Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Authors John Henry Fleming and Vanessa Blakeslee to speak at two libraries

Literary authors John Henry Fleming and Vanessa Blakeslee will discuss their new short story collections at two libraries on Thursday, May 1:
11 a.m. at the Ormond Beach Regional Library
2 p.m. at the Deltona Regional Library

John Henry Fleming is the author of the short story collection, “Songs for the Deaf,” as well as the novel, “The Legend of the Barefoot Mailman,” and “Fearsome Creatures of Florida,” a literary bestiary. His short stories have appeared in journals such as McSweeney’s, the North American Review, Mississippi Review, and Carve, and have been anthologized in 100% Pure Florida Fiction and in The Future Dictionary of America.

Vanessa Blakeslee's debut short story collection, “Train Shots,” was released in March of this year by Burrow Press. Her writing has appeared in The Southern Review, Green Mountains Review, The Paris Review Daily, The Globe and Mail, and Kenyon Review Online, among many others.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

President's Corner

It has been a busy new year for the Friends of the Ormond Beach Library with outstanding programs for adults, children and teens. 

Most people don't have a clue about the many ways in which the library touches our community. Think about it…besides the book and video circulation, the library offers free use of computers and wi-fi (and computer training), offers films and book clubs, creative craft workshops (look into the Pinterest classes – a lot of fun!), activities for children and young adults, creates a place for community groups to meet….and a LOT more.  The Friends organization is proud to support our library with time and funds.

We want to thank the people who volunteer their time and energy to help out by shelving books, making phone calls, checking in books – and do a lot of the heavy lifting. Recently the library held a Thank You luncheon for the more than 100 volunteers who keep the library working.  The Friends are pleased to share in the sponsorship of this event.  Thank you to Penny and Diane and all the other members of the library staff for this delightful occasion. 

Special thanks to former Board member Judie Korsch, who is stepping down from the day-to-day management of the Book Sale Room due to family responsibilities.  Judie began the book sale operation for Friends many years ago and has been the energy and enthusiasm behind the room and the periodic sales.  Judie has been a wonderful Friend to us all, and we've asked her to stay on as an Honorary Director so that she can drop by when time permits. We have really appreciated her, and hope to see a lot of her!

~Carol Johnson
FOL President

FOL Programs for March & April

The Friends are excited to bring William and Sue Wills back to our Library, expertly enacting another in their series,  “Presidents and Their First Ladies: John and Abigail Adams.”  Join us Wednesday, March 5, at 2:00pm in the Library Auditorium.  In history, John Adams gets lost between George Washington and Thomas Jefferson while his wife, Abigail, is well known for her early political role as an activist for women.  Our program focuses on the tremendous sacrifices both made as husband and wife, father and mother in helping to establish our nation. Audiences of any age will relate to the happy and tragic moments of their amazing story---America's first true political partnership.

Peter Fletcher, critically acclaimed classical guitarist, returns to our stage Wednesday, March 19, at 2:00pm in the Auditorium.  Fletcher began guitar study at the age of seven under classical guitar instructor, John Sutherland.  In 1980, classical guitarist Jose Tomas, Andre Segovia’s teaching assistant in Spain, held a Master Class in Atlanta, Georgia.  Fletcher was the youngest student to perform in the class, playing music by Bach and Carcassi.  Since that time, he has performed across the nation in concert series and has appeared on a number of radio and television programs.  Critics have written, “He has a technical facility, but what one remembers most about his playing is the nuances, the poetical phrasing, dynamic and tonal changes, his harmonics, his cadences.”
 ~Lucy Jackman
Program Chairperson

Children's and Teen Programs

The Children’s and Teen Department continue to offer amazing and creative programs.  The number attending the programs continues to grow. 

Programs available in March and April are:
Children’s Department:
Tuesdays – March 4, 11, 18, 25 and April 1, 8, 15, and 22
·      11:00am - Toddler Storytime (18-36 months)
·      2:30pm – Paws for Reading (Children read to our canine friend, Max.)  For an appointment, call 386-676-4191 x21091 for a 20 minute time slot.
Wednesdays – March 5, 12, 19, 26 and April 2, 9, 16, 23
·      11:00am – Mother Goose on the Loose!  Baby Storytime (0-18 months)
·      2:00pm – Crafty Kids (all ages) (Not 4/16)
·      3:00pm – Museum of Art “Stories & Art “ Program on April 16 for K-5th Grades
Thursdays – March 6, 13, 20, 27 and April 3, 10, 17, 24
·      10:30am – Jumping Beans Preschool Fun Fitness (3-5 years)
·      11:00am – Preschool Storytime (3-5 years)
·      3:00pm – Kids Discover Program (K-5th Grade)

Teen Department:
Wednesdays at 3:30pm through April 23 – Ormond Anime Revolution

Coming this June: Our Florida Library Youth Program 2014 offers:
·        Children’s Program– “Fizz, Boom, Read”
·        Teen Program – “Spark a Reaction”

Welcome New Friends Board Members!

The FOL Board is excited to welcome two new Directors, Shirley Johnston and Patrick Rossi. 

Shirley has worked as a volunteer in the Circulation Department and as a Book Sale Room staff member for over a year.  She  recently accepted chairperson of the FOL Book Sale Room.  Shirley is looking forward to making shopping in the Book Sale Room user-friendly and like shopping in a book store.

Patrick is an active volunteer in our Circulation Department and is planning to work in the FOL Book Sale Room.  He comes to us from Illinois where he was a volunteer in his local library. 

We look forward to having these enthusiastic and hard working new members join the FOL Board.

If you are interested in visiting a FOL Board Meeting or in becoming a member, please contact Carol Johnson, the FOL President, at


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Time to Renew Your Friends of the Ormond Beach Library Membership

Don’t miss out on the opportunity of helping the library with their programs and projects. Take advantage of receiving the many perks that being a member of the Friends gives you.  Please send your renewal by March 31, 2014 to ensure you will continue to receive the Newsletter and other benefits of membership. Go to the library and complete a FOL Membership Form to continue your enrollment for the 2014 year.