FAL started out the year with a bang. In February, we sponsored three exceptional programs in recognition of Black History Month. The panel, Black Youth Exploring the Road to Success, offered personal stories about their struggles and suggestions for today’s youth. The event was recorded and will be available on the FAL website for those unable to attend. The first docent talk of the year featured the outstanding speaker, Marsha Holm, with an overview of the DeYoung Museum exhibit – Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983. I encourage everyone to make a trip to San Francisco to see the exhibit – over 40 of the paintings are from artists in the Bay Area. Finally, the Alameda Authors series in conjunction with AAUW featured Jeneé Darden, reading from her wonderful collection of essays and poems, When a Purple Rose Blooms.
In January, Library Director Jane Chisaki presented the Library’s Strategic Plan 2020 – 2025, More of It…. Make People Love It to the FAL Board. The plan emphasizes that Alamedans love the library but want more – more hours and more physical space. FAL is excited about the proposal for three physical space ideas – to open a seed and tool lending library at Jean Sweeney Open Space Park, build a new library at Alameda Point, and expand the Bay Farm Library. All will require significant commitment from the City, FAL, and all Alamedans. A great way to start the New Year!
— Karen Butter