Library Director's Report

January 10, 2018

Library Director’s Report

January 10, 2018






Fines:  $38.00


Donations:  Patrons - $2.20

        Patrons - Books

                    Mrs. Thayer - Assorted Cake Pans


Photocopy:  $19.95


Patrons Added:  9


Programming Attendance:  130


Circulation:  1,840

(# includes 178 of NHDB)


Ancestry Database Searches:  1,143 Searches

Programming Events/Activities

This month the Angel Tree was on display holding gift requests for community members in need.  Gratitude is expressed to the many that generously filled these requests to make the holidays brighter!

This year’s Ladybug award went to Woodpecker Wants a Waffle by Steve Breen.

A Holiday Craft Workshop was held on Monday, December 4 at 6:30 p.m.  Glittery Tree Ornaments and Sparkly Luminaries were created.

A Holiday Movie Matinee featuring The Grinch Who Stole Christmas was offered on Wednesday, December 6 at 2:00 p.m.

Liz Korabek-Emerson returned to continue her Practices that Grow the Brain Library Series featuring a Gratitude Workshop on Wednesday, December 6 at 6:30 p.m.

A Drop-In Children’s Holiday Craft Workshop was offered on Saturday, December 9 during open hours.

A Cookie Swap and Decorating Night was held on Monday, December 11 at 6:30 p.m.

A Healthy and Allergen-Free Holiday Baking Presentation was offered on Wednesday, December 13 at 6:30 p.m.

The Friends’ Christmas Basket Raffle Drawing was held on Friday, December 15.

Story hours on Tuesday mornings were held at 10:00 a.m. with celebrations of Jingle Bells, Polar Express/Jammie Day and the annual Christmas Party.

Morning Book Review was held on Wednesday, December 20 at 10:30 a.m.

Cribbage Games were held on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 p.m.

The Crafty Bookworms met on Friday afternoons at 1:00 p.m.

The Evening Book Group met on Monday, December 18 at 6:00 p.m.  This month the group discussed The Twelve Days of Christmas by Debbie Macomber.

Staff Meeting

A Holiday Staff meeting was held on Friday, December 8 at 9:00 a.m.  A number of policies and procedures were reviewed as Lillian is new to our staff and for the benefit of a refresher to all of us. 

Gale Library Year-End Reports

Drafting has begun for the narrative annual town report.  Statistical information will be obtained after completion of the current year.  All reports are due to Town Hall by January 8.


NHU-PAC ILL Server Outage

The state’s ILL server suffered an outage in early December.  Interlibrary loan requests are now being done through e-mail or phone at this time.  This has added a considerably large volume to routine email usage. Restoring the ILL program is still a work in progress at this time.


Facilities Management

Stark & Cronk of Groveland, MA replaced the restroom and kitchen faucets on Friday, December 1.  A wax seal for the commode was installed as well.

A second estimate for window washing is still pending.

Two banks of lights are out in the J-Room.  It has been determined that a ballast is in need of replacement.  An electrician has been contacted for this matter.

Pest End provided monthly maintenance on Tuesday, December 12.

An arrangement for water sample testing is still in progress.


2018 Calendar

All scheduled closed dates have been entered into the Library’s circulation software.


The Friends of the Gale Library

The Friends met for a brief monthly meeting before the Christmas Basket Raffle on Friday, December 15 at 1:00 p.m.

A meeting schedule change was made from Tuesday, December 12th as a number of members were planning to also attend the raffle drawing on the 15th.

After discussion, a vote of favor was made to provide funding for the installation of ceiling fans, one on the first floor and two on the second floor of the Library.  The work is hoped to be completed sometime this winter.

The Christmas Basket Raffle fundraiser was very successful with proceeds that went over $800.00.  Thank you to everyone who contributed towards this special annual event!

Their next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 6 at 1:00 p.m.



* Continue Year-End Reports

* Library Benchmarking

* Winter Reading Programs



Respectfully submitted,


Theresa E. Caswell

January 10, 2018