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 stlib@vermontel.net

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Laptop Computer Loan Policy   DRAFT

Anyone 8 or older with a Springfield Town Library card may borrow a laptop computer to use in the Library.

Please tell library staff immediately if you have any problems with the laptop, including how to use it. Staff will help. The Library is not responsible for lost data or for personal, financial or credit card information while borrowers use the laptop.

Laptop computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis for one hour. If no one is waiting, borrowers may continue using the laptop for an additional hour.

Please stay with the laptop. We will hold laptops at the desk if you need to stop working briefly.

Library laptops are loaded with Linux software for internet browsing. Make sure you save anything you need to an online location or a flash drive before logging out. Logging out erases any unsaved data and passwords. The Library has flash drives for sale at the desk.

If you are watching video or listening to music with the laptop, please use headphones. You may borrow Library headphones, bring your own, or purchase inexpensive earbuds at the desk.

Wi-Fi reception varies through the Library. Check with staff if you have problems picking up the signal or entering the password.  You can print via Wi-Fi for a nominal fee.

9/13/2010, put up for revision 10/10/2017

Director’s Report to Board of Trustees        Wednesday, October 10, 2017

Trustee and Friends Conference, November 4, register by 10/27
·         Happy to fill a car—with 3, 10% discount
·         Good place to get ideas, see another library
·         Sally Reed, keynote speaker, is extraordinary



Updates on the Library
·         Elevator work postponed to October 30; programs in process for this month
·         Collecting bids for Promise Community grant; no official word
·         Tiles arrived, ceiling of children’s room
·         VOSHA visit along with town departments; items corrected
·         Recommendations on builders?
·         Town budget process beginning; annual report due early November

Programs and Displays
·         Snapshot, Saturday, 10/1: Hubbard Family Reunion in the Flinn Room (20); Tom Joyce, Magician in the Children’s Room (57); scanning, books upstairs, printing, renewals, etc.
·         Banned Books Week, staff and members reading aloud on Main Street; Indigenous Peoples, Governor Scott’s salute to native Vermont populations
·         Goldie May’s doortoppers in the display case
·         Upcoming:  March event around artist Bob MacRae’s tribute to Alice in Wonderland
·         Temporary exhibit area over the Historical Collection; other suggestions?

FOSTL Update
·         Next meeting Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 6:30 pm
·         Book sale during Apple Festival, $978.35 from 9 to noon
·         Discussion: December Open House with small concert, spring fund raiser
·         May purchase or co-purchase AED (defibrillator) for the Library; staff certified; conversations with Paul Stagner (Fire Dept) and Larry Kraft (Hospital)

Strategic Plan update
·         First community conversation held with 24; summary attached; insights
·         Library Staff Retreat with Lawrence Webster, 1-4 pm 10/11/17
·         Interviews with a few people
·         October 25, community conversation reconvenes, more focus on the Library
·         Tentative plan for open meeting following 10/25
·         Pat Graves, Barbara Ball and Deanna Dexter on the steering committee

Staff and Program Updates
·         Union negotiations (AFSCME)
·         Staff professional development, New England Library Association (5)
·         Page turnover and recruitment
·         Technology: one laptop loaded with Ubuntu, policy and procedures review
·         No collection letters out since 9/12; Tammy and I revising the letter




Ponnie Derby:
We ended September with two well-attended programs: Great American Eclipse with Rick Hunter and Laurie Coonradt's presentation on Monarch Butterflies. Banned Books Week was celebrated with indoor displays and "reading" with volunteers and staff reading banned books in front of the library. Now I'm looking forward to planning interesting events for October and beyond. 

Michelle Stinson:
We have launched the Dorothy's List Club for Youth ages 11 to 13!  We will be reading, discussing and exploring the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award list.  Six youth met with Michelle on October 3rd to sign out our first book and to pick the books we will be reading in the future.  Multiple copies of the books will be borrowed from the State Department of Libraries.  We will meet each month to discuss the book, do an activity based on the book and pick up the next book.  We will discuss the possibility of attending the author ceremony in the spring.
We are holding two Story Times in October.  I won 10 copies of Todd Parr's newest book "Love the World" so we held a Todd Parr Story Time and each family received a new hard cover copy of the book.  The next Story Time will also include a book that I won!  We do not have multiple copies but the author included great activities to match the book, "Rodzilla".
I will be attending a VELI-STEM workshop to cover year three of the grant.  This training will bring me back to the library with additional STEM activities to present to our patrons.
Outreach to Pine Street Preschool (Head Start) includes a parent training on October 18th.  We will be talking about doing STEM activities at home.

