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 on: October 17, 2017, 07:49:38 AM 
Started by Rev. Elizabeth - Last post by Rev. Elizabeth
Fairfax Community Library
Joint Board Meeting
October 12, 2017

The Joint Board met October 12 in the Conference Room.  Present were, librarians Debbie Landauer, and Joy Mercer, principal John Tague, school board member, Kathy Muehl, and trustees Pat Gallant and Liz Griffin.  The meeting was called to order at 6:32.

There was neither public input nor correspondence. 

With one correction to a date, mis-stated as BFA-Fairfax renovations last done 1948 instead of 1984, the minutes of the April Joint Board meeting were accepted after a motion to accept made by Kathy.

Joy Mercer, the school library director presented highlights from her quarterly reports.
Gigi Preibe, a new author, made an excellent presentation about her book,” Adventures of Henry Whiskers,” to the 2nd graders. 

Currently Joy has 35 scheduled classes.  A record number of students, primarily middle school and high school students, use the library during the day.  This increase may be attributed to the change in the school schedule.

There have been many compliments made about the new library furniture and display racks.

The after school sewing class, now held in the Fairfax Room, has taken advantage of the new, sectioned table of moveable parts, so that each student has his/her own table to work at and own sewing machine.

Joy discussed Challenged Books with 5th graders during Banned Book Week.

Debbie Landauer the publiclibrary director shared 2nd and 3rd quarter highlights.

The library hosted a post Egg Hunt event with hot chocolate and refreshments. 200+ people.

The library, through a $1500 grant through RiseVT will create a story work on the Recreation path from  May through October 2018. Each month a different book will be displayed along the walk.
A donation was made in memory of a local scientist, John Townsend. Debbie plans to purchase a microscope that will be available for patrons to sign out.
A donation of $1000 for programs given by Barbara Murphy will allow the library to purchase a telescope from the Vermont Astronomical Society for $350. Said telescope can be checked out by patrons.

The BackPack Theatre was featured at the opening event for the Summer Reading Program.
The Summer Reading Program had online registration which was well received, and thus will be continued.  This year students recorded minutes read rather than books read.  This too, was well received and will be continued.
Enrollment in the Summer Reading Program was 245 youth (a record number), and collectively they read for 113,880 minutes.

The library participated in Vermont Reads.  The book, “Brown Girls Dreaming” was discussed; the movie “Selma” was shown, and a speaker addressed Black Lives Matter, among other programing around the book.
Both the Art Bop program featuring local artists, and The Renaissance Faire featuring Renaissance related activities for all ages were popular programs.
The Eclipse Party, too, was very popular. 130 people attended.

After school programs have commenced.

The library staff was evaluated in September.

There is a new interlibrary loan process called Clover, and all the staff have been trained in its use.

As they have in the past, the library is collection donations of Halloween candy to be distributed to residents of Main Street and environs who are inundated with trick or treaters.

The library also gives out treats, but those are self-funded.

New Business

The facilities committee will address how to move forward after the defeat of the bond issue. In response to a query from Pat, John Tague said that the $200,000 sum targeting library renovations was an estimate derived from the architects work.

The next Joint Board meeting will be held in April 12, 2018.

Kathy made a motion to adjourn, and we adjourned at 7 PM.

Respectfully submitted

Rev. Elizabeth Griffin, secretary.

 on: October 16, 2017, 01:29:56 PM 
Started by Rev. Elizabeth - Last post by Rev. Elizabeth


Fairfax Community Library Board of Trustees Meeting
October 17, 2017
5:00 PM – Fairfax Room

•   Call to Order

•   Approval of minutes of October 5, 2017 meeting

•   Treasurer’s Report

•   Correspondence
•   New Business

o   Policy for unpaid time off for part time library employees

o   Budget Preparation (due Nov. 2)

o   Other

•   Adjourn

 on: October 16, 2017, 11:31:41 AM 
Started by ssweet - Last post by ssweet
Good morning all.  The Senior Lunch at the Fairfax Fire Station will be Chicken Parmesan and for desert apple crisp.  Sounds good to me!  Lunch at noon.  $5.00 catered by Steeple Market.

 on: October 14, 2017, 11:34:17 AM 
Started by dvallett - Last post by dvallett
A benefit will be held for Dale and Rhoda Hunt of Fairfield who were seriously injured in a motorcycle accident last August, just weeks after their 50th wedding anniversary. Both had to be airlifted to the UVM Medical Center. Rhoda is now in rehab but Dale remains in critical condition. Dale was a self-employed trucker before retiring recently.

