November 4, 2020

Union Free Public Library Board of Directors Meeting Minutes 11-4-20


Members present: Ellen Silbermann, Bertha Syphers, Ed Capomacchio, Karen Calabrese, Library Director Cailin Rae, and Assistant Librarian Donna Jellen


The meeting was held via Zoom Video Conference and called to order at 6:54 p.m.


Secretary’s Report

  • The minutes from the last meeting on October 7, 2020 were unavailable at the time of the meeting.


Old Business


  • Cailin reported that the Halloween event was successful, drawing in families and visitors to the library. The library offered goodie bags (outside) and hot cider (inside).
  • Hoopla, month of October, 25 people used the app, total of 82 circulations
  • Rose Novak officially submitted her resignation, as of October 31


New Business


  • The Board discussed the interviews and voted to approve two of the three applicants that applied for the vacant Board positions.  Ellen made a motion to approve the selection of applicants, and the motion was seconded by Bertha.
  • Ellen will inform applicants of board approval pending final approval of the Board of Selectman.
  • The Board discussed the possibility of getting Wifi Hotspots for the patrons of the library to use. Further research is needed.
  • Cailin contacted the Union School regarding setting up a book exchange program (grades 1-4) and e-reading (middle school).
  • Cailin will be receiving virtual training on Windows 10 and the new interface, via Zoom, from Bibliomation in March 2021.
  • Cailin created a mailer notifying the residents of Union of the new extended library hours, available curbside pick-up, Hoopla and the online catalog available.



The next meeting will be held via Zoom Video Conference on Wednesday, December 2, at 7:00 p.m.


Ed made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:55 p.m. Ellen seconded the motion. It passed and the meeting was adjourned at 7:55 p.m.



Respectfully submitted,


Karen Calabrese