they are the heaviest.

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: My library is one of the ones opting out at this point. We have plenty of space and we have a system down. We quarantine for seven days coming in and seven going out.

Esther Curry--CE Brehm Memorial PLD: @Susan--Libraries open on the weekends keep filling tubs.

Deb Paxton Carnegie: I quaratine everything, no matter where it comes from, before checking in. Our patrons are now used to the procedure, and expect a delay. It's all for the health of staff as well as the public!

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: We do the same, Deb!

Deb Paxton Carnegie: @Bobbi..safety first!! Peace of mind for me and my staff!

Mahomet JohnH: I would really like to cut down the time my patrons are waiting by processing tubs as soon as they arrive.  Which we should be able to do.  I trust the system staff not to add virus to them at the hubs based on the procedures they are following.

Deb Paxton Carnegie: I'm considering a Story Walk..any suggestions? Tight budget here!

Susan IHLS: Here is what we are doing in delivery. Sorters come in...have to have their temperature taken and needs to be below the recommended level of 100.4. If they have a fever, they go back home. Then the sorters wear masks and do mandatory every half hour hand washing. We encourage them to wash their hands more, but mandatory is the thirty minutes. They spray the outside of the tubs with special attention to the lids and handles. Then the tubs are set out for the driver. The driver comes in the next morning and loads his van. He too is wearing a mask and washing his hands.

Mahomet JohnH: We can also opt out if needed - we have a system in place and have the room at the moment.  Susan, how badly do you need libraries that can do so to opt out?

Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: Susan, I'm confused.  So when a driver picks up a tub at my library, is it held in quarantine for seven days at the hub before sorting?  

Susan IHLS: Thank you to those who are able to still quarantine in their libraries. It is appreciated. I totally realize this is, in the beginning totally confusing. We will get to a routing. And thank you @Esther, that is true. Mondays and Tuesdays have always been the heaviest. I was thinking that also in addition those are the days that we can pick up more days of quarantined items since those two days count towards the seven....lol. So many circles of thought.

Deb Paxton Carnegie: We can opt out if need be. I have space here and a routine in motion.

Susan IHLS: @John, we are not sure yet. Maybe reach out to Linda K and let her know that you could be among the last to have the quarantine tubs at the hub. We appreciate all that are able because the reality the volumes, while a bit less than last year, seven days worth of items is like the holiday times...

Ginger - Athens: I know many were appalled that we were offering in-person programming a few weeks ago, but it is going really well... we offer three story hours (most attendees has been seven one time) and the kids sit on foam squares while the adults sit on plastic chairs. We disinfect both after use. Families are glad to be using the library... Our county had a county fair last weekend, so our board still thinks it is important to host families here as well. Just wanted to update!

Susan IHLS: @Kathleen. We are just starting a new procedure. Leslie Bednar felt the pain of the libraries who do not have the space for seven days of quarantine as well as the impact of having all those tubs sitting there reminding you that they still haven't been sorting . So we are in the process of bringing those currently quarantined tubs back to the hubs where we will keep them until the total number of days reaches 7. We will be bringing them in house for the quarantine.

Ginger - Athens: @ Deb, what about tying it to Halloween? Do a Halloween book with no-contact treats at the end?

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: We're doing pumpkin painting October 17th. We're offering two sessions of max 20 patrons each. The program with be outside.

Deb Paxton Carnegie: @Ginger..great idea!

Deb Paxton Carnegie: @Bobbi..FUN!

Susan IHLS: IF your library is able to keep them in your library, that is good as well. WE appreciate it. You need to reach out to your hub manager and let them know if you want to keep the tubs in your library. Otherwise our drivers are bringing everything back.

Ginger - Athens: Oh, and i require all in attendance to wash hands in the bathroom directly before storytime. The kids are trained now and know that at 10:30 we wash our hands!

