TRANSCRIPT: COVID-19 Directors' Chat - October 1 , 2020


Directors' Chat
Thursday, October 1, 2020


Ellen Popit/IHLS: Hi, Everyone!  Hope you're all able to enjoy this sunny day in one way or another!

Sandy West - RLCA: My temporary view is in a room with new view!  But I look forward to the end of the day and the drive home.

Diana Donahoo_CentraliaRLD: trying to get out and walk a little at lunch time.

Sandy West - RLCA: Sorry that's with no view

Shari / Hope Welty: We had bookclub at the park this morning had a great turn out

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Perfect day for that Shari!  Any other outside events?

Sandy West - RLCA: Shari that's great.  What book did you discuss?

Shari / Hope Welty: We are still doing preschool storytime every week.Parents say they will put coats on and keep coming

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Awww.... sounds like you have a pretty devoted group, Shari!

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Have any of you been attending Virtual ARSL?  We've listened to some good sessions!

Shari / Hope Welty: We talked about Kinsey and Me by Sue Grafton

Julia, IHLS: Some wrote this in an ARSL session and I thought it was good to share here: We all need to work together as a community to keep our most vulnerable people as safe as possible. I respect your political views, and the library has lots of options to being inside the library if you don't want to wear a mask. You can take advantage of curbside service or online options. Here's a brochure.

Ellen Popit/IHLS: That's great, Julia!  AND you know how good the library is about sharing.  Anyone should use language like this if it reflects how your library is serving patrons.

Shari / Hope Welty:  We are in  Region 6 and on a warning, How will I know if we need to go back to curbside only.

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Shari, I think people talked about doing that if they were sent back to Stage 3 of the Governor's Restore Illinois plan.  Am I remembering that correctly?

Shari / Hope Welty:  That's what I thought, just waiting to see

Ginger - Athens: I've attended a few of the ARSL sessions, but I'll be glad when they upload the recordings so I can watch them on my own time schedule...

Deb, Paxton Carnegie: @Shari: Keep in touch with your Public Health Dept. and follow their recommendations.

Lisa Winters (Allerton Public Library): @Shari - I'm also Region 6.  If we go back to Stage 3 I will go to curbside services only.

Julia, IHLS: @Ginger,  Last night I went back and listened to a recording from Monday.

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Ginger, we've been doing that as well.  We've watched some in real time and some that have been recorded.  Have you seen anything that you particularly liked or were impressed by?

Shari / Hope Welty: Lisa, have you talked to the health department lately, I have not

Scott - Lake Land College: I'm hearing that the U of I testing is actually driving down the numbers for our region, otherwise, I think that we'd be back to Stage 3 already. I'm region 6 as well...

Lisa Winters (Allerton Public Library): @Shari - I have not.  I know that the office is just overwhelmed right now.  

Carrie Russell = Maroa Public: @Julia - I saw that one and thought it was great.  I'm here now during ARSL lunch break.

Ginger - Athens: A quote from a school librarian (but speaking to public libraries) grabbed me: She said "We show children how to treat books by the condition of the books we give them"

Ginger - Athens: As in, if a book is torn up, we hand it to a child and are giving them permission to tear up a book too...

Ellen Popit/IHLS: I saw her yesterday, Ginger and thought she did a great job!

Ginger - Athens: So helpful!

Anna Yackle IHLS: I spoke with Johnnie from Rick Warren this morning and she said she wae having trouble with school children who had been quarantined by their schools showing up at the library. Anyone else having this problem?

Sandy West - RLCA: I've been working hard to try and get through the collections before the material was housed elsewhere as construction gets really started.  The library is an emplty shell.  I will stress to those who plan to remodel or replace carpet, take the time and rent stackmovers.  Unfortunately, this time around RLC did not do this and I worry that the shelving has been messed up, but won't know until the library furniture is returned.  When I started the withdraw there were 14,976 items barcoded in the various collections (still have juvenile fiction to go through), as of today our barcoded items stand at 9.753.

Brenda Gilpatrick: This is kind of sad, but I just discover chat color. I like it!

Scott - Lake Land College: This year has been such a series of disasters and challenges. It wasn't the final year I'd hoped for, but Maybe it is going to make retiring easier (I hope)

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Wow, Sandy!  That's a big number!  Sorry that it's been such a tough time for you and the library.

Diana Donahoo_CentraliaRLD: @Brenda did you see that you can change the text size also?

Ginger - Athens: Did anyone here apply for/get the Community Connect Grant? Got our rejection letter today. Womp womp...

Brenda Gilpatrick: Diane I was aware of the text size change and I use it!

