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End of Fiscal Year — Budget for 2014-2015 Meeting

This week we held our annual end of year budget meeting. We are pleased to say that we have more money in our account than we did last year at this time and that means there is more money for us to pass on to the library for programming. We are thrilled. Thank you so much for your support. Below are some of the details from our meeting.

Plant and Bake Sale:

After expenses (which were minimal–less than $100), we raised $1169.56 from our annual Plant and Book sale. Thank you to everyone who helped make it happen.

Harvest Fest:

We are gearing up for the library’s Harvest Fest, which will be held on October 18th. More on this as the plans form.


Our membership continues to grow! Every week we add a few more members. We are so close to 200 members right now. It would be lovely to reach that goal!
Our for BUDGET 2014-2015 is as follows:

  •  museum passes $2200
  • Adult Programming: $500
  • Children’s programming: $3500
  • TOTAL: $6750

We will continue to support the museum pass program at the library. The passes the library will continue to hold are:

  • New England Aquarium
  • Museum of Science
  • MFA
  • PEM

The library will be adding the following passes:

  • Mass Audubon (as of July 2014)
  • Lowell Spinners (as of June 2015)
  • The library is also looking into the addition of a Wenham Museum pass

The library will discontinue the following pass:

  • Isabella Steward Gardner Museum — the pass will be available until APRIL 2015


  • NO MEETINGS in July and August
  • September 10th, friends’ meeting
  • HARVEST FEST:  October 18th, 2014

As always, we thank you for your support!

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:

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!





MARCH 2014 Monthly Meeting Notes

We held our monthly meeting last week on March 12th at 10AM. First, we were delighted to welcome Erin Tuomi, the new youth services librarian to our meeting. If you’ve been in the library in the past year or so, you know Erin’s smiling face from the circulation desk. We are very excited that she is transitioning over into this position and very much look forward to working with her.

As for fundraising, our Annual Plant and Bake Sale is upcoming. The sale will be Saturday, May 17th from 10-2PM. If you can donate plants, baked goods, or your time, we would love to hear from you. You can also sign up to volunteer right now.

Thank you to all of the wonderful donations from patrons, our book store is up and running! I was just in there this afternoon with my son and we organized about five or six more boxes of really terrific books. We hope you will check it out. You can purchase individual books or fill a bag for $5.

As for Membership, our membership director, Julie, is working on an exciting incentive program for new and existing members. More on this as details become available.

As for renewals, if you are receiving this email it doesn’t necessarily mean that your membership status is active. If you have any question whatsoever about your status, please do email me and I will look into it for you.

In financial news, our treasurer, Jennifer, has been working hard on getting all of our taxes taken care of and organizing all of the financials. We will hold our budget meeting within the next few months for the next calendar year.

In other library news, our library director, Amy Sadkin, is hoping to start a seed library (in the old reference desk area). She needs the help of patrons who might consider donating seeds from their own gardens. Please stop in the library to see Amy or send her an email if you have questions.


Plant and Bake Sale — Saturday, May 17th


April 9th 10 am

May 7th, 10AM

June 11th, 10AM

As always, we thank you for your support!

February 2014 — Monthly Meeting Notes — bookstores, youth librarians, plant sales, and more

Our first restaurant fundraiser and trivia night, held at Mission Oak Grill in Newburyport, was a great success and a whole lot of fun. Thank you very much to all who were involved, especially Mission Oak Grill, Jennifer and Paul Myette, and Julie Maneikis, . Great team effort!

I don’t know about you but I am dreaming about my garden right about now. I’m already planning what new plants to add and where I might put in some new raised beds. If you are like me, then you’ll want to mark your calendar for our Plant and Bake sale fundraiser which will be on May 17th from 10-2Pm. As usual, we will be seeking plant and bake donations as well as volunteers for the day of.

In other fundraising news, we are going to be adding a Chili Cook Off component to our Book Sale in the Fall. Our membership director, Julie Maneikis, will be managing the chili cook off. We are excited!

Last but not least, we are excited to announce that our FOL Book Shop is up and running! The library generously donated the use of the old computer room to us for the sale. We have begun transitioning the sale books into the space. We still need help with shelving (hoping to get some wall shelves in brackets, maybe). Also, if you are interested in volunteering to help us keep the room in order. If you would be willing to spend just an hour once every couple of weeks, we would greatly appreciate it. If you are interested, please send us an email:

Our membership continues to grow! We have 135 members presently. We are in the process of sending out one final renewal reminder to those folks whose membership is up for renewal. If we do not hear from them by March 1st, we will mark them inactive.

