Library’s FY 2019 Budget Request

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At their January 17 meeting, the Board of Library Trustees voted to request $958,073 to fund the operation of the Seekonk Public Library in fiscal year 2019.  The budget package was submitted to the Town Administration for his consideration as he assembles a recommended annual budget for the entire Town.

The total amount requested by the Library Trustees represents a modest increase of $22,122 or roughly 2.36% over the library’s current operating budget. The amount requested will allow the library to maintain its current level of services and achieve the objectives laid out in its annual action plan. The amount requested will also allow the library to meet the municipal appropriation requirement [MAR] of $953,107 which is needed to retain state certification. State certification allows the library to enjoy all of the benefits of membership in the Massachusetts Library Network, including eligibility to receive state aid and construction grants.

The recommended budget prepared by the Town Administrator will be reviewed by both the Finance Committee and Board of Selectmen. The budget discussions take place in open public meetings where residents may ask questions or make comments. The final draft of the budget that comes out of this process will be presented to the voters at the Financial Town Meeting. These meeting dates will be posted on the Town Calendar.

Proposed Agreement Between the Library Trustees and Selectmen

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by Peter Fuller, Library Director

On August 29, 2017, Mike Durkay, the Chairman of the Board of Library Trustees and I met with Town Administrator Shawn Cadime,  and Selectmen David Andrade and David Viera to discuss the controversy that arose over the placement of a retired army howitzer at the Seekonk Veterans Memorial. We all quickly agreed on some basic points at that meeting.  (1) The voters of Seekonk in accordance with Mass. General Laws had conferred the care, custody and administrative control of the properties adjoining the library to the Board of Library Trustees. (2)  The Board of Selectmen has a more general responsibility to see that this town property is properly maintained, used and developed in the best interest of the community.  [Authority over the property is divided, or as I prefer to think of it, the responsibility is shared.]  (3) There is no formal understanding between these two elected boards about how to exercise this shared authority or to handle conflicts that might occur. (4) The recent controversy over the howitzer was unnecessary and could have been avoided if both boards had a better appreciation of their respective roles and obligations.

The participant agreed that the two boards should adopt a written understanding that would establish a process to facilitate the administration of this valuable town property and (hopefully) prevent future public controversies. To that end, I drafted, and the Board of Library Trustees reviewed, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).  The Board of Library Trustees received a draft of the MOA in September and discussed it at their meeting on October 11, 2017.

At the October of 11 meeting, the Board of Library Trustees also voted unanimously in favor of the following motion.

The Board of Library Trustees votes to request that the Town remove the Howitzer placed on property under control of the BoLT. Once removed and refurbished the BoLT will consider placement of the Howitzer on property under its control pursuant to the terms of a Memorandum of Agreement currently being negotiated between the Board of Selectmen and the Board of Library Trustees. 

The draft MOA was sent to the Town Administrator on October 23, 2017 for the consideration of the Board of Selectmen. Click the following link to obtain a copy, Draft MOA.

 

 

Posted for Public Comment: Revised Meeting Room Policy

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The Seekonk Public Library is proposing major changes in the policy that governs the use of the meeting rooms at the library. Open a Copy Here The Board of Library Trustees invites the public to review and submit comments on the proposed changes before the Board takes a final vote on adoption. Comments must be submitted to the Board before September 15, 2017. Comments may be emailed to the Board of Library Trustees or sent care of the Seekonk Public Library, 410 Newman Ave, Seekonk, MA 02771

 

Great New Graphic Novels!

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hawkeye Check out some of the great YA Graphic Novels we’ve ordered recently. Go ahead and put one on hold today!

Buffy: The High School Years- Freaks & Geeks by Joss Whedon ; Faith Erin Hicks ; Yishan Li
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa ; Robert Hack
Compass South by Hope Larson ; Rebecca Mock
Haikyu!!, Vol. 1 by Haruichi Furudate
Hawkeye, Volume 6: Hawkeyes by Jeff Lemire ; Jeff Lemire ; Ramon Perez
Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke
Mockingbird, Volume 1: I Can Explain by Marvel Entertainment ; Chelsea Cain ; Kate Niemczyk ; Ibrahim Moustafa
Mooncop by Tom Gauld
Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”: The Authorized Graphic Adaptation by Miles Hyman
Vision, Volume 1: Little Worse Than a Man by Tom King ; Gabriel Hernandez Walta
Wicked + the Divine, Volume 4: Rising Action by Kieron Gillen ; Jamie McKelvie

 

NaNoWriMo is coming!

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nanowrimoNovember is National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo.  It’s a chance to finally write that novel you’ve been dreaming of for years.  The library is a “Come Write In” site this year, and we’re making it easy to complete your masterpiece.  Starting on November 2nd our Innovation Center will be reserved for writers from 9:00 am to noon.  We have story cubes to inspire you and we’ll be posting writing prompts on social media every day throughout November.  Interested?  Come in during October to pick up an information packet with everything you need to know!

Annual Report for FY 2016

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The Annual Report of the Seekonk Public Library and Smart Memorial Trust for Fiscal Year 2016 is now available. The reports provide an overview of activity at the library from July 2015 to June 2016.  The library remains one of the most used of our Town’s Services. Here are some highlights.

Seekonk Public Library in FY 2016

  • Total hours open: 2,967
  • Total visits: 115,360
  • People using cards: 5,514
  • New users getting cards: 815
  • Items borrowed: 275,896
  • Reference questions: 12,471
  • Times the library meeting room was used by other groups: 547
  • Total attendance at children & family programs: 8,767
  • Total attendance at adult & teen programs: 1,535

Arrrr! Pirates in the Library!

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skull-307778_1280Do  you know your “avast” from your “aye-aye?” Aye! Would you rather be carousin’ than haulin’ wind? Aye! Are ye a lily-livered landlubber?  Nay!  You’re just the kind of fine swashbuckler we’re looking for.  Talk Like a Pirate Day is on September 19th.  To prepare, the library is having fun by entering a pirate-themed contest sponsored by Mango Languages.  Libraries and patrons from all over are making videos to celebrate their libraries.  The winning library and patron win new iPads!

Want to join in on the fun but aren’t sure what to do?

First, check out the official rules.
Next, create an account and brush up on your pirate-speak by taking the free course on Mango!
Finally, join us on Saturday, September 10th from 10 am -2 pm.  All you need to bring is yourself, your sense of humor and a willingness to make cheesy movies.  (Optional: pirate costumes, monkeys, parrots…) We’ll set the scene, shoot it and show you how to enter it in the contest.

So come on down, ye scurvy scalawags!

Questions? Email Adult Services Librarian Amy Greil – agreil@seekonkpl.org

New Front Door for the Library

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Installing New Door

Installing the New Door

After years of complaints, the front entry doors at the library are being replaced. The existing doors were installed in 1978. Years of wear have left the doors distorted to the point, where they could not closing properly.  The new doors not only fit right, but have better insulation and glazing, which greatly improves their energy-efficient. The new doors will also open and close automatically, which will make the library much more accessible. Anyone with even a slight physical limitation, or for that matter, an arm-full of books or baby stroller, have great difficulty getting through the old doors and into the library. The new doors will open as soon as a person approaches the door. Built-in safety features prevent the door from closing on people or things that may block the pathway. 

The installation will take place on Tuesday June 21 and Wednesday, June 22. The front entryway will be closed, but you can access the building from the side door on the parking lot.

The door is being paid for with state library incentive grant funds, which are under the control of the Board of Library Trustees. Some additional funding and staff time is being provided by the Seekonk Public Works Department.

 

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Temporary Entrance from the Parking Lot