Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Enjoyment, Opportunity and Renewal

How do these three words relate to the Friends of the Library?  If you enjoy reading and helping others enjoy books and programs for free, and buying equipment for the library, then you have the opportunity to do so by renewing your Friends of the Ormond Beach Library 2015 Membership. Renew your membership now!  Invite a neighbor or friend to join now and the membership will be November 2014 – December 2015!   

By renewing your membership, you are entitled to a 10% discount on all books in the Friends book sale room, and early admittance to the book sales.  If you have the money, we have the time to renew your membership! Renew your membership by going to the library and completing the renewal form.  Turn the completed form and check into the Circulation Desk. There are a wide range of memberships and donations which are willingly accepted.

Thank you for helping the Friends of the Ormond Beach Library with your renewals.  We truly appreciate all that you do in assisting the Ormond Beach Library serve their patrons.

~Carol Chillemi, Membership Chairperson                                                                                            

Friday, August 22, 2014

President's Corner

Dear Friends:

The Friends of the Ormond Beach Library work to help the library in many ways – and we are grateful to have your help.  Our board members not only give time to fundraising, but are active library volunteers as well – checking in book/video returns, shelving books, on the phone to let you know your reserved items are in, and many more essential activities to keep the library operating smoothly.  We also volunteer in the Book Sale Room, the Friends main fundraising tool – and every day our crew goes through the donations (THANK YOU for those donations!), organizes and prices the books, then brings them out for sale. 

So...perhaps I've made the point that the Library relies on volunteers, and so does the Friends.  If you want to feel appreciated, this is an opportunity for you!  If interested in volunteering in the Book Sale Room, please contact Shirley Johnston (See Book Sale Room Update article). 

The Friends also present talented speakers, actors and musicians.  This year our special fund-raising event featured New Orleans Jazz Singer Sybil Gage, in a special performance just before her appearance at the Thin Man Jazz Festival.  Our board members channeled a New Orleans vibe, wearing masks, fedoras and lots of bling.  We like to think we added to a terrific show and we hope you were able to come.

On November 11th, Mary Lee and Frank Sweet will give us a glimpse of the music, history and folklore of Thanksgiving as celebrated by early Floridians.  They are wonderful performers, and we hope you can join us.  The other way you can help us help the library is by renewing your membership in the Friends by returning the completed form in this newsletter.  It's the best way to stay in touch with all the library activities, and we're looking forward to another great year.

See you at the Library!
Carol Johnson

PS: Just in case, if you're not enrolled in Surfcat, ask with your librarian for a temporary password, then enter this link:  You can also access this newsletter online.  Here is the link (you can use it with or without Surfcat): 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

FOL Programs for November

“Backintyme” with Mary Lee and Frank Sweet has been postponed and will not be performing November 11 as was published earlier.  

Instead, Bill Schustik will perform "Tales of the American Troubadour" on Tuesday, November 11, at 2:00pm in the Library Auditorium.  

Musician, folklorist and historian Bill Schustik travels across the county gathering songs and sowing legends. The tools of his trade include his deep baritone voice, a keen sense of drama, a colorful array of folk instruments, and an abiding love for traditional American lore. He has performed for three American presidents, appeared on and off Broadway, co-authored two full-length ballets, and written a show about the American Civil War.

This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Live Jazz and Blues with Sybil Gage” was a great success October 17.  The Auditorium was transformed to a nightclub setting and Friends and patrons gave Gage a standing ovation.  

Due to the Holiday Book Sale and the many holiday activities, there will be no December Friends program. 

Are there genre or performers you would like to have as a Friends program in the future?  Let us know by emailing  We welcome your input. 

~Ron and Alice Howell, Program Chairpersons

Monday, May 19, 2014

Holiday Gift Ideas

Are you looking for a unique gift for someone special during this holiday season? 

Consider a historic photo of early Ormond Beach.  The numbered photos on the walls of the library are available in an 8x10 size for $15 and can be special ordered in a 16x25 size for $65. 

Another unusual and lasting gift is an engraved shelf plate with a personalized message.  For $25 you can select a three line message honoring or memorializing a friend or family member.  

See a library staff member for more information and/or application form.  All proceeds go to projects to support our library.

~Carla Topper, Historic Photo Chair

Book Sale Room Update

The Book Sale Room continues to enjoy brisk sales each week and we anticipate reaching our budget goal for the year.  Our most recent sale on October 11, the Fall BOGO sale, netted $376.35.  Although not quite as lucrative as other sales, due to the especially low pricing, we were still very pleased with the number of happy patrons and the huge amount of books which were purchased.

The last big sale of the year will be Saturday, December 6th - A Holiday Sale, from 10:00-3:00pm.   There will be a special section of Holiday books available for purchase.  We will also spotlight some of the newer books we have received which would be suitable for gifts.  Please mark your calendars and join your book loving friends for a great day.

If there are any friends who would like to volunteer for the book sales room, please contact me at  Helpers generally work one day per week in the morning or afternoon.  It is really fun and you will be helping the Friends provide needed funds to support our great Ormond Beach Library.

~Shirley Johnston, Book Sale Room Chairperson

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Children's and Teen Programs

We are introducing a new story time, Rhythm & Rhyme: A Sensory Story Time, which will be held Mondays, November 3 and 17 at 11:00am.  This program is designed for children with sensory integration issues, speech/language delays, and other challenges.  Following each session is a half-hour of socialization.  This program is for children in Pre-school – Grade 5 accompanied by a caregiver. 
Teens (6-12th Grade) give back in December: Gift Donations to the Grand Villa Senior Community.

There will be two meetings:
·  December 3 at 11:00am – Sign up and brainstorm what items would be best for making gift baskets for the seniors.  Teens will ask friends and family to donate these items and bring them to the next meeting.

·  December 13 at 11:00am – Make gift baskets with items collected.  Holiday refreshments will be provided.  

~Kathleen Phillips, Children’s Librarian