Monthly Meeting UPDATES…

Highlights—June 2018 Meeting

Library representative, Leslie Clarke, reported that the OC CON Festival would be held at the Music Pier on June 28th through the 30th. Progress is continuing on the second floor Maker Space design. They are meeting with the architect and have visited the Cape May County Library to see how its space is arranged. Plans include space for youth, private study areas, a smart board, and sewing machines.


Membership: Patti Phillips reported that 38 of our 67 members were in attendance. Sharon Fish attended for the second time and Arlene Minnick for the first time. A questionnaire of life experiences has been prepared. Gathered information will then be shared during meetings to learn how we are inter-connected. An email with the questionnaire will be sent to all members. Paper copies are also available.

Book Room/Book Sales: Jeanne Pless reported that the Book Sale will be held on June 22nd and 23rd. There is a need for people to sign up for the 12:00-2:30 shift on Saturday and for setting up the children’s room. A sign-up sheet for the July 20th & 21st Book Sale was distributed. New committee members are sought.

Library Special Events: Babs Stefano reported that we have been asked to staff the craft tables outside the Music Pier during the OC CON event. We will be assigned one hour shifts to supervise children who are making frames with foam. The assigned shifts are 11:00 AM, 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM.

Author Tea/Luncheon: Joan Sambucci reported that she and Pat Levis will meet with Karen Bergman at the Flanders to prepare for the Fall Luncheon. They will ask to see if they can have a selection of meals.

Hospitality: Joan Sambucci reported that Welcome Night and National Friends of the Library events will be held in October.

Baby Bags: Pauline Kretzu reported that Yvonne Thies and Diane McMenamin will prepare the bags this month and that she and Joyce McNeely will deliver them. She displayed the new cart purchased by the library to deliver the bags.

First Day of Kindergarten: Linda Robie reported that all of the needed supplies are in process, not all are in yet. The committee will do the assembly in August. MaryAnn Mozzo will coordinate with Sun Rose Books and the teachers. Last year there was about a 30% response rate on the coupons. Carol DeMill and Angel Smith will assume the chairmanship next year.

Publicity: Linda Robie reported that everything is out for the June Book Sale. She is looking for someone to become chairperson. All of the submissions are done online and there are directions, lists and examples to use to cut and paste to advertise to all media.

Reading Trees: Babs Stefano reported that Dot Johnson did the trees in June with a Father’s Day theme. Sandy Crescenzo will do July. Dot Johnson and Elaine Novello will chair the committee next year.

Special Programs: Barbara Riggione reported that she is still working on setting the dates for the writer’s workshop. The goal is to have students experience the workshop two times during their years at the Intermediate School in grades 4 & 8 or 6 & 8.

Special Projects: Cheryl Kelchner reported that the display case contains her collection of boxes from around the world. A map will be included with the display to highlight the country each box came from. Future displays include Paperweights in July, Owls in August, the Quilting Guild in September, OC Reads in October, Turkeys in November and Nativities in December. Next year, Elaine Novello will assume the chairmanship. They are looking for another member to join their committee.

Third Grade Reading: Kathleen Woodring reported that a thank you note was on its way from the club. The total number and amount of the coupons redeemed will be reported after June 30th.


Debbie Moreland reported that we are waiting for an estimate of cost for the signage over the free book table and for the donation drop off area.

Committee chairs attended the June 6 board meeting and gave mid-year reports of activities and concerns. Chair positions are held for two years, then, they are changed over to another member of the committee. New chairs must be a member of the committee for at least a year before becoming chair.

The F&V membership survey is available to share and gain an appreciation of everyone’s talents and experiences. Hard copies are available. The form will also be emailed to all members.

The superintendent of the school district contacted Debbie Moreland and offered the June 14th abbreviated school day as a time to hold our primary school special event book sale. We declined the date, believing that the end of the year for teachers and the upcoming regular book sale preparations would make it too difficult to manage.


Debbie Moreland reported that she attended an award ceremony at the NJLA Convention at Harrah’s on June 1. The OCFPL Children’s Department won a NJ State Library Award for Best Practices in Early Literacy for their Infants and Toddlers Story Time Series. Also attending the event were Leslie Clarke, Maureen Edwards, and Taimi Kelley. (Pat Johnson, also a member of the department, was not in attendance).

