The Library has lost a treasured friend and former staff member with the death of Marion Sullewsky. Known to patrons, staff, and many in the Huntington community as a long-time member of the Adult Reference staff, Marion, who retired from HPL in 2012, brought many talents to her job as a reference librarian. Fluent in four languages and passionate about film, Marion had a certificate in French Language and Literature from the Alliance Francaise and lived in several European countries before moving to the United States as a young woman.
She worked as a translator and for a non-profit film organization before beginning her career as a librarian. During her many years at HPL, Marion developed the library’s exceptional foreign film collection and began a series of mid-day foreign film showings. She was also responsible for overseeing the growth of the library’s business resources and helped transition the collection from print to one utilizing many digital resources. Above all, Marion will be remembered for her unfailing sense of fairness and remarkable sense of humor. She will be missed.
Important COVID-19 and Library Resources
HUNTINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
338 Main Street
Huntington, New York 11743
Of a Regular Meeting of the Library Board of Trustees
Held May 19, 2020, Via
PRESENT: Trustees: Pat McKenna-Bausch, Ann Scolnick, Ann M. Berger
and Chuck Rosner
Library Director: Joanne Adam
Assistant Library Directors: Kristine Casper and Teresa Schwind
Recording Secretary: Claire Tietjen
EXCUSED:Business Manager: Jennifer Mulvihill
Ms. McKenna-Bausch called the meeting to order at 6:11 p.m.
Ms. Berger made a motion, seconded by Ms. Hawkins, to approve the agenda for the May 19, 2020, Board of Trustees meeting. The vote was unanimous.
Mr. Rosner made a motion, seconded by Ms. Scolnick, to approve the Library Board of Trustees Minutes of April, 2020. The vote was unanimous.
A period for public expression was held.
A motion was made by Ms. Hawkins, seconded by Mr. Rosner, that Warrant #24, April End of Month, totaling $328,180.19 is paid. The vote was unanimous.
A motion was made by Ms. McKenna-Bausch, seconded by Mr. Rosner, that Warrant #25, May Disbursements, totaling $89,682.79 is paid. The vote was unanimous.
Ms. Berger made a motion, seconded by Mr. Rosner, to accept the Personnel Report for May, 2020. The vote was unanimous.
Assistant Library Director Kristine Casper had nothing new to add to her written report and was available to answer any questions.
Assistant Library Director Teresa Schwind had nothing new to add to her written report and was available to answer any questions.
Library Director Joanne Adam highlighted items contained in her written report There was a discussion regarding information received from Kevin Verbesey on guidelines for the reopening of libraries. This four-phase plan was submitted to Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone’s office for approval on behalf of all Suffolk County libraries and must be approved by his office before any library can reopen.
There were brief discussions on the following: details of the Family First Coronavirus Response Act, update on plans regarding the possible purchase of the Station Branch; and the option of having the Library Trustee Election Vote done in conjunction with the School District’s annual vote.
A motion was made by Ms. Berger, seconded by Mr. Rosner, to adopt the following Resolution:
WHEREAS, pursuant to Executive Order 202.13, the Library’s Annual Trustee Election Vote, which was originally scheduled for April 7, 2020, was postponed without date.
WHEREAS, pursuant to Executive Order 202.26, the Library was given the option of holding its Annual Trustee Election Vote on June 9, 2020, to be managed by the School District, or on September 15, 2020.
RESOLVED, that the 2020/2021 Library Trustee Election Vote is hereby scheduled for June 9, 2020, to be managed by the School District, and the Library Director is authorized to notify the School District of same, as soon as practicable.
The vote was unanimous.
At 7:27 p.m. a motion was made by Ms. Scolnick, seconded by Ms. Hawkins, to enter Executive Session to discuss collective bargaining. The vote was unanimous.
At 7:56 p.m. Ms. McKenna-Bausch reconvened the meeting.
Mr. Rosner made a motion, seconded by Ms. Skolnick, to approve the retirement incentive, as presented, pending attorney review. The vote was unanimous.
At 7:58 p.m. Mr. Rosner made a motion, seconded by Ms. Hawkins, to adjourn the meeting. At 7:59 p.m. the meeting was adjourned.
Respectfully Submitted: Prepared By:
Ann M. Berger, Secretary Claire Tietjen, Recording Secretary