June 2017 Meeting Highlights!

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.

Author Luncheon TICKET SALES!

The 2015 Autumn Author’s Luncheon Ticket Sales!



Each year, The Friends and Volunteers of the Ocean City Free Public Library and the Board of Trustees of the Ocean City Free Public Library underwrite the Community Outreach (not a fundraiser) Author’s Luncheon. This year, 320 tickets sold in just 21 minutes. Would that all who were in line would have been able to purchase tickets…

While the limit of 10 tickets per person might seem to be the reason for selling out so soon, this was not the case. Only 11 of the 32 tables were sold as tables of 10. Most sales were 2, 3, or 4 tickets purchased by those who arrived early and waited patiently.

Here’s hoping those who were unable to get tickets for this year’s Author’s Luncheon will be able to obtain tickets for next year’s!

The Ocean City Free Public Library Board of Directors and the Friends and Volunteers of the Ocean City Free Public Library proudly present the Author’s Luncheon, October 8, 2015, 11:30 AM at the Historic Flanders Hotel. Guest Speaker will be New York Times Bestselling Author, Lisa Scottoline.

Ticket Sales…
Tickets will be on sale Friday, August 21 from 6-8 PM and Saturday, August 22 from 9-11 AM in the Atrium of the Ocean City Free Public Library. All attendees will receive a complimentary copy of Lisa’s book, Every Fifteen Minutes. Cost per ticket is $35.00 with a limit of 10 tickets per person. Cash or check only. Please bring a Self-Addressed, Stamped Envelope. Make checks payable to: Friends and Volunteers of the Ocean City Free Public Library (FVOCFPL).