Jo Anne Robbins, FOL President,|
by Toby Elman
Toby Elman, left, presents the leadership award to Jo Anne Robbins
At a Joint Meeting of the Library Trustees and the Friends
of the Library on August 16th, the FOL recognized Jo Anne Robbins for her
outstanding leadership. The
Friends gave her a Certificate of Special Recognition for Leadership and a gift
of the New York City Public Library's lion bookends, "Patience" and
"Fortitude". The Certificate
quoted John Quincy Adams, "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn
more, do more and become more, you are a leader". The FOL Board felt this quote reflects Jo Anne's leadership
skills through the years.
Toby Elman, representing the Friends Board, read the
"The Friends are so fortunate to have a Board Member who has
outstanding leadership skills that the Board has decided to publicly recognize
this person. The Friends feel that she deserves special recognition and the
gratitude of the Friends of the Library. As a tangible demonstration of this recognition and gratitude, the Board
has decided to present this exceptional Member, Jo Anne Robbins, with a gift
and a Certificate of Special Recognition for Leadership.
Jo Anne has shown herself to be an unbelievably hard working
Board Member for many years and a creative and productive President for the
last two years. She has brought
many new Members to our Board and thus opened the Friends up to new and
exciting events, fundraisers and the development of new computer technology to
help publicize our events. In
doing so, the Friends organization has benefited by becoming a stronger and more creative
advocate for the Library.
Jo Anne, in recognition of your multitude of great
leadership skills and many years of hard and devoted work on the Friends Board, it
is our pleasure to give you this certificate and a gift of gratitude for all
you have done to help make the Friends the vital and thriving organization that
it is today."
Kathy Adam, liaison to the Friends Board from the Library,
also praised Jo Anne, noting that she had been one of the original Steering
Committee members from 1995 that started the current FOL. Kathy described Jo Anne as capable and hardworking, and
said that she could not have imagined that all these years later the Friends,
with Jo Anne's contribution, could have accomplished so much.
Major Author Event: Lee Child|
November 3, 2010 - 7:00 PM
by Linda Conklin
Author, Lee Child Coming to our Library
Are you a mystery lover? Then you'll enjoy our next author event. The Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library, in conjunction with the Friends of the Library, is
pleased to feature Lee Child, international bestselling author of the Jack
Reacher thrillers. He will be
speaking at the Library on Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at 7 PM.
A prolific writer, Child has released two books this
year. His book, 61 Hours, hit
stores in May and his newest work, Worth Dying For, will be available on
October 19th. Each book follows
Jack Reacher in a new adventure, making it easy to start with any book in the
series. Once you meet Jack, you'll
be hooked and want to read more. Lee will be signing copies of his books at the
conclusion of the program and Borders Books will have a selection of his books
Lee Child began his writing career in 1995 after losing his
position in television in England due to corporate restructuring. Being a voracious reader, Lee decided to try his hand at
writing. The result was Killing
Floor, the first Jack Reacher novel, which was an immediate success and
launched the series.
Registration for then event is required and begins at 9 AM
on Friday, October 1st by phone at 371-8622, in person or online through our
Calendar of Events. Due to the
popularity of this event, each reservation is for a maximum of 2 people.
For more information on this event, or to access the
Calendar of Library Events, go to the Library's website. Additional funding for this program has been provided by the Town of Clifton
The 2010 Library Budget Vote |
by Jo Anne Robbins
Good news! The residents of Clifton Park and Halfmoon
approved the 2011 Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library $3,859,569 budget by a
vote of 782 to 212. Incumbent
Edwin Rodger and newcomer David Bissett were elected as representatives for
Clifton Park on the Library Board of Trustees. Thank you to everyone on our Get Out the Vote Team who worked
so diligently to encourage a positive voter turnout . . . a 78.7% positive vote
this year. Special thanks to: · Director, Alex Gutelius, for facilitating the efforts of
our Library staff, Trustees and
FOL Board members in a spirited effort to Get Out the Vote. · Joe Conroy for his beautiful bookmarks, posters and flyer
designs that communicated so eloquently the essence of our library services. · Ann Cocca for developing and carrying out carefully planned
and executed PR materials including press releases, posters, bookmarks,
brochures and informational flyers. · Fei Xei for her graphic artistry in the creation of
posters and bookmarks. · Ann Christoffel, who creates and coordinates our PR e-mails. · Wilma Jozwiak for organizing and sharing needed membership
data for e-mails, mailings and phone calls.· Corinne Acker, Maria Louisa Bautista, Francine Roger and
Nancy Jarose for their help with two "Get Out the Vote" mailings. · The many volunteers who put up our roadside signs (and
