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May 2018 Board Minutes

May 2018 Board Minutes

Swanton Public Library

Board of Trustees

May 9, 2018


The regular meeting of the Swanton Public Library Board of Trustees was held on, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. In attendance at the meeting were:

Becky Rupp, Chair

Kathy Kneebone, Secretary

Paul Foisy, Trustee, via phone

Michelle Beaulieau, Director


  1. The meeting was called to order at 7:05
  2. Motion to accept the April minutes (PF/KK) motion passed.
  3. No Treasurer Report this month.
  4. Director’s Report: See detailed report, attached.
  5. Board Issues: The Memorial Day Bicycle Parade is Monday, May 28. Bike decorating will take place at the Central School at 1pm. Flyers for this event will go home in the Wednesday Weekly at school.

* Storage issues continue at the library. There are bookshelves that need to be put together that will help with some storage. There was discussion of removing the broken furniture from the King’s Daughter’s Room Becky will send a letter reminding them that this needs to be done and that we will be throwing out the broken furniture after May 31st. The Library will have items for sale at the Town Yard Sale.

*Upcoming programs include The John Gailmor concert, The Traveling Story Teller, Mr. K and Virginia’s Story Telling at the Depot, Saragail Drumming workshop, and Birds of Prey event in August. The library is looking to team with the Swanton Art Council to bring a book program from Corrina Thurston “How to Build Your Art Business with Limited Time or Energy”.

*Becky went through a list of concerns that need to be addressed. They included: The general appearance of the library, staff needing to be better informed, staff being unfriendly and unwelcoming, and catty remarks being heard by the public.

* In trying to improve our relationship with the Swanton Art council it was suggested that we have a sit down meeting with the Art Council to open conversation and improve the relationship.

*Becky presented the Bylaws and Mission Statement to be voted on by the board. The motion was made to accept both. KK/PF Motion and second, Motion passed.


  1. Entered Executive Session at 8:25 to discuss potential Trustees to replace Bob Bessette. Exited Executive Session at 8:45 with no action.
  2. The Meeting was adjourned at 8:50.


  1. The Next scheduled Board meeting is Wednesday, June 13, 2018.





Respectfully Submitted,

Kathy Kneebone, Secretary


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