East Longmeadow Library Plans for Summer Reading Kickoff and Scholarship Expansion

The East Longmeadow Library Board met on June 5th, 2024, discussing plans for the upcoming summer reading program and approving a new donation policy. The library is gearing up for a summer reading program kickoff event scheduled for June 11th, with over 350 participants already registered within the first five days. Additionally, the Friends of the East Longmeadow Public Library have decided to award three scholarships next year, an increase from the two awarded this year.

During the meeting, the library director highlighted the successful children’s programs, with 838 program attendees in May, and the transition of Erica Petroski to the new Reference Services Supervisor position. The board was informed that the adult and teen programs also saw robust participation and that the library would continue to utilize Beanstack for summer reading program activities.

The library’s circulation statistics were discussed, noting a slight decrease from April but an increase from the previous year. The board was apprised of a recent buy one get one sale by the Friends due to an abundance of donations.

A significant portion of the meeting focused on the new donation policy, which was reviewed and approved with a correction to the document date. The policy outlines the acceptance of monetary and material donations, specifying the library’s rights to refuse or dispose of donations and the tax-deductible nature of monetary contributions.

The library’s strategic plan was also addressed, with over 440 community surveys submitted to help shape the library’s future services. The board was updated on the plan’s progress, including a scheduled meeting with the library supervisors and the strategic plan consultant to prioritize services and draft the plan.

Additionally, the Friends reported on their previous meeting, celebrating the awarding of the Bernard and Norma Vinck Memorial Scholarship to two local students and announcing a decision to increase the number of scholarships next year. Plans for the Friends’ 30th-anniversary celebration and upcoming fundraising events were also shared.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.
Town Manager:
Thomas D. Christensen
Library Board Officials:
David Boucher, Cynthia MacNaught, Amy Johnson, Larry Bauman, Nancy O’Connor, Amy Pawle

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