A big Thank You to Appleton's Girl Scouts for donating a new picnic table for library patrons to use!
Happenings at Appleton LibrarySaturday November 21 10 am - 1pm: Stop by the library, enjoy some coffee and muffins, and talk with Jackie about how you can join our new Friends of the Library group.
Appleton Library Minutes
The meeting was called to order at 7:05 p.m. Present were trustees Victoria Bucklin, Debby Keiran, Nancy Brown, Elaine Tracy, Heather Wyman, Marlene Libby and Margaret Wilson. Library Coordinator Jane Bennett was also present. Ken Ward was not present.
Minutes: The June minutes were approved unanimously.
Treasurer’s Report: Debby just made a request for $2500.00 from the town. Some accounts are overdrawn, but we are in the black overall. We received a few dollars from Amazon’s Smile program. Debby received an invoice from Amazon regarding recent purchases; in the future, she would like to know about any library purchases made through Amazon, as she receives notice and did not know if it was a legitimate purchase. Mary Starrett sold almost $400.00 worth of photographs and donated 25% to the library, rounded up to $100.00. In the discussion of the budget, Victoria suggested forming committees and asking committee chairs to come to a board meeting once a year on a rotating basis to report out on what work they have done over the year. The Collections Committee is active, the Policy Committee is active on an as-needed basis, the Interiors Committee has not been active lately. Debby will send an email out to the Interiors Committee members to let them know. October: Collections, November: Policy, January: Interiors March: Maintenance.
Coordinator’s Report: Jane has no pressing issues. Jane just started a new 20 hr./week job at the hospital. She is confident after a year and a half of working at the library that she can manage both commitments, although there will be a period of adjustment.
Action between Meetings: 1. Girl Scouts donation: Elaine, Victoria and Margaret were on hand to receive the gift of a picnic table from the Girl Scouts in appreciation of their use of the building. Margaret confirmed that Debby will post a photo on Facebook after it has appeared in the local paper. Margaret noticed some black substance on the picnic table. 2. Appleton Day participation: Debby Meservy won the raffle for Boon Island by Andy Vietz. Next year we could advertise ourselves better and maybe offer a quiet craft activity for kids. Perhaps we could advertise current bestselling titles that we have at the library. 3. Book Sale: We made $205.00 from the book sale, compared to our usual monthly income of $30 or so from the ongoing book sale. 4. Debby called Mark Lorraine and asked him to come to the library and look at the exterior caulking. The cement siding was installed as it should be; there should be 1/8” gap between clapboards. One of the clapboards is cracked, but he didn’t think it was a problem. Another window has broken in the storage room. It is warrantied through Viking. Margaret will email Ken to look into it.
1. Friends Association: Margaret will call Jackie to ask if she is still interested in drafting a fundraising letter.
1. Camden Conference: Margaret ordered approximately $200.00 worth of books in advance of the conference. Debbi Hitchings will be here on November 14th at 10:30 a.m. to talk about her African school in Lesotho. John Boyington has traveled to Malawi to install wells and may be willing to talk about his experiences also. 2. Fundraising: The Collections Committee will meet and discuss the possibility of another Chocolate Chili Challenge. $500.00 has been budgeted for this event. Marlene suggested a dessert night with live music and coffee for adults. When she participated in an event like this years ago at the school, it was very successful. Leftover desserts were raffled off at the end of the night.
Items for next meeting:
1. Fundraiser: Chocolate/Chili challenge, coffee house, dessert night, possibly Saturday, October 24th?
Debby made a motion to adjourn, Elaine seconded the motion, and the meeting was adjourned at 8:07 p.m.