Friends 06-30-17 Agenda & Minutes

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BCCLS Friends of the Library Committee Agenda

Friday, June 30, 9:30 am-11:30 am

River Edge Public Library

Approve Minutes from 6/9/17 Meeting

Old Business

1. Friends Breakfast-

Daragh- keynote speaker- Raphael Badagliacca?

Soliciting Baskets-Talking Points on page 2

Scholarship Speaker-1 or 2? Suggested by John Trause:

a. Laura Chumas, Lee Memorial Library (Allendale) – Patricia Anne Loughnane Memorial Scholarship

b. Genesis Jais Johnson Public Library (Hackensack) – Brian DeSantis Memorial Scholarship

c. Justin Portelli Maurice M. Pine Public Library (Fair Lawn) – Robert W. White Memorial Scholarship


Bid Sheets-Darlene

Bookmarks with Save the Date for December event-Emiliana

Soliciting Baskets “Territory”-see page 3

2. Food Truck Fundraiser Idea: piggyback onto a July Paramus summer concert this year and/or next April, part of a National Library Week celebration.

3. December Event: Wednesday, December 5 (Snow date is December 6) 10 am-12 noon, Hasbrouck Heights PL

Possible topics include:

Library Advocacy-how to mobilize the troops

Membership Drive vs. Annual Appeal: pros & cons

New Business

Fanwood PL Friends’ email-example of advocacy we can assist with

Set next meeting date and location


Page 2

Soliciting Baskets-Talking Points

For a Library with a Friends group:

Contact group’s President to see if already committed to sending a Basket

For a Library without a Friends group:

Contact the Director

Talking Points

What the Friends Breakfast is:

● Revenue generated from the Silent Auction Baskets and the Breakfast go directly to the BCCLS Scholarship Fund.

● BCCLS has offered 105 scholarships to students pursuing Masters of Library Science while working at BCCLS member libraries and/or living in BCCLS communities since 2002.

● These 105 scholarships have totaled $133,000 between 2002 and 2016.

● Any student who lives and/or works in a town with a BCCLS Library is eligible to apply for a scholarship. Therefore, every library can potentially benefit from the Scholarship Fund whether or not it has a Friends group.

Supporting the Scholarship Fund

● For a basket’s contents, we encourage soliciting donated goods and services from your community’s businesses to decrease out-of-pocket expenses.

● We encourage every Library to attend the Breakfast as a show of support for the Scholarship Fund.

● Suggested Basket values $50-$100.

● Supply the estimated Basket value, a nickname is helpful too. I.e., “Taste of Italy” basket with wine and pasta, etc.

Page 3 

Soliciting Baskets “Territory”

Camille: Emerson, Closter, Dumont, Harrington Park, Haworth, Norwood, Old Tappan, Park Ridge, River Vale

Daragh: River Edge, Bergenfield, Cliffside Park, Cresskill, Demarest, Englewood, New Milford, Tenafly

Darlene: Hackensack, Hillsdale, Mahwah, Montvale, Ramsey, Teaneck, Waldwick, Upper Saddle River

Donna: Paramus, Bogota, Edgewater, Fort Lee, Leonia, Palisades Park, Ridgefield, Ridgefield Park

Ellen: Glen Rock, Fairview, Hoboken, North Bergen, Northvale, Secaucus, Weehawkeen, Washington

Township, Westwood, Wood-Ridge

Emiliana: Fair Lawn, Elmwood Park, Garfield, Hawthorne, Lodi, Maywood, Rutherford, Saddle Brook,


Jeanne: Nutley, Bloomfield, Carlstadt, East Rutherford, Little Ferry, Lyndhurst, Montclair, North Arlington

Melissa: Hasbrouck Heights, Allendale, Franklin Lakes, Ho-Ho-Kus, Midland Park, Oakland, Ridgewood,


Robin: Oradell, Glen Ridge, Livingston, Maplewood, Millburn, Roseland, West Caldwell, West Orange

BCCLS Friends Committee Minutes 6.30.2017The meeting took place at River Edge Public LibraryPresent: Daragh O’Connor, River Edge;  Ella Urdang, Englewood; Darlene Swistock, BCCLS, Georgene Betterbed, Glen Rock; Melissa Singlevich, Hasbrouck Heights; Jeanne Sylvester, Nutley; Lynn Kloss, Teaneck; Ellen O’Keefe, Glen Rock; Emiliana Tuohey, Fair Lawn; Donna Perosky, Paramus; Camille ValentinoAbsent: Robin Rockman, Oradell; Ella Urdang, EnglewoodOld BusinessScholarship Speaker – Ellen will contact John Trause to select the scholarship speakerBid sheets – Agreed to have a minimum, value of $50.00Food Truck – Darlene will continue discussion with DonnaDecember event will be Library AdvocacyDoor Prizes – each committee member will contribute one ($1-$25). Jeanne volunteered to collect them.Centerpieces- Donna brought a sample centerpiece created by YA of Paramus High Career Building. We need about 30. The committee voted for this centerpiece. Action: Each committee member will collect 15 clean books and bring to a creation party-date to be determined.An “all message” will be send a.s.a.p. about the new date of October 17 for the Friends Breakfast.  Daragh O’Connor arranged to have Raphael Badagliacca attend our meeting as a way of introducing himself and discuss goals and objectives of a presentation at the Friends Breakfast. Raphael shared his background.  Raphael Badagliacca’s career has been concentrated in the fields of publishing, advertising, computing, and the performance arts. He makes presentations and teaches classes in storytelling. He is an author, playwright, blogger, and has had a career in marketing. He emphasized his belief in and  commitment to Libraries.  Actions: Raphael will create a strategy sheet and speech to be reviewed at a meeting to be scheduled shortly after Labor Day.  The messaging may center around “keep showing what you believe in”.  We discussed emphasis on growing friends groups and appealing to youth to join. He suggested we provide numbers to demonstrate success. Daragh agreed to provide this.Darlene suggested that we consider him as a speaker at the advocacy event in December.We then reviewed the solicitations baskets list and the method for contacting donors.  We will contact friends groups where they exist and Ellen or Daragh will contact directors where needed. Georgene pointed out that we need some tracking mechanism and she volunteered to create and maintain a spread sheet.New BusinessNext scheduled meetings:Friday, July 28 9:30 am at Fair LawnThursday, August 24 at 9:30 am at Hasbrouck Heights