Last night’s Friends of the Albany Library Annual membership meeting was a huge success featuring local cookbook authors Robin Donovan and Juliana Gallin who inspired everyone with their Lazy Gourmet style of cooking, and provided delicious treats. Albany Library’s Circulation Manager, Paula Greer, baked one of her traditionally beautiful cakes which was also enjoyed by all.
We thanked outgoing president Caryl O’Keefe who has led the Friends during the past four years through some very productive times. She will continue to serve on the Friends Board in the role of Immediate Past President. Thanks also to outgoing Vice President Ann Jennings who was responsible for the planning of this program and several other wonderful programs in the past. Ann gives special thought to local authors and great topics. This year’s program even had door prizes!
We are grateful to the people who are continuing in the other officer positions: Beth Pun, Recording Secretary; Betty Shinnerer, Corresponding Secretary and Alan Riffer, Treasurer. Each of these people has contributed greatly over the past years towards the success of the organization. We welcome Liz Keiley-Roark as the new President and Marsha Skinner as the new Vice President. Both Liz and Marsha put in hours of time, along with Joan Larson and other volunteers towards the success of the Friends book selling operation. Eve Nilson continues to lead the group in effective online sales; and Hank Olson is an interested new member who has been working with Friends on policy and procedures. It was great to have Jeanne Perkins and Clara-Rae Genser at the meeting – both have been involved with the Friends for many years.
It continues to be my personal pleasure to work with this amazing group of dedicated volunteers. They all make a big difference in how library service is delivered in Albany.
Ronnie Davis, Albany Library Manager