Notices, agendas, and minutes of the Springfield Town Library are posted here in accordance with Vermont's Open Meeting Law. Meetings are open to the public. Every session includes time for public comment. The Trustees meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm, on the second floor of the Springfield Town Library, at 43 Main Street in Springfield, Vermont.

For more information, call the Library at (802)885-3108 or e-mail

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Trustee minutes, September 11, 2018

Town of Springfield
Library Board of Trustees
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

1. The meeting was called to order at 6:34PM.
Present: Jen Dechen, Herb Jamison, Richard CoFrancesco, Amy Howlett (director), Barbara Ball (minutes), Margie Reurink
Absent: Sara Druen, Matthew Pincus
2. Additions/ subtractions to the Agenda

3.   Public comments

4.   Review and approve minutes from the August meeting
Motion to pass the August minutes as written passed. (Barbara motioned, Richard second.)
5.         Small Group Conference Room Guidelines
Room is called the 'Family Room' because money came from the Promise Grant.
Discussion on whether the library may charge for-profit entities a fee for use. Amy said that, for example, lawyers have asked the library to use the room and they charge their clients.
Motion to accept the revised Meeting Room Policy as written. (Barbara motioned, Jenn second.)

6.   Strategic Plan Final Form Review:
Motion to accept the Springfield Town Library Strategic Plan 2018 – 2023.  (Richard motioned, Jenn second.) Amy will forward this on to the Select Board.

7. FOSTL Report
FOSTL is making plans for their April meeting and planning the 200th anniversary of the library's opening.
FOSTL is considering becoming a 501C3.

8.   Director’s report
2x2 visits by staff are to look at other Vermont libraries' staff areas and kitchens as a way to get ideas of how the library's current staff space and basement could be renovated to better use the space.
Discussion of plans for the library's 200th anniversary and how the Board may want to fit in to the planning. Should the Board's Feed Your Passion event next year be something different? Should it be a part of the 200th anniversary celebrations?
This can be on the agenda for future meetings.
Board members brainstormed a bit on this. Margie mentioned perhaps including a 200 Memories of the Library that would be a written document. Maybe this could be a contest? Multimedia? A time capsule?It could include going into the schools for competitions.
Could the library be part of the Alumni Parade? (A float?!?)
Could this be part of the Apple Festival?
A suggestion to get in touch with teachers about this. For example, maybe Tammy Stagner or Kevin Coen.
We need to come up with a concept of what we're looking to do.
Jenn and Margie are interested in being on a 200th anniversary planning committee and coming up with ideas for this.

Financial Update FY 2017-2018
Amy said that revenues are about the same.
There was a question regarding overtime. Staff can get overtime for working Saturdays or night shifts. Staff have the possibility to work 5.5 extra hours one week with Saturday and evening.  They can choose to either get paid or comp time for these hours. Only Amy and Tammy Gould work 40 hours a week. Any hours worked over 40 in a week would be reimbursed with either time and a half for money or an hour and a half of comp time for every hour (over 40) that was worked.  
Discussion that in the 1970's, the library became part of the town instead of its own entity. The Springfield Town Library is therefore a town department and library staff are town employees.
Discussion that a budget is basically a “best guess” but of course with a lot of emphasis on towing the bottom line.
Amy tracks what is spent each month. There is often a push at the end of the fiscal year to spend out the different line items.
Promise Community Grant – receipts must be submitted to get the money.
The financial update for the board will happen annually in September from now on.
Amy showed board members that the Board does have a budget including: temporary pay ($450), copy service ($50), postage ($50) and training ($200.)
Amy asked for feedback on these line items. Board members suggested taking out the postage and copy service line items but leaving the training and temporary pay.

9. Next meeting date: Tuesday, October 9, 6:30PM
11. Adjournment: Motion to adjourn passed (Richard motioned,  Barbara second.) 7:44pm.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Trustee Agenda, September 11, 2018

TUESDAY, September 11, 2018
6:30 pm at the Library


1.     Call to order.

2.     Additions and subtractions to Agenda.

3.     Public comments.

4.     Minutes of August 14th meeting.

5.     Small group conference room guidelines.

6.     Strategic Plan final form review.

7.     FOSTL report.

8.     Director’s report with financial report.

9.     Next meeting date.

10.   Motion to adjourn.

  Herb J,  9/4/2018

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Director's report, August 14, 2018

Director’s Report    Tuesday 8/14/18
Vision: Springfield Town Library: a community hub for growth, connection, and discovery.

Mission: The Springfield Town Library serves as the heart of our town. We connect people, ideas, and endeavors of all kinds. Together, we honor our heritage and embrace the future. We transform lives.

·         Fire alarm upgrades, passed; Family Room, Children’s Room(CR) waiting for shelves, seating
·         Dick Hurd upholstered tub; Pat Graves replacing men’s ties on banner over CR entrance
·         CR seeing plenty of use for adult programs, M-F free lunch site, extra seating
·         Library feels full, with people missing the Flinn Room; New Wi-Fi signal improved upstairs
·         Slight uptick in anxious behavior; notified the SPD, rehearsed no trespass procedure
·         Vermontel email phishing scams, STL and Town accounts. Vermontel aware

·         Ended the year in good shape; plan report for the board when agenda is shorter
·         Considering major expenditure for Checkpoint
·         Catamount Library Network budget approved for presentation 8/14; cost dip for STL

Recent Press
·         Good press from Sabrina Smith in the Springfield Reporter 7/10
·         Article by Bill Lockwood on the Promise Community Grant in the Eagle Times 7/30
·         Karen Engdahl interviewing Erin Rounds and Charlotte’s Bones (8/8) for the Shopper
·         STL participated in VPR “Summer Reading” show 8/13/18

Coming Events
·         VT Humanities picked STL for Katherine Paterson Bread and Roses Too talk, 9/26 at the High School; sole southern Vermont site for her talk. VT Reads book for the UU Church this summer as STL collaboration; will continue this fall with events around labor, and history; Riverside involvement
·         September plans: Library Card Sign-Up Month, Banned Books Week (Sept 23-29), national Library Voter Registration Day. Library card drive major part of our strategic plan

·         Summer reading program ended 8/10; major celebration with books, fossils, ice cream
·         Lunch program ends 8/17; appears more successful than last year. This week, 14 lunches
·         Gems Rock, Thursday, 8/9 with Van Bargen’s Darlyn Walker
·         Rick Hunter display on the Springfield Telescope Makers in the lobby case for August
·         Town curb project and Town Riverwalk display, maps and blocks and cars to look at

FOSTL updates
·          Friends participated in Sidewalk Sales 8/11, next to Library STEM activities
·         Sandy Richardson presented information on 501c3 application, under consideration
·         501c3 makes tax benefit very clear; would expand grants STL could apply for
·         VT Welcome Centers require 501c3 for groups that offer refreshments for donations
·         FOSTL strongly endorses celebrating STL founding in 1819 with 200th next year