Minutes of January 2016 Meeting

Larchmont Public Library

Board of Trustees

Minutes of Meeting

January 13, 2016

The Larchmont Public Library Board of Trustees met on January 13, 2016 at  6:45 p.m., attended by Board Chair Pamela Dubitsky (PD), Trustees Jennifer Conley (JC), Lauren Gottfried (LG), Maureen LeBlanc (ML), Barbara Liptack (BL), John McGarr (JM), and Iven Taub (IT,) Village Liaison Marlene Kolbert (MK), Friends of the Larchmont Public Library liaison Sophia Bernstein (SB), Library Director Laura Eckley (LE) and Assistant Director June Hesler (JH). Town of Mamaroneck Liaison Abby Katz (AK) was absent.

Board Chair PD called the meeting to order at 6:49 p.m.

The Board reviewed and unanimously approved the Minutes of the Board Meeting of December 9, 2015.

Friends of the Larchmont Public Library Liaison Report

SB reported the Friends approved $500 for a telescope lending program and $3,500 for iPads replacement in the children’s room. SB also reported the annual spelling bee will be held on April 10 and teams are currently being sought to participate. LE reported the Friends are looking for several new Board Members including a newsletter editor.

Committee Reports

Finance and Budget Committee

Schedule of Bills and Performance Report: The Board reviewed and unanimously approved the Schedule of Bills dated 1/6/16 and 1/13/16. The Board received the Performance Report dated 1/6/16. PD reported that the formal budget presentation to the Village will take place on 2/1/16.

Building and Grounds

Transformation: PD reported on the Fundraising Committee’s progress. LE reported that Collins Brothers Moving Corporation did an astounding job of packing up the books in the main library for storage and that this was an amazing gift to the community. The Board thanks Collins Brothers for their generosity and efficiency.  LE reported that construction began 1/4/16 and that during the removal of carpeting asbestos tiles were discovered under the bookcases in several rooms.  LE further reported that the library will have to be closed several days in February for asbestos abatement and that installation of Children’s Room windows will be coordinated so both closures can occur at once.

Director’s Report

LE reported Librarian Frank Connelly presented his annual reading of A Christmas Carol and had the highest attendance yet. LE also outlined the incredible job the staff had done in moving and setting up in the new temporary library space. The Board thanked the staff for their patience and hard work during the move. The Board unanimously approved the expenditure of $1,000 for a professional development course for Staff Assistant Ryan Madonna.

Board Chair Dubitsky adjourned the meeting at 7:40 p.m. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board will be held on February 10, 2016.

Respectfully submitted,

June Hesler

Assistant Director