Deb Paxton Carnegie: I'm trying to figure out how to mount story pages securely so they don't blow away. We can't spend a ton of $$

Susan IHLS: And yes, it will be chaotic at first. But once we get back all that is there, the libraries will just need to be setting one day out. Then in our hub, we are staging the different days by dates. The sorters will pull those tubs that have marinated for seven days and sort them back into the tubs to go out.

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: The paints for the pumpkins will be pre-measured out and patrons can keep the paint brushes.

Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: Susan, so when we receive a tub in delivery, those items are just out of the seven day quarantine other than the sorting?

Susan IHLS: Wait, my apologies, I shouldn't have said marinated. That wasn't what I meant. Have quarantined for seven days with no touch.

Deb Paxton Carnegie: @Bobbi..I love this idea!

Scott - Lake Land College: @Susan IHLS - I get it, but that is not a good idea. The message is getting WAY too mixed to keep straight.

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: We're hoping it works well!

Deb Paxton Carnegie: @Bobbi..I hope the weather is nice!!

Bill fr4om Mt. Vernon: We are doing this for Halloween Scare Up a Good Book Reading Challenge Fall is in full swing and Halloween is summoning readers of all stripes to pick up books that lean toward the spooky side.  With that in mind, we’re encouraging patrons of all ages to sign up for our Scare Up a Good Book reading challenge.  Registration begins October 1st and can be accessed through your Beanstack account.  There will be fun reading and activity challenges to participate in.

Cassandra Thompson, IHLS: I think marinated works LOL

Deb Paxton Carnegie: @Bill..FUN!

Susan IHLS: @Kathleen, yes, that is correct. And we practice all those things I mentioned as well follow the Chicago Travel Ban order. Which is IF an employee visits one of the "hot" states on their list that is updated every Tuesday, they have to self quarantine when they return for two weeks. This has affected somewhat delivery in not having enough staff, however it is better to err on the side of caution.

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: @Deb, me too! We have a rain date scheduled as well.

Bill fr4om Mt. Vernon: And a take home No Carve Pumpkin Decorating Contest.

Susan IHLS: I feel that once you lose trust, well, that is SUPER hard to get back.

Deb Paxton Carnegie: @Bobbi..good idea!

Deb Paxton Carnegie: @Bill..great idea!

Susan IHLS: @Scott, I can see your point. I feel that I have not handled this the best. I dropped the ball in not getting the message out. We are going to have another working group meeting to help. Next week. Sarah is out today but tomorrow should be reaching out to get that scheduled.

Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: Susn, then we would be safe (as far as possible) to not quarantine the items we receive in the delivery tubs for another seven days?

Deb Paxton Carnegie: @Susan..you all are doing a great job. These are difficult times for all. We try, adjust, and try again!

Susan IHLS: I wish I could have a graphic. We are trying to move those seven days to inhouse. @Kathleen, ultimately is still your decision. However, I can say that the things I mentioned are being done at all three hubs. Every community is different and probably requires different procedures. I wish there was a study looking at the viable transmittability of the virus that the REALM study is detecting on items.

Susan IHLS: @ Deb, thank you. This moving target thing has now entered my dreams...just saying. Ha. As I am sure it has affected everyone here.

Carrie Russell - Maroa Public: @Susan IHLS - Hang in there!  This is challenging at best for everyone, and we know you're doing all you can to keep everyone safe on all sides.

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: @Susan - I know this is a bad situation for everyone and I feel IHLS staff have been doing a great job considering how strange everything is. Thank you

Ellen Popit/IHLS: These Director's Chats continue to prove that we're all in this together!

Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: Susan, thank you, I was so confused.  I would like to marinate in something stronger than Diet Coke for awhile!  lol  I appreciate all you are doing!

Deb Paxton Carnegie: @Susan..I haven't slept well for months. You hang in there..we are really all in this together!!

Ellen Popit/IHLS: I think we can have lots of fun with the marinating concept!

