Meeting Minutes

Friends of NTL Meeting Sept. 5, 2019 Minutes

Attendees: Maureen Haley, Jean Ackerly, Erin Ouimet, Katie Bourque, Pam Kinney, Tammy Cotter, Linda Rivera, Patty Olson Absent: Joan Friedman

Maureen:  Primary discussion today : Harvest Festival planning. 


  • Prizes/Raffles received so far include $50.00 gift certificate The Poynt Restaurant, 5 tickets Sky Zone Trampoline Park, $50.00 gift certificate Face and Body (spa), Carla Moss items
  • Minutes to be reviewed and approved at the beginning of every meeting
  • Board to reach out to selectman,police,fire to be judges for Pumpkin contest
  • Soup contest (no bread) Title: “Best in Soup”. Bread will be provided as a side
  • Bowls of soup will be sold after voting is closed
  • Harvest Festival will provide: Soup Contest, Mac and Cheese, Children’s craft stations, baked goods table, music (speaker or performer) Raffles and prizes for Soup and Pumpkin Contest.
  • 4 volunteers needed from 10-12 and 4 volunteers 12-2
  • Drop off for Pumpkins Tuesday October 15th through Saturday October 19th by 10:30 a.m.
  • Soups to be delivered by 9:30/10:00 October 19th
  • Set up Friday the 18th @ 3:00 and Saturday the 19th at 9:00


Tammy: Reports on Membership, merchandise inventory, HF input, etc.


  • Will work on sign up genius for Harvest Festival
  • Will reach out to Sue Noyes @ Town Hall in regards to Harvest Festival
  • To provide Mums for Harvest Festival
  • Suggested and will look into providing music for Harvest Festival


Pam: Finance reports, HF input, etc.


  • Signs all set for Harvest Festival
  • 2 grants = $800 ( Cultural Council of Georgetown $400 and Cultural Council Newbury $400)
  • See Handout for Financial report

Patty:  Reports on any items and Harvest Fest ideas, etc.


  • Will contact Newspaper ( Newburyport Daily News and Town Common) with


Information about the Harvest Festival


  • To Provide Corn stalks and Hay bale for Harvest festival


Linda:  Reports on any items and Harvest Fest ideas, etc.


  •  Will provide desserts from Dianne’s Fine Desserts


Joan: (Not present)


  • Will update fliers for Harvest Festival
  • Will assist with crafts for Harvest Festival
  • Will create mini posters

Jean:  NTL reports on grants, Chamber ads, patron attendance at programs, Harvest Fest ideas,                                              


  • Handed out copies of her program plan for FY 2020 and associated costs. Also a handout on formal request for additional money.
  • Request to pay for new sign at $1400 that we would have come fiscal year 2019 but invoice came in fiscal year 2020 friends will provide reimbursement for sign.
  • Older Copier needs replacing. Jean received a quote, will cost $1335/yr to lease a refurbished or $1683/yr to lease new copier. It would be $140. 25/ month. Will yield $900/yr in income. Final annual cost will be $783.
  • Pam (treasurer) informed board that Museum costs will decrease moving forward so it would be ok to spend money on a new color copier
  • Jean requested $600 for Museum Pass registration software
  • Federal Census would like to set up a table at Harvest festival to educate the public about the 2020 census



  • Board voted and approved Jean’s request for funding


Erin:  Additional NTL reports and Harvest Fest ideas, etc.


  • Deadline for submissions for Harvest Festival to be in by Sept 13th
  • Suggested advertising raffle items to draw interest for Harvest Festival in the Newsletter
  • Library will host the Literary Pumpkin Contest at Harvest Festival


Kati:  Reports on Youth activities and Harvest Fest ideas, etc.


*Dads & Donuts starts Sat. Sept 8th.

  • Craft stations for Harvest Festival for Children




  • Harvest Festival October 19, 2019
  • Next Friends meeting October 3, 2019
  • Friends sponsored programs, Childrens Yoga, Aging with Ease Yoga, Writers Workshop and Drumming Circle.


June 11,  2019 Meeting Minutes  and Fiscal Year 2019/2020 Budget
Attendees:  Tammy, Patty, Jean, Pam, Linda, Joan, Kati

Absent:  Tammy and Joan

Maureen, President:   

Agenda and MINUTES in BOLD.

  • Discussed  having Heather Creed (friend of Jean) come next year for Plant Sale to help identify plants.

Pam, Treasurer:​  

Report on the monthly finances including funds raised from the Spring Plant Sale. Present the Fiscal Year 2019/2020 finance plan for the Board’s discussion and vote.

