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NEWSLETTERS
A Publication of the Friends of the Lafayette Library

MAY 2005

Librarian’s Corner . . . . .

City Proclamation for Friends of the Lafayette Library

In April, we celebrated National Volunteer Week. By calling attention to one of America’s most valuable assets – our volunteers – it was an opportunity for us to give thanks to all that they do to improve our communities. This year the honor went to all of Contra Costa County Library’s local Friends of the Library and Library Foundation groups. The Mayor of Lafayette has signed a proclamation on behalf of our Friends of the Lafayette Library, which now hangs in our Library. It will have a prominent place in the new Lafayette Library & Learning Center. The proclamation reads:

WHEREAS, The Friends of the Lafayette Library promote libraries, reading and literacy in their community by purchasing library books and funding programs to foster the love of reading for children and adults of all ages; and WHEREAS, The Friends of the Lafayette Library of Contra Costa County endeavor to preserve and strengthen the importance of libraries in the community; and WHEREAS, Libraries are centers for education and information and as such, they provide the community with opportunities and resources for lifelong learning; and WHEREAS, Libraries help children succeed in school by providing resources to support their educational needs; and WHEREAS, Libraries support democracy by creating an informed citizenry and by ensuring that its resources are available to anyone regardless of age, race, gender or socioeconomic background; and WHEREAS, Contra Costa County Library Friends and Foundation groups donated over $577,000 and more than 40,000 hours of volunteer time to enhance and enrich library services in Contra Costa County in 2004; NOW, THEREFORE, I, Carl Anduri, Mayor of the City of Lafayette, on behalf of the City Council, do hereby thank the Friends of the Lafayette Library for their dedicated service to our community.

I could not have said it better myself. Thank you, Friends.
Respectfully submitted,
Anna Koch, Branch Librarian


Spice Up Your Life by Attending the Friends Annual Meeting

Please join fellow library supporters at our Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 19 at 7:15 p.m. at the Library. We will elect officers for our next fiscal year and update you on any new details concerning the new Library. In addition to this exciting agenda, immediately following there will be another fabulous Sweet Thursdays presentation featuring the Kensington Ladies Erotica Society guaranteed to entertain and otherwise spice up your life.
~ Mary McCosker, President


Bookmark Contest 2005 Winners Honored at the April Kick-off Festival

The Bookmark Contest was a great success with over 400 entries. All entries were on display throughout the month of April at the Library. The awards ceremony took place on Sunday, April 17th at 1:00 p.m. as part of the new Library Campaign Kick-off Festivities. Gift certificates for $25 from the Storyteller or Lafayette Bookstore were given to the winners. In addition, Anthony Ruiz of Fast Frame will frame the artwork free of charge. Mr. Ruiz also frames all 8 winners for display in the Library. This year’s theme was Imagine.
The eight winners this year are:

First Grade
Second Grade
Third Grade
Fourth Grade
Fifth Grade
Sixth Grade
Seventh Grade
Eighth Grade
Natalie Morlock
Arianna Ninh
Kendall Green
Patrick Buckley
Tanner Cullen
Katie Waal
Delaney O’Hara
Jessica Jin
Springhill
Burton Valley
Lafayette
Springhill
Happy Valley
Stanley
Stanley
Stanley

Honorable Mentions are as follows:

First Grade


Second Grade

Third Grade

Fourth Grade

Fifth Grade
Sixth Grade
Seventh Grade

Eighth Grade

Emily Connors
Leo Barakos
Megan Peirona
Jessica Evaristo
Gavin Rock
Katie Curry
Harrison Lam
Miranda Hill
Lizzie Kroetch
Mathew Brewer
Elizabeth Byrne
Nicholas Spadoni
Scott Paik
Rachel Tsao
Kirsten Torre

Lafayette
Burton Valley
St. Perpetua
Burton Valley
Happy Valley
Burton Valley
St. Perpetua
Burton Valley
Springhill
Springhill
Stanley
St. Perpetua
Stanley
Stanley
Stanley

Bookmark Contest Hall of Fame Created

In addition to the above winners, this year we have created a Hall of Fame, which honors past winners for outstanding artwork.

Hall of Fame honorees:

Third Grade
Fifth Grade
Sixth Grade
Griffin Haz
Daniel Kennedy
Siena Haz
Burton Valley
Springhill
Stanley

 

Treasurer’s Report

Friends of the Lafayette Library Fiscal 2004/2005 Financial Highlights

Our income for our fiscal year ending June 30, 2004, which primarily comes from Bookroom and library lobby sales, special events, membership dues and donations, was $91,256. Since the primary goal of the Friends of the Lafayette Library is to raise as much money as possible for Lafayette ’s pending new library, all excess funds are transferred to the Building Fund. $69,000 was transferred this year. We also gave the library $22,625 to purchase books, materials and pay for children’s programs.
Income for the current fiscal year as of March 31, 2005, is $68,237. Over 50% of our investment property loans comes from book sales, mainly the twice-a-month book sales at the Community Center. Payments to the library total $18,741. $47,000 has been transferred to the Building Fund. Total assets are $898,664 of which $750,000 has already been pledged to go to the new library. 93% of our assets are in CD’s and money market funds. Membership dues may be paid by credit cards. The Chamber of Commerce designation will appear on your statement, since they have kindly volunteered to process all credit card payments.
~ Dave Hiden, Treasurer

 

Thank you Bookroom volunteers for all your hard work and loyalty. We have really made a difference! The 36 Bookies who make the Bookroom Go:

Toni Finger
Ed & Gayla Manning
Gladys Laston
Pat Draa
Nancy Mills
Sharon Lingane
Pat Boyer
Miranda & Emily Sacharin
Susan Kaufman
Nancy & Chuck Whyte

Sally Bellenger
Doris Duncan
Dave Hiden
Tom Judson
Melanie & Tom Reamy
Mary Solon
Sue Cross
Joanne & Ken Hughes
Sandra Strobel
Diana Gong

Julie Taylor
Suzanne Boldt
Rob & Jan Katzer
Beth Dalton
Carol Singer
Susan Schapiro
Robert Yuen
Lynette Perkins
Joan Merryman
Kitty Locke

 

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