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:

http://cqrcengage.com/alafl/app/write-a-letter?8&engagementId=90673

Respectfully,
Wayne Finley
President
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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Plein Air Paintings of Mirror Lake Library Available

Celebrate the library’s Centennial Year by claiming a charming piece of St. Petersburg history–a beautiful painting of the Mirror Lake Community Library. You will support the Friends of Mirror Lake Library through your purchase.

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Meeting minutes for February 4, 2015

Annual Membership Meeting

The meeting was called to order by President Wayne Finley at 6 pm.

Present: President Wayne Finley, Treasurer Monika Finley, Board Member, Librarian Sandy Allen, Board Member Barbara Riddle-Dvorak, and Friends members Rebecca Falkenberry and Bill Stokes.

The minutes of the January 7, 2015 Board Meeting were read and approved. The Treasurer’s Report was read and approved.

The Nominating Committee presented the slate of officers for 2015:
Wayne Finley, President; Linda Sagese, Vice-President; Monika Finley, Treasurer;  (Open) Secretary.  Barbara Riddle-Dvorak moved that the slate be approved and the motion was seconded.

We all agreed that the Les Standford event was a big success (good attendance and great cookies) and a check will be mailed to him for sold books ( a bit over $200).  He expressed his enjoyment of the event. Barbara will forward his mailing address to Wayne and also try to book Jeff Klinkenberg for April or May. In the meantime Wayne and Sandy will handle publicity for our March 9 event featuring James Schnur. (In collaboration with the SunLit Festival.) Diane will also promote this on our Facebook page.

Wayne announced there will be a “Pioneer Panel” in the fall in coordination with the main library. (People discussing childhood visits to Mirror Lake Library.) Recruit anyone you know!

There will also be another First Night.

We will have our Book Sale on June 6.

We currently have 88 members- close to our Centennial goal of “100 in a 100”.  However, our monthly meetings are sparsely attended. We discussed perhaps holding these meetings quarterly and doing other important business by email.

We also need to recruit a Recording Secretary.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:55 pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Barbara Riddle-Dvorak, director

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Meeting minutes for January 7, 2015

The FRIENDS OF MIRROR LAKE LIBRARY January 7, 2015, meeting was called to order by board member Diane Drutowski at 6:20 p.m.

In attendance were Treasurer Monika Finley, board member Diane Drutowski, Friends member Sydni Shollenberger, and librarian Sandy Allen.

The minutes of the December 3, 2014 meeting were read. One correction was made: the spelling of speaker Les Standiford. The minutes were approved as corrected.

We reviewed the list of authors for 2015. Sydni sent Barbara Riddle-Dvorak a list of suggested potential authors for 2016. We reviewed the library’s list of Centennial activities.

Our next event is “An Evening with Les Standiford” on Wednesday, January 21. Since there were not enough people in attendance to plan the event, we will ask President Wayne Finley to make arrangements by email.

We discussed changing the monthly meeting date so more people can attend. Possibilities are Monday nights and Saturdays. Another option is having a Vice-president whose job would be to run the monthly meetings if the President can’t attend. (Currently our Vice-president Linda Sagese is acting Secretary, and can’t do both.)

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

Submitted by
Diane Drutowski

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Photos from An Evening With Les Standiford, January 19, 2015

 

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“St. Petersburg (America Through Time)”

“St. Petersburg (America Through Time)” is the latest book by James Anthobook coverny Schnur, the Friends speaker on March 9, 2015.

Known as the “Sunshine City,” St. Petersburg gained notoriety as a popular destination for seasonal residents during the Florida real estate boom of the 1920s. However, the history of footprints along with shoreline spans thousands of years. Long before the first contact with Spanish conquistadors during the sixteenth century, indigenous cultures flourished along the abundant estuaries and left shell mounds and pottery as evidence of their settlements. After these original inhabitants disappeared, occasional fishing parties from Cuba and the Caribbean visited a largely uninhabited peninsula along Florida’s west coast. Indeed, fewer than 500 people resided along the entire Pinellas peninsula on the eve of the Civil War.

Throughout the twentieth century, waves of settlers, tourists, and residents encountered a colorful array of speculators and developers. Sometimes known as a winter wonderland for “”snowbird”” retirees, St. Petersburg tried to reinvent itself after pundits referred to the city as “”God’s waiting room”” by the early 1960s. Fifty years later, much has changed.

This book offers a visual portrait of St. Petersburg since the early 1900s. Historical and contemporary photographs in four chapters illustrate St. Petersburg’s waterfront heritage, the transformation of its downtown, the establishment of neighborhoods near downtown, and the city’s expansion in more recent years. Rather than offering an academic narrative, St. Petersburg Through Time introduces the reader to important moments in the city’s vibrant history and encourages further exploration.

The book is available from amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.

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