Join us for a book sale June 2 at Mirror Lake Community Library, 280 5th Street North, downtown St. Petersburg. The sale runs from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 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.
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 1. 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.
The St. Petersburg Library System has created a new book club at Mirror Lake Community Library, held on the 3rd Saturday of each month at 2:00 p.m.
The first two books were
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (June 20)
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (July 18)
The next two books are
The Professor and the Madman By Simon Winchester (August 15)
Wild by Cheryl Strayed (September 19)
“Interested in discussing popular books on a variety of topics? Join our new book club! Pick up a reserved copy of this month’s selection at the circulation desk. Copies will be available one month prior to the meeting date. Reflections meets on the 3rd Saturday of each month Beginning June 20 at 2:00 pm In the Community Room at Mirror Lake Community Library 280 5th St. N.”
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:
Friends of Mirror Lake Library
Many activities celebrating the Mirror Lake Library Centennial are listed on the St. Petersburg Libraries 100 Years of Service 1915 – 2015 Centennial Calendar.
On October 9, the St. Petersburg City Council presented a proclamation recognizing Friends of Libraries Week, October 19 – 25, 2014, to the city’s Friends of the Library groups. Pictured are Mika Nelson, Library Director, Diane Sawyer from Friends of South Community Library, and Barbara Riddle-Dvorak from Friends of Mirror Lake Library. Thank you to Mayor Rick Kriseman and City Council.