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Friday, November 18, 2016

Town of Springfield
Library Board of Trustees
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Special Meeting 6:30 pm

The meeting was called to order at 6:40 pm.

Present: Pat Magrosky (chair), Matthew Pincus, Richard Cofranscesco, Sandra Richardson, Kerstin Burlingame, Amy Howlett (director)

Absent: Judith Edwards, Josephine Hingston

Public Comments: Sandra wants to extend a thank you to FOSTL for their October book sale which raised $1,154.50 in three hours.

Review and approve minutes: No minutes to review/approve; Pat asked, “Could the fact that we don’t have minutes to share with the public hurt us?” Amy will continue asking for minutes and construct from notes.

FOSTL Liaison Report: December 9th will be the FOSTL Holiday Party from 5:30-7:00. Trustees are encouraged to bring cookies or other refreshments to share. The Trustees will contribute to the children’s raffle basket, gender neutral, ages 3-10. Have the goods to donate by December 2. Set-up will be Tuesday, November 29th at 10:00 am if anyone would like to help.

Director’s Report: to be added in.

Another event in the works – Steampunk Spine Label; Jo Coleman contacted Tech Center and students made 9 new colorful designs for a steampunk spine label – the winner will be put on STL library books.
Old Business: 
Café Keurig – are there recyclable/compostable cups?  Yes! Have a little café/reading nook now that does get used.  Pat says “Let’s do it!” The coffee will be $1.00 per cup. Flexibility is crucial to libraries now – that is the trend. We’re buying curtains for the Flinn room – they are more expensive so they are insulating. Amy would like more comfortable chairs around library. 

New Business:
Local request to leave funding petition at the front-desk: The library does provide space for petitions but does not endorse any petitions or candidates per the policy reviewed at the meeting.  Amy prefers them away from the front desk. All petitions should be in the same space and treated the same.

Executive session (if needed):
Review role of minutes taker:  Sandra motioned to go into executive session to consider a personnel matter, Richard seconded.

Out of Executive Session: Amy offers to follow up with Accounting and Town Manager on how recorder is paid and to advertise for new recorder/minutes taker.

Next Meeting Date and Adjournment:
December 13, Tuesday at 6:30 pm
Nomination for board trustee positions should be discussed at December meeting;  discuss Library Director evaluation.
Kerstin motioned to conclude the meeting; Sandra seconded.

Meeting adjourned at: 8:04 pm

Respectfully submitted by Kerstin Burlingame

***Another public comment added later in meeting – Maps Speak – “That was a great way to bring community into the library.” Abenaki speaker came and talked with 7th graders about where things would’ve been 200 years ago – terraces, fields, living spaces, etc.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Special Meeting   6:30 pm

1.   Call to order

2.   Additions/ subtractions to the Agenda

3.   Public Comments

4.   Review and approve minutes from the October meeting

5.   FOSTL Liaison Report

6.   Director’s Report

7.   Old business: café/ Keurig discussion, continued

8.   New Business: local request to leave funding petition at the front desk; handling other petitions; review role of minutes taker and Open Meeting Law

9.   Executive session if needed

10.  Next Meeting Date and Adjournment