Susan IHLS: Thank you all. I so appreciate all of you.

Shari / Hope Welty: are most libraries going to be open or closed on election day

Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: Open

Carrie Russell - Maroa Public: @Shari, we'll be open

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: @Shari - we're open. If staff need to leave to vote, that's fine.

Bill fr4om Mt. Vernon: Open

Deb Paxton Carnegie: I checked with City Hall here, they had no idea what I was talking about. We'll see!

Kay Burrous  South Macon: Open

Ellen Popit/IHLS: @Shari, it's a local decision, so I'm assuming we'll see options all over the map.  

Diana Donahoo_CentraliaRLD: @Kathleen TOO funny!

Ginger - Athens: We're closed

Ellen Popit/IHLS: We also have language in our personnel policy to allow people up to two hours away from work to vote.

Esther Curry--CE Brehm Memorial PLD: Mt Vernon will be open

Diana Donahoo_CentraliaRLD: Centralia will be open

Monica Cameron- Shelbyville Public Library: Shelbyville will be open.

Scott - Lake Land College: Lake Land is closed

Bill fr4om Mt. Vernon: When marinating books use either paperbacks or books with the hardcovers removed. The covers can be prepared as a separate dish, but require one week of marinating to soften.

Shari / Hope Welty:  I  are planning to be open as well

Carrie Russell - Maroa Public: @Bill - a white wine or Italian dressing marinade?

Ginger - Athens: question. how does one find te average household size? i cannot seem to find one good answer.

Susan IHLS: So wish this chat in Adobe had the emojis to put after comments...

Ellen Popit/IHLS: I'm listening to a book from the Rick Riordan series and one of the characters needed a bite of adulthood, so she ate a book with that title!

Bill fr4om Mt. Vernon: I prefer a more spicy marinade, but that is a personal choice

Cassandra Thompson, IHLS: @bill maybe a romance novel? : )

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Everyone gets a gold star today for using their name and library affiliation.  Thanks loads----makes it so much simpler to record attendance!

Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: Ginger, I think I got mine from the 2010 census.

Ginger - Athens: Was it the state average?

Ginger - Athens: or country?

Carrie Russell - Maroa Public: @Ellen - I think I preregistered, but now I can't remember.  :-/

Bill fr4om Mt. Vernon: Household size is usually found in the details of the last census for the county.

Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: Ginger, hang on.  I'll try to find it.

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Don't worry, Carrie!  We're getting used to the new L2 at the system level, so we're finding our way as we go and trying to use it efficiently.  Another situation in which we all require patience!

Ginger - Athens: County. thank you. That helped a ton.

Ginger - Athens: I found 2.44?

Bill fr4om Mt. Vernon: https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/jeffersoncountyillinois links you to the one for our county

Don, Philo: I had to step away for a moment.  I thought the legislation said we had to be closed.  Was there some followup guidelines and where that allow us to be open?

Rachel-Sherman PLD: Ellen is there something out there stating it's local decision whether to close or not on Election Day?  I couldn't find anything.  I saw the IL Municipal League has a lawsuit going, but that a summary judgement isn't going to come out till Oct. 26th.  Don't know how it applies to district libraries.  We want to stay open if we can.  

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: Local governments can decide for themselves if they are closed or not.

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Bobbi, that's exactly what we've been told.

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: At least, that's how it has always been with state holidays.

Bill fr4om Mt. Vernon: I tend to avoid romance novels, just not enough meat to them and far too soft for my liking. Westerns, on the other hand, are chewy and more that a little tough.

Julia, IHLS: If you missed Monday's Members Matter meeting, it was recorded: https://illinoisheartland.org/content/article/recording-9142020-members-...

Bill fr4om Mt. Vernon: Mind you I prefer St. Louis style ribs to baby back, because I like meat you can chew.

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Thanks, Julia.  For those of you who might have missed it, the focus was delivery and quarantine.

