After a bumpy year, Library reports looking good
The Northumberland Public Library’s annual board meeting went well last Wednesday night. After a year that had some bumps in it, all the reports were upbeat.
The primary matter attended by the board was the election of new officers. Micki Pugh was elected president, Eve Jordan, vice-president, Linda Morris treasurer and Sue Eades, secretary.
Library director Alice Cooper said she “came down hard” about the need for more storage space as she ended her report. She said the small shed behind the library in which books destined for the December book sale are stored is bursting at the seams and more storage capacity is badly needed. Even so, until the library completes its fall fund drive, it won’t be in a position to make capital outlays. Cooper said the library has about $50,000 on hand, which is within the budget and adequate to carry the library until money from the fund drive comes in but “we can’t be extravagant.”
In addition to space, Cooper said the library really needs to install changing tables in its rest rooms and start making plans for obtaining special collections. She noted that there are large quantities of historical materials in private hands in the county and it would be much better for everybody if they could be collected and protected at the library rather than sold to dealers “for pennies on the dollar” when families decide to part with them.
Childrens Librarian Jan Bates had a “terrific” report, Cooper said. Bates advised the Board that participation in the summer’s children’s programs was up 700 per cent over 2012’s participation. A lot of that is attributable to the library’s partnering with the YMCA during the summer just past, Cooper said.