President’s Letter


With Thanksgiving this month, I wanted to THANK the many wonderful people who have made the Friends organization a great one (and our fiscal year is only in the first 4 months).

*Leslie Ziff and her wonderful Wine and Cuisine Tasting Committee. You organized such a fantastic event on Friday, September 27. AND you are already planning the next one for Friday, October 2, 2020. Please save the date on your 2020 calendar!

*Martha Troedson and her Best Used Book Sale Committee. Every report yields more income and success from the book sales. You are amazing. I admire all of the hauling and organizing you do for these events.

*Darlene Traxler and Beth Kerns. Darlene is our Treasurer and has learned Quick Books and proper accounting for the Friends. With excellent tutorials from Beth, Darlene now presents amazing reports to the Friends at meetings. Beth, our Membership Chair, has organized online membership for the Friends along with online payment processing for our fundraising events such as our Wine and Cuisine Tasting.

*Margaret Quigley. Our past President, is now VP of Governance. Not only is she reviewing and organizing our policies and procedures, she is helping me with the advisory committee with our architect for the design of the new Library and the presentations to the community.

*Emmett McGuire and Julie Bencosme. They have agreed to co-chair our Sierra Madre Art Fair on May 2-3, 2020. The committee is off and running. We look forward to a great event. Also, thank you to our past chairs, Darlene, Margaret, and Sharon who advise them.

*Sharon Murphy. I call Sharon, “My Silent Leader.” Without question or complaint, she gets this newsletter out to us on time. Not only that, she organizes an amazing Silent Auction at the Wine and Cuisine Tasting Event, and she takes care of chairing many tasks for the Art Fair. I’m sure I’m forgetting other things she does for our organization.

*Steve Henson and Marcielle Brandler. They are two of our newest Friends Board Members. Steve joined Darlene’s Finance Committee and Marcielle is helping with our events PR.

*City Librarian Christine Smart. Christine and her staff run fantastic programs at the Library. They make each patron feel important and welcomed. I am very thankful for them.

As you may or may not know, the Friends Board voted to spend up to $130,000 for an architectural design for a new Library on the current site. PBWS Architects, LLP, was selected from 3 firms who submitted bids. Along with the design, the architects are helping us conduct community events to present the design as well as gather community input. Two community input forums were held on October 12 at the Library and October 24 at City Hall. Upcoming public presentations on the design will be held on Wednesday, November 13 at 8:00 a.m. at the Library, and Wednesday, November 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hart Park House. All are welcome to attend as we want to get the word out about this great design as well as the rationale for a new Library.

As mentioned in newsletters before, we are trying to increase our membership by 2020. Please help recruit by inviting your friends in the Sierra Madre area to become a Friend. I would think real estate agents and those who utilize the Library would be great members!

Julia Brady

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