Library Director’s Report
March 8, 2017
Donations: Patrons-$21.00; R. King-Drawer Organizer for Supplies
Patrons Added: 9
Programming Attendance: 127
(# includes 186 of NHDB)
Ancestry Database Searches: 1,002
Our Winter Reading programs for all ages continued along this month. Weekly prizes were awarded for each of the groups.
Jillian hosted a Penguin Party on Wednesday, February 1 at 6:30 p.m. There were 24 in attendance for this successful event that included an assortment of books, games, movies, and penguin-themed snacks.
Take Your Child to the Library Day was observed on Saturday, February 4 with a Drop-In craft offered.
A Snap Circuit Workshop was offered on Monday, February 6 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
A Valentine Drop-In craft was offered on Saturday, February 11.
Children’s story hours with craft sessions were held on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 a.m. A special Valentine’s Day Party was held on Tuesday, February 14 with 18 in attendance.
Sue and I attended webinars for the upcoming Build a Better World summer reading programs.
Cribbage Games were held on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 p.m.
The Crafty Bookworms met on Friday afternoons from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
A collection of historical books were on display in recognition of Black History Month.
Our Movie Matinee and Lego Build Workshop programs were postponed due to the snowy weather this month. These programs will be rescheduled for March.
Morning Book Review was held on Wednesday, February 15 at 10:30 a.m.
Carol Sanborn presented her Italian Bread Basket Workshop on Monday, February 27 at 2:00 p.m.
The Evening Book Group met on Monday February 27 at 6:00 p.m. This month the group discussed, The Girl on the Train/Paula Hawkins.
Carol Sanborn made a return visit with her Carol & Friends Puppet Show on Tuesday, February 28 at 10:00 a.m. This popular program was held during February School Vacation Week with 33 in attendance.
Tony installed the new American Flag that was ordered due to condition. It was noticed that some tree branches are in need of trimming to prevent tearing in the future. I contacted the Highway Department to request assistance in trimming the branches.
Ed’s Flooring was contacted as it was noticed that some of the new carpet tiles were fraying along the seams. The owner of the company stopped by to trim the tiles and explained that the fraying was normal with wear over time. It would be a concern if the carpet tiles were unraveling which they were not. We will monitor the carpet area for the need to trim additional tiles.
Pest End conducted a monthly inspection on Tuesday, February 14.
Northeast Basements conducted an annual sump pump inspection without issue. A proposal to install a system battery backup was also received and submitted to Town Hall for consideration.
As noted in the Friends portion of my report, carpeting replacement estimates for the first floor are currently under review.
Newton Glass & Garage Door was contacted and replied that last year’s door replacement quote would remain at the same price at this time. Additional expense may be applied for replacement cylinders for the key locks. Further information for this project will be forthcoming as available.
Tony replaced a broken latch for the Rainbow Attic Stairs. He had contacted the company and they sent the replacement part at no charge.
National Library Week
This year National Library Week will be celebrated during April 9-15. Libraries Transform has been selected by the American Library Association as the designated theme. The Friends will provide an assortment of baked goods for visitors during the week.
I have placed a request for a local artisan to share her pottery in the display case for the month of April.
A Laughter Circle Presentation has been scheduled for Wednesday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m. This special program presentation will highlight the levity and fun that is enjoyed by many as they learn at the library throughout the year.
State Library Report
Statistical information for 2016 has been partially entered and is currently a work in progress for this annual report. Completion will be done before the March 31 due date.
The Friends of the Gale Library
The Friends are still are on hiatus and did not have a meeting this month.
Kc Carpets Inc. measured the first floor area and has delivered a proposal for the first floor carpeting replacement project.
Rugs, Rolls, & More was also consulted for a second carpeting estimate. The inspection visit will be planned as soon as possible.
Passes to the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH have been processed and are now available for patron usage.
Just a reminder, that the Friends’ Bake Sale will be held at the March 14 Election. Donations of baked goods would be greatly appreciated.
Their next meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 7 at 1:00 p.m.
* Continue State Library Report
* National Library Week Preparation
* Building Maintenance Projects
Theresa E. Caswell
March 8, 2017