FINANCES:  See the following pages.

PERSONNEL: Has stayed the same.


COMMUNITY INTERACTION:  We had a turnout of 6 for the last book discussion on Zoom. The next book is Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel and the discussion is on April 26th at 7:00 pm. Then on April 27th we have joined the Libraries in the Woods for A NEA BIG READ: POCUMTUCK VALLEY VIRTUAL EVENT

What can a 2014 novel set in a dystopian post-pandemic world tell us about the value we place on the arts, the grace of everyday life, and our current real-life pandemic? Join NEPM and The Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association for a virtual discussion with author Emily St. John Mandel, whose Station Eleven has been called, “darkly lyrical,” “mesmerizing,” “tender and lovely.” The conversation will be hosted by NEPM’s Jill Kauffman and will conclude with a live Q & A.

Partners for this event include NEA Big Read, PVMA, NEPM, Libraries in the Woods, All Hamptons Read, The Care Center, and the Springfield Public Forum.

This is the “keynote” event of the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association’s 7th National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read program, which, in partnership with Tilton Library and more than 40 other organizations and businesses in Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden counties, will explore Mandel’s acclaimed novel. “Awaken Your Senses: Write Outside Your Door” led by writer and poet Corinne H. Smith. Get your nature fix, practice mindfulness, shuffle off stress, and become more creative. This session leads us outside to use all of our senses, to write about our experiences. Saturday, May 1, 10:30 a.m., meet at the New Salem Library. Rain date: Saturday, May 8 10:30 a.m. Space is limited, so please call the library to sign up, 978-544-6334. Supported in part by a grant from the New Salem Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the MA Cultural Council, a state agency.

We had 8 patrons come to use the computers and 75 curbside pickups of 129 books, 6 audios, 32 DVDs and 8 magazines for a total of 175 items in March.

COLLECTION: 24 Adult Fic. Books, 5 Adult Nonfiction books, 3 DVDs, 3 Audios, 2 J Fiction books, 2 J Nonfiction books, 6 E books, 1 J DVD, 2 EZ books were added to the collection in March.

MAINTENANCE & EQUIPMENT: Our amazing staff completed putting the books back on the shelves and we have to weed the collection for a better fit.

I spoke with Tom Chaisson about fixing the side door and he said he would do it as soon as possible. He will know more about when that will be in two weeks.

I called Jean Derderian about the surplus furniture to see if the town still wants the tables. She is checking with Nancy.