Notes From Friends: April 2024

April brings a lot of activity to our library, especially with National Library Week happening April 7 – 13. To help celebrate, the Friends of SADL will have a special treat bag for patrons beginning Monday April 8 until all 100 goody bags are gone! On Thursday, April 11, three Friends of SADL will travel to Lansing to attend the Annual Membership Meeting of Friends of Michigan Libraries followed by “Talk About Friends,” a chance for Friends from all across the state to meet in small groups and discuss fundraiser ideas, share experiences, and inspire each other with stories!

We are excited to welcome local author Barbara Bull to the Library on Thursday, April 18 at 6:30 to discuss her writing, answer your questions, and sign her books offered for sale. You may know Barbara as the owner of Cherry Point Farm & Market and the beautiful Lavender Labyrinth and Herb Garden. She loves sharing her passions for horticulture, history, and writing so this should be a real treat! Preceding this “Author Talk” is our quarterly meeting of the Friends of SADL at 5:00 so come early and see for yourselves what a great group of volunteers we are! Business at this meeting will include the election of board and officers, a sign up to help with the Garden Sale and Free Plant Giveaway June 1, and to hear more about how Friends of SADL assist our library. Slated to run for the board are Libby Brouwer, Mary Ann Carey, Mary Ellen Heyde, Paula Inglis, and Janet Schultz; for president Cindy McKinnon, vice president Julie McKeen, treasurer Kathy Sullivan, secretary Sharon Zoller. Nominations will also be taken from the floor. Refreshments will be served.

Look for our ad in the Oceana All Access annual magazine for the Shelby Area District Library! Our own Amanda Mazur designed the ad, created the new logos for SADL and Friends of SADL, and redesigned the new website which debuted in March. Along with her husband Andy, their marketing business Envigor has really made a difference in sprucing up our media presence. Thank you, Amanda!

Want to learn more about how you can be an advocate for libraries, including our own Shelby Area District Library? April 16 is Michigan Library Advocacy Day, a chance for you to meet your legislators and advocate for libraries at the Capitol in Lansing. Learn more about how you can unite with others to support the Michigan library community at [email protected]. Registration to participate in activities closes April 2.

That snow last week has melted, crocus are blooming, the deer are nibbling the tulips as they emerge, and I just finished reading Ann Patchett’s Tom Lake. With its setting in Michigan’s cherry belt, the novel was the perfect read for a March cold spell. Now I’m ready to celebrate the arrival of Spring with warm temps! Wishing you all a special Easter season!

Cindy McKinnon

President, Friends of SADL

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