* Crandall Public Library, Board of Trustees, Wednesday afternoon
* In light of news reports about summer reading programs, children’s librarian Pam Frazier was asked to detail the summer reading program and started by noting the attendance for all summer youth programs was up 22 percent. Crandall library does not run a reading competition, but focuses on reinforcing reading with a series of games and prizes. Parents of children from newborns to 3 can earn a board book for their child by completing a set of pre-reading activities, including reading to the children. The “Dig Into Reading” program, promoted by New York Library Association, is divided into two — one for ages 4 to 13 and another for age 13-18. Students earn rewards, such as gift cards, for reading a certain number of books and can also “dig” for a prize or other bonus when they visit the library. The older group can also qualify for a special prize by reading at least one book from each of 13 categories.
* The board is working on its suspension and revocation policy and hopes to hold a vote on it at the next meeting. Board members were concerned about the appeals process. The new proposal will allow appeals from the suspension committee to the executive committee, and then to the full board. There is also a proposal to eliminate the appeals option for suspensions of fewer than 30 days.
* The library will seek a grant to buy or lease a concert-quality piano. Todd DeGarmo, director of the Folklife Center, said a summer music series brought in 315 people for three concerts, but also demonstrated the need for a higher quality piano.
* Andrea Herman, director of adult services, said September will bring varied programming to the library. “The one group that is underserved is the 20-somethings ... so we are going to have a trivia night Sept. 26.” The month will also include the new Literary Knits program, the sold-out “Muslim Journeys” program and a visit from mystery author Tess Gerritsen on Sept. 23.
* Development Director Lynn Shanks said everything seems to be coming together for the library’s Hooray For Hollywood Gala, its major fund-raising event, scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., Friday at the Queensbury Hotel. The event will include dinner, an auction, live music and dancing with the Doc Scanlon Band. John Austin will be honored as this year’s Henry Crandall Award Recipient. Information is available at 792-6508, ext. 284. “We have had an avalanche of donations for the silent auction,” Shanks said.
* 4 p.m., Oct. 2, Crandall Public Library