A nominating committee will be formed by September seeking people interested in serving on the executive board. A slate of nominees will be presented to the membership in October with a second reading and a vote occurring in November. Pam Hepner is in charge of setting up the nominating committee.


Library Board Meeting—Monday, June 11, 2018, 4:00 PM
June Book Sale—Friday, June 22, 2018, 2 PM – 7 PM, & Saturday, June 23, 2018, 10 AM – 2 PM
OC CON (3 days) Thursday, June 28, 2018 – Saturday, June 30, 2018
Next Executive Board Meeting—Wednesday, June 27, 2018 – 10:00 AM
Next Membership Meeting—Monday, July 9, 2018 – 10:00 AM

Highlights of the May 2018 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 the April 2018 Meeting

Library Representative, Leslie Clarke, reported that the library will kick off National Library Week with an Open House this evening from 6:30 – 8:30. She also stated that two people per shift would be needed for the book sale at the Block Party on May 5.


Membership: Bobbi Taylor reported that 34 of our 67 members were in attendance. There were no guests.

Author Tea//Author Luncheon: Joan Sambucci reported that the tea is set for Thursday, May 3, with author, Jonathon King. Tickets will be sold on Friday, April 21, from 6:00 to 8:00 and on Saturday, April 22, from 10:00 to Noon. Unlimited tickets can be purchased for $30 with open seating. The Tea will be downstairs in the Garden Room of the Flanders Hotel. The Fall Luncheon author, Denise Kiernan, will be promoted at the Tea.

Hospitality: Joan Sambucci thanked the members of the committee for their help in setting up for today’s luncheon. Today’s menu includes chicken tenders, roasted vegetables, macaroni and cheese, salad and dessert. National Library Week volunteers will begin tomorrow. Joan reviewed the schedule of volunteers to staff the table to give away freebies, sell books and take chances for the beach tag raffle.

Baby Bags: Pauline Kretzu reported that Sharon Cattie and Dot Johnson will prepare bags this month and Jean Bush will deliver. She also recognized Bobbi Taylor for her work in preparing the inserts for the baby bags.

Book Room/Book Sales: Jeanne Pless reported that she will have a sign-up sheet at next month’s meeting for the June 22nd and 23rd book sale. Flyers and bookmarks are ready and she has contacted the Men in Service for help in setting up. The next sale is at the Block Party on May 5.

First Day of Kindergarten: Linda Robie reported that a new title, Twelve Days of Kindergarten, had been recommended by the children’s librarian. A brief meeting of the committee will be held after the May meeting.

Publicity: Linda Robie stated that the flyer for the Author’s Tea has been sent to the media. She will also send the announcement to Leslie Clarke to have it included with the library’s weekly announcements.

Library Special Events: Babs Stefano reminded everyone of the Edible Book Festival is being held today. She invited everyone to stop by and admire the entries and vote.

Read Across America: Kathleen Woodring stated that thank you letters keep coming in. She read a letter from principal, Cathleen Smith. The bill for the books distributed to the students has been paid.

Third Grade Reading Club: Kathleen Woodring reported that sixteen “up to $10” coupons will be distributed to participants on April 18. The coupons have a June 30 expiration date and are being distributed to promote summer reading. She will say a few words about the Friends and Volunteers at the wrap-up meeting.

MReading Trees: Marge Roth reported that Kathleen Woodring will do the trees this month. Sharon Cattie will do the trees next month.

Special Projects: Cheryl Kelchner reported that the bulletin board display has been changed for spring. The Tea and Silent Auction information is highlighted. The display case features the silent auction items from Downton Abbey and china tea cups and saucers promoting our Tea and the Historical Museum’s Tea. Dot Johnson was thanked for the loan of her china tea cups and saucers. Two (2) 18 x 24 posters announcing the silent auction are on display in the atrium and by the display case. Bidding started the night of the ticket sales and will continue at the reference desk during the two weeks before the tea. Debbie Moreland thanked Cheryl Kelchner for her hard work in handling all the aspects of organizing the silent auction.


Debbie Moreland announced that we were working on getting signage for over the free book table and book donation area.

Debbie Moreland stated that she has purchased and read some of the books of Jonathon King. The Sindia Promise is an historical mystery with references to Ocean City landmarks. The author lives in the Gardens and is a Temple graduate.

