Guilford Free Library Trustees Meeting Mon Nov 18, 2019

Attending: Richard Wizansky, Laura Lawson Tucker, Lynn Green, Cathi Wilken, Carol Schnabel, Mimi Morton, John Shaw, Judith Serkin

Absent: Sandra Cortes


Accept Minutes from Oct meeting. The minutes are accepted.


Librarian’s Report — The library is full every day of the week! Knitting has begun with 4 adults and 3 children. During Jan.-Feb. 2020 winter sports, we will include knitting, a winter finger exercise. We received several donations to honor Carol’s aunt Hildegard Bachert. Eric Jones has helped to expand the offerings of the library webpage, including the capacity to donate online.

Action Step: Remove Becky Anderson from list of Trustees and add John Shaw.

Thank you, Home Schoolers, for taking good care of our spaces, inside and out.

We will need a new tent for outdoor activities next summer since BBCC will be closed for construction and unable to provide shelter.

Action step: move round wooden table into cellar and buy a new canopy.


Building Expansion Project Update (Cathi, Richard, John) Nothing new to report.


Fundraising letter: we are on task with thank-you letters.


Treasurer’s Report- Richard. We are on track with our year-to-date budget.

Action step: Cathi will speak to Tucker about what should and should not appear in the operating budget.

Proposed 2020 budget was discussed. The Friends will raise $14,150. We are requesting $35,000 from the town. Richard moved and Laura seconded the Budget, which was unanimously approved.

Action step: Richard will contact Isaac Wagner.


Friends of the Library—Lynn. The Trustees will pitch in with the Friends to sell raffle tickets. The prize is a $200 gift certificate to T.J. Buckley’s. The Friends are also pursuing grants. Thank you, Jodie Hauser for your work on grant finding. The next Back Roads Stories is scheduled for Feb. 9 at 3:00 pm.Topic: Love Stories. The First Brattleboro Words podcast, an interview with a Guilford writer, will be put on the Library website.


Guilford Center Halloween Celebration—Laura.

In spite of uncertain weather, the Halloween celebration was a great success with over 90 people attending from 5 pm until after dark. The Library can always use more help decorating and cleaning up after this popular event.


New Business- The Library cellar is dangerous full.

Action step: Organize a cellar spring cleaning in May.

Carol’s studio sale takes place this Fri.Nov. 22, 3-8 pm

and Sat., Nov. 23. 10 am-4 pm.


Meeting adjourned: 7:23 pm


***Next monthly Trustees Meeting:  Monday Dec 16 , 2019 at 6:30 pm


Mimi Morton, secretary









Guilford Free Library Trustees Meeting Mon Nov 18, 2019

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