Friends of the Millbrae Library          SEPTEMBER 2008  VOL 30      NR 1
FML News - Text only edition



Well, the holiday season has passed and things are getting back to normal (whatever that is). I hope you all had wonderful holiday experiences and enjoyed the season and I wish you all a very happy, prosperous and healthy new year!
It is so nice to have a Branch Manager in Millbrae who is all-our-own. Sandy Wee came to us and hit the ground running. Sandy and our Millbrae Library staff are doing a fine job and we are fortunate to have such a capable team serving our patrons.
Our Big Book Sale in early December was a huge success. We netted nearly $3,000. I particularly want to thank Judi Sullivan for her hard work, not only for managing all the preparations for the sale, including recruiting and coordinating our volunteer staffers, sorting and pricing the books, set-up for the sale (and taking down) but for the countless hours she contributes behind the scenes in our book store. Just look below at the scene, itself, with the inventory all prepared for the sale. Thanks, Judi!
Thanks also to all of you who volunteered to staff our book sale. We had a great turn out of helpers. Without you we could never achieve such a level of success. I have often said that our book sales are a lot of work but they are also a lot of fun.
(a picture of the book sale is included)
Just a reminder: January is membership renewal month for all but life members. Please remember to get your renewal dues in. While membership renewal is on your mind, its a great time to recruit new Friends. Members are the life blood of Friends of the Millbrae Library so please talk to your friends and neighbors about the good work done by FML and encourage them to join. Additional sign-up envelopes are available in the library.
Enclosed in this newsletter is the Millbrae Library program survey, We Want to Hear from You. Our staff needs this information so that adult library program offerings can be better designed to suit the needs, interests and desires of our patrons. Please take the time to complete the survey and return it to the library.
It is a pleasure to announce that Rob Silber and Carmen Delano have agreed to serve on our very important Farris Fund Finance Committee. Rob and his wife, Miriam, have two children in the Millbrae schools and are long time members and supporters of FML. Rob holds a degree in Business/Economics from UC Santa Barbara and is employed as Director of Supply Chain Management for a biotechnology company. Robs education and professional experience make him a Farris Fund natural. Carmen has a degree in pharmacy from Washington State University and was employed in San Francisco as a pharmacist before raising a family and becoming a librarian and long-time advisor to our book sales. Carmen recently retired and now serves on the FML Board. She will be an asset to the Farris Fund Finance Committee.


Have you ever wondered how materials are selected for the Millbrae Library? Now is your chance to find out. The Friends of the Millbrae Library has invited Greg Bodin, San Mateo County Library Collections & Cataloging Services Manager, to discuss how materials are selected and purchased for the County Libraries. Greg's presentation will begin at 11:30 am, Thursday, January 29th. Don't miss this interesting presentation.

Headphones and Flash Drives

Did you know that headphones and flash drives are available for you to purchase at the Accounts Desk? Headphones are available for $2.00. Two-gigabyte Flash Drives are $6.00.
These great prices are made possible by a large joint purchase by the Friends of the Libraries in San Mateo County.

Computer Classes

Tuesday, January 13 @ 10:00 am "Computer Basics" with Pat Young
Thursday, March 5 @ 6:30 pm "Genealogy Online" with Warren Netz


Sandy Wee, Millbrae Library's new Branch Manager, was welcomed and introduced to the community at a reception on November 20, 2008, coincidentally, Millbrae Library's 4th anniversary. She actually started her position on Tuesday, October 21, 2008. Everyone is very happy to have Sandy as our permanent Library Manager.
Sandy received her Bachelor's degree from the University of California-Berkeley and Master's Degree in Library Science from San Jose State University. In addition, she holds several certificates. She has over 18 years of public library experience most recently as the Branch Manager of the Manor Branch of the San Leandro Public Library. Her previous experience includes, ten years working as the Youth Services Supervisor for the Los Gatos Public Library, three years working as a Librarian for the San Francisco Public Library at the Chinatown Branch, and numerous assignments throughout the Bay Area as a Librarian, Library Assistant, Library Intern and Library Clerk. Sandy is not entirely new to SMCL; she has worked at the Millbrae Library and other libraries in the system for the past eleven years as an Extra-Help Librarian.
A few words from Sandy: “I feel very lucky to be part of the Millbrae Community and to work with a wonderful Library team and supportive community. Thank you Friends for the lovely welcome and reception. With such a great staff, I know the Library will continue to thrive and be one of the community's favorite places to be.” (a picture of Sandy Wee is included)


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(A calendar of adult and community programs for children, teens, and families was included)


Happy New Year! It's time to renew your membership with the Friends. We worked together in 2008 to provide our wonderful library with funding for materials and programs enjoyed by the community. We truly appreciate your past support and hope you will continue your membership in 2009.
Your membership status is indicated on this FML News address label. A renewal envelope with your return address label is included for convenience. Please note any changes to your address, phone number, or email. Enclose your renewal amount and drop it in the mail or bring it to the library at your next visit. Membership does make a difference and we wouldn't be as strong without you.


Sixteen book discussion participants celebrated the end of the second year of discussions on Monday, December 1st with a Holiday Pot Luck Lunch prior to the December Book Discussion.
Members feasted on a variety of dishes - from four different types of mini-sandwiches prepared by Sally Bebek to Lolly Pineda's Red Velvet cupcakes with fluffy white frosting sprinkled with pomegranate seeds, with many and varied delicious treats in between. The lunch was such a success that members are now planning one for next year.
The regular December book discussion was held after the lunch. Book Discussion Calendars for 2009 were distributed.

BOOK DISCUSSIONS at the Library – first Monday of each month at 1 pm. Open to all interested readers.
January 5 Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane Leader Joanne McMahon
February 2 Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Sijie Dai Leader Gerry Silberstein
March 2 The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shafer & Annie Barrows Leader Judi Sullivan
April 6 Peace Like a River by Leif Enger Leader Sally Bebek
May 4 Plainsong by Kent Haruf Leader Carmen Delano
June 1 Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire by Alex Von Tunzelman Leader MaryStella Flynn
July 6 Run by Ann Patchett Leader Norma Davis
August 3 The House Gun by Nadine Gordimer Leader Claudette Loughlin
September 14 The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeanette Walls Leader Lolly Pineda
October 5 One Book One Community (title to be announced ) Leader Nancy Katsuranis
November 2 The Cleft by Doris May Lessing Leader Irena Parker
December 7 A Prisoner of Birth by Jeffrey Archer Leader Jenny Carp

Drop-In Chess

Chess will continue every  Monday evening from 6 to 8 in the Homework Center. Players of all skill levels come each week to enjoy a game. We do not rank players and do not run tournaments, but play for the challenge and fun of it. Instruction is available. This is a game you will play your entire life!

Special Gift Fund Donors September – December 2008

Eugene & Georgenia Latter
Millbrae Woman's Club

Sponsors, Donors and Beyond September - December 2008

The Friends thank these members for their generous memberships at the sponsor level or above.
Sahliha (Sally) Bebek
Maria Caturay
Martha & Edwin Fink
Elliott & Stephanie Warshauer
J. Yamaguchi

San Mateo County Director of Library Services

During a recent visit to Millbrae, Martin Gómez, San Mateo County’s newly appointed Director of Library Services is welcomed to the Library by Bob Miller, President of the Friends of the Millbrae Library. For part of his thirty years of professional experience in leading library services in New York and California, Mr. Gómez was the Executive Director of the Friends & Foundation of the San Francisco Public Library. (a picture of Martin Gómez and Bob Miller is included)