Debbie Moreland congratulated member, Carolyn Lothian, for her work in organizing the Living Last Supper event.


Debbie Moreland stated that she would introduce new members Liz Genco and Doris McNorton at today’s luncheon. She enjoyed hearing personal bits about their talents and accomplishments and thought others did as well. Since the organization includes many talented people the membership committee will be preparing a survey to be distributed to all members to gather information about the backgrounds, accomplishments and interests so that we can better appreciate them.

All committee chairs are asked to attend the board meeting on Wednesday, June 6 at 10:00.

The library board meeting has been changed to Monday, April 16.

National Library Week Table—Tuesday, April 10 – Friday, April 13, 2018
Library Board Meeting—Monday, April 16, 2018 4:00 PM
Author Tea Ticket Sale—Friday, April 20, 2018 6:00 – 8:00 PM & Saturday, April 21, 2018 10:00 AM – Noon
Author Tea—Thursday, May 3, 2018 2:00 PM
Block Party—Saturday, May 5, 2018
Next Executive Board Meeting—Wednesday, May 9, 2018 10:00 AM
Next Membership Meeting—Monday, May 14, 2018 10:00 AM


Highlights of the March 2018 Meeting

Corresponding secretary, Angel Smith, read a thank you note from Becky Greene from the library staff for the holiday luncheon. She also read a note from Rosemarie Ricci. A thank you message was sent to Elaine Perino for the ceramic pig collection on display in the library.


MembershipPatti Phillips reported that 32 of our 67 members were present at today’s meeting. There were no visitors.

Author Tea/LuncheonJoan Sambucci reported that Jonathon King will be the guest speaker at the Author Tea on May 3, at 2:00. The Tea will be held in the Garden Room of the Flanders. Cost will be $30 per person, and checks can be made out to the FVOCFPL. King wrote, The Sindia Promise. There will be open seating with tables of 8 and no limit on the number of tickets that can be purchased. Tickets will be sold in the library atrium on Friday, April 20, from 6:00 to 8:00 and on Saturday, April 21, from 10:00 to 12:00. She is working on an author for the Fall Luncheon. Speaker costs have drastically increased. The date for the Fall Luncheon is Thursday, October 4, 2018.

HospitalityJoan Sambucci reported that National Library Week will be April 9 – 13. A sign-up sheet was distributed for volunteers who are needed to greet patrons, give away freebies, and collect chance slips for the beach tag drawing. Two shifts of volunteers are needed each day from 9:00 – 10:30 and 10:30 – 12:00.

Library Special EventsBabs Stefano distributed a sign-up sheet for the Edible Book Festival to be held on April 9, from 10:00 to 3:00. The contest will have categories for children and adults and features prizes for the most clever and punniest.

Baby BagsPauline Kretzu reported that Joan Sambucci and Linda Robie will prepare the bags this month and that she and Gail Lapko will deliver them.

Book Room/Book SalesJeanne Pless reported that the one day sale was successful. The next sale is on June 22. Sorters were asked to keep aside any donated coffee table books for an upcoming silent auction.

First Day of KindergartenLinda Robie reported that she is considering a new title, The Kissing Hand, for the program. A meeting of the kindergarten committee will be held after the general meeting in May.

Read Across AmericaKathleen Woodring extended a thank you to Leslie Clarke for ordering the materials and to all of the members who helped prepare the bags. The event was held on March 2, with the starting time being moved from 9:00 to 1:00 due to weather concerns. All of the readers were able to readjust their schedules. Readers included eight of our members, retired teachers and community members. The school provided some light refreshments for the participants. Thank you messages were sent to all readers, and some letters have been received from the students.

Reading TreesMarge Roth reported that Judi Levy prepared the trees this month with the themes of spring and St. Patrick’s Day. Kathleen Woodring will do the trees in April that will feature Earth Day and spring.

Special ProjectsCheryl Kelchner reported that the display case will feature an Easter theme with hand painted Easter eggs from the collection of Donna Brumell. The bulletin board in the atrium has also been redesigned with a spring theme. The donated Downton Abbey materials, to be used in the silent auction, will be displayed during April. Bids will be accepted at the ticket sales for the Author’s Tea, and a clip board for bids will be kept behind the second floor reference desk from April 21st to May 2nd. All of the materials are worth around $300. Starting bid will be $30.

