Board of Trustees


Feb. 16, 2017 

Present:  Thom Forbes (President), Joan Vaillancourt (Director), Joanna Riesman (Treasurer), Diana Jaeger (Secretary), Lauren Casper; Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman, and Michele Ankuda (Friends).  

Susan Morduch, the new board member of the WLS, came by the meeting to introduce herself since she is representing the Rivertowns libraries and the Greenburgh Library.  

Minutes:  The minutes of our Jan. 17, 2017, meeting were amended and approved. 

Funds:  Budget status report shows Library to be in pretty good shape, though due to the many necessary repairs, we are currently over budget on the Repair line by about $21,000.  Plan is to draw from the $45,191 surplus to cover the deficit; Fran Frobel said we could wait until early May to transfer the money.  

Plans for next year’s budget include increases in water and repair budget lines, plus the  personnel line, the retiree line, and the health insurance line. 

Building in General:  The valve actuator (which controls the opening and closing of the valves for the boiler) has been replaced.  We have a proposal from Automated Control Logic (ACL) to install a Cyberstation Graphical User Interface (GUI) to provide online access for monitoring and programming the heating and cooling system and other elements of the Building Management System. 

Fran Frobel is talking to a company who is investigating the feasibility of installing solar panels on the roof.  Verizon is interested in installing a tower on either the Library or Village Hall roof.  If either company uses the Library roof space, they will be required to install a new roof. 

Talks continue with the movie scouts who are interested in filming part of  “I Think We’re Alone Now,” starring Peter Dinklage and Elle Fanning. 

Building Equipment:  James Engel of New Rochelle has submitted a proposal for the audio and video upgrade.  He will provide a high-definition projector and DVD player and provide wireless assistive hearing devices.  Friends of the Library will pay for the new system.  It may be ready for the March 12 movie screening.

Digital Archives:  Joan is looking into proposals for digitizing the Rivertowns Enterprise, so that back issues could be accessible online at the Library.  (Back issues are currently available on microfiche.)   Fun fact:  The Enterprise takes its name from the Star Trek starship Enterprise. 

Adult Programs:  Talking Pictures with Harvey:  Feb. 19 – “Heart of a Dog.” 

Senior Art Workshop:  Feb. 20 – Georgia O’Keeffe

John Maggiotto’s art display, “Hillside Woods,” will open Feb. 26 and remain up through April 23.

Feb. 28 – Doug Rushkoff’s “Generation Like”

March 12 – screening of “The Little Prince” with Mark Osborne

Children’s Programs:  Continuing programs:  Let’s Pretend (Wednesdays at 10 and 10:45), Out of the Book (Wednesdays at 1pm), and Story Time with Phyllis (Thursdays at 1pm). 

Art Workshops planned for Monday, Feb. 20 (grades K-2 and grades 3-6)

Friend’s Report:  Michele Ankuda is making plans for June event honoring Harvey Lerner, host of Talking Pictures for over 10 years.  Date is Sunday, June 4; tentative theme is “Lights, Camera, Harvey.”

Next Meeting:  9am Tuesday, March 14