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Friends of the Library- Next meeting is Tuesday, 04/10/18 at 5:30 at the library.

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The Friends of the Library met in the large meeting room of the library on January 9, 2018 at 5:30 pm.  The meeting was opened by President, Janet Goodwin.  There were 15 members present.

The minutes of the October 10, 2017 meeting were read.  Motion to approve was by Kathleen Harris, seconded by Diane Gill.  Motion passed and minutes were approved.

The Treasurer’s report was given by Treasurer, Lynn Goodwin.  Checks were written to the library for the Adult Winter Reading Program and to Marylou Gotwald as reimbursement for Sympathy flowers to Jodi Parsons, stamps, paper and ink cartridge.

Correspondence: A note was read from Jodi Parsons thanking the membership for the flowers and from Rick Chambon for FOL donation to the Adult Winter Reading Program.


The new officers and members at large for 2018-2019 were introduced. They are President:  Janet Goodwin, Vice-president, Michael Cavanaugh; Secretary, Marylou Gotwald; Treasurer, Lynn Goodwin and members at large: Joyce Morgan, Mary Goss and Jodi Parsons.  Mary Goss stated that if there was another member of FOL that would like to be on the board, she would be glad to relinquish her position.  Any member interested should contact FOL President.

New membership forms were mailed to all members with their annual meeting letter and the forms are starting to return to the library.  The goal for 2018 is 175 members.

The letter of invitation to businesses was read to the membership.  The letters will be mailed out in the next two weeks.  The Chamber of Commerce has been a help in getting the names and addresses of the businesses.


Rick Chambon, Adult Outreach Co-ordinator, reported that there were 70 people enrolled in Adult Winter Reading. The theme for the series is “Ice Ice Baby:  Are Diamonds a Girl’s Best Friend?”.  Enrollment in Winter Reading is required but is there is no cost.  The first event is Friday January 19, 2018 and Winter Reading will run through February 27, 2018.  There will be 10 programs and book discussions offered over five weeks including films “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” and “Romancing the Stone”.  Additional events are a PBS Nova program  “Gems” and a National Geographic program , “The Secrets of the Hope Diamond”.  Rick Chambon will give two special multimedia presentations  ”Are Diamonds A Girl’s Best Friend?” and “Queen Mary 2: The Only Way to Cross”. Additional registration is required for Chambon’s presentations as Chef Jeff will be preparing special culinary treats for these two events.

The Spring “Arts, Culture & Science” series will start March 20, 2018.  Science has been added to this popular series.  The programs are as follows:  March 20-a portrayal of Rosie the Riveter, April 3- Earthquakes and the Mid West,  April 17-Hohenwald, Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary, May 22-NASA/USI Satellite.   The brochure for this series will be available soon at the main desk in the library. The programs are free and open to the entire community.

There will also be a Fall “Arts, Culture & Science” series in conjunction with the centennial of the end of WWII.  This will include a skype session with British author, Sue Woolsman.

The Summer Adult Reading Program theme for 2018 is “France”.  The fiction book is “To Capture What We Can Not Keep” by Beatrice Colin.  The book tells the love story of a Scottish widow and a French engineer in Paris during  the construction of the Eiffel Tower.  The non-fiction book will be “The Greater Journey:  Americans in Paris” by David McCullough.  This book contains the stories of 19th Century American writers, doctors and artists who migrated to Paris, fell in love with the city and went on to change America through what they learned.  Friends of the Library voted to financially assist Adult Summer Reading . FOL also voted to financially assist a Library staff member in attending a class on Collections and Cataloguing.

Chambon has been looking into a fund raising trip for Friends.  He proposed a trip to the Speed Museum of Art in Louisville KY to see the exhibition “Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism”.  This exhibit features 80 paintings of 37 artists from three countries.  The trip would be on Wednesday April 4th.  The cost would be $90.00 per person and include transportation, tickets to the museum and exhibit, a guided tour by a museum docent and a box lunch.  The trip would have a minimum number of participants in order to be taken.

It was voted on to compensate Jeff Gumble for his work in acquiring and installing the new audio system that FOL purchased for the library meeting rooms.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:50 pm.  The next meeting will be April 10 at 5:30 pm in the library.

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