Library Director's Report

Library Director’s Report

January 8, 2020



Fines:  $89.80

Donations:  Patrons - $12.60/Books

Photocopy:  $7.25

Patrons Added:  4

Programming Attendance:  85

Circulation:  1,721 (# includes 281 of NHDB)

Ancestry Database Searches:  40


Programming Events/Activities

The Friends’ Christmas Basket Raffle continued this month with drawings held on Friday, December 13 at 1:00 p.m.

The Angel Tree was on display and held holiday gift requests for those in need.  We are thankful to the many that helped to provide joy to others.

A Giant 3-D Sparkling Snowflake workshop was scheduled for Monday, December 2 and Wednesday, December 11 at 6:00 p.m.

A Christmas Basket Workshop was scheduled for Wednesday, December 4.

A Christmas Mason Jar workshop was scheduled for Monday, December 9 at 6:00 p.m. 

Can I Be Your Dog? by Troy Cummings was selected as winner of The 2019 Ladybug Picture Book award with 7,831 votes cast by New Hampshire children.

Baby Play Date sessions were held on the Fridays of December 6 and 13 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Storyhour was held on Tuesday, December 10 at 10:00 a.m. with a gingerbread theme.  One session was held this month due to snow and holiday closures that occurred on Tuesday mornings.

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

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

Morning Book Review was cancelled this month due to the schedule of members.

The Evening Book Group met on Monday December 16 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson.

An Elf Interactive Movie Matinee was scheduled for Wednesday, December 4 at 2:00 p.m. and Friday, December 20 at 2:00 p.m.

Drop-In Christmas craft sessions were held on the Saturdays of December 7, 14 and 21.



I viewed an ALA Booklist webinar titled Reaching New Heights: Winter/Spring Titles for Young Readers.


Staff Meeting

Staff members met on Friday, December 13 at 9:00 a.m.

Various procedures were reviewed along with holiday refreshments.  A decision was made to schedule cribbage games for the spring.


2020 Calendar

All 2020 holidays have been entered in our Follett Destiny software.


Windows 10 Computer

I set up the new HP All-in-One desktop computer that was purchased as a donation from the Friends.  This computer will also be available for public usage.


Facilities Management

The phones were out of service on December 4.  Windstream was notified for repair, service was restored.

A listing of Projected Library Expenditures for 2020 was submitted to Town Hall.  The listing includes various facility management expenses.

We received refills of sand/salt from the Highway Department.

Libby has been shoveling and sanding the porch and walkways for each snow event over 2” this month.

Helen’s Mrs. Clean provided weekly cleaning services.

Pest End visited for monthly maintenance on Tuesday, December 10.

Mr. Pivero, Road Agent, will repair the driveway with asphalt in the warmer weather.


Gale Library Year-End Narrative Report

This annual report was submitted to Town Hall on Monday, December 16.


Display Cabinet

We continued to feature Christmas Basket Raffle items this month.


The Friends of the Gale Library

The Friends met on Tuesday, December 10 at 1:00 p.m.

Discussions were held on the bake sales that are planned for next year.  The Christmas Basket raffle winners were selected on Friday, December 13 at 1:00 p.m.  This annual fundraiser was successful with a great selection of gift cards and baskets. Thank you to all that participated!

Their next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 3 at 1:00 p.m.



*  State Annual Report

*  Statistical Review

*  Programming


Respectfully submitted,


Theresa E. Caswell

January 8, 2020