Felton Library Friends Leadership Team Meeting Notes May 4, 2021
Tuesday, May 4, 2021, 4:00-5:30
In attendance: Nancy Gerdt, Valerie Haff, Michele Mosher, Jennifer Mount, Rebeka Scott (FSCPL Operations Manager), Judi Sherman, Donna Ziel, Diane McCormick
Guest: Moana Whipple works on the events team and the park work parties. A former math high school teacher, lives in Felton. She was a romance novelist and just got her first beehive.
Strengthen relationships among members
Shared understanding of current/future Library and FSCPL activities
Agreement on values statement
Creation of process for community outreach plan
Agreement on meeting time and structure
The Library World
Library Advisory Commission Nancy/Jenn
Bruce Cotter has resigned from the Leadership Team as 5th district commissioner on the Library Advisory Commission, which gives feedback to SCPL and JPA about library issues and governance. Jenn Mount has applied for the position. She hasn’t been officially appointed but it is on the consent agenda for the board of supervisors.
What is happening in the system and at the Felton Branch? Michele
Book drop is open 24/7. Begin limited browsing in May (date TBA) with modifications: masks, capacity limits, no seating, bathrooms open, limited computing access. In June, a modified open plan will include inside seating. Hopefully by September, the community room will be open for gatherings.
Distributing their newsletter today. Focused on capital campaign for other branches.
Approval of the Mission statement
Should it be a statement or bulleted?
Important that we use a graphic that helps to highlight the mission. Agreement to explore a meaningful graphic.
Moved to agree on revision of mission statement: Diane McCormick; Second: Jenn Mount
All agreed–see statement in addendum
Brainstormed a list of values
In small groups, worked to organize into statements: see addendum
Leadership Team meetings: perspectives on meeting times and structure
This time or later; 6-7:30; 5 – 6:30;
Agree to start at 4:30 tentatively (check with Cindy Sekkel and Kirsten Hill)
FLF Team reports:
Treasurer’s report: Michele Our CF Flex Fund is $103,304 in first quarter statement Park team: Jenn. The May work party accomplished weeding and blackberry removal.
Communication Team: Valerie. Team is working on the new website, and getting close to finishing the content.
Events Team: Nancy. The first Storybook Walk is ready to mount in the park on May 8 at the Art Hike to Heal event by SC Park Friends.
Unanimous vote to add Moana Whipple to the Leadership Team
Next meeting June 1, 4:30-6
Agenda building: Complete values; Community Outreach planning
The Felton Branch Library and Discovery Park is a vibrant community center for learning, sharing, and discovery–a welcoming place with space and services to inspire and connect people of all ages.
Identify and support the library, park, and community-led programming and services.
Collaborate with community organizations, Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Santa Cruz County Parks, and the San Lorenzo Valley Water District on agreed-upon projects.
Advocate for the needs of the library and park.
Fundraise for identified needs not covered in library or park operational or capital budgets.
Values: We believe…
Creativity: we work together to create this library experience
Community assets: supporting the community assets
Add the park to all these statements
Opportunities for indoor and outdoor learning for all types of people
Opportunities to become involved and for community members to share knowledge
Connection (to resources and to each other)
Connection to neighborhood and environment
Connections between different lifeforms and are interrelated
Environmental stewardship indoor and outdoor learning
Room 1: Donna, Moana, Valerie
Community Assets, Environmental Stewardship
Room 2: Diane, Michele, Rebekah
Room 3: Jennifer, Nancy
Collaboration/unity and community based, inclusion, Connections
Community Assets/Service to support: We believe…in honoring and building on the resourcefulness and resilience of our community
Environmental stewardship indoor and outdoor learning: We believe in creating a sustainable future by promoting opportunities for environmental learning.
We believe that all life forms are connected and the well-being of all is interdependent.
Connection: We believe that all life forms are connected and the well being of all is interdependent of each other.
Collaboration: We believe that collaboration leads to inclusiveness, equality and understanding within the community.
We work together to create this library/park experience
We believe in the ability of individuals to create a community experience in the library and park, and results in an environment that inspires.
We believe in the ability (in the creativity) of individuals to create an inspiring library and park experience.
-indoor outdoor learning for all types of all people
-to become involved and for community members to share knowledge.
We believe in…
Creating opps for indoor/outdoor learning for all types