March 2018 Meeting Highlights

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.

May 2017 General Meeting Highlights!

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.