Trustee Minutes

Minutes of the Richard Sugden Library Trustees Meeting

Richard Sugden Library


July 20, 2020

In Attendance:

Cheryl A. Donahue, Director

Katie Smith, Children’s Librarian

Mary Anne Slack, Chair

Alyson Russo, Trustee

Lynn Dobson, Trustee

The meeting was called to order at 4:30 PM.

Lynn made a motion to nominate Mary Anne Slack as the new Trustees Chair. The motion was seconded by Alyson Russo. Motion passed unanimously.

Children’s Room Report:

  • In compliance with library policy all books are quarantined for 3 or more days.
  • There are no plush furniture or toys in the children’s room
  • 58 toddler/pre-K programs were offered from April 10- June 30 plus 44 programs are scheduled for July and August.
  • Three Imagination Station videos on YouTube are available for viewing with more to come!
  • Teen Mania You Tube videos have had no response at this time
  • Invitations to teens to participate in writing, Dungeons and Dragons and the Haunted History walk research has yielded no responses at this time.
  • There was no response from the Kindness Rocks for the garden email.
  • Grab and Go packets have been made for pre-k – grade 5 .
  • Summer programming has been postponed.
  • A new iPad will be ordered to replace one that does not work.
  • Katie is reviewing for purchase new seating which can be easily cleaned.

Director’s Report:

  • Cheryl Participated in a Department Heads meeting remotely on June 25th.
  • Cheryl attended a webinar, “Supporting Digital Users.”
  • Cheryl attended Town Meeting on June 30th.


  • Wendy O’Leary’s “Pause” meditation program is held remotely on Tuesday morning.
  • Library staff has offered remote programming through FaceBook
  • Communication with patrons continues through “Constant Contact”.
  • Curbside services began on June 8th. It has been well received.


  • Guardian updated the library’s firewall.
  • Outdoor furniture funded by a grant was delivered to the library.
  • MPC readied the air-conditioning system for the summer. Repairs to the boilers will be done in the near future.
  • Jon Stehr has started installation of service desk shields.
  • Cheryl has been informed by Bill Krukowski, Superintendent of Utilities & Facilities we are on hold for the roofing project until the town learns if it received a grant for gutters.

Lynn made a motion to add Alyson Russo’s name to the Trustees’ account at Cornerstone Bank. Mary Anne seconded the motion. Vote was unanimous.

Meeting adjourned at 5:33 PM

Next meeting: August 10, 2020 at 4:30 PM.