Highlights of the August 2017 Membership Meeting

Back to School

A Thank You was extended to those members who volunteered to help with the library’s booth
at the Back to School event held at St. Peter’s Church on August 18.

Summer Book Sale

Members were encouraged to sign up to help with the final summer book sale to be held on
August 25th and 26th. The Coastal Christian, Men in Service, group will help with the set-up and
clean-up of the book sale.

Dollar Cart

We are in need of good books for the dollar cart. Anyone willing to donate recently published
books or books by popular authors is encouraged to do so now.

Display Case

The display case features the New Jersey Lighthouse collection of Yvonne Thies.

Author’s Luncheon

Christina Baker Kline will be the featured author at our Fall Luncheon. The luncheon will begin
at 11:30, on Wednesday, October 4. Tickets will cost $35.00 per person and may be purchased at
the box office, located in the library atrium, on September 8, from 6:00PM – 8:00PM. Ticket
buyers are asked to bring a stamped self-addressed envelope for receipt of table assignments.
There will be a limit of ten tickets per person.

Baby Bags

Pauline Kretzu reported that Cathy McMenamin, Diane McMenamin and Liz Genko will fill 100
baby bags this month. Jean Bush will deliver them to Shore Memorial.

First Day of Kindergarten

Linda Robie asked for volunteers to help ready the bags for the First Day of Kindergarten event.
The bags will be prepared on August 30, at 10:00AM in Room 116.

Reading Trees

Jean Bush selected the theme of The Dog Days of Summer for this month’s Reading Trees
display. In September, Babs Stefano and Marge Roth will do Back to School.

July 2017 Meeting Highlights!

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Book Room

A big thank you was extended to all of the members who volunteered to staff the successful June Book Sale. A special acknowledgement of thanks was given to Thelma Bates and Jean Bush for their work in scheduling and coverage. Appreciation was also extended to the men who worked to set up and put away the tables and boxes of books. The next sale is set for July 29, in the Community Center Atrium, from 10:00 to 3:00. Fiction books, specially priced items, DVDs, CDs and videos will be available for purchase.

Author Luncheon

The Author Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, October 4. Next month, the author will be revealed and information about tickets will be announced.

First Day of Kindergarten

Preparations are underway for the First Day of Kindergarten Project. The books are in and the bags will be assembled on August 30, from 10:00-12:00 in Room 116. The certificate for each individual kindergartener to purchase a book worth up to $10.00 at Sun Rose Books will be a new addition to the bag of goodies this year.

Reading Trees

Marge Roth and Babs Stefano decorated the trees this month with the themes of The Fourth of July and Independence.

Special Projects

Kathy Ferrier’s shell collection is on display. She is a former elementary school teacher and spends time on Sanibel Island. The display features objects of sea life from the gulf side of Florida.

Baby Bags

One hundred (100) baby bags were prepared by Patti Phillips and Dot Johnson and will be delivered to the hospital by Pauline Kretzu and Gail Lapko.

NEW BUSINESS

Former president, Rose Marie Ricci, continued our walk down memory lane by reviewing events during her tenure in office. The organization began sponsoring the Author’s Tea and activities in area schools such as author visits, writing workshops, and programming activities like the First Day of Kindergarten. We became involved with Better World Books and provided the library with window shades, book stacks, a microwave and even a defibrillator.

Former president, Sandy Crescenzo, brought the organization into the 21st century by encouraging the organization to do more things online. Under her leadership the organization sponsored the Family Creative Learning Program and established a webpage with the help of Joanne Romano. We celebrated Frances Keenan’s 100th birthday and dedicated the $1.00 cart in her honor. We also purchased a bicycle rack and provided landscaping for the library. The current organization continues to build upon the foundation established by our past contributions and accomplishments for the library and the community of Ocean City.