President’s Message – February 2024

Karen Butter
Karen Butter, FAL Board President

The Friends of the Alameda Free Library Board and its many volunteers are working on exciting programs for 2024. Online newsletter readers will receive updates on Monday mornings on the weeks when we have events. I find them great reminders even if I have already registered (and re-registered!) for an event. Even when I am not sure I’m interested in the topic, I gain new insights and it’s time well spent.

We at FAL are planning a series of events throughout 2024 to celebrate our 50th anniversary. The first Friends of the Library used book sale was in 1974 at a school auditorium and I suspect some in our community members remember buying books or volunteering then. A fall gala will provide an opportunity to raise funds for special areas of the library, ad we’ll release more details as events are finalized. Keep an eye out for our special 50th anniversary logo! We look forward to celebrating all year with the FAL community.

I recently read about a documentary on curating the recent Vermeer exhibit in Amsterdam. (Friends at Home Docent viewers may remember we sponsored a talk on the exhibit last year.) I searched the internet to see where I could view the documentary without success.Then I decided to check the library. On the Kanopy app, I found it: “Close to Vermeer.” Kanopy is video streaming service with movies, documentaries, animated films, classic cinema and more, another incredible resource that is free to you through the Alameda Free Library. Find films by Stanley Kubrick, recent movie releases, Sundance Film Festival entries, episodes from The Saint, and children’s programming. All you need is to sign up using your library card to start watching!