Since it is February school vacation week, it’s a great time to become a member and make use of our museum passes:

Speaking of museum passes… did you know that a Legoland Discovery Center is opening in Boston in May? We are super excited about it and have begun exploring whether a library pass to such a place is a possibility for the library. More on this as we find out.

As for our finances, our accounts remain stable. Jennifer Myette, our treasurer, will be meeting with an accountant at the end of February to take care of our taxes.

As for news from the library, we are sad to note that Youth Services Librarian Olivia Gatti has moved on. I’m sure if you are like us, you treasured having her in our library. Thank you for everything, Miss Olivia! You will be missed.

With that said, the library is actively seeking a replacement (big shoes to fill!). If you know of anyone interested, please forward on this link:

Finally, here is our upcoming calendar:

Next Meetings:

March 12th 10 am

April 9th 10 am

Upcoming Events:

Plant and Bake Sale — Saturday, May 17th

January 2014 — Monthly Meeting Notes

Today was our January Monthly Meeting for the Friends.

First topic of conversation was our upcoming restaurant fundraiser at Mission Oak Grill (for more details, please click here). The fundraiser will take place on Wednesday, January 22nd from 4-9:30 PM with the trivia contest portion beginning at 7PM. Please stop in the library and pick up a postcard to bring with you to the restaurant that night (you will need to hand your postcard to your server in order for the friends to be credited with a portion of your meal) or visit our Friends’ table that night to get one. Also, please do spread the word! It’s going to be a fun night and we wouldn’t want anyone to miss out.

We do have one favor to ask: if anyone has a sound system or karaoke system our Trivia Night Emcee can borrow, we would appreciate it it. If you do, please send us an email.

In other good news, our membership continues to grow and our accounts are stable. In regards to membership, those of you up for renewal on February 1st will be receiving a renewal letter in the mail this week or next. If we do not hear from you, we will send you a reminder email (if we have your email on file) at the end of the month. If you do not renew, you will be marked inactive on March 1st. As always, we are grateful for your support!

We have even more great news to share. The library director, Amy Sadkin, shared with us that she applied for an received a NAID grant for the library to create a children’s early learning center. This center will contain an AWE computer. There will also be some ipads and a Mac computer. Very exciting stuff and great for the community! Thank you, Amy!

Another thing we are excited about is that the library has extended to us a separate space (currently used as a computer lab) to set up a more permanent Friends of the Library Bookstore! We are thrilled about this and hope you will be too. At this point, we are looking for someone with carpentry skills to help us set up some shelves. If you are able to help us with the shelves, please send us an email.

Another thing to note is that the library will be celebrating its 15th anniversary in the 0 Lunt Street building on April 1st, 2015. We are hoping to throw a nice party in celebration of this milestone and hope will join us in celebrating. More on this as we get closer to the date.

In other news, we are sad to say that our secretary, Renee Toth, has stepped down in order to manage all of the various other good work she does. We are most grateful to her service and will miss her great advice and good humor. Thank you, Renee!

Finally, here are some dates of note:

Feb 5th 10am at the Newbury Town Library
March 5th 10am at the Newbury Town Library

Restaurant Fundraiser — January 22nd, 4-9:30PM at Mission Oak Grill
Plant and Bake Sale — Saturday, May 17th at the Newbury Town Library

Monthly Meeting Notes — December 5, 2013

We met today at noon for our monthly meeting. Before I get to any of the details of the meeting, I want to remind you of our next community event. This event is free and open to the public and it is a lot of fun. Please do join us for the Fourth Annual Friends of the Newbury Town Library HOLIDAY COOKIE SWAP Thursday, December 19th, 6:30 pm,

As for the meeting, our first order of business was to discuss our fundraising updates. After reviewing our poll data, we are moving forward with a restaurant fundraiser in January 2014 and we are incorporating a chili cook off into our book sale in the fall.

As for the restaurant fundraiser, the contract has not yet been signed and so we won’t give all of the details yet, but please pencil in the date of Wednesday, January 22nd. More information to come shortly. We are excited about this event and hope you will be, too.

In other exciting news, Amy Sadkin reported that the first Tuesday open was a smashing success. I was there when they opened the doors and can report that there were people actually lined up and waiting to get in. It was a joy to behold! Amy reports that the general feedback for the new hours has been very positive.

Along with the library we offered a 1/2 off & $4 fill a bag book sale to celebrate the opening. The sale has been so successful that it has been extended. So if you need some new reading material, now is your chance to stock up for the winter.

In fact, the ongoing book sale at the library has been so successful at the library that Amy is looking into providing some additional space where we could set up a Friends’ bookstore. We are thrilled with the idea and hope it will work out.

As for membership, we have some members who moved on to other towns or did not find it feasible to renew but for the most part we are holding steady at over 100 members. This is great news. Wouldn’t it be great if by this time next year we had 200 members?