Looking forward to attending NELA at the end of the month!
Town of Springfield
Library Board of Trustees
Minutes of Tuesday, October 10, 2017   DRAFT

1.      Josey Hingston called the meeting to order at 6:30.
Present: Josey Hingston, Herb Jamison, Richard Cofrancesco, Sandra Richardson, Sara Druen, Amy Howlett. Absent trustees:  Matthew Pincus, Barbara Ball.  Guests: Char Osterlund.

2.      Additions and subtractions to the Agenda   Char Osterlund asked to present, and the board agreed she should speak immediately. No other changes.
Char informed the Board the Springfield Town Democrats would like to offer Button Up, energy efficiency home improvements, as community outreach. Amy explained that the group would fill out the standard meeting application. Char expects Button Up would advertise their availability at the Library during certain hours, perhaps one day a week over several weeks. They might put a display up in the Library. The board agreed the Democrats could host Button Up in the Library.

3.      No public comments.

4.      Review and approve minutes from August and September
Corrections to the August minutes: add Herb Jamison to the list of trustees present. Sandra moved to accept the minutes as corrected. Sara seconded the motion and the board voted to pass it.

Corrections to the September minutes: Richard Cofrancesco said he was absent in September. Josey pointed out the spelling of “dire straits.” Herb moved to accept the minutes as corrected. Richard seconded the motion, and the board voted to pass it.

5.      FOSTL Liaison     Amy reported the FOSTL Book Sale at Apple Festival made $978.35. She has approached the Friends about funding an AED (defibrillator) for the Library.

6.      Director’s Report    Amy gave the Director’s Report and urged trustees to sign up for the fall Trustee and Friends Conference, November 4 in Burlington. She will check in with Herb, Sandra and Sara as well as the absent trustees.

7.      Strategic Planning    Amy updated the Board on the meetings held so far for strategic planning, and handed out a compilation of vision elements for the town and recommendations to the library.

8.      Policy Review    The board began to discuss the Collection Development Policy. Richard talked about how Collection now encompasses more than the items in the Library— downloadable e-books and e-audio, interlibrary loan from other libraries, databases, and the Internet. Herb said it was important to talk about these issues. Amy will provide a shorter section of policy for board review in November. 

Amy asked for input on the Laptop Computer Loan Policy, last reviewed in 2010. The board said to keep cautions about lost data and privacy of financial data and personal information. After lengthy debate, they came to the consensus that children 8 and up could borrow the laptops, matching the Library policy for unattended children. With new touch screen monitors in the Children’s Room, trustees felt laptops would not be as popular with 8 – 12 year olds. Borrowers should tell Library staff immediately if they had problems. If staff were not busy, they could show people how to carry the laptop and how to plug it into an outlet. Josey moved to accept the proposed changes in the draft, subject to review at the next board meeting. Sandra seconded the motion. The motion passed.

9.      No executive session needed.

10.  Sandra moved to adjourn the meeting. Sara seconded the motion, and the meeting adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,
Amy Howlett

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Agenda, Board of Trustees, October 10, 2017

TOWN OF SPRINGFIELD
LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
6:30 pm at the Library
AGENDA
1.   Call to order

2.   Additions/ subtractions to the Agenda

3.   Public comments

4.   Review and approve minutes from the August and September meetings

5.   FOSTL liaison report

6.   Director’s report

7.   Strategic planning update

8.  Policy review: Collection Development Policy (9/6/2011)

9.   Executive session if needed


10.  Next meeting date and adjournment

Minutes, Board of Trustees, August 8, 2017

Town of Springfield
Library Board of Trustees
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

1. The meeting was called to order at 6:27PM.
Present: Josephine Hingston, Sandra Richardson, Herb Jamison, Amy Howlett (director), Sarah Druen, Barbara Ball.
Absent:  Matthew Pincus, Richard Cofrancesco

2.   Additions/ subtractions to the Agenda    N/A

3.   Public comments   None.

4.   Review and approve minutes from the June meeting.
The minutes from our June meeting were approved as written. (Sandy moved, Barbara second.)

