TRANSCRIPT: IHLS Directors' Chat - September 30, 2021


Directors' Chat
Thursday, September 30, 2021


Anna Yackle - IHLS Admin:  Hi Bill , just trying to get things set-up here.

Bill Pixley from the Crehm Library:  Just logged in a little early

Ellen Popit/IHLS:  Wish we had a prize for the 1st ten participants!

Jo Keillor - Greenville Public Library:  :-)

Ellen Popit/IHLS:  Happy Thursday everyone!

Anna Yackle - IHLS Admin:  I love that idea Ellen

Ginger - Athens:  We had library crawlers today! So fun!

Ellen Popit/IHLS:  Let's see what we can whip up for some chats down the road.  Ginger, how did it go?

nina, milford:  we had some crawlers this week too! So much fun!

Ginger - Athens:  I actually was meeting with the accountant and only got to chat with them when I awkwardly confronted them in the parking lot! hahah. they were having a great time though!

Anna Yackle - IHLS Admin:  I was just watching a webinar hosted by the Carbondale Public library about some business resources  in Southern Illinois. The recording of the presentation will be on the Carbondale website. It is particularly relevant for those of us from Mt. Vernon south.

Debbie Greene:  I am so new to this but I must say "The Library Crawl" sounds like it is just waiting to be set to music!

Anna Yackle - IHLS Admin:  I am going to attend another webinar at two to find out if next years crawl might qualitfy for a tourism grant.

Susan Colbert - Sparta Public Library:  Wow, Anna, that would be great!

Ellen Popit/IHLS:  @Ginger, were they making a day of it?

Anna Yackle - IHLS Admin:  @Debbie, you made me laugh.  My mind went to the Time Warp dance from Rocky Horror

Jo Keillor - Greenville Public Library:  @Anna - I have some quotes for you - "Autumn carries more gold in its pockets than all the other seasons."  (Jim Bishop)  And - "As long as autumn lasts, I shall not have hands, canvas, and colors enough to paint the beautiful things I see."  (Vincent Van Gogh)

Ellen Popit/IHLS:  @Jo, Wow!  I haven't thought of Jim Bishop in a long time!!!!!

Ginger - Athens:  @Ellen, yes. We were stop twenty-something. They had 7 left today.

Ellen Popit/IHLS:  That's very cool!

Susan Colbert - Sparta Public Library:  Our crawlers were a husband-wife team from the Belleville area and said they were going to try to go to ALL the libraries on the passport!

Sharla Riley~ Doyle Public Library:  @Anna, that would be great to have a grant!

Jo Keillor - Greenville Public Library:  @Ginger - that's great!  I did one day for the crawl last year and only got to 7.

Carrie Russell - Maroa Public:  We had our first crawlers today, too!

Anna Yackle - IHLS Admin:  @Jo, loved those quotes .

Erin Steinsultz -Crab Orchard Public Library:  We had three crawlers yesterday.  Such fun!

Deb Sherrick- Greenup Township Public Library:  @Jo, I appreciate the visual quality of those quotes.

Teresa (Paris):  Any word on grant awards yet?

Anna Yackle - IHLS Admin:  I hope to take tomorrow off and do some crawling myself tomorrow. It will be a surprise as to where I show up.

Ginger - Athens:  Not here, Anna! We're closed Fridays! Ha.

Deb Sherrick- Greenup Township Public Library:  @Anna, Come to Greenup Township Library

Jill Pifer- Fairview Hgts:  a reminder that another presentation of  Illinois Libraries Present is this Friday at 2pm. If anyone has questions, please ask. ...jill

Ellen Popit/IHLS:  @Jill, I may have asked this before---are the presentations being recorded? 

Jill Pifer- Fairview Hgts:  Teresa- I have not heard and was wondering myself. I assume you mean the State library grants

Ellen Popit/IHLS:  We didn't get any updates on the state library grants during Tuesday's board meeting and Greg McCormick was there.

Jill Pifer- Fairview Hgts:  Yes, the presentations are recorded. I sent out an email to the directors listserv that had a link to the recording in it

Ellen Popit/IHLS:  Thanks, Jill!

Teresa (Paris):  @Jill. Yes, thanks.

Anna Yackle - IHLS Admin:  @Ginger, I have to get my map out and check L2 and Facebook for hours and figure out how I can get the most libraries in to my day.  If everyone can keep really good counts adn quotes and any promoting of local businesses that you do might come in handy for grant writing efforts.

Ginger - Athens:  Does anyone do a coffee shop-style time? Like, open the conference room with coffee and a few baked goods? (no, or pre covid)

Ginger - Athens:  *now

Jo Keillor - Greenville Public Library:  We all owe Jill a ton of thanks for all the work she and the steering committee have done to put Illinois Libraries Present.!

