March 22, 2017

TPL Minutes 3-22-2017  6:30 pm

Anita Abbot, Anne Linnehan, Theresa Fitzgerald, Sarah Tischer Scully, Jean Wolfe, Ben Wolfe

Community Input

    New volunteer might be helping with the Library’s Facebook page.

Secretary’s Report

Names omitted to protect anonymity. Read in at meeting and approved.

Treasurer’s Report

Jean will ask Anne to email us with the current version of the spreadsheet.

Librarian’s Report

Some problems with the heating system that Jean and Ben are working with technicians to sort out.

New computers are here!

Euclid presented a classic movie night - 14 attendees. Next one is April 1. Story hour and cartoon workshop also taking place twice monthly.

Fiber Group is meeting twice per month also.

ArtSpace - April 9th is next opening. Lots of art coming in to the library over the next couple of months!

April 7th is Next Winter Evenings - Felicity Swayze.

Community Room use is picking up steadily.

Budget spending priorities: book and materials are a priority.



Ben said that a new wireless router would cover more of the library square footage; setup of internet.

Sarah will help with cleanup of internet equipment cleanup, suggested buying a WIFI mesh router to improve signal throughout the building. Sarah will work with Ben on the purchase.


Election of Officers

Theresa and Anita elected co-chairs.

Anne Mallary elected Treasurer and Theresa will work with Anne Mallary to learn about the Treasurer’s job.

Sarah elected Secretary - asked that chairs send an agenda via email before each meeting.

Old Business


Theresa is working with Ben to make the timesheet filling out and submission more efficient.

Meeting Schedule

Trustees agreed to keep our second-Wednesday of the month schedule. Next meeting is Wednesday April 12th at 6:30.




February 8, 2017

Attendance: Sue Barnaby, Anita Abbot, Anne Mallary, Sarah Tischer Scully, Theresa Fitzgerald, Jean Wolfe, Ben Wolfe

Community Concerns

The person who donated funds asked when the library will purchase computers.

One of the water heaters is not working (kitchen and front bathroom). Anita suggested calling Steve Gallagher in Chelsea. Jean will follow up.

Secretery's Report

Sue will send Sarah the minutes from the last meeting.


Treasurer’s Report

Anne will send Sarah the spreadsheet from last time for minutes.

From 1-27-17 $8000 in the checking account.

$8,609 from fundraising so far.

Nothing unusual in terms of bills.

Sue reminded us that we’d want to spend remaining money starting in April - good reminder for that meeting.


Librarian’s Report

Ben has been researching Internet options. Proposing that staff/phone have an account for a closed internet and keeping Charter for public wifi access for the speed.

Children’s programs and story hour have been running smoothly. Amy Bogardus may offer a special “sugaring” story time.

Library staff have been working on clearing out unwanted donations.

Jean expressed concerns about the emergency exits not operating properly in the main part of the library.

(The one in the new community room is easy to check.) She’s written to Simon to check and make sure they’re working properly with full battery etc.

Fern Strong is the new Art Space coordinator.



Sarah asked for email addresses for the Trustees to set up the new forwarding address.

New address is



First and third Mondays.

Next time-sheets will be ready February 18th. and due on the 20th.



Sarah and Anita consulted with Jean and Ben about the library’s computer needs. They will go to Systems Plus to purchase the equipment and schedule installation, including transfer of files from the older machines.

Requested: New desktop for librarian's office; new desktop for front desk; new desktop to replace broken patron computer. Laptops as budget allows. Two or three new keyboards needed to replace old ones.

Sarah will also research options for printers, scanners, and/or fax multipurpose machine.

Next Meeting, Wednesday, March 22, 6:30 pm.

Next Timesheet signing February 19th.

January 18, 2018

Attendance: Anita Abbott, Anne Mallory, Sue Barnaby, Jean Wolfe, Ben Wolfe

Community Input
Side walks not being adequately shoveled or salted.

Clerk’s Report
Approved as read.

Treasurer’s Report
Spreadsheet handed out by Anne

Librarian’s Report
Fern Strong is anew volunteer - great worker; she may help out with Friends to do Art Space.
Old basement needs a dehumidifier.
Kids & parents came to library.
2 new Fair Point phone lines - one for staff and one for patrons
Cost about the current bill. Voice mail $130 for each line set up cost. Need new modem.

8:00 PM Sunday - deadline for signed time sheets

Next meeting:  February 8th 2017

December 14, 2016


Anita Abbot, Sue Barnaby, Theresa Fitzgerald, Anne Mallary, Sarah Tischer Scully, Jean Wolfe, Ben Wolfe

Community Input

Donations from the fundraising letter have been coming in steadily.

Clerk’s Report

Minutes approved from November meeting.

Treasurer’s Report

Fundraising letter has brought in approximately $4,900 so far. Last year’s total was approximately $10,000.

Current bank balance is $6,091. Most expenses so far have been for utilities, books, and postage. Anne will get the current spending information to us as soon as her computer is fixed.


Budget Meeting

Sue and Anne made the presentation to the Selectboard. The budget presented was about 3% higher than the previous year. Selectboard members asked about outside vs. inside work; the Town is responsible for outside work and maintenance on the building vs. inside work paid for from the Library budget. Sue mentioned sidewalk work and taking down the tree as possible needs this year.

Ann will follow up with Selectboard to find out if they approved our proposal.

Also heard from Selectboard that Vermont League of Cities and Towns is coming to do a building inspection at the Library and other Town Buildings for insurance purposes.

Librarian’s Report

Approximately 50 participants for “Santa & Mrs. Clause” visit.

Ben said there are some new faces at story hour. “Stone soup” event that kids helped prepare.

Movie night before the election. This was well received. Reading challenge over Christmas break and there’s a share-and-tell event after for kids to report on their books.

We discussed whether the library staff needed help preparing for the building inspection. Jean suggested paying for extra hours for staff to help her with the work and Trustees agreed.

