Library Board meeting minutes - September 21, 2021

The public is welcome at all library board meetings

The Hennepin County Library Board met on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 virtually via Microsoft Teams.


Present: Jonathan Gaw, Adja Kaba, Labelle Nambangi, Amal Karim, Gordy Aune Jr, Keegan Xavi, Lynn Stetler, Tim Dolan, and Jane Brissett

Hennepin County Staff: Chad Helton, Jeannette Lewis, Johannah Genett, Ali Turner, Patti Hetrick and Commissioner Debbie Goettel


Call to Order

Chair Adja Kaba called the Hennepin County Library Board meeting of September 21, 2021 to order at 5:30 p.m. and welcomed all in attendance.

Approval of Agenda

Motion: Jane Brissett
Seconded: Jonathan Gaw
Motion passed.

Approval of Consent Items

Motion: Jonathan Gaw
Seconded: Gordy Aune Jr.
Motion passed.

Public Comment

The board received one public comment from a resident of Hennepin County.

Library Dialogue

Library staff member Ali Turner, Community Engagement Manager gave a presentation on the new Library Youth Advisory Committee.

President’s Report

President Adja Kaba shared a Hennepin County update related to COVID-19 attestation.

Director’s Report

Director Chad Helton spoke to the Library Board on Library, Community, and County Updates.

2022 Budget Presentation

Chief Financial Officer Patti Hetrick presented on the 2022 Budget.

The board voted to recommend the 2022 budget to the County Board.
Motion: Gordy Aune Jr.
Seconded: Jane Brissett

2021 Policy Review Discussions

Board members discussed the second read of the Reserving & Using Library Rooms Policy and the Patron Use of Library Spaces Policy, presented by the Policy Committee Chair. The Board voted on the Reserving & Using Library Rooms Policy and Patron use of Library Space Policy.

Reserving & Using Library Rooms Policy
Motion: Gordy Aune Jr.
Seconded: LaBelle Nambangi
Motion passed.

Patron use of Library Space Policy
Motion: Adja Kaba
Seconded: Gordy Aune Jr
Motion passed.

Committee Reports

Upcoming programming from Friends of Hennepin County Library includes Pen Pals and Bookfair events.

The Budget Committee have no new updates.

The Policy Committee have completed the review of the 2021 policy schedule. All 2021 library policies have been voted on by the board. The committee has no new updates.

Unfinished Business

No unfinished business.

New Business

No new business.


There being no further business, Amal Karim made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 6:44 p.m.; seconded by Gordy Aune Jr. Motion passed. The next meeting of the Hennepin County Library Board will be held Wednesday, December 1, 2021, at 5:30 p.m., virtually via Microsoft Teams.