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Library Trustees Meeting; May 1, 2019

by Yvette Cain
May 6, 2019

Chair Robert Malone called the meeting to order at 7 o’clock, and Library Director, Leslie McDonnell provided the six Trustees with a Library update.

McDonnell said that several children’s programs experienced success in April, among them “Elijah Grasshopper,” a puppet and musical event that was “staged” at Temple Beth Torah.  McDonnell spoke of this being the Library’s first use of this venue, and shared that the room provided was appropriate for the event and Temple had made all feel comfortable and welcome. 

In news of the roof repair project, McDonnell reported that work is ahead of schedule by two days, and repairs would be completed on Saturday.  New lights have been installed on the 3rd floor only, as all others were okay.  Supports will be removed in a couple of weeks, and then the Gilman room and the Children’s room will be ready to open. 

In other maintenance, ceiling repair work for the small staff room and the lower level conference room totaled $2800. Trustees debated the replacement or reuse of lights in the conference room.  The decision was made to investigate the possibility of reusing the present “gridded” lights with the new ceiling.  

A gift from an anonymous donor was addressed.  Supporting McDonnell’s suggestions, Trustees agreed that new programs and technology attractive to patrons be investigated and proposed to the donor. 

Progress on the upcoming clothing drive sponsored by the Friends of the Library was mentioned, as clothing is presently being collected in the Gilman room through Saturday, May 4.   Additionally, acknowledgement was made of the election of Janis Korn, new president of the Friends.

McDonnell briefly inquired about a “grand re-opening” of the repaired library, and a discussion ensued about an appropriate celebration to thank patrons for their patience.  Chair Malone extended thanks to McDonnell and her staff for the “wonderful job they’ve done during the repair work.” 

Malone noted that this evening represented the last meeting to which Jim Pond would serve as Trustee:  “On behalf of your colleagues, thanks for your service of 16 years to the Trustees, and all of your contributions during that time.”

The meeting ended a minute before 8 o’clock.  The next meeting is June 5, 2019, at 7 PM.

 

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