Jean mentioned that the outside lights were not in Simon’s original estimate, so there is an outstanding bill for approximately $200 (still in budget). The lights are now positioned correctly for safety. Jean said the contractors who are working on the iron railing will be by soon to start that work.

Winter Evenings schedule has been set and calendar will be included in the fundraising thank-you letters.

Jean has identified a possible candidate to the ArtSpace coordinator. Jean will speak with her further. Sue asked about paid vs. volunteer and Jean had mentioned the possibility of a stipend, which will have to be approved and paid by the Friends of the Library.


Kay Jorgensen is donating $5,000 to the library for computers, and for an IT Specialist to transfer the data from the old machines. Anita has offered to go with Ben to a shop that specializes in getting equipment for non-profit organizations.

Two desktop computers (one for Jean, one for the desk), and 3 laptops - Ben looking at Chromebooks because of the built-in security and privacy. Possibility of turning one of the machines into a “lookup” station for browsing the collection.

Suggested getting the IT support from Systems Plus and comparison-shopping for the purchases.

Ben suggested using the “equipment replacement” fund for replacing printer, scanner or other needs.


Library staff member will email Trustees when timesheets are ready. Trustees will make sure that timesheets are signed and in the drop box in the Town Offices by 8:00pm on Sunday so that the Treasurer can process them on Monday.

Trustees email

Sarah will set up a new group email address for the Trustees.

Next meetings

Wednesday, January 11, 6:30 pm

Wednesday, February 8, 6:30 pm

November 9, 2016

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Jean Wolfe, Theresa Fitzgerald, Anne Mallary, Sue Barnaby, Anita Abbot, Sarah Tischer Scully

Community Input

Jean has asked Simon to adjust outside lights to a better angle (had heard from community members). Also some concerns about taking out the tree. Peter and Rudy will make a decision.

Clerk's Report

Clerk’s minutes approved from meeting of October 12th.


Treasurer’s report and budget update

Ann had updated budget and will distribute it to everyone (Sue and Sarah weren’t here for second meeting.)  $84,824 is the final draft number on the total budget, with amount from taxes at $58,224.  Ann suggested that we request $1,000 from Trustees of Public Funds extra (ask for 7 instead of 6) and decrease amount from taxes to $57,224.

$2,469 total budget increase (3%), 4.2% increase raised from taxes. If we reduce to the $57,224 it will be 2.5% increase from taxes. Largest budget item increase is from salary/FICA.

Sue proposed that we keep the increase at 2.5% in the proposal to the Selectboard and Trustees agreed. Sue will get us on the next available agenda (Nov 14 or 21).


Librarian’s Report

Increased use of the Community Room lately, including one request from someone that was wanting a meeting to have a discussion on “energy”. Ann will work with Jean to craft a response.

Community story time was very successful.

Donna is setting up the upcoming sale.

New railing is going in around Thanksgiving. Cost is ~ $900.


Fundraising Letter & Process

For the “level up” incentive we have an option to design the ornament for $50 to create a design - Sue and Jean will contact the artist to work out the design.

A couple of donors from last year were anxious that we got their money, cashed their checks, and sent a thank-you note in a timely manner. Resolved to do better this year.


Old Business

We don’t have an Artspace Coordinator, but there is an upcoming show (collage by Mitch and Ann Beck), opening in January.

Sue will follow up with Catherine about the Friends paying for a position and whether they wanted to find the next appointee for the position. (Stipend directly from the Friends, NOT payroll.)


Action Items

  • All - send any information for our part of the Town Report to Jean.
  • Finish fundraising letters (Sarah).
  • Jean will finalize the design for the ornament.
  • Sue will contact Selex about getting on their agenda.
  • Sue will talk with Becky Hoyt about payroll.
  • Sue will follow up with Catherine F. about Artspace.

October 12, 2016

Library Trustees Meeting

Wednesday, October 12 , 2016   6:30 pm

Attending: Anita Abbott, Anne Mallory,  Jean Wolfe, Ben Wolfe ,Theresa FitzGerald, 

Community Input

 Verizon network extender is in place.


Clerk’s Report



Treasurer’s Report

Fiscal year 17/18 :  updated income & tax figures, salaries and health insurance 


Librarian’s Report

Outdoor lighting needs a timer and need to be properly aligned for auto on/off 

Rear basement door light needs update/repair. 

Asphalt entry path needs sealing to maintain and prevent further water/weather damage

Phone / Internet search continues for best option in terms of cost and level of service


Fundraising Letter

Revision suggestions reviewed & changes made. Work meeting scheduled for Oct. 26th @ 6:30 to finalize and prepare for mailings.


Old Business

Art Space : no action taken


Action Items

Ben will provide spread sheet of phone / internet options

Jean will follow up with Simon on lighting and village for asphalt maintenance

Anitia will take input for fund letter, revise & send out asap

Anne will continue to revise Fiscal 17/18 budget based on input from meeting

September 28, 2016

Library Trustees Meeting

Wednesday, September 28, 2016   6:30 pm

Attending: Sue Barnaby, Anita Abbott, Jean Wolfe, Theresa FitzGerald, Sarah Tischer Scully

Community Input

Anne asked about the Verizon network extender. Suggested asking AT&T if they would also send one.

Sue got a question about Library Hours on Saturday (website needs to be updated as well), said the change was due to Story Hour at 9:00 am.

Clerk’s Report

Approved as written.

Treasurer’s Report

Some new memorial contributions have come in recently. 

Anne will reconcile the library’s bank balance with Town Treasurer’s accounting across the FY gap, and do the end-of-year report, as well as finalizing our budget proposal to the Selectboard.

Librarian’s Report

Last book sale of the season went off well - over $500 in fundraising over the course of the Summer. September saw 2 story hours, which Ben has lead so far.

New lights inside for the art look great. The outside lights are improved and just need a timer.

Need to look at Emergency Exit lighting - did not work properly during last power outage.

Racer-car reading challenge was very well received by the kids.

