President’s Message – October 2020

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The Friends of the Alameda Free Library is a library support organization – both financially and to advocate on behalf of the Library. The Alameda Free Library completed its 5-year strategic plan for 2020-2025 at the end of 2019 defining ambitious goals for new physical space at Alameda Point, a Tool and Seed Library at Jean Sweeney Park, and expanded library space on Bay Farm.

To assist FAL in its fundraising efforts, FAL has hired a part-time Fund Development Manager. The Board is delighted that Kelly Ground has joined us. Kelly served in a similar capacity for the Belvedere Tiburon Library Foundation for almost 4 years. During that time she was able to increase their annual giving and coordinated event management, social media, and email communications to donors. She has also worked in Fund Development for other nonprofits, taught theater classes at Bay Area Universities, worked backstage with theater companies in the Bay Area and beyond, and hopes to get back on stage when it is safe to do so. Please join me in welcoming Kelly to FAL and Alameda!

I want to mention two other city programs. First, ReadAlameda is a new city-wide book club that selected Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, by Ibram X. Kendi (also available in the Young Adult version). The Library has copies for checkout. To provide support to this program, FAL purchased books to give to those who would like their own copy, but find it a hardship to purchase in these tough economic times. Second, I want to congratulate individuals who participated in the FAL-supported Library Summer Reading program. A special mention to those who choose a donation to the Alameda Food Bank as their prize for reaching a reading goal. FAL donated $140 to the Food Bank on behalf of summer readers.