A Message from the President:
|This is an appeal to those of you who value and cherish the services, collections, and programs provided by the staff of the A.K. Smiley Public Library. From all accounts, the budget situation facing the City of Redlands will be much worse than what was experienced this past year. A projected shortfall of nearly 6 million dollars will result in severe cutbacks to essential departments, such as the police, fire, and the library.
Can you imagine daily life in Redlands with the possible closure of the library? I, personally, think this would be a tragedy. That is why I am urging library supporters to vote YES for Measure T. A modest 1% increase in the sales tax rate is projected to raise $10.7 million dollars. All the revenue generated remains to benefit the City of Redlands. Furthermore, an independent citizens’ financial advisory committee will be in place to review the revenues.
Thank you for your ongoing support of the Friends, and the Smiley Library!
Les Kong, President
Friends of the AKSPL
Library Love: An Interview with Alice Moore
Alice Moore loves libraries. Some could say it is in her blood. “My love of libraries, old books and book sales began when I was a child. My grandmother was a Librarian at the New York Public Library and every year my mother took us to the Bryn Mawr book sale to fill our huge attic floor to ceiling with books."
Later in life, Alice remembers the first time she attended one of the Friends First Saturday Bag Sales in Redlands. "I was hooked. I joined the Friends in 2011 and started working in the Bookstore.” Alice is now the Volunteer Coordinator of the Friends of the A.K. Smiley Public Library.
Alice says, “The best thing about being the Friends Volunteer Coordinator is the people I get to meet. Friends volunteers are really proud of the library, the community, and they love being around books and people who love books.”
Friends of the Library volunteers live in Redlands and many of the surrounding cities like Yucaipa, Colton, and Loma Linda. In terms of the customer base of the Friends Bookstore, Alice says, “One of things I’m most proud of is that we are one of the few places teachers and parents can find a good selection of affordable books.”
Quickly adapting to the re-opening of Smiley Library in September, the Friends group organized a COVID-19 Task Team to create new health and safety rules for the Friends Bookstore. The Task Team coordinated with the Library Director to have plexiglass installed at the Friends Bookstore sales counter to protect customers and volunteers. Additional safety precautions include providing hand sanitizer, gloves, and limiting the number of people in the store at one time to help everyone feel safe to enjoy the books.
Alice and the whole Friends of the Library Board hope the new health and safety rules will encourage people to volunteer in the Bookstore and at special sales. Alice says, "There are so many volunteer opportunities with the Friends! The Silent Auction started again last week, the Bookstore is open Monday-Saturday with two shifts that match the hours for the Library. We also need people who can help set up tables for sales, sort donated books and stock the bookstore." If you and yours are healthy, please consider volunteering. To get started, send an email to: email@example.com
Thank you for taking the time to read our monthly newsletter and for your ongoing support of Friends through your membership, purchases at book sales and in our bookstore. Thank you for your love and support of A.K. Smiley Public Library!