took them down) including: Zeb Robbins, Ed Rodger, Bernie Grossman, Bill and
Alex Gutelius, Lori Bennett, Virginia Tracey, Christene Thurston, David Golden,
Kathy Adam, Wilma Jozwiak, Toby and Arnie Elman, Ellen Burns,
Linda Fennelly, Keith Willis, Ann
Cocca, Nancy Hampton, Debby Curto, Cliff Bueno and Andres Harnecker. · Our callers including Kathy Adam, George Pawlowski, Linda Fennelly, David Golden, Christene
Thurston, Wilma Jozwiak, Nancy Hampton, Lori Bennett, Ed Rodger, Andres Harnecker, Bernie Grossman, Zeb
Robbins, Rhona Koretzky and Cathy Lawrence. · Sally Gillich and Mary Beth Nafis for assuring that our
library computers had vote information screen savers and our website
communicated the importance of voting. · Charlene Opatkiewicz and Megan DeLaRosa for getting our
message out to the Shen Teachers. · Kimberlie Meyer for sharing information about the Library
Vote Day with her preschool e-mail tree. · Keith Willis, for organizing the Mini Used Book Sale on
the day of the vote. Also thanks to the following book sale
volunteers for their efforts: Joan
Hagglove, Sylvia Cotriss, Irene Botch, Ann Christoffel, Kathy Myers, Peggy
Cushman, Vivian Semian,Katherine Barry, Ruth Milczarek, Marianne Jutton and Pat
Willis. · Zeb Robbins, Maria Louisa Bautista, Sandra Wallace,
and Corinne Acker who worked at
the Clifton Park Community Fair. · Corinne Acker, Sue Brooks, Maria Louisa Bautista and the
Hospitality team (Kathleen Barry, Louise Butler, Nancy Connor, Peggy Cushman,
Dorothy Everson, Judy Gerwitz, Betty Kleiner, Francine Rodger, Joyce Sammo, Nancy Shade, Karyl Smith, Sandra
Wallace, Kathleen Wetmore and Pat Willis) for planning and organizing the
wonderful Vote Day reception. · Kathy Adam, who enlisted the support of our Library Ambassadors
and Vote Day volunteers to welcome voters and man the polls and registration
tables. · Marcie Slot who created four beautiful architectural
renderings of our library history in time for our GOTV reception (they now hang
in the Josephine Piracci Board Room). · Finally, a very special thanks to those in our library
community who made the effort to vote. Of course, so many people worked on this "grass roots"
campaign, I know that I have probably missed someone in this thank you
article. Please know that the
Friends of the Library appreciate the help of every member! Passing the budget vote each year is a
top priority in order for our library to continue to provide excellent service
to our community. Finally, the
Friends of the Library Board is looking for a volunteer who help coordinate our
Get Out the Vote Campaign for 2011. If you would like to find out more about the position, please contact
Toby Elman at firstname.lastname@example.org. We have a carefully developed plan and a committed team. Now, we need someone to assume this
important leadership position on the FOL Board.
The 2010 FOL Volunteer of the Year|
by Lori Bennett
Jo Anne Robbins, left, presents Toby Elman the Volunteer of the Year award
During the Volunteer of the Year reception on Thursday,
September 16th, Friends of the Library President Jo Anne Robbins presented the
award to a very surprised Toby Elman.
Toby, who has been a member of the Friends board since 2006, was
recognized for her outstanding dedication to the organization.
Since joining the Board, Toby has served as the publicity
chairperson, a job which gets bigger each year as the Friends increase our
activities. In addition to her
public relations duties, she also serves as the Second Vice President and is
the board liaison to Book Friendly, the Friends newsletter. She has been a member of the Signature
Occasion, Annual Meeting and Book and Story Festival committees and is always
willing to lend a hand.
In the words of Keith Willis, First Vice President, "Toby's
outstanding dedication to the ideals of the Friends and her commitment to the
organization are exemplary. Toby
spends countless hours each month keeping track of all of the myriad activities
in which the Friends are involved, and making sure that those activities
receive the maximum amount of exposure in the media. She is consistently upbeat and cheerful, even in the face of
setbacks, and is always willing to volunteer to help out on some other
project. Toby serves as an
inspiration to the entire Friends community. I feel that there could be no better recipient than Toby for
For the past twelve years, the Friends have been recognizing
our exceptional volunteers. The
award was originally named the Bunny Burnes Volunteer of the Year award in
memory of Bunny Burnes, who was the Director of the Clifton Park Senior Center
and its guiding force for many years. Bunny was an active community member and a strong library
supporter. The Volunteer of the
Year Award was developed to recognize Friends members who exemplify Bunny's
Each year, the name of the award recipient has been added to
a plaque displayed in the library. Since the plaque is now full, it has been retired and the award has been
renamed the Friends of the Library Volunteer of the Year award. As this year's recipient, Toby's name
will be the first on the new plaque.
|The Friends' Favorites Cookbook|by Ellen Burns The 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 throughout the book. The cookbook features favorite recipes from members of our community,
your neighbors and friends.
