Greetings From The President

Greetings!

I hope that this newsletter finds you and your loved ones healthy and safe as we all adjust to changes in so many of our daily routines.

We are very fortunate that, amidst the shifting landscape, we have a library system our community can continue to rely on. We have numerous ways to access the expansive and diverse resources of the Catawba County library system even while the libraries themselves remain closed.

The newly-announced curbside book pick-up service is clearly popular with library users: In the first week alone, the Sherrills Ford branch staff fielded more than 100 requests for curbside book pick up! And we also have 24-7 online access to e-books, audio books, music, videos, learning resources and more for both children and adults. The library staff continues to be available by phone to provide technical, career and research support, as well.

Consistent with the library system’s measures, the Friends has postponed its March and April programs. We are working diligently to get these terrific programs back on the calendar for later this year and will let you know as soon as we have those scheduled. In the interim, we are adding a new feature to our newsletters—a “Friends Recommend...” column with book recommendations from your fellow Friends. (See Pages 2-5.)

Coverage of our last ballet presentation of the year is on Page 6, and we are looking forward to future in-person programs, once we’re again “out and about.”

Undeterred by the inability to meet in person, our various FOSFTL committees have been experimenting with video conferencing technology, with great early success. All of our committees are actively engaged in planning and budgeting for the 2020/21 program year, and we hope to be able to hold our April 23 business meeting via Zoom video conferencing so that we can vote on the budget for these activities.

More details will follow as we finalize the budget and work out the technology logistics.

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Warmly, Jeanne