Board Meetings are held the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm here at the library. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Lawrence Memorial Board of Trustees

Meeting Minutes

July 18, 2018



Board Members:  Caroline Engvall, Mary Yates,  Jill Mackler,


Staff:  Nancy Wilson


Visitors: Paulita Washburn, Isadora Beck, Noah Engvall


Visitor Business: Paulita has come to the meeting to advocate for a snake as a pet in the children’s room. She suggests a ball python as they are relatively easy to feed and don’t require much care. Noah and Isadora are snake fans as well. Paulita was inspired by the keen interest in the 802 Snake program that kicked off the summer reading program in June. She thinks having a snake will bring educational opportunities and attract new folks to the library. Nancy is concerned about safety when there is no adult in the children’s room and by the fact that Marita actually has expressed interest in having something different from the snake in the children’s room. Marita has suggested hissing cockroaches or a tortoise. Other issues are what will happen with people who are afraid of snakes, also whose responsibility it will be to take care of the snake if Paulita can’t. It is decided that no matter the pet in the children’s room it must be owned by someone who takes responsibility and can bring it home if it needs to leave the library. After lengthy discussion the issue is tabled until all of the board members can be part of the discussion.


Librarian’s Report:

Nancy has submitted a written report.


Statistics are up, especially for downloadable audio and ebooks.


Treasurer’s Report:

Nancy and Mary met with Patrick Berry to sign the Memorandum of Understanding. Nancy received the final copy, signed by the VCF President and CEO, Dan Smith. We will put VCF contact information on our website donation page.


The treasurer’s reports show no change in value for our investments. Last month Mary and Nancy took a look after meeting with Patrick and did see a change in value. Nancy will contact bookkeeper Nancy Palermo-Lee to see what’s up.


Old Business:

Nancy will check in with Town Administrator, Valerie Capels, about the painting of the steps in August. She also needs to follow up with the electricians at Eastview.


We will begin to discuss the Ten Below Variety Show at the next meeting.



New Business: It is decided to take August off. The next board meeting will be September 19th at 6:30 at the library.


Adjournment: Meeting adjourned at 7:45


Agenda for the next meeting (September 19th at 6:30)


  1. Review agenda
  2. Visitor’s business
  3. Review of and acceptance of meeting minutes
  4. Librarian’s report
  5. Treasurer’s report—budget and investments
  6. Old Business
  7. New business
  8. Summary
  9. Next meeting date