FOR MARCH 3, 2020

The Mullett Township Library Board of Trustees met at the Mullett Township Hall in Topinabee, Michigan, on March 3, 2020, at 6:00 pm.  Members present were Hobart Kirsch, Rachel Osborn, Kathy Flory, Dennis Dombroski, and Warren Meyer.  John Brown was absent with excuse.

The meeting was called to order at 6:02 pm with the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.
Public Comment was opened at 6:03 pm and closed at 6:09 pm.
Library Director, Patty King, made the following report to the Board:
·       Through February 29, 2020, (Fiscal Year ending March 31, 2020) the Library served an estimated 4000 patrons, which include 800 using the Internet, 1300 downloading E-Books, and 2700 books checked out.  Almost $500 in revenue was generated through faxes, copies and overdue book fees.  180 children attended the Children’s Programs and 42 adults attended the Adult programs, which began in October.
·       Mrs. King reported that the Library has many ongoing maintenance needs which include painting and scraping the interior, replacing the carpet, all interior doors need replacing due to gaps throughout and not being ADA accessible (pictures provided for all preceding items); storage space needed, new lighting since light bulbs are no longer available for current fixtures, computer table is not ADA accessible, and new book shelving due to larger book sizes than the past.
·       Mrs. King addressed the many issues involved with making the current space ADA accessible outside, and the number of stacks that would be lost inside due to the renovation to make in the inside ADA compliant.
·       Mrs. King listed some of the programs they would like to see happen if they had more space which include both Youth and Adult book clubs, Story Time and Crafts for children, Computer Training classes, Mah Jong, Exercise groups, Teen Group Meetings, Kids’ Computer Coding Classes, Lego Club, Proctor Testing, Tax Preparation for Seniors, Family Movie Night, and Mel Delivery (Northland).
·       Mrs. King’s recommendation, and that of her staff, was that the Library be moved to the Old Schoolhouse.

The Board announced that the pay for the Library Director was increased under the new Budget to $15.00 an hour and the Library Assistants to $13.00 an hour.  The Board thanked Mrs. King and her staff for the thorough report and their hard work.
Detailed discussion about the future of the library followed Mrs. King’s report about the feasibility of making the Depot ADA compliant versus the relocation of the library to the Old Schoolhouse.  After laying out the pros and cons of each option the suggestion was made that both options have plans drawn and a cost analyses done to help in clarifying the Board’s options.

Supervisor Kirsch adjourned the meeting at 7:07 pm and immediately called the March Township Board meeting to order.

Respectfully Submitted,

Rachel Osborn, Mullett Township Clerk
Denise Ackerman, Deputy Clerk


Call to order:
Open Public Comments
Close of Public Comments

Discussion of pay for the library Director
Discussion of pay for the library Assistants
Discussion of the future of the library
Discussion of any library policies that might need to be changed
Discussion of how to go forward with making the library ADA accessible
Discussion of who to hire to reconfigure the ramp on the lakeside to accommodate those ADA individuals
Discussion of expanding the library facilities to improve the service to the entire community by opening a library annex in the school house

Board Comments and concerns

The Topinabee Library is located in the old train station on M-27 across from the Topinabee post office. Call the library for hours or scroll down this page. The library has a WiFi connection and is a  MichiCard member. 
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Summer Story Time- everyone is welcome every Tuesday (rain or shine)  in July and August  11 to 11:30 AM. Every week there will be a guest reader. Call the library for more info.

The Library is in the old train station

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Across the street from the Library - Chamberlin Park

Topinabee Public Library Mission Statement

The mission of the Topinabee Public Library is to provide quality materials and services which fulfill educational, informational, cultural, and recreational needs of the entire community in an atmosphere that is welcoming, respectful, and businesslike.

Location and Contact Information

The Topinabee Public Library is located at 1576 N. Straits Highway, PO Box 266, Topinabee, Michigan 49791. The phone number is 231-238-7514. The fax number is 231-238-2112.
The Librarian is Patty King and the Asst. Librarian is Laura LaHaie.

