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An Evening With Warren Firschein and Laura Kepner – July 13, 2015

Authors of “A Brief History of Safety Harbor”

According to legend, Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto arrived on the shores of Safety Harbor in 1539 believing that he had discovered the fabled Fountain of Youth. For centuries, the area’s natural mineral springs had hosted the Tocobaga people and would later attract early pioneers to west-central Florida. The natural mineral springs drew visitors to bathe in their restorative waters, and in the twentieth century, they were eventually transformed into the world-famous Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, enjoyed by wealthy socialites and professional athletes for decades. Today, the city is best known for its abundance of festivals and the collection of artists, writers, poets and musicians who call it their home–an oasis of calm within bustling Pinellas County. Join authors Warren Firschein and Laura Kepner as they detail the vibrant history of scenic Safety Harbor.

Our author event will be held on the second floor of the Mirror Lake Library, 280 5th Street North, downtown St. Petersburg. Seating will be available at 5 pm. The talk starts at 5:30 pm.


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Friends Summer Book Sale – Saturday, June 6, 2015 – 9am to 3pm

Friends Summer Book Sale – Saturday, June 6, 2015 – 9am to 3pm

The sale will be in the Library Community Room on the 3rd floor of the Mirror Lake Community Library, 280 5th Street North, St. Petersburg.

If you have books to donate before the sale, take them to the library circulation desk any time between now and Friday, June 5.

If you’d like to volunteer for sale, we have the following positions available:

1 – Set up sale (move books from storage room, set up tables and signs, arrange books) on Friday, June 5, any time from 2 pm to 6 pm. If you can only come for an hour or two, starting at 2 pm, we’d love the help.

2 – Cashier on Saturday, June 6, from 9 am to noon

3 – Cashier on Saturday, June 6, from noon to 3 pm

4 – Pack up and return unsold books to the storage room on Saturday, June 6, from approximately 2:30 pm until we’re done.

Contact Diane Drutowski at ddrutowski@aol.com if you can help. We appreciate it!

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Meeting minutes for March 4, 2015

The Friends of Mirror Lake Library March 4, 2015 meeting was called to order at 6:10 PM. Roll call was taken and the minutes of the February 4, 2015 meeting were read and accepted. Thanks to Barbara Riddle-Dvorak for acting as secretary and taking the February meeting’s minutes.

Monika Finley gave the Treasurers report. It was seconded and approved.
Future events James Schnur on March 9th and Jeff Klinkenberg on April 20th were discussed.

The second edition of the “coffee table” book about the library has been ordered.

A possible Friends picnic was discussed and members present said it should be put off to mid Fall.

It was agreed that the Plein Air paintings will be marketed at all speaker events. Diane said she would put it on our web site and Barbara Riddle-Dvorak would help with the presentation and sale of the paintings.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:03 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Linda Sagese, acting secretary

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“Check It Out”

Enjoy this music video parody made by the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. The link was sent to us by Brenda Riontino, a constant advocate for our library and libraries in general.

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Act now to prevent reduction in library funding!

Community libraries are one of the most valuable assets for bringing people together in ways that allow for personal and professional development, improve our quality of life via cultural engagement, and are recognized as a good use of tax revenue.  See “The Social Role of the Library,” American Library Association, http://www.ala.org/research/librariesmatter/taxonomy/term/143.

The executive board of the Friends of Mirror Lake Community Library encourage you to join us as a library supporter in urging Florida’s legislative leadership and our local delegates to increase State Aid to libraries, but at a minimum simply maintain State Aid for Public Libraries at the current FY14 level of $27.4 million. Currently, in the state budget both the Fl House and Senate have reduced State Aid by nearly 19%, or $5.1 million. This is leading to an almost complete shutdown in new construction of community libraries across the state, as well as offering Florida’s communities little opportunity to do anything but keep current structures maintained, while our state population continues to grow.

On the final eve of the last day of National Library Week, please consider sending a message advocating on behalf of all libraries, including our own little Mirror Lake Library, by visiting the following site:


Wayne Finley
Friends of Mirror Lake Library

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Request for Pioneer Panelists

In honor of our Centennial Year, the Friends are planning a Pioneer Discussion Panel. We’d like to invite people who used the Mirror Lake Library in days long ago and would be willing to share their experiences with a friendly audience. If you are interested, or know someone else who would make a good panelist, please contact us at friendsofmirrorlakelibrary@gmail.com.

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