Short Takes from the Bedford Free Public Library ~ November, 2107

By Dot Bergin

Richard Callaghan, Director, Bedford Free Public Library, opened the November 14 meeting of the Library Trustees with the announcement that a generous bequest had been received from the estate of Edward C. Stickney. “Ed” Stickney, who died in April 2017, and his wife Evelyn, who predeceased him in 2016, were ardent volunteers and generous supporters of the Library for many years. As former Director Meredith McCullough noted in an appreciation of the Stickneys, “Devotion to the Library was a Stickney family affair. Ed and Evelyn donated funds for the circulation desk and furnished the Bedford Room in memory of their son Kent.”


Security: As in all public buildings, security issues are always top of mind for the Director and staff.  All staff have been briefed on procedures in event of an emergency and the Library has a close relationship with the Bedford Police Department. One possibility might be to add another one or two staff persons to augment coverage on nights and weekends when only four members are currently on duty.  Additional staff plays into budget considerations: the Director is working on the fiscal year 2019 budget and is awaiting guidelines from the Finance Committee.  He is scheduled to meet with FinCom in January before presenting a final budget to the Trustees.

One Book, One Bedford: Trustee Emily Mitchell, in her role as a member of The Bedford Citizen committee that spearheaded March, the One Book-One Bedford event, presented a note of appreciation to the Library staff for their efforts in supporting the program. She reported a total of 281 “visits”-i.e., attendance at lectures and book discussions, and said 321 volumes of the March trilogy circulated from the Library.  Feedback was positive from those who participated.

Friends of the Library’s Annual Meeting and Winter Book Sale: The Friends of the Bedford Free Public Library will hold their annual meeting on Saturday, December 2 at 10 am.  Following the meeting, there will be a “member’s only” book sale, followed by a sale open to the public from 1 to 4 pm on Saturday and 1 to 4 pm on Sunday, December 2 and 3.

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