Library Hours

Tuesday 10am to 5pm
Wednesday 10am to 5pm
Thursday 10am to 6pm
Friday 10am to 5pm
Saturday 10am to 2pm

The Library will be closed on the following holidays: Good Friday, Memorial Day, 4th of July,Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day. A drop box is provided for returning materials any time.

Library Board Members 

Laz Surabian
Denise Ackerman
Brenda Bowes
Mike Goerke
Brent Lindgren

Library Usage

The Topinabee Public Library is open to all for general use of the facility. The building may not be used by any group or individual when the library is not open for business. The building may be used by the Friends of the Library after hours on approval of the Library Board and with a member of the staff or board present.
Use of the Library may be denied for due cause. Such cause may be failure to return library materials or to pay fines, destruction of library property, disturbance of other patrons, or any other illegal, disruptive, or objectionable conduct on library premises.

Library Cards

All borrowers must have a valid library card to borrow library materials. Patrons must fill out an application form to register for a library card. A library card will be issued upon presentation of valid identification in the form of a Driver's License or Michigan ID card from the Office of the secretary of State.
Patrons under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian give their signed consent on the application form before a card can be issued to them. By signing, the parent/guardian agrees to be legally responsible for any accrued fines/fees assessed to the minor child.
A temporary three (3) month card will be issued to seasonal visitors who provide verifiable local contact information.
All library cards expire after three (3) years. At that time, contact information will be confirmed and the card renewed for another three (3) year period.

Loan Policy

All library materials which circulate will be loaned for a two (2) week period.


All items may be renewed at the circulation desk, by phone or online. Renewals are acceptable for all items not on reserve by another patron.


A reservation may be placed on any circulating item. When the item becomes available the patron will be notified by phone or email.

Inter-library Loans

Inter-library loans are due on the date indicated by the lending library. Limits Ten (10) items per card total.
Patrons holding temporary cards may borrow three (3) items total.

Fines and Fees

Overdue print material: 10¢ per item per library day
Overdue audio/video material: $1.00 per item per library day
Library privileges blocked at: $3.00 in fees owed
Fax/Scan: $1.00 first page and $.50 each additional page to send or receive
Copies or Computer prints: 10¢ per page
Color copies: 65¢ per page
Lost/damaged item: replacement cost plus $5.00 processing fee
Default replacement cost when actual cost is unknown: $20.00
Library card replacement cost:
Donated and Gifted Materials

The Topinabee Public Library accepts donations of money, books, periodicals, audio, and video CD's. Materials which do not enhance the library's collection will be disposed of at the discretion of the library.
The library will not appraise items for tax purposes.
Gift bookplates may be affixed to donated materials at the donor's request.
All donations (money and materials) become the sole property of the library. The library is not obligated to keep donated materials for any length of time.

Computer/Internet/Wireless Use Policy(revised 12/2/2014) 

The Topinabee Public Library provides access to computers and the Internet in keeping with its role as a source of information, intellectual development, and enrichment. Patrons must read and accept the Internet Use Policy by signing an Internet Use Agreement in order to log onto any library computer. A parental signature is required for anyone under the age of eighteen.
All users must sign the log-in sheet prior to beginning their computer session. Failure to abide by the internet use policy will result in the loss of your computer and/or library privileges.
The Topinabee Public Library has no control over content found on the Internet. The library will filter access to material and attempt to protect users from offensive material. At the same time, it is expected that users will respect the rights and privacy of other patrons.
The Topinabee Public Library assumes no responsibility for loss or damage done directly, or indirectly, to personal data or equipment. Likewise, the library assumes no responsibility for any damage from loss of privacy resulting from use of its computers or wireless connection. Ultimately it is the responsibility of the user to protect their personal information when using a public computer.
The Topinabee Public Library does not permit the use of personal software, attachment of hardware of any kind to library computers, or modification of any operating system.
Users may use the Internet for receipt or transmission of e-mail messages provided they do so through use of a free e-mail service which will maintain an account for them.
Users will respect copyright laws.
Users will not use the Internet for illegal purposes.
Users will not incur any costs for the Library through their use of the Internet.
Users will not create or distribute computer viruses over the Internet.
Users will not deliberately damage computer equipment or programs.
Internet use is offered in thirty (30) minutes sessions on a first-come, first-served basis. The patron may continue their session if no one is waiting. If other patrons are waiting, the user must relinquish the computer at the end of the first thirty (30) minutes.
Computer shut down procedures will begin fifteen (15) minutes prior to library closing time. Please adjust your work schedule accordingly.
Printer costs = 10¢ for plain & 65¢ for color copies

Topinabee Public Library Code of Conduct

To maintain pleasant facilities for all library patrons the Topinabee Library Board has adopted the following Code of Conduct.
1) Library patrons may not possess, consume, or be under the influence of any intoxicant or controlled substance.

