Greetings From The President

Ellen Dewey

Another summer approaches! As I write, the bluebird outside my window is busy in her box, perhaps preparing for her second brood. The result of her efforts will hopefully be seen in the strong additions to the bluebird community.

The same can be said for Friends. We’ve worked hard to provide support for our Library and to provide literacy opportunities for our community. Barbara Nelson, chair of our ongoing Literacy Program, reports that this year 140 students at two local elementary schools had 5 books read to them in class, and they then shared the book and a backpack of related items with their families on a rotating basis. And we continue to financially support some library programs during the school year and a newly expanded Summer Reading Program which includes outreach into our schools to help reduce “summer backslide” in literacy skills.

Our ongoing Book Bonanza fundraiser in the Library foyer provides the public with an inexpensive way to purchase lightly used popular books for themselves or for gift-giving, and to return the book back into the Bonanza if desired. We thank everyone who donates books to this effort.

As usual, our yearly SFT Community Read and discussion garnered much community participation, including some local and out of town book clubs.

SFT Friends feels that there are different types of community literacy. Just as the Library offers digital literacy classes, we aim to provide opportunities to expand our music and cultural literacy. Our programs this year touched on community development issues with “Fix 150,” local history with programs on Murray’s Mill and the History of Camp Meetings. We held our second Annual Concert, but this year’s concert was played on a beautiful new Kawaii digital piano purchased by us and donated to our Library. And we plan to continue our tradition of welcoming Santa to the Library for the children while giving the community an opportunity to sing holiday songs at the Tree Lighting. We have also researched the possibility of offering French lessons for adults (previously, we sponsored Spanish lessons for children).

Our Library Enhancement Committee continues to work with the county on our plans to create a covered Hardscape area outside the Community Room.

Every year SFTFOL members are busy researching and preparing project and program ideas. But none of this could happen without volunteer and financial support. We appreciate all of you that donate your time and effort and continue to financially support us with your annual $10 family membership or donate at one of the supporter categories. Our efforts will be seen in the strong project and program opportunities for our Sherrills Ford-Terrell community. See p. 2 for volunteering.

See you at the June social,

We meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm at the Sherrills Ford Branch Library.  Please join us.