Summer Reading Challenge Success at Saratoga Library
Thank you to everyone who registered and completed the Summer Reading Challenge. From June 1 to July 31, over 1900 children, teens, and adults registered for the challenge. Various programs were offered weekly for children, teens, and adults which included sports ball painting, literary soirees, animation workshop, app development, and puppet shows. If you registered for the Summer Reading Challenge and have not picked up your prize, it is not too late. Visit the children’s or adult reference desks to pick up your prize. The Friends of the Saratoga Libraries have generously supported the Saratoga Library Summer Reading Challenge. All participants in the Saratoga Library Summer Reading Challenge received a coupon for a free book at the Friends used book store, the Book-Go-Round.
Friends Grant $141,000 to the Saratoga Library
Thanks to the generosity of our members, donors, volunteers and bookstore customers, the Friends of the Saratoga Libraries has been able to grant $141,000 to the Saratoga Library for fiscal year 2016-2017. This annual grant supplements our library's general operating budget and it funds programs, services, and collections that would otherwise not be possible:
• Adult Programs: $11,000 • Teen Programs: $10,000
• Reading Program for Adult Literacy: $2,000
• Children's Programs: $15,000 • Miscellaneous Programs: $4,000
• Best Seller Collection: $25,000 • Adult Collection: $30,000 • Teen Collection: $4,000
• Children's Collection: $15,000 • Community Outreach Services: $25,000
"Saratoga Library is extremely fortunate to have received this grant from the Friends of the Saratoga Libraries. With this funding, library staff are able to provide programs and services that reflect the interests of the community. As a result of the grant funding, Saratoga Library is able to offer over 700 programs for children, teens, and adults each year. Funding also supports our growing collection of materials for children, teens, and adults. The funding that is contributed towards the Best Seller collection allows Saratoga Library to offer copies of new and popular books and media that the community can enjoy. I would like to thank all of the Friends of the Saratoga Libraries members for volunteering their time to make all of these programs and services possible for the community."
R. Khoury, acting Community Librarian
The support of the Friends enables the Saratoga Library to offer excellent resources, materials, and events for all ages which are enjoyed by the Saratoga and Monte Sereno communities. If you have not yet joined the Friends, won't you join today?
Upcoming Author Talk
October 19, 2016 at 10:30 am: Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff - The Missing Kennedy
Paperback Book Sale a Success!
We had a great paperback sale at the end of July. We have learned it does take a village to get things accomplished! First off we have our own Friends of the Saratoga Libraries who help us with every paperback sale. We also have the Boy Scouts help us set up and tear down. The National Charity League, a mother-daughter organization, and Boys Team Charity, a mother-son organization, come as teams and man all the shifts during the sale on Saturday and Sunday. They play a very important part. However, this sale was a little different as many of these families were on vacation. We initially had many gaps in time slots on all shifts. We put out a S.O.S. to all our members who work at the Book Go Round and as word got out many stepped in to help. Thanks to each and every one of them. As a result, everything ran smoothly. On Friday we moved 387 banker boxes and 173 flats of books into the community room. On Saturday and Sunday we sold $2,554 - that’s a lot of books at .25 each and $3 for a shopping bag full. Sacred Heart Charity takes most of our leftover books and finds good homes for them. We do this four times a year and everyone who helps makes this sale a success. I do want to give special thanks to Don and Jeanne Wilson for all the work they do to make these sales a success. They sort all the paperback books, organize them in the storage area, and keep a tally of what we have. They do this almost every day and they both always show up to help set up and tear down the Community room for each sale. I hope you all have been to one of our sales. Those of us who love books love this sale. - Mary Swentzel Many thanks to Mary for organizing these successful sales!
Try to Catch Them All at Saratoga Library!
What is the hot, new craze that has everyone looking at their phones and exploring areas in and outside of the library? Pokémon Go is a free-to-play location-based, augmented reality game developed by Niantic for iOS and Android devices. If you haven’t already found out, Pokémon characters can be found at Saratoga Library! Major public spaces serve as Gyms in the game, and so once you reach level 5, you are able to challenge Gym Leaders for control of the Saratoga Library Gym!
We want to celebrate what brings you to the library and so we will be having a special Pokémon program on Saturday, September 10, 2016, at 10:30AM - 11:30AM in the Children’s Department. Activities include, but are not limited to: create a paper Pokémon, make and wear Pikachu ears, or catch Pokémon at the library to win a prize!
-Holly Okamura, Children’s Librarian
Parade Participants Welcome!
The Friends will be walking in the City of Saratoga 60th Anniversary
Hometown Parade on Saturday, September 17th, beginning at 10:00 am.
All are welcome to join! To sign-up,
please contact Lisa Finley at
firstname.lastname@example.org. You will
receive a free Friends T-Shirt and
Friends baseball cap. Come out and
show your support for the Friends and
your Saratoga spirit!
-Holly Okamura, Children’s Librarian
Thank You to our Outstanding 2015-2016 Friends Volunteers!
With over 160 active volunteers, the Friends is a thriving and vibrant organization and we are fortunate to have the talents of so many who love our library and our community. Many of our dedicated volunteers have been contributing for 10 years or more - an amazing commitment to our group! We value each and every one of the phenomenal people who give their time and energy to support the Friends. As I reflect on our 2015-2016 fiscal year, I'd like to give special thanks to our Board of Directors and Key Volunteers for their past year of service and leadership:
Board of Directors Members: Pat Russell (Treasurer), Alice Patrick (Membership), Susan Freeman (Community Events and Hospitality), Liz Guy (Publicity), Laura Tillett (Secretary), Kristin Gragnola (Programs), Mary Murphy (Newsletter), Debbie Jensen (Assistant Treasurer), Terrie Creamer (Immediate Past President), and Bobbi Stek (Retail Operations Manager).
Key Volunteers: Jean Hsu (Webmaster), Cynthia Lee (Membership Correspondence), Sophie Qian and Lyn Clawson (Mailing Coordinators), Claire Campodonico (Hospitality), Mary Swentzel (Paperback Sales Coordinator), Cathy Foscato (Sorting Room Manager), Jan Barisich and Carol Lazzarino (Volunteer Coordinators), Anne Cunningham (Book-Go-Round Website and Newsletter), and Sharon Andres (Book Spine, Tile, and Brick Sales).
I am also very grateful for our collaboration with Saratoga Community Librarian Allison Lew. She is an outstanding asset to our community!
Lisa Finley, President
Free and easy way to support the Friends
When you shop on Amazon why not have .5% of your purchase price donated to the Friends? From your Amazon account search for Amazon Smiles, select Friends Of The Saratoga Libraries as your charity, shop through Amazon Smiles, www.smile.amazon.com, and the Friends will receive a check!
The Friends does not sell, or make available externally, its membership list. Friends is a 501 (c)(3) organization EIN 94-2831256. Your membership and donations are tax deductible as allowable by law. Donations made after July 1 are included in the following membership year.