The Tower of Books display in the Cheever
Reading Room charts the increase in
membership in the Friends of the Library.
Thanks to all Friends of the Ossining Public Library, new and old, who attended and voted at our annual meeting. For those who couldn't make it, a quick summary:
We voted to increase the Friends' annual membership dues — students will now be $10; individuals $20; families $30 (although, as always, larger contributions are more than welcome). New dues became effective Feb. 1, 2013. If you're not sure when you joined or renewed, you can email our secretary, Barbara Henninger, at email@example.com
We reelected the current board and began forming separate committees to work on expanding the membership and helping to pass the library budget in May. If you'd like to join either committee, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
We reviewed the good news and not-so-good news of 2013. On the good side, we approved all the budget requests we received from the library staff, more than $15,000. We paid for the museum passes, the after-school homework help and a variety of concerts, programs and equipment not part of the library's operating budget. Thanks to our treasurer, Joyce Koyner, our application for tax-exempt status is in the friendly hands of the IRS. In not-so-good news: we spent more money than we took in ($3,930 in dues, and $5,470 from book sales). We began 2014 with $16,785 in the bank. And of the 300 names on our email list, only about 120 are in good standing in terms of their dues. And yes, Barbara is working on a friendly and efficient way of reminding members when their dues are up for renewal.
Thanks! Questions and suggestions always welcomed at email@example.com. Bob Minzesheimer, Friends president
Belated thanks to all the friendly volunteers who raised more than $600 at the Friends' holiday book sale in November: Diane Coppola, Nancy de Koven, Sally Dow, Sandy Halter, Joan Hraban, Sue Jimney, Susan Kelly, Bryce Kiernan, Nancy Lutwin, Richard Mangiaracina, Nancy Panagacos, Connie Serafin, Michele Tagg, Russell Woodyear and Bonnie Zitofsky Susan Kelly, our book sale maven, will report on book sale plans at the annual meeting. Thanks. See you at the library. Bob Minzesheimer, president; Donna Franzese, vice president; Joyce Koyner, treasurer; Barbara Henninger, secretary.
The Friends of the library will once again be accepting donations of books and cd's as of December 1. Unfortunately we cannot accept text books, magazines, and encyclopedias. We thank you for your patience.
To download a simple membership application, click here or pick up a form at the library.
The Friends is a non-profit group of volunteers who encourage public awareness of library services and support the goals and activities of the library. It does not set policy, which is up to the library's Board of Trustees. It does assist in expanding library services by helping pay for programs and improvements not provided for in the library's annual budget. It raises money for the library through membership contributions and sales of books and tote bags.
It's easy. Annual memberships start at $10, although larger contributions are gratefully accepted. Click here and download the application or pick up an application form at the library's circulation desk in the front lobby. Forms also are available in the racks of flyers downstairs near the Footnote Café.
Thanks to your support and the proceeds of our book sales, the Friends board approved $3,500 worth of budget requests from the library staff in October to pay for programs and equipment not in the library's budget. We're paying for three concerts (jazz, classical and a St. Patrick's Day event), iPad tablets to be used in the children's room, and non-electronic gaming programs, including "Mad Scientist University," for the teen room. In addition, last summer the Friends paid for prizes for the summer reading program for kids and for museum passes which have proven to be very popular.
The Friends' current board, elected by members, consists of President Bob Minzesheimer, Vice President Donna Franzese, Treasurer Joyce Koyner, and Secretary Barbara Henninger, an assistant in the library's business office. Susan Kelly serves as chair of the booksale committee. George Morrison chairs the Advocacy Committee. Both welcome volunteers. Since January 2010, membership has grown from 75 to 300. The goal is to have 1,000 members, which may sound like a lot, but about 19,000 people have Ossining library cards. Suggestions and questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org (paste this address into your email program if it does not automatically open when you click on it).
Not yet, but the paperwork is being prepared for the application. The Friends are incorporated with New York State.
You can join the county-wide Advocates of the Westchester Library System, a citizens' group that helps inform local and state public officials about the importance of libraries. Its website is westchesterlibraries.org/advocates.
Assist the Library Board of Trustees in communicating the library's mission and services to the public and to serve as a vehicle for community involvement.
Assist in making the members of the county and state legislatures aware of the services provided to the public and the ongoing need for their financial support.
• Provide input to the Board of Trustees to assist them in their efforts to plan for and provide the best possible library services.
• Serve as a resource for recruiting and using library volunteers.
• Raise funds through membership donations and sponsorship of periodic book sales and similar fund-raising events, the proceeds of which are to be used by the library for worthy purposes for which tax supported funds are not available.
Form of Organization
• The Friends of the Ossining Public Library is a membership organization composed of individuals, groups and public and private organizations that are interested in supporting the Ossining Public Library.
• There shall be an annual membership meeting.
• The membership shall elect a President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary at the annual meeting. Nominations for such offices shall be entertained from the floor at the time of the annual meeting. The terms of the officers shall be for one year. Vacancies are to be filled by appointment of the president.
• Members to be in good standing will have timely made their membership donation. All members in good standing shall have the right to vote at the annual meeting or membership meetings called by the president.
• Any other business shall be brought before the membership at the annual meeting.
• Membership categories include: Individual, Patron, and Group. Each member of a category shall have one vote. The membership fees for the fiscal year, for each category, shall be determined by vote at the annual meeting.
• The Friends shall be responsible for the timely filing of appropriate forms with applicable governmental agencies; however the Board of Trustees may allow library staff to assist in their preparation.
• The Director of the Ossining Public Library shall appoint a member of the staff to serve as liaison to the Friends.
Fund-Raising Activities and Donations to the Library
• The Board of Trustees of the Ossining Public Library and/or its director may request donations from the Friends of the Ossining Public Library. As a general rule, funds donated to and accepted by the Library shall be used for worthy purposes for which tax-supported funds are not available.
Dissolution of the Friends of the Ossining Public Library
• At its discretion, the Board of Trustees of the Ossining Public Library shall have the power to dissolve the Friends of the Ossining Public Library.
• Alternatively, a quorum of the members of the Friends, shall have the power to vote for the dissolution of the Association.
• In either case, whatever balances remain in the account(s) of the Association shall devolve to the Ossining Public Library for the benefit of library services.
Adopted at membership meeting, September 27, 2010.