Challenging times call for creative solutions, and I am very proud of our Friends’ volunteers for rising to the occasion and finding alternative ways to support our mission in this most unusual year.
In lieu of an ice cream social at the conclusion of the library’s Summer Reading Program, we purchased gift certificates for the children and teens who completed their reading challenge so that they could enjoy ice cream with their families in the comfort and safety of their own homes.
We recently hosted two virtual Zoom programs: a back-by-popular-demand TRIO Live event and a highly informative voter information session led by members Deb McGivern and Julie Pepper, who both serve on the League of Women Voters. (Check out VOTE411.org on Page 3.)
At our September 15 business meeting, we discussed how best to provide educational programs for the local community until such time as we can host events in person. We concluded that rather than creating and hosting our own events in the upcoming months, we will promote the extensive and varied programming that the county library system is offering virtually. We will keep our members and the general public aware of these programs through our newsletters, email and social media efforts. In line with this decision, we postponed the virtual Catawba Land Conservancy Program originally scheduled for October; however, we are including information about local walking trails that we can enjoy when we’re craving fresh air and the beauty of nature. (See article and map on Pages 6-7.)
● Our Holiday Planning Committee has several exciting, creative ideas for festive family- friendly activities that will take place in December. That committee is also organizing a special gift basket initiative to support local families in need. (Page 3)
● Our Gift Basket Fundraising Committee will be preparing themed gift baskets for sale that will be advertised online, allowing people to purchase them on a first come, first served basis. (More details on Page 2.)
● Our other major fundraiser, the foyer Book Bonanza, continues to operate, albeit on a more limited basis. (See Page 3 for more information on donations and purchases.)
In other news, I am pleased to announce that Paula Boyd has volunteered to take on the role of Membership Chair this year.
We are so looking forward to a time when we can resume our traditional in-person programs. In the meantime, we maintain as committed as ever to our mission of supporting our local library so that it can continue to be a vibrant contributor to our community. Your support is always appreciated and is especially vital during these times. Please spread the word, and also consider “Liking” us on Facebook; go to