Friends of the Portsmouth Public Library, Inc.
March 15, 2022
Board members present: Amanda Taft, Ellen Franke, Toby Pennell, Deborah Gallagher,
Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 5:00 outside at the Starbucks on High St.
Minutes: The 1/18/2022 and 2/12/2022 minutes were reviewed.
Financial Report by Treasurer: Ellen reported $46,551.99 in the Operating Fund. $14,844.69 in the Copier fund and $27,152.47 in the CD as of 3/15/22.
Unfinished Business: Ellen and Deb reviewed the plans (decorations and finger food) for the April 26 board meeting. We will reserve the Coleman Room at the Churchland library from 3 - 6, with the meeting from 4 - 5:30. We will plan for 30 - 40 people and ask for the RSVP by 4/16/22. Mia has the invitations all designed and will send out a “save the date” email since timing is short. They will go out by email and mail to the members that don’t have email addresses listed. We reviewed the agenda. Mia is continuing to research a new logo for FOPPL because the previous one is just off the internet and may be copyrighted. The copier account continues to be of concern. More research is being done to see what our options are. FOPPL could use a grant for the copiers but that wouldn’t help in the long term and it would have to be reapplied for every year. It appears we can get out of the contract with a 90 day notice. The copiers are ours (paid for) but the contract is for servicing and ink. Ellen will check for local companies to fix copiers and get ink from.
New Business: Ellen has not heard back from our tax person, Wendy Goldberg. Toby will ask her tax preparer if they could handle a tax statement for a non-profit. We got our new Old Towne license and it is up on the bulletin board at the Main library book sale. Toby asked if the foreign language books could be donated to a school language program and we agreed to let her pursue this. The Book Nook has new hours on Tuesday for 4 - 6 now.
Library Director’s Report: Not asked.
Meeting was adjourned at 5:52.