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Supporting value-added Library programs

September 2017

Among Friends Our Mandate We are dedicated to furthering the purposes of London Public Library and the community it serves. We act as an advocate on behalf of the Library. We raise funds for enhancements to library services.

CONTACT US Email: Voicemail: 519-661-2448 Mailing address: Friends of LPL 251 Dundas Street London, ON N6A 6H9 Website: @LPL_Friends

The Friends Bestow Annual Gift In February 2017, Friends’ President Carmen Sprovieri and Vice-President Roseanne Greene presented $50,000 to London Public Library Board Chairperson Scott Courtice to support enhanced programs and services in 2017.

proposed media areas, a technology lab, a reading lounge, and a chess and gaming lounge on the first floor of the Central Library.

These spaces will allow the Library to hold events ranging from screenings of current events, In addition to our annual gift to tutorials, and presentations the London Public Library, the and to provide tools that will Friends Board voted in March enable patrons to engage in 2017 to pledge $250,000 to digital design, photo editing, and the Central Library’s Infinite programming skills for individual Possibilities campaign, to be use and group learning. gifted to the Library over five years. We are very excited to support this initiative and believe the We will contribute $100,000 upgraded space will help the in 2017 and the remainder of Central Library to meet the the pledge will be distributed changing needs of its patrons. over the next 4 years. Fans of This space will be open to our regularly funded programs learners and innovators of all needn’t worry; our first funding ages, helping people maintain priority continues to be value- their skills to remain competitive added programs and services. as well as providing space for creative invention. Our funding pledge will support Among Friends


Friends’ Updates The London Room Celebarates 50 Years The 50th Anniversary of the London Room Party was held on Monday, July 31st. Over 100 people attended and the Friends were thanked at the event for funding the digitization of archived material.

Your Executive President Carmen Sprovieri Vice-President Don Menard Past President Deb Lowry Secretary Mary Carbert Treasurer Yuriy Tyshchuk Membership Ann Walker Book Sale Coordinator Don Menard Book Sale Volunteer Coordinators Mary Blasl Ann Henderson Library StoreCo-Managers Mary Blasl Scott Curoe Bookkeeper Cindy Dierickx A Book For Every Child® Diane Knoppert Communications Coordinator Keith Brooks Website Manager Clive Fletcher Newsletter Editor Jasmine Ball Speaking With Friends Connie Sullivan Reception Coordinator Lois Patterson LPL Board Liaison Stuart Clark LPL Administrative Liaison Arlene Thompson


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A New Name to Come The Friends Executive rebranded the name of our bookstore to better reflect the operation by Friends volunteers. The new name is “Friends of the Library Bookstore”.

Spreading Good Will A request for donated materials was received from Courtney Joris, Librarian, Western Regional Library Program of the Ministry of Community, Safety and Correctional. The Friends determined materials could be donated and will work with Ms. Joris on this proposal. This arrangement will provide us with an opportunity to dispose of nonsaleable materials while promoting literacy.

2016 Friend of the Year Each year the Friends of the Library honours an individual or organization that makes an extraordinary contribution to the Library, through the Friends, and demonstrates exemplary leadership through a personal commitment of time and energy. At the Annual General Meeting the Executive announced that this year’s Friend of the Year is Len Carey. Len has been with the Friends for 8 years, 5 of which he was the secretary the Secretary. He also worked as our resident photographer and newsletter editor. He is a thoughtful, resourceful and outspoken contributor to the discussions at the Executive Table. He adds a level of depth and confidence to our decision making. The Friends are proud of his achievements and are pleased to recognize him as our Friend of the Year. As part of the award, $200 is donated to a charity of the winner’s choosing. Len chose to donate this gift to A Book For Every Child®.

Volunteers Wanted We are seeking book sale volunteers for mini sales and for the Giant Book Sale on October 20th-22nd. In particular, please contact us (friends@lpl. ca) if you are interested in being an assistant cashier coordinator at the Fall Book Sale. The Book Sale relies completely on volunteers. For you or for any student who needs to complete volunteer hours, the Book Sale offers several volunteer opportunities. If interested you can send an email to or pick your shift and sign up directly by using the following link

A Book for Every Child The 2017 A Book for Every Child® campaign will run from November 4 to December 16. New books can be dropped off at your local library branch. These books will be distributed to London children who may not own a book. Local bookstores will offer 20% off any books purchased for the campaign and left in the A Book For Every Child® box at the store. Financial donations are accepted at all library branches at any time.

Speaking with Friends: Emma Donoghue On June 15th a large audience enjoyed An Evening with Emma Donoghue, Oscar-nominated, award-winning novelist and screenwriter. Emma along with her charming young daughter, Una, read excerpts from her first book for young readers, The Lotterys plus One. Emma then led a lively and enjoyable question and answer session. Oxford Books provided books for purchase after the program. Emma graciously signed books for her readers at the reception hosted by Friends. Thank you to all who helped make this special evening a success and for the generous donations at the door in support of LPL Children’s and Youth literacy programs. All in all, it was an egg-salad evening. (Lottery family word for excellent)

Speaking with Friends: Wayne Johnston Wayne Johnston, born and raised in the area of St. John’s, Newfoundland, is the author of a number of best-selling novels, including The Divine Ryans, The Navigator of New York, and the award-winning memoir Baltimore’s Mansion. His novel The Colony of Unrequited Dreams has been made into a stage play and is being developed as a TV series. On September 25th at 7:00 p.m., Wayne will be reading from his new book First Snow, Last Light, an epic family mystery with a powerful twist of an ending. The event will be held in the Wolf Performance Hall at Central Library. A question and answer session will be included in the evening. A reception and book-signing will follow in the Stevenson-Hunt room. Donations at the door will help support Children’s and Youth Literacy programs at the London Public Library.

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LPL Friends September 2017 newsletter  

The Friends of the London Public Library support value-added Library programs in London, Ontario.

LPL Friends September 2017 newsletter  

The Friends of the London Public Library support value-added Library programs in London, Ontario.