Friends 09-08-17 Agenda & Minutes
BCCLS Friends of the Library Committee Agenda
Friday, September 8, 2017
9:00 am-11:30 am
Fair Lawn Public Library
Approve Minutes from August 24, 2017 Meeting
- Timeline/Assignments on”B-Day!” (Breakfast Day!)
- Scholarship Speaker-Ellen’s assignment.
- Invitation Letter to Freeholders
- Soliciting Baskets “Territory”-began this week. Send information to Georgene as you receive it for her spreadsheet.
- Raphael Badagliacca
NJ Library Construction Bond Bill-NJLA advocacy materials; how to send out the message.
E-Newsletter-”Friends Focus,” to be sent 3x/year:
December Event: Library Advocacy-How to Mobilize the Troops (working title)
Wednesday, December 5 (Snow date is December 6) 10 am-12 noon, Hasbrouck Heights PL
- Speaker: Raphael Badagliacca
Friday, October 13, 9:00 am, Glen Rock PL
Friday, November 3, 9:30 am, Hasbrouck Heights PL
BCCLS Friends Committee Meeting Minutes
Thursday, September 8, 2017, 9:30 am
Fair Lawn Public Library
Present: Ellen O’Keefe, Chair – Glen Rock
Emiliana Tuohey- Fair Lawn
Darlene Swistock – BCCLS
Robin Rockman- Oradell
Jeanne Sylvester- Nutley
Daragh O’Connor- River Edge
Georgene Betterbed – Glen Rock Friends
Lynn Kloss – Teaneck Friends
Ella Urdang – Englewood Friends
Absent; Donna Perkosky- Paramus
Melissa Singlevick – Hasbrouck Heights
Camille Valentine – Emerson
Minutes of August 24, 2017 – reviewed and unanimously approved.
Baskets – Darlene will bring us the final version of the bid sheets. Last year some baskets never reached their estimated value; we need to be careful not to insult donor. Starting bid should be slightly below the estimated value. First time donors should be asked for baskets of around $50 value. Emiliana is able to get four tickets for Broadway shows – 2 each to 2 shows
Scholarships recipients – Genesis will speak on behalf of former recipients. All former recipients will be asked to attend and will be asked to stand and be honored.
Communication – Daragh will craft an e mail asking all former winners to attend the breakfast. Darlene will compose an invitation to all current Freeholders because their recent grant to BCCLS will be announced and featured at the breakfast. Donna will be asked to create a giant check to highlight the Freeholders allocation. Emiliana will assume responsibility for the program which should include the dates of National Friends of Libraries Week. Daragh will introduce Raphael.
Time for B-Day (aka Breakfast Day)
8:00 am Basket committee – Georgene, Robin, Emiliana
8:00 am Centerpiece committee – Jeanne, Emiliana, Ella
Later Checkout committee – Robin, Georgiana, Emiliana, Jeanne
Reminders for Breakfast will be sent on September 18 and 27 with hopes of a final count by 10/3. Other reminders may be necessary.
Raphael’s speech For the Breakfast
We described the likely audience at his request. His focus will be on the big picture of libraries helping people to find themselves and to discover their own mission. He also stressed the importance of materials available in the physical building of the library and over the internet as well as the tremendous sharing of material, facilities, and knowledge that occurs throughout BCCLS.
The Advocacy meeting: Tuesday, December 5, 10 am, Hasbrouck Heights PL (snow date is Wednesday, December 6, 2017).
We spoke of the need for a concise ‘elevator speech’ to help friends mobilize residents including younger people and make them aware of policy issues and the importance of advocacy.
The BCCLS staff is usually 12 is now only 8 or 9. Although this is a temporary situation, it makes things difficult because four of the remaining people are relatively new to BCCLS. Daragh said that BCCLS is functioning very well under the circumstances, but the positions should be filled quickly.
Thursday, October 5 – 9:30 am in Glen Rock
Mini- meeting – basket and bid sheet prep
Friday, October 13 – 9:30 am in Glen Rock
Speaker – Raphael Badagliacca
Advocacy tool kit – to be developed by 4 committees
Public policy – focus direction
Friday, November 3, 9:30 am – Hasbrouck Heights