Friends of the Library Executive Board Urges “YES” vote on Article 18

The Executive Board of the Friends of the Lynnfield Library would like to take this opportunity to weigh in on a topic that is important to us and to the town.

Briefly, the Lynnfield Library applied for state funds in January 2014 to study its current and future needs.  If the library is awarded this grant, the town will be able to go ahead with the study at no cost to the town–the library already has the required local matching funds.

The grant vote will take the form of one article – Article 18 – on the April 28 Town Meeting warrant.  The residents will be asked to approve the Board of Library Trustees to proceed with a feasibility study that will take a look at the options of expanding the current Library, or building a new one.  Secondly, town meeting attendees will be asked to authorize the Board of Trustees to “apply for, accept and expend” any state funds that are available for a planning and design grant.

As the Board of the Friends, we know that the library is an integral part of town services.  It is a wonderful resource for all residents and is part of what makes Lynnfield a great community.  And regardless of what path the Town of Lynnfield pursues, the town and the Library need to be in a position to plan for the future.  Voting “YES” on Article 18 will position the town to move forward in the most appropriate manner.

Please come to the town meeting on April 28 and stay as long as it takes for this grant to come up for consideration.  We cannot over-emphasize how cost effective a method this is to plan for the Library’s future.  We are so fortunate to be in a position to accept this state funding!

Thanks in advance for the support of all the residents who attend the town meeting on the Library’s behalf.

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Dining for a Cause for the Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Lynnfield Library invite you to a fundraiser at the 99 Restaurant, 317 Salem Street, Lynnfield on Monday, April 7 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The 99 Restaurant will donate 15% of your guest check to the Friends of the Lynnfield Library. You can participate in three ways: dine in the restaurant, do take-out or purchase a gift card.  You can also participate in our raffle and win great prizes! Present your voucher at the beginning of the meal or when you purchase a gift card in order to ensure the Friends’ benefit. You can pick up a voucher at the Library Friends’ table or click here to link to a printable voucher.

The Friends is a non-profit organization that supports the many programs and activities of the Library both financially and through hundreds of volunteer hours each year. We look forward to seeing you at the 99 on Monday, April 7!

For more information, please email Elaine Moorman at e.moorman@verizon.net

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Kings Gala Event

Kings, an upscale bowling and entertainment facility, held its grand opening gala at Market Street in Lynnfield on October 29, 2013.  And because Kings believes in supporting its community and neighbors through ongoing charitable efforts, it arranged for the proceeds of the event to benefit seven Lynnfield charities.   One of these charities was the Friends of the Lynnfield Library!

Kings celebrates a Night of Fun and Giving Back

Kings celebrates a Night of Fun and Giving Back

The Friends also participated in the live and silent auctions held at Kings.  Among our sensational auction items up for grabs were Celtics tickets, a Doug Flutie print and a basket of upscale items (including a Davios gift card and Godiva chocolates).   For the live auction, our grand offering was a week at Mashpee on the Cape.

Later Library Director Nancy Ryan took the opportunity to provide “a big thanks to Janine Saldanha, Friends President, and her ‘assistants’ for their ideas and the great amount of time spent on picking up the donations, and arranging and packaging them for the gala.”

Friends President Janine Saldanha with Auction Items

Friends President Janine Saldanha with Auction Items

The staff at Kings was very accomodating, going out of its way to make everyone feel welcome.  The delicious beverages and distinctive hors d’oeuvres were presented in an exquisite manner.  Many of us will be tempted to return and indulge ourselves in the near future.

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The gala raised over $2,000 for the Friends of the Library, and it will be spent on a wide variety of items benefiting the library.  Library Trustee Faith Honor-Coakley commented that, “Clearly this was a tremendous success involving the creativity and generosity of many people.  Congratulations to all who were involved.”  Finally, a special thanks goes to Lynnfield Board of Selectman, Phil Crawford, for suggesting our inclusion in the event.

