2010 Community Scholarships Awarded|
by Lori Bennett
Shannon Luibrand and David Masterson,
2010 FOL Community Scholarship Recipiants
At our Annual Meeting
on May 12th, the Friends of the Library awarded two $1,000
scholarships to local graduating seniors.
This year's recipients are Shannon Luibrand, a student at
Shenendehowa High School, and David Masterson, who attends LaSalle
Shannon, who will
attend St. John's University, is very
involved with St. Edward's Church. She is active in the Youth Council, is
the first teen to join the Church Council, and writes a blog for the
church. Her musical talents are
shared with the congregation both at church and at other events. In addition to her church activities,
she is also a former Shenendehowa Softball player.
David has participated
in a variety of activities at LaSalle,
including Student Senate, the school newspaper, Debate Club and the Cadet
Ambassadors. He is member of the
National Honor Society, Drama Club, and Masterminds. He also runs his own year-round yard care business. David will begin his studies at Union
College this fall.
Both recipients wrote
outstanding essays in response to the question, "What does the library mean to
you?" One of the highlights of
this year's Annual Meeting was actually meeting these amazing young
adults! We are thrilled to award
these scholarships to such deserving students to assist them in pursuing their
Over 40 students
applied for the scholarships, which were established in 2008. Selection of the winners was
based primarily on a
personal essay about the library, although the
committee reviewed a variety of criteria, including academic achievement,
activities, awards, work experience, and
letters of recommendation.
Two scholarships are
available annually; one is designated for a Shenendehowa student and the other
is for a student residing within our
Library district who may or may not be a Shenendehowa student. We look forward to the continued
success of these scholarships.
An Evening with Margaret Peterson Haddix |
by Janet Kreason
Head of Youth Services
Kids watching houses being constructed, a
girl piecing together a Cinderella
puzzle, a few minutes of muzziness as an exhausted air traveler...What do these
snippets of ordinary life have in
common? Margaret Peterson Haddix
developed them into three of her highly original, popular novels for children
and teens: Among the Hidden, Just Ella and Found.
A former newspaper copy editor, newspaper
reporter, community college instructor and freelance writer, Haddix also draws
seed ideas for novels from her career experiences. Her lively presentation about her books and life delighted
225 children, teens and adults at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library on
May 26. Enthusiastic audience
members posed numerous questions about their favorite titles as well as about
what it was like to be one of the authors contributing to 39 Clues, a hot
multiplatform series for tweens. A
book signing followed the program.
Haddix has authored over twenty books for
kids and teens, including the seven-part futuristic fiction Shadow Children
series. Missing, her current
series, chronicles the adventures of contemporary middle school students who
travel back in time after discovering that they have been snatched
out of past eras. Sabotaged, Missing's third installment, will be
published in August.
Haddix's trademark suspenseful plots and
treatment of thought-provoking issues intrigue readers around the world. Her
works have been translated into French, German, Spanish, Chinese and
Korean. Haddix's books have
garnered numerous state reader's choice awards as well as the International
Reading Association's Children's Book Award.
Haddix shared the following tips for
ˇ Read a lot
ˇ Keep a journal
ˇ Pay attention to
things around you and think about them a lot
ˇ If working on a book,
start with a synopsis but leave room
to change things if a better idea comes
For more information about the author and
for book discussion questions, visit http://www. haddixbooks.com .
Thanks to the Friends of the Library for
generously sponsoring this memorable event and providing delicious refreshments
for those who attended.
Sue Brooks, Hospitality Chair and Ashley Denton, FOL Board
Author Margaret Peterson Haddix signs books for fans.
Library Budget Vote September 16th|
by Ashley Denton
Experience the Library . . .
Your Community Center for Life-long Learning
Voting "YES" for our Library budget on Thursday, September
16th, will help ensure the continuation of the excellent services the Library
provides for our community. The Library provides services for patrons of all
ages, interests and cultures. With over 41,000 cardholders and 300 new patrons
a month, the Library is an asset to every individual in Clifton Park and
Approximately 1,500 patrons enter the Library on a daily
basis, each with a different purpose.
