She’s willing to serve, and the Administration subcommittee will work out the details with her. She likely will only be able to work for a limited time, because she’s a city retiree.
I’ll write more about the Library Board meeting after story time.
Update, March 30 — Then again, I fell asleep after story time.
So — as you read in today’s T&G, Penny Johnson will be asked to be an interim head librarian. Because she is a retiree, she’ll likely work a reduced schedule (Tues-Thurs, or something similar) and the Board will need to interview and hire a new head librarian in a relatively quick timeline. They will be request that the City Manager authorize Anne Hrobsky, Denise Faucher, Kevin Dowd (library board chair), and (perhaps) the interim head librarian have signature authority for anything that requires a head librarian signature until a new head librarian is installed.
Bill Coleman had asked why an internal candidate wasn’t being brought forward as an interim head librarian; Kevin Dowd said that this was considered, but that they hope that the interim period will be short.
The next time you visit, you may notice that the library has signs directing smokers away from the entrances, and that the cigarette receptacles (I have no idea what outside ashtrays are called) have been moved as well.
This is likely part of a larger move on the city regarding smoking buffer zones, and I believe an ordinance is being drafted and will be available for review in a couple of weeks. (I think the library board has greater powers to make these kinds of changes to library property, which is why you see this change at the library but not at other city government properties. It should also be noted that I have no opinion on this; I’m not a fan of smoking, but the smokers don’t particularly bother me.)
Youth — which, in this case, I think is a code word for “Teens”
(At this point, I should note that I have a cultural difficulty with the word “youth,” because Romanians use the word differently than almost any other group in the world — “youth” can mean anyone under 45 or so. I thought I was exempt from being a “youth” now that I’m married with two kids — because once I had one kid, I’m not qualified to be called a “bride”, which is another one of those things that means something else to us than it does to the rest of the universe. But my dad corrected me: “You’re not 50, you’re still a youth.”)
In this case, Bill Coleman was discussing applying for grant money to have a part-time youth activities coordinator, for 3-4 hours a day in the afternoon or evening, “to keep kids on track.”
(So, it sounds like the teens are being loud/threatening/teens. I actually don’t ever have any issues with them, but I’m also the kind of person who never got harassed by children selling roses in Italian cities, so perhaps that can be attributed to my personal vibe.)
Legislative Meetings (remember, the City Council is the city legislature)
Members of the library board will be meeting with City Councilors on March 30 in groups of five (to not violate the open meetings law) to show the awesomeness that is the library. I said that part of the tour definitely needed to include the touch-screen early literacy computers in the children’s room, with which my children are totally obsessed.
At least two members of the board will be attending the MBLC Trustee Symposium on April 10, and Kevin also noted that the MBLC will be holding a violence awareness in libraries workshop a couple of weeks later.