Friends Now a 501(c)(3) Organization

The Friends of Mirror Lake Library is now a 501(c)(3) organization. Many thanks to attorney Nicole Nate and Friends President Wayne Finley for updating our bylaws and getting us this 501 (c) (3) status. We received approval on July 21, 2014, but the status is effective as of January 21, 2012.

Section 501(c)(3) is the portion of the US Internal Revenue Code that allows for federal tax exemption of nonprofit organizations. It is regulated and administered by the US Department of Treasury through the Internal Revenue Service.

The Friends group is now eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions in accordance with Internal Revenue Code Section 170.

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Maureen McDole Poetry

Maureen McDole, the speaker at our September “An Evening With…” event, has two poetry books available at Haslams (2025 Central Ave, St Petersburg). After August 20, you can get them from http://www.summerfolkpress.com.

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An Evening with Maureen McDole – September 8, 2014

Please join us on September 8, 2014, for An Evening with Maureen McDole. We will have a reception at 5:00 p.m., with Maureen’s reading starting at 5:45 p.m.   This takes place on the second floor of the Mirror Lake Library, 280 5th Street North, St. Petersburg.

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“Inspiring the world one poem at a time.”

Maureen McDole was born in St. Petersburg, FL in 1974. She is a direct descendant of carnies, carpenters and fishermen. This do-it-yourself ethos in her DNA infuses every area of her life. As far back as she can remember she loved to write. Her first book of poems, “Exploring My Options,” came out in 2006. This was the first title from Summerfolk Press, which she founded with Gabriel Garling.

In December 2008, Maureen graduated from USF-St. Petersburg with a BA in English Literature. Her second poetry book, “Longing for the Deep End,” was released in December 2011. Maureen is currently working on her third collection of poems.

In 2013 Maureen graduated from the National Speakers Association’s Speakers Academy. She has been leading workshops and speaking about creativity for over 15 years. Also in 2013 Maureen co-founded the local literary arts organization, Keep St. Pete Lit, because she believes wholeheartedly in the power of literature to change the world.

Maureen McDole was born in St. Petersburg, FL in 1974. She is a direct descendant of carnies, carpenters and fishermen. This do-it-yourself ethos in her DNA infuses every area of her life. As far back as she can remember she loved to write. Her first book of poems, “Exploring My Options,” came out in 2006. This was the first title from Summerfolk Press, which she founded with Gabriel Garling.

In December 2008, Maureen graduated from USF-St. Petersburg with a BA in English Literature. Her second poetry book, “Longing for the Deep End,” was released in December 2011. Maureen is currently working on her third collection of poems.

In 2013 Maureen graduated from the National Speakers Association’s Speakers Academy. She has been leading workshops and speaking about creativity for over 15 years. Also in 2013 Maureen co-founded the local literary arts organization, Keep St. Pete Lit, because she believes wholeheartedly in the power of literature to change the world.

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Meeting Minutes for June 14, 2014

The June 14, 2014 FRIENDS of MIRROR LAKE LIBRARY (FMLL) meeting was called to order at 6:10 PM by President Wayne Finley.  The minutes from the May 7, 2014 meeting were read and approved with no additions.

The treasurer’s report was made and accepted.  We have a balance of $1,684.55 as of June 1, 2014.  A motion was made and approved to approve expenses for our book sale and upcoming events.

Special Committees reported on the upcoming author events ( Eric Deggans).   Our facebook and web communications, in addition to postcards was discussed.  Membership drives were also discussed, especially our 100 for 100 drive (100 new members for our 100th anniversary in 2015).

New business/Other:

The summer book sale will be held on June 7th from 9:15 AM to 3 PM.  Diane said it was on our facebook page.

 Our IRS 501 (c) (3)filing should be approved in six months or less.

The Centennial Celebration Committee meeting will be at the library on June 11th at 6 PM.

Details of The Eric Deggans event on June 16th 5:00-7:00 PM were discussed.  Linda Sagese and Suzanne Chesser will be at the Library at 4:45 PM to set up the refreshments.

A brief discussion of our participation in First Night revealed that those present favored us having our event in the library.

