March 20, 2013 Library Board Minutes




March 20, 2013

Board Members Present:

Ann-Margaret Shortt, Chair

Alison Armstrong

Natalie Cherbaka

Margaret Christle

Karen Drake

Ginny Gardner

Gene Hyde

Anne Page

Darlene Richardson


County and Affiliate Liaisons Present:

Mary Biggs, Montgomery County Board of Supervisors

MaryAnn Hinshelwood, MFRL Foundation

Lauren Yoder, Floyd County Board of Supervisors


Staff Members Present:

Paula Alston, Library Director

Ruthie Bellman, Sr. Programs Assistant


County and Affiliate Liaisons Absent:

Mary North, Montgomery Friends of the Library

Kit Haggard, Floyd Friends of the Library


Call to Order: Chair Ann-Margaret Shortt called the monthly meeting of the MFRL Board of Trustees to order at 7:09 p.m., on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at the Blacksburg Library.


Roll Call: Ms. Shortt


Acceptance of Agenda: Trustee Gene Hyde made the motion to approve the agenda; Trustee Ginny Gardner seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously and the agenda was passed.

Approval of Minutes: The motion was made by Trustee Alison Armstrong, seconded by Trustee Anne Page and the board voted to approve the February 20, 2013 minutes.

Public Address: None.


Unfinished Business: None.


New Business: None.


Report of the Director:


Arts & Entertainment, Sciences & History Activities Calendar

Director Paula Alston directed the Board’s attention to a new 2013 calendar of activities for the arts & entertainment, science & history for the Christiansburg Library.


Financials and Statistics

Director Paula Alston suggested the board look over the financials and statistics for any questions. No questions or comments were made.




A Blacksburg patron complained about the painting that was being done behind the front desk. He complained that the brush that the painter was using was the wrong size. This patron has complained before about maintenance workers.


In Christiansburg branch supervisor Pamela Hale reported that she had asked a group of young patrons who were outside the building smoking to move to the sidewalk closest to the parking lot while smoking. She later drove by the area and the smokers had moved. She waved to thank them for moving. Later she noticed that the side of her car was scratched up.


In another incident in Christiansburg, some patrons were putting movies in a backpack and Ms. Hale brought a basket for them to put the movies in and asked them to not use the backpack. They seemed fine with this. However, they were complaining as they checked out and she came out and told them she was the branch supervisor. A while later she realized her hood was scratched up. She then realized that the patrons she had spoken to before about the movies were the same ones she had spoken to about the smoking some time earlier. She did communicate with the police and also asked them to become more of a presence at the library.


Trustee Darlene Richardson moved to adjourn the meeting and Ms. Armstrong seconded the motion. The meeting was adjourned at 7:16 p.m.


A reception for Montgomery County Board of Supervisors and the Town Councils of Blacksburg and Christiansburg followed in the Community Room of the Blacksburg Library.

Approved by the Library Board

Gene Hyde, Secretary

Ruthie Bellman, Recorder



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