Policy Book for BAPL LIBRARY BOARD

📚 Current board members (revised Feb 2021)

City of Bethlehem

ANNE FELKER (President)
affrompa@gmail.com
421 Fifth Avenue
Bethlehem, PA 18018

JANE K. GILL (Treasurer)
H – 610-691-3395 2019
jane.gill1@rcn.com
1121 SPRING STREET
BETHLEHEM, PA 18018

JOYCE HINNEFELD (Secretary)
hinnefeldj@moravian.edu
204 PINE TOP TRAIL
BETHLEHEM PA 18017

OLGA NEGRON
C – 610-762-5447
onegron1@yahoo.com
1306 EAST FIFTH STREET
BETHLEHEM, PA 18015

EMIL G. SIGNES
H – 610-691-2997
emilio7@pobox.com
705 TIOGA AVENUE
BETHLEHEM, PA 18018

RACHEL LEON
rachelleon1986@gmail.com

JULIE C. ZUMAS
H – 610-865-5301 2018
jzumas@outlook.com
918 NORTH NEW STREET
BETHLEHEM, PA 18018

Bethlehem Township

RANDI BLAUTH
IREAD4JOY@GMAIL.COM
610-974-9711
4824 COUNTRY TOP COURT

DALE SOURBECK
dsourbeck@bethlehemtownship.org

Alternate: Mary Musselman

Fountain Hill

ANNAMARIE JORDAN (Vice President)
H – 610-691-1296
rooshka1@aol.com
603 S. LYNN STREET
FOUNTAIN HILL, PA 18015 

Hanover Township
JAY FINNIGAN
610-866-1140 X222
JFINNIGAN@HANOVERTWP-NC.ORG
c/o Hanover Township
3640 Jacksonville Rd,
Bethlehem PA 18017

  • Alternate: Mike Prendeville

📚 Board meetings are held the second Monday of each month. For 2021: Jan 11, Feb 8, March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12, NO August meeting, September 13, October 11, November 8, December 13

📚 BAPL Board Monthly Tasks

📚 BAPL Bylaws [restated October 11, 2021]

📚 Conflict of interest Policy

📚 Board Membership Agreement

📚 Relatives/Nepotism Policy

📚 Non-discrimination Policy

📚 Endowment (investment) Policy

📚 Material Selection Policy, Whistleblower Protection, Non-Resident Card Policy

📚 Acceptable Patron Behavior Policy 

📚 BAPL CIPA Internet Safety Policy

📚 BAPL web content filtering description

📚 Deed of Gift (donation receipt form)

📚 Meeting Room Rental

COMMITTEE NAMEMEMBERS (2020)CHAIRNOTES
GOVERNANCEAnne Felker, Randi Blauth, Jay Finnigan, Julie Zumas, Emil Signes,
Malissa Davis,
Anne FelkerReview policies and procedures i.e. bylaws
STRATEGIC PLANNING Julie Zumas,
Josh Berk,
Randi Blauth,
Sharon Yoshida,
Julie ZumasCreate a strategic plan that will review/update the library mission, vision, and values, long-term goals, and action plans,
FINANCE Josh Berk
Jane Gill,
Elissa Wurf
Jane Gill
HUMAN RESOURCES Jane Gill,
Sharon Yoshida,
Emil Signes,
Susan McNamara,
Jamie Paxton,
Jane Gill
ADVOCACY AND OUTREACH Annamarie Jordan,
Kate Racculia,
Malissa Davis,
Shirley Daluisio,
Joyce Hinnifield,
Jay Finnigan,
Angela Zanelli,
Annamarie Jordan/Kate RacculiaGoal: increase public awareness of library services and how to access them.

Important business contacts:

📚 Main Bank: BB&T 8th Avenue Branch, Brenda L King: direct 484-635-3445; branch 610-866-0761; brenda.king@BBandT.com

📚 Credit Card processing: Merchants Bank (Bethlehem) Mike Cole; mcole@merchantsbangor.com

📚 Insurance: Weiss-Schantz Agency, Mary McCormac; mary@weissschantz.com [NOTE: BAPL is included as a named insured under the City of Bethlehem policies so the public officials liability coverage (directors & officers) would be included for coverage under that policy.]

📚 Auditor: Maher Duessel, Ashley Ackerson; AAckerson@md-cpas.com

📚 Legal Counsel: King, Spry, Herman, Freund & Faul, Terry Faul; tfaul@kingspry.com; (610)332-0390

📚 Accounting: Buckno Lisicky & Company, Bruce Palmer; bpalmer@blco-cpa.com, (610) 691-0113 Ext. 323

State Library Contacts

📚 Glenn R. Miller | Deputy Secretary & Commissioner for Libraries Pennsylvania Department of Education | Office of Commonwealth Libraries Room 200 Forum Building 607 South Drive | Harrisburg, PA 17120-0600

📚 Stacey Mulligan | Library Development Advisor Department of Education | Bureau of Library Development Room 221, Forum Building 607 South Drive | Harrisburg, PA 17120-0600 Phone: 717.783.5744 | Fax: 717.772.0044

Note: The State of Pennsylvania is divided by Commonwealth Libraries into 29 geographic regions called districts. Within each district, the State Librarian designates one strong library as the District Center. BAPL is the District Center for our district. As such, BAPL provides support services to Hellertown, Northampton, and Nazareth libraries. BAPL employs a District Consultant to serve as liaison between these libraries and the Office of Commonwealth Libraries in Harrisburg. BAPL also provides interlibrary loan, ebooks, and other services for district member libraries. District Aid is paid by the State to support the District Consultant’s salary and these other services, in addition to the standard state aid to public libraries. The BAPL District Consultant David Dunlap should be the first point of contact regarding State Library matters.

Board make-up:

📚  City of Bethlehem: 7 members, appointed by Mayor and City Council

📚  Bethlehem Township: 2 members, appointed by Township Board of Commissioners

📚  Fountain Hill: 1 member, appointed by Borough Council

📚  Hanover Township: 1 member, appointed by Township Board of Supervisors

Board Officer job descriptions:

📚 President — chairs the meetings, has signing authority

📚 Vice-President — chairs the meetings in the absence of the President

📚  Treasurer — oversees the reporting of finances, chairs finance committee, has signing authority

📚 Secretary — records minutes and maintains other records

BAPL organizational chart:

Getting on Board — These materials are provided by the State Library to “give you detailed knowledge of what is expected of you and recommendations from peers on how to help your board succeed. When library boards are successful, libraries are successful, and everyone benefits.”

Getting on Board [PDF] [pdf] — Written manual from the Office of Commonwealth Libraries in pdf format.

Getting on Board Videos

FRIENDS OF BAPL

Friends of the Library are civic-minded Library patrons who use proceeds from fundraising activities and annual dues to advocate for the Library and support its programs. More information can be found here.

Contact: friends@bapl.org

LIBRARY MISSION STATEMENT: The Bethlehem Area Public Library educates, informs and inspires by providing free and open access to materials and information. The Library is a dedicated community partner committed to life-long learning, serving 114,175 residents of the City of Bethlehem, Bethlehem Township, Fountain Hill, and Hanover Township. The Library strengthens our communities with an outstanding collection of print and digital resources, informative programs, and innovative services. BAPL keeps pace as new technologies and applications emerge in the way information is accessed and delivered.