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FOPPL BOARD MEETING: September 21, 2022

Friends of the Portsmouth Public Library, Inc.

September 21, 2022

Board Members present: Amanda Taft, Deborah Gallagher, Ellen Franke, Toby Pennell, Mia Taft

Call to Order: The meeting was held at Churchland Book Nook area. Amanda called the meeting to order at 7:00.

Minutes: The 7/22/22 minutes were reviewed.

Correspondence: Ellen reported that Louise Johnson had sent us a $100.00 donation. Toby will send out a thank you note.

Financial Report by Treasurer: Ellen reported the Operating Account has a balance of $50,971.97 as of 9/21/2022.The Copier Account is $11,205.03 as of 9/21/22. The CD has $27,155.16.

Unfinished Business: We decided to not renew our membership with the American Library Association. No news from Rachel about the “1000 books before Kindergarten” program numbers. Mia has not ordered the new book sale signs but will try to do it before the next meeting. Our copier contract with ESI is over (August 31, 2022) and Ellen is reviewing companies for us to use for servicing as needed. FOPPL is still maintaining those copiers. ESI is trying to “make a deal” with PPL to take over all the copiers but nothing has been decided yet.

New Business: The annual meeting is Oct. 25, 2022 at the Coleman Room from 4 - 5:30. The room is reserved from 3 - 6. Deb announced that she would be out of town at that time but was willing to help. All the current board is willing to serve another 2 year term. Amanda has let Todd Elliot know the date so he can present the Library Director's report. Ellen volunteered to let us use her Cosco card for the food. The invitations are done and will be sent out by mail and by email. We already have the decorations. We are having a silent auction of 10 items (2 pictures from the book sale area, book sets, a ceramic pot of Mia’s, etc.?) and a raffle for JoJack gift cards (if they are still valid). Toby will assemble the silent auction items and send out a text so that the board can approve the choices. Ellen will check to see if the gift cards are valid. Ellen will add Book Nook volunteer names to the member list and Amanda has updated it. Amanda will call some of the ones that didn’t renew this year.

Library Director’s Report: Not asked.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:00.

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