Dexter Free Library Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes 10/17/2020

Present:  Jennifer Thomas, Jean Butler, Liz Bourcy and Rebecca Hall

Excused: Linda Carroll, Marcia Schryver, Amy Kenney and Sabrina Dettmer

Meeting called to order at 7:12 pm

Treasurer’s report:  Long range funds report handed out.

Director’s report – In person visits up from August, more children’s books being taken out. All other activity about the same.

We now have Zoom license to help with reading program.  The October 10th Doodler class was filled. There were no sign-ups for 10/17/2020 so no class. Next class will be 10/24/2020 at 10:00 AM. 

Video PSAs  are now on Facebook and Instagram and will be continued. Have had a good response.

Effective 09/30/2020 a Paid Sick (and Safe) Leave Law Act is in place for part-time employees. More information needed as to how this applies to our staff. Board may have to modify our current plan.

NCLS has proposed that all libraries put in place a formal pandemic plan. Should document which staff positions can be done remotely.  Word Press is not yet up and running thru NCLS.  Appears some options on the site will be at a fee to the library if we choose to use them.   All reports are transitioning to on-line submission. NCLS is requiring all on-line by 2021 but is allowing for a little leeway for all to catch up.

Dexter Library is a “Fine Fee Discharge” library.  Others are charging for books brought back by due date but then have to be held the 5 quarantine days thus making it overdue.

NCLS is hosting educational Zoom meetings concerning Minumin Standards for Libraries and although Jen will be partaking in them, she would like some Board members to also sign-up just to be sure we all are all on the same page with information given.  Meetings will be November 4th from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and again from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  Also on December 2nd from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and again from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  The class is the same on each given day, just showing at 2 different times to accommodate schedules. Please let Jen know which class you could take and she’ll then forward the email for the meeting to you.

Jen is hosting a Zoom Game Night on Friday, November 6, 2020 at 7:00 PM – “I Should Have Known That”.  Teams must sign-up, maximum number of teams is 12. Each team will receive a white board with dry erase markers.

High Hill Excavation has advised they will do our snow removal again this year. Picnic tables will be folded and locked under a tarp at the back of the building. As we amass large items, should look in the Spring for a storage shed.

Meeting adjourned 7:51 pm.                                      Respectfully submitted, Jean Butler