President’s Message – January 2021

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Karen Butter, FAL Board President

Happy first day of 2021. Today, my message is to express deep gratitude to all of you who have supported the Friends and the Alameda Free Library in 2020. Thank you to the Library Director, thank you to the Library Staff, thank you to the Friends’ staff and Board, thank you to our volunteers, and thank you to all of you who donated at every level.

We are looking forward to 2021 with a sensational selection of Friends @ Home events (view our calendar here). In October I was concerned that we would not have any 2021 events and today we have eight fantastic programs in the first four months of the year. We’ve put together a varied program and feature award-winning authors and knowledgeable, talented docents. We hope many in the audience have a chance to read the books before the talks – and a reminder that you can buy the books at Books Inc. on Park Street in Alameda or online at

We are introducing new docents from the Bay Area and beyond, as well as welcoming back a few favorites. Please mark your calendars and be sure to register to join us for these wonderful events. I would also like to offer my sincere thanks to the Rotary Club of Alameda for a generous grant in support of our two Black History Month programs in February (Hidden in Plain View and Revelations).

As we shift into the new year I want to recognize our donors who helped to sustain our programming for these events and to support our exceptional Alameda Free Library. Thank you for your support. It means the world to us.

– Karen Butter