Thursday, July 14, 2016

Saturday July 23 ~ Tour de Shed 2016!



“Where I live,” opens Sheds, a new book by Howard Mansfield with photographs by Joanna Eldredge Morrisey, “we really have only one kind of building, old and new, big and small: the shed. From woodsheds to barns, to houses, meetinghouses, and covered bridges, they are all sheds.”

Through a fundraiser for the Hancock Town Library, locals and visitors can tour a variety of sheds in Hancock and environs on July 23. The event begins with a brief talk by Mansfield at 11 a.m. at the library, where the shed tourists will be provided with a copy of the book and a map to seven sheds. The sheds will be staffed by docents (aka “shedsters”) and open for viewing until 3 p.m. Tour participants are invited to meet up at the Hancock Inn at 3 to enjoy a Shed Brown Ale.

The tour includes a range of structures, from a sugar shack to a barn to a sculptor’s studio to carriage sheds – and then some. Tickets are $25 and include the talk, the tour, and a copy of the book, which is priced at $25. Tickets are available at the Hancock Town Library, the Hancock Market, and the Hancock Inn. 
Mary Seebart models the Tour de Shed t-shirt

Tour de Shed t-shirts are also available at the library for only $10.

Like the shed tour, the book Sheds is a local production. Author Mansfield writes about preservation, architecture, and American history from his home in Hancock. Photographer Morrissey lives in Peterborough, where she serves as photographer for the MacDowell Colony. The book is published by Bauhan Publishing of Peterborough. Many thanks to Howard Mansfield, Bauhan Publishing, JSR Direct (for the t-shirts), and the Hancock Inn for their generous support of the Hancock Town Library and the Tour de Shed!

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Tuesday July 12th at 7:00 pm



They Breathe Life into Stones with Peter  & Susie Toumanoff

Peter and Susie Toumanoff, now full-time Hancock residents, recently returned from several months in Armenia.  They will talk about the personal and professional challenges and opportunities that the country of Armenia faces. They will describe the economic and geo-political challenges in Armenia and the South Caucasus as well as their experiences living in Armenia for four months this year as Fulbright Senior Scholar. In addition, they will discuss their continued search for details about Irakly and Sophia Toumanoff’s experiences in the region during the Russian Revolution and Civil War.  Dr. Peter Toumanoff is a retired economics professor from Marquette University. He is deeply interested in all things Russian – Language, Literature, History, Food, and especially People. He is also an avid racer of sailboats and, when between injuries, a competitive swimmer. He shares his love of the water with his Golden and Labrador Retrievers.

Friday, July 1, 2016

HTL Fundraiser: Tour de Sheds 2016!

Buy your tickets today at the Hancock Library, Market or Inn!

Library Trustee Minutes 6.15.16



Hancock Library Trustees Draft Minutes, June 15, 2016

Present: Library Director Amy Markus; Trustees Lexy Heatley, Jane Eklund, and Nancy Daniels; Selectmen’s Representative John Jordan.

Chair Lexy Heatley called the meeting to order at 5 p.m.

New Trustee Nancy Daniels was welcomed to the board.

May 24, 2016 Minutes

Lexy moved that the minutes from the previous meeting be accepted as written. Jane seconded. The motion was unanimously approved.

Treasurer’s Report

Amy handed out copies of the corrected April Revenues & Expenses report from Chuck Van Horn. She noted that $1,300 was given by the Friends of the Library in May, and said we're currently on track with the budget. Nancy will serve as the board’s treasurer; she has been working with Amy to learn the library’s accounting processes. Lexy moved, with a second from Jane, that the treasurer's report be accepted. The vote was unanimous in favor of accepting the report.

Purchasing Policy

Lexy moved that the purchasing policy presented at the May 14 meeting be approved without changes. Nancy seconded. The policy was approved unanimously. [Policy is attached below.]

Carpet Update

Amy said the Friends of the Library are willing to pay for half of the cost of carpet to be installed in the Daniels Room. The total cost is $4,273.29. The carpet company wants a deposit of half; Amy will send a check and the company will schedule the job.

Directors Report

Shed Tour: Seven area sheds have been lined up for the July 23 event. Amy will check on one more possible shed to tour. A press release is ready to go out. Amy will ask the Hancock Market, Hancock Inn, and Fiddleheads if they would sell tickets for the tour. Tickets will be on sale at the library, too. Jane will check with Bauhan Publishing on a couple of details. Amy will adapt the press release with any updates and send it off. She will also notify the police chief about the tour.

Upcoming activities: There are pamphlets at front desk with info on the summer reading program. Many kids events are planned, including the adults/kids reading challenge. On July 12, Peter Toumanoff will speak on his Fulbright trip to Armenia.