The benefit auction and dance will raise money for medical expenses and home modifications. It will be on SATURDAY, October 28 at Magnan's Barn (formerly Wright's Bus Garage), Rte. 108, in Enosburg (~6 mi. North of Bakersfield).

The live auction and silent auction start at 3 PM with food and beverage available. Donations are wanted for both.

Music and dance are from 7-11 PM (BYOB with ID required). Live music by the Buck Hollers (www.buckhollers.com)

Call Elroy Hunt at 802 933-9091 or Mona Smith at 802 933-4811 for more information.


 on: October 13, 2017, 08:51:48 AM 
Started by Library Assistant - Last post by Library Assistant
The Book of Swords         Gardner Dozois, Editor
Deep Freeze            John Sandford
Mind Game            Iris Johansen
Provenance            Ann Leckie
Pulse                  Felix Francis
Smile               Roddy Doyle
A Snow Country Christmas      Linda Lael Miller

Voices from the Attic: The Williamstown Boys in the Civil War   
Carleton Young

Leonardo da Vinci            Walter Isaacson
The Woman Who Smashed Codes   Jason Fagone

 on: October 11, 2017, 10:35:16 AM 
Started by Fairfax Librarian - Last post by Fairfax Librarian
New Materials 10/11/17
Caroline: Little House, Revisited         Sarah Miller
A Casualty of War               Charles Todd
Children of the Fleet            Orson Scott Card
The Core                     Peter V. Brett
Crimes of the Father            Thomas Keneally
Dinner at the Center of the Earth   Nathan Englander
Don’t Let Go                  Harlan Coben
Fairytale                     Danielle Steel
Fierce Kingdom                  Gin Philips
Fresh Complaint               Jeffrey Eugenides
An Irish Country Practice         Patrick Taylor
The Obelisk Gate               N.K. Jesimin
Manhattan Beach               Jennifer Egan
Merry and Bright               Debbie Macomber
Paris in the Present Tense         Mark Helprin
The Reluctant Queen            Sarah Beth Durst
Righteous                     Joe Ide
The Rules of Magic               Alice Hoffman
Second Chance Girl               Susan Mallery
Sleeping Beauties               Stephen & Owen King
The Stolen Marriage            Diane Chamberlain
The Stone Sky                  N.K. Jesimin
To Be Where You Are            Jan Karon
The Unquiet Grave               Sharyn McCrumb
What the Hell Did I Just Read      David Wong
Winter Solstice                  Elin Hilderbrand
The Witches’ Tree               M.C. Beaton

4th Rock from the Sun: The Story of Mars   Nicky Jennifer
Ageless Soul: The Lifelong Journey Toward Meaning and Joy
Thomas Moore
This Blessed Earth: A Year in the Life of an American Farm Family      Ted Genoways
Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign
in American History      Katy Tur
We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy   
Ta-Nehisi Coates

Grant   Ron Chernow

Fiction Audiobooks
The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir      Jennifer Ryan
Proving Ground               Peter Blaunder
What the Duke Desires         Sabrina Jeffries

New-to-Us Materials
‘Wichcraft: Craft a Sandwich into a Meal--and a Meal into a
Sandwich   Tom Coliccho
Chocolate   Linda Collister
Principal’s House   Fairfax School Board
Truth Facts: The Truthiest Truths and Factiest Facts of Everyday Life      Mikael Wulff & Anders Morgenthaler

Big Boggle

 on: October 10, 2017, 07:51:04 PM 
Started by Henry - Last post by Henry
Unofficial Results:

Yes - 412

No - 998

 on: October 10, 2017, 01:24:00 PM 
Started by dvallett - Last post by mkr
Wish I had been in town to go!  I hope it went great Dave.

 on: October 10, 2017, 10:52:06 AM 
Started by Rev. Elizabeth - Last post by Rev. Elizabeth
The meeting was called to order at 6:32 by chair Pat Gallant. Present were: Debbie Landauer,  Liz Griffin, Janel Gamm, and Chris Fearon.
The minutes of the August 17 meeting were read and Chris made a motion to approve and they were accepted.
Eric, in absentia, delivered the financial data.  The balance in the checking account is $292.44 and in the savings account, $2334.52. Chris made a motion to approve, and the report was accepted.
Pat received a letter from Jeanette Blair, chair of the Vermont Library Committee thanking the trustees for allowing Debbie to help plan the Vermont Library Conference for 2018.
Debbie is Vice Chair of the Public Library section of the Vermont Library Association.


