Attending: Judith Serkin, Laura Lawson Tucker, John Shaw, Mimi Morton, Carol Schnabel, Cathi Wilken, Leah Gessner, Lynn Green
Absent: Richard Wizansky, Sandra Cortes
Minutes of the January meeting: Accepted unanimously.
Librarian’s Report: No hard copy report this month. The Gazette this month will focus on the books created by the 6th grade at Guilford School. Cathi and John are exploring projects for home schoolers. Cathi has organized a ‘home school corner’ in the children’s section of the library with materials to make a book, the current project for home schoolers, to be supervised by the parents. Cathi is concerned that the corner be kept in order and replenished as needed and as future projects are proposed. Roger Wilken is making a display for the Kids’ New York Times. Jodi’s son Emmet’s letter to the editor has been published in this special NYT section.
Library numbers: Jan. 23’s icy roads did not prevent 6 adults and 8 children from coming to Story Time. John Shaw proposes including more reading for older kids.
Lynn Green, President of the Friends Group, provided the agenda from Friends first meeting with its focus on the Little Library project. Minutes were sent to trustees. Lynn discussed creating the Library’s version of the NPR StoryCorps. We discussed ways to fund an IPad for this project. Jodi and Sandra would like to create a student advisory group who would brainstorm ideas to attract kids to the library. Lynn solicited John to attend Friends meeting to discuss strategy for attracting more of the community to the library. We appreciate the fresh perspectives brought to the Library by the Friends group.
Treasurer’s Report: We are on target. This year’s fundraising letter exceeded its goal. Because the Library is now fiscally part of the town, we receive maintenance from the town, including snow shoveling.
Sandra’s project- Laura summarizes since Sandra is absent.. Sandra proposes a button on our website for donations. Must be cleared by the town.
Raffle: Each Board member took 25 tickets. Everyone should keep a list of people who buy tickets.
Town Meeting: Cathi will not be there to set up and oversee her table with computer and slide show but she will arrange a pile of materials in advance at the Library to be transported to Town Meeting. She will speak to the new janitor in advance and Laura will set up our table and materials 4 PM Monday. Carol can assist if needed. Richard will speak on behalf of the Library at Town Meeting and will thank the town for its support. John will work at the table, oversee the slide show and present his Learning Exchange materials. Mimi will sell raffle tickets during the morning –school- session, 9:30-11:30. John will sell tickets: 11:30- 1:00 pm. Friends may cover 1-2pm and 2-3 pm. Lynn will represent Friends of the Library. Laura encourages a survey at Town Meeting: likes, dislikes, wishes, suggestions for the Library. Nominations: Carol will nominate Judith.
John continued his report on the state Library convention. Of particular interest: mapping to find holes in patronage. The convention reiterated the death of books and the need for a business model for survival. John does not embrace these notions. John introduced appealing plans to increase popular interest: a scavenger hunt and a pot luck, possibly with the Historical Society! John suggested an intergenerational reading group, perhaps to begin with the homeschool group. Thank you, John, for these inspired ideas.
New Business: Long-range planning was tabled to the March meeting. Year 1 of strategic plan: Improve physical space; remove rug; provide comfortable chair; solicit more help with garden; build tiny pantry or kitchen. All this will be discussed at March meeting.
Next Meeting: March 19.
Mimi Morton, secretary