Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Upcoming library meetings

Both the Construction Committee and the Capital Campaign Committee are meeting this week.

Capital Campaign: Wednesday, December 1, 6 pm at the JTEL business office (agenda)
Construction: Sunday, December 5, 4 pm at the Golden Eagle Saloon (agenda)

And the library board is meeting next week:

Board of Directors: Friday, December 10, 7 pm at the JTEL business office (agenda)

All of these are open meetings; if you are interested in helping with the fundraising, please come to the Capital Campaign Committee meeting.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

JTEL office organizing

Here's a couple more photos of the somewhat tidied but still fairly empty office. First, the office door:

Here's the temporary desk, with all the library records in binders on it. Hopefully we'll get a bookshelf soon where we can stash these and various books.

And here's the coffee table that Hans and I made a couple of years ago for an art show at the Annex. The chairs were in the library (we need to reupholster the one on the left, but it's still serviceable, if a bit mungy).

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Moving in to the new office

Various chairs and boxes of stuff hauled into the office from the library.

And a few t-shirts and things stashed at Deirdre and Hans' house.

The view toward the door. At left are stackable cabinets that will house t-shirts, eventually.

The windowsill.
The moving guy, Hans Mölders, chair of the Construction Committee.

New office!

The library now has office space! The JTEL office is at studio #8, the Annex, 2922 Parks Highway. We expect to be here for at least six months, after which the JTEL board will re-evaluate the utility of an office space and our current location.

We are still seeking furnishings and office sponsors, and will announce office hours shortly. Office furnishings and equipment still needed are:

  • table
  • rug
  • desk and floor lamps
  • multifunction printer
  • chairs
  • desk
  • office tools, supplies and equipment (power strips, three-hole punch, file folders, scissors, pens, letter-sized paper, etc.)
  • telephone
Several items and records have been moved to the office so far, although organizing the place will take a little time. This has created some extra room at the John Trigg Ester Library; a Soup & Stow work party will soon be held there to clean up and reorganize the library to make it more welcoming now that it is roomier. (Check back for more information on the Soup & Stow.)

T-shirts will be available for sale at the office, and board and committee meetings will be held there.

The first meeting in our new office will be the next Capital Campaign Committee meeting, November 17, Wednesday, at 6 pm.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Amended annual report

 The annual report that was prepared for the 2010 JTEL membership meeting has been revised slightly to correct a few small errors and include a little more information. It's available on the web and is in color! (download the 904 kb file) Contents include:
Some sections are also available as html pages (links to those pages are above; these get updated from time to time).

    Saturday, November 6, 2010

    An office for the library

    The latest project for the Ester library is obtaining an office where we can keep our records together, have meetings, and work. Right now the records for the library are scattered across at least three computers and seven households, plus a few offices. One board member may have certain office records, but those records aren't accessible to the rest of the board unless special arrangements are made. It's just not a good way to try to work or coordinate events, meetings, and construction. Volunteers who would like to help catalog titles or work on events have no central place they can go to find the information or resources they might need. An office will make the work of the board and volunteers easier and more efficient.

    So, the JTEL board has put out a call for office sponsorships! The board is weighing two potential locations in the Ester area, both of which rent in the range of $250 to $300 a month, and have high-speed internet access. With telephone charges, etc., we expect the cost of an office will be around $300 to $350 per month. We've already gotten so many sponsors that the amount still needed is only $135 per month! The response has been wonderful. The library's regular funding events and even the state appropriation could pay for the remainder, but that means that money won't be available for construction or design work.

    The office will only be needed for a limited time, until the library building is complete. Before we move the books, we will move the office, so we expect that the duration of office sponsorship will be from two to three years. We are asking sponsors to commit to one year, if they can, and to pay in advance six months to a year if possible. However, sponsorships need not be large: we have sponsors who can only afford $5 per month up to those who have committed to $50 per month. Every bit helps, and is greatly appreciated.