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Larchmont Public Library
Board of Trustees

Minutes of Meeting
February 8, 2012

The Larchmont Public Library Board of Trustees met on February 8, at 6:30 PM. Present were Board Chair Pamela Dubitsky, Trustees Jennifer Conley, Lauren Gottfried, Maureen LeBlanc, John McGarr, and Maureen Moriarty, Lorraine Walsh on behalf of Village Liaison Marlene Kolbert, Friends of the Library Liaison Fred Baron, Town of Mamaroneck Liaison Jaine Elkind Eney, Library Director Laura Eckley and Assistant Director, June Hesler.

Board Chair Dubitsky called the meeting to order at 6:33 PM. She welcomed the new Library Director, Laura Eckley and thanked the Assistant Director, June Hesler, for her service as Acting Director.

The minutes of the Board meeting of 1/11/12 were unanimously approved as presented upon motion of Trustee McGarr, seconded by Trustee Conley. The minutes of the Special Board meeting of 1/17/12 were unanimously approved as presented upon a motion of Trustee McGarr, seconded by Trustee Gottfried. The minutes of the Special Board meeting of 1/20/12 were unanimously approved as amended upon motion of Trustee McGarr, and seconded by Trustee Gottfried.

Friends of the Larchmont Public Library Liaison Report

As there were no meetings since the boards last meeting, the only news to report was the many upcoming programs.


Committee Reports

Finance and Budget Committee(Trustees LeBlanc, McGarr and Taub): Chair Dubitsky applauded the members of the committee for their excellent work in preparing the FY 2013 budget and presenting it to the Town and the Village boards on January 23rd, and she noted that the Town and Village boards approved the FY 2013 budget as presented. Trustee LeBlanc noted that the current budget year is two-thirds complete and we are slightly under budget.

Buildings and Grounds(Trustees Gottfried and Moriarty):

Library Director Selection: Chair Dubitsky thanked Trustee Conley for her hard work and participation on this committee and for assisting with the press release regarding the new library director. Trustee Conley made a motion, seconded by Trustee Gottfried, to approve the following resolution, which then passed unanimously: Resolved, that the Board hereby approves the appointment of Laura P. Eckley as Library Director of the Larchmont Public Library, which appointment shall commence February 6, 2012, pursuant to the terms of the offer letter dated January 23, 2012.


The schedules of bills dated 2/01/12 and 2/08/12 were unanimously approved upon motion of Trustee McGarr, seconded by Trustee Gottfried. The Board received the financial performance report dated 2/1/12.


Acting Director's Report

Ms. Hesler reported that Jennie Cronin, who is currently enrolled at the University of Rhode Island in the Graduate School of Information and Library Studies, is performing her professional field experience at our library under the guidance of Reference Librarian Liam Hegarty; she will be presenting a program on Social Networking in March. Ms. Hesler also reported that the clerical staff has started to review the 10,300 Larchmont cardholders, checking that each is properly coded as to Village and Town residency. Finally, she reported that, during a recent discussion at the Public Library Directors Association, the topic of residents paying double taxes for library service was discussed. The Board discussed this issue and agreed that a map indicating a slight overlap for the Larchmont and Mamaroneck libraries is probably due to the dividing line running through certain properties, with these property owners receiving two prorated tax bills.


Hear Members of the Public

Reference Librarian Paul Doherty was praised by a member of the public for his very efficient and courteous service.


Additional Items

A list of items to be purchased for the Childrens Room was presented by Assistant Director Hesler. Trustee McGarr made a motion, seconded by Trustee Gottfried, to approve the following resolution, which was then passed unanimously: Resolved, that the Board hereby approves an expenditure of up to $25,000 for additional items for the Childrens Room, as approved by the Childrens Room Renovation subcommittee, to be paid out of Capital fund 27–1.


The meeting adjourned at 7:58 PM. The next regularly schedule meeting of the Board will be March 14, 2012.

Respectfully Sumbmitted,


June Hesler
Acting Director