Sandy West - RLCA: @Ellen - a few instructors who came in to review ares said that it doesn't feel like we the construction is done that we will be a library.  Already, the buzz word is "the Hub"

Anna Yackle IHLS: @ Brenda do not feel bad, I was told how to do it a couple of months ago. @ Scott, so will you be looking for another position or doing consulting? @ Sandy that is quite a diminishednumber  are you moving to moere online materials?

Nichole L. (Millstadt): Ginger, we got our rejection letter too.

Ellen Popit/IHLS: That's interesting,Sandy!

Lisa Winters (Allerton Public Library): @Scott - I really hate to see you leave the Director's Group.  I always appreciate your wisdom and wit.

Scott - Lake Land College: Sandy, that sounds a lot like what we went through when they renovated our building. We did have a closed stack area and could access the collection, with difficulty. But we had to week nearly 8000 items to make it fit into the space we had, and only had 18-inch aisles between ranges

Shandi S Greve Penrod (IHLS): @Ginger, many of the ARSL sessions are already online! I think all of the Mon-Wed sessions are up. :)

Scott - Lake Land College: Kind of you to say, Lisa. Though with COVID-brain, it feels like half-wit at best anymore...

Sandy West - RLCA: @Anna, no I don't feel like we will increase our subscription services past what we currently offer.  @Scott, I hope I 've weeded enough, but without knowing what the final layout of the space will be , I just have to wait and see.

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Hope that lots of you submitted grants to the Illinois State Library!

Carrie Russell = Maroa Public: @Ellen, no, but I'm hoping to next year.

Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: We submitted B2B and PPE.  Fingers crossed!

Julia, IHLS: Tomorrow's the deadline for the Laura Bush and National Leadership grants:

Kay Burrous  South Macon: Shari - Hope Welty...Better late than never...Mr. Softie  @217-521-7027 and 217-972-1225!!!

Deb, Paxton Carnegie: PPE and B2B

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Hi Ellen, Staunton did all three grant applications. I felt stressed, anxious and nearly brain dead though going through them. I think we all are tired. I hope everyone gets graded on a curve when it comes to selection. LOL

Rita Stephens ISL: We received a lot of grants.  So happy!!!

Ellen Popit/IHLS: You gave it the college try, Julie!   That's great!

Diana Donahoo_CentraliaRLD: PPE and B2B

Shari / Hope Welty:  PPE GRANT

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Thanks Julia, I will have to try for that Laura Bush one maybe next year. I do not have another grant application form in me right now. ha ha..

Karla Hornbeck@East Alton Library: Wow Ginger, just saw what you typed about the rejection letter! Sorry about that :(

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Ellen, one of my board members said if we have a chance for a grant, we should go ahead and submit an application.

Susan Colbert - Sparta Public Library: PPE & B2B

Kelsey Schaep-- Nashville PL: PPE and B2B

Nichole L. (Millstadt): All three.

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Julie, trying is half the battle.  It's also been my experience that even when a grant isn't funded, it's a learning opportunity to use when the next grant comes around.

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Rita- so glad to hear that. Most of us took advantage of that great opportunity.

Mary Ray/Sidell District Library: PPE and B2B. First timer, so all I could handle!

Anna Yackle IHLS: @Julie that is fantastic and you should be proud of yourself. No small task and a great learning experience.  You never know what you can do until you try.

Anna Yackle IHLS: Good for you Mary.

Julia, IHLS: I don't have these posted on the grants page yet, but: ALA to distribute nearly $2 million in grants to help small and rural libraries meet community needs:

Julie Jarman (Staunton): I have learned so much in 2020- we should all write our memoirs on what we learned from this experience

Anna Yackle IHLS: Thanks for posting that Julia. Everyone should take a look at that grant.

Julie Jarman (Staunton): I saw on the exchange today a few libraries are doing indoor story walk- I wanted to commend them. What a great idea!

Carrie Russell = Maroa Public: @Julie - that's a great idea!

Julia, IHLS: @Julie, I also thought the idea of using the library's windows was interesting.

Anna Yackle IHLS: @Julie, I actually think it would be great to capture those lessons. Maybe when this is done we devote an issue of our newsletter to what you learned.

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Carlinville was one- Kudos to them. Amy I think..  ( I can not remember your library right now, sorry?) was the other library director who shared pics. They were fabulous

Kami - Germantown: Our Storywalk is also on the windows.  I just don't know how many participants I am getting.  I found 10 more stories so I can switch them out every 2 weeks or so.

Carrie Russell = Maroa Public: Does anyone have a permanent storywalk installation?  I'm considering talking to our city council/mayor about corroborating on one at our city park.

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Mary, kudos to you too. first time writing grants. Best of luck! I am sure you did well.

Carrie Russell = Maroa Public: @Kami - maybe put a small box with a "guest list" at the end for people to sign?

