It’s hard to believe that a new year is already upon us! With the new year, there are some new undertakings for the Friends of the Coastal Branch Library. The first activity for the Friends will be to fill the vacancies on our Board of Directors and we are seeking candidates prior to Jan. 29.



If you are interested in serving on the Board of Directors, please contact Linda Thompson at tholinda@co.walton.fl.usor 267-2809.



Speaking of Jan. 29, that is the date for the annual meeting of the Friends of the Coastal Branch Library. We will meet at 3 p.m. in the Library Community Room. Items on the agenda include the election of officers, approval of the 2013 budget, and selecting a date for the next book sale. As always, the meeting is open to the public.



One of the ongoing activities for the Friends is building our membership. The cost to join is only $10, and is tax deductible; your membership also includes the quarterly newsletter, Sea Oats. The funds from membership help to fund new materials for the library; if you would like to join the Friends and help our library flourish, please pick up a membership form at the circulation desk.



Although the date for next book sale has not yet been set, we are currently accepting donations of books in preparation for the sale.  As you may know, the proceeds from our book sales are used to purchase new books and media for the library; the library relies solely on the Friends to purchase all of its books and media, since there is no county funding for these items. 



The library has some exciting programs scheduled, which will appeal to a variety of interests. For a musical treat, Sinfonia Gulf Coast’s Music Director and Conductor, Demetrius Fuller, will present Grammy Award nominated violinist Caroline Goulding on Jan. 23. Rounding off the events in January is Dr. David Ott, composer and conductor for the Philharmonic of Northwest Florida. Dr. Ott will present music of Mozart and Beethoven on Jan. 30.



February will start with Fred Bassett’s presentation on hummingbirds, focusing on ruby-throated hummingbirds and several western species that winter in our area. This program will be held on Feb. 6.



On Feb. 13, Act4Murder Mystery Theater will be presented by Paula Hilton. Ms. Hilton is an actress, director and screenwriter. On Feb. 20, Diane Merkel, historian and author of DeFuniak Springs, will speak on Walton County History.



The final program of February will be on Feb. 27, when Jennifer Jones will show a PowerPoint presentation on native plants, pollinators, wildlife and the conservation of wildlife in their native ecosystems. Jones is the owner of Nature of the Beach and is a volunteer for South Walton Turtle Watch, Florida Lakewatch and the Biophilia Center, among other organizations.



All of the above programs will be held in the Library Community Room at 10 a.m.



Make sure that you don’t miss any of the exciting programs at the Library by checking the calendar at http://www.youseemore.com/walton/calendar.asp?cal=47. 



“Give us books, give us wings”



Helen Mitchell is publicity chairperson of Friends of the Coastal Branch Library.