The Library is an invaluable community gathering place and source of
intellectual material. Many
members of the community may be wondering, "What can the Library do for me?"
Your Library offers an opportunity for life-long learning
and the achievement of personal goals by offering a variety of resources,
programs and services. Whether you
are looking to learn a new skill, cultivate an interest or explore the Capital
Region with the FOL's Museum Pass Program, the Library has something valuable
to offer everyone.
The vote will take place at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public
Library from 7:00 AM until 9:00 PM. Voting booths will be located on the first
floor. Additional activities for the day include an evening reception that
begins at 7:00 PM in the Josephine Piracci Board Room. This event will recognize the Friends
of the Library Volunteer of the Year, In addition, the Friends will have the
unveiling of local artist, Marcie Slot's, architectural rendering project . . .
a full color, framed depiction of each of our former library buildings and our
beautiful "new" library. The four
full-color, framed renderings will enhance our boardroom and chronicle the
history of our Library.
The Friends encourage all members to mark your calendars and
take the time to come out and support your Library on Vote Day, September 16th.
The FOL Get Out The Vote Campaign coordinates publicity for
the annual budget vote. If you
would like to volunteer your time and talents for this year's campaign, please
contact Ashley Denton at Denton.Ashley@gmail.com.
|The Friends' Favorites Cookbook|By Ellen Burns
Friends' Favorites Cookbook, filled with
taste-tempting recipes, is for sale at the library for $12. The cookbook has been created with the
help of Shenendehowa High School East students in the graphics design class,
who created the artwork for the cover and the section dividers throughout the book. The cookbook features favorite recipes
from members of our community, your neighbors and friends.
the sales of our cookbooks will support the many worthwhile projects and
programs at the library. By
purchasing a cookbook, you will assist the FOL and experience many new
and delicious recipes. Stop in at
the library and pick up your copy before they are gone!
Book and Story Festival|
by Jo Anne Robbins
An enthusiastic and appreciative crowd of Friends enjoyed
our Springtime Book and Story Festival: Stories and Families, that was held on
Wednesday, May 5th. The program,
sponsored by the Friends of the Library, focused on memorable stories about
family. Between courses of books
and stories, participants enjoyed a delicious supper. Attractive literary baskets and author signed books were
auctioned (Chinese Auction) throughout this fun-filled evening. The program included Four Courses of
Books and Stories with Three Courses of a Meal. Our special guests and presenters for the evening included
lover of books and literature professor, Frank Hodge and local storyteller and
member of the Friends of the Library, Kate Dudding. Their story telling and book sharing was touching and
wonderful. It was delightful to listen to Frank share his favorite
stories as well as personal anecdotes about his grandmother and growing up
loving books. As one of Frank's
former students at SUNY Albany, it was a trip down memory lane. Frank taught Children's Literature
there for many years and as an insightful teacher, he's brought the joy of
literature to thousands of adults and children in the Capital Region. A number of his former students were in
the audience and were equally appreciative. Frank is the owner of Hodge-Podge books, a business that he
operates from his web site, http://www.hodge-podgebooks.com. Following this memorable performance, a number of Friends
asked that we provide a listing of the stories shared by Frank and Kate. Here's Kate's list of stories: First books: Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt Where's Spot? By Eric Hill Picture books: Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak Chapter books: Half Magic by Edward Eager Prydain series by Lloyd Alexander (first in the series - The
Book of Three)The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynn Reid BanksIqbal by Francesco D'Adamo Here is Frank's list of books: Don't Make Me Smile by Barbara ParkSpace Station Seventh Grade by Jerry SpinelliHurt Go Happy by Ginny RorbyOnce by Morris GleitzmanStand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty LovellMary Had A Little Lamp by Jack LechnerJack's House by Karen BeilTouching Spirit Bear by Ben MikaelsenIqbal by Francesco D'AdamoBoy In The Striped Pajamas by John Boyne Boys Without Names by Kashmira ShethReading With Dad by Richard Jorgensen
Kate Dudding is an award-winning storyteller and author.