5.   FOSTL liaison report
Amy reported that FOSTL had a successful book sale. They cleared $6,391 July 14-15. The remaining books will be offered at the Apple Festival book sale on Saturday, October 7. Josie thanked all book sorting volunteers.

6.   Director’s report
Herb requested that interlibrary loan staff supply progress reports after a request is made. Amy reminded trustees to bring comments about staff to her directly. Amy mentioned the LibTrust listserv for Vermont board members; she can resend directions on joining.

Strategic Planning
The library will go through the strategic planning process this fall. Barbara Ball agreed to serve on the steering committee, the small group to help process the information. The steering committee will probably meet twice.
Motion passed to appoint Barbara to sit on the strategic planning steering committee. (Sandy motioned, Sarah second.)
Amy asked for board member input in thinking about who in Springfield has “an intimate knowledge of how power flows through Springfield.” Also, looking for someone with marketing knowledge.
The strategic planning process should have participants of all ages. Board members had suggestions; more can be emailed to Amy,

7. Policy and Policy Issues
The Guidelines for Library Behavior policy was reviewed as well as sample guidelines from other libraries. Amy had drafted a revision of this policy. Additions to this revision include:
-          Beginning with “Welcome!”
-          “to ensure the safety, comfort and enjoyment…”
-          Carrying weapons of any type on library property is not permissible except by law enforcement officers.” (Amy will re-write this statement to keep the style similar to the rest of the document.)
-          Check out all library materials before taking them out of the building…
Amy will make these revisions and bring the document back to the next meeting. She will ask the town whether the town attorney needs to review revised policies.
The Guidelines are posted in the Library and on the website. People evicted for cause review the Guidelines with the director when their no trespass order elapses and they are ready to return to the Library.

Lost Materials Retrieval Methods
This will be discussed at September meeting when Tammy is present.

Collection Development Policy
This discussion will take place at September meeting. Discussion from June’s meeting on this topic included:
- Membership in Catamount Library System should possibly be added.
- Also, we may want to add something re e-books and self-publishing?

Springfield Town Library Policy on Children
Group reviewed an addition to this policy emphasizing that children are the primary audience for the Children’s Room. Adults without children accompanying them may be asked to move to another area. The computers in the children’s room will be for children’s use only. Motion to include this addition in the new policy passed. (Josey motioned, Sandy second.) Suggestion to change “in loco parentis' to “in the place of” on this policy for easier comprehension.

Exhibits of Items or services…
Discussion of the composting workshop and under what circumstances items may be sold. The group felt that this paragraph was fine and added educators to writers, artists and craftspeople.  
Motion to add “educators” to the policy passed. (Josey motioned, Sarah second.)

8. Executive Session N/A

9. Next meeting date and adjournment: Tuesday, September 12, 6:30pm.

Motion to adjourn passed (Barbara motioned, Sarah second.) Meeting adjourned at 7:59pm.




Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Town of Springfield
Library Strategic Planning Sub-Committee
Monday, September 18th, 2017

1. The meeting was called to order at 4:43PM.
Present: Friends of the Springfield Town Library Board Member Pat Graves, Library Director Amy Howlett, Strategic Planning Consultant Lawrence Webster (via phone), Board of Trustees Member Barbara Ball. 

Absent:  Deanna Dexter.



2.   Additions/ subtractions to the Agenda
N/A

3.   Public comments
N/A

4.   Review and approve minutes from last week’s meeting
The minutes from our September 11th meeting were approved

5.   Lawrence Webster Update
Discussed agenda for the 2 strategic planning sessions and who will be present.
Discussed seating arrangements and table placement.
Discussed meal and placement.

6. Executive Session
N/A

7. Next meeting date and adjournment: No next meeting.

Meeting adjourned at 5:32PM.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Strategic Plan Steering Committee
Springfield Town Library
September 18, 2017   4:40pm
Agenda


1.       Call to order
2.       Review and approve minutes of 9/11/17
3.       Additions and subtractions from the Agenda
4.       Public Comments
5.       Discussion of event with Lawrence Webster via phone
6.       Executive session if needed
7.       Next meeting date

8.       Adjournment
Town of Springfield
Strategic Plan Steering Committee Monday, 9/11/17

1. The meeting was called to order at 4:40PM.
Present: FOSTL Member Pat Graves, Library Director Amy Howlett,  Retired Springfield Teacher Deanna Dexter, Board Member Barbara Ball.

