TRANSCRIPT: IHLS Directors' Chat - December 2, 2021


Directors' Chat
Thursday, December 2, 2021


Bill from Mt. Vernon:  Any word on when districts will get their census numbers?

Carrie Russell - Maroa Public:  I thought it was sometime around the middle of this month?

Ellen Popit/IHLS 2:  Hi, Everyone!  I hope it's as sunny at your libraries as it is in Carbondale!

Jo Keillor - Greenville Public Library:  @Ellen, it is beautiful here - sunny and warm.  Makes it difficult to want to work inside.

Sherry Waldrep - Allerton PL:  It's a beautiful day to enjoy our newly installed Story Walk!

Carrie Russell - Maroa Public:    @Sherry - I'm sitting here cutting apart books for our new storywalk, which we are installing this weekend!

Ellen Popit/IHLS 2:  Bill, A mapping tool is being developed by GeoMARC at SIUE that will overlay census data with library district service areas.  The state library is hoping that will be available soon.  If you use your 2010 population, the state library will verify that the 2020 population will be used as the basis for the grant award.  They will notify libraries of any changes.    The census data for municipal libraries has already been certified and should be available from your county clerks.

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  Beautiful day, Great News Sherry with your new story walk- who knew it would be this nice in Dec?

Ellen Popit/IHLS 2:  What's the story, Sherry?

Debbie Greene:  I called our county clerk about census data and they told me they do not have it. 

Angie -- Trenton Public:  What's the story....morning glory?

Ellen Popit/IHLS 2:  What's the word....hummingbird?  (I couldn't resist!)

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  @Sherry and Carrie- I am going to have to pick your brains for tips on story book walks- we are building one here with Humanities Projects grant we received. We have a mobile story book walk  with 19 books already for this project but the new one is going up in one of the parks here.

Ellen Popit/IHLS 2:  @Debbie----keep checking with them.

Debbie Greene:  Has anyone ever set up one of those giant chess sets for kids outside the Library?

Carrie Russell - Maroa Public:  @Julie - I have no idea how ours will do with the community, but I'm starting it on the cheap - About $100 to set up.  If it goes over well, I'll work on a more permanent installation!

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  I just walked to the bank to make a deposit and  enjoyed all the Christmas decor along the way- Debbie Greene:  OK.  I will.  Thank you, Ellen!

Sherry Waldrep - Allerton PL:  @Ellen -  This quarter's story is The Gingerbread Man.  I've only been at Allerton for four months and this project has been in the works for 5 years.   Twenty boards were ordered from Barking Dog - we put up 18, keeping 2 in the event one needs to be replaced.  We will change out the story every quarter.  I think there are 3 stories laminated and ready to go.  Would love to know what books you have (19!).

Debbie Greene:  I, too, am curious as to books/stories which make the best story walks.

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  @Carrie, Yes, I agree, we started the mobile unit last year with help from Anita Driver, the director at Jerseyville. It is a really fun process. Our grant is for $5,000 so I hope we can stay on track with the rising cost.

Ellen Popit/IHLS 2:  What else is going on for you during this last month of 2021?

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  @Debbie- love the idea of a giant chess set outside the library. I have seen this at Pere Marquette State Park Lodge.. It was really neat.

Sherry Waldrep - Allerton PL:  I'm hoping to finally shred my documents that have been approved for disposal!

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  Sherry- I can send you our list. send me your email--

Ellen Popit/IHLS 2:  That's a big job, Sherry!

Debbie Greene:  I thought the giant chess set might be fun for kids, well, adults, too, that is!   I am not sure about getting the ground ready for it, but I am guessing there is a landscaper someplace who can help.

Vicki M Carr South Macon Public Library:  We just had a ladies night with Next of Kiln from Mt Zion, IL and it was very successful with great attendance.

Jo Keillor - Greenville Public Library:  We have done three storywalks.  "Miss Brooks Loves Books (And I Don't!)" was my favorite.

Ellen Popit/IHLS 2:  Very nice, Vicki!  How did they set the space up for the women?  I'm assuming that it was some type of pottery activity.

Ellen Popit/IHLS 2:  I love that title, Jo!!!!

