November 4, 2015


Chris Dawdy

Key: IHLS  Library

Chris Dawdy: Good afternoon! Ellen is in Springfield at a meeting at the Illinois State Library today, so if there are questions only she can answer, I'll take notes and get them to her!

Chris Dawdy: Other than that, what would you all like to talk about today?

Bernadette: Chris, have you heard when Jeanne Urbanek will be holding her Per Capita Grant webinar?

Chris Dawdy: I just found lots of information about this year's Per Capita grant here.

Chris Dawdy: It also includes information and links to a couple of webinars. Is that what you were looking for Bernadette?

Bernadette: Yes, thank you. I thought I had read that she will be holding a new webinar in early Nov.

Jan - brep: If you don't apply for the per capita grant this year, can you apply again in a few years?

Chris Dawdy: Now that's an Ellen question, Jan, so I will ask her to get back to you on that one!

Jan - brep: Thanks!

Brenda Gilpatrick Red Bud Public: Jeanne did say she would be doing a new webinar for per capita. I think she mentioned it in the Edge webinar.

Kim: After the email to directors yesterday about W-9 accounts, i have a question. Re we suppose to be charging sales tax to our patrons for lost books like we are suppose to do for a book sale?

Kim: Sorry, should be Are we

Chris Dawdy: My initial reaction to your question is that you do not have to charge sales tax for lost books, Kim, since you are a non-profit organization--I don't believe libraries ever have charged sales tax for lost books. What do some of the rest of you know about this issue?

Esther Curry--C.E. Brehm Memorial PLD: I wouldn't think you'd have to charge sales tax. We don't pay sales tax for items we purchase (from Ingram, B&T, etc.), so other libraries should be exempt as well.

Alison Holderfield 2: Different subject . Has anyone gotten the Wal-Mart, Kroger, or Target grants?

Chris Dawdy: I just got notification that IHLS will receive a lovely $950 check from a Wal-Mart community grant. We're going to use the money to add books to our 3M Cloud library.

Chris Dawdy: I've nver written a Kroger grant (none where I live!), but have written and received both Wal-Mart and Target. grants.

Alison Holderfield 2: That's great! We are getting kinda desperate for new upgraded computers and have tried Kroger and GO

Alison Holderfield 2: I meant to say Go Fund Me , not a lot of luck so far.

Kristina Benson-Du Quoin: Not a computer, but Epson just donated a new printer to us. We just sent them a letter and asked.

Chris Dawdy: For those of you who have already heard my spiel about the Kohls Associates in Action program, I apologize for subjecting you to it again, but....If you have a Kohls store anywhere near you, you might want to look into their Associates in Action program. If you host an event (like summer reading program or Family Reading night, for example), and they can get five of their associates to volunteer to attend your event, you will get help from those five people and a $500 check from Kohls.

Alison Holderfield 2: wOW I didn't even think of asking the company (I don't know why) but I will be trying that. I did try Staples once.

Chris Dawdy: You do have to have 501c3 status--and you can use ILA's if you belong to ILA. To find out more and/or register your event, go to

Bernadette: We recieved $3000 grant from Target for our program "1000 Books Before Kindergarten". We also received the Kohls grant and used the Kohls volunteers to help with our summer reading proogram

Alison Holderfield 2: It seems that everyone wants to give books away to children including me, but I guess I should state my spiel about how computers help the learning enviornment...... Thank you to all. I appreciate it. We got a $300 check from Anna Jonesboro Rotary Club for summer reading and two volunteers came for one of our programs. Subway also helps out with certificates for FREE .childrens meals

Chris Dawdy: What other sources of funding have some of the rest of you found?

Jacqueline Allen--Melvin PL: State Farm in Bloomington use to have a similar program, if a State Farm employee helped your library with a program you could get financial help, we got $500.

Kathy @ Pinckneyville PL: We've been lucky to have local businesses sponsor programs such as Mad Science and Animal Tales and we got $5000 from a community foundation to pay for Overdrive and programs

Brenda Gilpatrick Red Bud Public: McDonalds here is good about giving us coupons for food.

Alison Holderfield 2: I don't know if it is still available, but Rural Development is one for Building Improvement s on a matching basis. We got our automatic door that way. We also had an employee that was willing to match a grant with his employer General Mills. That is where our last computer came from, but he retired.

Deb Young: Doyle Library in Raymond gave away books for young people up through high school that we purchased inexpensively from Scholastic for Halloween instead of candy for the second year. The money was donated by the local banks and we publicized their donations on Fb and in the newspapers.

Jacqueline Allen--Melvin PL: The Illinois Reading Council use to have grants available, we got a grant to purchase all the Eyewitness books and a special rack to display them, the total grant was around $1300.

Alison Holderfield 3: Scholastic is great. I haven't done that in a good while, but they used to let you have 99 books for $100. Always ask for no workbooks or coloring books if you do this.

Linda Richter Trenton public: Womns Club helps fund SRP, most businesses in town give coupons or gifts of some small value

Alison Holderfield 3: Money, money oh for the lack of money. I am always looking for grant opportunities so if anymore come up would you list them on the exchange? I know some are listed on the newsletter.

Esther Curry--C.E. Brehm Memorial PLD: Scholastic Family and Community Engagement (FACE) is a good resource for low cost books. On Halloween, we have a Books for Treats and purchase them throught FACE.

Celeste @ Urbana Free: Esther, how many kids do you get for Books for Treats? It sounds great!

Esther Curry--C.E. Brehm Memorial PLD: We do have local business donate money, but we can get so many more through FACE. This year we gave out 506 books.

Jacqueline Allen--Melvin PL: If any of you are microfilming newspapers or items of local historical value, try the local or county historical society; they underwrote the cost of this for us every 3 years before our local newspaper ceased publication.

Alison Holderfield 3: Wow, good for you! We always have book giveaways for young children, but don't get the traffic I would like to get. Colorfest is a fall festival that we giveaway and Halloween, Christmas and any other time we can.

Celeste @ Urbana Free: Esther, that is fantastic! We will be in touch later for more information.

Alison Holderfield 3: Our newspaper was available through the Illinois State Historical Library and we bought several years of the microfilm through them. Our newspaper closed down also.

Esther Curry--C.E. Brehm Memorial PLD: Definitely! You can check it out on our Facebook page. This is our 5th year doing it.

Celeste @ Urbana Free: On a separate note, the ILA Advocacy Committee is planning the Legislative breakfasts / lunches for next February.

Celeste @ Urbana Free: We are planning to add one in Bloomington/Normal to cover a different part of the middle of the state.

Celeste @ Urbana Free: ILA's lobbyist Kip will be there, and we need to invite your legislators & you & your boards. If you are intersted in helping, please email me at

Celeste @ Urbana Free: And don't worry if you lose my email, Sue Franzen & I will be reaching out to you, as well ;-)

Chris Dawdy: There are only a few more minutes left. Is there anything else anyone wants to ask or discuss?

Deb Young: Great information! Thank you everyone!

Chris Dawdy: Thanks for joining us this afternoon, and have a great rest of your day!