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04-06-1976 THOMAS BRANIGAN MEMORIAL LIBRARY LAS CRUCES. NEW MEXICO 88001 LIBRARY BOARD MEETING, APRIL 6, 1976 Notice is hereby given that there will be a Library Board meeting on Tuesday, April 6, 1976 at 4:00 p.m. , in the Librarian's office. The agenda is as follows: AGENDA Unfinished Business: 1. Post Office Miscellaneous Business: 1. Tours, Meetings and Speeches New Business: 1. Children's Services 2. Circulation 3. Practicum in Public Libraries 4. Personnel 5. National Library Week 6. Exhibits 7. Budget 8. Ammon's Gift 9. 1975 Annual Report 10. Other New Business F - 1 1 THOMAS BRANIGAN MEMORIAL LIBRARY 2 Las Cruces, New Mexico 3 April 6, 1976 4 5 The Board of Trustees of Thomas Branigan Memorial Library met in the 6 librarian's office at Branigan Library, Tuesday, April 6, 1976 at 4:00 p.m. 7 Members present were: Mr. Fielder, Mrs. Roach, Mrs. Priestley, the librarian 8 and Secretary of the Board, Don Dresp, and his secretary, Cathy Jacobs. The E 9 meeting was called to order by Chairman, Clarence Fielder. 10 Mr. Fielder asked if there were any additions or corrections to the Board 11 minutes of January 27. Mrs. Priestley moved that the Board minutes of January 12 27 be approved and Mrs. Roach seconded the motion. The minutes were approved. 13 Copies of several items of interest were handed out or previously mailed 14 to the Board. 15 Under Unfinished Business, the following was discussed: 16 1. Post Office. The March 23 issue of the Sun-News announced that Dona 17 Ana County had purchased the Post Office for $285,000. oftw 18 The Board had been sent a copy of Barbara Kerr Page's article on Branigan 19 Library that was published in the Sunday, April 4 edition of the E1 Paso Times. 20 The Board discussed the article and asked that a copy be attached to the minutes 21 of April 6. 22 The old post office building was discussed. The librarian brought up the 23 possibility of the City trading the Branigan Library building for the old post 24 office with the County. Branigan Library could be used for judiciary offices, 25 a law library, and a courtroom, while the old post office could be used as a 26 library. Mrs. Priestley said that she thought the public would not like the 27 idea of the Branigan Library building being used for judiciary offices. 28 The librarian mentioned General Milton's letter written for the Chamber 29 and the Bicentennial Commission applying for Bicentennial money for a museum. 30 Mrs. Priestley said that she had heard that a prominent citizen had put in his 31 will that $300,000 was to go toward a Civic Center. 32 Mr. Fielder said he thought the librarian should ask the Dona Ana County - 2 - - " � 1 Historical Society if they are planning to use the library building for a 2 museum eventually. 3 Mrs. Priestley mentioned that the Paper Mill building on Water Street 4 might be used for a library. The librarian said he would look into the matter. 5 Mr. Fielder asked if much was being done at the Branigan home with the 6 historical artifacts. Mrs. Priestley said that Helen Caffey, Austin Hoover and 7 she had gone through the old papers. The Historical Society needs surplus 8 shelving very badly at the house. 4 9 Under Miscellaneous Business, the following was discussed: aw 10 January 29 and 30, the librarian attended the New Mexico Library Associa- 11 tion Executive Board meeting at NMSU. 12 February 5, 12, March 4 and 11, the librarian attended Drug Commission 13 luncheons. %r 14 February 11, the librarian taught a class, by telephone, to 22 University 15 of Iowa Library Science students on public library administration. 16 March 22, State College Story League and the Las Cruces Story League met 17 at Branigan for their annual joint meeting. The librarian gave a speech March 18 21 to the Men's group at St. Andrew's Church. 19 March 25, the Dona Ana County Historical Society met at the library with 20 Carl Laumbach speaking. March 26, the ABWA (American Business Womans Associa- 21 tion) met and toured Branigan Library with the librarian as speaker on the 22 History of Branigan Library. 23 March 10, the librarian was on Mary Lu Leger's "Coffee Time" and reviewed 24 new books. March 30, the librarian, Wilma Powell and Hester Roach were on 25 Mary Lu Leger's "Coffee Time" to discuss National Library Week at Branigan. 26 The librarian attended a Community Action Agency meeting March 16. law 27 March 30 through April 3 was the NMLA Convention in Santa Fe. Clara 28 Martinez and Pat Greathouse attended Wednesday and Thursday while Vera Schrader 29 and Bertha Sanchez attended Friday and Saturday. At the convention the 30 librarian spoke on cooperation between school and public libraries, as well as 31 giving two sessions on library orientation. 32 Two SER groups came to Branigan for orientation and tour February 27 and - 3 - 1 March 19. This is a continuing education program that Branigan helps on. 2 The librarian has been called to serve on jury duty starting in April. 3 He has also been appointed to the Dona Ana Arts Council, and the membership 4 committee of the Border Regional Library Association. 