March 2018 Director's Report

 Director’s Report
Trustees Meeting
Tuesday, March 5th 2018
5:30 PM
Dear Trustees,
            I apologize for the delay on my report. The library weathered the storm ok, we did have water in the basement along with water coming through our 2nd floor windows. Our biggest casualty was the Friends of the Library’s computer; which I believe we can replace with one of our old computers. We do need to reseal the windows in the near future.
            Tomorrow’s meeting will be full. I am bringing some carpet samples for the Children’s Room. I believe it is time to replace this carpet, it is my hope to use carpet tiles to elongate the longevity of the carpet moving forward. I would like to incorporate some of the gray carpet from the adult section space and add some color. This will unify the two floors of the library. I will also be bringing a list of furniture samples along with pictures to further update the room.
            I will also be bringing a draft of our signage project. As I have mentioned in the past, we do not have any wayfinding signage in the library, this has impacted visitors of the library by not know where anything is. It is my hope that not only will this introduce a higher level of professionalism to the look of the library, but also encourage visitors to explore all we have to offer here.
            I currently am working with a plumber to upgrade our fish pond and bring it back close to its original glory. A copper pipe is going to be installed across the rock to bring back the waterfall feel.
            I would like to have a discussion about our Summer hours. In the past, the library’s hours are reduced every Summer. I do not think this is serving our patrons appropriately. I would like to look into expanding these hours. Last year, I did add Wednesday evening back into our Summer schedule, but I think a full day on Saturday is needed, instead of 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.
            I am working towards filling the Head of Children’s Services position. We have had a few strong applicants. The position has been posted on the MBLC website, along with and the Town’s website. I have attached the posting to this email.
On the programing front we have:
Best of Luck Meghan Malone!
Friday, March 16th, 12:00-2:00 pm
Please join us for Meghan Malone’s last day at the Turner Free Library. She will be missed by staff and patrons alike. Pizza will be served for lunch.
Meet Children’s Book Author Mark Parisi
Saturday, March 17th, 2:00 pm- 3:00 pm
Come meet the middle-grade author and illustrator of the “Marty Pants” series. Mark will talk about his life as a children’s book author, draw illustrations for the audience, and be available for autographs at the end of the program.
We Are Randolph: Stories of Belonging to Our Diverse Community:
Saturday, March 31st, 1:00-2:45pm True Story Theater offers a powerful and unique artistic forum for people from different cultural backgrounds, who live or work in Randolph, to hear and honor the wide array of experiences, share their stories, be affirmed, and connect to each other.
Teens Teach Teens: Special Effects Makeup: Wednesday March 7,
4:00pm-5:00pm. In this teen led workshop, teens age 11-17 are invited to learn, create, and apply special effects makeup from experts Sade Ratliff and Sawyer Strouth. This program is sponsored by a generous grant from the Rhyme and Reason Fund. Please register in advance on our website.
 Babysitter Safety Training: Saturday March 3, 9:00am-12:00pm.
Babysitter Safety Certification Course taught by South Shore Safety for teens and tweens ages 11-17. This course is 3 hours long and requires registration and completion of a short homework assignment before the class. Please register using the link and the homework assignment will be emailed to you. This class (including certificate), snacks, and a basic first aid kit is provided by a generous grant from the Rhyme and Reason Fund.
I hope to see everyone on March 6th at 5:30.
Thank you,
Meaghan James
Library Director
Submitted: 3/5/2018