November 2021 Newsletter
We are thankful for YOU!
As we come to the close of 2021, I'm reflecting on the year and finding myself especially grateful for our volunteers. You sorted books, stocked the bookstore shelves, helped with the auction, hauled books for our special sales, cashiered at sales and in the bookstore, and managed our digital presence. Without your work, the Friends would not be able to fulfill our mission of providing funds for the library's book and digital collections, children's programs, adult programs, and adult literacy. I am so proud of the work you did in 2021.

I am also thinking about our members. Membership dwindled over the last two years during the pandemic; however, we maintained a level of membership that I think any organization would be grateful to have. And the best news is that we are now consistently growing our membership every week. Thank you to our members - we couldn't do all we do without you!

On behalf of the entire Friends board, Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Rebecca McCurdy
President, Friends of A.K. Smiley Library Board

Holiday Book Sale & Santa Visit
December 10, 11, and 12

Book Sale Hours:
Friday: 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday: 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

Sunday: 1:30 - 3:30 pm 

Santa visit:
Saturday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Each child will receive a free book!

Dia de Los Muertos Event
On November 1st, the library hosted a celebration of Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), featuring ofrendas (altars) created by local community organizations and presentations by members of the community about the history, meaning, and ways various cultures honor the deceased during this meaningful time.

Speakers included Dr. Rosa Gomez, A.K. Smiley Public Library Board member,  Eddie Tejeda, Mayor Pro Tem City of Redlands; Jenna Guzman-Lowry, Council Member City of Redlands; Socorro Contreras, A.K. Smiley Public Library CHAT Program; and Jenna Cruz-Aguirre EdD, California State University San Bernardino.

The Friends of the Library's altar honored three founding members of the organization: Esther Mertins, Dr. William J. Moore, and Barbara Wormser.

Pictured below: CHAT Program members Sandy Godoys (l) and Socorro Contreras (r) stand with the group's ofrenda.
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