2.   Organizational Explanation:  Amy gave a brief update on the strategic planning process. Membership of this committee is listed above. Number of meetings: 1 (tonight) or maybe 2 if a second meeting is needed (date will be 9/18 at 4:40pm).
Committee purpose: to figure out the nuts and bolts of the coming strategic planning process.
Minutes: Barbara will take minutes with assistance from Amy.
3.         Additions/ subtractions to the Agenda
N/A

4.   Public comments
None.

5. Director's report on strategic planning: 
Schedule: There will be two 4-hour meetings from 4-8pm. They will be tightly facilitated and include dinner and childcare. Dates are Wednesday, September 27th and Wednesday, October 25th.

The Committee worked on the list of invitees from education, media, town organizations, and businesses. Demographics that should be represented include young families, retirees, millennials, mid-life professionals.

Menu: Group thought 56 Main would be a first choice.

6. Executive Session: N/A

7. Next Meeting Date: Monday, September 18th at 4:40pm (if necessary.)

8. Adjournment: Meeting was adjourned at 5:37PM.

Minutes, Board of Trustees, September 12, 2017

Town of Springfield
Library Board of Trustees
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

1. The meeting was called to order at 6:32PM.
Present: Josephine Hingston, Sandra Richardson, Amy Howlett (director),  Herb Jamison, Matthew Pincus, Sara Druen, Barbara Ball.  Absent:  Richard Cofrancesco


2.   Additions/ subtractions to the Agenda
N/A

3.   Public comments
Rosanne (Bunni) Putnam, member of the FOSTL Board and president of the Springfield Historical Society expressed her concerns. She said that Springfield Town Library is a library and not a social services branch of the town; that libraries should be about reading and giving children and adults)access to books that they may not have at home. Bunni urged the Board, “not to get so tied up in being a social setting that we forget we're a library.”

Bunni also expressed concern about the Children's room murals. She mentioned that $13,000 was spent to restore the murals when they were obtained from Springfield Hospital in 2010. She stressed it wouldn't be right for the murals to be taken down or given away, etc.

There was a question regarding whether the library's insurance would cover the murals, for instance if they were leaked on, etc. Amy will research this.

One board member mused that maybe the library isn't the best place for children's lunch or for DCF visitations. Amy gave some background, saying that this was the first year the library was a summer lunch spot. Generally about 6 kids would come to the lunch. Some would take part in library activities. Some would get their lunch and leave. Kids sign up at the Family Center and the library was a pickup spot.

Amy said that the library will be talking seriously during the coming strategic planning process about what the library means to Springfield and how best the library can help Springfield and its residents thrive and succeed in the coming years.

4.   Review and approve minutes from the August meeting
The minutes from our August meeting will be reviewed in October.

5.   FOSTL liaison report: Apple Festival Book Sale October 7th

Bunni Putnam gave the FOSTL update today. The book sale will be open at the Apple Festival from 9-12AM. All children’s books will be free and kids can take as many as they want. All other books will be by donation.

Bunni mentioned that membership in FOSTL has declined and invited all board members to become Friends of the Library.

Bunni also invited all to attend a FOSTL meeting. They are held the first Wednesday of each month.

6.   Director’s report, updates, strategic planning

Amy gave the update that work on the elevator starts October 2nd and should take 3 weeks. The elevator will be unavailable during that time. Work on the elevator may overlap on renovations of the children's room, including replacing ceiling tiles and the carpet.

There was a suggestion to put a notice by the elevator during the time it is inoperable stating the library’s willingness to retrieve items from inaccessible floors.

Amy gave the strategic planning update. Two select board members have already agreed to participate.  The strategic planning committee met last night and came up with a list of 20-25 invitees.
The two community conversations are by invitation and will be on September 27th and October 25 from 4-8pm. Participants will attend both dates. In between these two meetings, there will be a “family meeting” for the Board, staff, and FOSTL. The Board agreed that 4-8PM is a good time for the Family Meeting to occur. A date hasn’t been determined yet for this meeting.

New Policies
The Springfield town manager approved the Guidelines for Library Behavior and the Policy on Children. The Board confirmed the Guidelines and the Policy again.


Lost Material Retrieval Methods:
Circulation Supervisor Tammy Gould attended the meeting tonight to talk about the lost material retrieval method. A board member had previously expressed concern that a patron's credit could be affected because of losing a library book and it being turned over to a collection agency. 

