Free Libray Annual Report
July 1, 2007 - June 30, 2008
Smiling faces shine during
the 2008 Summer Reading Program “Catch the Reading Bug.”
Free Library Mission Statement
from the Board Chair and the Co-Directors
Our Support Comes From
Recognition and Thanks
Services We Provide
How We Attract Use of our Services
Spotlight: Celebrating our Community's Youth!
to Know the Staff
Library Board of Commissioners
Free Library Mission Statement
The Fletcher Free
Library serves the evolving educational and cultural needs of the Greater
Burlington community. Our urban public library offers a welcoming
place for people to gather and to learn. A trained staff helps
patrons locate the materials and information they need for work and
from the Board Chair and the Co-Directors
the occasion of the Carnegie Library’s Dedication in 1904,
Burlington’s Mayor Burke remarked to the citizens of Burlington that the
Library would be for their benefit. He stated, “It is not for the few, it is not for the privileged,
it is for all.” Indeed, this proclamation set the stage for the next century to
where we are today.
Library’s mission of serving the evolving educational and cultural needs
of the Greater Burlington community extends to all. As last year’s report emphasized the Library’s rich outreach
capacity to one and all, this year’s report showcases one particular
group uniquely touched by its abundant programs- our community’s youth.
Library’s youth programs have steadily grown due to exciting and varied
age-specific programs, talented and energetic librarians and volunteers,
generous financial and in-kind donations, and, of course, a vibrant young
community eager to read. Indicators of the success of our youth programs include the
“record-breaker” Summer Reading Program for 2008, the new teen blog,
partnerships with local schools, and an active and vital outreach program
that brings the Library to the youth when circumstances prevent them from
coming to us.
Library is proud of this commitment to youth of all ages- from birth to
teens- and at the core of our efforts is the desire to promote literacy
and a love of reading. The results speak for themselves—and the smiles on the faces of
the kids involved are the immeasurable results.
we report to you on the past fiscal year, we are delighted to highlight
the stories of our youth efforts and to illustrate our ambitions plans for
increased growth and activity in this area as well as several others.
The needs are real and we are honored to serve the role that we do
for our community. Thank you for your involvement in making this good work possible!
Resnik, Amber Collins, Robert Coleburn
Co-Directors and the Board of the Fletcher Free Library work within the
City’s organizational and financial structure. In this era of budget cuts, we continue to utilize our ingenuity to
control costs while maintaining excellent service.
of Burlington – The Library is a City Department and receives
operating money from the City’s General Fund.
Book Tax – A ½-cent tax provides most of the funding for the
purchase of new books and other items such as books on CD and DVDs.
This figure amounted to $175,000 this past year. The Library’s
book fund continues to benefit from this tax passed overwhelmingly by City
voters in March 1995.
for Services – Non-resident
library cards, printing, lost books and fines provided $68,558 in revenue
in fiscal year 2008. This is an increase of $2,813 over last
in 1873 with a $10,000 contribution from Mrs. Mary L. Fletcher and her
daughter, Miss Mary M. Fletcher, the Library’s endowment is now managed
by the Vermont Community Foundation. Each year, 4½% of the past
three-year average of the fund value is allocated for distribution or
reinvestment. The Board decides whether to spend or reinvest this
income; it is designated for spending only on books. As of June 30,
2008, the fund was valued at $291,976.00, a loss of approximately $34,000
over last year’s figure.
Library applies to foundations annually for grants to fund renovations,
services, projects, and programs.
The Friends of the Fletcher Free Library is a separate non-profit
organization devoted to supporting the Library. With over 100
members, the Friends raise money through membership fees and book sales,
advocate for Library programs & services, help produce mailings, and
run programs such as “Booked for Lunch.” They support the
Library as needs arise in a multitude of areas, including:
office supplies, building renovations
help for building and grounds maintenance
needs (such as staff travel & scholarships to professional
Sing-Along Music CDs – Three recordings have been produced over the
past 10 years, featuring Robert Resnik with Carol Scrimgeour and Gigi
Weisman. Sales of the children's CDs for FY08 totaled $2,182.00.