2) All weapons are banned from Library premises.

3) The Library is a tobacco-free environment and the use of any tobacco product is

4) Patrons may not disturb others in any way. They may not display materials or make verbal comments or gestures that might be reasonably expected to offend or harass others.

5) Patrons need to dress appropriately with shirts and shoes at all times.

6) Patrons shall not wash clothing, bathe, or shave in the restroom.

7) Patrons may not interfere with other patrons use of the Library through extremely poor personal hygiene.

8) Patrons may not sleep in the Library.

9) Food and covered beverages may be consumed in the Library.

10) Patrons may use cell phones in the Library provided such use does not disturb others.

11) Patrons shall take full responsibility for their own belongings.

12) Patrons may not solicit or beg in the Library except that charitable organizations may solicit funds.

13) Patrons may not deface or mutilate any furnishings, equipment, or materials.

14)Patrons shall not remove any library materials without first checking them out.

15)Patrons may not photograph or videograph on Library premises without the permission of those being photographed. Parents or guardians must give permission for their children.

Code of Conduct
Non-Compliance The Topinabee Public Library Board and staff expect all patrons to behave in a manner that does not disrupt library use.
Patrons must show respect for :
 Staff
 Other Patrons
 Library Property
 Library Policies
First offense: Verbal warning

Second offense: Patron is banned from the library for a two (2) week period. If the patron is a minor, a letter will be sent to the parent.

Third offense: Patron is banned from the library and library property. In order to return to the library and library property, the patron must appeal to the Library Board. Patron will need to contact the Librarian for procedures.

Violent Offense: There is zero tolerance for threats and acts of violence. If such act(s) is seen, 911 will be called and the patron will be banned from the library.

Trespassing offense: If a child is asked to leave for a violation of this policy, a parent or guardian will be notified and the child will be supervised until the parent or guardian has arrived. Trespassing is defined as failure to leave the library or library premises as instructed, or entering the library property while banned. Trespassing will be handled by calling the police for assistance. 

(revised 11-11-14)


The Library allows access to a variety of electronic resources. This includes the internet. The internet stations also provide access to a variety of office software.No stations provides supports for all file types, browser plug-ins, or internet technologies. The Library recognizes this is a dynamic environment with content that constantly changes.
TOPINABEE PUBLIC LIBRARY neither  has control over resources offered through the internet nor has complete knowledge of what is on the internet. Information on the internet may be reliable and current or may be inaccurate, out-of-date, and unavailable at times. Some content may be offensive. Library users access the internet at their own discretion. The internet is not governed by any entity, so there are no limits or checks on the kind of information contained there. Only a user can decide on the accuracy, completeness, and currency of the content.
Consistent with the LIBRARY PRIVACY ACT, MCL 397.601 et seq. ("Privacy Act") and this ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY, TOPINABEE PUBLIC LIBRARY respects the privacy of patrons when they use a Library computer. The Library reserves the right, however, to monitor a patron's use of  Library computers for compliance with this ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY. Although the library shall not retain a record of a patron's use of a Library computer beyond 24 hours, the Library may retain such a record for any investigation and determination of a potential or actual violations of this Policy (including appeals).  In particular,and without limiting the foregoing, Library staff may produce a screen shot of a Library computer for evidentiary purposes if a Library staff member has a reasonable suspicion that a patron is using the computer in violation of this ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY. Any record of a patron's use,including a screen shot,shall be retained by the Library only so long as appropriate for any investigations and determination regarding a potential or actual violation. By accepting this Policy prior to using a Library computer, a patron's consenting to monitoring of the patron's use of the Library computer (including screen shots).

