HAMPSTEAD – The Hampstead Library Trustees met in special session to discuss beginning development of a long-range plan for the library and to set a date for a public hearing on an electronic sign that is being given to the library.
Library Director Deb Hiett provided the trustees Wednesday, April 30, with three facilitators for their consideration to lead the plan development. The trustees are interested in incorporating outreach efforts and finding out where community members and patrons want to see the library going.
The trustees decided that Deb Hoadley, president of the New England Library Association (NELA), would best serve their needs as facilitator and asked Hiett to get a July start date for the first of an expected three meetings Hoadley would lead during the development process, expected to take several months.
She charges $75 per hour, and Hiett estimated it would cost about $600 for the entire process.
Hoadley recently published her vision for the NELA, saying her association will “connect and engage librarians throughout the New England region, by providing opportunities to grow and learn with others in the library profession and beyond. There will be a spirit of collaboration and community as we share and network with one another, building on the strengths of all the states in the New England area.”
The trustees discussed a list of potential long-range planning committee members proposed by Hiett and chose the following categories to fill: Library Director, Assistant Library Director, member of the Board of Selectmen, parent, student, teacher, senior citizen, library patron, business representative, and special education/disabilities representative. The trustees discussed possible choices for the various categories, and will announce their decisions on committee composition after potential members have been contacted.
In other business:
• The trustees approved Hiett’s posting a public hearing for May 21 regarding accepting an electronic sign, expected to cost $17,978, from the Friends of the Hampstead Public Library.
• Trustee Natalie Gallo asked the trustees to vote on accepting a small electric piano to be donated to the library, but Chairwoman Gwen Glick refused to discuss it at the special meeting, saying there was insufficient time. Gallo said a decision had to be made that night if the gift were to be made.
Glick said because there was a difference of opinion on accepting the gift, it would require more time than she had that evening, and called for a vote on adjournment. Gallo said she would thank the donors but tell them to donate the gift elsewhere.