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)