Sue proposed sending a thank-you letter to Kay for helping with the book sale, etc. Sue will send a card.

State Library cutback letters

Perhaps waiting until after November - asking Sarah Buxton or Mark McDonnald who would be the best contact. Sarah S. suggested asking other boards of trustees to ask if they’d be interested in sending a similar letter.

Archive Room

On hiatus because of the Fair.

Fundraising Letter

Pewter key rings or ornaments? Jean will check with her contact about that possibility.


    Finish list by early OctoberL List is in good shape for this year - just need to add new patrons and new-to-town folks (Jean and Ben will do this). Sue will proofread the list also.

    By October 12 meeting we’ll decide on an incentive gift and have finalized letter.

    By November 1 Jean will have packets ready: envelopes, donation slip, Library Calendar insert, letter, and stamps.

    Trustees pick up packets, customize letters and send by mid-November.

    Gather the Trustees to start thank-you process after Thanksgiving.

New Business

ArtSpace update - Betsy has stepped down, wrote a letter to the Trustees but this is a Friends program - they should take action to find a replacement.

Two artists are booked for November, January but waiting to hear confirmation from someone that the Library has approved the start dates.


Sue called Jen Hayslett to find out about next steps for fundraising advice, waiting for a better time to continue the discussion.

August 10, 2016

Attendance: Sue Barnaby, Anita Abbott , Ben Wolfe, Jean Wolfe, Anne Mallary, Sarah Scully, Theresa Fitzgerald

DRAFT to be approved at next meeting.

Community Input

Ben got good parental feedback on the summer reading program.

Charter was unresponsive when modem failed. Took several days to get service restored. For $20/mo the library could have unlimited long distance.


Secretary’s Report

Approved as read.


Treasurer’s Report

Budgeted expenses were ~ $10K lower than projected (did not spend money on repairs, spent approximately $4,500 less on payroll, $900 for equipment replacement). Amounts for unspent funds will roll over.

Income was 91% of projected because we did not request money from Trustees of Public Funds. Income from fundraising and gifts was 112% of projected.

Not many of the ornaments went out last year for the fundraiser incentive. The library can sell extras at holiday time this year.


Librarians’ Report

VINS program was successful - didn’t have as many kids as expected but had a lot of adults. Good speaker.

The Race Car event has been a mixed success - the final parts of the event series are happening at the end of August so that kids are back from vacation.

Story Hour has been on break and will start up again on Saturday mornings.

Last book sale of the summer is this week.


Budget Planning

We used the worksheet that the Treasurer provided.

Books: Increase to $3,500 (expected Overdrive costs to increase)

Membership: $800 (expect ListenUp VT! dues to increase)

Programs: Slight increase $850 

Phone & Internet: Increase to $1,450 so that the library has the option of $20/mo for unlimited long distance.

State Library has initiated long-distance courier service for ILL but it is expensive - we are opting out of this for now.

Electricity: $1,800 (-$100)

Equipment replacement: $800 (-$100)

Total budget increase on this draft: $385

Fundraising Letter

Anita will draft a letter and send to us.


New Business

In light of the gutting of State Library staff, it was suggested that we write letters to representatives (including Sarah Buxton, Mark McDonald) to support funding for State Library system.


Next Meetings

September 28

October 12


Agenda Items

Finish budget (payroll)

Review fundraising letter draft and timeline.

Update on history archive.

Bequest planning or other fundraising ideas from Jen.

Letter to state government on behalf of state library services.


Action Items

Anita will draft and email a fundraising letter to us.



June 15, 2016

In attendance: Sue Barnaby, Anita Abbot, Anne Mallary, Sarah Scully, Jean Wolfe

Community Input

One parent was concerned about the time that food was served at a recent event (later because of program schedule).


Treasurer’s Report

Jean will be reimbursed for health insurance. Books line item has been spent to the 100% limit. Library still needs to order the computers per this year’s plan. Extra hours for payroll (for custodial) will be added and we will be under budget for this item. Anne suggested we ask for $7,500 from the friends to finish out the current fiscal year and until we send our fundraising letter in the fall. We do not need to draw on the Trustee of Public Funds. 

Sarah moved that we ask the Friends for the $7,500 to support the library budget and the motion was approved unanimously. Anne will talk to Donna about the request.


Librarian’s Report

Jean did talk to Kay about the railing and the specialist is busy, but Kay will follow up with him.

Kay is going to try some off-season book sales to tie in with events at the fairgrounds.

Next week there will be an event for the summer reading program involving a race car. Kids who complete the program will be able to sign the car at the end of the summer.


Old Business

Art Space Agreement underwent one minor revision and was approved, with detailed attachment from Geoff Hansen.


New Business

July meeting is cancelled.

Next meeting is August 10th at 6:30 pm. Following meetings on September 28 and October 12.

Sue suggested that we ask Jen Hayslett to speak to us again about fundraising (specifically bequests), and invite Friends as well. Tentatively suggested for September/October meeting depending on Jen’s availability.


Action Items

Jean will send electronic copy of the Agreement for Art Exhibitors to Sarah.

Sarah will update the agreement with this evening’s changes and Geoff Hansen’s attachment and re-send final version to all.

Sue with contact Jen about speaking to us at a fall meeting.


Agenda items for next meeting

Ideas for “bonus incentive” for the fundraising letter

Budget planning


Future Agenda Items

Complete budget

Fundraising letter

Bequest planning

May 11, 2016

Library Trustees Meeting

May 11, 2016, 6:30 pm

Attendance: Sue Barnaby, Anita Abbot, Anne Mallary, Theresa Fitzgerald, Sarah Tischer Scully, Jean Wolfe, Ben Wolfe

Community Input

    Ben - New Vista informational meeting at the Library was well attended and appreciated.

    Patrons are interested in learning more about the Listen Up Vermont! audiobooks. Perhaps a drop-in? Sarah might be able to help. (Tunbridge Photo is May 21 at 9:30 am.)

Secretary's Report

Secretary’s report from April 13, 2016 was read in summary and approved.

