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An Evening with Ben Montgomery – November 13, 2017

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Join us for our upcoming author event, An Evening with Ben Montgomery, on Monday, November 13, on the second floor of Mirror Lake Library at 280 5th Street North, St. Petersburg. This event is co-sponsored by our community partner Keep St. Pete Lit.

Opening remarks begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the author’s talk. A reception with book signing takes place immediately afterwards from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Seating is available starting at 5:00 p.m.

Ben Montgomery is an enterprise reporter for the Tampa Bay Times and co-founder of the Auburn Chautauqua, a Southern writers collecting. He’s also author of two books: GRANDMA GATEWOOD’S WALK and THE LEPER SPY, both from Chicago Review Press.

Montgomery grew up in Oklahoma and studied journalism at Arkansas Tech University, where he played defensive back for the football team, the Wonder Boys. He worked for the Courier in Russellville, Arkansas, the Standard-Times in San Angelo, Texas, the Times Herald-Record in New York’s Hudson River Valley and the Tampa Tribune before joining the Times in 2006.

In 2010, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in local reporting and won the Dart Award and Casey Medal for a series called “For Their Own Good,” about abuse at Florida’s oldest reform school. He lives in Tampa with his wife, Jennifer, and three children.

 

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Meeting Minutes for February 1, 2017

Meeting Minutes
February 1, 2017

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

Minutes: The minutes of the November 9, 2016, meeting were distributed. Courtney Walker moved to accept the minutes. Maureen McDole seconded. The motion passed.

Treasurer’s report: We have $1775.32 in our city fund and $283.24 in our Grow Financial account.

December 2016 Book Sale: We will try to schedule our event to not conflict with other events. Parking is a problem. We discussed book vendors with scanners and decided to continue selling with no restrictions.

State of Florida Registration: Linda has completed the State Registration for 2017, and will do the Annual Report filing next.

Author events:  We have Cathy Salustri for February 13. Craig Pittman will be on April 10, as part of the Sunlit Festival. Maureen and Courtney will schedule Ben Montgomery and Steph Post for September 11 and November 13.

For the February 13 event, Linda will bring cookies. We already have water and paper products. Sandy will lock the outside door. Diane already sent a notice to the Times as well as the typical posts; she will send an email right before the event.

June 2017 Book Sale: The date will be Saturday, June 17.

Announcement: The Sunlit Festival (run by Keep St. Pete Lit) will be April 10 – 25, with a kickoff on April 6 at the Chihuly Collection, the original site of Haslam’s.

Next meeting: The next meeting will be Wednesday, April 5, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

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

Submitted by
Diane Drutowski
Secretary

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Book Sale – Saturday, June 17, 2017

Join us for a book sale June 17 at Mirror Lake Community Library, 280 5th Street North, downtown St. Petersburg. We will have hardcovers, paperbacks, CDs and DVDs. Shop for children’s books, music, fiction, and non-fiction. The event is brought to you by Friends of Mirror Lake Library and Keep St. Pete Lit. All proceeds benefit the library and friends activities.


If you can volunteer to be a cashier or organize book table for a few hours, please sign up here: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E044AAFAD28A3FA7-mirror.

We would appreciate donations of your old books, videotapes, and CDs for the sale.  Drop them off at the library front desk between now and June 16.  The library is located at 280 Fifth Street North in St. Petersburg and is open Monday and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Call (727) 893-7268 if you have any questions.  Thank you for helping the library and its programs with your donations.

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An Evening with Steph Post – September 11, 2017

Microsoft Word - three pictures together narrowest.docxJoin us for our upcoming author event, An Evening with Steph Post, on Monday, September 11, on the second floor of Mirror Lake Library at 280 5th Street North, St. Petersburg. This event is co-sponsored by our community partner Keep St. Pete Lit.

Opening remarks begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the author’s talk. A reception and book signing is from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Seating is available starting at 5:00 p.m.

Steph Post is the author of A TREE BORN CROOKED (2014) and LIGHTWOOD (2017) as well as a short story writer, reader, teacher and dog lover (among many other things). She is a recipient of the Patricia Cornwell Scholarship for creative writing from Davidson College and the Vereen Bell writing award. Her fiction has appeared in Stephen King’s Contemporary Classics and many other outlets. Her story “The Pallid Mask” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. A TREE BORN CROOKED was nominated for the Big Moose Prize. She lives in St. Petersburg, Florida. Visit her at stephpostfiction.com or @StephPostAuthor.

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SunLit Festival

Sunlit posterOur next author event, An Evening with Craig Pittman on April 10, is part of Keep St. Pete Lit’s 2017 Sunlit Festival.    The SunLit Festival is run by our community partner, Keep St. Pete Lit.

The SunLit Festival was featured in the Tampa Bay Times on Sunday, April 2, in this article by book editor Colette Bancroft.

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Find out details about the festival’s other events here: http://keepstpetelit.org/sunlit-festival/

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An Evening with Craig Pittman – April 10, 2017

Join us for our upcoming author event, An Evening with Craig Pittman, on Monday, April 10, on the second floor of Mirror Lake Library, 280 5th Street North, St. Petersburg. This event is co-sponsored by our community partner Keep St. Pete Lit and is part of the 2017 Sunlit Festival.

Opening remarks begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the author’s talk.  A reception and book signing is from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Seating is available starting at 5:00 p.m.)

Craig Pittman is the New York Times bestselling author of OH FLORIDA! HOW AMERICA’S WEIRDEST STATE INFLUENCES THE REST OF THE COUNTY and three other books as well as an award-winning journalist. He is a native Floridian and in 2013 wrote a popular blog for Slate called “Oh, Florida! ” which became the genesis for this book, and which led to his appearance on TV and radio discussing why Florida is so odd and entertaining. He lives in St. Petersburg with his wife and two children.

https://www.amazon.com/Oh-Florida-Americas-Weirdest-Influences/dp/1250071208

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BACKROADS OF PARADISE: A JOURNEY TO REDISCOVER OLD FLORIDA

Our next author event, February 13 at 5:30 p.m., is An Evening with Cathy Salustri.  Here’s what people are saying about her book, BACKROADS OF PARADISE: A JOURNEY TO REDISCOVER OLD FLORIDA.book-blurb

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