May 2016 Meeting Minutes

The Friends raised $139.00 this month through sales at the Book Sales Room!  There is $12,359.68 currently in the FNTL account.

On May 12th, we held our First Annual Paint Nite Fundraiser at Michael’s Harborside. Nearly 35 people attended and the Friends raised slightly over $500.00. Everyone enjoyed a night out on the town and brought home a gorgeous beach blossom canvas.

On May 14th, we hosted our Annual Plant, Book, & Bake Sale Fundraiser at the Library and raised over $2200.00. We would like to thank Julie Maneikis, Pamela Myers-Kinney, & Shelley Watanabe for all of their work behind the scenes, Mandarava’s, Dianne’s Fine Desserts, etc; volunteers Margaret Grimes, trustee, Jenn Myette, Ashley Remignanti, Obeida Doherty, Yuka Kitano, Kim Watson, Karen Sullivan, Sandy Hermann, Jessica Kenny, Kristen Beyer Schulz and Alexa Strauch, and Anastasia’s Flowers on Main, Nunan’s, Beach Plum Flower Shop, Harbor Garden Center and more.  Lucky raffle winners won amazing items from the following local and regional businesses that donated items to our event: Bob Lobster Cedardale, Mass Bay Cruise Lines, Water Country, Anastasia’s Flowers on Main, Nunan’s Greenhouse, Riverwalk Brewery, and Newburyport Brewing Company.

For both fundraisers, we wish to thank the library staff and trustees who are always there to cheer us on along with The Daily News, The Town Common, Newburyport Macaroni Kid, and Newbury Elementary School for their promotion. We could not have achieved such incredible success without everyone’s contributions.  The money raised will go to the many wonderful programs our library offers.

The Treasurer position is open to volunteers with a background in accounting.  Please inquire at

There are new bookmarks at the Library sponsored by the Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank and promoting the Friends of the Newbury Town Library.  Come in and check them out!

Fiscal Budget Meeting: Date set for June 9, Thursday 12:30.  Discussion included the question of what are the Friends fundraising goals for next year?  Jean Ackerly will provide usage numbers for Museum passes from last year to help decide on which ones to purchase for next year.  Jean & Erin Tuomi will provide an estimate of their funding needs for Programs and expenses along with possible grants that may be explored.

Tammy has been in contact with Library Trustee Dick Passeri regarding the new book shelves for the Book Sale Room.  He will get us an estimate of the date of arrival and assist us with coordinating the removal of countertops, etc. with the Town DPW.

The Friends donated some hosta plants to the Library for planting in front of the building.  They were some of the lovely donated plants leftover from the Plant, Bake and Book Sale.

The historic art prints of local buildings, painted by a resident and on sale through the Friends, are now displayed in the Meeting Room.  Please contact us if you have any questions, prices are posted as well.

Belen is working with the Newburyport Chamber of Commerce regarding Membership cross promoting as well as researching either paying for Mailchimp or looking into a different email server (as when sending to gmail addresses the letters are going to Spam sometimes).  She will check with AmazonSmile for any income made by the Friends through customer purchases to our charity – they donate .05% to the Friends.  She is also waiting for the annual lease cost on the possibility of utilizing Berkshire Vending machines from which the Friends would get 40% of sales.  Lastly, she is working on writing our letter to the editor thanking the sponsors and volunteers for their contributions to the success of our Plant, Bake and Book Sale.

Patrons can now access – at the library and remotely.  Provided by a grant from the NAID Foundation.

Genealogy Thursdays, June 16 & 23,   from 7-8pm. For people who are interested in researching their family but are unsure where to start.  Will cover computer resources, specifically and more.  Please register for each session separately.  The workshops will be taught by Philip Hermann, former Program Director for the Massachusetts Genealogical Society.  Provided by a grant from the NAID Foundation.

Summer Reading for Adults.  Featuring a grand prize of a Fitbit Charge donated by the Friends of the Newbury Town Library, starts June 28 and ends Sept. 2.  Pick up a game card at the Library.  Contact Librarian Jane Codding, for more info.

Last month the Friends of the Newbury Town Library were happy to fund programs such as Big Ryan’s Tall Tales Show, Laughs & Crafts, Do Drop in Playgoup, Teen/Tween Afterschool Movies, Half Day Movies and Storytime with Craft.

The Summer Reading Kick-off is Tuesday,   June 28th from 12-4.  It’s going to be a summer of sports and fitness, for kids and teens including workshops by Great Bay Tai Chi, Roots to Wings Yoga, Tokyo Joe’s and Parkour Generation Boston. There will be weekly raffles of prizes such as a 1 yr membership to Planet Fitness, 4 tickets to Canobie Lake Park, and a Fitbit! See the full schedule on the Youth section of the Library website.  Some programs and workshops funded by Friends of the Newbury Town Library.

Next meeting will be the Fiscal Budget Meeting and held on June 9, Thursday at 12:30 at the Library.  

Maureen Haley, President & Interim Treasurer