Bedford Public Library System Foundation
Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
Bedford Central Library
September 9, 2014
Board members present:Mary Jo Krufka, Lib Walker, Penny Carter, Jan Markham, Roger Henderson and Jim Messier.
Others attending:Jenny Novalis, Library Director
Mary Jo called the meeting to order at 6:02pm.
Approval of minutes: Mary Jo asked for a motion to approve the previous minutes. Penny motioned to approve the last meeting minutes. Roger seconded, all agreed.
- Regional Library Project : Jenny updated the Board on the status of the regional library project involving the Campbell County public library and the Lynchburg public library. Both the other two library systems have agreed to form a new regional library system and the Bedford Board of Supervisors is set to vote on Bedford’s status on September 22. The Board discussed the history of this project and its probable outcome.
- Ongoing Projects: The USB sales fundraiser is going slowly, but is being marketed by the library staff. We are hopeful that sales will increase over time. The Foundation has opened a free account with Amazon Smile. Jenny outlined what Amazon Smile is the Board liked the idea. Jenny does not expect any significant amount of money to be raised from this project. The new brochure has been distributed to all the library branches and local lawyer’s offices. Recently there was a $200 donation at Forest which was a direct result of these brochures being displayed. The Board discussed other marketing and fundraising ideas to remind people that the Library Foundation is active. Jenny mentioned a recent $1000 donation from the Liberty Academy Alumni Association.
Financial Report:Jenny reviewed the café revenues and expenses from the last full fiscal year (2014), noting that for the first time all three cafes had made a profit.
Jenny drew attention to the unrestricted account report and reviewed the annual income statements for the previous FY (2014). The Foundation made less money in FY14 and spent less money. Overall the Foundation had a net loss of $767.71 for the year. However, there were some expenses from the unrestricted account that are unlikely to be repeated for awhile. The unusual expenses included new envelopes, new brochures, and the initial USB purchase.
Jenny talked briefly about the possibility of state budget reductions and the Board discussed possible fundraising activities if more money is needed for the Library System.
Jenny stated that upon further consideration the Parks and Rec department was not interested in a café at their Falling Creek Park complex.
The Board talked possible replacements for Kim McCabe’s seat on the Foundation Board but, no decision was reached. Jenny suggested they continue to think of a candidate and the Board can discuss it at their next meeting in March 2015.
Next Meeting: March 2015