On July 25 during a delightful Alameda afternoon, some Friends gathered to celebrate a group dedicated to making the city a better place. Organized by Board members Karen Roemer and Jo Winzenread, with assistance from Carole Robie, Honora Murphy and Luzanne Engh, this was the Friends of the Alameda Free Library’s annual celebration of volunteers. On the patio of the Dragon Rouge Restaurant, volunteers for both FAL and the library itself were feted. Over 75 of the total of about 200 volunteers who support the library attended and enjoyed delicious hors d’oeuvres.
FAL President Karen Butter welcomed everyone, expressing pride in the library and gratitude to the attendees, without whom the library’s value to the community would be greatly diminished. She noted that in the last year FAL was able to provide over $60,000 to various library programs. In addition to the ongoing support of these programs, FAL intends to provide advocacy for a new branch of the library at Alameda Point and a tool library at Jean Sweeney Open Space Park.
Library Director Jane Chisaki addressed the group and profusely thanked all who volunteer for FAL, as well as the volunteers of the library itself. She noted that the latter group had logged over 6,000 volunteer hours this year.
Team leaders recognized individual groups, including those who work on the semiannual book sale, in Dewey’s Café, at Live @ the Library concerts and Docent Program lectures, the communications team, and the volunteers of the library itself, as well as the Library Board. Gathering for group pictures by photographer Phillip Kaake at the end of the event, these cohorts seemed to be all smiles.