Richard Sugden Library
August 8, 2023
Cheryl Donahue, Director
Katheryn Smith, Children’s Room
Mary Anne Slack, Chair
Alyson Russo, Trustee
Marie Norcia, Trustee
Jeff Bridges, Town Administrator
Meeting was called to order at 12:28 p.m.
Alyson made a motion to approve minutes from last meeting.
Marie seconded. Motion approved.
Maryanne made a motion to approve LiRo proposal. Alyson
seconded. Motion approved.
Maryanne made a motion to update our patron behavior
policy. Remove the policy regarding no photo/video allowed.
Alyson seconded. Motion approved.
*Community Connections held Kids Yoga and Books and
Blankies story time programs in July. They also joined us for
several events at Powder Mill Park.
*Drop-in activities continue in children’s dept.
*Deb Hutchins led a Music and Movement program at Powder
Mill Park. We also hosted Music at the Blissful by Evan Hallor
and The Charmings (storytelling princesses) at the park.
*We Read It newsletter goes out monthly.
*We postponed Pumpernickel Puppets until October due to
*Katie has held Teen Advisory Group monthly.
*Big Truck Day was hosted by the Spencer Highway Dept. with
Police, Fire, Highway and EMS participating.
*Diane Johnson led two programs for teens (Funky Wall Art &
decorating masks). She is interested in doing more programs
in the fall.
*We had a martial arts program at the Town Hall presented by
*Katie led the annual Are You Smarter than a Librarian Quiz
Show for teens with Cheryl and Amy.
*August 8th Out of the Ark will present live animals at the
Spencer Fish & Game.
*Amy led Crafty Wednesdays this summer (will continue
*Katie has been talking with Spencer Police and Fire Dept. to
arrange safety presentations for patrons.
*Katie has been communicating with the Town Hall and Pine
Grove Cemetery to try and secure a venue for the Haunted
Walk this year.
*Sewing program and Dungeons and Dragons will start up
again this fall.
*Katie attended a cataloging webinar on creating Brief Records
on July 26th
*Katie and Cheryl attended a webinar on How to Fight Book
Bans and Stand Up for the Right to Read with author Ashley
Hope Perez on August 2 nd .
*Pause meditation program is held Tuesdays with Wendy
*”Coffee Chat” held Monday mornings with 12 attendants each
week. Mary Baker Wood helped facilitate the conversation at
*Wednesday morning weekly neighborhood strolls began July
5th . We visited The Spencer Fair Grounds, Mechanic Street,
Main Street and Friendly Ass Farm.
*Thursday watercolor painting series with Deb Kirk began on
July 20th .
*Denise delivered items to homes of patrons unable to visit the
*Jazz trio “Whisper Not” preformed at the American Legion on
July 17th .
*Drumming circle for all ages was held at Powder Mill Park on
July 13th and August 1st and the Town Hall on July 27th .
*Adult book discussion group met on July 25th .
*Story Walk (funded by Cultural Council), “Gregory the
Terrible Eater”, was set up at Thibault’s Country Store. Free
books were distributed to families.
*Cheryl completed ARIS state report and submitted on July
*New staff member, Bill Belisle started working on July 8th .
Weatherization was completed on July 6th .
Next Meeting is September 5th at 12:30.