Library ready for summer

Fri, 05/21/2021 - 11:15am

A punctual and relatively quick meeting of the Island Free Library Board of Trustees concluded Tuesday with no major issues and
plenty of good news.
The building is increasingly re-hosting organizations and groups and Library Director Kristin Baumann described the year ahead as ”exciting. The staff is ready for the summer. Outside tables are in place, all rooms are open and welcoming.”
The majority of the meeting pored over nut-and-bolts operating and maintenance issues from new windows that were obtained via a Champlin Foundation grant and need to be secured until they can be properly installed; to re-installation of a failed custom
railing and a water fountain.
Much praise went out to Dave Martin for his help in cleaning gutters that had backed up with considerable sludge over time that may have led to water backing into a part of the basement. Martin is also helping install the water fountain out front that will be activated as soon as Covid regulations allow. Trustee Dave Sniffen assisted, putting in considerable volunteer hours in getting the water fountain back “on tap.” The railing, which is not that old, is being reworked and galvanized with Tim Ferland’s assistance.
The trustees were also delighted to learn that the elevator was again operational after delays from the contractor. The HVAC contractor has also been on site and is prepping a new fresh air system.
There has been much confusion over mask-wearing given differing federal and state guidelines. The librarians are planning to continue to wear their masks for now, and plan to follow town protocols. Plexi shields are going to remain in place for the time being, noted Baumann.
The finances are in good shape thanks to long-term planning under the direction of Trustee William “Willi” Feuer who put savings into a series of bank CD’s that now mature every year, paying higher interest rates, but allowing access to cash if needed for surprises.
Trustees were brought up to date on the Friends of the Library who are in the process of “re-imagining themselves” to tap into and grow island-wide support in new ways. The Friends indicated a willingness to pay for the re-worked railings.