Kate's stories included a tale that she created especially for our festival,
personal family stories and a moving story about Iqbal Masih, a young Pakistani
boy whose heroic deeds and subsequent death inspired a 12 year old Canadian
boy, Craig Kielburger, to devote his life to Iqbal's cause and organize Free
The Children. She reminded listeners
of the importance of sharing their own stories with friends and family --
giving a voice to important people from the past. Kate has told stories at many
venues in our area including The New-York Historical Society and First Night in
Saratoga Springs. She is a member
of the Story Circle, Proctor's Resident Storytelling Company - http://www.storycircleatproctors.org
. Kate also shares many of her touching stories from her own web site -
|Friends of the Library Annual Meeting|
by Lori Bennett
The Friends held our
2010 Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 12th. This year's meeting was different from
those in years past. Instead of hosting a separate event for our members, we
decided to incorporate the Annual Meeting into our monthly Board meeting and
invite members to attend.
The following are the
highlights from the meeting:
ˇLori Bennett awarded
the 2010 Community Scholarships to Shannon Luibrand and David Masterson.
presented the annual audit report and reviewed the financial dealings of the
ˇPresident Jo Anne
Robbins gave Library Director Alex Gutelius, a $5,000 check for the Audio/Visual
and Young Adult collections.
ˇMembers approved an
update to our by-laws so that the annual meeting will be held during a monthly
board meeting, and will take place no later than May 31st. ˇThe Friends annual
report was shared via a PowerPoint presentation.
ˇOutreach chair Cathy
Lawrence shared that in the past 12 years, 12,900 books have been donated to
ˇThe slate of officers
for the 2010-2011 year was accepted:
President - Jo Anne
First Vice President -
Second Vice President
- Toby Elman
Treasurer - George
Secretary - Lori
ˇGenerous donors were
publicly recognized, photographed for the newsletter, and presented with a
ˇLibrary Board of
Trustees President, Cliff Bueno, complimented the Friends for all of their
activities and invited interested parties to participate in the Board's strategic
For more information
on the Friends' activities for 2009-10, please see our annual report, which is
posted on our website: http://www.cliftonpark.org/friendsofcph
Children's Creativity Celebrated|
by Jo Anne Robbins
Artistic Contributors Kianna Guttemann, Aidan Young, Annalese Winegard, Stephanie Carrier, Justine Pascual A multitude of
activities sponsored by our Library provide wonderful opportunities for
children and other family members to engage in positive social and learning
experiences. During our 40th Anniversary Celebration, we asked children in our
community to submit designs for three "green" newel post people. Many interesting and creative designs
In the end,
contest judges decided that they couldn't pick three designs from the best
submitted. Instead, we asked
Creatacore, the Halfmoon company that created the original Newel Post Family
displayed in the Children's Library, to use the best concepts from all of the
designs to create our three new figures that are displayed outside the
winners were invited to an awards and dedication ceremony at the Library. Board of Trustee members, Library
staff, Friends and families gathered to recognize our children and celebrate
the arrival of the three new figures.
Recognition of our young artists is displayed on a permanent plaque
located on the post above the figures.
The Friends of the
Library congratulate the winners and their families for getting involved,
sharing their ideas and helping us to Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the
Clifton Park - Halfmoon Public Library.
The neat part of all of this . . . the three delightful newel post
figures will always be a reminder to each person entering the Children's
Library of our children's great ideas and the fun times they have had at our
our young artists: Macgregor Winegard, Paige Greenberg, Isabel Smrstik, Emma
Smrstik, Annalese Winegard, Laura Nafis, Emily Greenberg, Stephanie Carrier,
Aidan Young, Kianna Gutenmann and Justine Pascual,
Another Successful Used Book Sale|
by Keith Willis
The Friends' Spring Book Sale was held May
21 - 23. The Committee would
like to thank all of the volunteers, donors and patrons who contributed to
making this event such a great success.
