Monthly Archives: January 2015

First Night 2015 at the Mirror Lake Library

Photos of the activities at the Mirror Lake Library on December 31, 2014, by Barbara Riddle-Dvorak.

Creating the cut-out library models

Creating the cut-out library models

More cutting and gluing

More cutting and gluing

The Friends Centennial book

The Friends Centennial book

Friends activities poster

Friends activities poster

Also at the library on First Night: St. Pete Makers

Also at the library on First Night: St. Pete Makers

St. Pete Makers 3D printer

St. Pete Makers 3D printer

St. Pete Makers table and visitors

St. Pete Makers table and visitors

Also at the library on First Night: "Midtown Through Our Eyes Exhibit"

Also at the library on First Night: “Midtown Through Our Eyes Exhibit”

For more information about St. Pete Makers, see

For more information about “Midtown Through Our Eyes Exhibit,”  see


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Meeting minutes for December 3, 2014

The December 3, 2014 meeting was called to order by President Finley at 6:05 PM. A quorum was present. Linda Sagese read the secretary’s report; it was amended to include details of Ms. Churuti’s report concerning our 501(c) (3)application, approval and requirements and accepted.

The treasurer’s report will be presented at our next meeting.

Old business discussed was forming a nominating committee consisting of 3 members to nominate next years’ officers. It was decided that Diane would put on our website a request that people interested in serving on the board contact us.

First Night plans were finalized. It was decided that Monika, Barbara and Linda would arrive at the library around 4:30 PM to set up our program. Diane and Wayne would arrive after work. Doors would open at 6 PM. We agreed to change the library replica from a “punch out” to a “cutout” due the extreme price difference. The coffee table book should be ready for sale and to take orders.

Upcoming speakers are Prof. Les Standiford on January 21, 2015. James Schnur and Jeff Klinkenberg will, hopefully, be confirmed as the speakers to follow in the coming months.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:48 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Linda Sagese, (acting) Secretary, Friends of Mirror Lake Library

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Centennial Lecture Series – January 21, 2015


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An Evening With Les Standiford – January 21, 2015

Join us for our first Friends Centennial event, An Evening with Les Standiford, on Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at 5:30 pm at the Mirror Lake Library.

Les Standiford is the author of 20 books, including Meet You in Hell: Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick and the Bitter Partnership that Transformed America, which was the publisher’s nominee for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize in 2005. Last Train to Paradise: Henry Flagler and the Spectacular Rise and Fall of the Railroad that Crossed an Ocean is a Florida classic in its 23rd printing and has been the “One Book” choice of more than a dozen county library systems in the state, including those of Key West and Palm Beach. It was one of the History Channel’s Top Ten picks and was read coast to coast by Dick Estell, NPR’s “Radio Reader.”

Booklist called John Deal, the recurring series character in many of his novels, “the most emotionally centered protagonist in crime fiction today,” and the New York Times has said of his suspense writing, “each scene is like a little gasp for breath.” He edited and contributed to The Putt at the End of the World (2001) and edited the anthology of crime fiction Miami Noir (2006). He also authored one of the chapters in the national best-selling satire, Naked Came the Manatee (1998), with Dave Barry, Carl Hiaasen and others.

Standiford has received the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, the Frank O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. A native Ohioan, he is a graduate of Muskingum College and holds the M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Utah. He is Professor of English and Director of the Creative Writing Program at Florida International University in Miami, where he lives with his wife Kimberly, a psychotherapist. They are the parents of three children.

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Standiford’s novels are Spill (1991), Done Deal (1993), Raw Deal (1994), Deal to Die For (1995), Deal on Ice (1996), Presidential Deal (1998), Black Mountain (2000), Deal With the Dead (2001), Bone Key (2003), and Havana Run (2004). His other critically acclaimed works of non-fiction include Washington Burning: How a Frenchman’s Vision for Our Nation’s Capitol Survived Congress, The Founding Fathers, & the Invading British Army and The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits. Washington Burning was the publisher’s nominee for the Pulitzer Prize in 2008. The Man Who Invented Christmas was a New York Times “Editors’ Choice” in 2008.

In March 2011, Ecco Press published Bringing Adam Home, an account of Det. Sgt. Joe Matthews’ 27-year quest to solve the 1981 kidnapping and murder of Adam Walsh. The book became a New York Times best-seller and a #1 Wall Street Journal true-crime best-seller. In November 2012, Harper Collins published Desperate Sons: The Secret Bands of Radicals Who Led the American Colonies to Revolution. The book, described as a “real-life political thriller,” traces radical activities in the colonies from 1765-1775, including the exploits of well-known and lesser-known patriot-activists such as Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry, and John Hancock.

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Library Model Instructions

The Friends’ First Night activity was creating a cardboard model of the library.  If you came by the library on New Year’s Eve, and took the sheet but did not make the model with us, here are some detailed instructions.

This is the sheet you start with.

oneCut it into two pieces, the building…
two…and the roof.

threeIf you want to write a resolution or message inside the building, go ahead.  Then fold up the building.

fourfiveGlue the sides to the tabs.  Leave one end open, fold the roof, and attach the roof to the top four tabs.

Close up the end and you’re done.

The black-and-white side represents the original building in 1915.

finish 2

The colored side represents the modern day building.

finish 1The bottom of the model has a short history of the library.

finish 3The model was designed by Friends of Mirror Lake Library President Wayne Finley.  First Night volunteers included Wayne, Linda Sagese, Linda Earle, Monika Finley, Barbara Riddle-Dvorak, and Diane Drutowski.

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St. Petersburg Libraries Calendar

ManyLibrary calendar 2 activities celebrating the Mirror Lake Library Centennial are listed on the St. Petersburg Libraries 100 Years of Service 1915 – 2015 Centennial Calendar.

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Centennial Year Schedule of Events

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The Friends are pleased announce a schedule of events for 2015, our Centennial year, with an emphasis on local history:

An Evening With Les Standiford
Historian, author, and Director of Florida International University Creative Writing Program
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

An Evening with James Schnur
Historian, author, and librarian at Nelson Poynter Memorial Library
Monday, March 9, 2015

An Evening with Jeff Klinkenberg
Author and Florida culture reporter for Tampa Bay Times
date to be determined

Annual Friends Book Sale
Saturday, June 6, 2015

An Evening with Bruce Stephenson
Author and Professor of Environmental Studies at Rollins College
Monday, November 16, 2015

First Night Celebration
Thursday, December 31, 2015

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