Shari / Hope Welty:  Thanks to the delivery team for taking all our tubs to quarantine 7 days. It sure helps with space.

Ellen Popit/IHLS: How's your foot traffic these days?

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: We're at 50% of normal, but it's going up.

Carrie Russell - Maroa Public: Still slow, but improving.

Kay Burrous  South Macon: Very limited.

Deb Paxton Carnegie: We have really busy days, and some that are quieter. We are seeing more children, YAY!

Shari / Hope Welty: we also are very slow most days.

Jennifer - Riverton Village LIbrary: Riverton is back to normal for our library.

Monica Cameron- Shelbyville Public Library: Foot traffic still isn't great, but checkouts are almost back up to where they were. Patrons are taking more because they fear we will have to close again since our cases keep going up.

Julia, IHLS: Today is the deadline for the Virtual Learning and Enhancement Mini-grants (90 $1000 mini-grants ) to provide digital skills programs for library patrons and students using Google’s Applied Digital Skills curriculum.: http://www.ala.org/tools/readytocode/minigrant

Bill fr4om Mt. Vernon: Also slow but I think it is improving

Deb Paxton Carnegie: A lot of people still using our no contact pick up option.

Carrie Russell - Maroa Public: We're at about 1/4 of normal, but not having programming hurts us a lot.

Teresa Pennington (Paris): Very slow, but getting better. Patrons want more open hours, but board is hesitant right now.

Bill fr4om Mt. Vernon: Our curbside is just about dead, just a couple a day now

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: We're almost at our normal open hours, but we still need extra time in the mornings to deal with checkins

Carrie Russell - Maroa Public: Our curbside is open, but no one's used it in over a month.

Scott - Lake Land College: Foot traffic is so slow, they are talking about closing outward-facing offices on Fridays beginning in October - including the Library.

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: We technically will still do curbside, but no one has asked for a very long time.

Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: Carrie, https://www.census.gov/data.html     type in average household size of Athens Illinois.  You are 2.48.

Shari / Hope Welty:  Our Preschool Storytime at  the park has been great, getting new families coming .

Ellen Popit/IHLS: @Scott, What constitutes and outward-facing office?  Anything that involves interaction?

Lisa Winters (Allerton Public Library): I still have patrons using curbside pickup.

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Wow. I am reading the transcript. great discussion with everything going on right now- Staunton can keep those tubs right now for the 7 day q- time. We actually send them back on the 8th day and we also hold tubs now that arrive for 8 days just to be safe. Susan, is this still acceptable to IHLS?

Deb Paxton Carnegie: @Shari..do they have issues hearing? I assume the story teller is in mask and kids are spaced? I was wondering because I am considering do that as well. Just not sure how well they would hear.

Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: Oops!  I meant that for Ginger.  Batting a thousand today I am!

Carrie Russell - Maroa Public: @Kathleen, I think that was for Ginger.

Carrie Russell - Maroa Public: :-)

Shari / Hope Welty:  Yes, the kids are spaced apart  sitting on picnic tables with their parents. I do not wear a mask  during  the reading. I stand about 6 feet back from them.

Deb Paxton Carnegie: @Shari..gotcha!

Karla Hornbeck: Sorry, I got on late, so I don't know if this question was addressed already. If IHLS is going to be quarantining tubs for us, is it still necessary for us to quarantine the tubs after RECEIVING THEM from IHLS?

Scott - Lake Land College: @Ellen Popit - Still to be determined. At the least, it will include the Library, Counseling, possibly the Bookstore and Accounting. Classes that are on campus will continue to meet.

Bill fr4om Mt. Vernon: My link came from a basic Google search under household size Jefferson county IL

Don, Philo: I am still not clear on opening being a choice.  Which part of legislation makes it our choice?  When I look at the bill that was passed, I don't see it.

Mary Ray/Sidell District Library: Not many kids yet, but adults most often. Like Monica, patrons are checking out an armful!

