Current Members of The Sherburne Library Board of Trustees

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Beth Sarandrea

Chair
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Nan Salamon

Secretary
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Gerrie Russell

Treasurer
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Nancy Sherman

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Laura Djordjalian-McComb

Recent Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes

Sherburne Memorial Library

Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Present: Laura Djordjalian-McComb, Gerrie Russell, Nan Salamon, Beth Sarandrea, Jane Ramos, Librarian

Via ZOOM: Nancy Sherman

The board meeting was called to order at 3:35pm.

Nan made a motion and Gerrie seconded the motion to approve the Board meeting minutes from December 13, 2022. All approved.

Treasurer’s Report

· The Treasurer’s report was reviewed.

· We are on track spending 54% of our budget to date.

· Line items discussed:

o Utility line item is now divided into Electricity and Propane.

o The library has sufficient office supplies.

o Repair line includes resetting of the firebox when it goes off due to high winds.

o Computer Hardware includes the five new Admin computers.

o Chet and town are still working on the Telephone charges

o Comp. contracted services includes setting up the new computers, maintaining names/addresses and there has a PAY BUTTON is now available on the website.

o There maybe one more performer charge this year.

o There will be $3000 under archival in the new budget which may be put into a reserve account.

· The Amazon business line of credit will end and the library will now have a business account which includes Prime and will be tax free. However, there will be no streaming available thus a separate Amazon account will be set up so that the library will still be able to stream.

· Three donations totaling $2200 has been given to the library. Thank you notes have been sent.

Chairman’s Report

· Beth has completed the Annual Report

Librarian’s Report

· Jane’s report was reviewed.

· Highlights:

o Dial-a-Story has been a big hit

o The building will be stained in the spring. Getting quotes now. May need two coats. The cost will come out of capital expenses.

o Seven people can and say the movie, Hamilton.

Youth Librarian Report

· The Board agreed that Missy is doing a great job. Jane emphasized that the whole staff works together, and Missy is great at executing!!!

· Missy’s report was reviewed.

o The youth celebrated New Year’s Eve (12pm) together.

o The month of January will be reading with dogs. (Bernese Mountain dogs).

o There is a youth sign language course.

o Missy is now looking into programs for March.

Old Business

· New Admin Computers – working very well. They have a fantastic large screen to view multiple tasks.

· Christmas Thanks You’s -Thank you cards went out to all the readers of ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas.

New Business

· Winter Programs/Valentine’s Phantom

o Missy has many youth programs planned.

o Book Club and Movies continue.

o The Valentine Phantom will appear on Monday, February 13th. Jane has asked the Rotary and Women’s club for help. No response as of yet. The seniors will be working on Tuesdays. The kids will help. Some businesses complained last year about having the hearts on their business signs. Beth will send out an email through the KPAA to ask about participation from businesses.

· Festival Prep – It is now time to start preparing for the Fairy Tale Festival in September.

· Librarian’s Eval – Jane said that the State Library stated that the librarian’s evaluation may be completed every two years.

§ A MOTION was made by Nan and seconded by Nancy that the Board will now complete the Librarian’s evaluation every two years. All approved.

Jane’s next evaluation will be conducted in 2024.

· New Board Assignments – Beth has asked to be replaced as chairperson but wants to remain on the board. Nancy Sherman was asked and agreed to be chairperson starting at the February board meeting.

Other business as needed

· Allergy Issue – A child who comes to the youth programs is highly allergic to dogs. This issue was discussed. Presently, we will alert her and her family if there is a program including dogs. When a program with dogs happens, it will take place only in the meeting room. The library will do their best to disinfect and vacuum when the program over. Children going into the main library following the program will wash their hands. Jane and Beth will also look into air filtration systems.

· Summer Theme – This summer’s state theme is All Together Now (Kindness). Libraries can deviate from the theme. Jane has asked us to brainstorm, and we will discuss this at the next meeting.

Nan made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Seconded by Laura. The meeting was adjourned at 4:40pm.

The next meeting will be held on WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 14, at 4:00pm

Respectfully submitted,

Nan Salamon, Secretary

 

Sherburne Memorial Library

Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Present: Gerrie Russell, Nan Salamon, Beth Sarandrea, Nancy Sherman, Jane Ramos, Librarian

Absent: Laura Djordjalian-McComb

The board meeting was called to order at 3:36pm.

Nan made a motion and Nancy seconded the motion to approve the Board meeting minutes from November 15, 2022. All approved.

Treasurer’s Report

· The Treasurer’s report was reviewed.

· We are on track spending 46% of our budget to date, 4% below where we could be.

· Line items discussed:

o The computer line is high because the library purchased five new computers.

o The town is still trying to figure out the phone bill with VTEL.

o Next year Tent Rental will have its own line and there will be $3000 in the Archival line.

o The town purchased a new copy machine for the library from Symquest. There is currently a problem with color printing and printing back-to-back. An expert is coming in to fix these problems.

· Any major renovations at the library will come out of capital funding.

Chairman’s Report

· The Chairperson’s report was reviewed

· Some items to highlight:

o Beth thanked Jane and her staff for a very successful year.

o She appreciated the library decorating a tree at the Festival and also Missy and the youth helping with face painting.

o It was suggested that the staff go out for a lunch as a Christmas Thank-you following Christmas. The Trustees will cover the library.

o Fundraising was discussed as wreaths were no longer being sold. We discussed some of the fundraisers which have been done. It was decided to discuss this further in January.

Librarian’s Report

· Jane’s report was reviewed.