In accordance with Federal and State law (the children's Internet Protection Act, 47 USC Sec.  254 and 20 USC Sec. 101, and Sec. 6 of the Privacy Act), all Library computers with internet access are Filtered. Note, however, that NO FILTER IS 100% EFFECTIVE. Parents or legal guardians are responsible for their minor child's reading, listening, and viewing of Library material, including the Internet.
Compliance with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires filters that block access to visual depictions that are obscene or child pornography, as defined by 47 USC Sec. 254. CIPA also requires protection against access by patrons under age 18 to visual depictions that are harmful to minors, as defined by 47 USC Sec. 254. A patron who is at least 18 years of age may request the disabling of software used to filter visual depictions on a computer used by that patron, provided that he/she will use the unfiltered computer for bonafide research or other lawful purposes. LIBRARY STAFF WILL INQUIRE INTO THE REASON FOR DISABLING THE FILTER.

The Library's computers, network, and Internet connection may not be used for any illegal activity or in an unauthorized manner in violation of this ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY. Illegal acts will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Users violating this ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY will be given TOPINABEE PUBLIC LIBRARY CODE OF CONDUCT POLICY.

Internet Use Agreement Topinabee Public Library's Internet Use Policy. I further understand that any violation of the policy is unethical and may constitute a criminal offense.
User's Name (please print): __________________________________________________
User's Signature: __________________________________________________
Date: ____________________ ____________________________________________
(library card number) Minor Child (under 18) As the parent/guardian of ___________

_________________________________ I accept full responsibility for my child to use the
Parent/Guardian (please print) ___________________________________________________
Parent/Guardian Signature ______________________________________________________
Date: _______________________ ___________________________________________
Topinabee Public Library's Internet Service and agree to oversee my child's use of this service. I have read the library's Internet Use Policy and I understand that it is the Library's intention that the Internet be used for educational and informational purposes by minor children. I will not hold the Library responsible for materials or information acquired by my child through the use of the library's Internet service. I hereby give permission for my child to use the library's network for Internet access and certify that the information contained on this form is correct. (library card number) Code of Conduct
Brief Description of Non-compliance: (completed by staff member who saw/heard offense; signed by offender)
Offender's Name Date
Offender's Signature Staff Initials
For Under 18 years of age: Parent name Contact Phone
Mailing Address
Parent Signature Staff Initials
Wet bathing suits are unacceptable.

*************************************************************************                     Topinabee Public Library Board Meeting

                          December 2, 2014  6:45pm

The Topinabee Library Trustees met at the Mullett Township Hall in Topinabee, Michigan on December 2, 2014 at 6:45pm.  All Board Members were present:  Mary 
Anne Gale, Rachel Osborn, Kathy Flory, Dennis Dombroski, John Brown and Warren Meyer.

The meeting was called to order at 6:45pm by Mary Anne Gale.

This meeting was to address needed changes to the Computer Internet Wireless Use Policy.  In the third paragraph of the policy will change: "will filter access to material"  On a motion by Dennis Dombroski with a second by Kathy Flory, to accept the new Topinabee Library Policy for the Computer/Internet/Wireless Use Policy to protect the township, motion passed.  A copy of the new policy is above.

Meeting adjourned at 6:55pm
Respectfully submitted,
Rachel Osborn
Mullett Clerk to the Topinabee Library

Topinabee Public Library Board Meeting Proposed Minutes
February 6, 2012  
The Topinabee Public Library Board met at the Mullett Township Hall in Topinabee Michigan on February 6, 2012 at 5:00pm.  All board members were present:  Willard E. Morgan, Jr., Rachel Osborn, Karen 
Morgan, Dennis Dombroski, John Brown and Warren Meyer.

The following topics were discussed and sent to the Mullett Township Board for approval at their February 7,
2012 Meeting: to purchase the automation system for the library from Alexandria of Salt Lake City, Utah,
to purchase Notary Public certification for both librarians, to approve Patty King as the Director of the
library, to open the library at 10:00am on Wednesday, to hire Geena electric to do work for the library.

Meeting adjourned at 6:30pm
Respectfully submitted,
Rachel Osborn
Mullett Township Clerk