April 2023 Minutes

Minutes for April 25, 2023 – Board of Library Trustees

In Attendance: Wendy Neil, Karen Nugent, Director Marie Letarte, Sarah Laganellii, Gloria Parkinson. 

Colby Armstrong and Francisco Ramos were not there.

No public comment

Call to Order at 6:00 pm by Wendy Neil

Motion to accept by Karen, 2nd by Sarah all accepted

Approval of March minutes for March by Sarah, 2nd by Wendy, all approved


            Director’s Report

Strategic Plan Approval

  Jill Ashton pulled papers for open Trustee position

Dishing out Drag – program being challenged by president of Friends; patron declined to follow official channels to fill out form or attend the Trustee meeting. Instead, she disapproved publicly on Facebook,

library is anti-censorship “The Bigelow Free Public Library does not censor, but instead follows board-approved Collection Management and Programs policies”

            Motion to approve of the library’s noncensorship policy by Gloria, 2nd by Karen, all approved

                        Strategic planning review                               

                        Friends Update

84 members

Looking for board and committee members

            Subcommittee update

                        Building and facilities

                        Advocacy and outreach

Quotes for new signs

Motion to approve up to $10,000 for sign made by Gloria, 2nd by Karen, all approved


Minor amendments to phrasing for proposed policies: Collection Management, Programs, Displays

Motion To approve with updates to all policies by Wendy, 2nd by Gloria, all approved

Director’s Evaluation procedure

     For Trustees to fill out

Unfinished business

New business


Date of next meeting May 23, Tuesday @ 6pm

Motion to adjourn at 7:25 by Wendy, 2nd by Gloria, all approved

Minutes submitted by Gabrielle Turcotte