A motion was made and seconded that we skip the meeting in July and hold our next meeting on August 6, 2014.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:10 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

 

Linda Sagese

(acting) secretary

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Meeting Minutes for May 7, 2014

The Friends of Mirror Lake (FMLL) board meeting was called to order by President Wayne Finley at 6 PM on May 7, 2014.  The April 2, 2014 minutes were read by Linda Sagese and accepted.

The treasurer’s report stated the treasury had a combined total of $1326.39.  Addition debits from our member’s picnic remain to be paid.  The treasurer’s report was accepted and approved.

New business addressed the possibly of having an event in September commemorating Gabriel Jose’ de la Concordia Garcia Marquez.  Those present thought it was an excellent idea.

A St. Petersburg sustainability Council presentation in December was also considered.  Some attendees were concerned that because of the holidays that might not be the ideal time.

A new Friends Book Salon was proposed, starting in July.  It was decided to explore further at our next meeting.

First Night participation is being considered as a lead in to our 100th anniversary

Old business began with a summary of our Spring Picnic event.  Followed by plans for our Summer Book Sale on June 7th,  (9-3 will be the hours of the sale) and Friday afternoon will be the preparation.

Our next author event will feature Eric Deggans on June 16, 2014.  The event will run from 5-7 pm.  Linda Sagese & Suzanne Chesser will take care of the refreshments.

Kelly Malaziac will be contacting all members about the upcoming meeting to start planning the Mirror Lake Library Centennial in the near future. 

He next FMLL board meeting will be on June 4, 2014 at 6 PM.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:05 Pm.

 Respectfully submitted,

Linda Sagese,    Acting Secretary

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Meeting Minutes for April 2, 2014

The April 2, 2014 Friends of Mirror Lake Library (FMLL) meeting was called to order at 6:08 PM by President Wayne Finley. The secretary’s report of the March FMLL was read and accepted.

The treasurer’s report was given by the President, as the treasurer had been ill.  Bills from previous events were given to Monika Finley, treasurer.

Under new business, the book sale in June was discussed.  Wayne said he would contact Linda Earle.  The sale will be on June 7th from 9 AM to 3 PM.

Unfinished business was discussed, starting with the upcoming Spring Picnic on April 30, 2014.  Suzanne Chesser and Linda Sagese volunteered to take care of the food and paper products for the event.  Wayne would provide the watermelon.  “Keep St Pete Lit” members would help with the book swap and poetry readings.  The picnic will start a noon and end at 2 PM.

It was decided that Eric Deggans would be the author at our next author presentation on June 16, 2014.  Barbara Riddle was nominated and elected to the newly created FMLL Author Events chairperson position on the Board.

Our next Board meeting will be on May 7, 2014.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:54 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Linda Sagese

Acting- secretary FMLL

 

 

 

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Meeting Minutes for March 5, 2014

The Friends of Mirror Lake Library* March 5, 2014 meeting was called to order at 6 PM by President Wayne Finley.  Introductions of the Board and members attending were made. 

The amended minutes of the secretary’s report of the February 5, 2014 meeting were approved.  The treasurer’s report was approved, including the payment of submitted expenses by Linda Sages and Wayne Finley.

Maureen McDole made an excellent presentation for “keep St. Pete lit”.  There was excellent give and take between our members, library staff and Maureen about resources and ideas we share. 

Kelly Malizia (manager, main and branch libraries) discussed MLL ** history and more ideas for the 100th anniversary, next year.  Members especially like the idea of producing a coffee table type book to commemorate the 100th anniversary.

It was decided that our members’ appreciation picnic would be expanded to invite potentially new members and to make it a book swap as well.  Providing music is being considered too.  The FMLL will provide iced tea, lemonade, water, cookies and watermelon.  Guests will bring their own sandwiches.  The event will be held on Saturday, April 26th from approximately 12-2 PM.

We will be deciding who will appear at our Author event on Monday, June 16th at next meeting on April 2, 2014.

Barbara Riddle shared information on the “Downtown Neighborhood Association’s” upcoming events.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:10 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Linda Sagese, acting-secretary

 

* known as FMLL in minutes

** known as Mirror Lake Library

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