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Minutes of October 2015 Meeting




October 14, 2015

The Larchmont Public Library Board of Trustees met on October 14, 2015 at  6:45 p.m., attended by Trustees Jennifer Conley (JC), Lauren Gottfried (LG), Maureen LeBlanc (ML), Barbara Liptack (BL), John McGarr (JM), and Iven Taub (IT,) Town of Mamaroneck Liaison Abby Katz (AK), Library Director Laura Eckley (LE) and Assistant Director June Hesler (JH). Excused were Board Chair Pamela Dubitsky, Village of Larchmont Liaison Marlene Kolbert and Friends of Library President Wendy Raso.
Upon the request of PD, ML presided over the meeting.  The meeting was called to order at 6:50 p.m.
The Board reviewed and unanimously approved the Minutes of the Board Meeting of September 9, 2015.

Friends of the Larchmont Public Library Liaison Report

LE reported that the Fifth Annual Scarecrow Festival will be held on 10/17. She also reported that the following programs are scheduled: M&M Production of David Margulies play Sight Unseen on 10/18, and; local author Greg Steinmetz will read from his book The Richest Man Who Ever Lived on 11/8.

Committee Reports

Finance and Budget Committee

Schedule of Bills and Performance Report: The Board reviewed and unanimously approved the Schedule of Bills dated 10/7/15 and 10/14/15. The Board received the Performance Report dated 10/9/15.
Budget: JM reported that the Finance Committee has begun to prepare a draft of the FY16/17 budget.


LE reported that $1.375M has been raised for the project, and that grant requests have been submitted to NYS through our local legislators. LE also reported that the fundraising committee will send a final mailing to the community in mid-November. LE reviewed what the staff is doing to prepare for the upcoming closure of the main library building and the temporary re-location of the library in the Village Center, and noted that publicity to inform the public of the temporary changes in location and services will begin on 11/1/15.

Building and Grounds

Windows: LE reported that replacement of the leaking windows in the Children’s Room and Village Center are scheduled to begin 10/26.
Ryder Brown Garden: LE reported that the dedication of the Garden on 9/26 was attended by many members of the community and the Brown Family. She also reported on the final budget of the project, and noted that the Brown family plans to help support upkeep of the garden in the future.  LG made a motion, seconded by JC, to approve the following resolution which the Board passed unanimously:  
Resolved, that the Board of Trustees of the Larchmont Public Library hereby authorizes Denis Brucciani, Treasurer of the Village of Larchmont, to transfer gifts and donations totaling $10,340, given in memory of Ryder Gordon Brown, from the Board’s Restricted Trust to the Gifts line of the Library’s FY15/16 Operating Budget.

Director’s Report

LE reported that the Children’s Room librarians have completed their annual “book mobile” visits to the local schools.  She noted that CR Librarian Rebecca Teglas has added parenting programs this fall and they have been very popular including (1) Home Alone for parents and middle schoolers and (2) Positive Parenting. She reported that Teen Librarian Kim Larsen has organized a team to represent LPL in WLS’s Battle of the Books competition on 10/17. She also reported that adult programs organized by JH have been very well received including (1) Older & Wiser Book Discussion supported by a grant from the NYS Humanities Council, (2) Ileen Gottesfeld’s book discussion series and (3) Open House program sampler for the Larchmont Mamaroneck Center for Continuing Education. JH reported on a new passive program that has been introduced, called Coloring for Adults, which is considered a stress-reducing activity.
ML adjourned the meeting at 7:42 p.m. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board will be held on November 18, 2015.
Respectfully submitted,
June Hesler
Assistant Director

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