Book Sale – Saturday, December 3, 9 am to 5 pm

Our next friends book sale is Saturday, December 3, from 9 am – 5 pm. If you can help for a few hours organizing books or cashiering, click this link. If you can’t help, come and buy books!

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Meeting minutes for November 9, 2016

Meeting Minutes
November 9, 2016

Call to order and roll call: The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by President Linda Sagese. Present were Diane Drutowski, secretary/communications director; Courtney Walker, membership director; and Sandy Allen, Librarian (ex-officio.)

Agenda order: Linda Sagese requested a change in the agenda to inform the board about Special Business (under New Business) first. Diane Drutowski made the motion. Courtney Walker seconded. The motion passed.

Special Business: Treasurer Monika Finley resigned.   Former President Wayne Finley forwarded an email requiring renewal of our annual state charter fee. We need a new treasurer and to transfer Monika’s access to the Grow Financial account. Courtney Walker agreed to be treasurer as well as continue with membership.

Minutes: The minutes of the September 7, 2016, meeting were distributed. Linda Sagese moved to accept the minutes. Diane Drutowski seconded. The motion passed.

Treasurer’s report: We have $283.23 in our Grow Financial account. Our account with the city was not available at the time of the meeting, but will be sent to Courtney Walker in the future.  Diane Drutowski moved to accept the report. Linda Sagese seconded. The motion passed.

Author event: Courtney Walker reported for Maureen McDole, who was unable to attend, that the authors are set for the event on Monday, November 14.  We have water and Linda will bring cookies. Diane will bring the author bios for Maureen’s introduction. We can’t put out our lawn banner early because it says “Author Event Tonight.” Linda will research costs for a replacement banner that says “Author Event Monday.”

Membership: Courtney Walker set up an online membership form that transfer the information automatically to a spreadsheet. The entire board will have access to this when it’s ready.

Literary Council Reception: Sandy Allen reported that the October reception for the opening of the Literacy Council of St. Petersburg (on the third floor of the library) went well. The Friends donated a cake.

Book sale: We discussed plans for the sale on December 3. Diane has obtained a Square for credit card sales. She is also coordinating volunteer sign-up, which is about half filled. Linda will ask for volunteers at the next author event. Maureen has arranged for a literary tour to conclude at the sale. Our sale is the same date as North Branch’s, so we may combine advertising. Diane will take fliers to the Drafts and Crafts event the same day across the street at the shuffleboard courts. There is parking available in the municipal lot accessed from 2nd Avenue or the alley off 5th Street North.

Treasurer:   Diane Drutowski moved that Courtney Walker be made Treasurer. Linda Sagese seconded. The motion passed.

Next meeting: The next meeting will be Wednesday, February 1, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 6:30 p.m.

Submitted by
Diane Drutowski
Secretary

 

 

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Meeting minutes for September 7, 2016

Meeting Minutes
September 7, 2016
Approved November 9, 2016

Call to order and roll call: The meeting was called to order at 6:05 p.m. by President Linda Sagese. Present were Maureen McDole, Vice-president; Diane Drutowski, communications director; Courtney Walker, membership director; and Sandy Allen, Librarian (ex-officio.)

Minutes and Treasurer’s report: No minutes or treasurer’s report were available.   Linda Sagese moved to have board members review and approve both at our next meeting. Courtney Walker seconded. The motion passed.

Motion: Linda Sagese moved to change the order of the agenda to accommodate attendees’ schedules. Diane Drutowski seconded. The motion passed.

Author events: Maureen McDole reported both the September and November events are set. November is Native American history month, which ties in with our authors. Linda will check with Monika Finley about refreshments for September 12. We have water.

The first two 2017 author events will be February 13 and April 10. The April 10 event will tie in with the Keep St. Pete Lit Sunlit Festival. Maureen will work on getting authors.

Book sale: We will add a second book sale on Saturday, December 3, and plan to continue with two books sales per year.

Summer reading program: Sandy Allen reported that the children’s program was scaled back and started late this summer, but went well. The Friends’ contribution pays for entertainment. Members recommended the Nomad Art Bus and MakeMe Studio as possible children’s activities for next summer, and will give Sandy contact information.

First Night – New Year’s Eve: The Friends will not participate in any activities this year.

Membership: Courtney Walker will continue to update and coordinate membership lists. She will be in contact with Sandy about new memberships that come in through the library. She and Linda Sagese will check with Monika Finley about our existing PayPal account. Any memberships we take for the remainder of 2016 will also include 2017.

Mailouts: Linda Sagese suggested we mail postcards to people who don’t use email or Facebook.

New members: We need more people to help with running the organization.