Next meeting
The next meeting of the Library Trustees will be held Tuesday, July 26, at 5 p.m.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:33.


HANCOCK TOWN LIBRARY
Hancock, NH
PURCHASING POLICY

SECTION I: PURPOSE
This policy is adopted to assure that Library funds are expended in the most prudent fashion to assure goods and services required by the Library are acquired in a timely manner in an efficient way.

SECTION II: PURCHASE LEVELS
A)     PURCHASES UP TO $1,500:  The Library Director shall have full authority to make purchases of goods or services up to $1,000 which are identified within the Library annual budget.  For purchases over $1,000, Library Trustees shall follow B) and C) below.

B)      PURCHASES up to $5,000:  The Library Trustees shall have full authority to approve purchases of goods or services up to $5,000 for those items which are identified in the Library approved budget. 

C)      PURCHASES OVER $5,000:  For purchases OVER $ 5,000, the Library Director or designee shall contact as many vendors as necessary in order to obtain three written or verbal quotations.  The Librarian shall present these quotations to the Library Trustees, along with a recommendation, for their approval.  In the event less than three (3) quotations are available, the Library Trustees may waive this requirement.

NOTE: The above thresholds do not include shipping/freight costs.

SECTION III: MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

EMERGENCY PURCHASES:  An emergency purchase outside the guidelines established by the policy, may be made by the Library Trustees if in their judgment, it is deemed necessary.  This shall generally mean or relate to emergency repairs to equipment or facilities which must be kept operating to protect the health and/or safety of persons, or property.  

REQUESTS FOR REIMBURSEMENT:  When authorized purchases are made by individuals requiring reimbursement from the Library Director, detailed receipts must be submitted within sixty (60) days of the expenditure to the Library Treasurer or Library Director.  Expenditures not submitted within the required timeframe, will not be reimbursed.                   

SECTION IV: EFFECTIVE DATE
These policies shall be effective upon a vote of the Library Trustees and shall replace any and all purchasing policies previously enacted by the Library.

ADDENDUM: EFFECTIVE JUNE 15, 2016
The policy was unanimously approved by Library Trustees June 15, 2016, and is in effect as of that date.


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Family Concert! Thursday June 30th at 6:00 PM



Steve Blunt & Marty Kelley team up for a show that offers sing-along, read-aloud, laugh-a-lot fun for the whole family. Steve is a teacher and performer whose CD’s “Hang On, Henry!” and “Outta School!” have won Parents’ Choice “Approved” Awards. Marty is a best-selling author/illustrator whose titles include Fall is Not Easy, Winter Woes and The Rules. Together, Steve & Marty present a rollicking mix of songs & stories on guitar, harmonica, djembe, etc.--with originality and humor. And Marty reads a few of his books with illustrations projected onto the big screen! More information is available at: www.steveblunt.com and www.martykelley.com.    
 

This concert was made possible with a KBA grant. Funding for the Kids, Books and the Arts event is provided by the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, CHILIS, Cogswell Benevolent Trust, and is supported in part by a grant from the NH State Council on the Arts & the National Endowment for the Arts as well as funds administered by the NH State Library and provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Please request a sign language interpreter in advance if needed.




Wednesday, June 15, 2016

TICKETS ON SALE FOR HANCOCK SHEDS TOUR




“Where I live,” opens Sheds, a new book by Howard Mansfield with photographs by Joanna Eldredge Morrisey, “we really have only one kind of building, old and new, big and small: the shed. From woodsheds to barns, to houses, meetinghouses, and covered bridges, they are all sheds.”

Through a fundraiser for the Hancock Town Library, locals and visitors can tour a variety of sheds in Hancock and environs on July 23. The event begins with a brief talk by Mansfield at 11 a.m. at the library, where the shed tourists will be provided with a copy of the book and a map to seven sheds. The sheds will be staffed by docents (aka “shedsters”) and open for viewing until 3 p.m. Tour participants are invited to meet up at the Hancock Inn at 3 to enjoy a Shed Brown Ale.

The tour includes a range of structures, from a sugar shack to a barn to a sculptor’s studio to a sauna to carriage sheds – and then some. Tickets are $25 and include the talk, the tour, and a copy of the book, which is priced at $25. They are available at the Hancock Town Library.

Like the shed tour, the book Sheds is a local production. Author Mansfield writes about preservation, architecture, and American history from his home in Hancock. Photographer Morrissey lives in Peterborough, where she serves as photographer for the MacDowell Colony. The book is published by Bauhan Publishing of Peterborough. 

For more information on the shed tour, call the Hancock Library at 525-4411.