Friends of the Lynnfield Library 2015 Annual Meeting

Friends Treasurer Linda Burns and Secretary Lauren George at the 2015 Friends Annual Meeting

Friends Treasurer Linda Burns and Secretary Lauren George at the 2015 Friends Annual Meeting

As we can quote President Priscilla March, “All in all, it’s been a good year for the Friends of the Lynnfield Library.”

The annual meeting is a great chance to recap the events of the year and strategize for the future.  In her address, Priscilla focused on the three major ways the Friends raise funds for the library.  Partnerships with local businesses such as King’s Bowling, Whole Foods and Otto’s Pizza raised approximately $7,500.  Donations from individuals and families facilitated by the annual  appeal are another revenue source (Note: we are now accepting Paypal for payment).  The final fund-raising activity is used book sales and DVD rentals.  In a welcome touch, Priscilla thanked each of us individually by name for our contributions to this year’s success.  She commented on the changing world in library fund raising and how excited we are to be pursuing new opportunities such as a venture with the Wakefield-Lynnfield Chamber of Commerce.

Every year we are privileged to get a library status briefing from Library Director Nancy Ryan.  According to Nancy, “We (the library) have jumped another hurdle in the long process of fashioning a plan for a renovated or new library in a new location.”  She will welcome our “help at next April’s town meeting to get the schematic design approved.”  It’s amazing to note that “patrons visited the Lynnfield Library more than 97,000 times to take advantage of our growing collection…”  The ongoing museum pass program continues to be a popular service.  “In youth services, ‘Singing and Signing’ programs with local performers Wendy Manninen and Vicki Marsh were brand new.”  Nancy praised the contributions of:  long-service library Board of Trustee Kerry Haughney who recently retired, and Priscilla March whose term as president will expire June 30, 2015.

We also heard from Linda Burns, Treasurer.   The Friends are fiscally sound, and doing a great job of controlling expenses while maximizing revenues.  Lauren George, Secretary, whose superb yet succinct notes keep us all on track, read the minutes from last year’s meeting for approval.  Cindy Ouellette, Publicity, summarized the efforts undertaken to get our message out there effectively.

So before you know it, we’ll be preparing for our signature event, the fall book sale.  Donations are already being dropped off, so enjoy the summer and prepare for more excitement soon!

 

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Spring Book Sale a Rousing Success

Book worms had a super enjoyable time of browsing our eclectic selections

Book worms and fans of other media had a super enjoyable time browsing our eclectic selections

The Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale took place on Saturday, May 16 on the Town Common.   We’re thrilled to announce that the previous sales record was absolutely smashed!   The sale benefited from the synergy with other town happenings including Geraniumfest, “Crafters on the Common” and a rummage sale hosted by the Centre Congregational Church.  No doubt, we also had a wonderful selection of material available to shoppers, resulting from months of collecting donations, and careful sorting and preparation of material.  Congratulations on a job well done to everyone who participated!

This year's book sale coordinator Marybeth Janakas recruited her daughter Sara to help

This year’s book sale coordinator Marybeth Janakas recruited her daughter Sara to help

Lynnfield residents Delia Cassano and Granddaughter Gabriella attended the sale.  The sale attracted residents from many surrounding towns as well.

Lynnfield residents Delia Cassano and granddaughter Gabriella attended the sale. The sale attracted residents from many surrounding towns as well.  Children are among our most avid participants.

 

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Friends of the Library Final Preparations for the Spring Book Sale

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Last minute preparations are underway for the Friends’ Spring Book Sale. We’ve collected tons of great material, sorting and organizing it. Come and reap the rewards of the Friends efforts to make this a fantastic book sale. Join us on Saturday, May 16, 2015 on the Common from 9 am to 1 pm to select your favorites

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Friends of the Lynnfield Library Spring Used Book Sale

The Friends of the Lynnfield Library have set the Spring Book Sale for Saturday, May 16 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on the Town Common. In case of inclement weather, the Lynnfield Library will accommodate the sale inside the building. The sale items will include a large assortment of gently used books and other media materials, ready to be scooped up by enthusiastic book sale fans.