Tammy explained that the library has been referring overdue resources to collections for the past 10 years. This has resulted in a decrease in the backlog of lost books. Overdue accounts are sent to collections after books are 56 days overdue. Before they're sent, the library sends a letter that the patron has 2 weeks to bring the items back or they'll be referred to collections.

Tammy said she feels the current system is working well. She only has to turn an average of 5 accounts over to collections monthly.

Amy mentioned that all library staff have the power to waive overdue charges, grant “amnesty,” or make a deal with patrons regarding overdue materials. A patron who has lost a library book can buy a brand new book and give it to the library as a replacement or pay for a new item. If a patron does this, the fine is waived. The maximum fine is $10 per overdue resource.

Discussion that the library is a tax-supported institution that provides value to our town and it’s best not to waste money. The library needs to be responsible to the tax payers. However, we also want to be compassionate to patrons with special circumstances or fragile situations.

Amy stated that losing 7% of the collection annually is not unusual in public libraries.

The Board decided to keep the current practice in effect, however, to add a statement to the final letter. For instance something like, “Come talk to us if you are in dire straits…” or “Give us a call. We want to figure this out and work with you…”  or We are open to discussion. If there are special circumstances, we're happy to hear them.” Hopefully, this will encourage patrons to come to the library and communicate regarding their missing items, make a plan, and hopefully be able to continue to use the library.

Amy will work so that a compassionate statement is added to the end of the letter.

8. Executive Session
N/A

9. Next meeting date and adjournment: Tuesday, October 10th, 6:30PM

Motion to adjourn passed (Matthew motioned, Sandra second.) 7:52pm.




Friday, September 1, 2017

Strategic Plan Steering Committee
Springfield Town Library
September 11, 2017   4:40pm
Agenda
 
 
1.       Call to order
2.       Organizational explanation: membership, number of meetings, committee purpose,      minutes
3.       Additions and subtractions from the Agenda
4.       Public Comments
5.       Director’s report on strategic planning: schedule, list of invitees, menu, table set up
6.       Executive session if needed
7.       Next meeting date
8.       Adjournment


Thursday, August 31, 2017

Agenda, Library Board of Trustees, September 12

TOWN OF SPRINGFIELD
LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
6:30 pm at the Library

  AGENDA


1.   Call to order

2.   Additions/ subtractions to the Agenda

3.   Public comments

4.   Review and approve minutes from the June meeting

5.   FOSTL liaison report; Apple Festival book sale, October 9

6.   Director’s report, updates, strategic planning

7.   Policies and policy issues:   Behavior Guidelines and Policy on Children, final review (posted online at trustees.springfieldtownlibrary.org); lost material retrieval methods; Collection Development Policy

9.   Executive session if needed

10.  Next meeting date and adjournment



Thursday, August 10, 2017

Springfield Town Library Policy on Children  

The Library welcomes and encourages all children to use and enjoy its facilities, programs and services.  Sharing this environment with other people requires that everyone follow the posted Guidelines for Library Behavior.  Library staff members do not serve in the place of parents for children in the Library, and parents should not view the Library as an alternative to childcare. 

All children under 8 years of age must be accompanied and directly supervised by a parent or responsible caregiver who assumes full accountability for the child’s safety and behavior while in the Library.  “Directly supervised” means the child and caregiver must be able to observe one another at all times, except when a child is participating in a Library program.   However, the caregiver is expected to remain in the building and rejoin the child immediately following the program.

If a child under 8 years of age appears to be unattended or unsupervised, Library staff will attempt to locate the parent/caregiver, advise them of this policy and have them return to their child.  If a child is left unattended or unsupervised on multiple occasions, the Library will contact the police or Vermont Department of Children & Families.

Children 8 years of age and older are welcome to use the Library unattended as long as their behavior is in accordance with the posted Guidelines for Library Behavior.  As with adults, children who fail to behave appropriately may be asked to leave the Library.  Parents, please remember that even in your absence you are still responsible for the actions and safety of your minor children. For the safety of any children left waiting at the Library after closing time, police will be notified.

The Children’s Room is reserved for use by children, their parents or caregivers, and adults using the children’s collection. Library staff may ask adults unaccompanied by a child to move to other parts of the library once their selection has been made. The computers in the Children’s Room are solely for use by children.


