Letter to the members - April 2021
The Library extends its opening hours
The hours that the Little Green Library will be open will be extended starting on April 20.
Accordingly, members will have access to the library as follows:
|Tuesday||10 a.m. to 4 p.m.|
|6 to 8 p.m.*|
|Thursday||2 to 4:30 p.m.|
|Friday||2 to 4:30 p.m.*|
|Saturday||10 a.m. to 4 p.m.|
*Added to the schedule
Visitors must respect health measures in force: wearing a mask, disinfecting hands and maintaining physical distancing of 2 metres.
Annual general meeting
In view of the impossibility of bringing the members together to hold the annual general meeting, the Board of Directors has decided to postpone it until such gatherings are permitted.
However, the Board of Directors wishes to present a short report of the organization's activities and finances for the period from November 1, 2019 to October 31, 2020:
- The Library had 714 active members from 18 municipalities;
- 8824 documents were borrowed from the collection;
- Document loan services were maintained in spite of the pandemic, with the exception of the first 2 weeks of confinement in March 2020. According to the health measures in force, the team of volunteers either offered an "order take-out" service, or regular loans within the premises.
Board of Directors
The members of the Board of Directors for the period from November 1, 2019 to October 31, 2020, were:
|In charge of the English collection||Jo-Anne Craft|
|In charge of the French collection||Judith Imboden|
|In charge of computer equipment||Dan Pomminville|
The directors' mandate is for two years and, each year, during the general meeting, the members elect the directors. All members of the library can become a candidate for one of these positions.
With the annual meeting delayed, the exiting directors agreed to remain in their position, with the exception of Nicole Pilon and Brenda Carter-Cabot, who decided to withdraw after several years of involvement.
The Board of Directors is responsible for filling the vacant positions, which enabled Melissa Pinsonneault-Craig to join our ranks during the year and, more recently, Karine Gosselin also became a member of the Board.
Does operation management of the Library interest you? Do not hesitate to let us know, two positions are currently vacant, including that of vice-president.
As for many organizations, the pandemic affected the Little Green Library's finances, with the last financial year having covered the period from November 1, 2019 to October 31, 2020.
Our total revenues were $18,817, compared to $30,632 for the preceding year. The decrease in sales of memberships and used books, the inability to organize our traditional fund-raising campaigns and suspension of the activities of Cine-Cinema explain a significant portion of our decreased revenues. The Board of Directors also decided to suspend fines for books returned late, considering the confinement and economic uncertainty.
Our expenses were $22,244, compared to $29,312 the preceding year. In spite of the pandemic, the purchase of books and magazines, which represents approximately 30% of the Library's expenditures, continued. We should note that loan services were maintained either as an "order take-out" or by actually visiting the library, with a view to respecting the health measures in force.
The financial period therefore concluded with an annual deficit of $3,427.
The library is a non-profit organization, entirely managed and operated by a team of volunteers.
A corporate video is being prepared to present and promote the Library's services. Watch for the launching, planned for in June, on our Facebook page: https://fr-ca.facebook.com/PetiteBibliothequeVerteLittleGreenLibrary and, most of all, share the information!
Do you have any ideas or comments, or perhaps you would like to join the Board of Directors and volunteers?
Returning borrowed books
Please return your books by placing them in the book chute beside the main entrance. Books are placed in quarantine for 48 hours before being replaced on the shelves.
Used book boutique
Second hand books are on sale in a space set aside for this purpose. The income from these sales helps to fund our services.
Every Saturday, you can purchase a bag of books for $2. At other times, prices vary from 50 cents to $1 per book.
In order to respect social distancing measures, only one person can enter the boutique at a time.
Recruitment of volunteers
As previously mentioned, the management and operation of The Little Green Library is taken care of solely by persons who volunteer to offer their time.
It is essential for our organization that we recruit new volunteers to maintain and even develop our service offer.
Our volunteers who are most often seen are those who work at the loan counter, but there are also people who work at purchasing, cataloguing and classifying the books, not to mention organizing fund raising activities, art exhibits, promoting our activities, delivering books to day-care centres and seniors' residences, etc.
Naturally, at the moment, training new volunteers has temporarily been suspended, but the needs are real, so don't hesitate to join our team!
For further information, please visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/PetiteBibliothequeVerteLittleGreenLibrary
The team of volunteers at The Little Green Library