By Christine Volker
Fall has been a busy season for the Friends. Here’s a brief report.
October 6 – Branch Reopening
A number of us celebrated the reopening of the West Side Library Branch and Community Center in Point Richmond. The Richmond Recreation Department furnished cupcakes. Lively music, inspiring many to dance, was played by the talented Angeles de la Banda, courtesy of the library and Librarian Karen Roy. You can find the Angeles on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyyHnas6gKQ
October 15 – New Website
After many months of work by Michele Renee Ramos, Mark Roquet and the writer, our new website went live, with richer content conveying a fuller picture of what the Friends do. We still enjoy a link running to our site under the Support page of the Library’s website.
October 17 – Book Sale and Fun Picnic in the Point
The Friends held a mini book sale at the picnic taking place at Judge G. Carroll Park in Point Richmond. Apart from books and colorful writing pencils, we featured Peruvian finger puppets and a raffle for a toy mountain lion. In the first photo, Martha Bielawski, our President, is holding our sign; she’s accompanied by David Vincent. As many of you following the issue of literacy know, reading development during childhood is critical. Reading aloud to a family pet (like the one pictured) has been proven to aid a child’s reading confidence and ability through time. We were thinking perhaps reading to a stuffed animal might also help… so we were pleased when Elliott Riordan won the raffle. He’s in the last photo here with his book and Alfred, the mountain lion. Read on, Elliott!