5 Under New Business, the following was discussed: 6 1. Children's Services. Bertha Sanchez and Vera Schrader were asked by 7 Ramona Gonzalez of the Las Cruces School District to speak on the Art of Story 8 Telling February 18 at Mesilla School. ` 9 February was Bicentennial Month and the library had several programs 10 including General Milton who spoke on "Flags" February 18 with 37 people 11 attending; 25 people attended Mayfield High School's Band Ensemble at Branigan 12 February 20; and 90 children and adults attended the puppet show "Peter and 13 the Bicentennial Assignment" presented by the Las Cruces Story League on `' 14 February 21. 120 children attended Alan Van Cunningham's magic show on 15 January 31. 16 The winners of the Bicentennial Poster Contest for Junior High students 17 were: 1st place - Robert Garcia - Alameda Junior High; 2nd place - Betty Ruiz - 18 Zia; 3rd place - Sam Aguirre - Alameda Junior High. 19 The winners for the bookmarks were: 1st place - Linda Davenport - Lynn 20 Junior High; 2nd place - Adrienne Direen - Immaculate Heart; 3rd place - Arthur 21 Gomez - Lynn Junior High. 22 The first place winners received $5 gift certificates and the judges were 23 Mrs. E. N. Cunningham - painter; Mrs. Opal Priestley - authoress; and General 24 Hugh Milton. The prizes were given by the HiNoon Optimist Club and the Las 25 Cruces Story League. 26 The Studio Theatre from E1 Paso performed 3 children's stories on March 27, 27 with 26 young people attending the stories in Spanish at 11:00 and 45 children 28 and adults attending the stories in English at 1:00 p.m. 29 March 6, the NMSU Story Theatre had 66 children attend their performance. 30 The Las Cruces Story League and the State College Story League will hold 31 a joint workshop on April 10 on story telling. 32 April 5, Ricardo Munoz's TV show featured the Puppet show "Peter and the - 4 - 1 Bicentennial Assignment" performed by the Las Cruces Story League. Both Vera 2 Schrader and Bertha Sanchez of the Branigan staff were in the puppet show cast. 3 Mrs. Schrader while in Santa Fe for the NMLA Convention, spoke on puppetry at 4 the story telling workshop April 3. 5 2. Circulation. The circulation for January 1976 was 20,506 compared to 6 January 1975 of 16,871, an increase of 3,635 or 18%. February's circulation was 7 18,944 compared to February 1975 of 16,389 for an increase of 2,555 or 13%. 8 22,073 was the circulation for March 1976, while March 1975 circulation was 9 18,425 for an increase of 3,648 or 16%. 10 The circulation for the first 9 months of this fiscal year (July 1-March 11 31) was 186,361 compared to last year's fiscal circulation (July 1, 1974 - 12 March 31, 1975) of 156,254 for an increase of over 30,107. The librarian 13 anticipates a circulation of over 250,000 this fiscal year. 14 Branigan Library was open on Washington's Birthday, February 16, from 9-6 15 and checked out 363 books. 16 3. Practicum in Public Libraries. The five practicum students this 17 semester are Betty Williams, Moira Jameson, Carol Gaines, Diane Atkins and 18 Ann Wright. These students will have their administration seminar with the 19 librarian on Saturday, May 8. The practicum concludes on May 14. 20 4. Personnel. The librarian told the Board that Mrs. Priestley and Mrs. 21 Roach have been reappointed to the Library Board for four years and congratu- 22 lated them for the fine job they have done. Mrs. Elizabeth King has been 23 appointed to the Library Board by Commissioner Hudson. 24 Kay Blackwell resigned in January so that she could attend school full-time 25 at NMSU. Sara Lujan was promoted from the CETA payroll to the City position 26 and on February 18, Mary Lara joined the staff on CETA. 27 The librarian recently wrote the four New Mexico senators and representa- 28 tives about Revenue Sharing and the CETA program value to Branigan Library. 29 The librarian said that he was proud of his staff and that no one at 30 Branigan went out on strike. The Board commended the library staff for not 31 going out on strike and for continuing to offer library services to the communit 32 during February. - 5 - (. 1 Mrs. Terry Johnston was in the hospital for 2 weeks in March for knee i, 2 surgery. Clara Martinez was in the hospital for 3 days-ufidetgoing' tests. 3 Both staff members are now back at work. 4 Mary Lou Oquendo is due to have a baby at the end of April. 5 There was a workshop held for the CETA employees in February and the 6 library's 5 CETA employees attended the workshop for one day. 7 There was an ERIC Workshop on Spanish materials at NMSU, March 26, and 8 Pat Greathouse, Bertha Sanchez, and Clara Martinez attended. 9 As of March 5, all City custodians are now under the jurisdiction of their 10 building heads. 11 Terry Johnston spoke February 9 at Hospitality House on the Homebound 12 programs. 13 5. National Library Week. April 4-10 is National Library Week and 14 Branigan Library is celebrating with a week of festivities. Monday, April 5 15 is Hester Roach Day. Mrs. Roach has been a Library Board member since 1940. 