We are delighted that our accounts are staying relatively stable but, as stated above, we continue to look for ways to increase the income so that we can fund more programs at the library.

Our next monthly meeting is Wednesday, January 8 at 10 am at the library.

What a great year we have had as a group and a community. I, and the board of the Friends, thank you very much for your support and wish you the very best in the coming year.

October FONTL Meeting Notes

Last night we held our monthly meeting. Below are the notes:


    • BOOK SALE: $709.50 GRAND TOTAL profit after expenses. We also had two new members sign up. Great job, everyone!

    • Book sale Postmortem: We discussed how to improve upon the book sale next year. Ideas included, holding the sale for two days instead of one, having the room available for set up earlier than the day before, aggressively solicit volunteers, set up the sale more like a book sale (with “staff picks” etc), bring in high school musicians to play during the sale, have a “buy a bag” (like the Amesbury book sale), move the sale earlier in the month (and not on a holiday), etc.

      • MARK YOUR CALENDARS: May 17th 2014 is the date

      • We will begin soliciting donations from garden centers in February

    • Other fundraising ideas: We are in the process of fleshing out several exciting fundraising ideas. We will create a poll to share with Friends’ members and library patrons to gauge interest.


    • Status of renewals. Several of our October renewals have yet renew. They will be moved to inactive on the list as of November 1st.

  • Upcoming Meetings:

    • Endowment Subcommittee next meeting: November 2nd, 10AM
    • Next FONTL meeting: November 21st, 6:30PM

    In a final note: our beloved Secretary, Renee Toth, needs to free up some time in her hectic schedule. As such, while she will remain active with the Friends, we are actively seeking a replacement for her on the board. If you are interested or know anyone who is, please send us an email.

Monthly Meeting Notes — September 2013

Last night, we held our monthly meeting. Below are the notes from the meeting:


  • The October 12th Book and Bake wale plans are moving forward. We have had a good number of volunteers sign up but can always use more. We have begun to submit publicity to the Daily news and other outlets. Will also submit the information to the schools and create a flier. The youth librarian has organized Autumn Jamboree for children at the same time. This should be a great draw for families. Donations of books begin the week of October 7th and donations of baked goods begin on October 11th.
  • Dick Ravin visited us with a unique and intriguing fundraising idea. The idea will be explored along with spin off ideas of lectures and readings.


  • Emails and mail were sent out to people needing renewals; around 25 have renewed. Renewals will be rolling throughout the year. We will continue to reach out to those who have yet to renew.
  • We have over 100 members.
  • We’ve received mostly positive feedback about the library passes for Friends members.


  • The status of accounts was read.
  • A discussion was had about providing gifts for regular volunteers.
  • We discussed record keeping.



  • We continued to discuss the endowment fund formation.
  • A subcommittee is presently being formed and will meet and operate separately from the friends.


  • We set the date for the Annual Cookie Swap: December 19th, 2013. More information will be provided as the date approaches.
  • Our next meeting is October 23rd at 6:30PM at the library.

Monthly Meeting Notes — August 2013

 We held the Friends of the Newbury Town Library Monthly meeting on August 14th. Following are some of the items and outcomes discussed by those on attendance:

  • We are moving forward in the planning for the Annual Book & Bake Sale. The sale will take place on Saturday, October 12th from 10AM-2PM. Donations of books will begin at some point within 1-2 weeks prior to the sale  (exact date and time TBA). Baked good donations will be accepted beginning on October 11th. We will begin publicizing the event in September. VOLUNTEERS for setting up and running the sale are needed (please note that this is a great opportunity for high school students to get volunteer credit). Please contact us if you are available to volunteer:
  • We will be sponsoring the Holiday Cookie Swap at some point in December.
  • We are in the process of investigating a possible winter fundraiser. More information as it becomes available.
  • We will be holding both the The Annual Plant & Bake Sale and a new Community Yard Sale in the Spring. Dates will be announced as they become available.
  • We are up to 95 members and growing. We are working on streamlining our process for membership renewal.
  • Beginning in September 2013, the use of museum passes will be dependent on whether or not the library card holder is also a friends of the library member.
  • In addition to the current passes (which will be renewed as need be), we voted to add a New England Aquarium museum pass. The pass will run September-June (they do not allow passes in the summer months).
  • We will consider adding new passes on a rolling basis as we review funds and need.
  • The new library web site will be up and viewable within the next couple of weeks.
  • Amy Sadkin gave a presentation on how the library is funded and what the money is used for.
  • The exploration of a library endowment is moving forward. An endowment committee is being created.

Next monthly meetings will be Sept 18, Oct 23, Nov 21, Dec 18, all at 6:30 pm. All are welcome to attend.