Felton Library Friends works toward the following mission:
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
Felton Library Friends Mtg Notes
July 27, 2022, 4:00-5:30
Felton Library Community Room
Goals of Meeting
Strengthen relationships among members
Shared understanding of current/future FLF, Library and FSCPL activities
Discuss endorsement request. Vote later by email.
Vote on expenditure for CLL art supplies
Facilitator: Jenn Notetaker: Diane
Jenn, Marilyn, Nancy, Diane, Moana, Michele, Laura, Donna, Karri Gunn.
Welcome and introductions.
Question: What are some things our Chapter has done recently that you feel good about?
The Library World
Library Advisory Commission Jenn
-New library Staffing model (Eric). Reducing oncall and temp position. Combining PT to make FT position. Felton expected to get 1-2 additional FTE positions.
LAC - endorsed the library downtown project.
Reviewing hours – all branches to open at 10am
Library You-Tube. Go to YouTube and search SC Library – all meetings pop up.
Garfield Park opening super!
Scotts Valley - Aug 6 opening
New service - Digital Navigators: Assistance for patrons. state funding).
What’s happening at the Felton Branch? Laura, Interim Manager
Love to showcase new children’s books. Check out book bins
Considering shifting some intro collection
Consider involvement in the Teen Room project
Subject labels, Can we consider them for Felton
Organize through the improvements team and coordinate with administration
FLF Teams Reports
Communications: Moana will format and send out August newsletter
Parks: Tools have been purchased for the park! Storage in bike locker is a consideration.
Community Day at Wild Roots - Sept 27 (Tuesday) Michele will have sign up in August
Bring the book sale cart!
Community-led Learning (Free programs and open to all. Can not ask for donations)
Former Librarian from SLE - teaching book making (online sign up 12 slots)
Stacy M. - Printing making workshop in October
Marilyn Robinson and Nancy - Collage workshop (with poetry) - November
FLF -Adult art cart going to be supplied in the closet (with full supplies)
Honorariums - Is this something that we support?
FLF provide supplies
Do we need to update our list of potential presenters? Maybe after we get started.
Ad-hoc Improvements Team
Carpet update--Diane is working on the order
Furniture update-Will get upholstery samples for couches
Treasurer’s quarterly report: Michele
FLF account with FSCPL
Starting balance 2021: $65,586
Starting balance 2022: $82,334 (addition of $16,747 in 2021)
Current balance: $83,882.72
Book cart sales $ $2,907 July 2021-July 2022
Community Foundation fund balance: $92.158 6/30/22
Presentation on Correctional Centers Libraries by Jesse Silva (to FLF)
Jesse will let us know if she can make a Sept FLF mtg.
Other ideas for presentations or visitors to FLF mtgs
Brainstorm with SV and BC
Meeting with BC and SV Friends: questions to discuss (no discussion)
Opening Question: what’s personally satisfying to you about being part of your chapter?
What are some things your chapter has done recently that you feel good about?
What are some things your chapter is hoping to accomplish in the near future? Long-term goals?
What are some challenges your chapter faces?
Chapter relationships: Branch Manager, Librarian(s), FSCPL--what's working well, are there any challenges?
Are you thinking of inviting speakers to your meetings and/or your branch?
Can we think of any ways our N. Co. chapters might collaborate?
Vote on expenditures for art supplies for CLL (Nancy)
Art cart supplies for CLL. Stacy created a budget.
Asking for $1000 fund.
Can we order local? Nancy to research.
Motion to approve ~1k for art supplies for Community-led Learning programs, to be stored at the library. Nancy,. Donna, second.
Request from Friends of Santa Cruz Libraries. Request for endorsement by ‘Santa Cruz for Real Solutions’: to be voted on by email.
This group opposes the Our Downtown Our Future (ODOF) ballot initiative for renovating the current library building rather than going ahead with the new library mixed-use project.
Santa Cruz for Real Solutions has requested that each of the Friends chapters join the Friends of Santa Cruz Public Libraries in endorsing their position. They suggest the following language, which mirrors the FSCPL endorsement:
"Felton LIbrary Friends (FLF) supports the vision of a new library and affordable housing project for downtown Santa Cruz, developed with extensive public engagement and repeated City Council approval. FLF opposes the ODOF initiative and ballot measure to freeze our downtown in place, and you can add Felton Library Friends, a chapter of Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries to your growing list of opponents.”
City of Santa Cruz website has the new Library mixed use project description with links to plans for the library, affordable housing, child care center and parking garage.
Our Downtown, Our Future website supports the November ballot initiative opposing the library mixed use project, with links to plans for renovated library.
Next meeting. 4th Wednesday of the month, August 24 at 4 p.m.
Agenda building: Discussion with N. County Chapters; Wild Roots Community Day;
Land acknowledgment statement for opening meeting
Attachments: Agenda, June notes, Park report