Treasurer's Report

Anne received updated information from the Town Treasurer (May 10) - some line items need to be split out. Town tax will cover for outstanding payroll. Jean needs to put in for her health insurance and spend down last amounts for supplies and books. Jean will have a list of invoices for orders for Trustees to sign (simplified purchasing process via reimbursement).

Fundraising Supplies line item is up ($600) because of purchase price of the ornaments from this year’s incentive.

We may not have to ask Trustees of Public Funds for money this year depending on the final month’s expenses.

Anita and Ben asked Anne why Charter is different every month - because of long distance charges or other fees? Ben suggested investigating flat-rate for long distance.

Librarian's Report

    A couple of new student volunteers have started. Emma Hansen and Tommy, helping with shelving project. 

VINS Raptor event in June will kick off the summer program.

Jean wanted to ask how much money is available in the salary fund for custodial dollars for some special tasks (such as digging plants, washing windows, etc).

Computer Replacement - Nine hundred dollars are available for equipment replacement in this year’s budget. Tentative would be 2 public access machines and a laptop. Sue added a reminder to budget with this intention - to replace a certain amount of equipment each year.

Old Business

    Memorial Day plant, book & bake sale - Theresa had some comments and questions about the Plant Sale.

    ArtSpace Contract - We reviewed the current draft and made some more updates and clarifications to the text. There is a companion document that describes the duties of the ArtSpace Coordinator, which Anita will forward to everyone.

Theresa will send a copy of both the Policy and the Coordinator position description to Betsy for her input. 

    Lighting  - Simon has a list of which lights and fixtures (smoke alarms) need to be replaced or updated.

    Railing - Jean will check with Kay Jorgensen about her contact who worked at Justin Morrill Homestead.

New Business

    Time Sheets signed June 3-4.

Action Items

    Anita will circulate draft of ArtSpace Coordinator position that goes with ArtSpace Contract

Sarah will circulate updated draft of ArtSpace Contract

    Theresa will send copies of both the coordinator position description and contract to Betsy for her comment (and ask her to send comments before our next meeting or come to our next meeting if she would like to discuss in person).

    Theresa is going to contact Catherine about Friends input for Plant Sale

Next Meeting

    Wednesday, June 8th, 6:30 pm

    Agenda Items

End of fiscal year business        

         ArtSpace Contract and Position Description - final review

        Building updates/maintenance: railing, lighting


April 13, 2016

Tunbridge Public Library Trustees Meeting
Wednesday, April 13, 6:30 pm.

In attendance: Sue Barnaby, Jean Wolfe, Ben Wolfe, Sarah Scully, Anne Mallary, Theresa FitzGerald, Anita Abbot

I. Community Concerns: None at present. 

II. Secretary's Report: Meeting Minutes from 2/10/2016 were read, and comments/ corrections noted. The corrected draft was emailed today (4/18/16) to new Secretary, Sarah Scully. 

III. Treasurer's Report: We are below budget on heating costs due to the warm winter. The balance of trust funds was up in March to $152K. The fund raising letter amounts at this date are over $10,000. Memorial donations are approximately $805, many given in memory of Jonathan Wolfe. Building repairs: money is budgeted for new ArtSpace LED lights. 

IV. Librarian's Report: 126 dinner tickets were sold at the town meeting dinner, down from 160 tickets last year, for a total of $1109. Thank you notes for the fund-raising letter are complete. There are about two dozen ceramic library pieces left.

Winter Evenings was very successful this year, and more committee people are needed to help defray the work: e.g. getting new speakers and bringing refreshments.

Kay Jorgensen has contacted an iron worker from the Justin Morrill Homestead to work on the library's new railing. He will commence work as the weather gets warmer. Programs on Maple Sugaring, Signs of Spring, and Vacation week "free book"- are some of the children's events and programs upcoming and past. A grant was received
from VINS on Raptors.

ArtSpace artist Dian Parker did very well, and generously gave the library a portion of her sales. Joanne Godnow's list of volunteers and food refreshments is to be reviewed. There are new volunteers helping out at the library.

New shelving location is underway for non-fiction Picture Books (PB) and Graphic Novels with holographic labels to set them apart from other PBs. The George Woodard movie was successful, with $400 in donations. Rave reviews for the movie, great outreach as well. The library has had a very busy last few months. Kay Jorgensen has been helping collate, shelve and organize the thousands of basement books. The Community Room has been used frequently for: tutoring, mentoring, meetings, etc. It was brought to our attention that there is a differentiation between public and private events. 

V. Old Business: ArtSpace contract not yet finished. Betsy Geiser did not see her changes to the document in play. (A copy of this contract will be sent out prior to these meeting minutes, to all library trustees.) 

VI. New Business: Library Trustee Election of Officers: Sarah suggested that the duty of posting minutes, meeting schedules and agendas to the Library Trustees web page be made an official duty of the Secretary - approved. Elections were held with the following results: Sue Barnaby and Anita Abbot- Co-Chairpersons; Sarah Scully-Secretary; Anne Mallary-Treasurer; Theresa FitzGerald- Member at Large.

Town Treasurer Becky Hoyt told us to drop off the monthly signed time sheets at the drop off box at the Town Hall if necessary.

Memorial Day Sales: Theresa contacted us after the meeting with the news that she will be heading the Plant Sale, as well as finding new volunteers and plant donors.

1. SIGN TIME SHEETS by Saturday, April 30. We need 3 signatures. 
2. Anita to mail ArtSpace Contract copy to trustees. 
3. NEXT MEETINGS: Wednesday, May 11th at 6:30pm
Wednesday, June 8th at 6:30pm.

February 10, 2016

Tunbridge Public Library Trustees Meeting Minutes

Date: February 10, 2016 6:30pm 
Present: Jean and Ben Wolfe, Sue Barnaby, Catherine Freese, Anne
Mallary, Sarah Scully, Anita Abbot

I. Community Input: Some donors of the fund raiser for the library
last November are anxious to get their checks deposited and thank yous
received quicker. 

