Greetings From The President


Greetings, Friends!

Is it just me, or did summer literally fly by in the blink of an eye? It seems almost impossible that September is around the corner, and yet here we are!

Congratulations to those who took on a reading challenge this summer. In keeping with tradition, the Friends hosted an ice cream social celebration at the conclusion of the library’s Summer Learning Program in early August to honor those who met their goals. Many thanks to Kate Kowal for doing a fabulous job organizing this year’s event, as well as to Linda Greenwell, Sheryl Shuhouse, Evelyn Campbell, Susan Hunsucker, and Joyce O’Neal for volunteering their time and resources to ensure the success of this popular annual event. Pictures from the event are on Pages 6 & 7.

We are excited about the start of a new Program year and have a number of terrific events lined up that will suit a wide variety of interests thanks to the efforts and creativity of our Program committee, lead by Linda Greenwell. The calendar of events is shown on Page 2. Here are a few highlights in the near future for your consideration:

On Sept 12, the Friends will sponsor a free CPR/AED training. This training is a great way to learn (or re-learn) basic CPR techniques and to see how simple it is to use the new AED at the library. Knowing how to perform CPR and use an AED can save a life, and we are grateful to Catawba County for offering this training. FOSFTL members in good standing will be given first priority for seating. See Page 3 for details on how to sign up.

On Sept 17, we will have our first FOSFTL business meeting of the new program year. The agenda will be circulated via email in advance of the meeting. Active members and those considering becoming a member are welcome to join us.

On Sept 24, our very own Joyce O’Neal will share her talents with us in a piano recital, featuring well-known piano works, as well as some pianistic surprises. See Page 4 for details.

Plus a preview of our October 15th guest author/commentator Tommy Tomlinson, Page 5.

If you’ve visited the library in the past few weeks, you’ve no doubt seen the impressive gift baskets for sale by the front desk, thanks to the efforts of past Chair Susan Hunsucker and our new Gift Basket Chair, Mary Young. This is an important fundraiser for the Friends, and donations of like-new items are always appreciated. New baskets will be created throughout the year, so check the table regularly for some great bargains.

Lastly, if you haven’t done so already, please renew your 2019-2020 membership at your earliest convenience. Your dues are critical to the many terrific literacy programs and events the Friends sponsor, and we appreciate your ongoing support.

Warmly, Jeanne