The money raised by the Used Book Sale will be used to support Friends
of the Library programs like the Community Scholarship program, and author
visits like the recent Margaret Peterson Haddix presentation, and the upcoming
visit by thriller author Lee Child in November. The Used Book Sale is one of the primary fund-raisers for
these programs, and the great success of the last sale means that the Friends
will be able to continue their support of programs that are so important to the
The next Used Book Sale will be October 1
-3. We're beginning to get in a great
assortment of books and audio/visual materials to fill the shelves for the next
sale, but we still need your donations of clean, gently-used books, music and
videos to make the next sale great.
We hope to see you there, either as a volunteer, or as a shopper looking
for a great book at a great price.
In addition, the Friends will host a
mini-sale on Thursday, September 16th. This sale will feature paperback books
and some children's books at a cost of fifty cents each. Make sure to come into the Library on
that day to vote, and then head upstairs to browse the mini-sale.
by Rhona Koretzky
FOL travel program - we're sponsoring a bus trip in October and space is still available for the
Italy trip! Join us for a presentation on July 13.
A DAY TRIP:
Immerse yourself in the world of Edna St. Vincent Millay on Saturday October 2.
The FOL is sponsoring a day trip to Steepletop, the poet's Columbia County
home. We will have guided tours of the home and garden as well as an
opportunity to visit the on-site exhibit about her life. The cost of the trip is $65 per person
which includes the bus transportation and all tours.
this trip are limited and will surely be filled quickly. Contact Rhona, FOL
travel coordinator by email - firstname.lastname@example.org - or by phone - 505-1303 for more information and to make your
INTERNATIONAL ADVENTURE: The FOL is sponsoring a trip to Southern Italy and
Sicily in March 2011. Spaces are filling,, but some do remain. There will be a
slide show presentation and informational meeting at the library on Tuesday
July 13 at 5:30 PM. Please contact
Rhona at email@example.com for more information about the meeting as well as
summer--whether you "vacation" or "stay-cation".
First Annual FOL Plant and Garden Goody Swap and Sale
by Wilma Jozwiak
Wilma Jozwiak, Lisa Brennan, Corinne Acker. Jo Anne Robbins, Penny Salemme, Cathy Fruhauf, and Terry Fugazzi On Saturday, June 12th, the
skies opened up, the rain came down, and Clifton Park gardeners proved their
mettle by making the First Annual Plant and Garden Goody Swap and Sale a big
success. The event began at 10 as
a swap and continued from 12
to 2 pm as a sale. The variety of
available plants and goodies was excellent. Over a dozen Friends
volunteered to staff the event and many more brought their garden orphans,
surplus garden tools and decorations, and garden books to swap and left them to
be sold during the sale portion. Swappers and buyers alike enjoyed the opportunity,
with many car trunks carrying plants to new homes. As gardeners, we made new
friends and plans for visiting each other's gardens this summer. Proceeds from the sale will help
support the Friends Summer Reading Program with Shaketon Elementary School. Based on the success of the
first swap, the Friends will begin planning soon for next year, and for the
possibility of a Friends' Garden in the Library's back yard. If you are a gardener who missed this
opportunity, we encourage you to become part of the planning, both of the next
Swap and Sale and for the Friend's Garden. Contact Wilma Jozwiak at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave your
contact information for her at the Information Desk to become part of next year's
Judy Drake, Jo Anne Robbins and Francine Roger
|Summer 2010 Issue|
Presentation @ the Library
FOL 2011 Italy Trip
Scholastic Book Fair
Library Budget Vote
FOL Mini Book Sale
7 pm: FOL
Volunteer of the Year Reception and the Unveiling of Library Rendering Project
Fall Used Book Sale
Trip to Massachusetts Literary Sites
Mystery Author, Lee Child 7 pm - Reservations begin October 1st
Enjoy Reading? The Friends of the Library will deliver books to people who are unable to get to the Library. If you are interested in receiving this Outreach service or know anyone who might benefit from this service, please call Lou Ann Stewart at the Library, 371-8622.
