Library Director's Monthly Report

Library Director’s Report to HPL B.O.T. 12/18/2018

We’ve completed the capital budget which will accompany our 2019 operating budget request to the borough.  As reported last month, we have been working on our technology portion of the capital budget for improvements to our network and computers to be done in phases from 2019-2021 – the first phase is recommending that we replace our public computers and circulation desk work stations in year 1 of the plan by February 2019.  Also included in the capital budget are additions to the furniture and safety improvements to the building including a public address system and a magnetic hold-open of the swing gate in the addition stairwell.    

We have submitted our grant requests for funding to acquire VR hardware/software (additions to the emerging technology program); new iPad minis for the children’s department, and to acquire supplies and resources for our NJ Makers Day event in March. In other emerging technology department news, our application was accepted for inclusion in a 4-week workshop called “From Pinholes to Space Telescopes: Online Workshop for Informal Educators”.  The workshop is national is being offered by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.  Over the 4 weeks, Cathy DeCampli will receive education and training that she can use to create and run workshops about space exploration at the Library.  We are also receiving 20 DIY telescope kits at no cost as part of this program.  With 2019’s summer reading theme being Space, this could not be more timely or exciting!

We are still awaiting the start of the repair of the waste-water line in front Haddon Ave. corner of the building, and the painting and reglazing of the original windows.  Both of these projects have been undertaken by the Borough and they have hired (or are still hiring) the contractors who will complete that work.  Regarding the leak noted in the 2nd floor elevator lobby ceiling, Sharron McCullough requested that RVE send a structural engineer to examine the roof and affected area of ceiling.  Kenneth Ressler from RVE took a look and expressed his opinion that it is possible that some roof sealant is cracked and there may be conditions conducive to “ponding” of rainwater – his opinion is that the roofer should come back out to address this to honor the warranty and he is communicating that to the borough. 

We conducted a toy drive through December 5th.  The between 75 and 100 items cover babies through teens and include makeup, books, STEM kits, art kits, blankets, gloves, and lots of toys.  They have been delivered to the Philadelphia-based organization Support Center for Child Advocates.

Events/meetings attended:

  • 11/26 Library book club – 15 attended

  • 11/27 Girl Scouts robotics workshop – 16 attended

  • 12/10 Crafternoon with Joan – 10 attended

  • 12/11 Mystery Book Club – 5 attended

  • 12/12 TAB monthly meeting – 11 attended

  • 12/13 Holiday-themed children’s music class – 19 attended

Respectfully submitted by Eric Zino, Library Director