Thank you to the Friends and Partners and Trustees who joined us for the Annual Meeting and to City Librarian Christine Smart and City Management Analyst Sophia Kownatzki who spoke about the plans to turn the back lot at the Library into a space suitable for use as a meeting space. Rich Procter, Library Trustee Chair, spoke to us briefly about his regard for the Friends.

Heartfelt thanks are due to the Committee who planned the evening that brought us together in person. They are Sharon Murphy, Leslie Ziff, Kris Chase and Julie Bencosme

Lastly, thanks to the Board and Committee members who worked through this ghastly year. We don’t usually single out any individual, but Martha Troedson and her Best Used Book Sale Committee, masked up, and sorted and organized many, many boxes and bags of donations. They held the drive-thru book sales, and through their efforts, we had income in the $14,000
range. No one worked harder this year. At the present time the basement is overflowing with books due to the extraordinary number of donations and the fact that we are unable to hold regular sales. Martha and the Committee have hope that the city will soon give permission. 

The meeting was a good ending to a frustrating and anxious year, and while the upcoming year will have challenges, it will hopefully have great rewards. As you may be aware, we will likely have the new Friend’s building open by this time next year and ready for book sales. Preparing for this will take quite a bit of work, but we starting preparations now in order that all will proceed smoothly. In addition to planning for the new building, we will be reviewing policies and procedures that help the Board work smoothly and efficiently.

Thank you all for being Friends,

Margaret Quigley

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