And with spring on the horizon, this is the perfect time for the Friends to request donations of hardcover non-fiction, small and large fiction and non-fiction paperbacks, DVDs, music CDs and all children and young adult materials. Please note, however, that we cannot accept VHS tapes, textbooks, encyclopedias, Reader’s Digest Condensed collections or magazines.

So 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 use boxes or bags that you can leave at the library with your donations. The Library is accepting donations until one week before the sale.

According to Friends’ President Priscilla March, this year’s Used Book Sale occurs on Lynnfield Day during which there will be events at the Middle School as well as around the Common. The Book Sale and a variety of crafters sponsored by the Congregational Church will be located on the Common, the Lynnfield Art Guild’s Spring Judged Art Show will take place in the Meeting House, and a flea market will be offered on the lawn of the Church. “We’re looking forward to being a part of such a town-wide event,” she said.. “This spring book sale is a great fund-raiser for the Library which helps fund Library programming and services. In addition, it’s just going to be part of a fun day for the many, many people who come to browse and perhaps pick up some bargains. We hope Lynnfielders will keep us in mind as they are choosing places to donate – and buy – books and other materials!”

The Friends of the Lynnfield Library is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization supporting Library programs and activities both financially and through hundreds of volunteer hours each year.  If you are interested in joining the Friends or would like information about the organization, please visit the Friends’ website:  http://foll.org or email the Friends at friend@foll.org.   Thank you for supporting the Friends of the Lynnfield Library.

 

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Friends Once Again Accepting Books Donations

The Friends of the Library are once again eagerly accepting donations of gently used books, DVDs, and CDs for our May book sale on the Common. Please bring bagged/boxed donations to the Library. Thanks for your support!

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A Pause in Accepting Book Donations and Other Materials

Due to the logistical challenges of multiple “snow events,” we ask that you hold your book donations until we can sort through the donations already received. Thank you for saving your gently used books, DVDs, and CDs for the Friends! We’ll let you know when we’re ready again to accept your donations.

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FOLL and Board of Library Trustees 5th Annual Potluck Dinner

This year's President-Elect Ann Decker with Library Assistant Director Samantha Cabral

This year’s President-Elect Ann Decker with Library Assistant Director Samantha Cabral

A tradition is in the making!  On November 5, the Friends’ Board, and the Library Trustees gathered for our annual potluck dinner.  Library Building Consultant Mary Braney facilitated a lively discussion about the library’s future and challenged us to visualize a new space that will engage more of the community and make the library a destination for children, teens, adults and families.  Library Director Nancy Ryan envisions a library that is a  “comfortable, engaging place and a cultural center.”  Friend’s member Karin Round promoted integrating modern technology with separate dedicated areas and efficient services (i.e. automated check-ins, check-outs).  Trustee Bob Calamari looks to our library to take a “digital leadership” role, helping make “E” materials easily accessible across towns, cities and networks.    The evening was definitely one of lively and collaborative discussion!

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Friends Not Currently Accepting Donations of Material

The Lynnfield Public Library experienced some flooding in the lower level on Thursday, October 23. Fortunately, the Fiction and Mystery collections were left untouched (barely). However, the room where book donations are stored did not fare so well.

At this time we are asking that you please hold off on bringing in your book and DVD donations, since the library is  still in the process of cleaning up and sorting through what might be salvageable from what isn’t.

Please call ahead (781.334.5411) in the coming weeks to see if the Friends can accept donations before bringing them to the Library. We hope to have this all resolved as quickly as possible since we truly appreciate your donations!

Thank you for your understanding and co-operation!

 

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Friends of the Library Signature Event a Success!

The Library on the Eve of the Book Sale Preview

The Library on the Eve of the Book Sale Preview

The Friends of the Lynnfield Library are really pleased with the results of the Annual Fall Book Sale.  President Priscilla March expressed her gratitude to all participants in a “Letter to the Editor” to the local newspapers.

