July Librarian’s Report

Correspondence & news – We had a letter from the Post Star re: a $5 per month surcharge for delivery of the paper.  Michael asked me to pass on that he has noticed fewer bills being generated for overdue items since we stopped charging overdue fines.

Personnel –Summer Youth Employment program started June 27 and will run until late August.  Our worker is doing okay.

2nd Quarter programs –Rainbow Nursery brought a class for a library introduction, a story and a rocket launch.  Farm 2 Library restarted in April and has proven to be very popular.  We have a couple of people who are sharing plants from their gardens.  The National Youth Month reading challenge was a big success.  Many thanks to Saratoga County Department of Aging & Youth for the great prizes.  On Draw a Bird Day we handed out How to Draw the Pidgeon sheets.  The Summer Reading Program started June 1 with sign-ups and distribution of forms to keep track of books read through the end of July.  The theme this year is Oceans of Possibilities.

Upcoming programs –Summer Reading Program plans include a song-writing workshop with River Jack Z (AKA Jack Zucchini), rocket launches and building, water test kits are being provided through SALS for a science experiment, and there will be ongoing chances to help decorate Michael’s “aquarium”.  Michael is also working on a variation of story time.  Farm 2 Library continues.  We hope to have a couple of author talks with two ex-Corinthians who have recently published books – Brian Farr will be here August 8, still working on the possibility of having Steve Burke here.  We are also looking to host a painting session for adults.  We are thinking of looking into the idea of collaborating with the SC&H train to do a story train ride.

SALS & Directors’ Council – The hosted migration to a new Polaris environment was completed on April 27th.  Sara reminded us that if we encounter intellectual freedom issues that SALS has our back and can help.  Sara is resuming her visits to members’ board meetings and would like to come here.  I’ll let her know the date of the next meeting and see if that works in her schedule.

Joint Automation Council / Computers –We are starting to get invoices for computer related items, though the PCs are not in yet.  Our PCs have been ordered already but may take longer than usual to get here.  Due to supply issues there will only be one more group order this year.  JA has extended coverage on the oldest PCs (800G3 models) until 12/31/2022 due to this issue.

Friends –We are working toward resuming taking material donations after the summer sale – probably starting in September.  The Book Sale is scheduled for Saturday July 30 from 10-3.  Set up will probably start at 8:30. We may need people to help set up – we couldn’t get names of Honor Society students due to privacy issues.  They did pass our message on to the students, but we have only heard from 1 student as of yet.

Maintenance – Lloyd fixed the back door so that it opens easier.  He is planning to fix the cracks in the cement on the front steps.  Dave Fasulo did some work to modify our plexiglass so that it looks a bit nicer.  I’m hoping to paint the wooden supports in the Fall.

Meetings attended in second quarter 2022 (all were virtual):

  • 4/1                   SALS youth council meeting (Michael)                                           
  • 4/13                 Director’s Council                                                     
  • 5/12                 SALS workshop                                                        
  • 5/16                 SALS Annual Meeting
  • 5/20                 Director’s Council
  • 5/24                 workshop
  • 6/14                 webinar (Michael)
  • 6/15                 Director’s Council
  • 6/16                 webinar