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Friends of the Stowe Free Library Meeting Minutes June 9, 2016 Sep 26 18

Friends of Stowe Free Library

Minutes of Board Meeting June 9, 2016

In attendance: Chair Ronna Ziegel, Caren Goodhue, Bonnie Knight, Dee Reever, Lisa Grady, Cindy Weber, Carol Good, Caren Goodhue, Connie Carrino, Sally Nolan, Carol Stevens and Nancy Stead.

The meeting opened at 3:30 p.m. and the minutes of the annual meeting May 5 were accepted as presented.

Treasurer Carol Stevens presented the budget of FY 2016-2017 for estimates of the income and expenditures of the various departments, a somewhat whimsical process. Some categories are new and untested. As the library is now the sole archive of Stowe Reporter issues, we have budgeted  $1450 for digitizing 10 microfilm reels but we will also ask the Stowe Reporter to publicize that the Friends are financing this project and encourage donations to defray our expenses. Also, the fees for dumping unsalable books donated to the book sale are escalating, Sally Nolan estimates perhaps as much as $400-$500 per year. This year it will be paid out of “unbudgeted expenses” . Ultimately we estimated an income of $27,050 for the year and expenses of $31,511. The difference of $4,461 will be added from the surplus income of 2016 to present a balanced budget.

It was proposed that Theodora Van Hagen Memorial Fund of $1,885 be used for a new Parenting bookshelf. Permission of the family and a query about the propriety of a memorial plaque will be solicited. The issue was moved, seconded and approved.

Cindy requested funds to remove a window between her office and the children’s’ internet area. Conversations between the two areas are intrusive and violate confidential matters. Various pros, cons, and suitability of FSFL funding a town building matter lead to the tabling of the issue for the present.

Membership chair Connie Carrino thanked all those who helped with photographs for this year’s membership letter.

Book sale: Bonnie Knight reminded people that the tables need constant replenishment during the sale. It helps to encourage the people on duty to be vigilant and also, if you are going into the library or driving through town with a few free moments, stop at the sale and do a quick restocking.

A motion to adjourn was made, seconded and passed at 4:40.


Respectfully Submitted,

Nancy Stead, Secretary

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