Birmingham Public Library Board Minutes


September 14, 2021

4:30 p.m.

Zoom Teleconference

Meeting Called By

Eunice Johnson Rogers, President

Type of Meeting

Regular Board Meeting


Trustees: Eunice Johnson Rogers, Willie Davis III, Judge Scott Vowell, James Sullivan, Fatima Carter, Lynn Flowers-Martin, Kimberly Richardson, Mona Lisa Morris
Staff Present: Janine Langston, Interim Director; Damein Baity, Chief Financial Officer; Karyn Davis-West, Regional Manager; Loretta Jones, Regional Manager; Bessie Miller, Regional Manager; Jamilah Muhammad, Personnel Officer; Caleb West, Collection Manager; Richard Manoske, IMS Administrator; Catherine Frey, Director of Development; Kiara Harley, Administration
Others Present: Malera Wright, Assistant City Attorney; Sandi Lee, Friends Foundation Advisory Member

Call To Order

Public Voices


Presentations: Highlight Video

Approval of Agenda

Approval of Consent Agenda

All items designated as "consent" are considered to be routine and non-controversial and will be approved by one motion.

Malera Wright, City Attorney:

Operational Items Requiring Board Approval

Finance Report

Damein Baity, Chief Financial Officer, presented the financial report to the board.

Reports of the Committees

Personnel Committee:

Long-Range Committee:

Unfinished Business

Janine Langston reminded Trustees of the need to complete Trustee Training provided by APLS by December 31, 2021.

New Business:

Janine Langston recommended the closing of Smithfield Library on Friday, October 29th and the closing of Central Branch on Saturday, October 30th due to road closures and tailgating for the Magic City Classic.

Interim Director's Report:

Board Member's Comments

Board members unanimously thanked staff for their hard work and acknowledged staff and Trustees that attended the memorial for Brian “Voice” Porter Hawkins. Sandi Lee announced that the Friends Bookstore book sale was a success. They earned about $1,500. They are now open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Next Board Meeting is scheduled October 10, 2021, at 4:30 p.m.

Adjourned at 5:16 p.m.

Submitted By

Janine Langston, Interim Director