Friends Fall Used Book Sale
Friday, October 1st
1 pm - 5 pm
Saturday October 2nd
10 am - 4 pm
Sunday, October 3rd
12 pm - 4 pm
Paperbacks $ .50
Children's $ .50
VHS Tapes $1.00
CDs/DVDs $2.00 & up
Audio Books $2.00 - $5.00
Special Items priced slightly higher
Members of The Friends of The Library may purchase items at
the members preview sale which is held on Friday at 12:00, before the event opens
to the general public.
Each member may buy as many as 50 items at the preview sale.
Bring your membership card, and get the best selection. If you are not a
member, sign up now
to take advantage
of this benefit.
Sunday is Bag Day!
On Sunday, fill a bag with books for $5.00.
Or buy a tote bag or backpack for $10.00
and fill it for free!
Mark your calendar now!
Friends' Used Book Sale Donation Guidelines
We continue to receive numerous donations to the Friends' Used Book Sale that we are not able to use. In fact, with continuing regularity, we receive donations of books that are ripped, dirty, moldy, or water-damaged.
Our volunteers go through every book, and have on occasion had to resort to wearing rubber gloves before removing the books from their bags or boxes. While we certainly want and need donations to continue to operate the Used Book Sales, PLEASE keep in mind that we only want books that we can actually sell.
A good rule of thumb is that if the book does not look like it belongs on the Library's shelves, it should not be donated to the Friends Book Sale. Another good guide is to look at the books you are donating and ask yourself , "Would I buy this book in this condition?" If the answer is no, please discard it.
Our actual donation guidelines are provided below:
The Friends gladly accept donations of the following items in preparation for the Used Book Sales: gently used books in good condition; compact discs; computer software and games; records; sheet music; videocassettes and DVDs.
Books with broken spines, missing pages or covers, or that are water damaged, should be discarded. We are unable to sell such books. Also, please discard any books that have a mildewy odor.
We are unable to use
Please bring your donations to the Welcome Desk in the lobby of the library at 475 Moe Road, Clifton Park, NY 12065.
Book Friendly is published quarterly, in January, April,
July, and October.
Authors' writings do not reflect the views of the Friends of the
Park - Halfmoon Public Library.
Authors retain rights to all their own work
Works & photos printed with permission of authors.
Book Friendly accepts: Book Reviews, Poetry, Articles, Memoirs, Short Stories.
Email submissions to:
Heidi prefers Microsoft Word format. Handwritten or typed manuscripts are also accepted.
Call (518) 373-8170 for info.
Please include a statement granting Book Friendly permission to print your work. Deadline for the October fall issue is September 1, 2010.
Museum Pass Programby Nancy Hampton
Looking for something fun and different to do this
summer? The Friends' Museum Pass
Program is the answer. Patrons
over the age of 18 may borrow the passes for three days at a time, and are on a
first come, first served basis.
Borrowers must be residents of the Library tax district and have a valid
Library Card. Just inquire at the
Ask a Librarian desk.
We offer passes for the following museums:
Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
Schenectady Museum & Suites-Bueche Planetarium
Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield, MA
Mass MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) North Adams, MA
Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA
Iroquois Indian Museum, Howes Cave, NY
Saratoga Children's Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY
If you have suggestions for new museums, please let us know.
Board of Directors
Jo Anne Robbins
1st VP & Book Sales
2nd VP & Publicity
Get Out The Vote Campaign
FOL Committee Chairs
Janice Jaskolka Golden
The mission of the Friends of the Clifton Park - Halfmoon Public Library, Inc. shall be to act as a
bridge to the community by:
Increasing public awareness of, focusing attention on, and expanding the use of
the Clifton Park - Halfmoon Public
2) Initiating, organizing,
promoting, and encouraging cultural and educational activities.
Procuring gifts and endowments for
the Clifton Park - Halfmoon Public
Library, as well as raising funds to support certain Library activities.
The Friends of the Library will be sending you a survey that will help our organization update our records and increase opportunities for our membership to get involved. When you receive the survey, please take time to complete it.
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