· Highlights:

o The Kids have decorated the library and picked the theme for the tree at the Festival of Trees.

o December 14, 1pm a speaker will be at the library from the Humanities Council.

o Book Club will not meet until January.

o The Historians had a program in December and will have another program in January about Pico.

o Statistics are good and all systems are running.

Youth Librarian Report

· Missy’s report was reviewed.

o Two classes were held – drawing pets and monsters.

o The movie, Holes, was shown.

o There is a Holiday Scavenger Hunt going on in the library.

Old Business

· Festival of the Trees

o The theme of the library tree at the festival was “Gnome for the Holidays.” The Youth did face painting.

· Holiday programs for kids and adults

o Kids made ornaments for themselves and also to give away as gifts.

o The adults will have a program on December 13 at 6pm. Many versions of Twas the Night Before Christmas will be read. There will be a children’s program on Twas the Night Before Christmas on 12/17 at 10am for the kids.

· Building upgrades

o The State Library has $22m in ARPA Funds. Jim Haff is planning on applying for grants for building improvements from these funds. He is looking to install news lights, block in the ceiling of the back porch, etc.

New Business

· Report on Dial a Story

o There have been 70 calls this month. The stories have been changed to reflect Christmas. Recordings can also be sent to other libraries.

o Jane is still researching the Yoto Minis. There are some glitches, and a policy may need to be developed as they cost $70 a piece.

· Looking ahead to the new year

o Jim LaRoche has called Jane and is interested in having an HO train display next Christmas and teach the kids how to run the trains.

Other business as needed

· Jane hopes the Seniors will be back Volunteering on Tuesday afternoons after the holidays.

· The Fairy Tale Festival is scheduled for September 16, 2023, after the Spartan Race weekend. This past year Jane gave a stipend of $200 to each library that participated.

· The Junior ROTC from Poultney are interested in coming to the library to teach robotics. Transportation is an issue.

Nancy made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Seconded by Nan. The meeting was adjourned at 4:30pm.

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2023, at 3:30pm

Respectfully submitted,

Nan Salamon, Secretary

 

Sherburne Memorial Library

Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Present: Laura Djordjalian-McComb, Nan Salamon, Beth Sarandrea, Nancy Sherman, Jane Ramos, Librarian

Present via video: Gerrie Russell

The board meeting was called to order at 3:35pm.

Nan made a motion and Laura seconded the motion to approve the Board meeting minutes from October 18, 2022. All approved.

Treasurer’s Report

· The Treasurer’s report was reviewed.

· We are on track with spending 33% of our budget as of date.

· Line items discussed:

o Town has contracted with CV Oil for a cheaper fuel cost.

o Computer line item is high – The five administrative computers were replaced. Much improvement especially with speed and the monitor is larger. Matt Partalis from ACT will now be working for the Town. Matt has done an excellent job with the library’s computers.

o Print Media and Audiobooks will have bills coming in soon.

o Still dealing with the phone situation.

· Our spending is $20,000 ahead of last year due to the winding down of COVID,

Chairman’s Report

· Beth has no report but did announce that the Festival of the Trees will be taking place the weekend of December 2nd.

Librarian’s Report

· Jane’s report was reviewed.

· Highlights:

o Dial a Story has been very successful

o Families have been testing out the Yoto Minis.

o New displays are being worked on. Patrons missing “Oceans of Possibilities”

o Summer material is arriving. The national theme is “Kindness all Together Now” but library staff is leaning toward “Freedom in Unity – Pride in their Home Town”.

Youth Librarian Report

· Missy’s report was reviewed.

o Fall programs have been very successful with the 4th-6th graders. The birth to 8 have had programs on Saturdays.

o 65 people attended the Halloween event which was planned by the Youth Group.

o The Rec department’s Trunk and Treat was also a huge success.

Old Business

· Statistics and Budget for the new year

o The budget was approved by the Selectboard on 11/14/2022.

§ $6000 was approved for tents. Funds will ultimately be taken from Salary line item.

§ $3000 was allocated for Archival, mostly for digitizing. The Historians are preparing a program on the History of Pico for January.

o October was a very busy month. Coming upon the holidays and skiing, Jane feels that activity in the library will be slowing down.

New Business

· Holiday programs

o The library will be doing a tree for the Festival of the Trees. The youth will be in charge of decorating.

o Adult programs will include – December 13, 6pm, the reading of several versions of The Night Before Christmas -Irish, Skiing, Viking, Cajun, Killington. On December 14 at 1pm the author, Rebecca Rupp, from the Vermont Council of Humanities will come to speak. The Sherburne UCC is sponsoring a Carol sing at the church on December 18 from 4-5pm which is open to all.

· New computers for the staff/admin

o See under Treasurer’s Report – five new computers were purchased.

· Select Board suggestions for the future of the library

o The members of the Select Board visited the library. The ceiling outside the back door is falling apart and when groups play music from there the sound goes up rather than out. They are suggesting that the back porch be extended and possibly include a fire pit. They are also suggesting that the air conditioning units and oil tank be moved as well as moving the two benches and statue to the tree line.

o The painting of the outside of the library will happen next spring.

o They are also looking into replacing the lighting fixtures in the library so that all bulbs can be LED.

Other business as needed

· The Pavilion project may now be part of Parks and Recreation.

· The town has hired a Fire Chief and a new Parks and Recreation Director.

· Jane will ask staff for ideas for Christmas gifts.

Nancy made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Seconded by Nan. The meeting was adjourned at 4:26pm.

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 13, 2022, at 3:30pm

Respectfully submitted,

Nan Salamon, Secretary