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Don, we can find something and get it out to you.

Ginger - Athens: @Kathleen, this is why I'm confused. Another census page listed us at 2.35!!!

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: @Don - the question is whether we are considered a "government office"

Rachel-Sherman PLD: Ellen I'm interested in that too!  Thank you.

Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: Ginger, is one a newer figure

Ellen Popit/IHLS: We'll get something together and perhaps get it on the Director's Listserv.

Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: Ginger, the American Community Survey is done more often than the ten year census.

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: We don't close for all state holidays. My library doesn't close on Veterans Day. I know of other libraries that don't close on Columbus Day. Holiday closures for local governments are traditionaly a local decision.

Shari / Hope Welty:  Our school  is going to be closed on election day. Is all schools going to be closed that day.

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: Yes, the law does state that all schools and public universities/colleges will be closed.

Don, Philo: I agree Bobbi that is the key, but where and who decides that?  Ellen thanks.

Kathleen Bennett - Catlin Public: I plan on being open for election day but aren't libraries governmental bodies?   My tax exempt status indicates we are....

Ginger - Athens: Ah, American Community vs. Census. ok! Thank you

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: But we're not state government. I think that's the questions.

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: My board decides on holiday closings and they opted not to close on election day.

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: Right now, we're still waiting for the law suit to be decided.

Susan IHLS: @Karla  When we drop off the tubs for your library, then begins whatever is your library policy. In delivery/sorting, we mandate masks,  every thirty minutes hand washing, spraying the outside of the tubs including the lids and handles. We are also taking the temperatures of all staff. If they test over the threshold of 100.4, they return home and do not come back until they are fever free for 24 hours...no medication.

Don, Philo: Here is the phrase from the legislation:  "All government offices, with the exception of election authorities, shall be closed unless authorized to be used as a location for election day services or as a polling place."  It doesn't say state only.

Mary Ray/Sidell District Library: Has anyone else noted a delay when cataloging to reach the selected book data or is it my system? Just started the past couple days.

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: https://www.pantagraph.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/law...

Ellen Popit/IHLS: I don't think it helps much, but here is the psot in the Municipal Minute:  http://municipalminute.ancelglink.com/2020/06/most-government-offices-mu...

Susan IHLS: And yes, the items have been quarantined for seven days before our sorting staff sorts. Whatever they sort goes out the next day. We will still continue to put on the lid, the date that items inside were last touched.

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: It's not very clear, and if the state tells us we must close, we will.

Karla Hornbeck: @Susan--Thanks.

Dawn Rutschke Sherman PLD: Mary Yes I have noticed that .

Carrie Russell - Maroa Public: @Mary - we've been having that issue, too.

Susan IHLS: Another interesting piece of information is that there will be an article coming out about Lincoln PL and IHLS. Thank you April. It will be online in the Lincoln Reporter. I think, geesh my brain is pausing today.

Pam-West Frankfort Public: Mary - I noticed it was very slow yesterday. I haven't tried it today.

Esther Curry--CE Brehm Memorial PLD: Mary--I had a staff person saying that it was slow for them yesterday.

Julia, IHLS: Don't forget...The deadline for the ISL grants is Wed., Sept. 30 (Back to Books, Digital Network Access for Illinois Libraries and PPEs for Illinois Public Libraries): https://illinoisheartland.org/grants

Mary Ray/Sidell District Library: Thanks. Guess it is not just me!

Ellen Popit/IHLS: PLEASE, everyone apply for the PPE grant at the very least!

Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: I've applied for the PPE and am about to start the Back to Books.

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Great!

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: We just finished the PPE grant and we're working on B2B next

Kathleen Bennett - Catlin Public: I applied after I found out I would not be taking money from another library.  This will be a blessing to us, if we get it:)

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Thanks Susan. I wanted to be sure we were in line with what everyone else is doing. My staff has gone through so many changes, I did not want to upend the new system right now if I can help if. I know we all have been through ALOT.  

