Ashby Free Public Library
Board of Trustees
First, the Board of Library Trustees would like to thank Helen Nash for her many years of service. Helen retired from the Board at the end of 2000. Helen was a library trustee since 1963 and over the years gave a great deal of time to the library re-shelving library books, assisting the director in purchasing library materials and even serving as janitor for a time. Helen served most recently as the financial secretary and on the scholarship committee. We thank her for her generosity of time, spirit and knowledge.
In the past year, library hours were expanded by five hours per week. The budget was increased by about $1,700.00 for an appropriated budget of $22,650.00 to support services. The current library budget costs less per capita per year than renting one video per month or buying a hardcover bestseller per year. The library computers were updated. There is public internet access at the library.
The Trustees formalized some policies as part of a new library policy handbook. The policy book as well as Trustee monthly meeting notes are available for public review at the library.
The library scholarship committee awarded 47 scholarships this year; three were for academic achievement (see recipient list below and see library treasurers report for the academic recipient list).
Long term planning for the library includes addressing inadequate space and building deficiencies. An open house to highlight proposed building plans was held in April. The Trustees are applying for a state construction grant through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners to support possible expansion. The grant application was submitted January 18, 2001 and awards will be announced sometime in June.
James Barrette Jules Pelto
Michele Batchelder JoAnn Dik
Sondra Braneff Jessica Dik
Kristina Caron Rene Thibaudeau
Jennifer Craigen Greg Lonnquist
Steven Craigen Lyndsey Stacy
Robert LeBlanc Amy Goubeaud
Matthew Leonard Justin Adams
Stacy Miller Leanna Aho
Christopher Money Brian Bigwood
Nathaniel Myles Krystal Malone
Derek Oetinger Peter Mason II
Jeni Pernaa Abbi Pernaa
Tracie Pouliot Amy Cline
Richard Shaw III Richard Barrette
Melissa McMurray Gina Tacconi-Moore
Kristine Belliveau Betty Lou Morey
John Lehtinen Brooke Lagasse
Brian Lehtinen Cassandra Daley
Jean Manney Monica Adams
Emily LeMay Peter Barrette
Allisen LeMay Derick Fors