Library Director Nancy Ryan and Sophia Argeros supporting the Friends

Library Director Nancy Ryan and Sophia Argeros supporting the Friends

 

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Friends of the Lynnfield Library Annual Fall Book Sale

 

Friends of the Lynnfield Library prepare the Meeting House for the Fall Book Sale

Friends of the Lynnfield Library prepare the Meeting House for the Fall Book Sale

The Friends of the Lynnfield Library held their annual Fall Book Sale on October 18 and 19 at the Meeting House.   Thanks to everyone involved in the sale for their hard work – from sorters and packers, movers and sellers and to the library staff for their continued support!   And we came close to record-breaking total proceeds.  Treasurer Linda Burns remarked on the “great team work” required to make all this happen.

The team included workers of all ages, including some youngsters who have participated for several years.

Kiera and J. J. Burns with the Meeting House sign

Kiera and J. J. Burns with the Meeting House sign

Customers enjoyed browsing the wonderful selections available in fiction, and non-fiction covering such subjects as cooking, history, travel, memoirs, and crafts.  There were fitting choices for everyone!

Mary Beth Janakas with an armload of book

Mary Beth Janakas with an armful of cook books

The upper floor of the building was dedicated to children’s items.  Many children and their parents visited this space and added to their own libraries!

Evan and Lilly Gately are among the patrons of the children's section

Evan and Lilly Gately are among the patrons of the children’s section

We’re all looking forward to next year’s sale and the continued success of the Friends in raising funds for the library.

 

 

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Lynnfield Library Trustees and Friends Board Potluck Dinner

The Friends of the Lynnfield Library and Library Trustees held a joint potluck dinner on October 8, 2013 at the Meeting House.  The meeting’s purpose was to continue the emphasis on cooperation in accomplishing mutual goals.  The Friends and Trustees have a particularly close relationship in Lynnfield, benefiting both groups in their efforts to improve the Lynnfield Library.  In addition to business issues, we discussed our common interest in books and their contribution to society.

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The group dined on a fine selection of food including cheese, lasagna, meatballs, a native Indian dish and a lovely pumpkin pie for dessert.  Many thanks to Karin Round for coordinating the effort!

 

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Kings Gala Event

You’re invited to participate in a fantastic evening of food, fun and giving back on October 29, 2013 from 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm at the new Kings entertainment complex in Lynnfield!

Kings believes in supporting its community and neighbors through ongoing charitable efforts.  The proceeds of this grand opening will benefit seven Lynnfield charities – including the Friends of the Lynnfield Library.  All seven charities will share equally in the ticket sales so you don’t have to choose your favorite and can support them all!    Tickets prices are $35 for one, $55 for two, and $100 for a Family Four Pack.  This includes a hosted bar, sumptuous appetizers, complimentary bowling, billiards, bocce ball and live entertainment.  Each charity will contribute items for live and silent auctions. The Friends are donating a one-week rental at Mashpee on Cape Cod, a pair of Celtic tickets and a Kindle Fire HD 8.9 tablet!  All auction proceeds go to the donating charity!

Please RSVP at www.KingsCaresRSVP.com for an approximate headcount.  Payment must be made at the door in either cash or check only.  Cash is preferred.   Space is limited and registering online does not guarantee admittance so come early and stay late.  We’re looking forward to seeing you there!  Please note that all guests must be at least 10 years of age. Kings is located at 510 Market Street, Lynnfield, MA.

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Annual Friends of the Library Book Sale ~ October 18-19, 2013

Left to Right:  Justin George, Hannah Ozanian, Ben Dahlstedt, Drew George, Colin Doyle, Kaila George, and Hannah Doyle

Justin George, Hannah Ozanian, Ben Dahlstedt, Drew George, Colin Doyle, Kaila George, and Hannah Doyle

The Friends’ annual used book sale is on Saturday, October 19 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Meeting House. The “bag of books for $6.00 sale” will be held from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. A Preview for Friends’ members only will be at 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm on Friday, October 18 and all Friends members will be welcome at that time.  However, those Friends purchasing for resale will be welcome to purchase from 7:00 to 8:00 pm only.

The Friends are seeking donations of hardcover non-fiction, small and large fiction and non-fiction paperbacks, DVDs, music CDs and all children and young adult materials for this annual fall event.  We cannot accept VHS tapes, textbooks, encyclopedias, Reader’s Digest Condensed collections or magazines.

