Here we are in July already. The days and months seem to be blurring together as we continue to navigate these unusual times, don’t they? Yet nature has its own way of reminding us what season we are in, and the “dog days of summer” are definitely upon us.
Thank you to those of you who cast your votes for our 2020/21 Board/Officer slate, our partial budget request, and proposed revisions to our by-laws. The tally was 42 in favor/0 opposed on all three fronts. These decisions allow us to continue to keep the Friends operational despite the disruption in programming that we are currently experiencing.
We’ve already funded two worthwhile initiatives that support ongoing learning opportunities at the library this summer:
The annual Summer Reading Program, which offers a variety of activities for children, adults and teens (See p. 2 for details) is an integral part of the library’s offerings. I hope you’ll take the time to explore these virtual activities focused on reading and learning.
At the branch’s request, we purchased a new doll for our popular American Girl doll loan program, as we well as some new clothing for all three of the dolls the library now has in circulation. (See page 4.)
Our Program committee was busy at work this spring, and they’ve created a terrific line-up of programming for the 2020/21 year. We are keeping our fingers crossed that we will be in a position to hold those programs, which typically begin in late August. Once we have the green light, we will share the full calendar with you and resume our advertising around specific programs. At the same time, we will present a full year budget for the members’ approval.
Speaking of members, now that we are in a new Program and fiscal year (as of July 1), it is once again time to renew your annual Friends membership. I hope you will offer your financial support again this year. Membership dues cover roughly a quarter of our total annual operating expenses, and we rely on donations, book sales and periodic fundraisers to make up the balance. Please complete the form (sent via email and also attached here) and either bring it to the library or mail it (address included in form) with your payment.
I want to say a special thank you to Julie Pepper, who served enthusiastically and tirelessly as Membership Chair for three years and is now “retiring” to devote herself to other volunteer activities. With the recent relocation of Kate Kowal, who was lined up to replace Julie, we find ourselves in urgent need of a new Chair. I hope one of you will consider taking on this vital role that only takes a few hours a month of time. Feel free to contact me for details.
I miss seeing you all and hope we will be together again before too long. In the meantime, if you have any creative ideas about activities we might do as a community, either virtually, or in small
groups and outside, please feel free to pass them along!
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