As all of us have had to adjust and make changes due to the pandemic, so has the Friends of the Library organization. The word “zoom” has become part of our daily vocabulary, and we quickly learned how to use and benefit from this new technology. With significant support, guidance and assistance by the dedicated Library staff, our group has been able to continue monthly meetings, in order to plan for the upcoming year. Our primary mission has always been to explore and provide fundraising events; all proceeds are donated the money to the Library for essential materials, equipment, programs and other immediate needs.
During this year, there have been several changes to the Friends of the Library board. The board president, vice-president and treasure stepped down after many years of dedicated service. We are grateful to Mrs. Pat Thorsen for taking on a temporary roll as president. I have been nominated as president-elect, Mr. Jeff Cann has been acting treasurer, Mrs. Cathy Dischner has taken on the role of recording secretary, in addition to her responsibilities as correspondence secretary. At the November annual meeting via zoom, we will vote on these officer changes.
Some of the Friends committees have also changed. Mrs. Elizabeth Books is the current Membership chair, replacing Mrs. Carolyn Greaney.
Mrs. Ellen Smith, a devoted volunteer and manager of the Friends Book Store, gave notice that she would be offering up the position. Two very active volunteers, Mrs. Carolyn Greaney and Mrs. Michele DeLacy are co-managers of the Book Store.
As of October 1st, the Book Store re-opened with great success. The books were discounted during the month-long grand re-opening, and credit card payments are now being accepted, in addition to cash and checks.
The quarterly Newsletter is back on track, with information on upcoming events. Our annual Friends of the Library Book Sale Bonanza is being planned for July 2021.
While in the Library, please take a look at the Friends archives which were completed last year for the 60th anniversary of Friends. These scrap books, located on the second floor in the Local History section are filled with old photos, news articles and a copy of the Library history beginning in 1922, written by the late Mrs. Katheryn Schneider.
Anyone interested in joining Friends of the Library and interested in volunteering may contact me for more information.
Sharon Graff, Historian and President-elect
Adams County Library System, Friends of the Library