2019 Library Directors Report

Director's Report: December, 2019

Happy almost-Holidays! Tuesday may be a snow day, we shall see. I have lots of work I can do at home, so at least it’ll be productive. Our Holiday Tea was a huge hit, even without the Morris dancers. We had 120 people in attendance and got lots of great compliments. It’s always good to be appreciated by the community! We have several displays up right now—Holiday crafts & cooking on the old card catalog, a wintery theme created by Max Callahan and a display of kids’ theater books created by UMass education student Jordan Mitchell. If you’ve walked by our garden lately you’ll have seen that it’s freshly dug and weeded. Lexi Dewey, who does the school’s gardens, has been hired by the Friends to plant and maintain ours as well. It’s going to be beautiful!

General Administration

We’ve received our first $125 from the Collaborative towards Music for Little Ones.

We’ll be closed on December 24 & 25 and on December 31 & January 1 for Christmas and New Year’s.

I’ve printed copies of the budget report for you all and left it in the Trustees’ box. The town account balances are up to date, but the other account balances (Children’s fund, Berube Fund, Trust, etc.) are not. As you can see, we are nearly spent out of the town’s operating expense allocation. This is fine and anticipated. We still have nearly 50% of our budget remaining and we’ve already paid in full for periodicals, MassCAT membership and Commonwealth eBook Program membership for the year, so we’re ahead of the game.

Staff & Volunteers

I will be away from Dec. 23-30. We have coverage for all of my shifts. Ashley is available if there are any emergencies.

Amanda Pizollo, former employee and long-term substitute, will be moving out of the area at the end of the year. We need to train another person or 2 to substitute for when we need coverage.

Programs & Events

Huge thanks to Cindy Naughton for the sing-along and Ashley’s dad and sister for playing Santa and being his helper at the Holiday Tea! Thanks to Ashley as well for coming in on her day off.

The herbal & flower swag workshop went well and had 11 participants.

We will once again be participating in a “Libraries in the Woods” multi-community read in March and April. This year’s title will be “Braiding Sweetgrass” by Robin Wall Kimmerer. We’re hoping to plan programming with the Historical Society for this one and well as acquire lots of copies and perhaps use it as a book group title if the group agrees to it (we’ll have a book discussion either way).

Local guitarist Robby Roiter will be performing here at the end of January.

Mindy Domb has scheduled her monthly visits through May.

Respectfully submitted, Jodi.