Next Friends board meeting,
We're making changes to our BookTIQUE!
Longtime Friends board member Bill Cobb has been named the new BookTIQUE manager following the resignation of Nellie Loo (see below). Bill has been a backbone of Friends since joining the board 15 years ago. He's served as treasurer, was instrumental in designing the BookTique and, with his wife Mary, spearheads the October Renaissance Faire book sales. He works at nearly every other Friends event as well. President Maggie Roehm will assist Bill.
Early changes Bill is making include lower pricing. Other than a few rare books, there will be no more special prices: all adult books will be $1.50/soft cover and $2/hardcover; children's books are still 50 cents (again, no special pricing). We also will expand the selection of our popular handmade cards, but will phase out other items, such as jewelry and knick-knacks, to focus more on our primary mission – books.
Along with three book sales each year, the BookTIQUE is the Friends' primary fundraiser. Every worker is a volunteer, and all items we sell are donations. It is the money the Friends raise that enables the Folsom Library to provide such a wonderful array of free programs and services for people of all ages in our community.
The BookTIQUE is in the library hallway to the left of the main entrance – next to the Einstein Cafe. The store may be small, but it's packed with books of every type and genre. We rotate the stock, so stop by often to browse. Let us know if there's something special you're looking for. Our hours are Tues-Sat 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Closed Monday and all library holidays.
For questions, suggestions or more information, call Bill at 916-983-2116 or 916-221-0404.
BookTIQUE manager Nellie Loo steps down
Nellie Loo, who served as BookTIQUE manager from its opening in 2008, is leaving the post to devote her time to other volunteer interests. She joined the board in 2001 and transformed our book sales into the blockbuster community events they are today. In her letter of resignation, Nellie wrote: "(I) have enjoyed watching (Friends) grow from a fledgling organization with scant resources to a major fundraising entity, which has been able to contribute hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Folsom Public Library and operate a stand-alone book store." We thank Nellie for her dedication and hard work for the Friends over the past 14 years and wish her every success. She has been a valuable member of the Friends team.
Friends elects new officers
The Friends of the Folsom Library elected new officers at its December meeting: president Maggie Roehm, vice president Mary Cobb, secretary Michael Troyon, treasurer Ron Byrd. We've also established a new position, after a bylaws change last year, of parliamentarian, which will be held by Mary Sessarego.
The Friends of the Folsom Library’s sole mission is to raise money to support the Folsom Library. Our funds pay for nearly all the free programming that so greatly benefits our community – from toddler story times to teen and adult programs to senior activities and materials. It’s a long list, and for many people these programs are vital. Last year, we bought 28 new public computers, which are free for patrons to use and nearly always occupied.
We have a new page! On our "GivingTree" web page, you can donate to buy a leaf on our new Giving Tree in the entryway to the library. These leaves are a permanent and prominent way to honor library supporters. Minimum purchase: $250. Visit the "GivingTree" page for more information.
Lynn Doiron's photos show the tree in progress, with board member Bill Cobb placing a leaf, center. We are engraving the leaves with the names of donors who contribute, or have contributed, at least $250 to the Friends. Higher levels of giving with be recognized.
The tree is made of wood and was beautifully sculpted and painted for us by Mike Jimena, co-owner with his wife, Connie Mockenhaupt, of Mikon Productions. You may recognize him as a director/producer and often actor at the Sutter Street Theater. Each leaf was hand cut so no two exactly match. Executive Engravers on Natoma Street is etching the names.
The Friends of the Folsom Library