  • Friends budget was approved for the 2019/2020 fiscal year..
  • Pam provided handouts of the proposed budgets and financial summary.

Tammy, Vice President:  

Tammy is unable to attend, but she has requested that the following two items be brought to the Board’s attention today:

Please view and discuss her mockup letter (handout) showing Erin’s creation of a new Friends logo vs. the current one.  I would like us to vote today on whether or not to use the new logo instead of waiting until the fall.

Tammy is planning the Summer Mailchimp Newsletter to include a wrap up of the Spring Plant Sale; thank everyone that helped; let the public know that we are not holding monthly meetings during July & August, but we’ll be back in September to plan the annual Harvest Festival; and another  “Myth vs Fact” item about the Friends. Please let her know of any ideas you have, her deadline is to be determined.

Ideas for Mailchimp:


  • Myth vs Fact was discussed but no definitive decision was made.
  • Jean will provide statistics for how many patrons attend Friends sponsored events.
  • Remind Patrons about Summer Reading for both Adults and Children. Both programs have incentives to encourage reading. Adult Bingo, winner receives a Kindle Paper White. Childrens has a reading bag with added incentives. (see Jean or Kati for more specifics).
  • A YES vote to move forward with new Friends Logo.
  • A YES vote for the board purchasing the Kindle Paper White for Adult summer reading program.


Linda, Secretary:  Reports, etc.


  • Suggested that we look at the Library’s meeting room and see where we could possible help to “spruce” up its appearance and make it more welcoming.


Patty, Planning Assistant:  Reports, etc.

Joan, Project Assistant:

Would like us to discuss ways that we could possibly modify our  “Ask” letter that we send out for raffle donations. (Table for next meeting?)

  • At present time we will keep letter as is and will further discuss at our next meeting.
  • Board is in agreement that all who help and contribute should be acknowledged but requires further discussion.

Jean, Library Director:  Reports, etc.

  • Jean is requesting that the Trustees pay for professional development expenses and not the Friends.
  • Yoga and Drum programs will start in July at a cost of $100.00 each.
  • Trustees have agreed to offset the remainder of the cost for the sign which will cost around 1,700.

Kati, Youth Librarian:  Reports, etc.

  • Shared the brochure for Summer reading and will fix the back of brochure with the Friends new logo.
  • Talked about the Summer reading program. The incentives for reading this summer is a Read and Bead Necklace.


July and August:  No regular monthly meetings will be held.  Please refer to NTL calendar for programs.

Sept. Meeting:  Thursday, Sept. 5,  12:15.

May 2 , 2019 Meeting Minutes   
Attendees:  Tammy, Patty, Jean, Pam, Linda, Joan, Kati
Maureen, President:  Absent
Tammy, VP: (and filling in for President, Maureen)
  • Event presence by Friends – only 1 or 2 a year? Pam is willing to keep attending Friends sponsored events whenever possible. If a board member can attend great but not to feel obligated
  • Patty – Title and interest in taking on newspaper correspondence? Planning assistant was decided on for Patty. Job description to follow. Patty will take over newspaper correspondence moving forward
  • New Logo??  will explain Will explore changing logo,
  • Judi Dettorre to attend meeting? (side note for me!)
  • 84 members
  • Establish set up time on Friday the 17 for the plant sale .1 pm  Patty, Pam, Tammy, Judy, Linda will help set up  
  • Sign up genius and mailchimp for plant sale as well as send an email to all past members
  • cross training on WordPress.  
  • Cross-training on Facebook?  Linda ? (Instagram and Twitter?) Linda will help out with instagram and facebook
  • Set up time to price items for yard sale table: Tuesday the 14th @ 3:30
  • general plant sale discussion
Pam, Treasurer:​
  • Report on monthly finances. See report, books continue to be a strong source of income. The seeds have raised $300 thus far
  • Plant Sale info
  • Discuss signs to use for Plant Sales There is a need to order more plant sale signs so we can put them around town.
Linda, Secretary:
Patty, ok for “Planning Assistant” title. Maureen will create description and update “Board Member” google doc
Joan, Project Assistant:  Signs for raffle, new cd player for childrens room  
Jean, Library Director:  *see spread sheet, over budget by $855.00.  drum circle will be added for 1x month, DPW agreed that they can set up the sign in front of library, Jean will  order the sign
Kati, Youth Librarian: CD player for childrens room : A new CD player is needed. The friends will pay for a new CD player. weather is playing a large part in the increase  attendance , lego collection has been doubled by the Wilmington public library.
Working with Julie Romano  in helping Teens to enjoy reading and finding incentives have teens check out books
Judy suggested a book club for teens as possible way to get teens to read for pleasure
June 11, 12:30, Friends Fiscal Meeting 2019/2020.
July, August & Sept. dates to be determined.
May 17, set up for Plant Sale
May 18, Saturday, Spring Plant Sale, 8:30-12:30.
Sponsored Programs:
May 2, Thursday, Genealogy Speaker, Lori Lyn Price, 6-7pm.
May 22, Wednesday, Author Amy Bass, One Goal..., 6-7pm. (Water Color & Writer’s Workshops are 6 wk programs).