II. Secretary's Report: Last month's meeting minutes were read and accepted. 

III. Treasurer's Report: We are half way through our fiscal year. New
Tunbridge town treasurer Becky Hoyt gave the library a packet of our
financial reports. We were very happy and grateful for the donations
again this year. 

IV. Librarian's Report: We are looking for a new Story Hour person; 
Rose Terami is now helping Ben. Budding cartoonists are going on a
field trip to the Center for Cartoon Studies in WRJ- and are making a
book. A new custodial person has been hired: Casey Clark, who will
work 5 hours a week. A new and large fiber arts group has recently

V. Fund Raising Letter Update; Thank you Notes: $9525. has been
deposited so far from the fund raising letter. Thank yous are almost
ready to be picked up. Jean will let us know. Anita will package up
and mail the pottery gift for larger donors. 

VI. Front Porch Railing Offer from Winter Evenings Group: We kindly
accepted the offer, Kay is going forward with plans. She will run a
design(s) by the trustees, Jean and Ben, in the near future. 

VII.Town Meeting March 1st: Luncheon: Joanne wants to make vegetable
ziti. Anne Mallary has graciously offered 5+ lbs. of cheddar cheese as
an addition to the side bar table. The Primaries fall on Town Meeting
day, and so there will need to be a rearrangement for voter polls
prior to the meeting. 
Our presentation at the meeting will be to inform and apprise the town
of our great events/programs for children and adults, the community
room as a pleasant space for group meetings, etc. Theresa Fitzgerald
will be proposed as a new library trustee. Sarah may speak briefly
about the TPL. 

VIII. Review Community Room Policy; Can People rent the room? We
decided there needs to be a flat rate for anyone to rent the room. A
donation to the library will be suggested for utility costs, etc. We
decided to try it on an informal basis. 

IX. Updating of Website: Sarah is on it. 

We discussed having monthly, quarterly, or 6 week apart meetings. We
decided to continue on with monthly meetings with cancellations as

Thank-you notecards and lists are to be picked up and completed ASAP.
Anita will check on flour donations from KAF
Sign employee timesheets FEB 26, 27, or 28. 
Next meeting: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13th at 6:30PM

January 13, 2016

Present: Catherine Freese and Sue Barnaby Co-Chairs, Jean Wolfe, Anne Mallary, Anita Abbot

I. Community Input:
The remaining books from Donna Nelson's book sales were put to good use at the TES Bazaar and the Food Shelf (3 tables at Christmas for gifts).

II. Secretary's Report:
There was no December meeting. October 2015 meeting minutes were read.

III. Treasurer's Report:
There is approximately $5672. in our checking account. $3730. has been deposited so far from fund raising. Additionally, $500. was received as a donation from Catamount Solar. We have spent $28,000. and have $25,000. left until the end of this fiscal year. At the last Selectboard meeting, a question was raised as to how much local librarians are making per year as well as where the 3% cost of living increase came from. We need to have figures to give to them this year.

IV. Librarian's Report:
Santa and Mrs Claus were well received by over 45 people this December. Next year note time and date of Santa's arrival, as South Royalton's Santa arrived at their library on the very same day. Ben Wolfe's vacation "Reading Challenge" was a very popular program. A new Story Hour person, as well as a new cleaning person for the library are needed. Front Porch Forum was suggested as a good place to advertise. Over salting was the reason given as to why some heirloom peonies and other perennials were killed last year. Communication to be held with Kevin B. to please make the library a second priority after the town offices. If snowfalls are not shoveled for any length of time, then too much salt is added to counteract the compacted snow and ice.

V. Building Repairs:
Justin caulked around the leaking skylight area, and checked the visible trail of moisture inside the building. This project to be further addressed this summer in conjunction with the select board to coincide with painting town buildings.

VI. Fund Raising Letter, Updates & Thank You Notes:
Jean will notify us when the stationery and addresses are ready to be picked up.

VII. Front Porch Railing Offer from Winter Evenings Committee:
This offer is to be graciously accepted. Additionally, Jean will ask Fred P. for ideas for sources for "historical style" based railings. Sue offered Gordy B's white vinyl fencing materials as well. In the interim, Jean purchased a long mat made from recycled tires to keep the patrons from falling off the large granite step at the front door entrance.

VIII. Town Meeting Dinner...Trustees Role?
Anne has offered free Alehouse Cheddar Cheese for the dinner (macaroni and cheese). Sue will talk to Joanne Herrick about the menu. Anita has asked for a donation of bread from King Arthur Flour.

IX. Suggestions for New Trustees:
Theresa Fitzgerald. Anne is up for re-election.

X. Review Community Room Policy: Rentable?
Clause "Open and free of charge to the public" must be changed. Additionally, the ArtSpace coordinator must have in contract what parties will handle the sales- our policy is not yet finalized.

XI. ArtSpace Contract: Tabled

October 14th, 2015

Time: 6:30 PM

Present: Catherine Freese and Sue Barnaby Co-Chairs, Jean Wolfe, Anne Mallary, Anita Abbot

I. Fund Raising Letter

Work to begin immediately, letter estimated to be sent 11/20/15.

Anne will get envelopes from Quill, #9 and #6.

We need to update the checklist, grand list and new patrons list.

We need the Winter Evenings Speakers and Topics Schedule for 2016.

Draft of letter to be done by Anita, finished on or before 10/28/15. 10/21/15: Address list completed. 11/4/15 Letter Stuffing Day.

Return envelopes to be printed at the library.

II. Large Donor and Donations Gift: Handmade Pottery piece of the TPL by a local artist wasviewed and accepted. 30 pieces 

were ordered on 10/15/15, expected to be completed by 12/1/15. We are asking $20.00 per piece completed for the artist.

Matching Donations Donor to repeat last year up to $500.00. Email concerning this was sent to trustees 10/15/15.

