Although it was a bit late in coming, Fall is now definitely upon us, bringing with it nippy mornings, chilly nights and noticeably fewer hours of daylight. And yet, the midday sun still warms us, and colorful flowering bushes abound. This is something I especially delight in as a relative newcomer to North Carolina, having spent several decades tolerating the New England “gray” that typically sets in at this time of year and lingers for many long winter months.
I am delighted to report that our “Meet the Candidates” event on October 8 was a resounding success. 23 of the 24 candidates were on hand to speak with the many residents of Catawba County who availed themselves of this unique opportunity to interact directly with them. It was especially heartwarming to see a number of Bandys High School students scattered throughout the room, actively engaging in conversation with the candidates and taking copious notes as part of a Civics class homework assignment. It is never too early to become an informed citizen! Of course, none of this would have been possible without the many hours of planning and outreach by Linda Greenwell and her Programs committee, the publicity efforts of Ellen Dewey, and those members who generously gave of their time by volunteering to serve as greeters that night. Many thanks to all!
Next on the docket is an Emergency Preparedness program to be held at the library the evening of Monday, November 12, followed by our popular Tree Lighting and Santa Visit on December 8 and the Members-Only Holiday Social and Book Exchange on December 18. We hope you will join us for one or more of these programs.
For those of you who may have missed it, a Help Wanted email sent to members on October 2 outlined a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for those wishing to get more involved with the Friends. A recap is included in this newsletter for your convenience. I invite you to review the descriptions to see if something there sparks your interest. If so, please contact me at your earliest convenience. The positions have been created so as not to be overly burdensome to any one person, so I hope to hear from many of you!
As Thanksgiving approaches, I would like to take this opportunity to give thanks to all of you –- our time-honored and new FOSFTL members — who support our library through your annual dues, generous donations, volunteer efforts and attendance at our programs. We are truly blessed to have such a wonderful library in our area and to be part of a community of avid supporters who are committed to seeing it thrive.