Third Grade ReadingKathleen Woodring reported that the students are reading, How to Steal a Dog. The last meeting of the year will be held in April and will involve a wrap-up party.

Debbie Moreland announced that Babs Stefano volunteered to be the Library Special Events Coordinator and Bobbi Taylor volunteered to assist.

Debbie Moreland also reported that the check has been given to the Historical Museum for the summer camp program. Our sponsorship will be acknowledged in all advertising and our donation is appreciated.

Debbie Moreland reported that she spoke with Karen Mahar regarding any needs the library may have that we could help with. Karen will check with the library’s branding company, Wiser Link, to see about new signage over the free book table.

Our next meeting will be on April 9. It marks the beginning of National Library Week and the Edible Book Festival. The new member luncheon will follow next month’s meeting. New members, Doris McNorton and Liz Genco will be recognized. An email will be sent inviting everyone to the luncheon and Joanne Romano will be asked to set up an evite that will allow people to RSVP so that a count can be made to plan for the catering.

A motion was made by Babs Stefano and seconded by Barbara Riggione to reward the students that participated in the Third Grade Reading Club with a coupon, worth up to $10, to be used at Sun Rose Books to encourage summer reading. The motion passed.

Carolyn Lothian announced that The Living Last Supper would be performed at the Tabernacle on Holy Thursday, March 29, and Good Friday, March 30, at 7:00.


Next Executive Board Meeting – Wednesday, April 4, 2018 – 10:00 AM
Next Membership Meeting – Monday, April 9, 2018 – 10:00 AM
Edible Book Festival and New Member Luncheon – Monday, April 9, 2018
National Library Week – Monday, April 9 – Friday, April 13.


Highlights of the February 2018 Monthly Meeting

Note—There were no meetings for the months of December (Holiday Luncheon) and January (cancellation due to inclement weather).

F & V Membership List

The F & V Membership List has been updated in the Library’s circulation system. Members are entitled to check out DVDs free of charge as a benefit of membership. However, overdue fines will not be waived.

Library’s Holiday Festival
The Library’s Holiday Festival will be held on Sunday, December 3.


Patti Phillips reported that 26 of our 72 members were present at today’s meeting. There were no visitors. Committee Chairs are asked to submit the names of members who have participated in activities so that the membership database can be kept up-to-date.

Book Sale
Sign-up sheets were distributed for the December 8 (2:00 – 8:00) and December 9 (9:00 – 2:00) Book Sale. Anyone unable to volunteer during her designated time is asked to contact Thelma Bates, Jean Bush or Jeanne Pless.

Baby Bags
Pauline Kretzu reported that Dot Johnson and Sharon Cattie will put the bags together this month and she will deliver them. Anyone interested in joining the committee should contact Pauline since she is preparing next year’s schedule. She would like two people to prepare the bags each month and two people to deliver them.

First Day of Kindergarten
MaryAnn Mozzo reported that eighteen of the eighty gift certificates toward the purchase of a children’s book at Sun Rose Books have been used. The primary school will contact the parents to remind them that the certificates will expire on November 15. Anyone interested in participating on this committee next year should contact Linda Robie.

Reading Trees
Babs Stefano reported that Elaine Novello prepared the trees this month. Angel Smith and Carol DeMill will do the trees in December. Anyone interested in joining this committee next year is invited to meet after today’s meeting since new decorating teams will be assigned beginning in January.

Special Programs
Lisa Willever conducted five successful writing workshops for the fourth and eighth graders at the Intermediate School.

Third Grade Reading
Kathleen Woodring reported that the program has begun with an introductory meeting in October for the students and parents. The club currently has 17 members and will begin reading The Best Worst School Year Ever. The next gathering is Wednesday, November 15, when they will discuss the first title and then be assigned Because of Winn Dixie. Dates have been established, usually for the third Wednesday each month, by Peg Dunner, teacher in charge.

Old Business

A thank you was extended to Sandy Crescenzo, Pat Levis, Elaine Novello, Linda Robie, and Denise Szymanski for volunteering to help at the Crossword Puzzle Tournament at the Quiet Festival on Sunday, November 5, from 12:30 – 2:30. The new event was not well attended but our help was appreciated.