Amy Byers - Chatham APLD: Yep, it was me from Chatham that uses the windows.  @Kami, we have a QR code at the end to get people to let us know that they've come by.  I wasn't sure if it would work or not, but we have received feedback from our patrons who have stopped by!

Scott - Lake Land College: Great idea, Amy!

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Anita Driver from Jerseyville is also an experienced storywalk person!

Mary Ray/Sidell District Library: @Julie, Thanks and we will see!

Julia, IHLS: @Kami, could the last window be where they have a question from the story they can call to answer for a small prize?

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Chatham, I thought so Amy. I was too chicken to type it. Great Idea!

Kami - Germantown: @ Amy - Thank you for that idea.  I will have to do that for the next story.  :-)

Anna Yackle IHLS: I don't know if any of you heard  the incoming president  during the ARSL business session but she said she wants to give small and rural libraries a more prominent national and international presence.  I think capturing how we responded to this crisis may be a good way of doing that.  @Amy like your autumnal color choice.

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Kami, do you have them up on your fb page? I would love to see pics. Staunton is currently making a collection of Story Book walks, we have three planned, one done already. Putting them in the windows though would be another great way tp spread the joy of reading!

Kathleen Bennett - Catlin Public: Our program librarian set up the story walk at the local park and families are encouraged to post a picture on to our FB page and come by the library for a craft that goes with the story.  She just posted it yesterday in the park.

Kami - Germantown: I advertised on the our website and Facebook page asking people to send a selfie or a message to facebook or email us if they participated, but I haven't seen any responses.

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Jerseyville has a permanent story book walk, they teamed up with their park district and received a grant. It is beautiful, It inspired me to do something here on a much smaller scale

Kami - Germantown: @ Julie - I do have one picture on our Facebook page, but it is just  a picture of the story we are using.  I have such terrible glare from the windows I could not get a good photo so I laid the book on the table to take a picture.

Julie Jarman (Staunton): If you get a chance, Wock Family Lake, Jerseyville- it is on June street next to their pool and ball diamonds.

Shari / Hope Welty:  We are going to offer a Christmas Take and Make  craft for the adults

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Kami, I am going to check out your fb page as soon as I get a chance today. Thanks

Scott - Lake Land College: I just saw that the ACRL Conference, which is normally in March or April, is going to be virtual this coming Spring. Has there been any word about ALA yet?

Carol Tomaszewski: I had to take an online look at Jerseyville's permanent story book walk -- very nice!

Ellen Popit/IHLS: It's pretty nice to be discussing something as "normal" as a story walk!  Haven't seen anything about ALA, Scott.  However, ILA did cancel the youth services conference that was set for March.

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Kathleen, we have a girl scout here currently earning her Gold Award. She is now getting involved in the Story book Walk collection- we hope to have something at one of the Staunton Parks for her introduction. She is working now on researching what books she wants to use, etc.

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Kathleen, I will look at your post too. Love the creativity everyone

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Is anyone still doing on line Story time?  

Shari / Hope Welty:  Ellen, would you be available to talk, if I called you after this is over. We have something going on with our library building that would be to long to type out.

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Sure, Shari----call anytime!

Julia, IHLS: We are still in the planning process, but the Reaching Forward South committee has decided that the next conference will be virtual in April.

Ellen Popit/IHLS: That's great to know, Julia----thanks for that update!

Sandy West - RLCA: @Julie Jarman - Our Reference Librarian has been posting a story hour on our library Facebook page.

Kami - Germantown: @ Julie - I have been preparing props for storytime.  I can now do a few songs and stories (from memory) will start filming soon.  I didn't want to mess with copyright issues so I will not be reading actual books.

Nichole L. (Millstadt): We usually do storytime every week for two months. For October, we're posting pre-made videos and having craft kits kids can do each week to go along with the story.

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Shari, you always hope the best ideas. Christmas take and make.. We are once again doing grab bags, we did a SRP bag in July, Fall bag in Sept. and now a Halloween bag for the kids while supplies last

Ellen Popit/IHLS: What's the foot traffic like these days in your libraries?

Julia, IHLS: Thank you to everyone that completed the Reaching Forward South survey trying to decide in person or virtual. The majority of the responses were 'Not sure at this time."

Shari / Hope Welty:  We are also doing a fall craft bag for the kids.

Rachel- Sherman PLD: @Carrie I am working on getting a permanent Story-walk for my community.  I have several committed community partners, but I'm still waiting on the village to give me the go ahead.  I've staked out the location for each post in our village park...I'm really hoping they greenlight it soon.  If not, I may have to wait for the proposed bike trail as a location and try again.   

Kami - Germantown: We are having Grab 'n Go crafts on Thursdays in October.  I ordered pre packaged crafts from Oriental Trading.

