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10-12-1976 (Friends of Lib) %W ...63a THOMAS BRANIGAN MEMORIAL LIBRARY 106 WEST HADLEY AVE. LAS CRUCES, NEW MEXICO 88001 LIBRARY BOARD MEETING, OCTOBER 12, 1976 Notice is hereby given that there will be a Library Board meeting on Tuesday, October 12, 1976, at 4:00 p.m., in the librarian's office. The agenda is as follows: AGENDA Old Business: 1. Sheriff Posse Miscellaneous Business: 1. Tours, Meetings and Speeches New Business: 1. League of Women Voters 2. Personnel 3. Children's Activities 4. Circulation 5. User Survey 6. Friends of Branigan Library 7. Exhibits 8. Bookmobiles 9. New Mexico Arts Commission 10. Telephone Problems 11. Hermosa Heights Program 12. Other New Business - 1 - 1 THOMAS BRANIGAN MEMORIAL LIBRARY t 2 Las Cruces, New Mexico 3 October 12, 1976 4 5 The Board of Trustees of Thomas Branigan Memorial Library met in the 6 librarian's office at Branigan Library, Tuesday, October 12, 1976 at 4:00 p.m. 7 Members present were: Mrs. Priestley, Mrs. Roach, Mr. Fielder, Mr. Taylor, 8 Mrs. King, the librarian and Secretary of the Board, Don Dresp, and his 9 secretary, Rose Mary Is Plante. The meeting was called to order by the 10 chairman Mrs. Priestley. 11 Mrs. Priestley asked if there were any additions or corrections to the 12 Board minutes of August 31. The minutes were approved as read. 13 Copies of several items of interest were handed out or previously 14 mailed to the Board. 15 Under Unfinished Business, the following was discussed: 16 1. Sheriff's Posse. The librarian summarized the Sheriff's Posse lease 17 expiration date of October 1. The City Commission is willing to help the 18 Posse find another site when they organize with the other horseman's 19 associations. The estimate on the Branigan property leased by the Sheriff's 20 Posse is between $180,000 and $210,000. At the October 4 meeting, the 21 City Commission did not approve the appraisal of all Branigan estate 22 property. The Commission felt that appraisal of Branigan property should 23 be done only when there is interest in the land. Also at the meeting the 24 Commission formally approved the 180 days extension. 25 Mrs. Roach asked if the Commission would look into the possibility of 26 trading Branigan property on Valley Drive for Whitfield property on Amador. 27 Whitfield is interested in such a trade. 28 Mrs. PriestYy said that there is a club house on the property and 29 wondered what will happen to it after 180 days. The librarian said the 30 City Commission told the Posse that they could use the clubhouse for two 31 years at the September 23 work session. 32 Under Miscellaneous Business, the following was discussed: 2 _ 1 1. Tours, Meetings and Speeches. September 7 and 8, the librarian 2 attended the New Mexico Municipal League convention, where he was elected 3 president of the New Mexico Municipal Librarians. September 9, the 4 librarian attended the Dona Ana Arts Council meeting. September 10, the 5 librarian attended a Border Regional Library Association dinner meeting. 6 September 11, the librarian and his wife attended the Students 7 Incorporated banquet. September 16, the librarian attended a Drug Commission 8 luncheon meeting as well as the annual Red Cross banquet that night. 9 September 17 and 18 the librarian attended the Library Development 10 meeting of the New Mexico Library Association at Ruidoso. 11 September 23, the Dona Ana County Historical Society met at Branigan 12 Library with a small attendance. 13 September 27, Mayfield Night School classes with 110 students had a 14 tour and orientation of Branigan Library. 15 September 30, the librarian talked about the Friends of Branigan 16 Library on Mary Lu Leger's "Coffee Time" on KOBE. 17 December 13, Ricardo Munoz of KRWG-TV, Channel 22 will feature 18 Branigan Library on his one hour program. 19 Under New Business the following was discussed: 20 1. The League of Women Voters. Mrs. Marjorie Burr made a presentation 21 Monday night, October 4, at the City Commission meeting on the need for a 22 new library. She had an one page analysis comparing Santa Fe Public Library 23 and Branigan Library. Branigan Library had a circulation fy 1975-1976 of 24 250,167 while Santa Fe Public Library had a circulation of 199,895. 25 The librarian has met with Commissioner Thaeler and discussed the 26 needs for a new facility. The most important considerations on site are tAW 27 visibility and accessibility and articles on site have been sent to the 28 City Commission. The librarian is working on the Library Philosophy as well 29 as a building program. When they are completed, the Board members will 30 receive copies. 31 2. Personnel. Cathy Jacobs resigned as secretary September 22 and 32 has moved to Houston with her husband. Rose Mary Is Plante replaced Cathy - 3 - 1 and started Tuesday, September 28. 2 Mary Ann Cherry (September 20) is a new Library Page on the Students 3 Incorporated program. 4 October 1 and 2, three staff members and the librarian attended a 5 two day workshop in E1 Paso. Pat Greathouse attended a session on library 6 procedure manuals. Clara Martinez O'Daniel went to the session on new fiction 7 books while Terry Johnston attended a workshop on audio-visual materials. 8 October 6, Mary Lou Oquendo and Carol Serna went to the NMSU Library 9 to learn about Inter-Library Loan procedures. 10 3. Children's Activities. September 18, Blake Starr gave a magic show 11 at Branigan with 75 children in attendance. October 9, the NMSU Children's 12 Theater presented Ferdinand the Bull and The Knobby Boys for 67 children. 