Proceeds from the CD sales are used exclusively to fund children and adult
programs. In May 2008, the Library celebrated the 10th anniversary
of the release of “Like The Birdies Sing,” the first of a series of 3
sing-along CDs that we have released to partner with the Library’s
regular sing-along programs. Up to now, the project has succeeded in
raising more than $25,000 to help the Fletcher Free pay for special
programs. The celebration included a well-attended concert at the Library.
The production of a fourth sing-along CD is in process.
from Individuals, including bequests, help pay for books and other
materials in our collection, projects and programs. The Board sends
solicitation letters once or twice a year. The Library is deeply
grateful to individuals who donate cash or stock, include the Library in
their will, join the Friends of the Fletcher Free Library, donate books,
CDs, and DVDs, and volunteer. We are also grateful to local
businesses and foundations that support our efforts in numerous ways.
Contributors have been very generous to the Library. This past
fiscal year, many individuals, volunteers, and businesses donated products
and services to support a wide variety of Library services & events.
We are deeply grateful for this commitment to our efforts and we thank
continue to give of themselves to enable us to continue to provide
exceptional services. Some volunteers are supported by other groups,
such as Work-Study, AmeriCorps*VISTA, Department of Corrections and other
special employment programs, while others volunteer to fulfill certain
community service requirements. For more than 5 years the Library
has benefited from volunteer time contributed by the Community Service
program at Champlain College. Students who participate in this program
contribute 40 hours of work per semester to local nonprofits. Over the
last year the Library employed more than 20 Champlain volunteers in our
busy public access Computer Center and we thank each and every one for
their generous gift of time.
Acker and her green thumb keep the Library’s flower gardens beautiful.
Thank you, Bonnie, for all you do!
When we receive
donations totaling over $500 in memory of an individual, we pay tribute to
that individual by mounting a brass nameplate on the red marble Book Fund
Memorial displayed by the front entrance. This tradition was started
in 2000 by Charlotte & Herb Mandel & Family in memory of Nathaniel
Lash. We are most grateful to family and friends for honoring their
loved ones in such a meaningful way to our Library and community.
The following names
were added this past fiscal year:
In addition, the
family may request that memorial bookplates be placed in new Library books
of a genre of their choice. Thank you for remembering loved ones
through supporting the Library and remembering the Library in your estate
Reading Program 2008
The Library expresses
great thanks to the following friends for their generous support of our
Summer Reading Program 2008. Our success is your success! Thank you!
Ben and Jerry’s
Borders Books and Music
Friends of Fletcher
Pet Food Warehouse
The UPS Store
Vermont Lake Monsters
VT Elder Law and Trust
Song of Farewell and Thanks to Gigi
Weisman has been performing with Robert Resnik as part of the "Robert
and Gigi" program for over a decade. These sing-along and
outreach programs have been among the most successful programs in the
history of the Library, with capacity crowds at virtually every show and
long waiting lists for sign-up.
While Gigi will no longer perform on a
regular basis at the Library, many kids and parents at the Fletcher Free
will always remember her joyously madcap musical style. We thank
you, Gigi, for sharing your passion for our community’s youth in such an
uplifting way! The self-esteem and infectious glee you have
generously spread to your audience here at the Library has already had a
lasting impact on our community.
Thanks to Big Blue:
IBM Continues to be a Generous Friend of Fletcher Free
The Library is deeply
grateful to IBM of Essex Junction for their incredible dedication and
support. Since 2001, IBM has donated 56 desktop PC’s and 20
laptops to the Library, including 16 in October 2007 and another 15 this
past August. This represents a value of over $95,000 and has allowed the
Library to thrive in this new digital era. Unlike many other grant giving
organizations, IBM has also allowed us to use some of these computers for
staff use in addition to public use, thereby multiplying the benefits of
As a vital partner with us in solving the
“Digital Divide” and computer literacy issues in our community, IBM
continues to be there for us and our community. During difficult
economic times many people have no other place to turn but the Library to
help them apply for jobs, write resumes, and brush up on their computer
skills. For these reasons, our public access Computer Center had over
60,000 users in the past year!
