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System Director’s Report:

November 2008

As I write, the sun is shining on the first snow of the season, three days before Thanksgiving. Though the economic news and state budget projections have been uniformly bleak, we have much to be thankful for this year.

Shawn Brommer, SCLS Youth Services & Outreach Coordinator, and her husband Kevin just got word that their daughter, Ivy, will be arriving from South Korea in two days. Shawn will be on family leave starting tomorrow and returning to work Feb. 23.

The new Sequoya branch of Madison Public Library opened last week, and MPL Director Barb Dimick said SCLS staff were “extremely helpful during the entire Sequoya project.” Jane Roughen, Madison Branch Coordinator, called to thank us for all the help SCLS staff, especially Automation and Delivery, gave to make the transition to the new building a success. Many, many people deserve thanks for the completion of this project, but it is nice to know that the work of our staff was noticed and appreciated. The official open house celebration will be on Monday, Dec. 8, from 4:30 to 6:00 P.M.

The New Glarus Public Library had overwhelming citizen support at the village budget hearing last week where a plan to charge the library rent was defeated. If the measure had passed, the library would have failed to meet the maintenance of effort funding requirement to maintain System membership. The amendment that was pending on the date of our last Board meeting to restore funding to libraries in Dane County also passed.

We received an announcement this morning that our first public library system state aid payment for 2009 has been sent. The amount being paid is 75 percent of the total due, with the second payment expected in April 2009.

Last week we marked the passing of our long-time colleague and friend Peg Hilliker, Director of the Lodi Woman’s Club Public Library. She brought energy, enthusiasm and fun to everything she did. We will miss her, but I am thankful for all the laughs we had together.

By the time of our next meeting we should know the names of the new directors in Oregon and Poynette.

We look forward to sharing our annual holiday luncheon. And I’ll see you on the 8th!