Plenty of activities at Merrimack library

Happy autumn! With the change in seasons, the library board of trustees is heading into one of its busiest times of the year.

Believe it or not, October begins our annual budget process for the 2016-17 fiscal year. This process lasts from October through April, when voters go to the polls to vote.

Did you know that one of the most important functions of the board of trustees is to work with the library director to compile the annual budget and present it to the Town Council for inclusion in the municipal budget? Visit merrimacklibrary.org/trustees/index.shtml to learn more about the duties of the library board of trustees.

At our September business meeting, we reviewed some of the recent library news, including:

? In our continued effort to maintain comfort and safety for our patrons and employees, the faulty north-facing window on the main floor will soon be replaced. The board also discussed the need for security cameras in the library.

? The summer reading program was once again a huge success, with the children of Merrimack reading 10,977 hours! Since this total exceeded the goal of reading 10,000 hours, the Friends of the Merrimack Public Library made a donation to Veterans Count New Hampshire.

? The fall book sale earned $1,539. All proceeds from this sale go to the Merrimack Public Library Development Fund.

Some of you may know that the MPL Development Fund was formed in 1996 with a basic purpose being the promotion of the continued growth and improvement of the welfare, general public relations, and increase in size and number of the holdings of library materials of the Merrimack Public Library. One of the recent projects that the MPLDF funded was the creation and development of an update library website.

The nice weather means we’re able to participate in community outreach events. In September, members of the board assisted in hosting the library booth at the annual Merrimack Fall Festival and Business Expo. We had a great time talking to the public about the library. Thank you to all who stopped by to see us.

If you follow our Facebook page, you’ll know that the Friends of the Library recently donated a Little Free Library to the town. It was installed in September at Wasserman Park at the entrance the playground – thanks so much to Matt Casparius of Merrimack Parks & Rec for welcoming us and to the Department of Public Works for installing the library.

We would love to see more of these community-sustained book exchanges installed around town. Contact Library Director Yvette Couser if you would be interested in sponsoring one. You can learn more about Little Free Libraries by visiting their website, littlefreelibraryorg.

If you applaud the contribution that the Friends of the Library group is making to enrich the lives of our residents, why not join them? An individual membership is only $10, while a family membership is $20. See the library website for more information on the Friends or contact their president, Claire Muise, at president.fmpl@gmail.com, or Couser at ycouser@merrimacklibrary.org.

This fall, the library is once again the site for the Merrimack Lions Club scarecrow kit sales on Saturdays through October. This community partnership helps the Lions raise money for the American Diabetes Association. Keep an eye out for the library’s new scarecrows appearing at the corner of Baboosic Lake Road soon celebrating our "One Book, One Town" reading selection for October: "Wicked" by Gregory Maguire.

And finally, the Friends of the Library, library trustees and volunteers are gearing up for our sixth annual Turkey Shoot fundraiser to be held Thursday, Nov. 19, at Merrimack High School. This event is an evening of raffles at which attendees have the chance to win all the fixin’s for their Thanksgiving turkey dinner, as well as gift baskets, gift cards and much more. Attendees always have a good time at this fast-paced, entertaining event, and The Fuzzboxx will again be providing live music.

This year, funds from the Turkey Shoot will go toward the purchase of a 3-D printer from Turn Key Innovations, a Merrimack tech business, for patrons to use at the library.

As always, the library board of trustees welcomes your feedback. Feel free to email me at jen.jobin@merrimacknh.gov.