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RB Library Volunteers Pictured left to right: Fred and Shirley Salzer, Phil and Diane Heinz, John and Elisabeth Koenig, Dave and Linda Hall, and Jackie Restivo

Highlights from the 40th Anniversary Annual Meeting of the Friends of the San Diego Public Library

Saturday, September 8, 2018

RB was well represented at the annual meeting of the Friends of the San Diego Public Library. Eleven of us made our way to the downtown library to attend the meeting and to celebrate four of our volunteers for their service! An outdoor buffet brunch was also available so we were duly rewarded for making the trip.

Several months ago the Friends of the RB Board selected this year’s awardees: Diane Heinz, Jackie Restivo, Shirley Salzer, and Jan Simpson. As with all our volunteers, these four have served our organization in several ways. Diane, as Bookshop Coordinator, has produced monthly schedules for the bookshop, inspired new directions at our book sales, keeps her crew well-informed, and keeps her e-mail account busy. Jackie Restivo is energetically previewing books for Amazon and works 8-hour days on Mondays to restock the shop and to work through tons of donations. Shirley Salzer has worked in the bookshop for more than 10 years and enthusiastically recruits and trains new shop volunteers. Jan Simpson, is the driving force behind most of our shop and sales specials. She offers creative and constructive ideas for bag sale set-ups and displays, including the innovative holiday baskets. Her other volunteer commitment to Safari Park prevented her from attending the downtown event.

In addition to the award presentation, business reports were issued as was the election of FSDPL board positions. The featured speaker was an author and SD Friend, Wanjiru Warama. When she came from Kenya, she found inspiration in the library and shared her great appreciation of its resources. Updates were made by Misty Jones, Director of the SD Public Library, and by Jay Hill, CEO of the SD Public Library Foundation. Both stressed the need for libraries to address the concerns of their communities and to be advocates for their programs and resources. Scott Ehrig-Burgess, Manager of the Library Gift Shop, regaled the audience with some of his very successful outreach events, including a Where’s Waldo contest. His biggest fundraiser occurred at Comicon where he secured a booth.

We were all encouraged to do some shopping in the gift shop to enjoy a 20% discount! Copies of the next One Book were also on sale. It is MARCH, Book One, by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell, a chronicle of civil rights events.

Submitted by Millie Boaz
September 9, 2018

In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.
Mortimer J. Adler, philosopher, educator, and author (1902-2001)