Highlights—November 2017 Membership 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 October 2017 Membership 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.