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February Book Review Luncheon – Friday, February 6

book-cover-lessonWhen a young black man in 1930s Louisiana walks in on a murder and robbery, the people of his parish know that he is innocent, just as surely as they know that he will be executed for his “crime.”

Crime and punishment frame the novel A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines as a young black parish schoolteacher strives, albeit reluctantly, to convince the doomed prisoner of his inherent human worth.

In the novel, Gaines exposes the intricate inter-relations between races and the contradictory forces of self- righteousness and conscience.

The overarching question,”What is the lesson before dying, and who is its recipient?” is the basis for the Friends of the James V. Brown Library book review and discussion led by Mary Beth Kibbe at the Lowry Room at 12:30 pm on Friday, February 6, 2015.

Several copies of the novel are available for borrowing in the Library with the hope that all who wish to participate in a lively discussion on February 6 will have a chance to read the book ahead of time.

A brief overview of the plot and major themes will precede a discussion of the primary question.

The luncheons start at noon in the Lowry Room of the Welch Family wing of the JV Brown Library. Those who wish may purchase lunch for $6. To reserve a lunch, call Dana at the library at 570-326-0536, ext. 114. Reserve your lunch by 3 p.m. the Wednesday before the luncheon (February 6).

You may bring your own lunch or simply attend the reviews which will start at 12:30. Parking is available in the metered lot off Market Street adjacent to the Welch Wing.

Friends of the JV Brown Library Elect New Members and Officers

The Annual Full-membership Meeting of the local Friends of the JV Brown Library was held on Tuesday, December 2, at 5:15 PM, in the Lowry Room of the Welch Family Wing of the library. The meeting was called to order by Linda Schramm, President. Members in attendance heard the annual financial reports for the full organization and for the Friends Favorites Lightly Used Book Store. A temporary exception to the present by-laws was passed to elect a board member to a third term on the board. It passed.

New members were elected to the board. They are Nancy Berkheimer, Janet Hurlbert, Letty Gray, and Jeanne Yaggi. David Wright was elected to a third term.

The new officers will be Greg Thomas, President; Ardythe Cross, Vice-president; Mary Beth Kibbe, Secretary; and David Wright, Treasurer.

The chairs of each standing committee reported on their activities throughout 2014. Those committees are Book Store, Program Planning, Membership, Publicity/Newsletter, Mailing, Volunteer Recognition, Governing, Special Events, Sorting, and Book Sale.

Four retiring board members were recognized for their contributions of time, ideas and energy over the years. They were Nancy Lady, Tricia Shipman, Linda Schramm, and Alison Hopper. Each was thanked with a red rose.

The meeting was adjourned and cookies and punch were served.

JVB Friends Fuel Bookmobiles and More

After a successful fall book sale, the Friends of the James V. Brown Library have agreed to fund a wish list to support key programs at the library.  Among these are gasoline allotments for bookmobile and Storymobile, the annual subscription renewal for the popular Mango foreign language program, large print book collections, a research series for the visually impaired,  bonus books for e-readers, and young adult books.  The  $26,500 wish list is being funded with proceeds from recent book sales, Friends’ Favorites bookstore revenue, Friends’ memberships, and donations.

Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony

The Friends of the James V. Brown Library recently held a  celebration to honor the valuable volunteers who help keep the library functioning smoothly. Over 70 guests attended and  enjoyed some sumptuous hors d’oeuvres as they had a chance to meet each other and enjoy the company of other bibliophiles.

Those in attendance were welcomed by Linda Schramm, President of the board of the Friends organization. Melissa Rowse, Assistant  Library Director, spoke of the value that volunteers have in the day to day life of the library. John Confer, representing the Board of  Trustees, thanked those in attendance for their selfless dedication to the library. Linda Schramm then introduced the various volunteer  opportunities that the Friends organization has available, after which Robin Glossner, Library Development Coordinator, and  Allison Savage, Volunteer Coordinator, noted the many ways folks can volunteer within the library doing everything from reshelving  books to serving on the Author Gala Committee.

Library honorees receive awards.  (l. to r.) Patricia A Shipman, Esq., Carile Brown Award recipient, Linda Schramm, presenter and President of the Friends Board, and Lynn E Plankenhorn, Library Volunteer of the year.

Library honorees receive awards. (l. to r.) Patricia A Shipman, Esq., Carile Brown Award recipient, Linda Schramm, presenter and President of the Friends Board, and Lynn E Plankenhorn, Library Volunteer of the year.

The highlight of the evening was the presentation of two awards to  outstanding, longtime volunteers. Linda Schramm presented the Volunteer of the Year Award to Lynn E. Plankenhorn who has  worked nearly every Wednesday in the Friends Favorites Gently Used Bookstore since it opened five years ago. Schramm then  Presented the Carile Brown Award, named for the wife of the library’s founder. It is given to a person who has devoted  unselfishly of their time and energy to the promotion and support of  the library and its goals.

This year’s Carile Brown honoree is Patricia A Shipman, Esq. She has been a member of the Friends for  many years and a board member for at least seven years. She is  also the immediate past president of the Friends Board and was  part of the sub-committee responsible for developing the bookstore  that can be found on the third floor of the Welch Family wing. She  noted that she has been coming to the Brown library ever since her mother brought her to story hours when she was a pre-schooler.

The chairman for the Celebration of Library Volunteers was Shirley Bittenbender, a member of the Friends Board of Directors.

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