At the end of August, representatives from eleven Valley Friends groups met for the first time at the Mid Valley Regional Library. No, this meeting was not about secession; rather, it was about how the various Friends groups could construct an association that would enable us to help each other.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that Friends of the Platt Library is far and away Number One in membership, number of volunteers, Bookstore and Book Sales, newsletters, and annual donations for book purchases and improvements. All of this is due to your generous donations of time and funds to YOUR library.
One of the primary issues discussed was the lack of definitive City Library Department policy on how much could be directly spent by Friends in support of their libraries. More meetings are planned to explore this and other mutual concerns. We'll keep you advised on this important program.
Many thanks to Shel Schuster, Elaine Corman, and all our volunteers and members for making our new August Book Sale such a success. Through your efforts we made $3,700 to give to the library.
We have a full month ahead. In addition to the Book Sale and special library programs, there will be three opportunities for all of us to become better informed on November ballot issues: Joy Picus's secession issues overview on October 8, Michael Feuer & William Powell debating secession on October 17, and a League of Women Voters review of the other ballot measures on October 30. Please try to attend.
In this issue, you will find information on several upcoming fundraisers:
November 7, Friends can eat for Platt at The Pizza Cookery. Platt Night will earn 20% of the total tabs racked up by members and their friends between 5:00 and 10:00 pm.
December 7, we'll have another wide selection of kid-priced gift items and free gift-wrapping at our annual Children's Christmas Boutique.
Also, the Entertainment Books are back with valuable coupon additions for 2003.
Although we lead the Valley Branches in numbers of volunteers, this season's schedule creates a need for even more. Volunteer Coordinator Elaine Corman (818-347-5602) needs help at the voter information sessions. Fundraising Chairman Mary Ann Ostrom (818-346-0648) needs craft creators and gift-wrappers for the Children's Boutique. If you can give even a few hours, please contact them today.
Joan Wagner will be taking over the Mailing Chairmanship. Already a bookstore volunteer, Joan joined the Platt Friends two years ago. She's also a Life member of the Woodland Hills Friends and used to read to children in the Woodland Hills GAB program. We're fortunate to fill this Board position with a dedicated library volunteer.
Terry Haney, President 2002–2003
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