Ms. Fogarty reported on a number of items and projects:
The Mason Square Branch Library's grand re-opening is set for April 13-15.
The Library has submitted applications for two grants: an LSTA grant for Conversation Circles and a Community Development Block grant for a Teen Leaders program.
She talked about staff workshops at the Library led by Linda Franklin, from the Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS). Workshops give an overview for staff about available services for homeless people. Ms. Fogarty explained that it is in the planning process for a social worker from HHS to be scheduled at the Central Library for a few hours a week.
Action Teams have been working on initiatives and projects, sharing skills to help solve problems and issues.
The Library had one submission for an Massachusetts Library Association PR Award.
The Library is submitting items for Urban Library Council Awards, with all submission posted on their website, bringing visibility to the Springfield City Library system.
Some (8-10) staff members will be visiting the Haverhill Public Library to learn about new technology used there, such as automatic sorting machines.
The all-staff Development Day is April 8, with a bus trip to the Cambridge Public Library planned.
Wowbrary, an email notification service (group purchase through CWMARS) is getting many sign-ups from patrons interested in learning about new books, DVDs, CDs, etc.
E-Readers for seniors were launched March 1. Additional readers have been purchased and all ages will be able to check these out.
Ms. Leaders gave an update on renovations at the Mason Square Branch Library:
Roof being replaced at this time
Laminate work completed
Carpeting nearly done
City crew doing excellent job painting and refinishing shelves
New shelves to be delivered week of March 14
Annie's Reading Porch and furniture to be delivered week of March 14
Computers and 3M equipment to be delivered and installed week of March 21
Sitterly Movers scheduled for March 23
Work to begin on Mason Square Community Room week of March 23
Install self-check machines, security gates and audio/visual in Community Room week of March 28
Grand Re-opening Days April 13-15