Middletown Springs Public Library

Regular Trustee Meeting

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

7:00 at the Library

Unapproved Minutes


Present: Kristal Hier, Kimberly Bushnell, Alida Tarbell, Patty McWilliams, Beth Miller


1.     Call to Order 7:01 pm

2.     Changes, Additions, Approval of Agenda

·       No changes

3.     Approval of Minutes

·       Beth moved to approve minutes of June 26, 2019, Alida seconded, motion carried

4.     Policy Review & Discussion

·       No policies for review – tabled until September

5.     Treasurer’s Report

·       Kristal moved to approve Treasurer’s Report; Alida seconded; motion carried

6.     Librarian’s Report

·       See below

7.     Friends Update

·       Rescheduled Batik and Sip for September 7

·       Lawn Sale September 28

·       Pursuing the idea of purchasing outdoor seating for the library

·       Next meeting September 10, 2019 – 7pm; Kimberly and Diane to attend

8.   Building Committee Update

·       Still working on feasibility study

8.     Old Business

·       Zookeepers

o   They loved performing in Middletown Springs

o   Made $380

·       Strategic Plan

o   Tabled until full board to discuss

9.     New Business

·       Library Anniversary in October – will add some photos to the newsletter and have an appreciation tea Sunday, October 6 from 3:30 – 5:00. Tea and cookies.

·       Calendar – Kimberly will be dividing up tasks to be given out after Labor Day. Estimated time to printer October 1.

10. Other Lawful Business

·       Sign additional board orders for payroll in September

11. Next Meeting Date –

·       September 25, 2019

12. Alida moved to adjourn; Beth seconded; motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 7:52 pm.


Respectfully submitted,

Beth Miller




Librarian’s Report                 August 2019



o   Job Description – librarian/library director job description still needs updating. No progress by KB.

o   Volunteer Gaps – 2nd Saturday and 3rd Monday need regular volunteer coverage.


o   New Books! Lots of new titles.

o   Inventory – we are looking to do one.


o   40 years – library moved into this building on October 6, 1979. How do we want to mark the occasion?

o   VT Reads – March: Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell (graphic novel)

o   Book Discussion

o   How & Why to Read a Graphic Novel - with Jon Mathewson

o   Summer Programing – Theme: A Universe of Stories (Space)

o   Stuffed Animal Sleepover & Teddy bear Breakfast big hit as always with 27 animals sleeping over and special guest Malindi C-T performed with Melissa.

o   Town Challenge – Reading to the Moon         We will have more than enough miles!

§  Splash Down Party – needs to be scheduled and planned

o   Toddler Time – restarts Sept 16, most Mondays until Thanksgiving at 10:30 am

o   Book Group: Thursdays at 7pm

o   To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf – Aug 29

o   Educated by Tara Westover – Sept 26


o   Driveway – town crew repaired entrance. Yay!

o   Monoxide/Fire Alarm – I have yet to reach out to Andy as suggested last meeting.

o   DVD/Surround Sound system – no progress.

o   Cushions – fabric collected. Ideally recovered before Toddler restarts on Mon. Sept 16.

o   Librarian’s Computer – nothing purchased yet…


o   Zookeepers Concert – the band thought we were incredible hosts!

o   Calendar – Renewal forms have been coming in. There will be many to reach out to still. Forms due back Sept 1. Plan to have all info & money gathered by Oct 1!

Policy:                    No policy work until fall.


o   Co-Sponsoring (Underwriting) – Zookeepers Concert $200. Did we get this??

o   Batik & Sip – rescheduled to Sat, Sept 7, 6-9pm at MSHS. Sign up in advance ($25/4, $30/8 napkins)

o   Lawn Sale – scheduled for Sat, Sept 28.

o   Outdoor Furniture – discussion about creating outdoor seating area or picnic table.

o   Next meeting - Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 7pm.

Strategic Planning // Action Plan – steps need to be outlined


As always, it is a pleasure to serve this board and town. Thank you for your continued support.

Respectfully Submitted, Kimberly Bushnell, Library Director