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Sebastopol Library Advisory Board Meeting

The Sebastopol Library Advisory Board meets on the first Wednesday of February, April, June, August, October, and December. Location: Sebastopol Regional Library Forum Room, 7140 Bodega Avenue, Sebastopol, 95472


Sebastopol Library Advisory Board Meeting
October 2, 2019, 4:30 p.m.
Location: Sebastopol Regional Library, 7140 Bodega Ave, Sebastopol, CA 95472

Present: Mary Shiff, Jennifer Hunter, Ralph Johnson, Helena Whistler, Daniel Judd, Stephen Zollman (Library Commissioner), Michael Carnacchi (City Council Liaison), Sue Fujita (Friends of Sebastopol Library), Mathew Rose (Sebastopol Regional Library), Lana Adlawan (Sonoma County Library Public Services Division Manager), Sirie Thongchua (Sonoma County Library Fund Development Manager)

1. Mary Shiff, Chair, called the meeting to order at 4:30 pm. Agenda approved and August 2019 meeting minutes were approved.


2. Public Comment: None.


3. Announcements: None.


4. New Business:  

4a. Social Media for and by youth: Daniel Judd shared insights into social media. Demonstration of Instagram and snapchat included recommendations to use stories and highlights, how to use polls, and quizzes, and other tips on how social media is used.

4b. City discussion on redevelopment of the area between Library and Senior Center– Two members of the City Council convened a discussion for stakeholders that rely on the N. High Street parking lot. Follow-up discussions have not taken place at this time. Michael Carnacchi plans to discuss with City Staff and City Council the status of a potential City bond or LAFCO district for regionally utilized City structures.

4c. 5-minute Parking spots: Mathew Rose shared the action of the City Council: two limited term parking spots were created near the exterior book drop. Library staff will measure whether the request for drive up services declines to see if the current solution meets community needs.

4d. Youth Business Mentorship Update – Mr. Judd shared progress of his efforts to create a mentorship program for youth in Sebastopol. Working with Sebastopol Cultural Community Center and the Sebastopol Regional Library, and Tasha Beauchamp, the project is in the planning stages. Working with stakeholders on the path forward: developing polls for teens and performing outreach to businesses.

4e. Fountain /Courtyard – Jennifer Hunter reports that she discussed the courtyard with several people and learned that people generally were ambivalent toward the fountain, but really recommended shade for that area.

4f. Strategic Planning  - Stephen Zollman reports that the Library has engaged a consultant to assist with the strategic planning process. The LAB could provide valuable input into the next strategic plan. The LAB currently is focusing on The 2015-2020 strategic plan elements 1 and 4 (The Customer Experience and Community Engagement).

4g. Patron Comments – LAB sought clarifications and made recommendations on patron comments, including on: PGE vs. Sonoma Clean Power and opting for the library to procure a green energy mix. Adding solar panels with a battery. Toilet seat covers. The library as a cooling center – whether we can add a generator/transfer switch to power the library.

4h. LAB Expenditures – The LAB discussed using LAB expenditures on the Meet the Director event to take place on February 5, 2020, either with a press buy or refreshments. Mr. Rose is to investigate how the LAB’s funds could be used for this effort. Contributing toward signage was also discussed. Lana Adlawan shared that the library system is investigating signage and the City may have funds set aside for this effort.

4i. Meet the Director Event –The February LAB meeting will be a joint LAB meeting and a Meet the Director event for the public.


5a. Commissioner Report: Mr. Zollman discussed All Staff Day and appreciated how the keynote speaker focused on how people and experiences are trends that should have our attention. The examples of libraries co-locating with living spaces for seniors and other non-profit entities so all benefit from each other. Mr. Zollman also reiterated that the strategic planning process is important.

5b. Administration Report:  Lana Adlawan shared a library value: Inclusion. She reported on All Staff Day, a survey for setting the hours at the Roseland Library, the International Space Station program, and the New American Collection (providing resources and information for new citizens.

5c. City Liaison Report: Mr. Carnacchi discussed a potential bond measure for city infrastructure that serves regional customers, suggesting city council committee might help investigate a bond or LAFCO district. He shared that a recruitment for the Chief of Police position is in the works. Discussion of We Hold These Truths by Mortimer J. Adler. He further reported that the City is looking at adding transfer switches on parts of the water system and at strategic locations in the city. The city would be a willing to discuss with the Library installing solar panels.

5d. Youth Report: Mr. Judd shared the new AP Study Group program at the Library, which meets every Monday. A volunteer expert in Advanced Physics would be very helpful. Students are affected by issues of teacher pay being discussed at the School Board. The library has been a place respite from that stress. Library programs have been shared in the school announcements for the entire student body.

5e. Branch Manager Report: Mr. Rose reported on Park(ing) Day, the Nature Journal program, SNAP Cats, Arts & Lectures, Voter Registration Day, and changes in printing charges. Library card holders can print at the library, the first dollar is free. He also reported on the library’s support of Sebastopol World Friends, where we provided space for 10-15 students from Japan to come and learn English in the library at the start of their day.

5f. Friends of Sebastopol Library Report: Ms. Fujita shared that the booksale runs from October 23-26, 2019.  The Treasurer of the Board is retiring after 20 years of service. There are openings on the Board and the next meeting is on October 8 at 9:15 at City Chambers.

5g. LANTERN Report:  LANTERN will be making presentations to City Council and the Library Commission in November.


6. Agenda Items for Next Meeting: October 2, 2019 at 4:30 pm

Youth Business Mentorship


Strategic Planning discussions

Meet the Director event February 5, 2020

LAB Expenditures


7. Additional Public Comment: none

8. Adjournment at 6:15 pm


Reported by Mathew Rose

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 Show more dates
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