Meeting date March 24, 2015
The Friends have lots of exciting things to report. The continuous book sale and sale of merchandise continues to be our core fund raising effort – thank you Marsha Bristor and all your volunteers. Thanks to you and many others we were able to write a check to the library for $25,000 to help boost materials acquisition and programming efforts.
Library Director, Kristin Shelley reports the selection of an architect by the library board for a possible renovation – so stay tuned. Kristin also reports that contributions and ticket sales for Books, Bites & Bids are going well. Remember the library auction/fundraiser Friday, April 17, 2015 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM – come and join the fun and bring your checkbook.
The sale of paintings spearheaded by Lanette Van Wagenen and Sandi Farrell is moving along, we sold another painting! Identifying the artists and in some cases finding artists and/or family members has been an exciting adventure. Please stop in the library and find something to add to your personal art collection.
Purse collection and pricing is moving along as well. The “Purse Brigade” reports the collection and pricing of over 200 purses, backpacks, luggage, tote bags, evening bags, etc. for the big Books, Bags & Biscotti to be held on Saturday, May 9, 2015 from noon – 4:00 PM. Please bring in your gently used purses, and put May 9 on your calendar for some great deals and yummy treats.
While filling your calendar don’t forget the program sponsored by the Greater Lansing Historical Society on April 9, 2015 at 7:00 PM at the ELPL. Mr. Thomas Mudd will speak as the family continues to try and clear the name of Samuel Mudd, the doctor who treated John Wilkes Booth. The Friends are hosting a reception for Mr. Mudd that evening at 5:30 PM at the library.
Liesel Carlson reports that work on forming a junior friends group is moving along. The goal is to attract young people to the Friends of the ELPL to foster community involvement and library advocacy at a young age. New membership dues will reflect a fee for junior friends – welcome aboard. Hopefully a new Friends brochure will be ready by April 9.
Don Power reports plans for a jazz fundraiser in the fall to benefit the Friends treasury and ultimately therefore the East Lansing Public Library, so be watching for more information about this exciting event.
Regrettably Barb Schmidt has stepped down from the directorship of the North Foyer Gallery. Maureen McCabe-Power will step into that role for now. Maureen reports that Matthew Holben will be the exhibitor for the month of April. Please stop in and see his work.
The Friends need friends and to that end Don Power and Jim Anderson are working on a membership drive. Be watching for a new brochure and renewal notices for membership dues.