Wednesday, April 27, 2016

A Word for Summer

Were you ever so excited about something that you talked about it with everyone you met?  Well, we feel that way about our library services.

I’ve been a guest speaker at many local clubs and groups and my goal is always to see if I can share at least one library item or service that the group doesn’t know about. I’ll tell you it is not always easy, as many of these groups are book lovers and library users. After a while I can find something that is new to everyone. We are also adding new services and materials frequently, which helps me during these speaking engagements!

 As a member of our Friends of the Library, you are our biggest advocates in the community. So I challenge you to share with your neighbors and friends as you are traveling, sitting around the pool or at the beach, some of the great things you can do at the library.  Do your neighbors know that they can download ebooks?  Does your family know they can borrow DVDs and download movies? Do your friends know they can attend interesting and informative free programs at the library?

Help us spread the Library word this summer!

Suzan Howes, Regional Librarian


Welcome New FOL Board Member - Melissa White

The Friends Board welcomes our newest director, Melissa White. 

You have probably seen Melissa around the library as she is a volunteer in circulation, shelving books, restocking and checking in items.  A resident of the area for 50 years, Melissa was a teacher at Mainland and Assistant Principal at Seabreeze and Deland High Schools. 

She comments, “I have always enjoyed the library.  Since volunteering at the Ormond Library, I’ve seen the tremendous usage of the facility and the results of the work done by the Friends of the Library.” 

We welcome you, Melissa! 


President's Corner

Dear Friends,

The Annual Meeting of the Friends will be held Monday, May 9, in the library auditorium.  Please attend!
As a thank you, we have the honor of introducing a new resident of Ormond Beach – Larry Downing. Downing was the official photographer for five US Presidents: Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Bush I and II, and Barack Obama.  He will be our program speaker and presenter.

During the meeting, we'll give a brief overview of what we have done with your membership donations over the past year, and will elect several new officers.  It has been my honor to serve as President for the Friends of the Ormond Beach Library for the past four years, along with the hard-working members of the Board of Directors.  We need your votes for the new Board leadership!
You'll be able to see the results of some of that work in the auditorium itself – new chairs, a stage, improved lighting and sound (with plans in the works for more improvements). You might also have noticed a fresher look to the library, with newly refinished and reupholstered furniture. We've shepherded the creation of two reading “nooks” - the lovely Peg & Bill Roberts Reading Room with its enhanced large-print book collection, and “Barb's Corner,” both located near the windows with views of the river.  Our Book Sale Room continues to grow and improve, thanks to the wonderful Shirley Johnston and her sixteen volunteer workers, and it is another major source of our funding.
We have a lot going on – and plans in the works for more. If you'd like to be notified about our events, please let us know your email address.   Just send a note to:  Speaking of “The List” (the email list, that is), we'll also notify you about our popular quarterly book sales. Your membership card will allow you a 15 minute head start, and as always, you'll receive an additional 10% discount on purchases, with your card.
See you at the Library!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Friends Program - Retired White House News Photographer Larry Downing


                                                             Larry Downing

Plan on attending the Friends Annual Meeting on Monday, May 9, at 2:00pm in the Library Auditorium.  We will have a brief business meeting and election of three open officers on the Board. Nominees are Jane Finchum (President), Joan Krueger (Vice President) and Barb Miller (Assistant Treasurer).  An exciting program follows the meeting and light refreshments will be served. 
Our special speaker and presenter on May 9 is retired White House news photographer Larry Downing.  Downing spent 38 years living in the Washington DC area and was assigned to the White House Press Corps for most of that time.
He started his career photographing then-President Jimmy Carter in 1977 and finished in 2015 assigned to President Barack Obama. He was a staff photographer during that time with United Press International, Newsweek Magazine and Reuters.
Downing's responsibilities included accompanying each President aboard Air Force One to every corner of the world. He accomplished his personal goal of landing, and taking-off, in each of the fifty states while a Guest of the President on Air Force One during his assignments.  The White House News Photographers Association awarded Downing with their Lifetime Achievement Award during its annual Gala last May.
 Downing and his wife, Angelica, now reside permanently in Ormond-by-the-Sea.

Joanie Krueger, Program Chairperson                           

Monday, May 19, 2014

Book Sale Room Update


Our “Spring Fling” Book Sale was Saturday, April 23 and was a great success!  Many of you walked away with bags full of amazing buys of new and like new books, CDs, DVDs and magazines. 

The final accounting for 2015 showed that the Book Sale Room had its best year ever!  It earned over $30,000 which is used for our library and FOL projects.  We are so grateful for the continued support from all of our patrons and volunteers.

Our thoughts and prayers are with our faithful volunteer, Shirley Weibel, as she recovers from a recent fall.  We look forward to welcoming her back soon.



~Shirley Johnston, Book Sale Room Chairperson

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Children's and Teen Programs

The Children’s and Teen Departments have a lot planned for the summer. Brochures for all age groups will be available towards the end of May for more specific information.  Here is a summary of what will be taking place!

This summer’s Florida Library Youth Program theme for children is “On Your Mark, Get Set…Read!”
Programs for preschool through 5th grade begin the week of June 13th and continue through the month of July.
Children (birth through 5th grade) can also join our reading program and read for prizes. Reading logs will be available at the Children’s Desk beginning June 7th.

Children of all ages who want to practice their reading skills can sign up in June to become a Book Buddy. Book Buddies will be matched with a teen volunteer, so that the younger child can read to the older child one-on-one. Children do need to possess at least basic reading skills in order to participate.

For Preschoolers, we offer our regular storytime and program fare:
·      Mother Goose Baby Storytimes – for babies up to 24 months; Wednesdays at either 10:00am or 11:00am
·      Toddler Time - for 2 year olds; either Tuesdays at 11:00am or Thursdays at 9:30am
·      Jumping Beans Fun Fitness - for 3 - 5 year olds; Thursdays at 10:30am
·      Preschool Storytime – for 3-5 year olds; Thursdays at 11:00am

 For School age children, we offer:
·      Fun & Fit Kids Fitness – for 1st to 3rd grades; Mondays at 10:30am
·      Quilting for Kids – for 9 years to high school; Fridays at 12:30pm.  Preregistration required
·      Family Programs - for Preschoolers to 5th grades
·      Crafty Kids – Tuesdays at 2:30pm
·      FLYP Family Fun – Wednesday afternoons; featuring big events and guest entertainers. Please pick up our brochures at the beginning of the summer for specific times and the event of the day. Or check the calendar on our website at

The Teen Florida Library Youth Program theme for this summer is “Get in the Game”:
·      Kids in Grades 6 - 12 can read & submit reviews for 4 books in order to enter for a chance to win a Samsung 8” Galaxy tablet.
·      Kids in Grades 6 - 8:

ü  Tae Kwon Do training on Mondays at 2:00pm beginning June 13.  Registration is Required

ü  Teen Crafternoon on Monday, July 11, 3:30 to 5:00pm
·      Kids in Grades 9 - 12:

ü  The Anime Alliance group will continue to meet on Wednesdays during the summer

ü  Grades 6 - 12: Watch the Adventures of Merlin TV series on Fridays from 2:30 to 4:30pm beginning June 10

Thanks to the Friends of the Library for their support, and for sponsoring a number of our special programs during the summer.

Susan PerryChildren’s Librarian