President's Message

Dear Friends,

The holiday season is upon us. In a time filled with bustling activity, family, friends, and the anticipation of good things to come, your library can help add good cheer. For instance, the Friends Bookstore is a perfect place to seek out that special gift. The library also offers a wealth of holiday stories and songs, recipes, decorating and craft ideas. Plus…

Holiday Events

Regretfully, due to an inadequate response to our call for gift project managers, the Board voted to cancel the 6th Annual Children's Holiday Boutique originally scheduled for December 3. We look forward to continuing this popular fundraiser next year. (See Fundraising News)

Program Kudos

Many thanks to our past program chair, Joan Vos, for bringing Sheldon Cohen to our October General Meeting. It was a truly enjoyable evening. Those who couldn't attend also missed superior fudge brownies and other great goodies, thanks to acting Hospitality Chair Harriet Strauss and her dedicated crew.

Not to be outdone, for our March General Meeting, Program Chair Phil Binderman has secured author and award-winning teacher Alan Sitomer. Honored for his innovative teaching techniques and original study guides, Mr. Sitomer will introduce his latest YA novel and discuss his use of literature to reach seriously alienated teens.

Our Special Election Ballot Issues Review occurred too close to press time to report in this newsletter. Check the January issue for a run-down on the proceedings.

Congratulations & Welcomes

Congratulations go to Lynn Light for her advancement from acting to permanent Senior Librarian status.

We are also very pleased for Vicki Magaw, our Children's Librarian, who has been promoted to Senior Librarian of Sylmar Branch. Vicki will be missed. On October 18, however, we welcomed our new Children's Librarian, Barbara Mattison, to Platt. The Friends look forward to a long working relationship.

Addressing Platt's Collection

Several requests frequently raised by patrons are in process. The Board has asked Platt Branch to add more children's titles, especially Caldecott and Newbery Award books. We also addressed the dire need for additional books on tape and CD's to enhance Platt's collection. Both proposals are being actively pursued. You may have noticed that the Children's Section has been culled and rearranged to accommodate a number of new books and audio materials.

In addition, in October, three Friends Board Members— Millie Berger, Shel Schuster, and Harriet Strauss—attended a Library Board of Commissioners meeting to discuss LAPL acquisitions policy and other pressing concerns. Please refer to the article in Friends News for details.

Special Thanks

In sorting donated books, we use great quantities of Xerox and paper mill boxes. This issue's Box Donor thanks go to the LAPD's Bella Chu and to Assistant Manager Nance & Project Coordinator Joseph of the El Camino Fed Ex Kinkos for providing us with generous supplies.

Last Words for 2005

Hope to see you at the November 18/19 Gigantic Used Book Sale—a great place to find that unusual “have to have” gift.

Please have a Happy Thanksgiving and a safe & joyous Holiday Season. We will meet again in 2006. In the meantime, READ…READ…READ!

Frona DeCovnick, President

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