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Newsletter July and August 2014

Newsletter July and August 2014

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Newsletter July and August 2014
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 July/August 2014
President’s Message 
Like a well-oiled machine, the Committee that put together the Annual Meeting did their super best. Thank you to: 
Beth Smith-Kellock, Connie Wortham, Sandra Dickey, Fran Garbaccio, Sharon Murphy, Toni Navarro, and Mary Talwar 
for everything. Thanks too, to those who brought the delicious food, to the Committee for my colorful lei to go with our Hawaiian theme, and to Library Director
Carolyn Thomas 
for the beautiful bouquet.Perhaps the most surprising and gratifying report
for the year’s end was 
Connie Wortham’s 
statistic that volunteers for the Friends reported over 4,000 hours 
 for the year. That’s 1,000 hours over last
year! We all know that volunteer hours get under- reported; and all of you wonderful volunteers worked much more than that, so hopefully next
year, we can surpass that number again by 1,000.
As noted last year, we were working on a project for a place to store our books for the Best Used Book Sale. This proved much more complicated
than we had planned and we’ve tabled this until
October. We hope by then we will have a feel for what is happening to our Strategic Plan and how
that all fits in with our financial planning. As the sub- 
committees meet, we will keep you, the members of the Friends, updated. The sub-committees are: Mission and Purpose, Public Relations, Financial Development, Governance (Development of Future Board Members and of the Board itself), and Membership. If anyone would like to serve on one of these committees, please email me at alcorn_pat@yahoo.com .
Don’t forget our
Savor the Flavor Summer Event where we can enjoy the newest food delights while
earning 10% of the sales from our night out. See you at Savor the Flavor, located at 11 Kersting Court in
Sierra Madre, on 
Thursday, July 17, at 6:15 p.m.
Please help us by supporting our Partners Program and renewing your membership to the Friends. With your help, we can continue to keep our Community Library the vibrant, active entity it is today. You can pick up applications for both at the Library.
 Pat Alcorn
Happy Summer to all!! It’s because of
 valuable contributions that we are able to offer so many awesome programs to our Sierra Madre youth during the summer. Please come to the Library and check out our Summer Reading Program!Our membership is currently at
 and we would love to increase those numbers. Do you have a business, a family member, a friend, a youth, who would benet from our award-winning newsletter? Or who would love to come and join the ranks as a valued Friend of the Sierra Madre Library? We will be having 99 members eligible for renewal and we would love the membership to increase. Thanks to all of you who have already forwarded your renewal dues. Along with the letter recognizing the receipt of your dues, we’re enclosing an additional Friends’ brochure. No, this is not for YOU, but intended to be passed on to a friend or family member who might be interested in becoming a Friend
. Please 
 help us grow our membership numbers so that we could easily reach 400 members by the end of the summer!
President: Pat AlcornVice President/Partners/MTEF: Beth Smith-KellockTreasurer: Wendy StocklyRecording Secretary: Teresa ChaureCorresponding Secretary: Mary TalwarArt Fair Co-Chairs: Janet Emery and Susan GallagherBest Used Book Sale: Martha Troedson Board Development: Margaret QuigleyHistorian/Archives: TBAMembership: Vicky RyanNewsletter/Web Site: Sharon MurphyPublicity: Lynsey PlumeTrustee Liaison: Frances SmithVolunteer Development: Connie WorthamDirectors at Large
Jerry CarltonToni NavarroPete SiberellDarlene TraxlerJane ZamanzadehBoard Member Emeritus: Fran GarbaccioNon Director
Wine Tasting: Robert Newton
At their annual dinner meeting, held on June 18, the Friends of the Library were pleased to announce the candidates that had been approved for positions on the Board of Directors for 2014-2015. They are:
September 29, 1914 - July 28, 2010Friends and colleagues - such as myself - nd it hard to believe it is four years since Mary Tumilty passed away on July 28, 2010 at the age of 96. Her centennial birthday - 100 years - would have been celebrated on September 29, 2014. We can only imagine how very festive that special day would have been!Mary cared deeply about our Library and was totally dedicated to the well-being of the Library itself, as well as its staff and patrons. She served rst as a volunteer, then a staff member and for 10 years as City Librarian. It was an exciting 10 years to which many can attest. She initiated many programs - “Fridays at Eight” and the “Travelers and Collectors” series come to mind. The Walt Wesley Computer Literacy Center and the Dickinson Garden Walk were built during her tenure. Her strong presence and goal-oriented success were always at the forefront.At the time of Mary’s retirement as City Librarian in 1984, the Friends of the Sierra Madre Library established the Mary Tumilty Endowment Fund (MTEF
in her honor. The MTEF has helped support and make many of our Library projects become realities - i.e. - the dedication of the long awaited renovation of the Rotary Children’s Library Room in June 2012. Mary had requested a generous donation be made from the MTEF to the Sierra Madre Library to help make the proposed improvements a reality. She would be so very proud of the room our children enjoy today!For further information, please note the details and - return address - on the enclosed yer about how you can remember Mary and her many accomplishments. She was a strong presence and a loyal, dedicated Friend who made a distinctive difference in the life of our Library.Thank you - on behalf of Mary, the Friends and our Library - for your kind consideration and support.Sincerely,
Beth Smith-Kellock
Vice PresidentFriends of the Sierra Madre Library
Young patrons (along with their parents)
the Sierra Madre Public Library enjoyed watching a video of the misadventures of their favorite stuffed friends who spent the night at the Library on June 13. Over 100
people attended the breakfast! Check out the fun at the Library website: http://www.cityofsierramadre.com/departments/library
