Trustee Minutes

Meeting of the Trustees of the Richard Sugden Library

April 8, 2019

In attendance: Cheryl A. Donahue, Director, Mary Anne Slack, Rebekah Salamack, Trustees, Lynn Dobson, Chair

Minutes from the March meeting were read and accepted.

Children’s Room Report:

  • Community Connection’s Swing Into Spring program was a success with 40 adults and children in attendance.
  • All regularly scheduled programs continue with good attendance.
  • Jonathan Schmidt will be back on April 22nd and for two programs in July.
  • During April school vacation Wyatt Lund will present Transformers, an oral presentation and mask craft.
  • Donahue and K. Smith attended a program on the Libby App.
  • Smith completed a 5 hour virtual program on Middle Grade Magic.
  • The children’s librarians will present to the kindergarten classes at WVS on April 8th.
  • There will be a Kids Day at the library on April 17th with games, crafts and book give-aways.
  • Smith will go to Dipody Doo Daycare for a monthly story time.
  • A grant from the Museum of Science was received for a Night Sky Program.

Director’s Report:

  • Donahue attended the Exchange Club’s St. Patrick’s Day dinner at Howe Village, helping to serve the residents.
  • Donahue and L. Dobson attended the joint Finance Committee and Selectmen’s Meeting on March 12th and C. Donahue presented for the library.
  • Donahue attended an MBLC program on trustees and a MA Library Director’s Meeting in Sturbridge.
  • Awakening Joy, presented by Wendy O’Leary, will continue through mid-June.
  • A program on beekeeping was presented be Ken Warchol on March 18th. 30 people attended.
  • The April 4th presentation by Mary Baker-Wood was postponed due to tech problems.

Building Issues:

  • Once again, there are major problems with the HVAC system. The odors from the boilers have returned, causing headaches and coughs for the staff. Several items must be addressed before we sign off on and pay for the work on the boilers. The Buildings and Utilities Director is aware of the problems.
  • The custodian has changed all the filters and recommends getting the ductwork cleaned.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:30 PM. Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 13th at 4:30.

NOTE: The May 13th meeting was cancelled due to lack of a quorum. The next meeting is scheduled for May 10th at 4:30 PM.