Highlights of the May 2018 Membership Meeting

Library Representative, Leslie Clarke, reported that a Click It Contest was being held with the Primary School that involves the students designing landmarks using Lego engineering. The event would be held on May 21st at 6:30 in the atrium and children’s room. The entries will be judged by three judges, the winners will receive prizes.


Membership: Patti Phillips reported that 37 of our 67 members were present. She welcomed first time guests, Barbara Gallagher, Virginia Black, and Sharon Fish. She also mentioned a survey that will be prepared to gather and share accomplishments, backgrounds and talents of our membership.

Book Room and Book Sales: A sign-up sheet for the June 22nd and 23rd book sale was distributed.

Library Special Events: Babs Stefano reported that OC CON will be held on June 28 through June 30. She distributed a sign-up sheet and asked members to sign up for when they would be available to help. She reported that of the ten adult entries for the Edible Book Festival, six were prepared by the Friends and Volunteers—Cheryl Kelchner, Gail Lapko, Tina Moschella and Babs Stefano.

Author Tea/Author Luncheon: Joan Sambucci reported the Jonathon King Author Tea went well. He was a delightful down-to-earth speaker and the committee received tremendous reviews for the Garden Room location. A flyer announcing the fall author, Denise Kiernan, was distributed during the luncheon. A large poster to advertise the fall luncheon is planned to publicize the Thursday, October 4, 2018 event to be held at 11:30 at the Flanders.

Hospitality: Joan Sambucci reported that April has been a busy month. Members staffed the library’s give away table during National Library Week to welcome patrons and distribute freebies and beach tag raffle chances. Forty-Five members attended the New Member Luncheon. The food was provided by Boyars. Thanks were extended to members of the committee for their help.

Baby Bags: Pauline Kretzu reported that a new and larger cart has been ordered. She has been informed that the hospital expects about 100 new babies each month so they will be preparing that amount. Mary Ann Mozzo and Cathy McMenamin will bag and deliver the bags this month.

First Day of Kindergarten: Linda Robie reported that all books and supplies are in and bookplates will be prepared. Bags will be assembled on August 30. The committee will meet after today’s meeting.

Reading Trees: Marge Roth reported that Sharon Cattie prepared the trees this month with Memorial Day and Mother’s Day themes. Dot Johnson will prepare the trees next month.

Special Programs: Barbara Riggione reported that she spoke with Mr. Haines, Principal of the Intermediate School, regarding the Lisa Willever program. It will be held during the second or third week of October with the sixth and eighth graders.

Special Projects: Cheryl Kelchner reported that Sara Bruesehoff, Young Adult Librarian, won the Downton Abbey materials. The model was given to her father for his train display and the books and CDs were given to her mother. The display case now holds a collection of mortar and pestles from Gail Peony.

Third Grade Reading: Mary Ann Mozzo reported that seven children were in attendance at the meeting. Eleven, ten dollar coupons, to Sun Rose Books were given out to those who participated this year.


Debbie Moreland reported that she met with Wiser Links and library staff regarding signage over the free book table. We are waiting for an estimate of cost.

Committee chairs were reminded that they have been asked to attend the June 6 board meeting to provide a mid-year update and to name people who may want to assume chair positions.

A membership survey is pending and will be available sometime in June.


Debbie Moreland reported that she attended the local author showcase sponsored by the library. Local author, Jennifer Shirk placed a dedication in her new book, Bargaining with the Boss, that recognizes Karen and Leslie at the Ocean City Free Public Library and all the Friends and Volunteers.


General Meeting: Monday, May 14, 2018 10:00AM
Library Board Meeting: Monday, May 14, 2018 4:00PM
Next Executive Board Meeting: Wednesday, June 6, 2018 10:00AM
Next Membership Meeting: Monday, June 11, 2018 10:00AM
June Book Sale: Friday, June 22, 2018 2:00 –7:00PM and Saturday, June 23, 2018 10:00 – 2:00
OC CON: Thursday, June 28, 2018 – Saturday, June 30, 2018

Highlights of October 2017 Membership Meeting!

National Library Week will be celebrated October 16 through October 20, 2017. Members will man a table during two shifts each morning to distribute goodies provided by the library to visiting patrons.

The Hospitality Committee will assist with the Chamber of Commerce’s Welcome Night on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at the Civic Center from 6:00 to 8:00.

Patti Phillips reported that 32 of our 72 members were present at today’s meeting. Three members have been removed, Carmen Constable, Joan Wolf and Rose Marie Ricci, as per their requests.

Author Luncheon
Pat Levis and Joan Sambucci recognized all members of the committee for their contributions to the Author Luncheon. In all 280 tickets were sold for the luncheon.

Baby Bags
Pauline Kretzu reported that MaryAnn Mozzo delivered a carton of baby bags this month. Sharon Cattie and Liz Genco will prepare 75 bags this month since a box of unused bags was discovered at the hospital.

Book Sale
Jeanne Pless reported that there is a need for newer books for the dollar cart and the December book sale. She stated that we participated in the Fall Block Party and that DVDs were a popular seller that day. Sign-up sheets will be available at the November meeting for the December 8 (2:00 – 8:00) and December 9 (9:00 – 2:00) book sale. Flyers for the sale will be distributed at the beginning of November with Dot Johnson’s help.

Read Across America
Barbara Riggione reported that Kathleen Woodring has volunteered to help with this year’s program. It will be held on Friday, March 2, 2018.

Special Programs
Lisa Willever will conduct the writing workshops for students at the Intermediate School. The fourth grade programs will be on Monday, October 16, at 8:30 and 11:30. The eighth grade programs will be on Tuesday, October 17, at 8:00, 10:30 and 1:00. Interested members are welcome to observe any session.

Reading Trees
Babs Stefano reported that she decorated the trees in October and Elaine Novello will decorate in November. People interested in serving on the decorating committee will meet after next month’s meeting.

Special Projects
Elaine Novello reviewed the events scheduled to celebrate the book, One Amazing Thing. On October 11, people can share their own amazing thing and on October 19, a meet the author gathering will occur. Indian and Asian items are on display in the library case.

Third Grade Reading
MaryAnn Mozzo reported that the club is planning to meet on the third Wednesday of each month. The advisor is waiting for confirmation from the office with the hope of beginning on October 18, 2017.

Old Business

Our organization sent over 40 boxes of books and school supplies to the Help for Houston drive with a fifth grade teacher at the Belhaven School in Linwood. Our contributions amounted to approximately half of what went to Houston. The $250.00 we received in cash donations was used to purchase new books (at a 20% discount) at Sun Rose Books.

Our participation in the Quiet Festival will involve help with Crossword Puzzle Tournament on Sunday, November 5, in the library atrium.

New Business

The library offers a courtesy of free DVD rentals to F&V Members that all members can utilize.

Elaine Wilson continued the discussion of the F&V history by covering the origins of the book sales.

Proposals for special projects for the 2018 budget should be submitted in writing at the December Board Meeting on Wednesday, December 6. Members are reminded that proposals should fit with our mission.

A Literacy Volunteers Meeting and Brunch will be held on October 22, 2017, from 11:00 to 2:00 at a home at 250 Bay Road, Ocean City.