Hybrid Friends of the Pasco County Library Meeting
10:30am, September 22, 2021
I. Roll Call
Roz Fenton – Friends of Pasco County President
Caroline Westerhof – Friends of Pasco County Vice President
Mary Beth Isaacson – Regional Branch Manager – Starkey Ranch Library
Laura Escamilla - Branch Manager – Starkey Ranch Library
Glen Thompson – Friend - Hugh Embry – Treasurer
Rachel Longstaff – Friend – Land O’ Lakes
Angelo Liranzo – Regional Branch Manager - Hugh Embry/New River
Danielle Lee – Branch Manager - New River
Nola Branche – Friend - Hudson Library
Wendy Rutherford – Branch Manager - Hudson
Lisa Morgan – Library Division Manager
Kathleen Rothstein – Regional Branch Manager - Land O’ Lakes
Bob Harrison – Library Marketing Manager
Hasina Akhter – Librarian II – System Services
Tracy Blimes – Regional Branch Manager – Regency Park
Lorraine Longo – Friends of Pasco County Library Treasurer
Nancy Fredericks – Libraries Administrator
Kevin Griffith - Libraries Administrator
Gail – Friend – Land O’ Lakes – Vice President
Ginger Fredrickson – Friends – Land O’ Lakes
Kimberly Nordon-Parks – Branch Manager – South Holiday
Catherine Seavey – Branch Manager – Centennial Park
Mary Kate Downing – Branch Manager – Regency Park
Susan – Friend – Regency Park Library
Becky Finley – Friend – New River - Secretary
Kiersten Backus – Secretary
II. Approve/Review Minutes
Motion to approve minutes by Caroline Westerhof seconded by Ginger Fredrickson.
III. Officer/Committee Report
- a. President Report
The Friends Cookbook is currently in the production and editing stages. Recipes are still being accepted. The tentative launch date is around the middle of December depending on editing and printing. The online library store that was discussed at prior meetings will no longer be taking place. The project offered too many obstacles at this time to make it profitable. All members are encouraged to submit any fundraising ideas to Kierstenb@pascolibraries.org. Roz Fenton thanks the Friends for the Little Free Libraries around the County. Anyone that is interested in sponsoring a Little Free Library can reach out to Kierstenb@pascolibraries.org for more information. The bumper sticker initiative was a big hit. It was mentioned purchasing more and placing them in the book club kits.
- b. Vice President Report
Nothing to report
- c. Treasurer Report
Nancy Fredericks reported on the County Wide Friends finances for January to July. Friends of the Library have two CDS with BB&T Bank along with Wells Fargo Bank Checking Account.
IV. Unfinished Business
- a. Remodel Schedule
Reviewed current remodel schedule.
- b. Strategic Plan
Reviewed the new 3-year Strategic Plan that was approved by the Board of County Commissioners and became effective October 2021. There are three points of focus for the new plan, Education, Culture, and Community. These three points and a layout of the new plan are available to view on YouTube
- c. National Friends of the Library Week
The Friends will be honored through a resolution at an October Board of County Commissioner Meeting. Once the date is set it will be sent out to all Friends to attend. The staff is also working on a video to say thank you to all the Friends. This video will be shared on social media, email and in the newsletter.
- d. Other
The Fall Friends Newsletter was created and will be sent out to all. The Newsletter is a great tool to solicit new Friends.
V. New Business
- a. Approve 2021 Bylaws
No changes have been made to Bylaws, presented at the meeting for approval.
Motion to approve made by Angelo Liranzo and seconded by Caroline Westerhof. No one opposed.
- b. Approve County Wide Friends of the Library Accountant Kathy Shelledy
If approved Kathy Shelledy an accountant in Hudson will maintain the Friends financial records at no charge. Ms. Shelledy, CPA will be responsible for tracking the expenses and providing quarterly financial statements for the meetings. QuickBooks will be closed as of September 30th 2021. Ms. Shelledy would start new records as of October 1, 2021. There will not be a contract written, there are emails to back up transactions.
Motion to approve made by Roz Fenton and seconded by Angelo Liranzo.
- c. Customer Satisfaction Survey
Reviewed annual customer satisfaction infographic. Overall rating was 92% and customers service rating was 93%.
- d. Statistics
Reviewed statistics that compared visits prior to COVID 19, during COVID closures and after reopening. The statistics reviewed only reflect the amount of people that are coming through the door. Since COVID the library has put a lot of focus on virtual programing.
- e. Friends Fundraising Ideas
Centennial Park and South Holiday Friends are raising money through a gift basket donation programs. All groups are encouraged to think of County Wide fundraiser ideas and send them to Kierstenb@pascolibraries.org.
VI. Branch Reports
- a. Regency Park
Library staff has been recording and posting Regency Fresh Staff Picks Cooking videos once a month. Story times are being offered at Lake Lisa Park. The Prodigy Arts will be coming to the branch and offering classes every Monday. The Mobile Makerspace will be used systemwide beginning October 1. Grant obligations have been fulfilled.
- b. Hudson
The sidewalk storywalk that is offered every Saturday has been updated. There is also a Friends sidewalk book sale. Studio H has been busy with about 3 recordings sessions 5 days a week. There was an actual album that was recorded at this location.
- c. Land O Lakes
The Land O’ Lakes Library is currently under remodel and the Friends continue to support programing at the Land O’ Lakes Recreation Center. Story times, yoga and tai-chi are among the few programs being offered. The back of the recreation center near the dog park is used as a holds pick up location. The location is open Tuesday and Thursday 12-6pm and Saturday 12-5pm.
- d. Hugh Embry/New River
Hugh Embry Library is currently under construction. The Dade City Senior Center is used as a drop of location 2 days a week. New River Library’s Discovery Garden now has a new logo. Some patrons are visiting the garden to have lunch and relax. The Garden has officially been turned over to the Library. People who have reservations to use the 28 planter beds have been contacted to start grow planting. There are currently 52 people on the waiting list for planter beds. Road construction has resumed at the New River Library with a different contractor.
- e. South Holiday/Centennial Park
South Holiday Library is currently closed for remodel and staff is housed at Centennial Park Library. The branches are hosting joint story time outreach at Anclote River Park twice a month on Thursdays.
- f. Starkey Ranch TLC
The Starkey Library has been opened for about 2 months. The partnership with the School has been going well. There have been some programs offered and working on expanding.
- g. Systemwide Services
Hasina Akhter has reported on behalf of System Services. There is a new book leasing program to get popular books out faster. They are currently working on a new collection for South Holiday and Hugh Embry. The Books by Mail program has been successful and continues to increase. The website is being revamped to make the site more user friendly.
- h. Fiscal
The County’s FY2022 is about to begin October 1, 2021. Fiscal services are wrapping up all purchasing and records for the current FY2021 year. Paula Wahl has been meeting with the branches quarterly on how to implement the new budget and keep programs moving.
- i. Marketing and Communications
The Communications team is working on vehicle wraps for all the Library vans. Jordan Miltner has designed the wraps. These vehicles are a great way to advertise. Social Media is continuing to engage more and more people. Amaris Papadopoulos has been working on connecting the Library System with business around Pasco County.
Next Meeting - Wednesday, December 15, 2021 10:30 a.m. – Location: Starkey Ranch Theatre Library Cultural Center: 12118 Lake Blanche Drive, Odessa, FL 33556.
- VIII. Adjourn
Meeting was adjourned 11:40 a.m.