Town of Granby
Granby Library Board
Minutes of the January 8, 2007 meeting
held at Cossitt Library
Call to order: A quorum was present and the meting was called to order at 7:31 p.m.
Members present: Chairperson Lynn Lochhead, Carol Bressor, Dick Lydon, Duncan Rowles,
Shawn Ball, and Marty Council (came in late)
Members absent: Paul Willis, Bob Donna, and Elaine Jones
Staff: Joan Fox
Visitors: Bobbie Sullivan and Bruce Sullivan
Welcome: Susan Christian as the recording secretary.
ON A MOTION by D. Rowles, seconded by D. Lydon the Minutes of the December 11, 2006
meeting were approved (5-0-0) with one correction, in the heading change Grany to Granby.
Public Comment: None.
Statistics for November Granby Cossitt Total
Programs / attendance 39/687 4/28 43/715
Statistics for December
Circulation 9,941 1,045 10,986
Programs / attendance 12/361 5/138 17/499
InterLibrary Loans Loaned: 45 Borrowed: 175
Connecticard 1,823 loaned to out of town patrons
J. Fox reported that in regards to the 24-7 reference service, Granby ranks 4th in the top ten.
Granby Public Library is now open on Sunday with approximately 70 people using the facility
this past Sunday.
A 4 ½ hour position has opened up at the main library and interviews will be done this week.
The Library will be closed on Monday, January 15, 2007 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
A Town of Granby 2007 Calendar and 2005-2006 Annual Report with a Preliminary Budget
Calendar was provided to all members.
Evie Caranchini will be holding a 2-year-old Story Time at Cossitt Library.
On February 10, 2007 there will be a performance by Bruce May, with songs for adults and
children. He is new to the area and has offered to put on this program at no charge.
On February 21, 2007 the Hartford Public Library is sponsoring “The Big Read”. There will be
book discussions sponsored by several different area libraries. Jill Weinberger will lead
Linda Marshall will no longer be doing the Tot Time program, although a replacement person
has tentatively been found. This is an evening program designed so working parents can
participate with their children.
Beginning in early February, the Granby Public Library is trying “Trial T.V.” This is free for 6
months and if purchased it would cost $2,000 a year. There is a maximum number of
downloads associated with the membership and it enables the public to download some movies,
etc. to their home computers.
Long Range Planning Report: This report has been approved and corrections are being made.
M. Council volunteered to put this into a PDF file and D. Rowles will look into a printer and
prices, and will report this information back to the Board. L. Lochhead will write the transmittal
Granby Library Board
January 8, 2007
25th Anniversary Celebration: This subcommittee needs to meet. Thoughts and ideas included:
Calling this celebration “Silver Sunday”
2-4 hour reception (open house), held on Sunday, April 29, 2007
food, entertainment, speakers (possibly Carol Laun - history of libraries in Granby), music
(maybe volunteers, Hart School of Music), local authors to sit at a table with their book,
scavenger hunt, oldest library card contest, pictures of the move of the library 25 years ago
and mix in pictures of the library today, local celebrities – Steve Rushin, Rebecca Lobo,
Ruth Ann Lobo
Publish an article in the March issue of the Drummer, with a brief description of upcoming
event. Also, publish a list of scheduled events when it becomes available.
Budget – printing costs, food expenses, etc.
2007-2008 Budget: Preliminary Budget Calendar was reviewed noting the dates of the
workshops. L. Lochhead stated that she feels it is important that the Library Board be present
when the Library Budget is discussed. A new position is opening and money for such has been
added to the Library’s Budget request.
Hapler-Hennen Report is out. Miscellaneous categories are charted regarding library services,
etc. Last year GPL’s score was 715; this year the score is 757. Last year our rank was 237 out
of 1,768 libraries; this year we are 149 out of 1,768. We are in the 91.6 percentile. CT libraries
close to Granby in size and population are Middle Haddam, Griswold, Somers, Winchester and
Oxford. M. Council will put together an article for the Drummer with this information and
Update on Cossitt Improvements: Laurie DiBatisto will be working on the beam replacement
and ceiling work. Old pictures of the library have been given to her, showing the main entrance
as it originally looked. Also, windows will be replaced. There was a brief discussion as to
handicap accessibility and if there was a need for installation of an elevator, and how this would
impact the historical aesthetics of the building.
ON A M0TION by M. Council, seconded by D. Rowles, the Board voted unanimously (6-0-0) to
adjourn the meeting at 8:44 p.m.
The next meeting will be Monday, February 12, 2007, 7:30 p.m. at Granby Public Library.