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Friends of the Library Board Members

You are invited to attend any of the Board meetings as an observer. There is a variety of opportunities to participate in the Friends’ activities - by serving as a member of the Board, assisting on a committee, helping with special events like parades or author events, working in our bookstore at the Main Library, or making use of your skills in other ways.

The Board meets at 3:00 PM on the 2nd Thursday of the month.

    Meetings 2017-2018
September 14, 2017               Brewitt Library
October 12, 2017 Dana Library
November 9, 2017 Bach Library
December 14, 2017             El Dorado Library
January 11, 2018 Michelle Obama Library
February 8, 2018 Los Altos Library
March 8, 2018   Bay Shore Library
April 12, 2018 Mark Twain Library
May 10, 2018 Harte Library
June 14, 2018 TBD

We do not hold meetings in July or August

Most meetings are held at various libraries in the system, except for the annual luncheon meeting in late May and the June meeting, which is a Board potluck at a board member's home.

Friends of the Library Board Members

Elected Officers - elected to two-year, staggered terms.

  • President - Presides over Board meetings; President or Treasurer signs checks; with Board approval, appoints all Committee Chairs; is ex-officio member of all committees except Nominating; may authorize disbursement of funds with ratification by Board. (Currently: Patricia Benoit)
  • Vice President - Performs duties of President during President's absence; is responsible for memberships and renewals and for maintaining membership roster. (Currently: Arlene Gale)
  • Program Chair - Is in charge of special programs. (Currently: Lisa Moore)
  • Secretary - Keeps minutes of all general meetings and all Board meetings; assists in such notifications as may be necessary, as requested by the President. (Currently: Barbara Sosa)
  • Treasurer - Has custody of all funds, except those of standing committees; maintains a book of accounts; with a committee, prepares an annual budget to submit to the Board for approval; gives a financial report at each regular Board meeting; Treasurer or President signs all checks, keeping a record of them. (Currently: Doris Soriano)
  • Corresponding Secretary - Sends informal correspondences as directed by the President or Treasurer. (Currently: Jan Jackson)

Elected Directors of Standing Committees
- elected to two-year, staggered terms.

  • Blanche Collins Forum: Using a special endowment fund, each year arranges to bring a speaker of renown to an event at the Main Library Auditorium. (Currently: Janeice McConnell)
  • Book Store Chair: Arranges for staffing and operations of the Book Store at Main Library; coordinates the monthly Silent Auction. (Currently: Beverly Stunden)
  • Helen Fuller Cultural Carrousel: Distributes money from a large endowment to children’s programs throughout the library system; also administers the Dee Navari Storytelling Fund. (Currently: Ashleigh Ruhl)
  • Historian: Maintains and collects historical record and documents concerning the Friends. (Currently: Juliet Ebner)
  • Legislation: Reports to the Board on legislative issues of concern to libraries, at the local, state and national level. (Currently: Carol Quinlan)
  • Public Relations: Develops publicity for all Friends special events and updates Facebook page. (Currently: Co-chairs Sharon Abar and Caroline Martin)

Appointed Members-at-Large
- Three or more, appointed by President with Board approval; serve the Board in a variety of capacities, as needed. (Currently: Carol Collins, Annette Gordon, Barbara Hubbs)

Appointed Chairpersons
- appointed by President with Board approval.

  • Honor Books: Arranges book purchases from special “honor” donations, and on behalf of Super Friends - membership at $100 level or higher. (Currently: Linda Bresnan)
  • Hospitality: Arranges social details for Friends special events. (Currently: Lisa Moore)
  • Memorial Books: Arranges book purchases from special memorial donations. (Currently: Sandra Kroll)
  • Newsletter: Produces and organizes the mailing of the thrice-yearly newsletters that is mailed to all members, as well as to various public officials. (Currently: Barbara McPherson)
  • Nomination Committee: * Committee of 3, including at least one past president; appointed by President; elects its own chair; each year meets to nominate officers to fill positions that will be vacant. (Currently: Marie Treadwell)
  • Parades: Arranges for local Long Beach parades Friends’ participation. (Currently: OPEN)
  • Website Liaison, Facebook & Membership Database: Serves as clearinghouse for changes to website; responsible for updating membership database and Constant Contact. (Currently: Caroline Martin)

Ex-Officio Members

  • Director of Library Services: Glenda Williams, Director.
  • Past Presidents of the Friends of the Library: Tamara Achauer, Elizabeth Andrew, Margaret Durnin, Kathy DeSilva, Marilyn Larson, Jerry Loeb, Bernice Van Steenbergen, Marie Treadwell, and Jo Rae Zuckerman.

NOTE: If interested in joining the Library Board, please email benoit333@hotmail.com.

* Denotes head of a committee.

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