Library Director's Report

Library Director’s Report

February 12, 2020




Fines:  $57.00

Donations:  Patrons - $3.15/Books

Photocopy:  $23.21

Patrons Added:  9

Programming Attendance:  170

Circulation:  1,931 (# includes 309 of NHDB)

Ancestry Database Searches:  75


Programming Events/Activities

Baby Play Dates were held each of the Fridays this month from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

There were 78 in attendance over the 5-week period for this popular program.

Storyhours were held each Tuesday, with themes of Animals in Winter, Mitten Weather, Snowmen and Go for the Gold.

A Build-It Workshop was held on Monday, January 6 at 6:00 p.m.  This workshop focuses on the encouragement of enhancing STEM skills.

A Family Movie Matinee featuring The Lion King was offered on Wednesday, January 8 at 2:00 p.m.  This was an early release day from school.

A Girl Scout Information Night was held on Monday, January 13 at 6:00 p.m.  Information was presented on the activities, programs and opportunities that are available.

Morning Book Review was held on Wednesday, January 15 at 10:30 a.m.

All winter reading programs launched on Tuesday, January 21 with the theme of Go for the Gold!

A Basket Weaving Workshop was held with Carol Sanborn on Wednesday, January 22 at 1:00 p.m.

A Lego Building workshop was offered on Wednesday, January 22 at 3:30 p.m.

Puzzle Day was offered on Saturday, January 25 during open hours.  Visitors entered raffles to win puzzle prizes.

Cribbage Games on Wednesday have been discontinued at this time and hopefully will resume in the spring.

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

The Evening Book Group met on Monday, January 27 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.  Members enjoyed a light tea party along with their discussion.

A Census 2020 Info Presentation was offered on Wednesday, January 27 at 1:00 Ron Morales, Recruiting Assistant with the Concord Area Census office.



I attended part one of the ALA Publishing Small and Rural Library Management Training series webinar titled Supervising Library Staff: A Guide for the Rural Library Manager on Friday, January 24.


JLMC Meeting

I attended this meeting that was held on Wednesday, January 8 at 5:00 p.m. at Town Hall.

An action item was noted to repair the hole at the bottom of the driveway in the spring by Mr. Pivero, Road Agent.

A Newton, NH Emergency Operations Plan was reviewed and updated.

The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 1 at 5:00 p.m.


Windows 10 Computer

I set up the new HP All-in-One desktop computer in the office.  This was the last replacement for our Windows 7 computers that had been in use.


Facilities Management

Helen’s Mrs. Clean provided weekly cleaning services.  Helen provided her updated Certificate of Liability insurance for this year to have on file.

Pest End visited for monthly maintenance on Tuesday, January 14.

Libby continues to be a great help for shoveling and sanding the porch and walkways.

Mr. Pivero, Road Agent, will repair the hole at the bottom of the driveway in the spring as noted previously.

I am gathering financial quotes to have our carpets cleaned in the spring.


Gale Library Year-End Statistics Report

This annual report was submitted electronically to Town Hall on Monday, January 6.


Display Cabinet

This month featured a Friends’ book bag and miscellaneous cake pans to showcase.


The Friends of the Gale Library

The Bag of Books for $1.00 sale has been generating small but steady funds.  The sale will continue until further notice.  There have been many happy readers stocking up on winter reading at such an affordable price.

The first Bake Sale of the year will be held on Tuesday, February 11 at Town Hall for the NH Primary Voting Day. 

The next scheduled meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 3 at 1:00 p.m.



* Continue State Annual Report

* Winter Reading Programs

* Webinars


Respectfully submitted,




Theresa E. Caswell

February 12, 2020