Amy Byers - Chatham APLD: we've been doing weekly adult crafts to pick up and make at home. They are very popular

Deb, Paxton Carnegie: Increasing numbers each day!

Lisa Winters (Allerton Public Library): Our patrons love the make n take craft pickups.

Anna Yackle IHLS: @Kami, your approach sounds interesting please let us know when you have something scheduled.

Julie Jarman (Staunton): I am thinking of wrapping up books in Christmas paper  and handing them out around the time of family reading night. not sure if we will do anything for Dec. Jan- we have a ton of Frozen bags. Our party was scheduled for March 20, it of course was cancelled, but Grab bags in Jan or Feb if numbers here are doing ok,

Ginger - Athens: @Rachel, the bike trail would be so cool!

Deb, Paxton Carnegie: We still have a lot of no contact pick up as well

Kami - Germantown: @ Anna - will do.  :-)

Kathleen Rister - Groff Memorial: Amy, what have you been putting in the adult craft bags?

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Slow and steady.. food traffic in Stn.

Don. Philo: Foot traffic is light.

Anna Yackle IHLS: @Amy, i have found that adults love to craft just as much as the kids.

Julie Jarman (Staunton): foot, not food. too funny

Lisa Winters (Allerton Public Library): Foot traffic light - still demand for curbside pickup services.

Julia, IHLS: WebJunction recently had an article on Storywalks:

Anna Yackle IHLS: What us Halloween going to look like for you?

Rachel- Sherman PLD: Thanks Ginger.  They announced the splash pad in the village park right when I proposed the storywalk, so it's getting overshadowed at the moment.

Shari / Hope Welty: Our town is going to let Halloween be the same as usual.

Kay Burrous  South Macon: Foot traffic still slow.

Shari / Hope Welty:  Foot traffic still slow

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Rachel, please share that storywalk with us all when it gets completed. sounds wonderful

Rachel- Sherman PLD: Will do!

Susan Colbert - Sparta Public Library: Our town is allowing Trick or Treating

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Halloween- our Lions parade was cancelled, trick or treat in small grps, Our Oct bags were really all that we planned. Art kits, and prizes for the young people. They do love getting their bags now

Tammy - Chester Public: @Rachel - Are you ordering the permanent story walk boards or is someone building them?

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Thank you Julia. I will look that up.

Mary Ray/Sidell District Library: Foot traffic different every day; slow today, busy yesterday!

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Our numbers keep going up here in Stn. 108 on Monday- town of 5100. not sure what to think about that. We are making masks mandatory or we send them to the hallway for curbside. Most understand, some eyerolls but that is fine.

Kathleen Bennett - Catlin Public: Our patron count is not too bad, really.  I think people feel safe and they really missed us being open during the closure.  It will be sad if we have to go back to curbside.  Our town will not allow trick or treating so I we might have candy on hand but not advertise that we will be handing candy out.Right now we are giving mini pumpkins away to patrons who want one.  We grew them at my house and had a bumper crop - 140 little gourds to give away:)

Ginger - Athens: Our foot traffic has been heavy, but we are the most open library in the area... Our town is doing trick or treating, so the Friends will set up a table out in front of the library.

Ellen Popit/IHLS: That's a great plan, Kathleen!

Julia, IHLS: The I l Love My Librarian Award website. has several resources available to share!

Rachel- Sherman PLD: Tammy I am hoping to to order them.

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Love the title of that one, Thanks Julia, I have ten things to look up now after I leave this chat. LOL..

Anna Yackle IHLS: @Kathleen please share a photo of all of your pumpkins. I love the mini ones

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Don't forget to sign up for Member Day---it's November 10th and we hope to "see" each and every one of you there!  Registration is available on L2!

Julia, IHLS: IHLS Member Day:

Anna Yackle IHLS: I am really excited about member day and we have a great line-up this year.

Sandy West - RLCA: I registered for member day.  Hoping to get approval for the virtual ILA conference, awaiting the response.

Julia, IHLS: You can also purchase apparel now so you have it on Member Day:

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Anything else for the good of the order?

Julie Jarman (Staunton): Member Day- Thanks for the reminder!

Sandy West - RLCA: Have a great day everyone!

Monica Cameron- Shelbyville Public Library: Thanks!

Julie Jarman (Staunton): That went by so quickly, Thanks everyone.  I love  to chat with you all!

Ellen Popit/IHLS: Take care everyone!  Stay well!

Tammy - Chester Public: @Rachel -Thank you!  I hope to order some too but haven't found a good source.

Kathleen Bennett - Catlin Public: @Anna - I am slow to get figure out how to post the photo of the pumpkins so I will just send it to you;)

TWILLA COON: Thank you for good advice