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Library Trustees Updated on Library Progress

by Yvette Cain
June 7, 2019

Director Leslie McDonnell updated the Library Trustees concerning the state of the library on Wednesday night during the June meeting. 

“The electric is done, the fire alarms are up to code... the plasterer returned and did the popcorn ceiling again.  Equipment will be taken out,” McDonnell reported.  With gladness, McDonnell continued, “The Children’s Library will open on Friday or Monday.” Facebook will be utilized for up to date notification of the date.

Library Director Leslie McDonnell speaks to the Trustees about the Library construction progress.

Library materials are returning to their proper places.  The 3rd floor shelves will have their contents re-filed.  The temporary wall on the main floor that patrons have become accustomed to will be removed on Wednesday.  Speaking of the transition to a fully open library space, McDonnell said, “I think it will be smooth.” 

Among other updates, progress is being made on the air conditioning, which broke following the start of ceiling repair.  This work will take a couple of weeks, and the re-piping will take a bit longer.  But, as McDonnell noted, “If ReBuildEx does it, it will get done!”   

The Trustees listen intently as McDonnell provides a work and programs update. 

In other news, an anonymous donor has made a generous gift to the library. The intent of the gift, given in honor of Constance O'Dell, is to support library programming, increase library usage, and attract new users.  

The recent clothing drive sponsored by the Friends of the Library garnered $928.

The Trustees briefly conversed about the smaller number of books collected for book sales.  Electronic readers have lessened the number of books in private collections, and they noted that books donated are now more frequently older and show wear. 

McDonnell reviewed the success of programs from the past month, including Mother’s Day Movie and a Craft, Stress Reduction for Kids, National Screen Free Week, and a guest visit from Chief Stone, who read Chief Buckle and Gloria to an appreciative audience.  Baby chicks are back, their birth imminent.  Facebook will post news of hatchlings.  A naming contest will ensue. 

Robert Malone was reelected Chair of the Trustees, with Karla Alfred Vice Chair.  Malone welcomed back Trustee Bob Ostrow, and gave a hearty welcome to newcomer Kristy Wiwczar. 

The meeting closed with Chair Malone’s thanks to McDonnell and the entire library staff:  “You and the staff have done a magnificent job under difficult and frustrating circumstances.  Thank you. We appreciate everything you do.  You and they understand that you have the support of the town [with a] circumstance that we had to deal with.” 

The next meeting of the Library Trustees will be on Wednesday, September  4. 

 

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Comments (2)

Dear Leslie & Trustees, Thank you for all that you do for the community

Your patience, and perseverance is paying off as the construction

Comes to an end just in time for summer time.

- Mark Ahronian | 6/8/19 9:31 AM

Leslie McDonnell - you are the best at what you do and you do so much! Thanks for your hard work and for leading a wonderful team of volunteers and paid staff through this trying period. Three cheers!

- Mary Greendale | 6/7/19 7:13 PM

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