We made it to Summer 2020! I hope you are doing well and surviving the Pandemic. Stay tuned for more information about upcoming Friends events in our September newsletter. We are working on a no physical attendance online fundraiser as we will need to generate funds for our plan to give the usual $55,000 to support library programs this fiscal year July 2020 to June 2021. We also plan on continuing our Best Used Book Sale (probably drive-thru until later dates).

I wanted to give you a recap of our annual meeting in case you were not able to join our Zoom meeting on June 17th. This meeting actually worked out fine to conduct the necessary business. I appreciate all of the Board members (and their families who assisted) who were able to join us and give reports.

Margaret Quigley, 1st VP, Governance, thanked Doug Kerns for his time on the Board as he will be exiting. She also asked for a vote to elect this coming year’s new Board. We welcome new Board Member Kris Chase who will be our new Recording Secretary and returning members after some years of absence, Vicky Ryan and Barry Ziff. The remaining Board members were voted in to resume their place on the Board. Please see the Friends of the Library Board of Directors 2020-2021 article for a complete list.

At the Zoom meeting, we also had great reports from Barry Ziff, Chairman of Library Trustees, and Patricia Hall, Chair of the Sierra Madre Library Foundation. Together, we will work toward our goal of getting a new Library in the future.

As you know, our past year started with a sprint beginning with the Request for Proposal (RFP) and following with the designing of our new Library. We held several community events to introduce this plan. Unfortunately, it came to a screeching halt in March with the COVID-19 pandemic. Thus, preventing the ability to get signatures to get on the November ballot to move forward for a new Library. The pandemic also prevented us from hosting our Sierra Madre Art Fair and the future Wine and Cuisine Tasting in early October. It also prevented us from having our April Best Used Book Sale.

Although this was somewhat disappointing, I just view this as a setback and not a devastation. Things could be worse. I think that we will rise to the occasion and everything will get back on track sooner or later. “What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger!”

Julia Brady

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