President’s Message – April 2024

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Karen Butter
Karen Butter, FAL Board President

We hosted a very successful March Used Book Sale. Many discovered our used bookstore, Books For Friends, which also saw brisk sales, while others purchased delicious items from the Friends Café. Billy Reinschmiedt directed the sale, assisted by Cindy Silva, Marcie Johnson, Kim Buckley, Lydia Kim, Serena Hom, Karen Manuel, Mary Ann Munro (and the Friends Café team), Das and many dedicated volunteers. Thank you to everyone who joined us.

As part of our 50th Anniversary celebration, FAL is sponsoring Adopt-a-Pet Day on April 6, hosted by the Bay Farm Island Branch in partnership with FAAS (Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter). Come meet the pets available for adoption and reserve a spot in the cartooning workshop to learn how to draw cats and dogs. (More details below.)

At the start of the pandemic, FAL began offering our very popular docent talks via Zoom. Eventually, we heard that folks missed the in-person library talks, while others enjoyed the convenience and accessibility of watching from home. We have decided to keep the virtual events and, whenever possible, offer in-person talks as well. In May, we are offering a docent talk on Rembrandt both on Zoom and in person at the Main Branch.

Sadly, it has been a difficult year for longtime FAL members and supporters of the library. We lost Honora Murphy last month and just recently learned of Gert Woods’ passing. Gert established the FAL Used Book Sale tradition and led it for more than 40 years; you can read more about her significant contributions to the library below. We miss her terribly and extend our deepest thanks for her many years of service.