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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Director Report, November 14, 2017

Director work
·         Annual report and Budget this week; budget visits and select board hearing, January
·         Budget highlights: staff time, capital expenditures; staying the course
·         Across the Fence on December 4, channel 3 at 12:10pm, “Books for the Holidays”

Strategic Plan update
·         Two community conversations, Library Staff Retreat; summary attached
·         Open Community Conversation for 50, November 14, 4:30 – 5:30 pm
·         Excellent feedback from the invited; fabulous suggestions and comments

Marketing thoughts
·         Big screen moved to the alcove; need better graphics and time to practice
·         New emails for full staff with model (STL + staff abbreviation)
·         E-newsletter is coming, MailChimp or Constant Contact
·         Staff suggestion: “Ask me about…”

Updates on the building
·         Ceiling tile project in Children’s Library completed; light issues in CL and lobby
·         Elevator work began Monday, October 30; 3 week estimate (11/20)
·         Bids solicited for Children’s Library (carpet, shelves) and Family Room (new construction)

Programs and Displays
·         Story Time or Playgroup every Tuesday at 10 AM; Michelle visiting preschools
·         Saxtons River Bell Ringers, Sunday, 12/10 at 4 pm, FCC; snow date 12/11, 6 pm
·         Button Up Vermont meeting place, Tuesdays through November 28, 3 – 4 pm
·         Display update: Curb Appeal; Veterans Day; hygge (“hoo-gah”), cozy food, knitting

Staff updates
·         Ponnie, Michelle, Jo, Chris and Amy to New England Library Association Conference
·         Met with vendors (especially books, design, web services); programs on leadership, innovation, hate speech, service design; sister arrangement with Springfield MA?
·         New Materials Handler, Olivia Veale, Compass School; regular from a young age
·         Staff meeting, 11/6, 12 – 1:30pm (planned monthly)

FOSTL Update
·         Quilt raffle (anonymous donor)
·         Holiday decoration Tuesday, November 28
·         Holiday open house Friday 12/8, 6:30 – 8 pm. Comtu Trio, light refreshments
·         Request to have Phoenix Books sell Books for the Holidays, gift wrap service?
·         Next meeting Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 6:30 pm