In particular, we wish to thank Marie
Houghton, IBM Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs Manager, who
has been instrumental in the success of this unique public/private
partnership. Regarding the support from IBM, Marie stated, “We are
pleased to support the Fletcher Free Library and the public access center.
Despite the pervasiveness of technology, many people cannot afford to buy
computers and would have little to no access to information and resources
that are so necessary for full participation in our society.” The
Library thanks IBM for having this understanding, for being such a loyal
partner, and for caring for our community in such a special way.
Fine Year of Service from our Friends
From helping to save
the Old Carnegie Library Building in the early 70’s to the myriad ways
they support the Library today, the Friends of the Fletcher Free Library
continue to serve as tireless cheerleaders and advocates for our mission.
This past September,
the Friends once again organized and managed the successful Annual Donor
Reception and Book Sale Preview and the Library’s Used Book Sale,
raising $9,300 to help fund essential Library programs and services. The
Friends also continued their popular Booked For Lunch series for the sixth
year and inaugurated a new project, The Book Stall- the Friend’s library
store, located directly across from the main circulation desk, staffed by
the Friends, and featuring high-quality secondhand hardcover and paperback
books and other library merchandise.
Other recent Friends
funding projects this past year have included the lease and maintenance of
the Library’s public copy machine, entertaining our sister city
librarians from Yaroslavl, Russia when they came to visit Burlington last
fall, and providing the honoraria for the Library’s Children’s Author
Series. In addition, the Friends have generously sponsored the
popular Vermont Humanities Council First Wednesdays Lecture Speaker Series
and contributed to new carpeting in the Teen Area and for custodial help.
Friends President, Jody Kebabian, is proud
of the good work of the group. “I believe our success is due to
the Friends themselves. We truly have a wonderful group- vibrant,
enthusiastic, loyal. This make-up translates to great dedication to
Fletcher Free and notable success of the programs we sponsor.”
Thank you, Jody, and thank you, Friends, for your loyalty and devotion to
our community on so many levels.
you, thank you, thank you!
would like to express special appreciation to long-time Library custodian
Doug Chamberlain, who moved into his new job this year in the Library’s
technical services department.
also thank Ted Horton, a Fletcher Free volunteer, IBM employee, and an
excellent and experienced teacher, who has been teaching the Library’s
popular Intro to Windows and Excel computer workshops for years.
to Deb Lashman, the chair of the Library’s Board of Commissioners, who
stepped down this year after chairing the board since 2003.
our thanks to outreach librarian Barbara Shatara, who has served
faithfully as the Fletcher Free’s staff representative on the Library
Board for the past three years.
staffer Martha Penzer received a Customer Service Award for her
exceptional skills. Congratulations, Martha!
Services We Provide
The Fletcher Free
Library is the largest public library in Vermont, located in the largest
city in Vermont (population of about 38,000), within the most populated
county. Our 14,000+ members
are mostly Burlington residents, who support the Library through their
taxes; members who do not pay taxes in Burlington (there are over 600) pay
a comparable amount to what Burlington taxpayers pay.
Non-resident seniors receive a discount.
You don’t need a
Library card to use the Library. Our
building is open to everyone and is a popular destination for tourists.
With free access to the use of our collection within the building
and internet access at the Computer Center or via our WiFi network, the
Main Reading Room provides a safe, quiet place to work, read, and relax.
Library books, audio books, and materials for adults and
Outreach deliveries to those unable to come to the Library
Interlibrary Loan both to our members and from our
On-line catalog, with links to best-seller and other lists
Reference research from in-person, phone, and on-line
On-line databases (non-member access within the Library
Free Public Access Computer Center
Free Public Wi-Fi Internet access
Meeting Room space available to the public at no charge
Book Discussion groups (Library and Flynn Center)
“Booked For Lunch” speaker series (coordinated by the
Friends of the Fletcher Free Library)
Citizenship and English as a Second Language Classes and
“First Wednesdays” (with the Vermont Humanities Council)
Family Sing-A-Long, Moving & Grooving with Christine,
Music with Robert and Gigi
Library Learning Adventures for Homeschoolers, Pre-school
Summer Reading Program
*There were also many
one-time-only programs, especially for youth.
