March 2016 Meeting Minutes


Attendees:  Maureen Haley President, Tammy Cotter Vice President, Belen Wieler-Hawes VP Communications, Erin Tuomi Youth Librarian and Julie Maneikis.


President’s Update:  The Friends have applied for Liability Insurance and are waiting for the estimate from Page Ins. in Newburyport.  Eileen Silva has decided to step down from the Board as Treasurer and will be a volunteer.  Maureen will be handling the financials.The Friends now have a debit card for the checking account with Newburyport Five Cent Savings Bank to use for purchases as needed.  The Friends account balance is $13,751.66 and the Endowment balance is $12,977.61. Maureen met with Mary Leary, Jean Ackerly, Gene Smith, and Melissa Mashburn at the Essex County Community Foundation.  The transfer of the Lois W. Smith Endowment funds, currently held by the Friends, to ECCF to manage is in progress.  The public will be made aware of how to donate to the fund in the future as soon as the Friends have that information

Vice President Update: Membership:  125 active members. Many generous donations have been received and we thank the community for their outpouring of support for the library.  Book Sales RoomSales this month were $144.00! Please come in and browse the like-new books that the Friends have for sale.  Children’s books are now 2/$1 paperbacks, Chapter, and young soft cover books, $2 hardcover picture books, $1 baby board books, and $5/bag.  Look for the new banner and signs that Tammy purchased and created.  A new “Open” sign will be installed soon.

Tammy met with the vendor and Dick Passeri for an assessment of shelving needs in order to capitalize on the space and received a workable quote including installation that falls within the amount raised for this purpose through the Restaurant Fundraisers.  The Friends will be able to purchase much-needed shelving for a small section of the Children’s area as well.  There was unused, available shelving in storage at the library that will be utilized too.  (Tammy crawled around in there counting and sorting with Dick Passeri – thanks Tammy and Dick!).  We will keep you posted on the progress with pictures on this site and on Facebook!

Tammy’s volunteer crew of Ashley Remignanti, Meira DiNardi, Deb Pike, Caron Soond and library Trustee Dick Passeri reached new milestones in culling and organizing books donated daily by our faithful patrons.  On the last Saturday of March, More Than Words (, will be picking up 1,000 unsalable books to donate to the less fortunate.  Also, Tammy found out that the Consentino School in Haverhill was flooded and lost their entire library of books so the Friends will donate 3 large boxes of books to them as well.

VP Communications Update:  Belen is in contact with Berkshire Natural regarding having them install a vending machine in the library lobby.  It would contain their healthy alternatives for snacks. This would serve two benefits.  One, it would be a better option than buying expensive junk food across the street and two, the Friends would receive a steady stream of income from commissions. She is also in contact with Michael’s Harborside for setting a date to hold a Paint Night Fundraiser.  The Friends are beginning to think about a Plant Sale date for the spring – yay!  The first day of spring is the 20th!  The question of joining the Chamber of Commerce came up during a discussion for future advertising ideas and Maureen will pursue the Chamber for details.

The School Days Tea Collection raised $63.00 and the Friends appreciate everyone’s support by purchasing beautiful items on their website! The funds will be designated to the Children’s Library for supplies, programs, etc.  The Restaurant Fundraisers have been successful:  Not Your Average Joe’s raised 384.90; the  owner of Oregano’s Restaurant, Claude Elias, has been very generous to the Friends once again and added extra money to the amount that was raised in order to make up for the inclement weather we had during it, bringing the total to $250.00.  Thank you Claude!  On Monday, March 7 from 5pm to 9pm, the Friends hold a fundraiser at Otto’s Pizza and Belen will be there with our sign, “Thank Your for Supporting the Friends of the Newbury Town Library”.  Otto’s donates 8% of Delivery and/or Takeout sales back to the Friends.  Please stop by, say hello and pick up a delicious pizza to go!

Interim Library Director News:  Jean Ackerly was unable to attend today’s meeting.

Youth Librarian News:  Tuesday, June 28th from 12-4pm is the Summer Reading Kickoff!  Erin has arranged to have Mandy Roberge painting Henna tattoos, Orange Leaf Yogurt Truck, and Sinha Capoeria of Boston – a school that teaches an explosive, high intensity workout system.

For the sports-themed Summer Reading Program, Erin is planning to invite Parkour Boston ($195 for a workshop) to teach a class focused on exploring and moving within one’s environment and include a number of games, exercises and drills to improve balance, coordination, strength, spatial awareness and flexibility while having fun.  To make the program as physically active as possible, she is looking for donations of new yoga mats, a volley ball set and promotional items such as water bottles, hats, etc.if there is a business owner in the greater community that could help make that possible. Since there will be raffles and prizes, a donation of a Fitbit would be perfect!

She has several authors booked this spring (at no cost) and WhirlAway Sports in Methuen will be hosting a Thursday night program for families regarding sports injury prevention, date to be determined.

Thanks to Tammy for ordering and purchasing items on Erin’s Wish List for Constructive Playthings with the Friends new Debit Card!  They are sturdy, safe and age-appropriate for early learners.  Please bring the kids in to play with the Curved Sensory Balance Board, an Easy Roller Police Truck, Fire Truck and School Bus, a Softscape Tunnel Climb On, Cushy Cube Builders & Patchwork Crawly Mat!

Erin shared information regarding how the Wilmington Library hosts a “Welcome to Wilmington” Reception twice a year for newcomers.  It involves the town hall, post office, realtors and Chamber of Commerce; etc. The Friends will consider this as a way to drive membership in the future.  Belen will ask her contacts at BNLL if we can pass out flyers during the opening parade to atttaction to us in another way.  Kids Half-Day Movie is Friday, March 4 and Maureen will attend to talk up the Friends in hopes of increasing membership and awareness of what the Friends are, what we do and more.

Calendar:  Next Friends Meeting:  Thursday, April 7th, 11:15.  All are welcome!