Jill Pifer- Fairview Hgts:  Next year the crawl will be a great tandem to the app that is xoming soon. It has the "libraries near me" tab and you can easily have all that info at your fingertips

Sharla Riley~ Doyle Public Library:  How's everyone doing with the LEAP conversion?

Debbie Greene:  OK, so is the Library Crawl kinda like Pokemon?

Carrie Russell - Maroa Public:  @Ginger, not all the time, but in the past we have during certain events, book club meeting, etc.  We aren't at the moment, but hope to be able to start it again soon.

Anna Yackle - IHLS Admin:  @Ginger I now of a few libraries in our northern area that do or at least coffee. I just can't recall exactly which ones. I think it is very popular for them.

Jill Pifer- Fairview Hgts:  Thank you, Jo for the support

Debbie Greene:  I love the idea of a coffee shop-style time!

Jo Keillor - Greenville Public Library:  You are welcome, Jill.

Teresa (Paris):  I hope to participate in next year's Crawl. This year was too much.

Ellen Popit/IHLS:  Marion and Benton did coffee at one time.  Not sure what the current status is.

Kathleen Bennett - Catlin Public:  @Ginger  We just wrapped up our Coffee Talk program.  We met on Wednesday mornings for an hour with coffee and a snack/donut of some sort.  Most of the time we had speakers from the community, local businesses, or someone from the extension service give a short presentation.  We had our local police Chief come in to talk about safety related things.  Overall the program was a success and we are looking forward to meeting next spring.

Anna Yackle - IHLS Admin:  I worked at a library where a patron suggested we close the library on Friday evening and do a coffee shop live music kind of thing until Midnight. I just know I did not want to stay for that one.

Ginger - Athens:  HA! Morning is more my speed, Anna. Our local places are no longer serving coffee or breakfast. A patron asked about the conference room once or twice a week.

Anna Yackle - IHLS Admin:  I don't mean to discourage the coffee shop idea I love it. We were just worried that the people who would stay until midnight were the same ones we couldn't get out of the library during the day.

Jo Keillor - Greenville Public Library:  When I was on the crawl last year, Carlyle had Keurig cups available for purchase at the circ desk to use in their machines.  I haven't talked my board into letting me do that yet.

Ellen Popit/IHLS:  Make sure to check out our Member Day website and don't forget to register!  Here's the link:

Ellen Popit/IHLS:  Save the Date:  November 18, 2021!

Anna Yackle - IHLS Admin:  Jo, I have seen libraries do that very successfully, but we did try to restrict them to drinking in certain areas or only have closed containers

Ellen Popit/IHLS:  What's on your to-do list as the week is wrapping up?

Jo Keillor - Greenville Public Library:  End of the month stuff to get ready for the board meeting.

Ellen Popit/IHLS:  I didn't think of those types of tasks, Jo!

Susan Colbert - Sparta Public Library:  We received the Illinois Humanities grant for $5,000 and before the week ends, I hope to get Hoopla set up for the library with part of the grant. I'm very excited for our patrons.

Ellen Popit/IHLS:  Susan,, that is exciting!

Anna Yackle - IHLS Admin:  Has anyone ever had success getting board members to tour other libraries or even do the library crawl? I think it is always interesting to see how someone else does somethign.

Ginger - Athens:  To do: We had a $500 donation for Christian fiction. I wrapped up spending money yesterday and today! BINGO for our seniors. Mayor is wanting to do a big city Christmas tree outside the library, so researching trees and decor.

Anna Yackle - IHLS Admin:  Congratulations Susan that is wondereful.

Jill Pifer- Fairview Hgts:  I did have a successful finish to a project this week with some very creative input from the group I pitched it too. I was trying to book a Black History Month program at a local elementary school for Feb 2022. COVID being the unknown, the principal come up with an idea that they could bring one class into the gym and live stream the presentation to all the other classrooms using tech equipment they have. Everyone safe in their bubble. The touring theater company loved the idea so its a go.

Ellen Popit/IHLS:  That's a fun task, Ginger!

Anna Yackle - IHLS Admin:  @Ginger you can peick a theme and have community help decorate the tree with handmade ornaments.

Jill Pifer- Fairview Hgts:  @ Susan, we also received our $5000 check.  I am in the process of onboarding with Libby.

Ginger - Athens:  @Susan, do you have large e-reader numbers? I'm always surprised by ours at the end of the month

Ellen Popit/IHLS:  It's really fun seeing the creative ways the arts are coming back.

Anna Yackle - IHLS Admin:  Congratulations Jill.