New Business

A request has been received from the Historical Museum to help fund two one week summer camp programs for children. We approved funding to help sponsor the events.

Committee chairpersons should plan to attend the Wednesday, December 6, Board Meeting at 9:30. Committee chairs are asked to bring budget information and annual reports. Debbie Moreland will provide committee chairs with a template of what to include in annual reports.

Members with suggestions for new programs for budgetary consideration for 2018 should put their requests in writing, including cost projections and descriptions and submit proposals to Debbie Moreland.

There will not be a general meeting in December. A luncheon will be held instead at noon on December 11, 2017.


Highlights of the October 2017 Monthly 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.


Highlights of the September 2017 Monthly Meeting

Committee Reports

Pauline Kretzu reported that 40 of our 75 members were in attendance at today’s meeting. There were no guests.

Pat Levis reported that the sale of the Christina Baker Kline Author Luncheon tickets went beautifully. She offered thanks to the committee members for their help. Approximately 45 tickets remain and are available for the October 4, 2017 event.

Pauline Kretzu reported that this month the baby bags would be prepared by Liz Genco, Diane McMenamin, and Barbara Lalli. MaryAnn Mozzo and Pauline Kretzu will deliver the 100 bags to Shore Memorial Hospital in Somers Point.

Jeanne Pless reported that the dates for our next book sale are Friday, December 8, 2:00 – 8:00 and Saturday, December 9, 9:00 – 2:00. A change to make the one-day book sale in July to a two day event, and the two-day August sale, to a one day event, is being considered. The donation of an additional 5 flat sheets to cover the tables during books sales is needed.

MaryAnn Mozzo and Linda Robie reported that the First Day of Kindergarten bags have been delivered for the start of school. Seventy-seven students were registered and eighty bags were prepared. A thank you was extended to all who helped. Contact will be made with the kindergarten teachers to see how distribution went and to determine if it may be necessary to budget for ninety students next year.

Babs Stefano reported that this month’s Reading Trees theme is Back to School. Cecelia Gallelli-Keys and Elaine Novello have volunteered to help with the October display. A thank you was extended to Dot Johnson for donating a table for use when setting up the trees.

Barbara Riggione communicated that she had contacted the Intermediate School and that our special program sponsoring the Writer’s Workshop has been scheduled. Presenter, Lisa Willever, will work with the fourth graders on Monday, October 16, and with the eighth graders on Tuesday, October 17. Times of the sessions will be available at the October meeting. Members are welcome to attend the sessions.

Cheryl Kelchner reported that the South Shore Stitchers have prepared this month’s library display. They are holding a quilt show in October at the Senior Center in Upper Township. Next month, the display case will feature the OC Reads book, One Amazing Thing. Display items that represent any of the characters in the book are sought, especially things from India.

Carla Heist displayed the bookmarks prepared by the Embroiderers’ Guild of America for the third graders participating in the Reading Club. The students will be able to select their favorite from the many creative designs available. MaryAnn Mozzo reported that she will contact the school to learn when the club will begin.

Old Business

Director of the OC Historical Museum, Jeff McGranahan, thanked the membership for our donation to support the museum’s summer camp program. The first camp was held in July, and prepared the children to be tour guides in the museum. The second session was for returning children and involved teaching the children how to research and prepare a presentation using photographs from the collection in a Power Point display. The funds we provided allowed for the purchase of needed supplies and snacks, and also for the use of an intern, Theo Wood, to assist with technology. Eighteen children participated. Each child also received a book on seafaring history and a t-shirt with the museum’s logo. The last day, a pizza party was held for the parents and kids. They are considering expanding the program next year to possibly include a Night at the Museum.

Lighting has been installed above the free book table.

The St. Peter’s Back to School Carnival was successful. A thank you was extended to volunteers, Kathleen Woodring, Carole Candy, Dot Johnson, Annette LoPresti, Judi Levy, and Elaine Novello. It was a well-planned and enjoyable community event in which almost 300 children participated.

New Business

A letter has been received from a fourth grade teacher from Linwood’s Belhaven School regarding collecting new and gently used children’s books and new school supplies for the schools in Houston. The collection will run until September 20 to replace the lost classroom libraries and supplies. A donation box has been set up in the library.

