Rohnert Park-Cotati Library Advisory Board
Sonoma County Library
Rohnert Park-Cotati Library Advisory Board Minutes
April 17, 2018 – 5:00 P.M.
6250 Lynne Condé Way, Rohnert Park, CA 94928
CONVENING AND INTRODUCTIONS
Chair Lisa Neuson called the meeting to order at 5:04 pm.
Lisa Neuson, Ulli Ehlers, Art Stuckey, Hanna Taylor.
Others Present: Library Commissioner Barbara Mackenzie, Library Commissioner Jason Merrick, Acting Library Director Tracy Gray, Public Services Division Manager Sarah Vantrease, Branch Manager Nancy Kleban.
Not present: Barbara Utter, Merrietta Jaensch, Rohnert Park Council Liaison Amy Ahanotu, Cotati City Council Liaison Wendy Skillman, Friends of the Library President Pam Novelly.
All present introduced themselves.
REPORTS & UPDATES
LIBRARY COMMISSIONER’S REPORT
Commissioner Barbara Mackenzie reported that the Commission passed the 2018-2019 budget early. Currently there are positions open and that contributes toward a small surplus in this year’s budget. The Measure Y Oversight committee is watching carefully. The Friends of the Library will be touring the new headquarters and the LAB might also request a tour. A survey was distributed to all LAB members focusing on outreach and advocacy.
LIBRARY DIRECTOR’S REPORT
Interim Director Tracy Gray reported that there are currently 20 positions open. Many administrative staff have moved into Headquarters in Rohnert Park. The Northwest refresh is moving along with an anticipated reopening on May 21. It will be a soft rollout since Northwest will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in the fall. Summer reading is gearing up. Tracy, Vicki Terbovich and Kathy DeWeese attended the Public Library Association annual conference in Philadelphia.
BRANCH MANAGER’S REPORT
Branch Manager Nancy Kleban reported that two new librarians have joined the Rohnert Park staff: Jennifer Duran, Youth Services Librarian, and Erin Beard, half-time Librarian. Three of our librarians promoted librarianship as a career at the Cotati Rohnert Park Unified School District Middle School Career Fair in mid March. All branches are now open on Saturdays until 6:00. Sonoma County Library launched a downloadable collection of ebooks and audiobooks in Spanish, Odilo. Programs offered at our branch in the month of April included 25 adult and teen events and 28 children’s events.
YOUTH MEMBER’S REPORT
Youth Member Merrietta Jaensch was not in attendance.
FRIENDS OF THE ROHNERT PARK-COTATI REGIONAL LIBRARY REPORT
Barbara Mackenzie reported that the Friends are doing well, are in need of more volunteers, and their next book sale will be the first weekend of June.
CITY COUNCIL LIAISONS’ REPORTS
City council liaisons were not in attendance.
APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF PAST MEETINGS
The minutes of the February 20, 2018, meeting were approved following a motion by Ulli Ehlers seconded by Hanna Taylor.
PUBLIC COMMENTS – No public present at the meeting.
The presentation to the Library Commission planned for the July 9 Commission meeting will include a PowerPoint with photos from events that the LAB participated in: the first Monday opening day, Founders Day, Cotati Kids Day, Farmers Market, and others. It was suggested that the presentation be designed with a length of 5-8 minutes.
The LAB did not set up a table at the March 31 Easter Egg event at the golf course. Instead, Lisa, Art and Hanna distributed our local library flyer. Coming up are the first Friday Rohnert Park Farmers Market on June 1, Cotati Kids Day July 7, and Founders Day in October. Cotati has a farmers market on Thursdays that could be considered. This past year’s Cotati winter holiday downtown walk was well attended. Commissioner Jason Merrick will continue to let the LAB know of Cotati events with outreach opportunities.
Other outreach possibilities: The Friends Book Sale Wednesday night June 6 or Friday night June 8. A table at the book sale raffling a free book or a $1 coupon to the Friends book store (Barbara will ask the Friends, or the LAB could set up a table outside the library). Another teen Hallowe’en party; a local author event with books on display and readings and book signings; other special events that would attract different kinds of people; outreach to the senior center and the Cotati Community Center. Flyers for the upcoming fencing program could be distributed to gyms.
After a reminder to participate in LAB survey, two LAB members expressed discomfort at the lack of anonymity and reported that they did not complete the survey because of that.
ADVISORY BOARD INFORMATION ITEMS
Barbara Mackenzie attended an exhibit of the paintings of Joan Baez, currently on display at SSU’s Green Music Center, and passed around the catalog of the exhibit.
The meeting adjourned at 6:10 pm, following a motion by Art Stuckey, seconded by Ulli Ehlers.