Ginger - Athens:  Fun, Jill.

Susan Colbert - Sparta Public Library:  So great to have a some extra funds. Congrats to you, Jill.

Ellen Popit/IHLS:  Fortunate patrons!

Jill Pifer- Fairview Hgts:  I am very thankful to the IHC for opening up their granting opportunity to general fund use for libraries.

Susan Colbert - Sparta Public Library:  Me. too, Jill

Nichole L. (Millstadt):  Hi everyone! So the Millstadt Library received the grant from the State of Illinois for over $1 million to help us build our new library. However, we need to raise $2.6 million by June 30, 2022 to receive it. 1) What Fundraising Options do you suggest? 2) We need an online payment option - what do you all use? PayPal, through the bank, GoFundMe, Kickstarter? Thank you!

Jo Keillor - Greenville Public Library:  Congratulations, Nicole!  That is awesome!  I wish you all the best in your fundraising.

Nichole L. (Millstadt):  Thanks Jo!

Anna Yackle - IHLS Admin:  Nichole do you have a Friends of the Library or a foundation?

Jill Pifer- Fairview Hgts:  Nichole, I would use multiples of those.  WHy limit it to one. People use all sorts of apps so don't force them into one stream would be my opinion.

Ellen Popit/IHLS:  @Nichole----just for clarification (and because I might not remember).  Was this a construction grant from the state library or was it another funding source?

Nichole L. (Millstadt):  @Anna - We have an adhoc Friends, mostly its me and some board members.

Nichole L. (Millstadt):  @Ellen - Public Library Construction Grant

Ellen Popit/IHLS:  Thanks, Nichole!

Jill Pifer- Fairview Hgts:  I also would talk to AManda McKay at Effingham.  She had to do a lot of fundraising with her new space

Nichole L. (Millstadt):  @Jill, thank you, yes, Amanda has been wonderful help!

Ellen Popit/IHLS:  Christina Gerrish from Glen Carbon might have some experience from when she was at Carlyle and they built their new building!

Nichole L. (Millstadt):  @Ellen, thank you!

Jill Pifer- Fairview Hgts:  I would also work with restaurants/bars so that part of the proceeds of an evening would go to this campaign. You could so this several times

Anna Yackle - IHLS Admin:  You might want to start a group especially for this effort and recruit key business leaders, rotary club members, and other people who have or know people and organization that have money, etc to work on this effort.

Nichole L. (Millstadt):  @Jill, I'm in the works of starting with the restaurants and waiting for some calls back! Wonderful idea!

Jill Pifer- Fairview Hgts:  Also maybe consider a holiday idea that instead of giving a gift to a person people donate the money to the library in their name.. You could do a christams tree with an ornament for everyone who has donated money this way. Kind of how people will donate to an organization instead of giving a gift for christams

Nichole L. (Millstadt):  @Anna, I agree, the hard part is that there was a huge fundraising effort going on for YEARs to restore our water tower. They're all kind of still into that. But I will certainly keep trying, thank you!

Teresa (Paris):  Our moment for the week is that a student (middle school range) had a kool-aid stand at his grandmother's garage sale over the weekend with the stated goal of giving proceeds to the library to buy books. He raised $152.

Jill Pifer- Fairview Hgts:  Teresa that is so sweet and kind

Nichole L. (Millstadt):  @Jill, wonderful idea! I will certainly be writing that down.

Jill Pifer- Fairview Hgts:  @ Nichole, I just dreamt that up on the spot. Never seen it done but seems like it would work.

Nichole L. (Millstadt):  @Jill, well I'll let you know since it's a great idea! Our next event is a painting night at our local brewery.

Ellen Popit/IHLS:  @Teresa.  That's lovely!  Do you have any pictures?

Jill Pifer- Fairview Hgts:  Nichole: I love that idea. What brewery?

Anna Yackle - IHLS Admin:  @Nichole maybe something that involves the community with different campaigns like for Christmas a concentrated effort under the heading all I want for is a New Library.  I am sure you get the idea.

Teresa (Paris):  His grandmother took a photo. I thought we'd get a copy or she'd share on Facebook but so far not.

Jill Pifer- Fairview Hgts:  @ Anna I was thinking the same thing. Tie it into your gift is a gift that gives back to the community and builds something that lasts for decades.

Anna Yackle - IHLS Admin:  @Jill, yes! That is exactly what I was thinking.  I love the paint night and would come if I lived closer.

Kathleen Bennett - Catlin Public:  @Nichole  Does all of the money need to be raised outside of having a referendum that would  increase the amount that goes to the library?  John at Mahomet is going to build this spring, I believe.  He might have some information that could help.  Our local Lion's Club has been very supportive to our library.  Maybe there are other civic minded organizations who would like to partner with you.