Proceeds from the sales of our cookbooks will help fund 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 Friendly Exclusive!! See the Recipe Review below! Click for Recipe
Welcome Linda Conklin|
Author Events Coordinator
by Jo Anne Robbins
Welcome to Linda Conklin, our new Author Events Coordinator. Linda will work closely with our
Board Events and Fund-raising Chair,
Ellen Burns, to plan and coordinate author
events for the coming
year. She will also be working in
collaboration with our CPH
librarians to facilitate Library
author events. Linda believes that author visits are a
wonderful way to invite the community to the library. She plans to explore introducing a "Clifton Park-Halfmoon
Reads" program to our Library and
is confident that she can use the skills she has acquired to accomplish
Linda moved from Scotia to Clifton Park at the end of 2002
and joined the Friends of the Library in 2004. For many years, she worked for Schenectady County as planner of their employment and training
programs focusing on youth employment, particularly summer youth employment.
After taking an early retirement incentive from the county, Linda transitioned
into maternal and child health working briefly at the Maternal and Infant
Network of the Capital Region followed by a five-year stint at Bellevue Woman's
Center where she administered a program for at-risk pregnant women.
An avid reader, Linda spends many delightful hours with books right here at our wonderful Library. Linda also belongs to a neighborhood
book club that she says . . . "is lots of fun!"
Linda plays bridge and Mah Jongg, and enjoys her
grandchildren, traveling, gardening and trying to keep fit and healthy. As a volunteer, she ushers at Proctor's
Theater and at Capital Rep. She has three grown children - two boys and a
girl. Her daughter is a
published author with three books to her credit.
|Library Staff Coffee to Honor Betty Treffiletti and Gail Winters|
The Friends of the Library are pleased to announce that
pavers have been engraved to honor Betty Treffiletti and Gail Winters for their
long and excellent service to our Library and their unflagging support of the
Friends' organization. On Friday,
October 22nd, the Friends Board and Committee Chairs will join the Library
staff for a special coffee further honoring and recognizing Betty and
Gail. Members of the Friends
organization are encouraged to send Betty and Gail messages of congratulations
and good wishes for a very happy retirement!
|Friends' Membership Drive|
by Wilma Jozwiak
As you know, FOL memberships run from January 1 through
December 31 of each year. For the
second year, a Fall Membership Drive is being conducted to cut down on the
number of January renewal notices.
Each membership renewal notice requires two envelopes and two sheets of
paper, duplication, and postage.
Reducing the mailings cuts down not only on our costs, but also on
material use and our waste stream. As a little inducement (beyond "being green"), everyone who
renews his or her membership or joins as a new member between August 1st and
December 31st will be entered in one of two drawings for a coupon worth $2.00
at a Friends Used Book Sale. Memberships and renewals received at the library by October 12th will be
entered in the first drawing, and those received by the end of the year in the
second drawing. Ten winners will
be drawn for both time periods, for a total of twenty lucky winners. PLEASE NOTE that if you renew at this early point, you may
ignore the renewal reminder in the winter newsletter. If you renew again at that point, it will be assumed that
you are doing so to benefit the Friends' many projects supporting the library
community. If you have any
questions about your membership or about the Membership Drive, please contact
Wilma Jozwiak, Membership Chair, at email@example.com or leave a message for
her at the Information Desk.Download a membership form.
Library Rendering Project|
by Jo Anne Robbins
Last spring, the Friends of the Library Board commissioned
local artist Marcie Reed Slot to create full-color framed depictions of each of
our former library buildings and our beautiful "new" library. The renderings chronicle the history of
our Library and now enhance the Josephine Piracci Board Room. They are permanently displayed on the
wall facing the Library foyer. An
architectural illustrator, Marcie is celebrating her 25th year in
business. She has had the unique
experience of creating personal, lasting memories of a most valuable
investment: the family home. Specializing in pen and ink,
watercolor, and pencil renderings, Slot is able to create an exquisite
illustration. Recognized for
attention to details, she has even been known to include the family dog or cat
peeking out of the window of lounging in the yard. Marcie
has drawn thousands of elevations and floor plans for local builders to use in
brochure designs. Many real estate
agents have given her home illustrations as closing gifts for their
clients. She has also illustrated
residential homes, camps, schools, fire departments, and churches. Her most recent endeavor is her
pictorial history of the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library. Slot
has consistently produced admirable work that has been featured in The Sunday
Gazette, The Capital District Showcase of Home, Saratoga Showcase of Homes,
Harmon Homes Magazine and The Real Estate Channel. She is the recipient of a Saratoga Showcase Award and VIP
recipient of the Cambridge Who's Who Award. When Marcie is not designing and illustrating, she enjoys
spending time with her twin daughters and grandchildren. Examples of Marcie Reed Slot's work can
be viewed at www.houseart.biz.
