Monthly Meeting UPDATES…

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.

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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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