President's Message

There has been a lot of activity at Platt since our last newsletter.

Thanks to Fundraising VP Mary Ann Ostrom and her helpers, the Children's Boutique in December was heavily attended, a lot of fun for all, and brought in nearly $200. The Barnes & Noble gift-wrapping made another $105 and garnered much good will for the library.

Also in December, Platt patrons enjoyed a great Christmas concert thanks to the talents of the West Hills Recorder Consort.

Our December Book Sale was very successful, bringing in over $2,450. That was our best December sale ever. At this rate, by June we may beat last year's record total. Many thanks to Bookstore Manager Shel Schuster, Volunteer Coordinator Elaine Corman, and all of the volunteers it takes to run the sales and to staff the Bookstore.

Outstanding Generosity

We want to give a special thanks to Boeing's Employees Community Fund for a $2,000 grant in Novem­ber. This will greatly augment Platt's computer reference materials.

Arresting Speaker Ahead

Our next General Meeting will be Thursday, February 6, and we are privileged to have Debra Kane, a detective with the Financial Crimes Division of LAPD, as the guest speaker. Please plan to attend for an interesting presentation.

Voter Services

From February 12 through March 3, Platt Branch will host the new Touch­screen computerized voting system for the benefit of those voting in the upcoming LA City primary elections. This is a good opportunity to examine the proposed upgrade.

A Fond Farewell

By the time you receive this newsletter, Adult Librarian Sherry Van Sickle will have left Platt for Mid-Valley Regional Library. This is a promotion for Sherry, who has been with Platt since the beginning. We all wish her great success. But her happy smile, her event posters, and her unfailing assistance certainly will be missed.  

Not Such Sweet Sorrows

Our best wishes for a speedy recovery went out to Charter Staff Member Daisy Chen, who has recently had an emergency appendectomy. Also speaking of illnesses, I want to thank all of the Friends for your kindnesses over the last couple of months because of my open-heart surgery. Ellie and I deeply appreciate your thoughts, prayers, and generosity.

Behind the Scenes

In addition to focusing on library volunteers in this issue, we would like to recognize an individual very few people see, but who does an important job for the Friends. His name is Jack O'Connell. Jack is a retired Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for WEA Distribution (Warner Records) and has volunteered to do our Federal and State tax returns and annual audits for the past three years. I can attest to his in-depth scrutiny of our records. Jack and his wife Bernie are Life Members of the FOPL and reside in Westhills. Thanks very much, Jack, for all of your help.

Terry Haney

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