How We Attract Use
of Our Services
By devoting resources to distribute
information about the Library, we are reaching out in an effort to connect
with our community.
BiblioFile is the
Library’s monthly newsletter.
Adult and Youth programs and events are listed, as well as
Friends of the Fletcher Free Library news, book reviews, and other items
of current interest at the Library.
It is mailed to donors, Friends, city councilors,
legislators, media, organizations offering posting locations, schools
& libraries, and available for anyone to pick up at the Library.
Library’s website (www.fletcherfree.org) devotes a page for Adult and Youth
Programming and Events, another page for Library News, and another for the
Library News Archives, going back to 2004.
There are also youth and teen blogs which serve to keep our youth
up-to-date on Library activities they may enjoy.
releases via email advertise Adult Programs, Art Shows &
Openings, and other events.
Department program announcements are
mailed to 60 schools, organizations, and media.
advertising Programs, Art Shows, and Events are posted in the Library.
are given to students, who are encouraged to become members and use the
events are broadcast by two local
television stations: Channel 16 (RETN, Regional Educational Technology
Network) and Channel 17 (Town Meeting Television).
Hours of operation per week
Staff hours worked-- Full Time Equivalent
People through the
Items in the
Items checked out and/or renewed
Interlibrary loan transactions (borrowed &
Adult & Youth questions
Adult & Youth Programs
Summer Reading Program (summer of FY end date)
Our usage statistics
continue to break records! The
total number of books checked out and the number of people using the Library
building this past year were our highest numbers in the Library’s history.
We have seen an increase in circulation of a wide variety of resources,
including unique items such as gardening tools.
Free internet access
via the Computer Center and Public Wi-Fi network continue to attract new
friends to the Library. We are
also pleased to now offer downloadable audio available on the Library’s
website. To ensure that people
are able to utilize this exciting new feature, we have made great efforts to
provide hands-on instruction to those in need.
We encourage you to log on to the website (www.fletcherfree.org) to
explore this new feature!
In addition, the Library
is a place where the Burlington community can reliably access electronic
resources 24 hours a day through multiple access points inside the Library
and from the home or office via the Library’s web site.
As such, use of the Library’s website has increased.
notices, patrons can now receive an email notice of their library items that
are about to become overdue. Patrons
receive a friendly reminder email notice 2 days before their books are
overdue, giving them time to either renew their books or return them to the
library. The benefits are many fold- our patrons are reducing their overdue
fines as the Library reduces mailing costs.
acquisitions, the Library’s Trustees recently voted to take the expendable
interest of $13,248 from the Library’s endowment to purchase new books and
library materials. This figure
augments the annual appropriation from the dedicated half cent book tax.
These items keep our collection updated and provide our visitors with
the current resources they want.
CARE & ADMINISTRATION NEWS
Given the Library’s approximate 250,000
visitors each year, the building must remain in top working order.
To prioritize the needs of our Library, as
well as the many other city buildings, the City of Burlington created and
prioritized a list of maintenance problems throughout the city. This
list of capital improvements will now provide order and planning to how
repairs are made.
The Library is pleased to announce that
approved future work includes repairs to the old Carnegie wing, a window
project and other interior work (including the front door), and additional
funds for landscaping. The Library has also submitted an application to the
Vermont Art Council’s Cultural Facilities grant program to assist with the
renovation of our gallery spaces and lecture rooms. Additional grants
will be written to fund updating some of our inefficient lighting and to
restore certain rooms to a more historically sensitive appearance.
Recent building projects
funded through the City of Burlington’s Capital Improvements budget
included recent improvements to our heating, cooling, and ventilation
system. Library impact fees covered a new fire door (with keyless
entry) and shelving. Impact fee money comes from fees that the City of
Burlington levies on new development projects that will put additional
demands on city services. Lastly, with the help of the City’s
Department of Public Works, the Library obtained a new heavy-duty bike rack
to handle the increasing need for bike parking for Library users.