April 4, 2019 Meeting Minutes

Attendees:  Maureen, Pam, Tammy, Linda, Patty and Jean.

Maureen, Pres:  Sent 50 Ask letters for Raffle donations and has secured: The Red Sox will send an autographed item, 4 Blue Man Group tickets, $60 Gift Card for Nathaniel’s Restaurant at the Hawthorne Hotel and 4 tickets to the North Shore Music Theatre so far.  The old books we have in the book sale room were determined to be of no value by a local dealer/appraiser.

Tammy, VP:   Reported that a minimum of 10 sign-ups are needed to move forward with the Yard Sale.  Registration deadline is April 13 and as of today we have had 3 people inquire and 1 definite.  We need to promote it more and Patty will ask if she could put a flyer at the dump.  Linda suggested (and we all agreed, and approved by Jean) that if we want to set up a table after the seeds are gone and put out a donation jar to pay for the items, that may be a way to make money instead of bringing all our stuff to Leward Light.   Tammy invited a new volunteer, Judi Dettorre, to the May meeting.  She passed out a handout from Kati detailing the month’s youth programs.  It was agreed that it was time to begin promoting the Plant Sale and Tammy will ask Joan about the flyer.

Pam, Treasurer:​  She explained the current system of the Friends Fiscal Year Budget and the proposed changes.  The Fiscal year begins July 1 and money is increasing while effort is decreasing. We have about $10,000  in the bank account that is not ear-marked as of today. She projected that we will bring in $13,000.00 this year. She proposed a new finance system to to have a minimum of $5,000.00 in the account at the end of each Fiscal year and to add a new line item for library miscellaneous.  The Board voted in favor. Kati, Youth Librarian, has not spent all of her budget as of yet. Pam’s sister, Dianne, would like to volunteer at the Harvest Fest and the Board set a date of Oct. 19th for it to be held.

Other:  We discussed signs to use for future Yard & Plant Sales.  (To note: the Byfield Little League will be on the NTL fields the day after the Yard Sale.)

Jean, Library Director:  Mentioned that Erin suggested having a pie auction as part of the next Harvest Festival and the Board agreed.  The Friends approved paying $1,300.00 for a new sign at the library per Jean’s request. Museum passes: Newbury Cultural Council grant of $400.00 will pay for the PEM discount passes and the Georgetown Cultural Council grant of $400.00 will pay for the Aquarium discount passes

Calendar:     It was determined that the Fiscal Year Meeting will be held on June 11 @ 12:30, a Tuesday.

April 17, Wed; 6-7 pm; Author visit, Andrew Forsthoefel, “Walking  to Listen”, Patty & Linda will speak.

April 27,  Sat; 8am-noon, Yard Sale.

May 2, Thurs; 12:15, Friends Meeting.

May 2, Thurs; 6-7pm, “Bring Your Ancestors to Life”, Pam will speak.

Oct. 19, Harvest Fest.

2019 February 7, 2019.  Page 1 of 2

Attendees:  Maureen, Tammy, Pam, Joan, Linda, Katie, Erin and Jean.

Maureen, Pres:   Opened discussion of nominating Linda Rivera as Secretary, she accepted and Board voted in agreement.  Also, Patty Olson will return to Board as Planning Assistant. Thanked Tammy, Joan and Erin for creating the Winter Newsletter and the flyers for the Felting Workshop and the Yard Sale.  The Felting Workshop info has been submitted to the newspaper. I finally have the name of a book appraiser, Bobby from Salt Marsh Antiques in Rowley and will contact him tomorrow. Will draft a summary of brochure info on “What the Friends Do” for NTL newsletters.

Tammy, Vice Pres.:   Provided update of payments/registrations for the Felting Workshop Fundraiser.  Discussed marketing for Membership Drive (March?) using the info off the brochures (ad in paper, flyers for events, etc). She will talk with Katie about adding info on Membership for the Friends on her Newsletter after Maureen submits her draft for approval to the Board.  She will also post flyers for Felting Workshop at Town Hall.