Partnership/Literacy reception: Sandy Allen requested a contribution for refreshments for a reception on October 15 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Linda Sagese will obtain the latest treasurer’s report and make a recommendation based on how much money we have available.

Allocation: We will discuss the direction of future allocation of our money at the next meeting. Currently, we support the children’s summer reading program and refreshments at events, but we also want to spend money on more tangible items for the library.

Next meeting: The next meeting will be Wednesday, November 9, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., five days before our next author event.

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 6:45 p.m.

Submitted by
Diane Drutowski

 

 

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More About Amy Krout-Horn and Gabriel Horn

Our next featured authors, Amy Krout-Horn and Gabriel Horn, will speak at the library on Monday, November 14.

Amy Krout-Horn, Oieihake Win (Last Word Woman), has resided in two worlds–the world of the sighted and the world of the blind. She has been a writer in both of them.

She is a regular contributor to Slate and Style magazine, and was awarded the publication’s 2008 fiction prize for her short story, “War Pony.” The publication awarded her again in 2012 for “Trickster’s Daughter.” Her essays and stories have appeared in several magazines and journals, including Breath and Shadow, Talking Stick Native Arts Quarterly, and Independent Ink. Additional works are included in the anthologies “Unraveling the Spreading Cloth of Time: Indigenous Thoughts Concerning the Universe” (Renegade Planets Publishing 2013) and “When Spirits Visit” (Renegade Planets Publishing 2016). She is the co-author of TRANSCENDENCE (All Things That Matter Press 2009), which received the 2012 National Indie Excellence Award gold medal for visionary fiction, the autobiographical novel MY FATHER’S BLOOD (All Things That Matter Press 2011), and DANCING IN CONCRETE MOCCASINS (All Things That Matter Press, 2016).

Whether she is swimming with dolphins, cuddling with her beloved animal companions, or body surfing in the Gulf of Mexico, Amy Krout-Horn embraces life with a tenacity of spirit she attributes to her Native American ancestry. She lives in south Florida, where she currently is at work on her fourth novel, Sundogs and Sinners.

Gabriel Horn’s publications span across four decades, and include MOTHERLESS, a novel that has won 6 book awards, including Winner of the 2016 International Book Award for Multicultural Fiction, and the Florida Book Award Bronze Medal for Young Adult Fiction. The novel TRANSCENDENCE that he co-authored with his life companion Amy was the winner of the 2012 National Indie Excellence Book Award for visionary fiction. Other books include NATIVE HEART, CONTEMPLATIONS OF A PRIMAL MIND, and THE BOOK OF CEREMONIES, which was displayed at the National Museum of the American Indian. One of his books for children, THE GREAT CHANGE, was honored at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, where he gave a performative reading.

Selected Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, he has received the University of South Florida’s Distinguished Alumni Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement, and has been awarded Faculty Emeritus at St. Petersburg College.

For over 40 years, from reservation schools, to American Indian Movement Survival Schools, to public schools, colleges, and universities, Gabriel Horn has unwaveringly advocated the academic respect due the history, literature, and philosophy of Native America, and has been an outspoken defender of the natural world.

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An Evening With Amy Krout-Horn and Gabriel Horn – November 14, 2016

Join us for our upcoming author event, An Evening with Amy Krout-Horn and Gabriel Horn, on Monday, November 14, on the second floor of Mirror Lake Library, 280 5th Street North, St. Petersburg. Opening remarks and the lecture begin at 5:30 p.m. The author reception and book signing is from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Open seating is available at 5:00 p.m.  The event is free of charge.

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Amy Krout-Horn has resided in two worlds: the world of the sighted and the world of the blind. She has been a writer in both of them, creating novels (including DANCING IN CONCRETE MOCCASINS), essays, and short stories. She is also a regular contributor to Slate and Style magazine.

Gabriel Horn’s publications span across four decades, and include MOTHERLESS, a novel that has won six book awards, including Winner of the 2016 International Book Award for Multicultural Fiction.

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming events from Friends of Mirror Lake Library with our community partner Keep St. Pete Lit:

Monday, November 14, 2016: “An Evening with…Amy Krout-Horn and Gabriel Horn.”

Saturday, December 3, 2016: Mirror Lake Library Book Sale.

Monday, February 13, 2017: “An Evening with…Cathy Salustri.”

Monday, April 10, 2017: “An Evening with…” author event as part of the Keep St. Pete Lit Sunlit Festival. Author to be announced.

 

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An Evening with…Lisa L. Kirchner

The unofficial election results say Lisa Kirchner was the funniest author we’ve ever had in our author series. Here are some photos from the September 12 event. If you missed her, get her book HELLO AMERICAN LADY CREATURE from Amazon.

 

 

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