Highlights of the May 2018 Membership Meeting

Library Representative, Leslie Clarke, reported that a Click It Contest was being held with the Primary School that involves the students designing landmarks using Lego engineering. The event would be held on May 21st at 6:30 in the atrium and children’s room. The entries will be judged by three judges, the winners will receive prizes.


Membership: Patti Phillips reported that 37 of our 67 members were present. She welcomed first time guests, Barbara Gallagher, Virginia Black, and Sharon Fish. She also mentioned a survey that will be prepared to gather and share accomplishments, backgrounds and talents of our membership.

Book Room and Book Sales: A sign-up sheet for the June 22nd and 23rd book sale was distributed.

Library Special Events: Babs Stefano reported that OC CON will be held on June 28 through June 30. She distributed a sign-up sheet and asked members to sign up for when they would be available to help. She reported that of the ten adult entries for the Edible Book Festival, six were prepared by the Friends and Volunteers—Cheryl Kelchner, Gail Lapko, Tina Moschella and Babs Stefano.

Author Tea/Author Luncheon: Joan Sambucci reported the Jonathon King Author Tea went well. He was a delightful down-to-earth speaker and the committee received tremendous reviews for the Garden Room location. A flyer announcing the fall author, Denise Kiernan, was distributed during the luncheon. A large poster to advertise the fall luncheon is planned to publicize the Thursday, October 4, 2018 event to be held at 11:30 at the Flanders.

Hospitality: Joan Sambucci reported that April has been a busy month. Members staffed the library’s give away table during National Library Week to welcome patrons and distribute freebies and beach tag raffle chances. Forty-Five members attended the New Member Luncheon. The food was provided by Boyars. Thanks were extended to members of the committee for their help.

Baby Bags: Pauline Kretzu reported that a new and larger cart has been ordered. She has been informed that the hospital expects about 100 new babies each month so they will be preparing that amount. Mary Ann Mozzo and Cathy McMenamin will bag and deliver the bags this month.

First Day of Kindergarten: Linda Robie reported that all books and supplies are in and bookplates will be prepared. Bags will be assembled on August 30. The committee will meet after today’s meeting.

Reading Trees: Marge Roth reported that Sharon Cattie prepared the trees this month with Memorial Day and Mother’s Day themes. Dot Johnson will prepare the trees next month.

Special Programs: Barbara Riggione reported that she spoke with Mr. Haines, Principal of the Intermediate School, regarding the Lisa Willever program. It will be held during the second or third week of October with the sixth and eighth graders.

Special Projects: Cheryl Kelchner reported that Sara Bruesehoff, Young Adult Librarian, won the Downton Abbey materials. The model was given to her father for his train display and the books and CDs were given to her mother. The display case now holds a collection of mortar and pestles from Gail Peony.

Third Grade Reading: Mary Ann Mozzo reported that seven children were in attendance at the meeting. Eleven, ten dollar coupons, to Sun Rose Books were given out to those who participated this year.


Debbie Moreland reported that she met with Wiser Links and library staff regarding signage over the free book table. We are waiting for an estimate of cost.

Committee chairs were reminded that they have been asked to attend the June 6 board meeting to provide a mid-year update and to name people who may want to assume chair positions.

A membership survey is pending and will be available sometime in June.


Debbie Moreland reported that she attended the local author showcase sponsored by the library. Local author, Jennifer Shirk placed a dedication in her new book, Bargaining with the Boss, that recognizes Karen and Leslie at the Ocean City Free Public Library and all the Friends and Volunteers.


General Meeting: Monday, May 14, 2018 10:00AM
Library Board Meeting: Monday, May 14, 2018 4:00PM
Next Executive Board Meeting: Wednesday, June 6, 2018 10:00AM
Next Membership Meeting: Monday, June 11, 2018 10:00AM
June Book Sale: Friday, June 22, 2018 2:00 –7:00PM and Saturday, June 23, 2018 10:00 – 2:00
OC CON: Thursday, June 28, 2018 – Saturday, June 30, 2018

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.