December 06, 2013 10:45 AM

At the November monthly meeting of the Burrell Township Library Board of Trustees, President Helen Lichtenfels welcomed Larry Henry, Burrell Township supervisor, as a visitor to the meeting.

Director Kate Abner updated the board on attendance for Halloween’s Haunted Library and movies. She informed the board of a plan to offer crafts as part of the story hour in December. In addition, she invited all patrons to join in decorating the library for Christmas by bringing unneeded decorations anytime after Thanksgiving to add the spirit of Christmas for all to enjoy.

Planning for the annual summer reading program has begun. This year’s theme is “Fizz Boom Read.” Science exploration and experiments will highlight the programs for both preschool and school-age groups. Look for more information and dates in May. The program is usually held during June and July.

An ongoing activity at the library continues with the scheduling of movies to be shown. The titles and times will be posted in the library. Residents are encouraged to visit the library on scheduled Saturday afternoons for a children’s movie. Call (724) 248-7135 to confirm the time and title.

Election of officers was held for the 2014 year. Officers are as follows: president, Rick Bozich; vice president, Jane Kokolis; secretary, Pauline Cloutier; and treasurer, Annette Lucas.

Bozich, Abner and Kokolis plan to attend a conference in Altoona to learn about new library standards.

Kokolis reported the results of recent fundraising efforts. The seasonal raffles and ham dinner were very successful. Raffle winners are being featured on the library webpage at

The volunteers’ help with the ham dinner was wonderful. Help is always needed to keep the library running smoothly. The library appreciated all the help given in the past, and would like to have all volunteers sign in and out of the library in the future to aid them in recognizing all your donated time.

In the spirit of sharing, Abner noted that the annual book donation from Rod Olson is under way. He has been a faithful contributor of new books purchased just for Burrell Township Library for numerous years. The new titles are given in memory of his parents. Others who wish to offer gifts to the library can do so by purchasing new books and submitting the receipt with the books. The donation would be tax deductible and count for the library’s non-monetary gift record that is required by state.

Fundraising plans are being made that include monthly raffles for holidays as well as another seasonal basket raffle in the fall. Other fundraising ideas were discussed, including a ham dinner, a spring dinner, a possible poker run and a possible 5K run. Look for more information in upcoming months.

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