Rev. & Adopted  9/6/2011, 8/8/2017

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

GUIDELINES FOR LIBRARY BEHAVIOR   

Welcome!
The Springfield Town Library establishes the following guidelines for library behavior to ensure the safety, comfort and enjoyment of all Library patrons and materials.

1.      Respect other people’s privacy
2.      Be considerate of other people using the library; no disruptive or boisterous behavior
3.      Check out all library materials before taking them out of the building; treat materials with care
4.      Don’t smoke or bring alcohol into the Library
5.      Remember service animals only, not pets, are allowed in the Library
6.      Wear shoes and shirts
7.      Parents or legal guardians are responsible for the well-being and safety of their children
8.      Children aged 8 and up are allowed to use the Library alone
9.      No one except law enforcement officials may carry weapons of any kind in the Library
10.  Use the Library phone for emergencies or parental contact only

When individuals disobey the guidelines for behavior, library staff will request they leave the premises. The staff may involve the Springfield Police Department and issue a No Trespassing Notice.


Adopted 5/6/1992; Rev. 10/8/1997, 5/10/2010, 2/11/2013, 8/8/17


 Director’s Report    Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Staff Updates
·         Staff nametag initiative: chocolate cake
·         Ponnie Derby starts as Adult Services Coordinator August 14; 25 hours/week; MLS; curiosity, hard worker and a Texas accent; ideas for attracting younger working adults
·         Sue Ellen Morin, materials handler; Molly McAllister, summer substitute; Jessica Supry
·         Michelle Stinson has completed her first year;  plans for hours, FY18-19
·         Brief training session with Patrick Call, Springfield Police Department, 7/29; need to revise and practice emergency response plan
·         Diversity Summit at Hadley Farms, 7/26
·         Local training for Adversarial Childhood Experiences, ACES, planned; front line staff
·         Michelle to Mental Health First Aid trainings on teens experiencing mental health crisis, 9/12 and 9/19, with other VT youth services librarians
·         CPR and AED training
·         NELA, management team, October 22 – 24
·         Catamount Library Network update, Amy nominated to CLN board
·         Union negotiations planned for the fall

New services
·         Online access to Rutland Herald (starts 9/30/99) and Springfield Reporter (2016)
·         Traction with Recorded Books/Digital, downloadable audio and ebook
·         CLOVER interlibrary loan system, across Vermont; email and control implications

Programs
·         Adult summer reading program ends August 19. Weekly raffle, thanks to FOSTL
·         Children’s summer reading, Library, Common, Police & Fire & school bus & teachers & Community Service Club (teen volunteers working around Springfield)
·         Paul Ippolito 8/1 and Summer Encore Theater, 7/20; Nature Museum presentations
·         Family build nights, advertised as STEM; also outreach to Summer Daze
·         Summer Lunch pick up site
·         Awake: a Dream from Standing Rock, 6pm. Movie and panel on protest against oil pipe line with Riverside teacher Becca Polk

Building issues
·         Still in the running for the Promise Community Grant, services birth to 6
·         Children’s room carpet, rolling stacks, private meeting space
·         Library as a hub for community and area experiences
·         Ceiling tile repair in children’s room planned; hoping to coordinate with other projects
·         Elevator work proceeding; fire alarm and wet pit work
·         Library closed for Labor Day, September 2 – 4
  
Budget update
·         June 30, 2017, end of FY 2016-2017 budget
·         Underspent: office equipment (not reflecting materials ordered in June); utilities; postage; electronic (orders in June); books; heating fuel; building maintenance; capital budget
·         Bottom line healthy
·         3 new desktops for children’s room; 2 new for replacement public access; touch screens; launchpads with controlled content for children’s room
·         Capital budget underspent, re-allocated to building projects in FY 17-18

Trustee Information
·         Barbara Ball confirmed by select board for 8 month term; elections in March
·         Trustee terms expiring in 2018: Sandra Richardson, Josephine Hingston; term limits?
·         LibTrust listserv for Friends and trustees, self-selecting; write to Lara.Keenan@vermont.gov
·         Report on survey for trustees
·         Save the date: Saturday, November 4, location to be named; registrations paid. Rent van?

Strategic planning
·         Took a back seat to building and hiring
·         Need a small steering committee to meet every 2 weeks
·         Need to build invitational group for 2, 30 – 40 person meetings
·         Thoughts on timing? September – October; spring
·         Facilitator and budget