Board of Library Trustees Meeting
August 1, 2006

7:00 p.m.


Medway Public Library


Attendees:

Meena Jain
Nina Hunt, Acting Director
William Roberts, Secretary
Chuck Rockwood
Wendy Rowe, Chairman

Citizens:

Judith Moffatt

Minutes:

  1. Approval of agenda
  2. Motion to approve agenda: (MJ1, WLR2) passed unanimously

  3. Secretary's report
  4. Citizens Speak
  5. Our citizen chose to bide her time and spoke helpfully later about fundraising and other topics

  6. Budget Report
  7. Director's Report
  8. Senior center volunteers may deliver books to shut-ins

    John from the DPW cleaned most of the gutters. Hopefully this will help with the mold problem.

    There was a discussion of Museum Passes. This is another pleasant dilemma. Many of these passes are expensive (generally the more expensive the more they're used too). The Friends have been paying for them, but the Friends are now being tapped for our materials and other expenses (all the town money is going to salaries) and don't feel like they can keep paying for these and take over the ones that had previously been paid for by the library. However the passes are popular and do bring people into the library. There was a suggestion that the passes be put on the giving tree.

  9. Old business
  10. New Business
  11. Next Meeting August 15 (posted)
  12. Adjournment: 8:15
  13. Motion to adjourn: (MJ1, WLR2) passed unanimously.

* - Table of additional plagues we can be looking out for soon.

Director’s Report

August 1, 2007

There are six topics for this report:

  1. Mold is growing at a rampant pace throughout the lower level. John, the DPS worker in charge of the library, recommends that we lower the thermostats to reduce moisture/humidity in the building. I have explained to him that lowering the thermostats is not an option at this point since we lack the funds to pay for it. He is presently running two humidifiers in the Cole room and has the air conditioner down to 68 degrees. The mold is still growing rapidly. John is also examining options on how to fix the problem.

  2. John has requested Walter’s keys and the security codes to the building so that he can do various projects when no one is available like empting the humidifiers and changing light bulbs.

  3. The Large Print books have been actively weeded and withdrawn. Bill and Missy at the Senior Center are working out a plan to take the better ones over to the Center.

  4. I have begun working on the Biography section. In the first phase, I took the very old volumes that are, for the most part, in poor condition and no longer read. Because they are of historical value, I placed them into storage and changed their library designation to “Library use only”. This includes Louisa May Alcott’s “autobiographical” letters, Byrd’s autobiography and others of this sort. There are three main reasons for putting them in storage:

    1. They are in very poor condition with brittle or loose pages.

    2. It creates more room in the biographical section without losing valuable information.

    3. A few of the books are of significant value.

  5. Bill has been notified of the lack of decision on the part of the selectman and the probability the problem will go into arbitration.

Respectfully submitted,

Nina M. Hunt

Acting Director/Children’s Librarian