The Block Party Book Sale is set for Saturday, October 7, 2017. Set-up is 8:00 AM. A sign-up sheet for workers is being circulated. (Please include phone numbers).


Highlights of the August 2017 Monthly 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.

Highlights of the June 2017 Meeting



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.


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.


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.


Highlights of the May 2017 General Meeting


Thirty-nine members (39) were in attendance at the May general membership meeting. There are seventy-three active members in the Friends and Volunteers’ organization.

Author’s Tea
A very successful Author’s Tea was held on May 4, 2017. Local author, romance novelist, Jennifer Shirk, spoke to a sold-out crowd. Organizers, Joan Sambucci and Pat Levis thanked the members of the committee, Roberta DeVries, Angel Smith, Carol Dotts, and Chris Wilson, as well as, advisors Barbara Weber and Rose Marie Ricci for their help. Also recognized for their help were Linda Robie and Joanne Romano for publicity, Elaine Wilson for tickets, and Tina Moschella for the program.

Forty-five (45) members attended the New Members Luncheon following the April general membership meeting. New members honored were: Phyllis Bonner, Gayle Davidson, Bert DeVries, Doris DiCorcia, Cecelia Gallelli-Keyes, Marilyn Heck, Yvonne Thies, Merry Wagner, Chris Wilson, Joan Wolf, and Kathleen Woodring. Special thanks were extended to Joanne Romano who set up a special program to allow members to RSVP online. The brief bios of new members presented by Debbie Moreland as she introduced each new member were appreciated.

Book Room/Book Sales
One-hundred seventy-eight (178) books were sold at the book sale held during the Block Party on May 6.

The first summer book sale will be on Friday, June 23, 2:00 – 8:00 and on Saturday, June 24, 9:00 – 2:00 in the Library atrium.

Book donations have slowed a bit. There is a need for recently published books in good condition. Donations may be placed on the study carrels or in the bins across from the restrooms on the first floor of the library.

First Day of Kindergarten
Preparations are under way for the First Day of Kindergarten community service project. Since a ten dollar ($10.00) coupon to Sun Rose Books will be included in this year’s bag of goodies for kindergarteners on the first day of school, contact has been established with the book store to coordinate implementation.

Special Projects
The display case will feature a collection of bells from around the world this month. The bells belong to Pam Manning’s 93 year old uncle. He served as a consulate in the State Department from the 1950s through the 1980s and collected the bells from around the world.

Third Grade Reading Club
The final book read for this year’s program was Strange Case of Origami Yoda, a book about a sixth grader and bullying. The participants made origami creations after the meeting. The final meeting in May will be an opportunity for the group to eat and have fun.

Reading Trees
Babs Stefano thanked Elaine Novello for the May trees displaying the themes of Mother’s Day and the military.


Patti Phillips has been approved for the newly created Member-At-Large position.

A custom made table with bookshelves on top and a moveable shelf like table underneath will be made by a local contractor. The table is being constructed for the free books area and will be our gift to the library and community.


Debbie Moreland recognized the past presidents of the organization and asked that they talk a bit about the history of the Friends and Volunteers at the June meeting. Their unique perspective and knowledge will help provide members with a sense of appreciation as to how events and activities started.

Four (4) scrapbooks have been donated to the historical museum. They cover the years of 1998-2007, 2007-2010, 2010-2011 and 2012. The scrapbooks contain photos and news articles. Everyone is welcome to view them at the museum.


April 2017 Membership Meeting Highlights


Forty-four (44) members were in attendance at the April general membership meeting. There are seventy-five (75) active members in the Friends and Volunteers’ organization.

Author’s Tea
The 9th Annual Author’s Tea will be held on May 4, 2017 at 2:00 at the Flanders. The cost will be $30.00 and High Tea will be served. Author, Jennifer Shirk, will be the speaker. One hundred (100) tickets will be sold and there will be open seating. Tickets will be sold in the atrium on Friday, April 21, from 6:00 to 8:00 and on Saturday, April 22, from 10:00 to 12:00. Checks should be made out to the Friends and Volunteers of the OCFPL.

The Welcome to New Members Luncheon will be held following the April meeting. New members honored are: Phyllis Bonner, Gayle Davidson, Bert DeVries, Doris DiCorcia, Cecelia Gallelli-Keyes, Marilyn Heck, Yvonne Thies, Merry Wagner, Chris Wilson, Joan Wolf, and Kathleen Woodring.

