Greetings From The President

Greetings, Friends!

Greetings, Friends!
Happy New Year! Before we turn our attention to the future, I’d like to highlight some recent happenings at the library that showcase the terrific partnership between our library staff and our Friends volunteers and sponsors.

If you’ve visited the library recently, you may have noticed the colorful artwork adorning the windows around the library. A special thank you to Friends
member Barbara Campbell for coordinating with Ian Powers, the art teacher at
Catawba and Sherrills Ford Elementary Schools, to showcase local students’
artwork at our library. This is a brand new initiative that supports the Friends’ mission to support literacyin the broadest sense, through reading, music and the arts. The displays will be refreshed with a second round of art in the spring.

On December 15, a large cadre of Friends volunteers and library staff delivered a “Celebrating Christmas on the North American Continent” themed holiday party that enjoyed incredible attendance from our local community, despite a change of date necessitated by inclement weather (for the second year in a row!). This was an ambitious effort, and those who attended expressed their gratitude many times over. See the newsletter for lots of great pictures that capture the spirit of the evening.

On December 18, Friends who attended our annual members-only holiday social enjoyed eachothers’ company while perusing the selection of books for our annual book exchange and munching andsipping on yummy, highly-caloric food and drink.

And now onto 2019. Here’s what’s immediately ahead:
On Tuesday, January 15, Jim Martin, a former US congressman who served as the 70th governor of

NC from 1985-1983, will be at the library to discuss his book, Revelation Through Science. Thisbook explores the intriguing question “Are science and faith incompatible?” We hope you will join usfor what will no doubt be a fascinating and illuminating discussion, followed by some refreshments.

Our third annual and highly popular Music Variety Show will take place on Thursday, February 7. The winner of the 50-50 fundraising raffle will be announced at the end of that evening. We arehopeful that we can match, if not surpass last year’s donations of $2100….and for this to happen, wevery much need your support. If every Friends member were willing to sell just one booklet of 5 tickets to their own network, we would have a very successful fundraiser again this year. Please consider helping us in this way! We will have tickets on hand at the library January 15 program, and you can also secure tickets by reaching out to Barbara Campbell atbsoup35@aol.com.

Here’s to a fabulous new year!, Jeanne