Meeting Minutes

Friends of HPL

Minutes of the May 16, 2019 Meeting 

Present: Nick Berry, Ellie Davids, Beth Clark, Kathie Clark, Jen Mabee, Irene White, Liz Vezina

Call to order
Beth opened the meeting at 6pm.

4/18/19 minutes were approved as presented.

Financial Report
Reviewing our processes:  Invoices of @$20 go to Maureen (her mail folder at HPL) for payment. Amounts of over that will either come to our next meeting or be approved by emailing officers.

Amazon Smile has brought us $6.58 the first 3 months of 2019.

Re honoraria: tabled till next meeting.

New Balance: Maureen will provide.

School Liaison
Liz gave out library applications, bookmarks, SRP brochures, and pencils at the Literacy Fair. She will represent us next fall at Open House.
Community Reads, 5/3 and 5/31. 6 Friends have participated. Volunteer training 5/31.

Fund Raising
Yard, Book, and Plant Sale 6/1 – We took in $486.00.

Sand Art went well. The 2 Lyme Videos plus David’s instructions on using permethrin were appreciated. Sewing with Patience has a small but grateful following. Nick gave tours to 4 groups from St. Albans School: very positive response.

May: Fish biologist Wes Ashe.

June13, 6 pm, Donna Dyrek: organic gardening – Bring your questions.

July: a photographer friend of Tim’s – Beth will contact Tim for more info.

August: Michael Rekrut, Hiking in Nepal – Maureen will get publicity info to Helen.

May 28, 7 pm: Let’s Talk About It – The first book is Wintersong. Next month’s will be on The Long-Distance Runner.

SRP offers many exciting topics and prizes. Registration is on-going until 6/29

Please continue to get info to Helen for RTE.

Blow-up Planetarium – This wasn’t available this year.

Book Box to celebrate Hartland’s 200th anniversary – Tiemer Rowe has given us an invoice. Maureen will present it to Board.


New Business
Transition Plan with Beth and John’s moving. They will be sorely missed. Ellie will serve as Interim President until October’s Annual Meeting.

Upcoming Events

Story Hour every Sat. at 10:30 am

May 28: Let’s Talk About It, 7 pm – Wintersong with Dr. Joshua Kerksmar. Check out his credentials at

May 29: Fish Biologist Wes Ashe, 7 pm

May 30: Trustee Meeting re fundraising, 6 pm – Interested Friends are invited. KVCAP, HPL, and ITCC will meet. Nick has begun to apply for grants. To build an all-new library will cost > $1 million, to renovate the existing school: @ $200,000.

May 31: Community Reads 9 am; Volunteer Training at noon.

June 1: Yard/Plant/Book Sale 9 am to 1 pm



Next Meeting
Thursday, August 22, 6 pm

Respectfully submitted,
Kathie Clark, Secretary


Friends of HPL

Minutes of 04/18/2019 Meeting

Present: Ellie Davids, Helen Gallagher, Irene Snow, John Clark, Jen Mabee

Call to Order: ​6pm. Adjourned 7pm.

03/21/2019 minutes: ​Accepted unanimously with date correction (03/2/19 to 03/21/19).

Financial Report: ​1) Previous balance $1860.48
2) Unanimous approval for $105 State Park Pass and $32.14 for craft supplies (Melody Braley and Beth Clark}

Move Progress: ​No discussion as Nick was absent. Continue at next meeting.

School Liaison: ​Community Reads, 5/3 and 5/31

Fundraising: ​1)​ ​Yard/Book/Plant Sale Sat. 06/01/19 9am 1pm
-Irene will design poster
-Helen will advertise in newspapers and on Facebook
-John will advertise in Uncle Henrys and on various other websites
-Looking for seedlings, flowers, housewares, and of course books
-Wrapping up details at next meeting
=when item collection / sorting will occur
=scheduling of workers
2) John disclosed a secret fundraising technique (involving losing lottery tickets). He
recently earned enough losing points to buy a computer which he then delivered to the St. Albans Elementary School. *This is the fourth computer he has donated to schools this way!


1)​ Review 

-Bee Talk – 10 people attended 

-With Needles and Patience – meeting Thursdays 3pm 4:30pm

-Lyme Talk – 4 people attended

-Family Reading Carnival great turnout
=Ellie and The Lyons Club would like to thank everyone who helped out. Over 1000​
Books entered our community!!
=There was a good steady flow of families with great child participation.

