Tuesday, July 3, 2012

See You in September

Just like the school calendar, the meetings of the Friends of the Library board begin in September and continue through June.  On June 19 the 2011-2012 board gathered for a final meeting and a potluck dinner to discuss the accomplishments of the past year.
We looked back over our membership drive and were proud to note that this year we had almost 400 members.  And if you are one of the 400, we thank you for your contribution.  Because of your robust financial support, this April we were able to donate $20,000 which the library will use to strengthen its collections.

We toasted the success of the recently completed Secret Garden Tour and shared some of our favorite garden sites. But just like the planners of the Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, who start all over again the next Monday, we also discussed a list of suggested improvements that will insure the smooth running and continued success of the tour when it returns in 2014. 

 The meeting also marked a transition.  President Judy Elstein pictured at the left with her successor, Arend Sluis, is departing from the board after 7 years of dedicated service.  Judy assured board members that she would continue to be  active with the Friends.  “A major part of my identity is that I am a reader and a library user,” she said. The board thanked her and acknowledged her work with a gift card. The remaining new officers for 2012-13 were also announced.  They are Vice-President PJ Neal, Treasurer Paul Trunell, and Secretary Eva Adler.  The new officers will be officially installed at the Friends’ Annual Meeting in October. 

Keep your calender open.  Last year’s Annual Meeting featured a Trivia Contest that was so popular we've heard that another is scheduled for this year.  More on that later this summer. There are always great things happening at the library! For more information on how you can get involved with the Friends and help to support our Cambridge libraries click here.

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