The Focus groups had an okay response in terms of numbers and excellent response in feedback.
- Senior Citizens are interested in e-readers. Jan Denney from Elder Services is buying several with grant money and they will be provided at the Senior Center. In the future the Library could offer e-readers (Sony Readers) or could be trained on e-readers to assist patrons and the Senior Center (partner with) have the knowledge to train patrons on e-readers.
- Young mothers who are busy and work full-time jobs would like having pre-selected books that they could run in and pick up quickly.
- Russian community lost their bi-lingual librarian so they are coming less and less because of the language barrier it creates.
The new Library website is launching June 15th.
City Council budget hearing is June 10th, 5pm at City Hall. The department hearing went well. The Councilors are in support of the Library. It would be good if the Commissioners attended. Two of the City Councilors are holding office hours in two library branches so that they can see what is going on in the libraries. It was suggested that the Councilors take a bus tour of all the branches when the weather is nice.
The Urban League has found a temporary space. They could be out as early as July or as late as September. There have been meetings with Steve Jablonski to discuss furniture and the redesign of Mason Square. The roof will need to be replaced. The lead-time on the renovations is three months. There will be outside programming in the summer. The Urban League will be paying rent they owed to us after they move out.
September 26th is the tentative date for the dedication of the Emily Bader Children's Room (Emily's Place). Ceremony and dedication at 11 am. Will obtain the Mass Live comments from the funeral home to post at ceremony.
TD BankNorth donated $4,000 towards the Summer Reading Club.
The Forest Park Branch received an award from the Springfield Preservation Trust in honor of the recent renovations.
Basketball Hall of Fame sculptural memorial marking the birthplace of basketball August 8th. We would like to partner with the Basketball Hall of Fame and have Hall of Famer's read or participate in a library program.
The Friends of the Library are getting the bookstore going. There are new board members, including Don Courtemanche, who is taking point on the project. Other possible uses for the space would be fundraisers and events to benefit the Library and use the bookstore for outreach.