2) Upcoming

-Lyme Talk II Friday 05/10 6pm – 8pm

-Lets Talk About It (Maine Reads) Book Discussion Group   =Book 1 is Winter Dance Tuesday 05/28 

-Future programs – Dates TBD
=Fish biologist Wes Ashe
=Local author Bette Stephens
=Michael Rekrut, Hiking in Nepal

-Summer Reading Program A Universe of Stories
=Start date / sign ups still TBD Finale 08/14/2019
=Programs (starred programming means Nick needs volunteers)
#Week of July 4​th:​ Legos in Space*
#July 24-25​th ​ 2pm 4pm Maine Discovery Museum
#Art with Johanna Sorensen
#Space Theater*
#Moon Landing Craft*
#Finale under the stars with telescope / planetarium(?)
=A few questions were left for Nick: When does school end, and has there been
outreach regarding program? Is there an attraction for opening day? Will programming
budget pay for attractions?

Publicity: Helen will advertise for Summer Reading Program and (yard sale).​

Old Business: 1)​ Planetarium should be reserved soon.
2) Boyscouts coming to weed gardens, date TBD

New Business: 1)​ A Little Library is being considered to commemorate Hartlands 200​th​ Anniversary In 2020. (Possibly in conjunction with the Board of Trustees)
-An estimate given by Tiemre Rowe (who built one for St. Albans) was $400-$450
-Sentiment of those present was universally favorable
-A suggested spot is near the Town Office/Gazebo

2)State Park Pass
-Cost is $105 A family may check out the State Park Pass for 1 day
-FOL voted and approved motion to buy pass for library patrons
-Helen will advertise
-John will pick up pass on Monday in Augusta

Upcoming Events: 1) Storytime and puppet shows continue on Saturdays at 10:30am​
Needles and Patience continue on Thursdays at 3pm
Lyme Talk II Friday May 10​th
Community Reads May 3​rd​ and 31rst
Yard/Plant/Book sale Saturday June 1rst (collections week before)




Friends of HPL, Minutes of 3/21/19 Meeting
Present: David Bernard, his guest Diane, Nick Berry, Beth Clark, John Clark, Kathie Clark, Ellie Davids, Helen Gallagher, Jen Mabee, Tim Rowe

Call to Order
6 pm. Adjourned 8 pm

2/21/2019 minutes
Accepted unanimously

Financial Report
Income: $35 (membership), Expenses: none
Balance: $1860.48

Move Progress
Group met 3/6. USDA and many other grants are available. Chris L. MAY be able to get a $million grant and then offer HPL a long-term lease for $1.00.
Nick is very busy researching the many grants.

School Liaison
Beth reports 4 volunteers are reading with individuals at St. Albans School weekly.

Family Reading Carnival, 4/6, 10:30-1. 16 boxes of new books were donated by a publisher, and more coming from Literacy Volunteers. Helen and Kathie will help sort 3/23. John and Beth will go with Ellie 3/27 to Bangor. Many activities are planned. Nick and Beth will have tables. Jen, Faith, and John will lead Readers’ Theater.

Community Reads, 5/3 or 31. David will participate.

Library Tour: not yet.

Fund Raising
Yard/Book/Plant Sale is tentatively Sat., 6/1, 9 to 1.
Please collect stuff!

Read to Me: not much feedback, but increased awareness. RBG movie and Ceramic coasters very good.

With Needles and Patience will begin Thur., 3/28, 3 to 4:30 pm. Weekly offerings of a variety of projects with Patience Bailey.

Lyme Disease presentation by John, Thurs., 4/11, 5-7 pm.  Can you bring light refreshments?

May: Fish biologist Wes Ashe? (?Marek, Julie)

June/July: Michael Rekrut, Hiking in Nepal?

Let’s Talk About It, end of summer. Meet with facilitator to discuss 5 chosen books.

Educational Legos with Nick during April vacation.  Pre-register. Age 4-12. Could be displayed in glass case. Jen and Faith will help.

Summer Reading Program. Lots of projects: art, telescope, rockets(?), ME Discovery Museum; planetarium (Nick will ask Chris about having it on town land; David will check its availability 2nd week of Aug.)

Re sandwich board. To keep it safe, house it each evening. Anyone have a used dolly to make moving it easier?

Friends of HPL Banner – Beth is making one! We WILL reimburse her.

Old Business
Coffee House: modify to less involved/costly offerings. Human Library. Home concerts or in collaboration with Newport and Pittsfield.

MSL grant – David will continue to research this.

Summerfest: Beth will offer Giant Bubbles.

New Business
Capital Campaign – See sheet Beth brought to meeting.

Cub Scouts will weed the library gardens!

Upcoming Events
Story Hours every Sat. at 10:30 am.
With Needles and Patience Thurs., 3/28, 3-4:30 pm
Bee Talk with Hutchins Hives, Fri., 3/29, 3 pm
Kids Crafts Sock Puppets and Puppet Theater, Sat. 3/30, 11 am
Family Reading Carnival, Sat., April 6, 10:30 – 1 pm
Community Reads May 3 or 31

Next Meeting
Thurs., April 18, 6 pm

Respectfully submitted,
Kathie Clark, Secretar