Follow us:

Minutes of May 8, 2024 Meeting

Larchmont Public Library

Board of Trustees

Minutes of Meeting

May 8, 2024

The Larchmont Public Library Board of Trustees met on May 8, 2024, attended by Library Board Chair Lauren Gottfried (LG), Library Trustees Jill Brennick (JB), Barbara Liptack (BL), Celeste Sharpe (CS) and Linnet Tse (LT), Village of Larchmont Liaison Dana Post (DP), Friends of Larchmont Library Liaison Ellie Berlin (EB), Library Director Laura Eckley (LE), Head of Reference Liam Hegarty (LH) and Library Staff Assistant Janet Regan (JR). Library Trustees Galit Lopatin Bordereau (GLB), and Barbara Flickinger (BF), and Town of Mamaroneck Liaison Sabrina Fiddelman were absent.

Library Board Chair LG called the meeting to order at 6:34pm.


The Board unanimously approved the minutes for the 4/10/23 Library Board Meeting.


EB reported on the success of FOL’s spring programming season. LG complimented the FOL for their creative programing. EB further reported that the FOL Annual Meeting is scheduled to be held 5/15/24.

Committee Reports


Schedule of Bills and Performance Report: The Board unanimously approved the schedule of  bills and the additional lists of bills dated 5/8/24.

LT presented a preliminary draft of the Library’s Capital Plan. Proposals for consulting work related to the Capital Plan were reviewed.


LE reported on facility issues including punch list items for the new Reference Office, the replacement of the hot water heater servicing the main floor rest rooms and repairs made to the Library’s HVAC system. Following discussion the Board voted unanimously to approve a $12,928 proposal from Atlantic Westchester to replace a failed condenser for the rear of the building.

Director’s Report

LE reported on the popularity of the plein air art program with Urban Sketchers,that Ileen Gottesfeld’s book group is once again funded by a NYS Humanity’s Grant, Intro to D&D for tweens has been extremely popular and the highest reference stats ever were for 1600+ requests for eclipse glasses in April. LE further reported that the new museum pass for Stone Barns is already booked out for weekends in June. LE reported on upcoming programs including a return to the Farmer’s Market library card signups, the start of our MHS internship program with two seniors this year, and a new popup book group featuring celebrity bios.

Additional Items

LG reported on a visits she made to multiple libraries during a recent trip to Australia.

Executive Session

The Board voted unanimously to enter into Executive Session to discuss personnel issues at 7:27p.m. The Board voted unanimously to exit Executive Session at 7:55p.m.

The Board voted unanimously to approve management salaries for Fiscal Year 2024/25 and additional compensation for staff related to Fiscal Year 23/24.

Meeting adjourned at 8pm. The next scheduled Board Meeting will be held on 6/12/24 at 6:30pm.

Respectfully Submitted,
Laura Eckley Library Director

Privacy Preferences

When you visit our website, it may store information through your browser from specific services, usually in the form of cookies. Here you can change your Privacy preferences. It is worth noting that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our website and the services we are able to offer.

For performance and security reasons we use Cloudflare
Our website uses cookies, mainly from 3rd party services. Define your Privacy Preferences and/or agree to our use of cookies.