Wednesday, April 15, 2015

President's Corner with Carol Johnson

Dear Friends,

As we wind down the Spring season of 2015, let me remind you to attend the next Friends program on Monday, May 18 at 2:30.  You'll get to meet popular local writer and News-Journal columnist Mark Lane – and you'll attend our Annual Meeting at the same time.  All members of the Friends may vote as we will elect a new Recording Secretary and Corresponding Secretary, as well as introduce the Board Members.  We promise, the business meeting will only take about 15 minutes – but we want to let you know what we've done with your donations over the past year, and the many ways those donations have benefitted the library. 

We're really pleased to announce that you'll be sitting on one of the things your donations have helped purchase: New chairs for the auditorium – YES!  Comfortable and elegant, the new chairs will be in place by the May 18th program/meeting.  We're sure you'll like them.

Stay tuned for some terrific programs for Fall:  Our new program chair, Joanie Krueger, is bringing enthusiasm and showmanship to Ormond Beach.  She is kicking off the season Saturday, August 29, with troubadours Bill and Eli Perras and their “Artifacts of Florida” presentation.  Musician Rod MacDonald will appear October 9.  And she has lined up best-selling author Tim Dorsey for October 20. Great stuff…plan to attend.

The Early Learning Program, “1000 Books Before Kindergarten,” is in full swing, with several children having read over 500 books. Check out the “honors” banner in the Children's Department.  The Children and Young Adult librarians have a full list of terrific programs ready for summer, too. 

There's a lot going on at the Ormond Beach Library.  Hope you'll join us soon – we look forward to seeing you at the library.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Historic Ormond Photos

Historic photos of the Ormond Beach area dating from the 1880’s to the early 1900’s are available at the library through the Friends of the Library. 

All of the numbered photos hung on the walls and along the hallway of the library can be purchased in an 8x10 size for $15 and can be special ordered in a 16x20 size for $65.  See a display of some of the photos available for purchase in front of the Circulation Desk.

The top selling photos are of the Hotel Ormond and the First Cottage Built on Ormond Beach.  These photos make a memorable gift or a lovely addition to your own home.

A library staff member at the Circulation Desk will be happy to help you with your purchase. 
Carla Topper, Historic Photo Chairperson

Friday, August 22, 2014

Friends Programs Featuring Mark Lane

The Friends Annual Meeting is Monday, May 18, at 2:30pm in the Library Auditorium.  We will have a brief Friends business meeting and election of two open officers on the Board, nominees are Bev Schlecht (Recording Secretary) and Germaine Cupolo (Corresponding Secretary.)  An exciting program follows the meeting and light refreshments will be served.  

We are delighted to present  Mark Lane, columnist for of the Daytona Beach News-Journal, as our special Guest Speaker!  Faithful readers of the News-Journal have been familiar with his column since 1999.  He has been labeled a”A Florida Treasure,” and is often compared to Dave Berry and Carl Hiaasen, because of his rare Florida humor, and his understanding of unique Florida politics. 

We look forward to ending our season of programs with this very dynamic and special speaker.  Our Ormond Beach Friends of the Library Board is delighted to be able to bring Mark Lane to our library community.

Looking ahead, Saturday, August 29,  will be the first Friends of the Library program for the new season.  We will feature Bill and Eli Perras, performers of original, educational, Americana music from Deland.  Their program is titled “Artifacts of Florida: Song and Story.” Their presentation shares a bit of history, people and culture utilizing Bill and Eli’s original songs, and the stories behind the songs.  Their style is unique, as Eli uses American Sign Language as she sings.  The program involves audience participation!
Don’t forget to mark your calendars for August 29, at 2:00pm.  It’s a greay way to spend time on a Saturday afternoon!

Joanie Krueger, Program Chairperson

Monday, May 19, 2014

Spring Fling Book Sale

Our April 18 Spring Fling BOGO Book Sale was a great success!  Friends and patrons of the library took advantage of the good savings and selections.  There was a wide variety of gently used books and other items.  Those who attended enjoyed the  savings from the popular $1.00 bag of books for the small paperback books, VHS tapes and National Geographic magazines.

   Volunteers Shirley, Carol and Carla are preparing the paperback books for the sale.

         Shirley Johnson, Book Sale Room Chairperson, prepares for the sale to begin!

The next FOL Book Sale is scheduled for July 18.  Check the Friends bulletin board and web site ( for more information. 

We welcome our newest Book Room volunteer, Candace McMunn who will work Fridays with Shirley Weibel.  Many of our book room volunteer positions have been filled, but there is always room for another book lover.

~Shirley Johnston, Book Sale Room Chairperson

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Children's and Teen Programs

The theme for the Florida Library Youth Program this summer is “Every Hero Has a Story” for children, and “Unmask!” for teens. There are many activities and programs planned for all age groups.  

Besides our regularly scheduled storytimes for young children, kids in 5th grade and under can do crafts, take special dance and other classes, enjoy special guests such as:
the Central Florida Zoo, the amazing Jiggleman, and Amanda’s Dance Studio, and can read for prizes and much more.  

Kids in 6th through 12thgrade can join a book club, a writing club, watch anime movies and play Wii games.  There will also be a program for children to practice their reading with a teen “Book Buddy.”  Most programs begin the week of June 8 and run through July ending with a big finale event.  Please come into the library in June for a complete schedule and specific details for various age groups.  Our calendar will also be available on our website at   All of our programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Ormond Beach Library. 

Susan PerryChildren’s Librarian