The Friends of the Library held its annual meeting Jan. 14 at the library. Refreshments were furnished by Janet Goodwin, Mary Goss and Diane Gill. There were 18 members present.
The purpose of the Friends of the Washington Carnegie Public Library was reviewed. The purpose is to maintain an association of persons interested in libraries, to focus public attention on the library system, to stimulate the use of the library’s resources and services and to receive and encourage gifts, endowments and grants to the library system.
New officers for 2014-2016 were elected. They are President Jodi Parsons, Vice President Jan Wake, Secretary Marylou Gotwald, Treasurer Pat Reinhart, and Directors Janet Goodwin, Fran Neal and Mary Goss.
The “One Book One Community” was a success. The series ended with a program by Tess Gerritsen on her book “The Bone Garden.” Prior to the program she spoke to a sold out dinner sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
The book sale was in October 2013. Discussions are being held about having another sale in the spring to raise funds for the library. Due to the property tax cap, the state has significantly cut the funds for the library. Members are asked to contact their state representatives concerning the decrease in funds.
The winter adult reading program has started. The book is “Lady Catherine the Earl and the Real Downton Abbey” by Lady Fiona Herbert, the eighth Countess of Carnarvon. Those interested can still sign up. There is no charge but reservations must be made for the programs. The theme is “English Great Houses.” The programs are “Syon House” on Feb. 3, “The Secrets of Manor House” on Feb. 10, and “Eltham Palace” on Feb. 18. Check with the library for more information.
The summer adult reading program is being put together. The theme will at “Art,” especially stolen art. This program will start in June 2014.
Friends of the Library sponsored the winter reading program and have contributed to the summer reading program. They furnished lunch for the library staff training day and donated funds for library staff to attend the Public Library Association Conference in March.
The next meeting will be May 13 at 5 p.m. in the library small meeting room.
Anyone interested in becoming a member of Friends of the Library may get a registration form at the library main desk. Membership dues are individual $5 per year, family and organizations $10 per year.