On Saturday Nov 16 from 2PM to 5PM the Friends hosted an audience of approximately 50 patrons for “Dessert in the Stacks,” An exposition on the peoples and cultures of Muslims in the U.S. and around the world through an exploration of Islamic culture and art.
The event centered around a showing of the film “Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World,” a ninety-minute film that took us on an epic journey across nine countries and over 1,400 years of history, exploring themes such as the Word, Space, Ornament, Color and Water and presented the stories behind many great masterworks of Islamic Art and Architecture.
(See more at: http://www.islamicart.tv)
The film was accompanied by traditional Islamic desserts and strong coffee in the picturesque setting of Mirror Lake Library’s Carnegie wing, built in 1915. The event was part of a series of activities that have been held throughout the year at the various branches supported through a grant the library received from the National The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), in collaboration with the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, which provided programming to host a “Let’s Talk About It” reading and discussion series featuring some of the materials included in the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys.
Not only did we all learn something new about the culture and art of Isalm, we also had the privilege of meeting several patrons who regaled us with personal anecdotes about coming to the library when they were all children in the late 1930s!
Thank you to all who came, the work of our volunteers, and the unwavering support of the library staff under the direction of librarian Sandy Allen.
The regular monthly business meeting of Friends of Mirror Lake Library is held on the first Wednesday of each month, except when it falls on a holiday – and then we take off…
Please join us this Wednesday Dec 4 in the library Community Room at 280 5th Street N from 6pm to 7pm and bring your ideas on how to better serve and support Mirror Lake Library.
Wayne Finley, President
This Wed, Sept 4 from 6pm to 7pm, the Friends of Mirror Lake Library holds its regular monthly meeting to discuss upcoming events and plan any new ones.
This month we will host two important guests: Ms. Nicole Nate who will update us on the progress of our 501(3)(c) exemption application status, and Chandrahasa Srinivasa, Parks Manager, will bring us up-to-date on the improvements scheduled for Mirror Lake. This is a great opportunity for us to determine how we might get involved and be of assistance.
Please join us in the Community Room of the library at 280 5th Street North Wednesday evening.
The Friends of Mirror Lake Library invite you to “Be a Friend,” and are offering a FREE book bag with each new membership (while supplies last!), These sturdy canvas tote bags will “carry” you through all your reading needs, and are emblazoned with a print of one of our beautiful new award winning images produced at our Paint the Library outdoor painting festival. Get them while they last, because once they’re gone the image will be retired for at least a couple of years.
Enroll now on this website, or drop off your application at the library and walk out with your bag full of books!
The Annual Gathering of the Friends meeting was held on Monday February 11, 2013 with a delightful turnout of Friends new and old.
The first order of business was election of officers. The slate of officers was presented by the nominating committee and included mostly the current board; however, sadly we had to bid farewell to outgoing treasurer Jaime Abbess but glady we welcomed aboard new treasurer Rebecca Soebbing.
The slate of officers presented were: Wayne Finley, President; Wendy Bennett, Vice President; Linda Sagese, Secretary; and Rebecca Soebbing, Treasurer. By a show of hands from members present the slate of officers was approved.
Jaime Abbess was a founding member of the Friends and has always been an active and engaged member. She stepped into the role of treasurer at the Annual Gathering of Friends in Feb 2012 and helped shepherd our group through the creation of our own banking account and was our social media wiz, creating our blog and Facebook accounts. Her warm demeanor and kind smile was always a welcome addition, and she helped us in many ways, even dragging her family into the mix to volunteer their assistance at our events. Due to an awesome promotion and her need to pursue some personal projects needing more of her time, she felt she needed to step down so that another Friend might provide more focused attention to the details of keeping our books. THANK YOU JAIME, we’ll miss you but know you are always welcome back!
And thanks to those Friends who continue to rise to the occassion to help make the Friends a group of engaged and motivated library patrons! The work you do on behalf of Mirror Lake Library is sincerely appreciated!
Lastly, welcome aboard Rebecca! Rebecca and her husband John found the Friends in March 2012 and became immediate lifelong members. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in finance and budgeting, and we are looking forward to her tackling a few major hurdles still needing to be handled, such as helping us craft our annual budget and pursuing our 501(c)(3) designation. What a great asset she will be.
It was very nice to see the many old Friends present as well as new attendees who became Friends at the gathering, and every one came with such good ideas of activities we could pursue we already have a full plate for the upcoming year. Look for them as the months go by.
The Friends of Mirror Lake Library will hold its regular monthly membership meeting Wednesday April 3, 2013 from 6pm to 7pm in the library’s Community Room, 280 5th Street North in downtown St. Petersburg. We welcome you to join us!
During the meeting the board of directors will conduct its formal business of the group, and informs the membership about upcoming new events while soliciting your ideas on others. Learn how to get involved!
All meetings are open to the public and light refreshments are served.
We hope to see you there, and be sure to bring a friend!