13 Children's Librarian Vera Schrader is making preparations for the Halloween 14 Party October 30. The party will feature a puppet show, witches, prizes and 15 treats. October 3, the Las Cruces Story League and Vera Schrader presented 16 a puppet show on the Mall for the Octoberfest. Bertha Sanchez and Vera 17 Schrader gave a workshop on puppetry and story telling at the Mesilla School 18 to the parents of Head Start children September 29. 19 4. Circulation. The circulation for August and September was 20,946 20 and 18,756. The circulation for October 11 for Columbus Day was 425 items 21 checked out. ILL statistics were: August--41 books loaned to libraries and 22 57 received by Branigan. September--30 books loaned to libraries and 46 23 received by Branigan. 24 The 1975-1976 fiscal year circulation was 250,167 compared to the 25 1970-1971 circulation of 158,827. The increase in five years is 58 %. 26 5. User Survey. The user survey at Branigan Library was started *01 27 September 7. Most comments are good and one lady wrote "I love your library, 28 but you have a maze of clutter". 29 The League of Women Voters will be asked to tabulate the results of the 30 survey for September, October and November. 31 The new library map is now printed and it should be helpful in using 32 Branigan Library. There are 65 symbols on the map. - 4 - 1 6. Friends of Branigan Library. The Friends met September 30 for its 2 first organizational meeting with 15 people in attendance. The steering 3 committee will meet Thursday, October 14, and work on the constitution and 4 by-laws, dues schedule, membership forms, etc. 5 Friday, October 1, the librarian spoke in E1 Paso at the Border 6 Regional Library Association workshop on how to organize Friends of the 7 Libraries. 8 The librarian asked the Board to attend the Friends steering committee Or 9 meeting October 14,, the next general meeting being on October 28. 10 Friends groups have the following objectives: to create public support 11 for an expanding library program. To encourage gifts, endowments and memorials 12 for the library. To intensify community awareness and use of the library. 13 To campaign for a new building or the modernization and expansion of an 14 existing building. To sponsor programs designed to add to the cultural life 15 of the community. 16 7. Exhibits. The Shannon Room has an exhibit on authors Paul Rader 17 and Katy Griggs. The library had a Southern New Mexico State Fair exhibit J%W 18 in September as well as an exhibit of crafts from the Senior Citizens Center. 19 The National Hire the Handicap Week exhibit in October has attracted 20 favorable comments and has been left up for the month. 21 8. Bookmobiles. The bookmobiles will be closed for two weeks at 22 Christmas time, December 20-January 2, and will be at the Municipal Service 23 Center so that several things can be worked on. The circulation at Eastside 24 Community Center, Mesilla and Mesilla Park stops has gone down and is being 25 looked into. 26 9. New Mexico Arts Commission. September 27, the library set up two 27 exhibit cases on Eliot Porter, Andrew Dasburg, Father Chavez and John Crosby 28 who were honored by the New Mexico Arts Commission. The exhibit will be 29 featured for October. October 2, there was a reception at Branigan for the 30 four artists. 31 Four paintings have been loaned temporarily to Branigan Library the --- -- 32 Community Art Center. %W - 5 - 1 10. Telephone Problems. Mountain Bell did not run the Branigan Library 2 ad in the yellow pages of the new directory. A copy of the ad was sent to 3 the librarian but it never appeared in the yellow pages. The Library is 4 listed only once in the phone directory under Las Cruces City Government- 5 Library. Branigan Library itself was not listed which has caused many 6 problems. 7 Mr. Taylor asked that some publicity about the number change and the 8 new number be given to the newspaper. He hoped that this would not happen 9 again. 10 11. Hermosa Heights Program. Six months ago the librarian worked on 11 a special project on Right to Read with the Las Cruces School District. A 12 meeting was held October 4 and there will be 6 four-week programs for parents 13 at Hermosa Heights on reading. One meeting will involve the City bookmobile 14 and at another meeting parents will be brought to Branigan for a program, 15 library tour and orientation. Hermosa Heights School wants to improve 16 parentalreading and its affect on childrens reading. If this pilot program 17 is successful, it could be extended to other elementary schools. 1B 12. Other New Business. September 7, Roswell passed a $1,500,000 bond 19 issue for a new public library. 20 Alamagordo lost their bond issue for an addition to the public library 21 but have a chance for funds under the Public Works Construction Act. 22 The trees in the front patio are not healthy and Parks and Recreation VAW 23 is checking into it. The water fountain in the children's room had to be 24 replaced in September. A sump pump has been installed in the basement to 25 prevent flooding. 26 Channel 22 took films of the crowded library October 6. The New Mexico �. 27 constitutional amendments are shown in two places in the library for the 28 November election. 29 The next Board meeting will be in November. With no further business ` 30 the meeting adjourned at 5:10 p.m. 31 (Reespe�ctfully Submitted 32 Don Dresp, Library Director DD:rl