A new year, new Friends at the library

Published: Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 04:48 PM.

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.

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