Meeting Notes 01-04-2022


Felton Library Friends Leadership Team Meeting notes

January 4, 2022, 4:30-6:00

Felton Library Community Room

Goals of Meeting

  1. Strengthen relationships among members

  2. Shared understanding of current/future FLF, Library and FSCPL activities

  3. Gather input on FLF sponsored improvements to the library

  4. Discussion and vote to approve donation to Aptos Friends


Facilitator: Michele Notetaker: Nancy

Attendees: Jenn Mount, Donna Ziel, Michele Mosher, Moana Whipple, Nancy Gerdt

Attending Staff: Jenn, Angie Lyons, Phil


The Library World:

Library Advisory Commission - The LAC is currently discussing future staffing and hours for all 10 branches. What will that look like given the current challenges with staffing? Minimum staffing keeps the books circulating and the help desk staffed. Standard staffing includes programs, events, and more services. The system is currently at a minimum staffing level and is creating operational stress. Jenn Mount, the 5th District LAC commissioner, stated that these issues deserve attention and ideas. What makes sense now and going forward? She encouraged people to attend the next LAC meeting at the Felton library at 6:30 on January 24th to hear more and offer your thoughts and comments.

FLF discussion and action item

Proposal to donate to the Aptos Friends Chapter campaign

Motion made by Michele Mosher and seconded by Donna Ziel to contribute $1,000 to the Aptos Friends’ building campaign passed unanimously.


FLFTeams: See Written reports below

Treasurer’s report: Michele

Park team Nancy

Communications Team Valerie

Events Team Diane


Building Interiors Review - Walkthrough and comments All

The LT walked through each area of the library and came up with some great ideas. These will be added to the existing notes from senior staff and Felton staff regarding improvements.

Next steps

Next meeting. 4th Tuesday of the month, Feb. 22



FLF Agenda Reports 01-04-2022


Library Advisory Commission: One significant item discussed was a proposed staffing plan for next year. More discussion and feedback from community members will be taking place when the LAC meets at the Felton Library on Jan 24 at 6:30. For more information go here where you will find a Zoom link if you prefer to attend virtually.

Felton Library New Events

Sunday, January 9, 2 p.m. Author talk by Pamela Morgan. Island Dreams is a tale of discovery about self, friendship, chance, attitude and other cultures as the author travels “solo” to distant islands in the Pacific--the perfect escape in these dark dreary months of winter! A short slideshow will be presented at the beginning and end of the reading.

Wednesday, January 12, 5 p.m. Birth Happens--Final panel discussion in the Birth Happens series on the history of midwifery in Santa Cruz County. Sponsored by the SLV Museum in partnership with FLF and SCPL>


Homework Help @ Felton Tuesdays 3-5 p.m. beginning January 25 in the Community Room for students to grade 12. Bring your assignments to any FREE drop-in Homework Help session. Credentialed teacher John Schneider has 17 years teaching experience. He says, “I look forward to helping students deepen their understanding of content as well as providing the opportunity to become confident in practicing their study skills. Look for the guy smiling behind his mask.” Call 831.427.7713 for more information.


Ongoing Events

Advisory Council of Teens (ACT) Sunday, January 9, 2-4 p.m. Come advise the library on young adult services, including programs, events, and improving the Teen Room.

Knitting@the Library Mondays, 12:30-2 pm.

In-Person Tech Help Mondays, 2-4 pm. Advance appointments prioritized- here or at llibrary desk..

Reading in the Redwoods Book Group Wednesday, January 26, 6 - 7:30pm

January’s book is The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson.

Board in the Library Saturday, January 8 and 22 12:00pm - 5:00pm Adults need playtime too! Come play some new or old favorite tabletop games..

Treasurer’s report: Michele

  • FLF received $4672.36 in donations in 2021. The majority were repeat donors.

  • Donations to reserve GLOW panels total $1220 so far, and will be accepted until 1/12. FLF contributed $431 for completion of Project GLOW.

  • Account Balances

  • $70,703.67 Account with FSCPL as of November 30

  • $110,572.29: Community Foundation Flex Fund 4th quarter 2021


FSCPL report: Michele

Rebekah Scott has left her position as Operations Manager in order to pursue an MA in Counseling. She wrote, “When I was still new, I was able to attend a couple of your chapter meetings and really enjoyed them so much. I admire your partnership with the State Parks and look forward to visiting your amazing-looking branch someday. Your newsletters and website are truly great. Please pass on my thanks and respect to the rest of the chapter.”


Park Team: Nancy

  • Next work party, usually held the first Saturday of the month, will meet on January 8th from 9-11 due to New Year’s Day falling on the 1st. In the event of rain, it will be cancelled.

  • The Earth Stewards under the leadership of Chris Soriano worked 2 mornings pulling invasive weeds. They have one more work morning planned for Dec. The Stewards are really making a difference!

Communications Team: Valerie/Nancy

Moana Whipple has joined the team! Moana has been providing much needed graphic design for events and programs.

● All members are becoming familiar with WIX, the new website platform. Between all of us we hope to keep our site up to date.

● Best ways to publicize FLF and Library events are under discussion. Social media and posting more frequently on Instagram/Facebook will be an ongoing subject.

Events Team: GLOW Nancy

The GLOW project will continue to delight library visitors until January 14th when it will be taken down. Those panels reserved by community members will be available to be taken home on January 14th and 15th. If you haven’t yet reserved a panel for a gift or for your home, please consider doing so the next time you’re in the library. A table in the Gardner Community Art wall nook explains the simple procedure. A gift of any size will reserve one of the gratitude panels. 14 of 37 have been reserved to date.