July 2017 Meeting Highlights!


Book Room

A big thank you was extended to all of the members who volunteered to staff the successful June Book Sale. A special acknowledgement of thanks was given to Thelma Bates and Jean Bush for their work in scheduling and coverage. Appreciation was also extended to the men who worked to set up and put away the tables and boxes of books. The next sale is set for July 29, in the Community Center Atrium, from 10:00 to 3:00. Fiction books, specially priced items, DVDs, CDs and videos will be available for purchase.

Author Luncheon

The Author Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, October 4. Next month, the author will be revealed and information about tickets will be announced.

First Day of Kindergarten

Preparations are underway for the First Day of Kindergarten Project. The books are in and the bags will be assembled on August 30, from 10:00-12:00 in Room 116. The certificate for each individual kindergartener to purchase a book worth up to $10.00 at Sun Rose Books will be a new addition to the bag of goodies this year.

Reading Trees

Marge Roth and Babs Stefano decorated the trees this month with the themes of The Fourth of July and Independence.

Special Projects

Kathy Ferrier’s shell collection is on display. She is a former elementary school teacher and spends time on Sanibel Island. The display features objects of sea life from the gulf side of Florida.

Baby Bags

One hundred (100) baby bags were prepared by Patti Phillips and Dot Johnson and will be delivered to the hospital by Pauline Kretzu and Gail Lapko.


Former president, Rose Marie Ricci, continued our walk down memory lane by reviewing events during her tenure in office. The organization began sponsoring the Author’s Tea and activities in area schools such as author visits, writing workshops, and programming activities like the First Day of Kindergarten. We became involved with Better World Books and provided the library with window shades, book stacks, a microwave and even a defibrillator.

Former president, Sandy Crescenzo, brought the organization into the 21st century by encouraging the organization to do more things online. Under her leadership the organization sponsored the Family Creative Learning Program and established a webpage with the help of Joanne Romano. We celebrated Frances Keenan’s 100th birthday and dedicated the $1.00 cart in her honor. We also purchased a bicycle rack and provided landscaping for the library. The current organization continues to build upon the foundation established by our past contributions and accomplishments for the library and the community of Ocean City.

January F&V Meeting Highlights

Our January meeting was a thankful one. President Sandy Crescenzo thanked the Friends and Volunteers (F&V) for their tireless work in furthering the goals of the Ocean City Free Public Library, participating in the many and varied projects the F&Vs undertake, and for making her first year as President…”a blast!” We all look forward to a very busy, enjoyable, and literacy-filled year!

Our Thanks to Frances

Frances W. Keenan, our proud centenarian, was surprised as Marie Platzer and Pam Hepner wheeled in a library cartFranceslibrary purchased in her honor. Designated as the Dollar Cart, books are available for purchase at…yes, $1.00. Marie quipped that even before she rolled the cart into the meeting, one book had sold! Surely, now that everyone knows this is Frances’ cart, patrons and visitors alike will gravitate toward the bargains and in doing so, will aid our efforts and honor our colleague, Frances!

Showcase Display

ShowcasefullOn your next trip to the library, don’t miss the Display Case located just past the Circulation Desk. Each month, Cheryl Kelchner creatively displays collectibles lent to the library for one month. December’s display blended 2 different collections—Snow Babies from Sandy Crescenzo and Christmas Trees from Angel Smith. Interested in displaying your collectibles? Click—Showcase Display







Two Trees

JanTreesAs you enjoy the showcase display, don’t forget to look at the two trees located in the alcove of the library. Turn left from the front of the showcase display and walk down the hallway. Each month our F&Vs decorate the trees with suggested book titles or items related to a theme. You just might get an idea for your next project, book club, or present!

To view more pictures of our events, go to our Flickr pagehttp://www.flickr.com/photos/94586969@N04/