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Library Trustees Meet

by Yvette Cain
February 8, 2019

Library Trustees met on Wednesday evening in the lower level of the library.

Library Trustees met on Wednesday evening in the lower level of the library. 

Nancy Baron, Vice Chair of the Trustees called the meeting to order at 7 PM.  Leslie McDonnell, director, provided a review of successful January library programs, supported by a variety of venues.  Ted Reinstein spoke to an audience of over 50 about his book on general stores at the Holliston Historical Society.  The Birds of Costa Rica regaled its audience in the Congregational Church, and a silk scarf program utilized the Upper Town Hall.  McDonnell was thankful for each of the spaces as well as the patrons who traveled to and enjoyed the programs.

McDonnell acknowledged a very generous gift to the Friends of the Library (a non-profit organization formed to benefit the HPL) from the Middlesex Savings Bank. 

Due to her diligence and thrifty shopping skills, McDonnell located 50 used, good quality chairs, and the Trustees approved of this purchase. 

McDonnell provided an update on the state of the library building, reporting that this week the insurance company, ReBuildEx and ServicePro all came together for the creation of an estimate.  Following the removal of all library materials from the 3rd floor to a storage pod, the entire third floor ceiling will be taken down and replaced within a 6-week period with an early April goal for reopening the area.  Additionally, a spring date is targeted for work on the air conditioner.  Mention was made that a larger portion of the children’s library is within days of being accessible. 

McDonnell highly commended the library staff that has been helpful and understanding during the weeks since the late October roof issues surfaced. 

McDonnell also noted that her budget meeting with the Finance Committee went well.  McDonnell and the Trustees reviewed increasing heating costs during construction, a possible adjustment to a part time position, and dropping a less used phone line. Other items discussed included the need for an outside book drop and the replacement of a ceiling in a small public room on the first floor.

The Trustees briefly discussed components of a 21st Century library.

On a final note, the Trustees lamented a declining pool of volunteers available to the Friends of the Library.   This group serves the library immeasurably with its book sales and clothing drive, and monetary support of library programs, furniture, computer and office equipment, fax service and so on.  The Trustees brainstormed ideas that might potentially attract the public to its plea for more “Friends,” including a posting on the library website or a welcome packet that realtors might distribute to new homeowners.  A once a month meeting is generally doable for many households.  Additionally, candidates for Library Trustees positions are needed.

 

 

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