Library Board meeting minutes - June 23, 2021

The public is welcome at all library board meetings

The Hennepin County Library Board met on Wednesday, June 23, 2021, virtually via Microsoft Teams.


Present: Jonathan Gaw, Sam Neisen, Adja Kaba, Labelle Nambangi, Erin Vrieze-Daniels, Gordy Aune Jr, Keegan Xavi, Lynn Stetler, Tim Dolan, and Jane Brissett

Hennepin County Staff: Chad Helton, Janet Mills, Bernie Farrell, Jeannette Lewis, and Commissioner Jeffrey Lunde


Call to Order

Chair Adja Kaba called the Hennepin County Library Board meeting of June 23, 2021, to order at 5:30 p.m. and welcomed all in attendance.

Approval of Agenda

Amendment Agenda item#6, President’s Report replaced with Library Dialogue by Bernie Farrell
Motion: Gordy Aune, Jr
Seconded: Erin Vrieze Daniels
Motion passed.

Approval of Consent Items

Motion: LaBelle Nambangi
Seconded: Gordy Aune, Jr
Motion passed.

Public Comment

No public comment.

County Commissioner Update

Hennepin County Commissioner Jeffrey Lunde, who represents District 1, introduced himself to the Library Board. Commissioner Jeffrey Lunde also gave an overview of his current and future work.

Library Dialogue

Library Youth Services Coordinator Bernie Farrell gave a presentation on Summer Learning programs from 2020 and in 2021.

Director’s Report

Deputy Director Janet Mills reported to the Library Board on Library, Community, and County Updates.

2021 Policy Review

Board members discussed the 1st read of the Reserving & Using Library Rooms Policy and of Patron use of Library Spaces Policy. The Board discussed the 2nd read of the Patron Services Policy. The Board proposed amendments to the Reserving & Using of Library Rooms Policy and voted for a second read at the next Board meeting scheduled for September 22, 2021. The Board approved the Patron Services Policy.

Patron Services Policy
Motion: Jane Brissett
Seconded: Tim Dolan
Motion passed.

Committee Reports

The June 2021 Executive Committee meeting was cancelled, and there are no updates from the Executive Committee.

Committee Chair Jane Brissett discussed upcoming programs, donations, and grant awards for (FHCL) Friends of Hennepin County Library.

The Budget Committee has no updates.

Unfinished Business

No unfinished business.

New Business

Jane Brissett proposed discussion on how the Board will respond to members of the public. Erin Vrieze Daniels proposed discussing returning to in-person Library Board meetings.


There being no further business, Erin Vrieze Daniels made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:08 p.m.; seconded by Jonathan Gaw. Motion passed. The next meeting of the Hennepin County Library Board will be held at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, September 22, 2021, virtually via Microsoft Teams.