III. People Counter: Discussion followed as to how to count people. Hashmarks or small electronic counter. No names are to be used. 



Addresses List (check list/grand list/new patrons list) to be completed 10/21/15.

Draft of fund raising letter: Anita 10/28/15

Stuff Letters 11/4/15

Next Working Meetings:

10/28/15 6:30pm

11/4/15 6:30pm

September 9, 2015

Attendance: Jean Wolfe, Catherine Freese, Sue Barnaby, Sarah Scully, Anita Abbot

Community Input: Discussion to stop using people's names on the library list of daily visitors, and to just use hash-marks as indicators of attendance. This will simplify the process, as well as being less intrusive to patrons. Joanne Goodnow will do an outreach of volunteer assessment and keep a list.  Liz Guth and Carol Frenier will be sent their "Thank You" $50.00 gift certificates in the mail ASAP.

Secretary’s Report: None.

Treasurer’s Report: Anne was not in attendance.

Librarian’s Report: Abby B. now cleaning the library. New Time Sheets to be signed by library trustees October 3rd, 2015. There was a well attended pizza/movie/sleep over recently Jean reported, adding it is difficult at times getting parents to come in. One suggestion for future events was Sarah's idea to ask the Center for Cartoon Studies  in White River Junction if a person could be available to come and speak to the children.

Building Repairs: Gary Mullen  mentioned getting repairs started on some town buildings, and the library trustees feel this is a very good time to have an open communication with the Selectboard, and to do repairs in tandem. The library needs a roof assessment, gutter assessment and preventative care in regards to on going water damage. Specific to the library are the following repairs in order of severity:

-Northeast Corner of the Addition- water damage

-New Community Room: where the walls touch the library- water seepage down towards the Archival Room

-Painting of the trim on the old building

-Library sidewalk: potholed from years of salt; breaking in places with the sidewalk separating from porch

-Gutters (future)

ArtSpace Contract Review and Meeting with Betsy Geiser: Anita will send Betsy the revised ArtSpace contract (as well as to all library trustees). A Bowl Art Exhibit is planned for November.

Monitoring the internet Discussion: Tabled

Continue Brainstorming on Donation Letter/Look at Ornament Samples: see below.

Action Items:

    •    Anita will send Betsy the revised ArtSpace contract by email for her to read and accept, and ask her if she would like to attend our next meeting.

    •    Anita will contract a local potter to inquire about ornaments for the Fund Raising Letter.

    •    Time Sheets to be signed by all by October 3rd, 2015.

    •    Everyone write a fundraising letter.

    •    A budget meeting is needed; Anne to draft a budget spreadsheet after the Fair.

    •    Jean to send the two thank you certificates of $50. to Liz and Carol by mail.
Next Meeting: October 14, 20015 

July 8, 2015


Attendance: Anita Abbot, Sue Barnaby, Catherine Freese, Marsha Higgins, Sarah Scully. Absent: Anne Mallary and Ben Wolfe


Liz Guth has told us that this year was her last in heading up the Memorial Day Plant Sale. We spoke of asking Joanne Goodnow to be our volunteer coordinator, and or to help with calling volunteers, making lists, and steering people along volunteer positions they may enjoy. Additionally, Janice Mattern expressed interest in the Plant Sale workings.


Anita forgot last month's minutes again, however Sarah had graciously altered her report accordingly, and filed it on the TPL website. The minutes were approved.


Anne Mallary was absent.


The ad went out on Front Porch Forum for a new cleaning person for the library. Story Hour is progressing well, Ben and Jody are keeping it simple with free books and ice cream. There is an on-going small discussion group for the novel Switch


Marsha Higgins gave us a 15 minute informed talk about her experiences as being the former Art Space coordinator for many years at the library. Her insight was a big help in rethinking the current contract between the library and its potential artists. This contract will be revised pending Ben Wolfe and Betsy Geiser's (current ArtSpace coordinator) upcoming meeting. We agreed every artist will need a hard copy of this contract, and the library will request a given percentage of the total sales. Additionally, Ben wrote a page of his thoughts on this matter which was handed out to all of us at the meeting. 

"MONITORING THE INTERNET" DISCUSSION: Tabled until Ben is available.

FUNDRAISING: Preparing for Jenn's Visit/Brainstorming Letter Ideas: This has been tabled for later.


    ◆    Anita will copy and rewrite with corrections the Friends of the Tunbridge Public Library Agreement for Art Exhibitors. (This will be readdressed after Ben speaks with Betsy Geiser.)

    ◆    Gift certificates to be purchased by Catherine for Liz Guth and Carol Frenier, $50.00 each, at the SoRo Food Co-op. (Donna N. to be notified by email first.)

    ◆    Next TPL trustees meeting: August 12th at 6:30pm.

    ◆    Catherine or Sue will find out if the Fairground (Gilman Bldg.) is available on the last Sunday in August for the TPL Volunteers Potluck Party.

June 10, 2015

Library Trustees Meeting

Attendance: Anita Abbot, Sue Barnaby, Catherine Freese, Anne Mallary, Sarah Scully, Anita Abbot. Ben Wolfe Absent: Jean Wolfe, Librarian

Community Input: Sarah mentioned that a friend who visited the library recently was taken aback at being asked for their name when they came in to the building. Question of whether this is regular practice and what purpose it serves - it may make some uncomfortable. Trustees & Ben agreed that library use statistics would be recorded anonymously rather than recording names. Library workers and volunteers need to be updated on this change.

Secretary’s Report: Minutes from May were reviewed and approved with the change that the Secretary will post the minutes to the town website if necessary.

Treasurer’s Report:  All financial information (e.g. health insurance, supplies, programs, building repairs, credit card bills) pertaining to the remainder of the fiscal year is due by June 30th!  

Additionally, we need Simon Bradford's bills, with description of work done and cost.

Librarian’s Report: The purchase of internet security program Clean Slate did not go through as planned, but then was jointly purchased with other libraries successfully. A DVD cleaner was also purchased. Lawn mowing is being paid for us by the town.