Nichole L. (Millstadt):  @Jill it's callled Millpond Brewing and Incubator

Jill Pifer- Fairview Hgts:  Hmmm... an east side beer I haven not explored... unheard of. :)

Nichole L. (Millstadt):  @Anna, I love that! We'll be using that one too!

Kathleen Bennett - Catlin Public:  @ NIccole When our library built this building 20 years ago the local hospital was a big contributor towards the fund raising efforts.  They had a community use fund that could be tapped into.

Ellen Popit/IHLS:  We've had a question regarding what you are doing about vaccines and any kind of mandate.  If you're willing to share what you're doing, we'd love to know.

Nichole L. (Millstadt):  @Kathleen, thank you for the information! What a great idea!

Anna Yackle - IHLS Admin:  It has been some time since I have seen this but sometimes you could get companies to match their employees charitable giving but since covid not sure if this is even an option.

Jill Pifer- Fairview Hgts:  Nichole: what about tapping into past graduates that have done good.  Maybe whatever the local high school is would have names of former students who even if they don't live locally would want to contribute.  A letter writing campaign to reach out to them could be effective.  ALso just dreamt that up right now

Ellen Popit/IHLS:  If you care to share any vaccination policies, you can just include them in this chat.

Jill Pifer- Fairview Hgts:  What is the high school?

Anna Yackle - IHLS Admin:  Here at IHLS we have to wear masks all of the time, even when we are aloe in our offices, and HR has asked to see vaccination records do any of you do something similar with your staff?

Nichole L. (Millstadt):  @Jill, that's certainly not a bad idea. We've done already about 200 letters, but I can certainly reach out to the high school. Belleville West Township is our main feeder.

Diana Donahoo_CentraliaRLD:  @Ellen we don't have any policies regarding vaccinations

Carrie Russell - Maroa Public:  We are masked at all times, but no vaccination policy.

Jill Pifer- Fairview Hgts:  I know West is big but isolating to just kids from Millstadt might be easier.

Jo Keillor - Greenville Public Library:  Is it legal to ask an employee if they have been vaccinated.  I know all of our current staff is, but I'm looking to add a new employee.  Can I ask if they have been vaccinated?

Jill Pifer- Fairview Hgts:  You can ask but they don't have to answer so it is best to not ask but not illegal

Jo Keillor - Greenville Public Library:  I thought I ought not to.  I did mention that all of our staff is vaccinated, but they didn't respond with a "So am I!"

Kathleen Bennett - Catlin Public:  You can ask an employee if they are vaccinated but you cannot ask "why" they are or are not vaccinated.

Anna Yackle - IHLS Admin:  Is anyone requiring vaccination for staff? Just new emplyees?

Jill Pifer- Fairview Hgts:  Kathleen is correct

Kathleen Bennett - Catlin Public:  The board is not requiring that staff be vaccinated but if you are not vaccinated then the board will not pay for the time off you need if you become ill. 

Ellen Popit/IHLS:  If any of you are interested, the system document on what we're currently doing regarding all things COVID is part of the board packet from last Tuesday's meeting.   Here's that link:

Diana Donahoo_CentraliaRLD:  @Anna we do not require vaccination for staff. That being said, I'm happy to say all my staff is vaccinated.

Anna Yackle - IHLS Admin:  That is amazing Diana. Congratulations. It makes the whole debate moot at your library.

Carrie Russell - Maroa Public:  We don't require vaccinations.

Carrie Russell - Maroa Public:  ...or testing.

Jill Pifer- Fairview Hgts:  Hoopla subscribers have you heard this news:    hoopla is Coming to Android Auto

The feature most requested by patrons is coming soon: hoopla will be on Android Auto!

Patrons will be able to listen to music and audiobooks they’ve borrowed from hoopla, with controls directly in their vehicle’s in-dash display. To make it safer and easier to listen while driving, the Android Auto experience offers only the most common playback controls within the display.

Jill Pifer- Fairview Hgts:  My understanding is they can download the Hoopla app and it will be formatted for a car display functionality.  That's a big deal.

Erin Steinsultz -Crab Orchard Public Library:  That sounds great!  I hadn't heard that yet, @Jill

IHLS Admin:  It's past two, so we'll looking forward to "talking" again on the 7th!  Here's to a great October!

Jill Pifer- Fairview Hgts:  It's not released yet but is coming. Seems limited to music and audiobooks but still very nice

Anna Yackle - IHLS Admin:  Sorry to interrupt but we are past the witching hour, Have a great weekend hoep to see swome of you on the Crawl.

Anna Yackle - IHLS Admin:  that should be hope.