Changes among Administration staffing
include Systems and Reference Librarian Robert Coleburn becoming a Library
Co-Director to replace Anita Danigelis. Anita stepped down from this
capacity after 15 years serving as one of the Library’s original
Co-Directors. Many thanks to Anita for her years of good work!
In addition, dynamic new staff persons in the Library’s Youth Services and
Circulation departments have been hired to fill vacancies and Michael
Schultz, the University of Vermont Development and Alumni Relations
Associate Vice President, was elected chair of the Library Board of
past fiscal year was a busy one for the Library’s Board. The Board
provided money for development of a strategic plan and approved the end
product. The goals laid out include the following:
Library should provide a place for formal and informal gathering, a place
that encourages and promotes dialogue, connections, and discourse.
Library should provide a wide range of current popular materials in all
formats, readily available by loan, download, or other distribution methods.
Library should lead in ensuring that residents of all ages are comfortable
and competent in identifying, finding, and evaluating information on a wide
range of issues related to personal, work, and community life.
Library should provide a variety of resources- collection, programs,
computer-based material, experts- for people of all ages who value
continuous learning in a “knowledge society.”
A special focus should be on the very young and their caregivers as
well as the increasing number of elders in the population.
addition, the Board added a technology committee to the list of board
committees. As such, the now four standing committees of the Board of
Library Commissioners is as follows:
- Development and Advocacy
raise money for the Library.
increase awareness about the Library.
- Board Development and Recruitment
and cultivating potential board members.
relationships with boards of other libraries.
and development of current board members.
policy statements relating to the acquisition and disposition of
Library materials and recommends changes in policy to the Board.
policy relating to Library technology.
in light of established policy, communications from the public
relating to the Library collection, and takes whatever action may be
Library policy relating to technology issues.
the Library Board & staff about technology trends and issues as
they relate to Burlington citizens.
and revises the Library Technology Plan.
The Library continued to offer a wide range
of dynamic programs for its patrons of all ages. Once again, the
Friends generously sponsored the Library’s participation in the 3rd Annual
Burlington Book Festival this past September. We also hosted a series
of events honoring Women’s History Month with the Women’s International
League of Peace and Freedom.
The Library’s popular
First Wednesday Lecture Series, now in its fourth year and again funded by
the Friends, is another co-sponsored program, presented in tandem with the
Vermont Humanities Council. Other partnerships this past year included Flynn
Center Performance tie-ins with book discussions at the Library where
patrons were given 20% discount on Flynn tickets, and Connections, a
collaborative book delivery program with the Burlington high school. A
variety of successful youth programs as illustrated in the special Youth
section of this report as well as other Friends-sponsored programs in the
Special Recognition section of this report also kept the Library buzzing.
Outreach Services again offered specific
programs to help fulfill the Library’s mission for all and Fletcher Free
Outreach Librarian, Barbara Shatara, and her team have continued to run
stimulating and well-attended programs. Thanks in part to a generous
Community Development Block Grant, many of our outreach activities have been
structured to benefit our community’s immigrants and refugees. In
keeping with this important tradition, in December 2007, we began offering
classes for individuals in the Burlington community working towards gaining
U.S. citizenship. Demand was such that the Library had to schedule a
second series! These citizenship classes are in addition to the
Library’s popular English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, which, to
this day, serve community members from 51 countries. Finally, with
thanks to a generous grant from the Vermont Public Library Foundation, we
were able to offer computer literacy classes as an added educational
offering for our community’s newest neighbors.
In other outreach news, Outreach Services
VISTA, Amber Gaster, organized a successful series of foreign language
“conversation groups” where native speakers and new learners can
practice English, French, and German conversation.
We continued to bring books and special
programs to senior residences throughout Burlington and have, in fact,
delivered over 3,500 items this past year to all of our outreach patrons.
Volunteers for the Book Bag Program delivered picture books and read stories
to children at small daycare facilities, while others made deliveries to
individuals in their homes.
Lastly, our outreach efforts extended far
across the globe when we hosted a group of librarians from Yaroslavl,
Burlington’s sister city in Russia. The group visited the Library in
November 2007 and were treated to tours of the Bailey-Howe Library at UVM,
the Fletcher Free, and the Vermont Statehouse.
