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Library Director updates trustees on facility needs

By Gloria S. Redlich | Dec 04, 2013

Library Director Kristin Baumann has been busy recently trying to bring attention to the needs of the library’s physical plant. Baumann updated the Island Free Library Board of Trustees of her meetings at their most recent meeting on Nov. 19. In discussing the library’s capital budget with the Planning Board, Baumann drew attention to the need for a book drop, carpeting and an elevator.

Baumann also reported on a meeting she attended with the Historic District Commission, at which the National Hotel received approval for constructing a five-foot high fence next to and behind the library. Baumann said she had requested a gate between the two properties, and after some discussion the gate was granted, with the proviso that the National could keep it locked during the summer.

Other discussion focused on a retaining wall to be built by Bill Rose, with the group approving materials.

Baumann also thanked the generosity of the Friends of the Library “for paying the full bill for cleaning all the carpeting throughout the library.”

She was also pleased to announce that the first Pots and Kettles sale in the library had brought in $363.

Baumann also said the library was seeing some increased awareness on social media platforms, such as Facebook, after the library had joined the Chamber of Commerce.

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