A Help Wanted advertisement is to be placed in local newspapers, e.g., Front Porch Forum, It's Classified, for a cleaning person. A discussion followed pertaining to town policies regarding job hiring; we are a municipal library / do town positions need to be advertised? What are the policies? , etc. Jean Wolfe will get a job description written with contact, rate, and number of hours, and including a cut-off date for application.

Memorial Day Sale Update: Sale went well and we raised about the same amount as the previous year overall.

Building Repair Check-In:

Art Space Contract Review:

Four major changes were made to the contract:

1: Remove second sentence "We have listed below…"

2: Line #6: "The library requires a donation of 25%…" (this figure to be discussed by Ben with Lisa Kippen and Betsy Geiser).

3: Line #7: Last sentence to be amended to read: "…that your work is properly cared for while in the library and exhibited."

4. Signed_______ to be amended to: "By Signing I agree to these terms_____"

Lisa Kippen and Betsy Geiser will be asked about the amount given to the library (25%?) - what do neighboring libraries ask? The policy will be formally revised at the next meeting.

Monitoring the Internet Discussion- tabled

Brainstorming on the 2016 Fund Raising Letter- tabled

Action Items

    • All financial information pertaining to the remainder of the fiscal year is due by June 30th.  Additionally, Jean will place a want ad for a library cleaning person.

    • Ben will speak with Lisa Kippen and Betsy Geiser about the new amended Agreement for Art Exhibitors, and the required percentage amount to be given to the library by them for their sales. 

Next Meeting: Wednesday, July 8th, 2015 at 6:30pm

Agenda Items

    •    August 12 or 19 for Jenn Hayslett and fund raising.

    •    Follow up discussion of tabled topics.

May 13, 2015

Attendance: Jean Wolfe, Ben Wolfe, Anne Mallary, Catherine Freese, Sue Barnaby, Anita Abbot. Absent: Sarah Scully

Community Input: One local parent wishes to start and volunteer a Lego Group. Another parent is concerned about the "unfiltered" internet at the library. What can be done as a protective measure in regards to minors? What do other libraries do in this regard? This is difficult to address and will be considered. Laura DeCapua was mentioned in regards to Facebook and MealTrain concerning her recent medical emergency.

Secretary’s Report: April 2015 Meeting Minutes accepted. All Meeting Minutes now must be posted to the Tunbridge town website. They are to read "Draft Pending Approval."

Treasurer’s Report: Anne Mallory will be helping new town treasurer Becky Hoyt. We reviewed March 2015 spreadsheet of our almost ended fiscal year, and two months are not yet completed (April and May). Anne will update these figures with Becky.

Librarian’s Report: The newly christened non-fiction adult book group will meet on a weekday evening, the book to be read: Switch. Saturday morning playgroup continues on with variable attendance, and with great toys supplied by our library grant. Jean had a learning experience with the fire alarm. See below.

Check In on Memorial Day Sale: Liz Guth is working hard on the plant sale with 4 or 5 volunteers, sadly, this will be her last year. Elaine Howe will help with the Bake Sale. Laura Gillen is also baking for the sale, but will be away on Memorial Day. Downstairs at the library work continues towards the Book Sale with Grey Barreda, Lydia Flanagan and Kay Jorgensen organizing and placing books. Their hard work is almost complete and most appreciated.

Building Repair Update: Two jobs lined up as of this date: Rob K. will put in the two baby changing stations this week, plus address the north dormer of the building which needs boards replaced. Steve Rixford has kindly volunteered to paint when this repair is complete.

Lighting Update: The basement lighting will be checked today, May 15th, by our electrician Simon Bradford, and work will be done as needed. We noted that he must submit his bill and be paid by July 1st, 2015. Upstairs, Simon noted that the track lighting (fixed art light connections) that we have gets too hot due to the particular bulbs required for use. He is looking into LED replacements to address this issue. The outside lighting pending.

Archive Room Update: It was noted that it will take several persons to move the heavy donated furniture into this room. Todd Tyson has painted the floor green, and while he was sweeping, we believe particulate matter somehow interfered with the fire alarm, causing it to go on and off for several hours on Saturday May 2nd. Simon Bradford and Matt Loftus came, and in between headaches from the high pitched screeching, Jean learned that the best thing to do was to call the local fire department, who can turn off the alarm. (We could not.)

Winter Evenings Equipment Check-In: Not much here to report. Kay Jorgensen is looking into this and will get back to us. There are funds available for use. 

Art Space - Review Contract: Copies of this contract were handed out to all meeting participants, and its revision will be discussed at length at our next meeting.

Action Items:

  • Reviewing Art Space contract
  • Use of Internet discussion
  • Brainstorming on the 2016 Fund Raising Letter

Next Meeting: Wednesday, June 10th at 6:30pm

April 8, 2015

Attendance: Jean Wolfe, Ben Wolfe, Anne Mallary, Catherine Freese, Sarah Scully

Community Input (none)

Secretary’s Report

Minutes from March were reviewed, edited and approved.

Treasurer’s Report

No official report, but Anne acknowledged the appointment of a new Town Treasurer and will make time to meet with her.  Anne will speak with Becky about the “extra” $130 that was discovered last month.

Librarian’s Report

Story Hour was at the Bogardus’ sugarhouse, big success! Rob Kriatawski will be back to finish pending repairs (waiting on better weather).  Ben is working with Kay to promote the Library via the Front Porch Forum. Young Writers Workshop has continued to garner energetic support (and from surrounding towns). Ben was approached about starting a youth discussion book club and there has been interest in an adult non-fiction discussion book club - looking to see how this could get started. Ben may start with one title and see how the group can become self sustaining (organically).

Future of fundraising (brainstorming continued)

Catherine has been in touch with Jen about our interest in continuing momentum on a legacy fundraising project. Jen may be available to come to the July meeting.