Chris attended the first information meeting about the upcoming bond issue that includes changes to the library as well as the rest of the school facility.

New Business

The Joint Board Meeting will be held Thursday, October 12.   Potential agenda items for this meeting were discussed.

A discussion ensued about whether or not to open the library on the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend as it is closed the Thursday and Friday, of the Thanksgiving holiday, but in the past numerous years has open on Saturday but with low usage.  A concern was raised about creating precedents that would in the future preclude change.  It was mentioned that the library had very few patrons on the last 2 year’s Thanksgiving Saturdays.  A motion was made by Liz to close the library on 11/25, the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  It was approved.
The public will be given ample notice of this change

A logistical issue arose with the delivery of informational signs ordered for the library.  In order to pay for them from the capital improvement monies allocated to the library, the signs should have arrived in the library before June 30.  This did not happen.
Joy paid the approximately $1000 bill out of her funds, and the Community Library will pay  for what Debbie and Joy decided were signs targeted to the public aspect of the library.  The FCL  share of the  bill of $327.25 will be paid out of the Community Library roll-over fund. A motion was made to use the rollover funds for this purpose and it was approved.

Liz suggested that we find a way to partner with a public library in Puerto Rico that needs help restoring its collection.  She will investigate this.

On November 4 there is a  Vermont Library Association/VTLIB Trustees and Friends conference  and Chris will attend.

After considerable discussion two dates were picked for discussion of the 2018 library budget.
The dates are: 10/17 and 10/26.

To discuss a personnel issue, at 7:35 the trustees  went into executive session on a motion made by Chris.  The trustees came out of executive session at 7:48.
Chris made a motion that Debbie create a draft of a policy addressing unpaid leave for the FCL staff, and have it available for the next meeting.  The motion was approved.

At 7:55  trustees went back into executive session to discuss staff evaluations ( with the exception of Debbie’s evaluation)
They came out of executive session at 8:10.
Liz made a motion to accept the evaluations of Lara, Nicole, and Karin.  They were approved.
The trustees thanked Debbie for the time and effort she invested in getting them. Debbie’s evaluation by the trustees will be done after the budget work is complete.

The meeting  was adjourned at 8:20.

Respectfully submitted

Rev Elizabeth Griffin, secretary.

 on: October 09, 2017, 09:18:24 PM 
Started by johnmitchell - Last post by nhibbard
If people are complaining now about what they think are frills, know that many schools had these frills decades ago. Taxes always go up, they will always go up and you can never know what the state or federal changes will be. Voting to only do a small part makes the whole project cost more in the long run. Costs always go up, bond rates might changes, something else might break that needs to change funding. There is know way to know what might happen. If you're worried about how much this will cost, why not go back and look at what the upgrades to schools cost your parents relative to their means. I don't ever remember hearing so many people complain about funding for schools. Salaries I'm willing to debate but construction seems illogical.

It will only ever cost more to do this project no matter what you do. A portion of this seems to be code upgrades that would be mandated no matter what you do. If you only do part and then code changes before your next phase, guess what, more code upgrades. Do it all now to code and you're covered for what you know now.

This project does not make Fairfax cutting edge. It makes it relevant related to facilities. I can't say it enough, this only upgrades the school to what most decent schools had two decades ago. This provides opportunities to host events that cannot or would not come here otherwise. A gym instead of a multi-use rooms allows focus on athletics, while still being available for a large event. An auditorium gives more comfort for large events, proper presentation for plays, music and presentations. Upgrades to common areas gives pride in the environment you're working in.

FYI, you can't fit a backpack in most of the lockers I saw in the middle school.

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