President’s Letter

Happy New Year to all of the Friends of the Sierra Madre Library and welcome to the New Roaring ‘20s — that’s 2020! I’m excited about all of the events and actions we have on the calendar for this year. But before we talk about that, I’d like to recap some of the great things that happened this past December.

Our own Margaret Quigley was officially recognized as Sierra Madre’s Citizen of the Year on Wednesday, December 4 with many Friends in attendance to see Margaret receive her award. Of course, Margaret has been active in several community organizations over the years, but she gave a fantastic speech about the need for a 21st Century Library and all of the things that the Friends have contributed to the Library. Congratulations to Margaret, and thank you for the great publicity. I might also add that The Only Place in Town did a fantastic job in catering the meal along with Poppy Cake Baking Company’s decadent cake! Yummy.

On Tuesday, December 10, the New Library Drawing was introduced to our City Council by PBWS architect Kirstyn Bonneau. This was followed by a presentation by Trustee Richard Procter on the need for the citizens of Sierra Madre to once again be generous in the efforts to vote “yes” on a parcel tax for our new Library as they did in 1953 when our present Library was built. The future generations need this. (And quite frankly, I’d like to utilize this new Library for my remaining years in Sierra Madre!). Former Mayor and Sierra Madre Library Foundation Member as well as Friend, Rob Stockly, presented the plan on gathering signatures to get this parcel tax on the ballot in 2020. We need to finalize the wording for the signatures. After that, we need to call on you for your help to gather the signatures as well as the PR for a new Library. This may include hosting a neighborhood get together in your home.

Now to get to more plans for our Roaring 2020s! It has been announced that the One Book One City selection is Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship, by Father Gregory Boyle. You may have read his first book, Tattoos on the Heart. Most of the events will take place in February, but you need to sign up starting Monday, January 6 at the Library if you want to hear Father Greg on Saturday, February 15 at Sierra Madre Elementary School. He is an outstanding speaker. I’ve heard him several times and gain inspiration from his talks each time.

Please save the date for three more very important Friends Events: Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3 for the Sierra Madre Art Fair; Wednesday, June 17 for our Annual Meeting and Dinner at the Sierra Madre United Methodist Church; and Friday, October 2 for the Wine and Cuisine Tasting Benefit at Alverno’s Villa del Sol d’Oro.

Until February, stay well and stay tuned, AND recruit a new Friend of the Sierra Madre Library.

Julia Brady

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