16 Tuesday, April 6 is No Overdue Fines Day. Branigan also has two Head 17 Start parties with a puppet show for each. Wednesday, April 7 is Get a Library 18 Card Day with two more Head Start parties and puppet shows. Thursday, April 8 19 is Wilma Powell Day. Mrs. Powell has been a Branigan staff member since 1957. 20 Foreign Exchange Students speaking on their countries will be: Sweden - Eva 21 Fuglstad, Germany - Peter Hermann and South Africa - Teresa Serrano at 4 p.m. 22 Thursday. Friday, April 9 is Visit The Bookmobiles Day with stories and a 23 puppet show scheduled for 4 p.m. here at Branigan. Saturday, April 10, is 24 Book Sale Day (4th annual) while at 1:00 p.m. the NMSU Story Theatre will 25 present children's stories. 26 The Las Crucettes are sponsoring a book drive during March for Branigan 27 Library and its book sale, April 10. Chi Omega Alumnae are sponsoring a 28 raffle for two necklaces with the proceeds going to purchase children's books 29 for Branigan Library. 30 6. Exhibits. General Hugh Milton was February Author of the Month, with 31 a second case exhibiting his writings; there was a flag ceremony exhibit 32 arranged by Colonel Allison Scott in February; Gertrude Turney had her doll - 6 - L 1 collection on exhibit for February and March; one bulletin board featured i' 2 Bicentennial 1776-1976; the Hi Ho Garden Club had an exhibit on Birds in March. 3 Agatha Christie was featured in an exhibit case in March and the Rockhound 4 Collection was moved to a more visible spot in the Shannon Room. The March 5 Author of the Month was Harold Servis who reviews books in the Las Cruces Sun- 6 News. 7 Tom Lea is featured in an exhibit case for April; another case has New 8 Mexico authors, which included Mrs. Opal Priestley and Keith Wilson. The Shanno 9 Room has a special exhibit on Las Cruces authors. 10 Two more exhibits that are featured at Branigan are the Newbery-Caldecott 11 Award Books and Bicentennial Newspapers. 12 March also had a Thunderbird Airplane exhibit in the Shannon Room, courtesy 13 of the United States Air Force. 14 7. Budget. The librarian turned in the library budget March 15 and 15 discussed the budget with Mr. Yungmeyer in April. The librarian said he would 16 have to have 3 of the 5 CETA employees now at Branigan on July 1 to keep the 17 library running. �. 18 Capital Outlay for next fiscal year includes: 2 small tables and 8 chairs 19 for the children's area, 10 sections of shelving, 3 file cabinets, 1 sump-pump 20 for the basement, 2 small camper heaters for bookmobiles, 1 electric adding 21 machine, 1 new record player, 1 mat for playground equipment in front of the 22 library. The library will lease an one ton truck from the Service Center to 23 pull the bookmobiles next fiscal year. 24 The book budget will be $20,000 and State-Aid will be $7,900 for Branigan 25 Library. 26 The librarian said that the bookmobile expenses were high this year and 27 that next year will be better. The County will be putting up around $13,000 28 for salary of the bookmobile librarian, the mileage for the bookmobile librarian 29 the maintenance of the bookmobile and half the salary of the bookmobile driver. 30 B. Ammon's Gift. The librarian had previously sent the board members a 31 copy of the letter he had received from Mrs. Kay Ammons of Organ with her 32 check for $500 for books. L _ 7 _ 1 9. 1975 Annual Report. The librarian said that he had received many 2 comments on the 1975 Annual Report, especially in regard to square footage of 3 Branigan Library compared to other New Mexico libraries. 4 10. Other New Business. The vocational and career books have been moved 5 to one area - next to the circulation desk. The librarian said they have now 6 been getting more use than ever before. 7 The librarian said that he was pleased with the new drug bibliography which 8 has 152 books listed. Maria Viramontes of the staff did the cover. [ 9 The Branigan Library scrapbook did not win the John Cotton Dana Award, but 10 he thought the board would enjoy reviewing it. 11 George Morey and Mary Jane Wood of the Las Cruces School District and the 12 librarian met in February to work on a program for "Right to Read." The goals 13 for the program are: (1) involve Hermosa Heights parents in reading and librari s; 14 and (2) to have the bookmobile at Hermosa Heights School on several evenings. 15 The librarian commented that the library parking is getting worse and signs 16 stating "For Library Patrons Only" will have to be posted. 17 The voter registration drive April 2-20, has involved two Branigan Library 18 employees. The City Bookmobile Librarian, Bertha Sanchez, can register voters 19 on her bookmobile and Sara Johnson at the main library can register voters as 20 they have both been deputized by the County Clerk. 21 The Las Cruces Arts and Crafts Association will only be bringing in 19 22 paintings a month rather than the previous 25 paintings. 23 Vera Schrader, Children's Librarian, is the proud grandmother of two 24 grandchildren in March. 25 The next Board meeting will be Tuesday, April 27, at which time there will 26 be election of new officers. 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