Board of Trustees

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

The next meeting will be on Tuesday, November 10th at 4:30 PM. Meetings are open to the public. Email the library at 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.

October 1, 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 (Director), Sharon DeLevie (Friends), Sue Feir

Meeting Minutes

The minutes from the September 17th meeting were approved.

Day-to-Day During the Pandemic

Things continue to run smoothly at the Library.

Jeanne has continued to hold her knitting group on the deck. She will be holding her Project Linus meeting on Sunday outside.

Library Hours Amended for COVID

The Village calendar will be printed soon. Due to the current uncertainty, we will not be including Library hours on our page.

We will stick to our current hours for both Columbus Day on October 12th and Veterans Day on the 17th rather than closing early.

We will close early on November 25th, the day before Thanksgiving.

The Library will remain closed on December 26th, the day after Christmas.


Joanna will work with Debbie and Sue to amend personnel policy. Reduced hours for full and part time employees due to COVID have had effect on entitlement to retirement credits in New York State Retirement System.

Debbie will be meeting with the librarians on October 14th to discuss collection development.


Nora Maher’s new season of Let’s Pretend and Telling Tales streaming on Facebook Live was a huge success, with 30+ people tuning in in the morning and 15 in the afternoon. And as of our meeting, there have been 145 views on Facebook.

Helen and Jackie will hold programs on October 12th and November 11th during school holidays. The subject of these programs is TBD.

Debbie and Regina are narrowing down their choice of a book for their 4th-6th grade Book Club.

Arianna Grassia, FMS/HHS Librarian, has asked Debbie to help her 5th graders get their Library cards. They will also try to organize a tour of the Library.

Maya Shanbhag Lang’s discussion of her memoir What We Carry, on September 23rd via Zoom was, in Sharon’s words, “pretty terrific.” Debbie said that Sharon was a great moderator. We still have two signed copies of the book for sale.

On October 14th, Richard Dresser will discuss It Happened Here, his political-fiction debut, in conversation with novelist and essayist Peter Quinn.

Regina is floating the idea of a Read Aloud Book Club.

Tim has been working with Natalie Barry of the Hastings Historical Society and Melanie Hoopes, examining the archives to create some sort of spoken programming about our local history.


The RFP for the website went out on September 30th. Interest has already come in. Responses are due on October 8th. Members of the Friends will be included in the selection committee and a recommendation will be made to the Board at our October 15th meeting.


After a six-week wait, an automatic flusher was installed in the staff bathroom. In addition, the new drains, a new urinal and a new flusher have been installed in the upstairs bathrooms. Joanna, Jacquie, and Tim will discuss new partition and paint colors. A request was also made to power wash the grout and floor tiles in both bathrooms.

Roof Grant Business

The scope of the roof project has been amended to be a roof overlay rather than a full roof replacement. This work costs almost half the price and is guaranteed for 20 years.

Debbie Quinn read the document Assurance: State Aid for Library Construction Program aloud. The full Board voted in favor of signing this document in order to accept grant monies for the roof overlay project.

It is still unclear whether we have to wait for the roof work to begin before something can be done to address the concerns with the structural rebar. Andrew McConnell said that this should have been taken care of years ago and it is a maintenance issue. Questions were raised about the potential for more damage to occur if the work is put off, as well as if the current unsightly stains can be either power-washed or painted over.

Lauren volunteered to pull the weeds off the roof, now that she has become intimately acquainted with the space.


The Friends did an amazing job with their Used Book Sale on September 26th in the Library parking lot. They made $2,400 in three hours. Sharon mentioned that Debbie went above and beyond, and the Friends could not have had their sale without her. In addition, Police Chief Dave Dosin was a great help, supplying saw-horses for directing foot traffic, as well as the muscle to set them up and take them down. Tables have been set up in the Library to continue with the sale.

Next Meeting

Our next remote meeting has been scheduled for October 20th at 4:30pm.