Northumberland Public Library’s Board of Trustees held their Annual Meeting on September 9 in the library’s Meeting Room. The Board elected four new board members: Queen Jordan, Philip Gainous, Bruce Craig and Larry Wagner. Two members completed their terms: Sue Eades and Rives Hardy.
Library officials welcomed the new Trustees, and are excited by the talents that they bring to the library. “We offer a hearty thanks to our departing Trustees who both stated that they intend to stay involved with the Northumberland Public Library,” said Library Director Alice Cooper.
Other business items included a change in the Bylaws to accommodate up to 14 members of the Board of Trustees and an Amendment to personnel policies to provide annual leave for part-time employees who work at least 20 hours per week. A report from Board of Trustees President Eve Jordan described an upcoming visit from library consultant John Moorman to discuss library expansion. A report on Ye Olde Book Shoppe showed a slight increase in income over the previous fiscal year, as well as telling a story about an interesting and valuable book donation.
Treasurer Linda Morris provided financial reports and the updated budget for FY2016; Ways and Means Committee Chair Mason Brent described the new process for mailing Annual Appeal letters; kudos were given to Bryna Brennan for conducting a successful Arts Alive event on September 5; and Library Director Cooper’s report included FY2015 statistics showing increases in all areas including circulation, attendance and library cards. Cooper also reported that the Summer Reading Program, led by Children’s Program Coordinator Jan Bates, experienced a 40 percent increase in attendance this summer.