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.

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.