Library Friends Review Museum Passes
Which museum pass is Southborough’s favorite? The numbers are in, and it seems distance does matter. In a review at their latest meeting, the Friends of The Southborough Library learned that passes for Boston museums saw the most use, with the Museum of Science topping the list at more than 125 reservations per year since 2009. Out-of-state attractions were less popular: Roger Williams Park Zoo and Mystic Aquarium each had fewer than 50 requests annually.
All of the passes pay for themselves. But for some it is many times over and others much less. We want to spend our money wisely to get the most value for the community. We are considering dropping some of the lesser-used passes in favor of other local attractions. We welcome suggestions for which museums you would like to see make the list.
For the passes we already have – we’ll decide based on usage and value versus cost. Every time you use a library pass, consider this a vote for keeping it. The more a pass is used, the more valuable it would be to the community. So, if there are passes you have been meaning to use, this is the time to do it! To see a detailed list of available passes with discounts and limitations, click here: Museum Passes at a Glance.
To reserve a pass, click on http://www.southboroughlib.org/services/museum-passes/.
Anyone interested in helping the Friends’ efforts to raise funds for these passes, and other programs and services, can contact Friends’ Corresponding Secretary Valarie Lefavour at email@example.com for information on becoming a member.
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ONLY the Friends of the Southborough Library Board will be meeting in December. This meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 19, at 10:30 a.m. at the Red Barn Coffee Roasters at 20 Turnpike Road, on the eastbound side of Route 9 just before Staples Crossing.
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To avoid Thanksgiving conflicts, The Friends will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, November 14 from 7:30 to 8:30 pm at the library. The evening’s agenda includes planning for new programs and fundraising, which may include a local author series and a holiday sale We are still actively recruiting new members. We’ve gotten a lot of great suggestions for fundraising ideas. Any of these ideas would require people willing to help make it work. If you can’t make it to regular meetings, we still welcome your help. We’ve even created a new closed Facebook Group to help members communicate more easily between meetings and here’s the link to that:
To learn more about joining the Friends, or to get involved with any Friends’ event, contact Beth Melo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I want to thank everyone who volunteered their time, whether through baking, manning a station at the book/bake sale, taking a shift at our booth, helping setup or take down, or helping sort books in advance.I want to especially thank:
- Diana Tremblay and Jessica Corwin for taking on the Heritage Day Committee and all the time and energy they put behind that.
- Hal and Sandy Kiess for suggesting, organizing, and running the new Friends table on St. Marks field
- Prudence Webster for her expertise and ongoing efforts
- Naomi Magnoni for coordinating with the Teens on the bake sale
- Lorraine Dinjian for researching and ordering the new Friends’ bags (and enduring the board’s million e-mails on the details)
- Jane Cain, Naomi Magnoni and Kim Ivers for working on their holidayI hope to see you all at the next meeting, Wednesday, October 17th at 7:30 pm. We’ll be sending out an agenda for that meeting soon.Thanks again,Beth Melo,President, The Friends of the Southborough Library
Friends of the Southborough Library, Please support us at our next meeting, Wednesday, October 17th, 7:30pm. at the Library.
* Fundraising status and plans
Our summer meetings have been a great success! Thank you to all of the new members who joined us. We are busy planning new programs and events for next year, and are delighted to have fresh ideas.
At our annual meeting in June, we elected Beth Melo as our new president. Assisting Beth will be Vice President Nicole Debonet, Treasurer Prudence Webster, Corresponding Secretary Valerie Lefavour and Recording Secretary Lois Seltzer.
The new board hasn’t wasted time in putting its new members to work. According to the new president, “We learned that our used book store is an undiscovered treasure for many of the library’s visitors. We’ve decided to open the store during special summer events.” A sign will be posted outside the Book Sale Room to announce times the room is open.
And so, remember, the Friends will hold their next meeting on Wednesday, October 17th from 7:30 pm – 8:30 p.m. at the Southborough Library. To learn more, contact Valerie Lefavour, Membership Chair, at email@example.com.
Become a Friend of the Southborough Library.
