Brooks Memorial Library

Friends of Brooks Memorial Library

Meeting Minutes 8/19/2020

The meeting was conducted via GoToMeeting and was called to order at 4:35pm.

Participating were Joyce Marcel, Connie Kimball, Betsy Wagenknecht, John Komar, Sue Dyer, Kate Wylie, Cindy Hutcheson, Karen Duggan, Starr LaTronica and Courtney Carey for the library, and visitor Bob Oeser.

The secretary’s report was approved.

The treasury balance as of July 31, 2020 was $44,323.94. The report was accepted and will be filed for audit. Connie presented the YTD comparison budget as well.

Karen is taking a year’s leave, so we will need a recording secretary. Please let Joyce know if you are interested.

The Friends will be the official sponsor of the First Wednesdays program this year. Joyce made the decision without board approval due to time constraints, but no one objected to this.

The Finance Committee suggested we consider participating in “Giving Tuesday” on Amazon.com. Starr will check into this and work with Bob Oeser to set it up if it is a possibility.

We agreed to continue to fund and use the Friends’ website. We also agreed that we need to keep the website up to date by posting timely news and information. Joyce will check on the website usage metrics with Barb Ackerman.

We voted to support the Vermont Humanities Council First Wednesdays program with a donation of $2500. Starr shared that the first programs will be virtual, with the hope of going live as soon as feasible.

It is noted that as part of our budget, our fundraising is now in two branches: corporate (such as sponsorships) and individual.

As we are not actively fundraising, and do not know if we can have a winter book sale, we agreed to try a brown bag book sale fundraiser. Betsy and Cindy will work on the details for using the books we already have donated and will ask for help as needed.

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First Wednesdays

The popular First Wednesdays series, free and open to the public, returns for another season at Brooks Memorial Library! Sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council and the local businesses listed below, the lectures are held on the first Wednesday of the month at 7PM in the Main Reading Room. You’ll find a description of all the lectures here.

We are grateful to our local sponsors, including Against the Grain, Brattleboro Autobody & Detailing, Brattleboro Retreat, Everyone’s Books, GPI Construction, New Chapter, The Richards Group, The Vermont Country Store, and Windham World Affairs Council.

Fourth of July

The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library got to strut their new banner in Brattleboro’s 2019 Fourth of July parade.

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Our Mission

The mission of the Friends is to support the Brooks Library through advocacy, public relations, and fundraising in order to provide the highest quality library services to the community.

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Friends of Brooks Memorial Library

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Brattleboro, VT  05301