Highlights of the August 2017 Membership 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.

June 2017 Meeting Highlights!

Highlights of the June 2017 Meeting

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Membership

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.

OLD BUSINESS

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.

NEW BUSINESS

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.