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  My favorite was Good Night Gorrilla , close second was I was so Mad by mercer Mayer. I think everyone agreed though  Corduroy was  the best

Jo Keillor - Greenville Public Library:  @Ellen - next Monday is Mitten Tree Day - we are collecting mittens and gloves to take to the school for kids who don't have any (or forgot theirs).  December 9 is Christmas Card Day so we are offering supplies and instructions for people to come in and make a special Christmas card.

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  @Jo  I am going to look for that book you just mentioned. It sounds like it would be a lot of fun

Ellen Popit/IHLS 2:  Love the idea of a Mitten Tree!

Jo Keillor - Greenville Public Library:  I also liked "Crazy Hair Day" by Barney Saltzberg.

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  I miss Ladies Night.. lol. I am slowly getting back out there again. We are still not doing programming here just yet but hope to starting Spring 2022- Our space is so small. Passive programming is ruling the day here.

Jo Keillor - Greenville Public Library:  @Julie - our Christmas Card Day is our first in-house program and it is a Make and Take so that not everyone is here at once.

Ellen Popit/IHLS 2:  I'm really hoping that we make it through the regular flu season and by spring of 2022 things will be as close to normal as they have been since March of 2020.

Ellen Popit/IHLS 2:  I bet the Make and Take activities are with us longer than COVID---it seems that people have really taken to them!

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  @Jo,, I think that is great. Yes, we are doing grab and go bags here. It helps keep everyone's spirits bright! I love the programs you are doing at Greenville. :)

Jo Keillor - Greenville Public Library:  @Ellen - me, too!  This new variant is worrisome ...

Jo Keillor - Greenville Public Library:  @Julie - thank you!

Ellen Popit/IHLS 2:  I heard this story on the radio yesterday.  It dealt with the fact that the new congressional map with divide some communities in two.  This story was about O'Fallon, IL, but I'm sure they're not the only ones.  Here's the link:

Debbie Greene:  Maybe each new variant will be less perfect and therefore less effective - kinda like the movie Muiltiplicity!    I am no doubt dating myself with that movie.  Most of you have probably not seen it!

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  I love NPR, I will check that out soon. I wish there was a sensible way to do this type of thing.

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  @Ellen- we received  a nice donation last year and decided to use it buying these wonderful little art kits and prizes to share with our younger crowd. Sometimes we do adult grab bags as well. I agree, this might be the new thind.

Vicki M Carr South Macon Public Library:  We set  up tables throughout the library so much laughter and fun.

Ellen Popit/IHLS 3:  That's great, Vicki!

Esther Curry--CE Brehm Memorial PLD:  @Ellen--thanks for sharing that. I imaging dividing up the metro-east area in general would be a mess. They all run into each other already.

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  @Ellen- I was hoping we could let go of the mask mandate requirement and leave it up to individuals  but... that looks doubtful right now. Stupid Covid.. I feel like I am aging every day with this lanquishing and lingering viurs. Sorry to sound so down today..

Ellen Popit/IHLS 3:  You're right Esther.  

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  Ellen- on the bright side of things- I mis spoke earlier,, the only program I am doing is YABC with some wonderful high school students. We meet somewhere outside the building to talk about books, etc. It really makes my day

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  today we are meeting at the community room and talking about The Song of Achilles. It will be the best part of the week I can assure you.

Ellen Popit/IHLS 3:  @Julie.  Don't apologize---this type of sharing is just what this group is for.  I think we're all tired of dealing with COVID.  The mask story from Bement that appeared in the Director's listserv yesterday was really disheartening.  Maybe I'm wrong, but I have very high hopes for next spring!

Ellen Popit/IHLS 3:  But, back to Bement.  Donna got SO MUCH SUPPORT from other directors----that was just great to see!

Debbie Greene:  Hope is always inspiring, Ellen!  So glad you are hopeful!

Alex Fisher (Pinckneyville):  Hello, everyone! Can anybody tell me who I need to contact to gain access to the Polaris Inventory Manger? Thanks in advance!

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  I read all those comments and felt so bad for everyone but yes it is good to get it out there. I am appalled the police officer did not seem to take this bully seriously.

Ellen Popit/IHLS 3:  Alex, you can contact Dena Porter from the SHARE staff and she'll be happy to help you!

Alex Fisher (Pinckneyville):  Great, thanks Ellen!

Jo Keillor - Greenville Public Library:  My head librarian thinks that the reason libraries receive so much flak over mask wearing is because we are the only ones in town enforcing the mandate (other than doctors's offices and the hospital.)

