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.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Director's report, June 12, 2018

Director’s Report    Tuesday 6/12/18

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.

Updates, Promise Community Grant
·         Carpet and family room construction almost complete
·         Some surprises: open lath and bricks behind 8’ shelves; stained plywood; $800 change order
·         Required wired in smoke detectors for director office and family room; $1100 added on to work upgrading ADA elevator signals (Mike Blais, Countryside Lock and Alarm)
·         Phone, live feed for video and old plumbing connectors under shelves
·         Shelving, seating, expected late June – mid July; bath tub stored; oak tables and chairs back
·         Sold wall shelves; sold or gave away central units, rolltop desk; minimal impact on revenue
·         Favorable feedback on color, carpet; people relatively calm about noise, dislocation
·         Hasn’t kept people away—business is good
·         Shelving project, moving adult nonfiction to provide unit for Flinn Room and accommodate extra seating upstairs; also conscious reshaping nonfiction to match use; the end is in sight
·         Anticipating major weeding in the children’s room once shelving is in
·         New parks and museum passes page— Talk it up! New pass purchases planned

Programs and staffing
·         New staff, Virginia Thulen, front line; Molly McAllister, returning
·         Tech Time with student done and Dave Bryant stepping in; suggest appointments
·         Application for Vermont Reads Bread and Roses, Too has been submitted; will run collaboratively with UU discussion at Tree Farm Campground this summer
·         Like Brown Girl Dreaming, strong Riverside component; Springfield labor history
·         New book group, one Thursday/month 5:30, going strong; laughter and shared challenges
·         Grafton Nature Museum, Tuesdays, 2 pm; birds, bees, owls, strong themes for kids

·         Library has joined New England funding group, MHEC; hoping to retain favorable Baker and Taylor relationship after July 1 (leasing contract and regular orders); offers town discounts
·         Board spending report planned for July; working hard to tie up the current fiscal year

FOSTL updates
·         Two armchairs: slipcovers by Farmhouse Fashions, Carroll Veltrop helping with fabric
·         Upholstery solution for bath tub, Dick Hurd coming in
·         AED mounted in the lobby last week; planning press
·         Book sale preparation in high gear; sorting Mondays and Thursdays 9 – noon
·         Volunteers, get in touch with Warren Cross
·         Dates this year: Friday, July 13 (10 – 6) and Saturday, July 14 (8 – 4)

Trustee minutes, June 12, 2018

Town of Springfield
Library Board of Trustees
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Attending: Sara Allen Druen, Herb Jamison, Amy Howlett, Margie Reurink, Richard Cofrancesco, Jen Dechen, Matthew Pincus. Absent: Barbara Ball.
1.      Herb called the meeting to order at 6:30PM. Margie offered to take minutes.

2.    Additions/subtractions to the Agenda: none
3.    Public comments: No one present for public comment.
4.    Minutes of May 8 meeting: approved by Board of Trustees. 

5.    Library policy regarding weapons: the board began discussing policy regarding weapons within the library. Amy cited research showing the library isn’t one of the locations allowed to limit guns. Board talked about keeping the library both safe and comfortable to patrons. Matthew Pincus moved to strike the weapon rule from the behavior policy. Sara seconded the motion. The motion passed. The board will continue to review this policy.

6.    Strategic Plan Review: Amy continues to work on the plan. She passed out the Norwich Strategic Plan as an example. Amy hopes to have something together for the next meeting. Jen volunteered to help with the writing.

7.    FOSTL report: Amy gave many updates on the upholstery solution for the bath tub, AED mounted in the lobby, Book sale on for Friday, July 13th and Saturday, July 14th.

8.    Director’s report (attached) included Promise Community Grant Review- Family room construction almost complete and the children’s room is coming together as well. Children and people are responding well to the carpet, paint, etc. and the library seems to be doing well in regard to people using it. Some overages due to construction that will need to come out of the budget.  Some new staff has been hired. New programs starting up: new book group and Grafton Nature Museum for the summer, Tuesdays at 2PM. Amy will present a financial report next month.
9.    Next meeting: August 14th at 6:30.
Matt moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:45 after the trustees walked through the family room and the children’s room. Sara seconded the motion.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Trustee agenda, June 12, 2018

                           TOWN OF SPRINGFIELD
                        LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES
                             TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2018
                            6:30 pm at the Library

     1.      Call to order
2.    Additions/subtractions to the Agenda
3.    Public comments
4.    Minutes of May 8 meeting      
5.    Library policy regarding weapons
6.    Strategic Plan Review
7.    FOSTL report
8.    Director’s report
9.    Next meeting, July 10 or August 14?

Herb J.       6/4/18