Minutes of the Richard Sugden Library Trustees Meeting
March 12, 2018
Cheryl Donahue, Library Director, Deborah Kirk, Children’s Librarian
Trustees: Amy Paul, Mary Anne Slack, Lynn Dobson, chair
The minutes of the February meeting were read and accepted.
Children’s Librarian’s Report:
- Children’s programs attendance has remained steady.
- The children’s librarians participated in Dr. Seuss Day at Wire Village School.
- The Winter Olympics program was popular, with 50 participants in three days.
- Debbie attended the Department Head meeting while Cheryl was on vacation.
- Kids’ Day at the Library brought in 39 children in a span of 4 hours. Twenty new library cards were processed. Parents and children teamed up for a scavenger hunt.
Library Director’s Report:
- Cheryl met with Bill Ross, Interim Town Manager on February 12th to discuss replacing the HVAC system. MPC and GGD also attended. A capital expense request will be submitted. Replacement will be done in three stages: a new boiler system ($60,00 FY18), new air conditioning system ($200,000 FY19) Specifications will be done by Garcia, Galuska, DeSousa.
- Cheryl was a reader for Dr. Seuss Day at WVS. On March 6th she attended Legislative Day in Boston.
- Cheryl will attend the Director’s Roundtable in Sturbridge on March 14th.
- Cheryl will participate in the Community Resilience Building Workshop at the Senior Center on April 6th.
- The library has purchased two Hot Spots, devices that provide internet access at home. They are now available to patrons. More may be purchased if the program is successful.
- The trustees voted to accept as written the Hot Spot Borrowing Agreement.
- The trustees voted to accept as written the Telescope Borrowing Agreement.
- The trustees voted to accept as written the Kill-O-Watt Borrowing Agreement.
- Adult programming continues with jewelry making, writer’s group, cook book club and computer classes. Open Mic Night resumes monthly starting April 10th from 6-9 PM.
- Frank Morrill has a collection of historic photographs and cameras in the display case.
- The library purchased $750 worth of books for children and adults from memorial contributions in honor of Colleen Ledoux.
The HVAC system is working on only one boiler, rather than two. The system has been shutting down. Costs of repair continue to accrue.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:40 PM. The next meeting will be held on Monday, April 9th at 4:30 PM.