All members and potential members welcome! The Friends provide so many important “extras” at the library: funding the museum pass program, providing snacks for children and teen programs, paying for speakers for adult programs – and MORE. Learn what it takes to become a Friend of the Library – every strong library needs good Friends! Call 508-485-5031 and speak with Library Director Jane Cain, for more information.
June 9 Book Sale a Success!
Friends of the Library thank all of you who helped, either through book donations or purchases, to make the June Book Sale such a great success.
We raised over $1,500.00 for programs and services at the Southborough Library – good job, everyone!
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From the Archives:
We thank all of you who helped, either through book donations or purchases, to make the Heritage Day Book Sale 2011 such a great success. We raised $2,468.00.
Our special thanks to the Teen Group, and to Ms. Naomi, who stepped in to manage the Cookie Sale this year. We are delighted to report that with only 2 weeks to organize, the Teens raised $206 at the Cookie Booth.
Funds raised by the Friends are used for the Library’s museum pass program, new furniture, speaker expenses, the library website maintenance and hosting fees, and programs for folks of all ages @ the Library!
Thank you, Friends of the Southborough Library.
The Friends of the Southborough Library will meet this month on Wednesday, November 16, at 10:00 a.m. at the Library. Please join us. All Friends members and newcomers welcome!
Another successful Friends of the Library Book Sale was held this year on Heritage Day, October 10. Donations of gently used books are accepted at the Library any time the Library is open. Please call ahead if you are donating a large quantity of books, and need assistance. Volunteers are always welcome to help sort books. Please contact the Library Director Jane Cain at 508-485-5031, for more information, or if interested in volunteering.
from the archives…
The Friends will host a LIBRARY OPEN HOUSE – Saturday, September 17, 2011, from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Join us at the Library for an Open House on Saturday, September 17, as we celebrate 100 years in this building at 25 Main Street, Southborough. There will be pictures and stories to share, refreshments and fun!
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY ARCHIVE:
October 2010: Another great Book Sale on Heritage Day this year; thank you, Southborough!
A message from Prudence Webster, Treasurer of the Friends of the Library:
We are getting ready for the annual Heritage Day Friends’ Book and Cookie Sale on Monday, October 11 from 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
In preparation for this sale on Monday, October 11, we will be sorting and separating book donations on the mornings of Wednesday, September 22 and September 29. Come and help us and get a sneak preview of this year’s stock!
Please drop off your cookie donations on Saturday, October 9, to the Library staff, or bring them on Monday at Heritage Day! Thank you. - Library Friends.
We would like to thank all of those who have made donations to the Friends of the Library – especially those donations in the names of Judy Williams and Jean Davis this summer.
A message from Friends of the Southborough Public Library President Andrea Moody: Once again, congratulations on a very successful June book sale! Thanks to the generous number of donations and to the hard work of so many of the Friends in sorting, organizing and manning the book sale, our two-day total was our best ever! As you know, this money is used for everything from the numerous museum passes we provide to our patrons, to children’s programming, tech support and even new furniture and fixtures for our beloved Southborough Library. A hardy congratulations, indeed!
A few housekeeping notes: we will meet this Wednesday, June 16th at 10:00 a.m., for our last meeting for the summer. We will discuss the book sale and other matters. Please dress down a bit as Prudence and I need some help still in clearing the book sale room.
Also, two officer positions are available and we urge all to consider contributing to the Friends in this essential way.Friends of the Southborough Public Library
Thank you again, and I look forward to seeing you at our Wednesday meeting – June 16 at 10:00 a.m. at the Library. ~ A.M.
The Friends of the Southborough Library was founded in 1972 as a non-profit organization to enrich the services of the Southborough Library to the community through volunteerism and fundraising.
The Friends sponsor programs for people of all ages, including poetry and author readings, lectures, a film series, craft workshops and musical performers. Most events at the library are free. Friends’ funds help the library provide extras for the community, such as the museum pass program, adding special items to the library’s collection, electronic and multimedia equipment. The Friends raise funds through book sales and membership dues. Everyone is welcome to join. We have monthly meetings from March through June, and then in September and October.
Volunteer with the Friends
Help with book sale during the planning stage and on Sale Day. Assist at events, help plan author visits and more. There are tasks large and small. Stop by the Library and fill out a membership/volunteer application.
Last updated May 10th, 2013.