Friends of the Haverford Township Free Library
February 13, 2013

Present: Janae Alberts, Nicole Bruno, Katrine Fantini, Christine Faris, Angela Gasparro, Vickie Godomski, Roger Jack, Paul Kinney, Patti McFadden, Gerry Radack, Richard Romejko, Stephen Schweers, Nikki Senecal, Tim Woestman

Absent: none!

Guests: Anny Laepple

Meeting called to order 6:19.

The meeting began with a raucous discussion of membership. How might we retain members? The suggestion was made for discounting for two year members. Stephen Schweers argued vigorously that we need to attend summer events and not just pitch membership but “guilt” people into it. “This event might not be here without membership.”

If we raise prices or offer higher categories—like Radnor—what do we offer? Most people pay at $25-50 level. Would higher prices inhibit book sellers? Do we care?

People don’t understand the Friends and what membership does. We need to be able to offer something to Friends—lower prices to paid events. Other organizations have Friends groups—opera, symphony—why do people not get it? Is it because we are partially funded by government?

Membership drive to coincide with Library Week—April 14.

Up membership prices? Motion to raise membership by $5 did not carry. A group will meet to create a proposal of new membership levels. (Nicole Bruno, Katrine Fantini, Vickie Godomski)

We need to have clear Friends events. What do we want as perks for members? Friends exclusive events for $400-500 we could have the zoo or Franklin Institute or a musical program. Not only will Friends be allowed, but people will be encouraged to *Join Today!*

The Library turns 80 in May.

January reports—minutes, treasurer’s, and membership–were approved and accepted.

Garden Tour: Still seeking gardens. Have people contact Angela Gasparro. Event June 8.

Flower Fundraiser: We started raising $150 now we are up to $886. Becoming one of our more significant fundraisers. When we put it on Facebook, sales take off. Janae will email with details for the spring sale.

Director’s Report: Library consultant has been hired. We should give input about what we want to see. How the library should progress in the next 5, 10, 15 years.

Mobile Learning Lab: Anny answered questions about why we’d get Mac products over PC.

  • Technology consultants suggested Apple products
  • No IT professional on staff
  • Ease of updating
  • Ideal for students and seniors
  • Can provide more creative classes (photo editing, music, movies)
  • Software for photo editing, music, movies comes with computers

Community organizations (Adult School, et al) want to do computer classes but cannot do it at the schools. (Some sites are blocked at the schools.)

The library has raised $6500 for this project. Original proposals requested $25 for 19 computers. The library has created additional proposals for a smaller number of computers. $10K for 12 computers. Gave $10,000.

Business Sponsorship: Very excited by the response! $4300 raised so far. Anticipating $1500 from organizations that give at the end of the year. Goal of $8000, double last year’s gifts. Receiving a lot of $100 sponsors. Giving “swag bags.” Request that we make follow up phone calls.

Library Wish List

  • Two DVD racks $770 to house instructional DVDs
  • Sponsor lockers for staff $832.90
  • Sonic Wall network security upgrade $1080
  • Replace antennas for wirelesss (2 @ 1000)


Passed unanimously.

Publicity Committee Working on annual report. (Great job, Stephen!) Website changes, please check.

Will we be able to make it so that people can buy Garden Tour tickets on website? Look into it.

Next meeting: 3/13/13

February Minutes