The Friends had a busy September, with several programs and lots of preparation for upcoming events. Here are a few highlights.
On September 12, our Directors, officers and several committee
heads met for a Board retreat that yielded a strategic framework for our thinking around use of the Friends’ funds. We concluded that due to continued growth in the Sherrills Ford-Terrell area, a
fresh look at the needs of the community and how the Friends meets those needs with its programming and funding is in order. We welcome and need Members’ involvement in this ambitious initiative. More information to follow on specific ways you can help.
At our September 17 business meeting, Jenny Gerami-Markham presented the results of the highly successful Summer Reading program, and the statistics regarding children, teen and adult engagement were impressive. She reported that children’s enrollment was 107% of the goal, teen enrollment was a whopping of 388% of the goal (that’s not a typo!), and adult enrollment was 212%. This incredible program represents the single biggest use of our Funds, and it is heartwarming to know that we are contributing to life-long learning in our local area in such an impactful way. We also received updates at the meeting from committee heads about the many activities under way that will set the groundwork for this year’s programs and initiatives. These are outlined in our minutes, which are distributed to Members via email.
On September 24, the fur flew on the library’s Kawai digital keyboard (is that possible?) as Member and piano virtuoso Joyce O’Neal regaled an appreciative audience with a variety of classical pieces. See Page 5 for a report.. How lucky we are that Joyce so generously shares her gifts with our community!
On the immediate horizon is our October author event featuring award-winning Tommy Tomlinson and his book, The Elephant in the Room. See Page 2 for details. This promises to be a real treat, and we hope you and your friends and family will join us at Rehobeth Church for this event. We will be “bringing the library along with us” by having our popular Book Bonanza and a wide array of gift baskets available for sale in the lobby.