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Library Trustees Meet

by Chris Cain
November 9, 2018

This summarizes the spirit and activities of the library staff and its Board of Trustees.  As reported earlier in the Holliston Reporter, a serious structural defect has caused the library to restrict access to certain areas on the main floor and mezzanine.

While Henny Penny would run through town commenting on the impending doom, Library Director, Leslie McDonnell and her staff have made it possible for patrons to use nearly all of the library's resources. 

In fact, during the meeting, one trustee nicknamed Director McDonnell "McGiver" for the ingenuity employed by Leslie and the library staff to quickly get the library reopened after its abrupt closing on October 30th.  The structural issue is the most recent repair project.  An earlier drainage issue is nearing completion which will allow heat to flow in the affected area of the building.  The air conditioning upgrade will be ready for next spring when, hopefully, warmer weather returns.  Presently there is a very large wooden crate in the Gilman Room (seen under plastic in the photo below) which everyone believes is 'the missing link' to the AC completion.  

The Library Board of Trustees, chaired by Bob Malone, meets monthly to receive program updates and provide guidance to the DIrector as needed.  During this month's meeting, in addition to all the building updates, Leslie shared an extensive list of activities recently provided in or through the Children's Room.  The Board also supported the Director's use of a $1,000 state grant for two programs directed to the younger library patrons and their families.

In addition to what most patrons (at least this one) see as the primary purpose - lending materials - the library staff organize many meetings and programs.  Some of the recent programs included: Movie night, Crafter-school, two Meet the Author sessions, and office hours for Rep. Dykema.  Monday, November 19th is the next Movie night.  Plans are in place for a variety of activites sponsored by the Library during the Holliston Stroll.

The fundraising arm of the library, Friends of the Library, raised $540 through its recent clothing drive. For those who like to be the first to know -- a new batch of Library Book Bags with a new picture on them will arrive soon.  For $10 they make a perfect gift for the upcoming holidays!  The Friends are always looking for additional friends to share in the important work that supplements the other financial streams that Director McDonnell puts to such great use on our behalf.

The Library Board of Trustees meet monthly (except this December) and the meetings are open to the public.  Additonal information about the library, the Board, and the Friends of the Library is available on the Holliston Public Library website.

 

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