Board of Trustees

Lauren Casper (President), Joanna Riesman (Treasurer), Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman (Secretary), Tim Donahue, Peter Swiderski

The next meeting will be on Thursday, August 13th at 4 PM. Meetings are open to the public. Email the library at has@wlsmail.org if you would like to receive a Zoom invitation.

The most recent meeting minutes will be posted below when they become available. A complete history of minutes is kept on file at the library.

July 16, 2020

Present on Conference Zoom Call Due to Covid-19

Lauren Casper (President), Joanna Riesman (Treasurer), Jacqueline Weitzman (Secretary), Tim Donahue, Peter Swiderski, Debbie Quinn (Interim Director), Sue Feir, Michéle Ankuda (Friends), Sharon DeLevie (Friends)

Re-opening

Juan has done wonders in organizing the Library, with directional arrows, signs, etc.

Re-opening (July 13th) went well. People come in for up to a half hour for browsing or just to pick up holds. Everyone is following the rules. No problems have come up.

Hours will stay the same but the opening time will be changed from 9:30am – 10am to give staff the opportunity to prepare.

Curbside pick-up is continuing.

Afternoon hours seem to be busier than morning hours. Regina is concerned about Saturdays with the Farmers Market, but we will see how that goes and make adjustments as necessary.

There are tables for unwanted items that have been removed from the shelves. These items are then put into quarantine before being returned.

PPE is available at the door for those who need it.

Facilities

There had been talk back in February about the Library getting a construction grant for a new roof and HVAC system, but the Village did not put in for the grant. The work to the bathrooms and the exterior stuccowork seems to be most urgent at the moment.

Sue discussed various possibilities for construction grants the Library can apply to. The HVAC work is estimated at $245,000 and the roof could be close to $400,000.

We had been told that our roof could not accommodate solar panels, but with so many advances in the technology, the question will be asked again.

Considering these tough economic times we will be addressing the necessary plumbing repairs to our bathrooms first and attend to the “pretty” stuff in the bathrooms later. A vote was taken to go ahead with the necessary drain work, and the installation of a new urinal, flusher, and automatic shut-off faucets first.

Programming

Rabbi Mark Sameth’s presentation of his book The Name: A History of the Dual-Gendered Hebrew Name for God on July 8th had 50+ attendees and was a great success.

Libby Copeland will be discussing her book The Lost Family on July 29th at 7:30pm, which explores the ramifications of home DNA testing. Susan Dominus will be moderating.

Read Squared, the online summer reading program, has begun. Judy was able to get $1 off coupons from local merchants as prizes.

Nora has been hosting Let’s Pretend and Telling Tales Zoom classes.

A new series promoting diversity, in collaboration with Hastings RISE, will begin on July 28th. It will be a weekly series of readings of thoughtfully selected picture books for children, with different local readers each week. Nanesha Nunez will be moderating and the first reader will be Debbie Quinn.

Tim brought up the idea of the Library holding its own series on diversity modeled after a program being held in Dobbs.

Website

The members of the board agreed that the Farmers Market website is very nice and we should consider retaining the services of the designer who created it, as their bid was competitive.

Our next remote meeting has been scheduled for July 30th.