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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Whole Foods 5% Day Benefiting the Friends of the Library

Whole Foods – 5% Day Benefiting the Friends of the Lynnfield Library

Fantastic News!  On September 24, 2014, the Friends of the Lynnfield Library will benefit from a 5% Day sponsored by Whole Foods at MarketStreet.  Thanks to everyone involved in the selection process for determining that the Friends deserve this opportunity!

According to Whole Foods, “team members are part of the local community and they are passionate about supporting the local causes that are important to their shoppers and neighbors.  Several times a year, their stores hold community giving days (otherwise known as “5% Days”) where five percent of that day’s net sales are donated to a local nonprofit or educational organization. The groups that benefit from these 5% Days are as varied as the communities themselves.”

Please get out the word to your family, neighbors and friends.  We’d love a great turnout for this event on September 24.  As this is breaking news, the Friends will provide more details as soon as they are available!

The Friends support the Museum Pass Program, purchase DVD’s for the library collection, and fund many programs for children, teens and adults.  This is a wonderful chance to enhance the good we do for the library and, consequently, for the community.

Friends seeking Donations for the Annual Fall Book Sale – October 17-18, 2014

The Friends of the Lynnfield Library are preparing 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 Friends purchasing for resale will be welcome to purchase from 7:00 to 8:00 pm only.

In preparation for this annual event, the Friends are now seeking 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 email the Friends at friend@foll.org.  Thank you for supporting the Friends of the Lynnfield Library.

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Lynnfield Library Volunteer Reception – 2014

Friends of the Library Board Members from left to right:  Elaine Moorman, Karin Round and Priscilla March

Friends of the Library Board Members from left to right: Elaine Moorman, Karin Round and President Priscilla March

The Lynnfield Library held its annual Volunteer Reception on June 19, 2014 in the town’s 300-year-old Meeting House. It was one of those perfect early summer evenings– the historic building’s interior bathed in the waning sunlight. The attendees enjoyed a fine variety of hors d’oeuvres, sandwiches, and desserts provided by a local caterer. The spirit of volunteerism was lauded in the speeches by library advocates, library employees and Friends of the Library.

Library Trustee Faith Honer-Coakley with Selectman Tom Terranova and Library Director Nancy Ryan

Library Trustee Faith Honer-Coakley with Selectman Tom Terranova and Library Director Nancy Ryan

In fact, outgoing Friends’ President Janine Saldanha researched the history of volunteerism in America from Colonial times forward. Janine revealed that, “Benjamin Franklin formed the first volunteer firehouse in 1736, and even today, more than 70% of firefighters are volunteers.” Women, in particular, donated many selfless hours to the effort during the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Janine emphasized that “we are part of this rich and valuable tradition,” and “the heart of any organization.”

Library Director Nancy Ryan focused on the countless hours donated by volunteers in wide-ranging variety of activities: mailings of newsletters and calendars, maintaining library grounds, working on book sales and fundraisers, and assisting in the Genealogy room. She and the library staff are very grateful and appreciate our boundless “skills, good humor and talents.”

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Library Volunteers enjoy the wonderful evening

The guests were privileged to hear from three town dignitaries: Library Lynnfield Trustees Faith Honer-Coakley and Bob Calamari and Selectmen Tom Terranova. Faith professed her belief that each and every volunteer means a lot to the community and is appreciated. Tom’s theme was much the same. He asserted that the community is rooted in volunteerism, and that the library benefits accordingly. Residents from youth to adults are becoming increasing aware of the important role the library plays in town. Bob Calamari noted recent important developments that make it an exciting time for the library. He expressed gratitude to Faith Honer-Coakley and her husband Peter for providing seed money for a foundation to benefit the library. Bob also announced to the group that the library was the recent recipient of a $50K planning and design grant from the state. This grant will allow us “to plan for our own future on our own terms,” including retaining “professional help to thematically plan what we want our facility to look like over the long term.”

Outgoing Friends President Janine Saldanha with Selectman Bob Calamari

Outgoing Friends President Janine Saldanha with Library Board of Trustees Chairman Bob Calamari

This evening marked the end of Janine Saldanha’s two-year service as President of the Friends of the Lynnfield Library. It was the perfect occasion for incoming President Priscilla March to thank her on our behalf. “Despite her extremely busy personal and professional life, Janine never fails to demonstrate unflagging enthusiasm for the Friends of the Library. She takes special care to nurture relationships with town officials and trustees.” Described as “gracious with a demure smile, Janine is persistent and very good at what she does.” During her tenure she presided over numerous successful events, “generously giving of her time and talent.” The Friends of the Library presented Janine with a lovely bouquet of flowers as a gesture of appreciation. Her presidency was a memorable one.