Our Library at Key Bank
Our Library on Cemetery Road
Our Library on Wall Street
Our Library on Moe road
by Rhona Koretzky
The trip to Sicily and Southern Italy will depart on March
17, 2011 with a group of 25 intrepid travelers. If you would like to join the
group there is still time and space. Please contact Rhona Koretsky
asap at (518) 505-1303 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. The tour features two full days in Rome, Pompeii, the Amalfi
Coast, and Sicily including World Heritage Site: Valley of the Temples. Look for an announcement of the spring bus trip in the next
newsletter. Happy and safe travels wherever you may go!
Recipe Review from Friends' Favorites Cookbook
by Emily Hampton
Maybe you have heard the expression, "Life is short ... eat
dessert first". That would be the perfect expression to describe a fabulous
recipe from the new Friends' Favorite Cookbook. Simply turn to page 130. An easy, tasty and wonderful dessert will appear: Chocolate Chip Pie. You don't even have to be an expert to
please friends and family members with this recipe. I have made this particular dessert on two different
occasions and have had rave reviews!
It's like a magic trick because it disappears quickly! Enjoy!!
Chocolate Chip Pie
Pillsbury pie crust (from the dairy case0
½ cup flour
½ cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar
2 eggs beaten
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
6 ounce bag Nestle's semi sweet morsels
2 sticks (1 cup) melted butter
½ cup rolled oats or ½ cup chopped nuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugars, eggs, salt,
vanilla and any optional ingredients.
Stir in melted butter and mix until well blended.
Add chocolate morsels.
Pour mixture into unbaked pie crust.
Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour.
Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
The recipe was submitted by Kathy Adam.
|Autumn 2010 Issue|
Fall Used Book Sale
Coffee honoring Gail Winters and Betty Treffiletti 8 am
Mystery Author Lee Child 7 pm
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.
Outreach Committee Update
by Cathy Lawrence
Each year, the Outreach committee holds two Buy one-get one
Free Scholastic Book Fairs. It is
done as a community service to make new, current books available to the
community at 50% of the cost.
addition, Outreach donates books to many sites and through its donations makes
books available to all ages. Books
are also delivered to home-bound folks as well. This is the thirteenth year for Outreach and over 12,000
books have been donated.
The September Fair was held September 10th. We sent $3,440 to
Scholastic which represents over $6,800 in books to the community.
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. The FOL has to pay to have unusable books taken to the landfill.
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; video cassettes 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 also 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 and photos are printed with permission of authors.
Book Friendly is online at:
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 January winter issue is December 1, 2010.
Friends Museum Pass Programby Nancy Hampton
"Check Out" our Museum Passes!
Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
If it's been a while since you have visited a museum, check
out our Museum Pass Program! The
Friends of the Clifton Park - Halfmoon Library have provided a program that
allows library patrons the opportunity to check out museum passes to a variety
of museums, some in our own backyard. The goal of the program is to provide children and adults the
opportunity to visit a museum free of charge. These passes are not "free tickets". Here is how the Museum Pass Program
Residents who live in the Clifton Park - Halfmoon Library
District that are 18 years of age or older and have a library card that is in
good standing are able to check out a special reusable pass to a variety of
museums. These passes may be
checked out at the Ask A Librarian Desk. Each pass may be checked out for a 3 day period and they are on a first-come,
first-served basis. The librarian
on duty will be happy to answer any questions you might have.
The newest addition to our collection is The Racing Museum
and Hall of Fame located in Saratoga Springs.
Currently, we have passes available for the following
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
The National Racing Museum and Hall of Fame
Saratoga Springs, NY
If you have suggestions for new museums, please let us know. If you haven't heard about our Museum Pass Program, "Check us out!"
Board of Directors
Jo Anne Robbins
1st VP & Book Sales
2nd VP & Publicity
FOL Committee Chairs
Corinne Acker & Susanna Brooks, Hospitality
Chris Barry, Historian
Kathy Burns, Volunteer Coordinator
Ann Christoffel, E-mail Tree
Linda Conklin, Author Events
Janice Jaskolka Golden, Pavers
Heidi Muir, Newsletter Editor
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.
2011 Entertainment Books
The 2011 Entertainment Books are on sale now at the
Circulation Desk of the Library.
The cost is $30 and checks should be made payable to the Friends of the
CPH Library. Pick up one soon
while they are available!
Marcie Reed Slot
The four beautiful framed color renderings of our Library created by local artist, Marcie Reed Slot, are now located in the Josephine Piracci Board Room. Marcie was recognized by Board President, Jo Anne Robbins, at the Vote Day Reception sponsored by the FOL.
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