April 2014 — Monthly Meeting Notes

On Wednesday, April 9th, we held our monthly meeting of the Friends of the Newbury Town Library.

We are moving full steam ahead on the Annual Plant and Bake Sale, which will be held on May 17th, from 10AM-2PM (rain or shine!). Our membership director, Julie Maneikis, has been working tirelessly soliciting donations from garden centers. We are so grateful to her for her efforts. If you can volunteer or donate a baked good or a plant, please sign up by following the following link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050B49A5AF23AA8-plant

Our bookstore continues to be a great success. I was there yesterday and able to put five or six new boxes of books. We have had such a great outpouring that the library donated two more shelves to us. We moved the childrens books and DVDs so that they are now just outside of the book store room and so more accessible to children and caregivers. We are truly grateful for all of the wonderful donations and invite you to visit our bookstore which is open during regular library hours. Stock up with some great reads for your April vacation. Remember: you can fill a bag for $5!

Speaking of the bookstore… it’s been so successful that we opened a discussion about whether or not we needed the massive book sale in the autumn or not. The general feeling is that instead of the huge amount of work spread out over a handful of volunteers that the book sale is, we might better focus our time on working with the library to create a different fall event. We have begun discussing whether, in keeping with the agricultural programming the library has been doing of late, we might better serve the community by working with the library on a harvest festival instead. The festival would still include a book sale except that the books in the bookstore would be on sale, as well as a few select tables of books. The Harvest Festival is still in the beginning stages of discussion, but we are thinking of how we might use it as a fund raiser and so along with the book sale we are thinking of a soup or stew or chowder cook tasting or something along those lines. More to come on this in the coming months…

We continue to luck at other ways to raise funds. Julie is in the process of filling out paperwork to get us in line for another restaurant fundraiser. More on this as things progress.

Our membership numbers continue to grow. Thank you to all of you who have signed up or remained active members.

In financial news, Jenn is working hard with H&R Block to get our taxes nailed down.  Thank you for your great effort, Jenn!

In library news: the talk the library held recently with a chicken expert was well attended and extremely informative. In addition, the seed library is up and running.People have already taken out seeds and a talk on how to propagate seeds is upcoming. Check the library site for details!

Miss Erin is hard at work with the April Blitz she’s holding during April vacation week. As well, she is in the midst of planning the Summer reading kickoff, which is sure to be fun.

Last but now least, please join me in welcoming another new staff member to the library. Welcome Jane Codding  the new circulation librarian.

As always, thank you for your support!