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.

June 2017 Meeting Highlights!

Highlights of the June 2017 Meeting

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Membership

Forty (40) of our seventy-six (76) members were present at our June Membership Meeting. First-time guest, Elizabeth Genco, was welcomed and Doris McNorton became our newest official member.

Author Tea/Luncheon

A meeting is scheduled with the Flanders to discuss the menu for the Author Luncheon. The date for the luncheon is Wednesday, October 4, and the author will be announced in August.

First Day of Kindergarten

Materials are being ordered for the bags. The bags will be assembled on Wednesday, August 30, in Room N116 from 10:00 to 12:00. Linda Robie and MaryAnn Mozzo will meet with Sun Rose Books to firm up the free book coupon requirements. An expiration date of November 15, 2017, will be placed on the coupons.

Reading Trees

The Reading Trees—prepared by Carole Candy and Merry Wagner—feature the themes of Flag Day and Flags of the World.

Special Projects

The display case features shore bird carvings by Dave Rhodes. He is a well-known US shore bird carver and has won many shows and contests. He is self-taught and teaches classes in bird carving at the library.

OLD BUSINESS

A custom-designed, free book table has been constructed and installed by a local contractor. The table is our gift to the community and library. The contractor also cut down a study carrel to allow it to fit properly in the area for book donations.

NEW BUSINESS

A discussion of the history of the organization was begun with Leslie Clarke, an original member, reporting that the Friends and Volunteers began in 1989. One of their first activities involved preparing the library collection for a move to the new library by placing security strips in all the books. Barbara Weber continued the discussion bringing us back to a much simpler time for the organization. She stated that the author luncheons began in 1998, with only about forty people attending the first event. She also remembered that one luncheon had to be cancelled due to lack of sales—something that is unimaginable in our current, sell-out era. She recalled past scholarships and donations to Indian Reservations. The trip down memory lane will continue next month with Rose Marie Ricci and Sandy Crescenzo recalling past events and activities.