Book Room/Book Sales
New shelves have been installed in the book room to store empty boxes.

A book sale will be held at the Block Party on May 6.

The first summer book sale will be on Friday, June 23, 2:00 – 8:00 and on Saturday, June 24, 9:00 – 2:00 in the Library atrium.

Book donations can be left on the study carrel or in the bins beneath that are located across from the rest rooms on the first floor of the library.

Special Projects
The theme of items used in serving tea from around the world has been prepared for the library display case to promote our Author’s High Tea.

Third Grade Reading Club
This year’s successful program will end on Wednesday, April 26, at 6:30 in the school library.


Patti Phillips has been nominated and has accepted the nomination for the newly created Member-At-Large position.

Library Events
The library staff recognized and appreciated the help our members provided during the OC CON community event. Our participation during the Edible Book Contest as participants and assistants was also recognized.


All committee chairpersons are asked to attend the June 7, 2017 Executive Board Meeting at 10:00 in Room N116.

The website updates are continuing. Notifications will be automatically sent to anyone who subscribes to the blog.


February 2017 Membership Meeting Highlights

LIBRARY UPDATE: Leslie Clarke, Library Liaison, reported that 26 new tablets were purchased for circulation to preschoolers through second graders.  They have been loaded with ten programs and are available for a circulation period of one week and will be housed in the children’s department.


AUTHOR TEA: Jennifer Shirk will be the featured author at the Author Tea. It will be held on May 4, 2017, at the Flanders Hotel beginning at 2:00. Tickets will be $30.00.

BABY BAGS: A thank you card with a photo of a mother and her newborn has been received.   The thoughtful note acknowledged, with gratitude, the contributions of the committee to the community.

BOOK ROOM/BOOK SALES: A book sale is scheduled for Saturday, March 11, from 10:00 to 2:00. The sale will include specially priced items, children’s and young adult books, DVDs, CDs, and videos.

HOSPITALITY: Members will be needed to man a table in the atrium for National Library Week, April 11 to 14.  Freebies provided by the library will be available for distribution to patrons.

The new member luncheon is scheduled for April 10, 2017.

READ ACROSS AMERICA: The Read Across America event will be held on Thursday, March 2, 2017, from 8:30 to 9:40 at the Ocean City Primary School.  Members are needed in the Children’s Activity Room on February 23, 2017, from 10:00 to 12:00 to prepare bags for distribution to the children.

READING TREES: The Reading Trees have been relocated to the main part of the library to make room for a coat rack provided to the library as Andrew Leonetti’s Eagle Scout Project.  The trees this month are displaying the themes of patriotism and love.

SPECIAL PROJECTS: The display case features Rose Marie Ricci’s African Safari collection.  There is a need for tea related items for an April display.


The audit has been completed. A donation has been made to the Community Food Cupboard in recognition of the work of Dick Strang, for his efforts in preparation of the audit.

The OC CON Event is scheduled for April 1 and 2. The comic book and memorabilia program sponsored by the library will be held at the Music Pier and Civic Center. Members will be needed to staff various events and contests.

Assistance will also be needed for the Edible Book Contest, tentatively scheduled for April 4, 2017.


By-Law and Policy and Procedure revisions were presented for review and will be voted on at the next meeting.


January 2017 Membership Meeting Highlights

BABY BAGS:  The Baby Bag Program with Shore Memorial is thriving.  The committee is considering expanding the number of bags from eighty to one hundred each month.

READ ACROSS AMERICA:  The Read Across America event, which is held at the Ocean City Primary School, will occur on March 2, 2017.  Volunteers will read to the students.

READING TREES:  The Reading Trees have been decorated with a Martin Luther King, Jr. theme for January.

SPECIAL PROJECTS/DISPLAY:  The display case in the library currently holds 150 Smurfs and Smurf memorabilia from the collection of Blake Bears.
A search is underway for Tea Tins to use in a display to coincide with the Author’s Tea.


  • The 2017 budget was presented and approved.
  • An Emergency Plan to be used in the event of a meeting cancellation has been developed.  An email will be sent to each member and phone call made by board members to people on designated lists.
  • The library will be sponsoring events that may need our help.  The Edible Book Festival is scheduled for early April and the OC-CON is set for April 1 & 2.
  • A review of the By-Laws and procedures will be conducted.


