December Book Review Luncheon to Focus on Holiday Books
Tis the Season for Reading: Joyful Gift-Giving Ideas for the Upcoming Holiday will be the theme for the December 6 Book Review Luncheon.
Nina Edgerton, the James V. Brown Library’s youth service coordinator, will highlight some of her favorite picture books recently published that would be wonderful ideas for bundles of books underneath the tree.
Nina received her master’s degree in library science from St. John’s University with a concentration in youth services and a master’s degree in education and instruction of children’s literature from Penn State University. She is very excited to share her passion and love of children’s books, a wonderful gift anytime of the year.
These events are open to the public and free of charge, unless you choose to order the light lunch that is available. The lunches cost $5 each and can be reserved by calling the Library Information Desk at 326-0536 no later than 3 p.m. the Wednesday before the luncheon. Your own bag lunch or take-outs are also welcome.
The luncheon starts at noon, with the program beginning at 12:30. Those interested may attend the 12:30 talk without purchasing lunch. The reviews are held in the Lowry Theatre, on the third floor of the Welch Family Wing of the library.
Friends Give $15,000 to Brown Library Projects
A record-breaking preview night led to another successful fall book sale for the Friends of the James V. Brown Library. Proceeds from the spring and fall sales total more than $12,000.
At the October Board meeting of the Friends of the JV Brown Library the library was granted several items from a wish list requested by the Friends. The grants amount to $15,000 which comes from a combination of membership dues, Spring and Fall book sale support, and proceeds from Friends Favorites Gently Used Book Store which is managed by the Friends. The store is open five days each week and those interested may visit the library to get a bookmark listing the days and hours.
The $15,000 has been broken down as follows:
1) The store is providing $4,000 for the purchase of Overdrive Collections “Advantage” which will significantly expand the number of e-book titles available to patrons.
2) The main Friends treasury is providing $3,000 to renew and replace teacher resource materials on the Story Mobile (puppets, big books, and other support materials)
3) $4,500 will purchase a subscription to Mango Languages a conversational language learning system
4) $3,500 to purchase E-Reader devices for staff to use in the library to help clients learn how to more efficiently use their own devices.
The scope of these new resources includes advantages to all ages of library users.
In another action it was announced that the Volunteer Recognition Reception will be moved to April 3 to kick off National Volunteer Month. Volunteers from the library and from the membership of Friends are recognized annually for their many hours of service to the library. Recently the event has been held in late October or early November. The move to April and Volunteer Month seems a natural fit.
The last business the board discussed was to set the date and time for the Annual Full Membership Meeting. It will be held at 5:15 PM on Tuesday, December 3rd. At this meeting committee chairs give short annual reports and new board members and officers are elected. Refreshments are traditionally served so that the membership can become familiar with the members of the board.