Pam, Treasurer:  Financials report we are ahead of expectations for the year.  We discussed selling magazines in the Book Sale Room as Katie suggested.  Tammy will work with Jean organizing them. Pam will speak again at the March Writer’s Workshop.  She ordered more hats as supply is low. The Board voted in favor of allowing the current Friends funds to be used by the library for needs/wants and in future years as well.  A cap is to be determined allowing for a small cushion amount.

Jean, Library Director – The Writing Workshop will continue in the spring and fall.  She is below budgeted amount. She proposed the Friends cover the movie license next year.  NTL was awarded $400 from the Georgetown Cultural Council to be used to purchase the Peabody Essex Museum passes.

Kate, Youth Librarian – Feb 21st is the Rolie Polie Guacamole Program.  The Baby Yoga Program had 25 attendees at the 1st session.  April vacation: “Soothe Yourself Into Spring” for 8+, making bath bombs, etc.  She Is also looking for ways to draw boys into programs. Her volunteers are leaving and the Friends  volunteered to get them a gift of some sort.  She has a new display of “Hot Titles” books.  A Friends Board Member will attend the “Baby Yoga” and the “Rolie Polie Guacamole” programs.

Page 2 of 2 .  Meeting Minutes, Feb. 7, 2019.

Erin, Assistant Director, asked which events the Friends pay for and she will add it to the monthly Events calendar.

Yard Sale plans to date:  (2 more Friends meetings before event).  Suggestions to have 2 different flyers, one for advertising tables and one for advertising the yard sale.  Tammy, Erin and Joan will work together to work on flyers. Details: Apr. 27, Sat. 8am – noon, inside only, possibly use covered area at front door and inside the library.  Media and raffle – Maureen. Track payments and registrations – Tammy. Create, order and post signs – Pam. Create Friends name tags, flyer, etc. as needed – Joan. Send a Mailchimp reminder – Tammy and Joan.  All to provide the baked goods and someone to be a ‘greeter’. Deadline to register is April 13. Review Summary of last year’s Yard Sale – included.


Feb. 9 Saturday, 11am-noon, Thomas Jefferson, Foodie.  (Speaker-Joan)

Feb. 21 Thursday, 10:30-11:30am,  Rolie Polie Guacamole. (Speaker?)

and 6 – 7:30pm  Felting Workshop Fundraiser.

Feb. 28 Thursday, 10:15 – 11am.  Adult & Baby Yoga (Speaker?)

March 2 Saturday, 11am – noon,   Winter Blahs. (Speaker?)

March 7 Thursday,  Friends Meeting.

March 23 Saturday, 11am – noon Louise Miller? (Speaker?)

April 4 Thursday,  Friends Meeting.

(Possibly April 17, Tuesday, “Walking To Listen” Andrew Forsthoefel). (Speaker?)

April 27 Saturday, 8am-noon,  Community Yard Sale Fundraiser.


2019 January 4        Friends Meeting Minutes


Maureen Haley, President. Tammy Cotter, Vice President. Pam Kinney, Treasurer. Joan Friedman, Project Assistant. Linda Rivera, Interim Secretary.

Projects in the Works

Winter Workshop: Tammy will follow up with Pauline to set a date.

Winter Newsletter:  Tammy and Joan will create a draft for Board approval.

Yard Sale:  Joan will create a flyer draft. Tammy will send last year’s summary to Board for review. Tentative date is April 27.

Plant Sale Tentative date is May 18.

Myths vs Facts”:  Maureen will create a draft for the Board’s approval.

Carla’s bags: To be relocated from the Circulation area to the Children’s area.  

Blind Date with a Book” to consider for Valentines Day.


Board agreed not to insert flyers in tax bills due to cost.  Need to order Friends brochures (add Harvest Fest to it). Since July:  Book sales have earned ~$1,000; Merchandise already earned more than last year and we’ve received $2,000 in personal donations. A painting of a home was donated to the Friends to raise funds.  It was an original painted by local artist Jean Pearson and was recognized as the Lentz’ barn on Main Street in Byfield, they gladly donated $100.00 as a purchase to benefit NTL.

Friends Sponsored Programs  

Jean and Kati both passed handouts of Calendars and Budget.  Lots of programs are planned for the upcoming months, most popular has been the Writer’s Workshop, Minecraft and Crazy8’s especially.  Pam will be at the 1st session of the Writer’s Workshop to talk up the Friends. Board Members will try to attend other programs.



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