President’s Message – November 2022

Karen Butter
Karen Butter, FAL Board President

With more than 14,000 books sold, our first Big Used Book Sale in almost three years was an overwhelming success! We raised close to $20,000, an impressive amount for a two-and-a-half-day event.

The sale would not have been possible without the outstanding support of the Coast Guard, the Marines, and the Navy, who moved countless boxes of books. We are also grateful to the more than 130 individuals who volunteered to organize, count, and sell books and move bags and boxes to cars. I enjoyed the opportunity to meet and talk with our volunteers in person during the event.

We have plenty more events lined up for 2023, including book sales, Friends @ Home author and docent talks, and the return of our Live @ the Library jazz concerts. Author and docent talks will continue to take place on Zoom, as we have many attendees and speakers from outside of the Bay Area.

We are cautiously and gradually expanding our services and programs. Dewey’s Friends Cafe will begin limited morning hours, and Books For Friends (BFF), our used bookstore in the main library, will soon be open on Wednesdays.

Since this is our last newsletter for 2022, I’d like to give special recognition and thanks to all our supporters from this past year. The significant participation of our many volunteers, both new and old, indicates the immense value of the library to our community. FAL is dedicated to continuing to support the library’s current programs and partner on the development of new ones.