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Annual Spring Book Sale – Lynnfield Day

Oliva and Hailey Warren with their Grandparents

Olivia and Hailey Warren with their Grandparents

May 17 marked the occasion of the Friends Annual Spring Book Sale.  The forecast for heavy rain led to the decision to move the sale from its usual location on the Town Common to the interior of the Library.  Volunteers turned out on Friday evening to help prepare for the sale, and the change was handled smoothly due to their support.  The sale got off to a slow start due to the dismal weather, so Library staff came up with some clever ideas to attract customers.  The rain cleared around 11:00 a.m., and the Friends decided to extend the sale an extra hour to 2:00 p.m.  Customers enjoyed browsing the wonderful selections available of children’s and adult fiction, non-fiction books (cooking, history, travel, memoirs, and crafts), and an outstanding selection of DVDs.  Given the circumstances, the Friends are pleased to report that proceeds were in line with the results of the previous few years.

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Friends of the Library Hold Annual Meeting

Ann Decker with Friends' President Janine Saldanha

Ann Decker with Friends’ President Janine Saldanha

The Friends of the Lynnfield Library held their annual meeting on Monday, May 12 on the Library mezzanine.  The first half-hour was reserved for refreshments, followed by the business meeting.  Treasurer Linda Burns commenced with financial reports covering Fiscal Year 2013 and the first three quarters of Fiscal Year 2014.

Library Director Nancy Ryan then provided the Friends with an update on the Library’s five-year Long Range Plan, emphasizing visual enhancements to the building, implementation of services supporting current technologies such as eReaders, and the addition of two exciting new children’s programs—Afternoon Art Explorers Club and Singing and Signing.  Nancy emphasized the Friends’ involvement in developing the Library’s eBook collection, stating that, “The growth of the eBook and downloadable audiobook collection was supported by a generous donation from the Friends through their annual membership appeal.”  Other developments discussed include the new design of the Library’s webpage and a progress report on our community read, Lynnfield Reads Together! In closing, Nancy noted that Janine Saldanha will be completing her two years as Friends’ President on June 30, 2014.  Nancy praised her as an “energetic and dynamic leader with vision who has expanded the possibilities for the Board and the Friends’ membership.”

Janine Saldanha proceeded the meeting by summarizing the event-filled year, starting with the Volunteer Reception on June 27, 2013 and ending with the upcoming Otto’s pizza fundraiser on June 9, 2014.  Janine impressed upon the audience how necessary the Friends are to the Library, and implored current members to encourage others to join.  This year, the Friends raised enough money to continue to support library programs and services, including guest lectures, museum passes, library publications, eBook and eAudiobook purchasing, and more!  Janine thanked all the Board members for their efforts and “enthusiasm and can-do spirit”.

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Otto’s Pizza Fundraiser

After the Friends book sale takes place this week, the Otto’s Pizza fundraiser will be coming up rapidly on its heels.  Come on over to MarketStreet and drop into Otto’s between 5-9 p.m. on Monday, June 9.  The Friends will receive a healthy “slice of the pie” 500-pxl-otto-logo[1]whether diners eat in or take out.  Enjoy some out-of-this-world pizza, and help the Friends of the Library at the same time.  No voucher is required.  We look forward to seeing you there.

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Friends’ Annual Meeting – May 12, 2014

Friends of the Lynnfield Library at the 2013 Annual Meeting

Friends of the Lynnfield Library at the 2013 Annual Meeting

The Friends of the Lynnfield Library Annual Meeting will take place on Monday, May 12, 2014.  Join us in the library mezzanine at 7:00 p.m. for refreshments, followed by a business meeting at 7:30 p.m.   The Friends will be electing its board officers for FY 2015.

Everyone is welcome!   Friends’ members are encouraged to bring a friend and have them join our organization.   Come and hear the recap of our year and assist us in planning for the future.

Finally, don’t forget our next event.   Be sure to come to browse and buy at our spring book sale on May 17, 2014 on the Common from 9 a.m. to 1 pm.

 

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Donations sought for Spring 2014 Book Sale

If the good weather has given you an early start on your spring cleaning, don’t forget your books DVDs and paperbacks! The Friends of the Lynnfield Library is seeking used books for its spring sale on Lynnfield Day (formerly known as Geraniumfest), Saturday, May 17, 2013.  The Library book sale will take place on the Lynnfield Common from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  In case of inclement weather, it will move inside the library.

The Friends are seeking donations of small and large adult paperbacks, music CDs, teen  selections, hardcovers and DVDs for this annual spring event.  We particularly need children’s material this year!  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.  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.  Call Friends’ Board member Alexis Gilbode at 781.608.4179 to arrange a time for pick up.  She will be happy to provide a receipt for your donation.

“For over 50 years, the Friends have been donating substantial volunteer help and monetary funds to the library, which benefits the whole community,” said Friends’ President Janine Saldanha, “Our May and October book sales are a major source of revenue.  Please keep this in mind when deciding where to donate your used books and please come to the book sale and help us help our wonderful library! Thank you.”

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