Looking ahead, the Library’s outreach
department will again apply for a Community Development Block Grant that has
funded the Library’s Outreach/ESL VISTA position for the past year.
We are grateful for this and all support which enables us to expand our
critical outreach endeavors to serve an ever-changing and growing community
In this year’s Annual Report, we are
pleased to highlight the Library’s long-standing dedication to our
area’s youth. From babies to teens, the Library delivers exciting
programs and a rich collection of materials to a vibrant young community.
Energetic librarians and volunteers have created success in all corners of
our youth department and great efforts have been made to bring the Library
to youth who otherwise would not be able to come to us. Increased
attendance and participation numbers show the Library’s success.
With continued generous support from the community, we will be able to
maintain and expand these well-loved and attended programs.
the Reading Bug
signature youth program, the Summer Reading Program, continues to grow in
leaps and bounds. The 2008 summer program, Catch the Reading Bug,
had 1,190 participants entering kindergarten through 8th grade, including
489 kids from 16 outreach sites. Bold T-shirts with Harry Bliss
artwork, weekly prizes, special “bug-themed” programs, 30 volunteers,
21 contributing organizations, and over $14,000 in money and services
combined to make this the most popular Summer Reading Program in the
Library’s history. What makes the success of this program even
more noteworthy is that, except for the salary of the outreach
coordinator, the program is funded entirely through generous private
support. Our hope for this coming year is to identify permanent
sponsorship for the Summer Reading Program to expand the program and
further increase the outreach component. Thank you to our friends
who make this good work possible! Please take a look at these
dedicated sponsors in the Special Recognition section of this report.
Librarians Beth Wright and Rebecca Goldberg explained the importance of
the Summer Reading Program in preparing kids for school. Studies
have proven that kids who don’t read in the summer suffer from a reading
“lag” compared to kids who read in the summer. In fact, studies
prove a cumulative effect of the positive impact of summer reading such
that by the time a student reaches middle school, the student will be a
full two years ahead in their reading capability than those who did not
read in the summers. While the benefits are great for our kids and
community, the kids involved simply know it is great fun! They are
already asking for next year’s theme and we are pleased to announce that
it is Music and Arts and the slogan is “Be creative @ your library.”
Our thanks to everyone who made the 2008 program such a success and we
look forward to breaking the records again in summer 2009.
addition to the Summer Reading Program, our librarians and volunteers
connect with youth by visiting all of the elementary schools in Burlington
and asking teachers to remind students about the Library’s programs.
They take part in Open Houses at local schools, help kids get their
library cards, and give tours to students in kindergarten, high school,
and even college classes, such as students involved in UVM and Champlain
College’s children’s literature and education classes. Other
programs celebrating youth include the ever-popular Sing-Along with Robert
and Gigi hosted by Robert Resnik and Gigi Weisman and the Library’s
involvement with the Burlington Welcome Baby Program.
Free Library's Teen Services were developed with the capacity-building
Americorps*VISTA program, which places volunteers in organizations for a
year. Cara Lovell has done an outstanding job as Fletcher Free
Library's first Teen Services Americorps*VISTA. Cara plans to pursue
high school teacher certification and environmental education in the near
future and will be followed by Rachel Dingfelder in November.
teens, the Library offers a unique place to connect with others in a
dynamic, stimulating, and safe environment. Just under 300 teens
have participated in recent programs and approximately 25 teen volunteers
have performed close to 500 hours of service for the Library.
grants have allowed the Library to create new programs specifically
designed for teens. The Young Adult Library Services Association
provided funds for videogame tournaments, along with a generous private
donation for gaming equipment, including a projector, television, two game
systems, dance pads, and guitar controllers. Now, teens at the
Library can play a variety of popular games, meeting and connecting with
new friends on a regular basis.
other grants have also jumpstarted teen book clubs. The Vermont
Community Foundation’s Successful Communities Grant Round and the Paul
Post Fund generously contributed to encourage young people to
discuss books. Participants are given their own copies of the books
to read over the month and then they discuss them in a group
setting. Some teens have participated in this process while in
school, and, as such, the Library was able to bring the authors to visit
their classes. Geof Hewitt, Erik Esckilsen, Tanya Lee Stone, and
Doug Wilhelm will all have visited local classes as well as the Library to
talk to the teens and their parents about the books they have read.
other teen news, a Teen Advisory Board consisting of 10 members was
re-formed this past year. The young advisors weigh in on what books
should be ordered for the Teen Area and what programs would be most
successful. They have also actively painted parts of the Paul Post
Teen Area, created displays, and sorted donations for a book drive.
