Felton Library Friends Steering Committee
October 6, 2020
4:00-5:30 Via Zoom
- Strengthen relationships among members
- Shared understanding of current/future Library and FSCPL activities
- Vote on 2021 FLF budget
- Nominations for Steering Committee membership
Attendees: Bruce Cotter, Nancy Gerdt, Diane McCormick, Michele Mosher, Jennifer Mount, Donna Ziel
Library Staff: Jackie Danziger, Angie Lyons
Welcome. Everyone named something that lately has been bringing joy.
The Library World
What is happening in the system and at Felton Library? Angie/Jackie
Moving to a lobby model for self check, with late October target. Downtown internet café model is a pilot, will eventually come to Felton.
Angie/Jackie are both on Equity team – more inclusive work environment for staff.and equitable/inclusive for patrons
Staffing is down by 36% due to budget cuts. Organizational structure has moved away from regional approach to a systemwide model Librarians will be doing 50/50 programming and public services.
SLV middle school students will receive library cards, with all late fines removed.
Jackie will be doing Halloween story time at 4pm Oct 30.
Library Advisory Commission Bruce
Air quality continues to be an issue. When the AQI reaches 150, SC libraries are shutting down operations for the day. All libraries moving ahead with Covid reopening plans. There will be library closures around the holidays. Budget is stable for now after cuts.
Bruce is leading the subcommittee to improve access to the Library Advisory Committee. Email Bruce with ideas or email@example.com. FLF newsletter can include a short article about LAC outreach/. Idea: Free Miro software for virtual collaboration – white board and post-it capability
Felton Discovery Park Nancy
Linda Skeff has arranged for Americorps to work the first week in December on clean up, chipping, and planting under the SLV Water District solar panels. Confluence Restoration has a 1 yr contract with County Parks to maintain park mitigation plantings.
Nancy and Michele will meet with Park Planner Will Fourt October 7 to discuss the following park enhancements.
– Sundial improvements -expand signage and stain stain concrete for aesthetic improvements.
- Plant markers – to identify specifics and connect to bar code and to a plant map – Would be a FLF expense. Annual contract for access to database – future expense
- Bench in area under shade sails
- Shade for gravel pit area, rope climb areas – both very hot. Donna offered to work on fundraising and grant writing if needed for additional shade sails
Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries Michele
Interim ED Martin Gomez has extensive library experience.The board retreat will help define what they are looking for in a new ED. Fundraising for digital sources for schools has raised over $30,000 so far.
Budget discussion and vote Michele
2021 FLF Chapter Budget is required by FSCPL. How do we want to use funds raised in the Capital Campaign for library and park enhancements and programming? Recommendations from President and Treasurer::
- Up to $50,000 for the library Teen room and Community room improvements
- Up to $10k for Felton Discovery Park improvements
- $90-100,000 to support programming from 2023 on through annual interest from a Community Foundation Flex Fund.
Any funds not used will be retained in the FLF account at FSCPL
Motion to approve the 2021 budget as presented by Treasurer Michele Mosher, which includes $150k in library and park support.: Donna motioned; Bruce 2nd. Motion passed unanimously
Next steps: Michele to take to FSCPL Finance Committee for recommendation to FSCPL Board. Donna to join Michele/Nancy to explore with Community Foundation
Decision-making on library and park enhancements
By December 2020 the FLF Steering Committee will create an ad-hoc Library team and Park team to collaborate with library or park staff on recommendations for funding specific enhancements. Teams will consist of FLF members and stakeholders when appropriate (such as teens for the Teen Room enhancements). The teams will bring funding recommendations to the FLF Steering Committee for discussion and vote
Steering Committee Membership
Suggestions for open positions: Park, schools, teen member, unrestricted open seat
Park Position – Nancy to move forward with options
Schools position: Jenn and Diane will work together to reconnect with Schools / for teens (Claire Hacket) and staff (Dr Bruton). Jen – looking for touchpoint with PTA (Coordinate with Diane). Possible sources:
- Environmental Clubs
- Library staff or Science connection
- Danielle Winters, SLE Principal
Unrestricted seat – contact two major donors – Michele
Next steps: Next meeting date: Nov 10 Tuesday – 4-5:30pm
Library and park budget advisory teams
Future FLF Member Meeting
Donor Relations – Donna to consider message.
Guest Speakers – Quarterly or bi-annual? Bruce McP or Mark S?