Meeting date May 19, 2015
This was the annual meeting for the Friends – the fiscal year ends April 30. The Friends Board doesn’t meet now until September so watch for an annual report and newsletter sometime this summer. The continuous book sale and sale of merchandise continues to be our core fund raising effort – thank you Marsha Bristor and all your volunteers.
Please visit the Friendshop and find some fabulous summer reading.
Library Director, Kristin Shelley reports the selection of architectural firm c2ae to design the library’s renovation. Work is expected to begin September/October of 2015. The library is accepting donations to the Capital Campaign to raise funds for continued renovation and possible expansion.
Therefore while the renovation is happening the library will be open for business, but the fall Book Sale will be held at the Hannah Center October 10 and 11, 2015.
Purse collection tub is out again, bright pink!! Please continue to clean out/weed and contribute. The May 9th Books, Bags and Biscotti raised over $2,000 for the Friends thanks to all who contributed and who came and purchased. As promised, the biscotti was fabulous and the sale great fun. Books and Bags will be for sale at the fall Book Sale October 10 and 11 at the Hannah Center.
Lanette Van Wagenen and Sandi Farrell continue to report sales of paintings – view them – RECENTLY DISCOUNTED - on the website. Please stop in the library and take a look.
Liesel Carlson reports that the first activity of the Junior Friends will be to build a sunflower house in the garden in front of the library.
Don Power reports the jazz fundraiser previously scheduled for the fall of 2015 will be postponed until the library renovation is completed. We will keep you posted about this exciting event.
The Friends have now set up a ballot question committee called Citizens for the East Lansing Public Library. The sole purpose is to raise funds for the millage renewal campaign that will come up again in 2022. Donations are being accepted to ensure the place of the East Lansing Public Library in the East Lansing community.
Sheila Taylor has now joined the Friends Board and will work on public relations for the Friends – welcome Sheila.
We regrettably say goodbye to Lisa Gold who was our very able secretary for the last two years – thank you Lisa for all your good work. We welcome Tricia Thorpe to her new role as Secretary and thank Jim Anderson for taking over Legislative Watch.
Gail Light is working on our annual report and newsletter to go out this summer so watch for all the news that is fit to print – about the Friends of the East Lansing Public Library.