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, August 15, 2018

Director's report, August 14, 2018

Director’s Report    Tuesday 8/14/18
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.

·         Fire alarm upgrades, passed; Family Room, Children’s Room(CR) waiting for shelves, seating
·         Dick Hurd upholstered tub; Pat Graves replacing men’s ties on banner over CR entrance
·         CR seeing plenty of use for adult programs, M-F free lunch site, extra seating
·         Library feels full, with people missing the Flinn Room; New Wi-Fi signal improved upstairs
·         Slight uptick in anxious behavior; notified the SPD, rehearsed no trespass procedure
·         Vermontel email phishing scams, STL and Town accounts. Vermontel aware

·         Ended the year in good shape; plan report for the board when agenda is shorter
·         Considering major expenditure for Checkpoint
·         Catamount Library Network budget approved for presentation 8/14; cost dip for STL

Recent Press
·         Good press from Sabrina Smith in the Springfield Reporter 7/10
·         Article by Bill Lockwood on the Promise Community Grant in the Eagle Times 7/30
·         Karen Engdahl interviewing Erin Rounds and Charlotte’s Bones (8/8) for the Shopper
·         STL participated in VPR “Summer Reading” show 8/13/18

Coming Events
·         VT Humanities picked STL for Katherine Paterson Bread and Roses Too talk, 9/26 at the High School; sole southern Vermont site for her talk. VT Reads book for the UU Church this summer as STL collaboration; will continue this fall with events around labor, and history; Riverside involvement
·         September plans: Library Card Sign-Up Month, Banned Books Week (Sept 23-29), national Library Voter Registration Day. Library card drive major part of our strategic plan

·         Summer reading program ended 8/10; major celebration with books, fossils, ice cream
·         Lunch program ends 8/17; appears more successful than last year. This week, 14 lunches
·         Gems Rock, Thursday, 8/9 with Van Bargen’s Darlyn Walker
·         Rick Hunter display on the Springfield Telescope Makers in the lobby case for August
·         Town curb project and Town Riverwalk display, maps and blocks and cars to look at

FOSTL updates
·          Friends participated in Sidewalk Sales 8/11, next to Library STEM activities
·         Sandy Richardson presented information on 501c3 application, under consideration
·         501c3 makes tax benefit very clear; would expand grants STL could apply for
·         VT Welcome Centers require 501c3 for groups that offer refreshments for donations
·         FOSTL strongly endorses celebrating STL founding in 1819 with 200th next year