New carpeting, signage, shelving, and a new computer station to access the
Library’s catalogue are other improvements in this area, generously
funded with grants from a number of foundations including the Bergeron
Family Foundation, with impact fee money, and with additional grants from
the Friends of the Fletcher Free Library. Lastly, digital literacy
has extended to teaching teens and young people programming tools.
Several classes have used Scratch and Blender, free software, to introduce
teens to programming their own games and animations on the computer.
to the good work of Cara Lovell, generous supporters, and active
volunteers, our Teen Services are growing and satisfying an increasing
number of community teens.
As evidenced in this report, the
Library’s commitment to youth of all ages continues to grow in numerous
ways. Looking ahead, we will actively seek continued private support
in order to meet the expanding needs of these programs. One specific
goal is to have certain youth programs, such as the Summer Reading
Program, endowed. This way, the programs will exist in perpetuity with
their own funding source. It is clear that your generosity has a
direct impact on our community when you fund the Library’s youth
programs. Thank you to all who have participated and to all who
continue to make this success possible!
The Fletcher Free
Library is a Department of the City of Burlington, and as such is governed
by the Mayor.
Library Board of Commissioners: An
advocacy group that meets monthly with the Co-Directors (open to the
public), reports to the City Council annually.
There are four Trustees
who are elected by the current Trustees and must reside in Chittenden
Trustees (non-voting advisors)
may be elected, too. There are
(who must be Burlington residents) appointed by the City Council, Mayor
presiding. One of them is an Employee
elected by the Employees of the Fletcher Free Library.
Another is appointed by the Mayor, and has been a representative of
the Burlington youth population.
In 1992, Directorship of the Library was split among three Co-Directors,
two of whom carry responsibilities of Librarians as well as sharing
to Know the Staff
Beneke, Circulation, Page*
Chamberlain, Acquisitions, Payroll
Colburn, Circulation Chief, Selector**
Coleburn, Co-Dir., Ref. Librn., Systems Admin., Selector**
Collins, Reference Librarian, Cataloger, Selector**
Danigelis, Co-Director, Ref. Librn., Cataloging, Selector**
Demarais, Youth Services
Estes, Youth Services
Fensch, Circulation, Page*
Friedman, Acquisitions, Accounts Payable
Goldberg, Youth Librarian, Selector**
Morse, Computer Lab Monitor/Reference Aide
Murphy, Reference Librarian
Pham, Circulation, Interlibrary Loan
Reference Librarian, Selector**
Shatara, Outreach, Reference Librarian, Selector**
Wright, Youth Librarian, Selector**
*Pages are responsible for shelving Library materials.
**Selectors choose which Library
materials to buy.
Library Board of Commissioners
Sarah Cohen, Commissioner
Deborah Emerson, Commissioner
Rebecca Goldberg, Employee Commissioner
Anne Nixon, At-Large non-voting Board Member serving
as the Friends liason
Schlossberg, Commissioner, Mayor’s
Schultz, Trustee, Chair
Linda Severance-Smith, Commissioner
Van Ness-Otunnu, Trustee
we look to next year and beyond, we are excited to offer and grow the
programs and services that our community has come to expect and enjoy.
In order to do so, we will continue to rely on the City of Burlington’s
general fund with increased energy and focus placed on fundraising and
grants for special projects. We will also seek funds to ensure that
our physical environment is up-to-date, welcoming, and fresh. We
have a vital role in our community and we are honored to provide the
services that we do. Individuals, local businesses, and foundations
also have a great role in our future and we extend our deepest gratitude
to all who join us in fostering our mission. Thank you!
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