Carrie Russell - Maroa Public:  @Jo, I think so, too.  We are, as far as I can tell, the only building in Maroa that is adamantly enforcing masks, and most of my board is fed up with it.

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  @Alex- Dena is wonderful. so glad to have her when I need help

Erin Steinsultz -Crab Orchard Public Library:  @ Jo That is probably true, and very unfortunate.

Ellen Popit/IHLS 3:  That could be, Jo.  Also, we're safe space for people to vent.  If an entertainment venue, like a theater or cruise ship, mandated masks---people would comply if they wanted to participate.

Jo Keillor - Greenville Public Library:  Thankfully, our board believes in masks and supports us.  They want us to be a leader in the community.

Jo Keillor - Greenville Public Library:  @Ellen - true.

Ellen Popit/IHLS 3:  I think especially over these next few weeks in a push to keep everyone as healthy as possible through the holidays, the effort is certainly worth it.

Jo Keillor - Greenville Public Library:  Agreed!

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  @Jo- I know, that it what is happening here, Everyone is becoming lax about it despite the gov, mandate ( or because of the gov mandate in some cases)

Ellen Popit/IHLS 3:  Any library related concerns or questions?  I've heard several conversations about foot traffic in libraries and how it is or isn't returning?

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  The staff wears masks and sits behind the plexiglass -- most patrons wear them. some don't even though we offer them at the desk. It is usually not crowded when these rebels visit but still  we get them in and out as quickly as possible now if they do not want to comply.

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  Has everyone got their Per cap Grant Application completed yet?

Carrie Russell - Maroa Public:  @Julie - got mine submitted yesterday, thankfully!

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  Any word about the Traffic Survey Report? I feel like I might have missed something on this one-

Mary Ray/Sidell District Library:  Completed here!

Ellen Popit/IHLS 3:  Getting that submitted has to be a great feeling.  I believe the traffic survey is up in Counting Opinions.  Certification will open on January 3rd.

Sherry Waldrep - Allerton PL:  speaking of Per Capita - can the grant be completed in stages?  I haven't started!  How long does it take?  New here so have never done it

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  @Carrie Yay!! I like to get those applications done and submitted as early as I can-- I basically just wrote the same answers as last year.

Sherry Waldrep - Allerton PL:  @Julie - what is the Traffic Survey Report?

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  @Ellen- Thank you for that info/ traffic survey-- I will write it on my calendar.

Ellen Popit/IHLS 3:  Sherry, it's a report that you can pull from Polaris on your interlibrary loan activity.  In the next few weeks, we'll have information in the newsletter about resources to help you with it.  I'm pretty sure on the SHARE side there are tutorials.

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  It is found on Counting opinions and basically talks about circulation. I do not believe it is very long and stats can be found on Polaris- No worries. It looks like we can begin work on it next month.

Ellen Popit/IHLS 3:  The deadline for the traffic survey will be March 31st---same as the deadline for certification.  Don't worry---there's plenty of time and Anna and I will nag you through it all!

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  @sherry- always feel free to reach out on the Directors exchange for questions- or of course ILHS/share. We all love to share info.

Jo Keillor - Greenville Public Library:  @Ellen - one person's nagging is another person's reminding ...  I appreciate the reminding!

Ellen Popit/IHLS 3:  Thanks, Jo!  That's usually the reaction we get, but not always!

Carrie Russell - Maroa Public:  Reminding is good, but I need the nagging!  ;-)

Ellen Popit/IHLS 3:  Each year, there's a dramatic story or two about how we've ended up contacting some people----it's always an adventure.

Ellen Popit/IHLS 3:  Anyone scheduling some down time through the holidays in order to do something fun? 

Carrie Russell - Maroa Public:  We are closed Dec 19-Jan 3, so yes!  Lots of downtime for us!

Ellen Popit/IHLS 3:  Nice, Carrie!  Is that a traditional winter break for Maroa?

Carrie Russell - Maroa Public:  @Ellen, yes it is.  We follow our local school district's winter holiday schedule for the most part.

Ellen Popit/IHLS 3:  What a great break!

Carrie Russell - Maroa Public:  Since we're closed Mondays, we miss most of the traditional 3-day-weekend holidays, so we use up or PTO days over Christmas break.