Enjoy a Storyboard Tour with our wonderful Teen Docents! Tours are on Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. Each week will highlight a different aspect of Sierra Madre History:
1. Disasters - July 12. Joyride - July 83. Surprise Me - July 15
Thursday, July 10 –
Library FairJoin us for a fun-lled day of tail-wagging good times:
1:00-5:00 p.m.
Pasadena Humane Society Pet Adoptions
1:00-5:00 p.m.
Friends of the Library
Best Used Book Sale
2:00 p.m.
The Ukulady - Family Music Show
3:30 p.m.
Barks & Books with Mae Rose & Friends
Monday, July 14, 10:00 a.m. and Wednesday, July 16, 7:00 p.m. –
Eaton Canyon StorytimeCome to the Sierra Madre Public Library to discover local California Wildlife through stories and activities! Animal pelts and other borrowed materials from the Eaton Canyon Visitor Center will be featured.
Monday, July 21, 10:00 a.m. –
Bubblemania & Company
Delve into the science and fun of soap bubbles!
Saturday, August 2, 11:00 a.m. –
The Wolf Who Cried Boy Willie the wolf will need help from the audience to teach him when to tell the truth and save his friends from danger.
Saturday, August 2
End Of The Summer Reading Program
Make sure you turn in your hours before then to qualify for prizes.
Barbara Mullens Geier and Alan Geier delighted visitors with an afternoon of chamber music at the Library on Saturday, June 21, as part of the Summer Reading Program. Their next performance will be on
Saturday, August 2, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
We invite all Adult Summer Reading participants to join us for the Third Thursday Book Club at the Library. On
Thursday, July 17,
at 11:00 a.m.,
we will be
Lady at the OK Corral 
by Ann Kirschner; and on
August 21
 we will be discussing
Dancing with the Enemy 
 by Paul Glaser. Refreshments are included.
Continue to sign up for the Summer Reading Program at the Sierra Madre Public Library. Programs and prizes are available for children, teens and adults. Ends
Saturday, August 2
. We look forward to seeing you at the Library soon.
The June Best Used Book Sale earned $2,353.05. Together with April and May sales from the Internet and the 1-2 Buck Truck cart of $926.56, the total for the 2 months was
. Our scal year ends on June 30 and it looks like net earnings should be close to $19,000. We are so grateful for the great gently-used books donated by all, and especially for the volunteers who put in countless hours during the year. A special thank-you to Jerry Carlton, Eric Clark, Jeff Brown and Joe Tortomasi for helping to set up and break down each sale, a huge job! We’re always looking for some more helpers. The Best Used Book Sale will be participating in the PAWS TO READ Library Fair on
July 10
 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. with many children’s and adult books on animals. Come and nd some great titles at bargain prices.The next Best Used Book Sale will be on
Friday, August 1,
 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and on
Saturday, August 2,
 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. “Back to School” will be the theme, and we’ll have lots of teacher resource books and school supplies, dictionaries, thesauruses and a complete set of “Annals of America” for History buffs. The parking lot will have Bargain Books for only $1.00, Children’s and Teen books from 25 cents to $1.00, and paperbacks 25 cents or 5/$1.00.
The Library recently updated both of our Early Literacy Computers just in time for summer. Come by and try some new games.
All Children’s Programs will be suspended during the rst two weeks of August from the 4th to the 16th. We look forward to seeing you on
August 18
 at 10:00 a.m. when Preschool Storytime will resume.
The display case for
 will feature the Summer Reading Program, showing off some of the many prizes you can win this summer. In
 it will feature a display from the Sierra Madre Mountain Conservancy.
This month’s review is by
Richard Bellikoff 
12 Years a Slave: A True Story of Betrayal, Kidnap  and Slavery 
by Solomon Northup
Upon meeting Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of
Uncle Tom’s Cabin 
 in 1862, Abraham Lincoln is alleged to have said, “So you’re the little woman who wrote the book that made this great war!” There’s no suggestion that Lincoln ever read Solomon Northup’s account of his ordeal as a free man from New York who was enslaved for 12 years on the plantations of Louisiana. Northup dispels the historically revisionist notion of slavery as a benign and paternalistic institution that civilized the heathen Africans. As he makes clear, slaves were chattel, bought and sold like real estate, using nancial instruments like loans and mortgages, and subjected to frequent whipping, beating and lynching. Plantation livestock received better treatment. Unlike Stowe’s omniscient narrator, Northup recounts only what he experienced and witnessed. That’s quite enough to make the case for abolition. The movie version, available at the Library on DVD, presents the appalling horror of slavery in living color, with period dialogue supplied by Oscar-winning screenwriter John Ridley. Lincoln couldn’t see it, but you should.
It is with pleasure that we welcome ve new members to the ranks of the Partners: Sandra & Ron Dickey, Susan Gallagher, Debbie Henderson, Martha & Darryl Troedson, and Barry & Leslie Ziff. Thank you to Sue Quinn for renewing your membership.We look forward to working together helping the Partners “make a difference” in the life of our Library.
Thank you so much to Captain Carlos Islas and CSO Elena Lozano, from the Sierra Madre Police Department; and Sergeant Matthew Widger, from the Pasadena Police Department. The K-9 unit showed off their dog Nico, demonstrated how they search for contraband and allowed the children to explore their vehicle after the program. We also had a wonderful time learning about the many jobs of our local police. The Library enjoyed having 125
participants attend the program.
Sign up for the fall Parent/Child Workshop: 1-2-3 Play With Me. The interactive workshops include toys, crafts, books, and play in addition to discussions on parenting issues and concerns. The ve-week sessions will be held on Saturday mornings, starting
September 6
Enjoy a time to sing, play, and read with your baby or toddler. For children ages 6-24 months. Every Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m.

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