Greetings From The President

Dear Friends:

Happy New Year! Hopefully you were able to enjoy the holidays in whatever form they took during these unusual times.

Since our last newsletter, the Friends were busy finding creative workarounds to our traditional holiday -themed events, and our cadre of dedicated volunteers delivered beyond our wildest imaginations!:

A “Group of Local Elves” decorated the garden beds along the sidewalk in front of the library to create a festive atmosphere during the month of December; (see Page 2.)

Under the leadership of Chair Sheryl Schuhose, the Holiday Committee pulled off an amazing Drive-Through Santa event outside the library on December 6. 62 children were “visited” by Santa as he greeted them by name outside their cars, and each child received a gift bag filled with goodies and age-appropriate books while carolers sang Christmas carols. See the list of volunteers and pictures capturing the highlights on Pages 3 & 4. A special shoutout to Kevin Young, who answered the eleventh-hour emergency call for a replacement Santa, (Note: He just happened to have a spare Santa suit lying around), and regaled children and adults alike with his enthusiasm and sense of humor.

Thanks to the creativity of Sue Green, a variety of Take-and-Make Winter Read-along Kits, each designed around a different seasonal-themed book, were distributed to families on December 7 for at-home DIY fun guided by YouTube instructional videos. (See Page 6.)

Through a special Holiday Family Basket initiative spearheaded by Priya Palmer and Meg Thompson and supported by the efforts of Mary Young and Ellen Dewey, 10 families with 16 children from Sherrills Ford Elementary School and 6 families with 12 children in Catawba Elementary School received holiday baskets filled with food and goody bags, to help bring cheer to these families during especially challenging times. (See Page 5.) A warm thank you to those who made a special donation to help fund the purchase of books for this effort.

I’m pleased to report that the Friends funded the purchase of two pieces of impressive new technology that at the top of our branch’s wish-list – a Large-format Printer and a Laminator (shown on Page 8). The large-format printer will be available to the public in the near future…more details to follow.

Additionally, the five TRIO books the Friends purchased after the virtual event held last summer are now in circulation and available for loan (See Page 9).

There are three initiatives on the fundraising front I’d like to highlight (all on Page 7):

First, thanks to a team of volunteers who, along with Chair Susan Hunsucker, kept the Book Bonanza shelves stocked during early voting in October, our book sales continue to be a major source of funding for us.

And thanks to Mary Young’s artistic flair, with enthusiastic social media advertising support from Ellen Dewey, we are still actively selling a variety of Beautiful Gift Baskets at ridiculously low prices. New baskets continue to be created and are available for purchase, either through reservations on Facebook or in person at the library.

Finally, Deb McGivern has added the Sherrills Ford-Terrell Library to Amazon’s Smile fundraising initiative, so please consider using Smile to make your Amazon purchases and designating the library as the recipient of the gift matching Amazon does for non-profits. (See directions on Page 7).

In other developments since our last newsletter, our very own Jenny Gerami-Markham has been promoted to Catawba County Library Assistant Director, supporting Director Siobhan Loendorf, who replaced recently-retired Suzanne White last Fall. Congratulations, Jenny, and best wishes for continued success! We look forward to continuing to support you in your expanded endeavors and hope to see your smiling face from time to time in our local branch. (See Page 8.)

On that note, I will sign off on this lengthy newsletter so we can get this to press. It is said that patience is a virtue, and our patience is certainly being tested as we eagerly await a time when we can resume our in-person FOSFTL programming. Fingers crossed that will happen sometime in this new year. Until then, I hope you will take full advantage of the extensive programming that our county library system continues to offer—just two examples on Pages 8 & 9— so that we can keep our minds and bodies active while we practice patience!

Wishing you all a safe, healthy and happy new year!

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Warmly, Jeanne