Carrie Russell - Maroa Public:  our*

Angie -- Trenton Public:  I went to Indiana for Thanksgiving with my mom and her husband.  First time seeing my mom in 1.5 years!

Ellen Popit/IHLS 3:  Awww.....Angie.  I bet that was a wonderful visit!

Jo Keillor - Greenville Public Library:  @Angie - I am so happy you were able to do that!  I'm sure she was happy to see you!

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  I have vacation time coming right after Christmas but can not decide where to go-- ?? smoky mtns, Memphis, Louieville.. ?? no idea yet. LOL

Shawn- Elwood Library District:  I logged in late and I am reading the previous discussion. Was it mentioned when we will have our Census numbers?

Angie -- Trenton Public:  It was great.  All 4 of us have been vaccinated.  Mom is 82 and is the caretaker for her husband who has Alzheimer's and is she was extra careful these past 18 months.

Jo Keillor - Greenville Public Library:  I took several days off in November.  My youngest son got married.  All my kids and their families were there as well as all my siblings and their families.  Reunions are so sweet!

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  @Anige, It is great to hear some good news today!

Ellen Popit/IHLS 3:  Hope there were lots of great pictures, Jo!

Ellen Popit/IHLS 3:  We're hosting a baby shower for my daughter on New Year's Eve.  It's her first baby---a boy!

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  @Jo- that is wonderful.

Mary Ray/Sidell District Library:  @Julie - Smokies!!!

Ellen Popit/IHLS 3:  A trip for you, Mary?

Jo Keillor - Greenville Public Library:  @Ellen - pictures are to come - they asked everyone to put their phones up and concentrate on enjoying the day.  My brother did take a video of Caden's and my dance.  We had fun surprising everyone with a routine mid-dance.

Jo Keillor - Greenville Public Library:  @Julie - Any where away is wonderful!

Mary Ray/Sidell District Library:  @Ellen - In the Summer!

Ellen Popit/IHLS 3:  Very imipressive, Jo!

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  Yes, I love the Smokies.. a  cabin in the woods, with a good book and nice wine right?

Ellen Popit/IHLS 3:  Sounds good to me, Julie!

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  We went to galena and to Indiana dunes this year for small weekends away- They were great places. too..

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  Jo- I want to see the video of mom and son dancing-- that is wonderful too

Mary Ray/Sidell District Library:  @Ellen - My sister lives in TN, so we gather there when we can!

Bill from Mt. Vernon:  Have a good weekend everyone

Esther Curry--CE Brehm Memorial PLD:  For Spring break (planning ahead), my daughter & I are going to the "historic triangel" (Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, & Yorktown).

Jo Keillor - Greenville Public Library:  @Julie - it's on my Facebook page.  My son made me look better than I actually am!

Esther Curry--CE Brehm Memorial PLD:  triangle

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  I went to Nashville last month for a wedding- It was really a great trip with my daughter Kayla. We sang queen songs all the way there.

Shawn- Elwood Library District:  I think my question was lost ......

You: I logged in late and I am reading the previous discussion. Was it mentioned when we will have our Census numbers?

Ellen Popit/IHLS 3:  Perfect timing for Abby, Esther!

Diana Donahoo_CentraliaRLD:  @Shawn per Ellen previously...A mapping tool is being developed by GeoMARC at SIUE that will overlay census data with library district service areas.  The state library is hoping that will be available soon.  If you use your 2010 population, the state library will verify that the 2020 population will be used as the basis for the grant award.  They will notify libraries of any changes.    The census data for municipal libraries has already been certified and should be available from your county clerks.

Ellen Popit/IHLS 3:  Shawn, I can give you a call and give you the scoop.

Jo Keillor - Greenville Public Library:  @Esther - that will be fun!

Ellen Popit/IHLS 3:  Thanks, Diana!

Shawn- Elwood Library District:  Thank you Diana!!

Esther Curry--CE Brehm Memorial PLD:  @Jo--it is--we've gone before and love it.

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  @ Jo- I will look at the fb page-- as soon as I can

Ellen Popit/IHLS 3:  We're looking at 2:00 p.m.  I'm going to sign off, but we can continue the conversation on the 9th.  Have a good weekend, everyone!

Jo Keillor - Greenville Public Library:  See you next week!

Julie Jarman (Staunton):  Thanks everyone! loved talking with you all