The correspondence reads in part, “The Friends of the Lynnfield Library would like to thank everyone who helped make this year’s annual Book Sale a success.  Many volunteers and Library staff members give countless hours to plan, organize and operate the Book Sale, which serves as the Friends’ signature fund-raiser each year.  Volunteers and Friends request and pick-up residents’ book donations, sort and organize donated items, develop publicity, recruit and schedule volunteers, move and set-up materials in the Meeting House, provide cashiering help, and handle myriad other details involved in operations and logistics on the day of the sale.  It’s a big job and we very much appreciate all the many people who lend their hands to the work.”

Attendance at the preview event (reserved for Friends only) was great.  Longtime Friend Joanne Paine dropped in with her grandson Louis Paine.  It’s really fabulous that in many cases the love of literature, and the public lending libraries that enable it, is multi-generational.

Joanne Paine and Grandson Louis Paine

Joanne Paine and Grandson Louis Paine

The Paine’s were not the only family participating in the event.  Daughter and Mother, Judie and Marjorie Potter respectively, were among those who explored the selections to their hearts’ content.

Judie and Marjorie Potter

Judie and Marjorie Potter

Adults and children joined in the browsing/buying fest.  Emma Greenleaf picked up early readers, while her mom Ann Marie opted for cook books. The book sale had just the right choices for “friendly” customers.

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October 18, the day of the public sale, was beautiful, warm and sunny.  Locals invaded the Meeting House early, searching out their favorite genres, perusing the titles, and making their selections.  Lisa McDonough (below) added copious quantities of books to her collection of classics.  She and daughter Grace volunteered their time in the Children’s section on the second floor of the Meeting House.

Lisa McDonough

Lisa McDonough

In Lynnfield, it’s evident that the Friends of the Library know how to run a “rockin” book sale.  We received lots of compliments from customers enthused about the wide variety of offerings and the quality of books, DVDs and CD’s.  The funds raised from this collaborative effort will be used to support Adult and Children’s programming at the library, the discounted museum pass program, the rental DVD collection and other financial needs as they arise.  The Friends of the Lynnfield Library are delighted to be able to support our local public library.

 

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Final Preparations Underway for the Fall Annual Used Book Sale

Former Town Administrator Joe Maney with grandchildren Justin George, Kaila George, Drew George, Colin George and Daughter Lauren George

Former Town Administrator Joe Maney with grandchildren Justin George, Kaila George, Drew George, Colin George and Daughter Lauren George

We are making final preparations for our favorite fall event. The Friends’ annual used book sale is set for Saturday, October 18 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Meeting House with the “bag of books for $6 sale” taking place in the final hour.  A Preview for Friends’ members only will be from 6:00-8:00 pm on Friday, October 17, and all members will be welcome at that time.  However, those book dealers who are Friends will be welcome to purchase from 7:00 to 8:00 pm only.

The Friends are continuing to seek donations of hardcover non-fiction, small and large fiction and non-fiction paperbacks, DVDs, music CDs and all children and young adult materials.  The Friends 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 use boxes or bags that you can leave at the library with your donations. The library is accepting donations right up until the sale.  If dropping off the books is not possible for you, the Friends offer home pick-ups.  Please call Alexis Gilbode at 781.608.4179 to arrange a pick up.  Donation receipts are available upon request.

According to Friends’ President Priscilla March, “The book sale is a great fund-raiser for the Library which helps fund Library programming and services, but it’s also a fun day for the many, many people who come to browse and perhaps pick up some bargains.  We hope Lynnfielders will keep us in mind as they are choosing places to donate – and buy – books and other materials!”

The Friends of the Lynnfield Library is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization supporting Library programs and activities both financially and through hundreds of volunteer hours each year. If you are interested in joining the Friends or would like information about the organization, please click on the “Join the Friends” tab above or email the Friends at friend@foll.org.   Thank you for supporting the Friends of the Lynnfield Library.

 

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