    Ideas for next year’s letter:

  • An interesting item (t-shirt, ornament, mug)
  • Matching incentive
  • Raffle prize

Equipment Needs

Ben and Sarah did some research and Ben found an affordably priced machine for refurbishing optical discs. Trustees supported a purchase.

The second changing station has been ordered and Rob will install it.

Discussion of other needs - A/V equipment for events:

Winter Evenings has raised money consistently and some members would like new equipment. One item of interest is a newer lavaliere microphone to use with the existing system; some minor repairs may be needed for the PA system or perhaps a more extensive upgrade. Ben expressed a need to keep a backup inventory of consumable items (i.e. projector bulbs) to have on hand in emergencies.

Catherine will approach Kay and see what the Winter Evenings committee’s requests might be.


Library lighting - Ben is going to contact Simon Bradford about completing needed electrical work in the library and the basement.

Outside lighting - pending.

New Business

Ben raised concerns about how the ArtSpace commission is being enforced (or not) some artists may be under the impression this is “optional” when there is a clear term in the contract.

Sarah suggested ArtSpace duties can be divided among several volunteers so that all aspects (communication with the artists, publicity, collecting the commission, and organizing the refreshments) are covered by those who want or have time to do each task. Trustees will review the artist contract to be sure it is current with other gallery practices.

Anne suggested that Trustees make contact with ArtSpace and Winter Evenings committees to thank them for their work and see how to establish better support and communication.

Action Items

  • Anne will speak with Becky about the “extra” $130 that was discovered last month.
  • Ben will speak with Lisa about current practice vis a vis venue commission at public art shows.
  • Catherine or Jean will send a copy of the ArtSpace contract to Trustees for review before the next meeting.
  • Catherine will speak with Kay about equipment needs for Winter Evenings.
  • Ben will contact Simon Bradford about electrical work.

Next Meeting

Wednesday, May 13th, 6:30pm

Agenda Items

  • Ideas for next year’s fundraising letter.
  • Review ArtSpace contract.
  • Followup discussion of equipment needs.

March 22, 2015

Minutes approved at 4/7/2015 meeting

Present: Jean Wolfe, Ben Wolfe, Catherine Freese, Sue Barnaby, Anne Mallary, Sarah Scully and Anita Abbot 

COMMUNITY INPUT: All good. Nothing specific came up for the trustees attention. 

SECRETARY'S REPORT-backdated 2/15/2015: Sue Barnaby took the last trustees meeting minutes and handed out an attached Treasurer's Report with the minutes.

Librarian's Report: About 200 new books have been processed recently. Story/Playgroup started on Saturday mornings. The Young Writers Group continues on Fridays. For the Summer Reading Program, the library may work with Chelsea to get Jim Arnosky in June to speak at the library. Old Business: The fundraising letter has netted $8570. so far, and we budgeted $8250. A copy of Rob's bill for the exterior work done on the library was handed out, and all seemed on target. A copy of the "building file" is here at the library. $4000. was budgeted for repair, and $3244. has been spent. Progress is being made on the snow shoveling. New Business: We worked on what to report at Town Meeting. Next Meeting: Sunday 3/8/2015 at 3pm (which was switched, with two weeks' posting, for 3/22/2015 at 3pm.) End of report. Minutes Approved. 

TREASURER'S REPORT: Anne handed out a spreadsheet. As of this date, $11,205 has been received from the Fund Raising letter, and is in our checking account. More is expected. We will wait until May to see how much we will request from Friends of the TPL. There is $25,000 left in expenses (payroll, heat, utilities, repairs, etc.), and so we may not need additional monies from the Trustees of Public Funds and the Friends. Future expenditures are listed below in action items, "Expenditures." 

LIBRARIAN'S REPORT: It was brought to our attention that there was an excess of approximately $130 in the transfer station envelope behind the front desk. We spoke of whose money it was, how it got there, and whose it is. The mystery will be uncovered. Winter Evenings was a great success this year. The finale of the Clif program is underway, with Jim Arnosky to speak in June. Young Writers Group, Story Hour, the play group "Birth to 3" are all doing well. Ben brought up the idea of having a tangible laminated library card in the near future. We discussed getting a cleaner for the DVDs and CDs, and how to handle damaged disks returned to the library that went out in good shape. Basement electrical updating and ceiling lights for ArtSpace were discussed. A Baby Changing Station or two (one for each bathroom) is on our lists of purchases/equipment needs (see below). 

TOWN MEETING: An attachment was handed out from Donna Nelson This year's Town Meeting netted, after expenses, $1200. Previous years are as follows: 2014, $1400. 2013, $1400. 2012, $1500. 2011, $1600. 2010, $1300. 2009, $1500. 2008, $1800. 2007, $1100. 2006, $1000. 2005, $800. 2004, $900. 2003, $500. This year, 180 people attended. Sue Barnaby started a folder named "Town Meeting" for future reference.

FUTURE OF FUNDRAISING (JENN HAYSLETT): Jenn's offer still stands to help the library in any way with fundraising. In the interim questions remain: preparing research: VPR, speaking with other libraries, etc. Legacy gifts, and what to do in the event we receive a legacy-who receives the monies (Library, Trustees, Friends of the Library?). What kinds of gifts can we accept and on what/whose terms? Further discussions needed. Sarah suggested to plan the 2016 fund raising letter in June. 

NEW BUSINESS: A new person (or persons, group) is needed to head up the annual book sale on Memorial Day. We spoke of putting an announcement on the TPL website as well as the Front Porch Forum. Additionally, a sign will be put up in the library. New equipment needs listed below. Ben spoke of water dripping down the outer doorway, and the necessity of removing ice dams promptly. Who clears the snow from the roof tops of the Town Hall and other town buildings? 


Equipment Needs discussion at the next meeting:

Basement lighting to be updated to this century.
Library ceiling lights to be purchased to better display ArtSpace.
Disc cleaning/ polishing machine.
PA for Winter Evenings and other library lectures.
Outside library lighting.

Baby Changing Station(s) 


NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, April 8th, at 6:30pm