October 2016 MEETING

The end of another GREAT year is almost upon us. Committee Chairpersons are completing the yearly reports and the time has come to put forth a new slate of Friends and Volunteers of the Ocean City Free Public Library officers!

The Nomination Committee consisting of Jeanne Pless, Babs Stefano, and Pauline Kretzu prepared the following slate:

President—Debbie Moreland
Vice President—Pam Hepner
Recording Secretary—Tina Moschella
Corresponding Secretary—Angel Smith
Director At Large—Elaine Wilson

Nominations may be made from the floor at the November meeting with the permission of the person nominated. Voting will take place in November.


Book RoomJeanne Pless announced that the Holiday Book Sale will be held on Friday, December 2 from 3-8 PM and Saturday, December 3 from 9 AM to 1 PM.

LuncheonBarbara Weber thanked everyone who helped with the Author’s Luncheon.

Membership—On roll—69 members with 33 present. There were 3 first time guests—Chris Wilson, Cecilia Gallette-Keyes, Marilyn Heck—and Doris DiCorcia was in attendance for the second time.

First Day of KindergartenCarol DeMill reported the delivery of 90 book filled bags to the Ocean City Primary School. Extra bags not used will be picked up and saved for next year. Linda Robie and Mary Ann Mozzo agreed to co-chair this committee next year. We received thank you letters and an email from the teachers.

HospitalityJoan Sambucci announced National Friends Week will start October 17. Becky Green from the library will get goodies to hand out during our time in the Atrium. October 26 is Welcome Night at the Civic Center. EVERYONE is encouraged to attend.

Third Grade Reading Club—The first meeting of parents and children was held Wednesday, October 19 at 6:30 PM. The Embroiderers Guild of America made bookmarks that will be given to each student.

Reading TreesDot Johnson reported the trees were decorated by Angel Smith and Carol DeMill. One tree is for Halloween and one for Fire Prevention Week with a reminder to replace smoke alarms.

Read Across AmericaBarbara Riggione explained the work of this committee. Both she and Pam Hepner are giving up the chairmanship and need to have someone take over. Barbara will be available to help with planning for this event on March 2.

Special OpsCheryl Kelchner acknowledged Bill Dotts who shared his collection of porcelain dogs. Cheryl is looking for collections to feature in the glass case for coming months.

Baby Bagswere filled by Barbara Lalli and Carole Candy. They will be delivered to Shore Medical Center Maternity Department by Pauline Kretzu.

PublicityLinda Robie alerted everyone to the need for at least 3 ½ weeks for information to be featured in publicity outlets.


Barbara Riggione—Middle School Speaker, Lisa Willover, will speak at the Ocean City Intermediate School on October 17 to the 4th grades starting at 8:15. There will be three sessions. On October 18 she will speak to 8th grades. Members are invited to attend.

F&V computer has been purchased. John Ruban, OCFPL Library, will install the needed programs.


Connie Boens presented the following, new proposal:

  • The Friends and Volunteers will put a coupon in the First Day of Kindergarten bags for 1 child’s book value up to $10 to be redeemed at the Sun Rose Book Store by December 1. This will allow children to choose a book and will support a local business. This program is to be tried for one year. The membership approved the literacy and business supporting program!


Reach Out and Read—Cassidy Diamond

The July monthly meeting of the Friends and Volunteers of the Ocean City Free Public Library began with an informative presentation by Cassidy Diamond, 2015 New Jersey State Winner of the American Legion Oratorical Contest sponsored by Post 524—Morvay-Miley, Ocean City, NJ. Cassidy informed the group of her project—Reach Out and Read—which provides new or gently-used books to well-visit patients at the Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania. Cassidy connects with…Doctors and Nurses whose goal is to promote early literacy and school readinessby distributing books and literacy advice to parents. Read more:

Support for Cassidy’s project can be made through the…

  • purchase and donation of a new book for children birth to 6 years old
  • donation of a gently-used book
  • purchase and donation of a children’s book from F&V book sales
  • cash donation

Information regarding Cassidy’s next Reach Out and Read drive will be posted on this website.

Reading to and with a child—a very worthy activity costing little and so very valuable!


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