Bring your boxed or bagged donations to the Library Circulation Desk or leave them in the library foyer.  It would be most helpful for the staff if you could leave your boxes and bags! The library is accepting donations of materials right up until the sale.  If dropping off the books is not possible for you, we offer home pick-ups.  Please call Stan Schantz at 781.477.9724 to arrange a pick up.  Stan will be happy to provide a receipt for your donation.

According to Friends’ President Janine Saldanha, “The Library is a tremendous resource for Lynnfield residents, young and old. The Friends raise substantial funds that enable the library to offer museum passes and rental DVDs and support all children, teen and adult programming.  Book sales are our major source of funding, and we ask you to please keep this in mind when you make your book donations.”

Would you like to help out at the sale or in other ways? Please contact Janine Saldanha at 781.334.2046.  Thank you for supporting the Friends of the Lynnfield Library!

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Lynnfield Library Volunteer Appreciation Reception ~ June 27, 2013

 

The Board of the Friends of the Lynnfield Library, Library Trustees and town selectman gather to honor library volunteers

The Board of the Friends of the Lynnfield Library, Library Trustees and town selectman gather to honor library volunteers

This year, once again, a festive evening reception celebrated the efforts of the Lynnfield Library volunteers.   Janine Saldanha, President of the Friends, welcomed everyone warmly.  Then Library Director Nancy  Ryan expressed  her thankfulness to the volunteers, “The staff and I are grateful that the Lynnfield Library occupies such an important place in your life.  You in turn serve as ambassadors to the community, promoting us and what we do, enriching our lives with your skills, talents and good humor…”   The work of the volunteers at the library encompasses numerous tasks such as straightening books and videos, maintaining data bases of volunteer activities, and moving/organizing books for the book sales.  Volunteers also assist patrons with genealogy requests, care for plants on library grounds  and  account for the money they raise.   Nancy emphasized the dedication, kindness and generosity of the many volunteers!!

Library Volunteers Jean Andrews and Marjorie Potter with Library Trustee Kerry Haughney

Library Volunteers Jean Andrews and Marjorie Potter with Library Trustee Kerry Haughney

Every volunteer at the library is deeply appreciated.   This year in particular we took time to honor the contributions of Marie Hill.  Marie devoted a good portion of her time and boundless energy in the past 25 years to the Friends and by extension to the library.   Her outstanding organization skills, enthusiasm, and marketing sense were very important in the Friends’ success.    Nancy thanked Marie for her, “immense contribution to the strong foundation and structure that the Friends are today.”

Left to Right:  Marie Hill accepts a Gift Certificate to Finz Restaurant from Friends President Janine Saldanha

Left to Right: Marie Hill accepts a Gift Certificate to Finz Restaurant from Friends President Janine Saldanha

Additional comments were made by Phil Crawford, Chair and Tom Terranova, Selectman and Robert Calamari, Chair, Library Board of Trustees.  This year’s event was catered locally by Christine Picariello of Christine’s cafe who presented a pleasing selection of sandwiches and hors d’oeuvres.

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Lynnfield Library Summer Reading Program Kick-off

On June 24, 2013, Dinoman entertained kids and parents alike at the Kick-Off Party for the Lynnfield library Summer Reading Program.  Dinoman is an education science series on paleontology.  It answers some basic questions about dinosaurs, using inflatable models.  When were these giant creatures on earth?  What is a fossil?  All this and more was explained in detail at the Dinoman show.

Dinoman and his delighted Audience

Dinoman’s inflatable dinosaur and his attentive audience

About 50 kids and their parents attended this Kick-Off party for the Lynnfield library Reading program.  The theme this year is “Dig into Reading.”  Dinoman got everyone ready for a great summer of reading adventures!

 

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Friends of the Library Annual Used Book Sale – October 18-19, 2013

Save the dates! The Friends’ Annual Used Book Sale is Saturday, October 19, 2013 and the Friends’ Preview for members only on Friday evening, October 18.  We hope to see you there!

Would you like to help out at the sale or in other ways? Then please contact Friends’ President Janine Saldanha at 781.334.2046.  Thank you for supporting the Friends of the Lynnfield Library!

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