Southeast -- March 7
From Karen Moll, President, FONCPL
The Southeast Area Spring Workshop was held in downtown Wilmington March 7 at the New Hanover County Public Library.
Area Directors Meg Forward and Joan Gerdsen chose an excellent venue, arranged to have informative and enthusiastic speakers,
and provided great breakout session topics to involve all 44 in attendance. Krystal Hare, Technical Assistant/Marketing for Onslow County Public Library gave an interesting power-point presentation
on "Social Media for Friends of the Library" with ideas on extending FOL reach into their local communities and beyond.
Many thanks for her prep work and sharing of ideas in an easy-to-understand format. Her excitement for social media opportunities for Friends was contagious!
Krystal's presentation provided a nice segue to the round-table discussions centered on how social media can affect our programs, membership and fundraising.
Forty-five minutes were allotted for these discussions. Recorders from each group shared their round-table report with the entire group near the end of the workshop.
These reports, along with the reports from upcoming workshops, will be compiled and sent to all workshop attendees in May.
Many thanks to our area directors, Meg Forward and Joan Gerdsen, for their work, enthusiasm and organizational skills in creating and implementing such a useful and informative workshop.
Patricia Bonner, New Hanover County Public Library's FOL President, and her Friends did an outstanding job in setting the stage and creating a wonderful environment for Friends to meet and network.
Thanks to Harry Tuchmayer, New Hanover County Library Director, for allowing Friends to meet in his facility and, more importantly, attending the workshop and leaving his granddaughter at home with her grandmother,
thus depriving him of a couple of hours of Grandpa/Granddaughter bonding time! Thank you, Harry, for visiting with us! We always enjoy hearing from one of our State Library consultants. Jennifer Pratt,
Chief of Library Development, State Library of North Carolina, shared updates in her "State of the State Library" report. It is always a pleasure to see Jennifer and hear the latest from Raleigh.
Again, thank you, Krystal Hare, for your presentation. I saw lots of note-taking being done during your power-point and that's the sign of an informative presentation.
The remaining four area workshops are coming up in April. There is plenty of time to register (see information and form above).
You may attend as many workshops as you wish - they're all free - so if a date or location in your area does not work with your schedule,
Please consider attending a workshop in another area near you!
It's helpful for us to have a head count so we can make sure we have enough handouts and refreshments but it's very helpful to have your contact information
so that we can forward workshop reports and other news to you. Last, but not least, if you find out at the last minute that you can attend a workshop but have not registered,
come on down anyway! Sign-in is from 9:30 to 10 a.m.; we can collect your contact information then.
Either way, FONCPL wants you to have the opportunity to pick up ideas for your local group and network, network, network!
Northeast -- April 11
From Rowena Roby, NE Area Director
Location: Shepard-Pruden Memorial Library, 106 W. Water Street, Edenton, NC
Speaker: Willie Nelms, Former Director and Musician (Blue Grass)
Topic: Library as a positive influence on the community and Roots of Music
Roundtable Discussion replaced with question and answer period.
A new possible member: Camden County Public Library
Their questions centered on how to organize and work with Library Staff.
I suggest sending out letters to Libraries in your area with workshop time and location and possible topics to be discussed. Registrations forms should be included with the invitation/RSVP.
1. Plan in a timely manner
2. The Board can continue to do what it does now, supply area directors with names and addresses to improve communication with area libraries.
3. Right now I would not make any changes to the Toolkit.
4. No other comments.