Jeremy (Cahokia PLD): My apologies.  I had to step away for a few moments.  I was trying to catch up, but I wanted to ask about Election Day.  So it's basically up in the air if libraries are required to close for this?

Don, Philo: I was wondering how many libraries have went fine free?  Does anyone know if that number is recorded anywhere or a list of libraries that have gone fine free that are part of IHLS?

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: We have been fine-free since 2009

Kathleen Bennett - Catlin Public: I am working on the B2B as well.  It is like dreaming about something that might actually come true.

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Kathleen, fingers crossed.  I think the State Library is really committed to helping libraries now as much as they can!

Esther Curry--CE Brehm Memorial PLD: Can we have an option in the poll of fine free for children

Julie Jarman (Staunton): I have applied for PPE, Back to Books and I am now working on the digital access network grant this week. thank you for those reminders though.

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: @Don - I don't know that there is a list, but I know near me there are at least three other fine-free libraries

Rachel-Sherman PLD: Temporarily fine free

Diana Donahoo_CentraliaRLD: We've been fine free since January 2019

Kathleen Bennett - Catlin Public: Our children's non fiction collection is very outdated so I am going to focus on that hoping that families will come in to use the new materials for school purposes.  

Susan Colbert - Sparta Public Library: PPE grant has been submitted.

Don, Philo: I know of 3 or 4 that are.  I am wanting to do it, but got to wondering how many are already?

Susan Colbert - Sparta Public Library: Back to Books grant application is in progress.

Ginger - Athens: What's your top checked out book as of late?

Julia, IHLS: Poll Results: Is your library fine free? Yes-5, No-15, No, but we are considering it-7

Bill fr4om Mt. Vernon: We did both PPE and B2B. I don't think they will be hard on evaluating the PPE grants, but that's just my opinion

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Don, I can't give you a number, but it I know more and more libraries are moving in that direction.  @ Bill, I agree with you on the PPE

Ginger - Athens: The Bookwoman of Troublesome Creek is our most checked out so far this year!

Ellen Popit/IHLS: @Ginger ...AWWWW.....

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: @ Ginger- probably something by James Patterson

Ginger - Athens: Good ol' James...

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: We do a top ten in adult, YA, and JUV at the end of each year. We'll see in December!

Julie Jarman (Staunton): the 20th victim by Patterson is our most checked out book right now

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Please share that list, Bobbi!  

Shari / Hope Welty:  I think every librarian should read  The Bookwoman from Troublesome Creek.

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: Will do!

Ginger - Athens: @Shari, it was good! I read it because so many patrons had read it!

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Oh this year? I would have to look, the 20th victim was the most circulated last month, Great question though.

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: @Shari - it's our book club book next month!

Julie Jarman (Staunton): The bookwoman... excellent

Kathleen Bennett - Catlin Public: @Ginger, I read that and it can be a hard read.  The living conditions and the way she was treated throughout most of the book was brutal.  I am glad I read it but it was a painful read.

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Bobbi, that is a great idea. I might borrow that from you --

Bill fr4om Mt. Vernon: OK everybody, stay safe

Shari / Hope Welty:  Have a great weekend .

Ellen Popit/IHLS: It's 2:00 p.m.!  Glad we got to wind down with a relaxing topic!   See you next week!

Mary Ray/Sidell District Library: Bye for now!

Julie Jarman (Staunton): that hour went by too quickly. Thanks all!

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: @Julie - it's fun. We post it on our social media

Kay Burrous  South Macon: Shari-Hope Welty...Mr. Softie...217-521-7027 and 217-972-1225.

Kathleen Bennett - Catlin Public: Thank you!

Bobbi Perryman - Vespasian Warner PLD: Bye, everyone!

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Bobbi, Love your ideas, thank you for sharing them with all of us.

Kay Burrous  South Macon: Stay safe!

Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: Thank you all!