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January 5, 2017


Bryan-Bennett Library Board of Trustees Ad hoc Remodeling Committee

January 5, 2017, at 5 p.m. at the Library


I.             Call to Order

Chairperson Joyce Raver called the meeting of the Bryan-Bennett Library Board Ad hoc Remodeling Committee to order at 10 a.m. on January 5, 2017.

II.            Members attending

Present: Chairperson Joyce Raver; Committee members Jane Gaston and Tom Champion; and Library Director Kim Keller.

III.          Minutes November 3, 2016

Mr. Champion made a motion, seconded by Ms. Gaston, to approve minutes from the November 3, 2016, Committee meeting. Motion approved.

IV.          Continued Discussion of Library Renovation

The Committee looked over signage that had been installed for the William Jennings Bryan area, the Friends of the Library Room and the Genealogy room from Birch Graphics of Salem. They also looked over the large map installed in the children’s area.

Committee Chairperson Raver said that local plumber Ed Daniels will be removing the old sink in the Women’s Rest Room and installing 2 new handicapped-accessible sinks in the Women’s Rest Room.

The Committee authorized Director Keller to purchase mats to be placed in front of the urinals in the Men’s Rest Room.

The Committee set a ribbon cutting and open house to celebrate the renovation project. The open house was set for 5-6:30 p.m. on January 17, and the ribbon cutting is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. on January 17. The ribbon cutting will be conducted by the Salem Chamber of Commerce.

Committee member Gaston said that she would get the cookies, supplies for the punch, cups and napkins for the event.

Director Keller was asked to handle publicity for the event, to write a palm card that outlines the accomplishments of the project, and to invite city officials and others associated with the project.

Director Keller was instructed to set up the Reference Room.

Committee Member Gaston said that she, Chairperson Joyce Raver, Committee Member Tom Champion and Board member Jack McGuire could set up the William Jennings Bryan area and place the other new furniture in the Library on January 16.

A sale of extra furnishings will be discussed at the Library Board meeting on January 17.

Among the items committee members said do not match with the new décor and should be sold are a needlepoint tapestry of a Japanese garden. It was decided that two clown paintings could be returned to the late artist’s daughter.


The meeting adjourned at 11:10 a.m.

Respectfully submitted by,

Kim Keller