Mashpee Library’s 6th Birthday

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Mashpee Library’s 6th birthday party was tons of fun with cake, games, prizes and, of course, MINI GOLF! Check out the pictures below of the Selander Open! A special thanks to all of our Friends, Library Staff, volunteers and sponsors … Continue reading

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Celebrate the Library’s 6th Birthday with Free Mini-Golf

Dear Friends:

The Friends of the Mashpee Library is sponsoring  a free miniature golf event, the “Selander Open,” inside the library as part of the library’s 6th birthday celebration:  Thursday, April 21, 12 to 6:30 PM.

There will be two 9-hole mini-golf courses, one  on each floor. Each hole is different, with obstacles, hills, sandtraps, curves, and other  novel features. You can see a sample hole on display at the Library.

Come for golf, games, prizes, and birthday cake!

If you are interested in volunteering to help with the mini-golf event, please e mail Randy Hensley rbhensley@mac.com with your contact information and the hours you are available.

Sincerely,

Ann Macdonald,
President Friends of the Mashpee Library.

P.S. If you haven’t already done so, please send in your membership dues. You can find the membership form here

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Winter 2016 Newsletter and Membership Drive

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          The Friends’ fundraising had a big boost this year thanks to a successfully completed challenge grant of $50,000 from Robert Selander in memory of his parents, Gloria and Herb Selander. The Selanders were enthusiastic Mashpee Library supporters and Mrs. Selander was a former Mashpee Library Director.

            The Friends raised $50,000 towards the Selander matching challenge with the help of a special bequest from the estate of Mashpee resident Dottie Bottos, plus a very successful Gala and Auction to celebrate the library’s fifth year.

Friends Establish Endowment for Library

          The Friends of the Mashpee Library set up an endowment for the library in December. “We expect the endowment to grow and attract major donations that will ensure our library has the extra funding it needs to serve the community well for years to come,” said Ann Macdonald, President of the Friends’ Board.

            Contributions to the Friends are tax-deductible. The endowment funds are invested to earn interest, under the management of an Investment Committee. The endowment was initiated by Ceil Sneider, outgoing president of the Friends and endorsed by the Library Trustees.

Chip Bishop Honored as ‘Friend of the Year’

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              The Friends presented its first “Friend of the Year” award Jan. 5, to local author Chip Bishop, in recognition of his encouragement, wisdom, and patience while working with the Friends Executive Board. An experienced political and communication strategist with a lifetime of achievements, including working as a campaign and administration aide to President Jimmy Carter, Chip guided the Friends to expand its reach, and to raise public awareness of the Mashpee Public Library’s free resources and services.

Chip is a former Library Trustee, and author of The Lion and the Journalist: The Friendship of Theodore Roosevelt and Joseph Bucklin Bishop, (New York Times e-book bestseller in March 2014), and Quentin & Flora: A Roosevelt and a Vanderbilt in Love During the Great War.

Annual Membership Drive – Jan./Feb. 2016

Please join or renew your membership, by printing and filling out this form. Note that we have a new category – Lifetime Membership, at $100.

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Endowment for Mashpee Library Established by Friends: December 2015 Press Release

MASHPEE, Dec. 16—The Friends of the Mashpee Library has set up an endowment for the library. “We expect the endowment to grow and attract major donations that will ensure our library has the extra funding it needs to serve the community well for years to come,” said Ann Macdonald, President of the Friends’ Board.

Contributions to the Friends are tax-deductible. The endowment funds are invested to earn interest, under the management of an Investment Committee. The endowment was initiated by Ceil Sneider, outgoing president of the Friends and endorsed by the Library Trustees.

The Friends’ fundraising had a big boost this year thanks to a successfully completed challenge grant of $50,000 from Robert Selander in memory of his parents, Gloria and Herb Selander. The Selanders were enthusiastic Mashpee Library supporters and Mrs. Selander was a former Mashpee Library Director.

“We raised $50,000 towards the Selander matching challenge with the help of a special bequest from the estate of Mashpee resident Dottie Bottos, plus a very successful Gala and Auction to celebrate the library’s fifth year,” Ms. Macdonald said.

The Friends help the library by supplying needed materials (books, subscriptions, films, etc.) and equipment beyond the state and local budget allocations. This year, for example, the Friends bought 10 iPads for patrons to use at the library, and supplied museum passes and other materials.

 “We have a very beautiful and busy library,” Ms. Macdonald said, “and we want it to be assured of future support. Older towns on the Cape have large endowments for their libraries, and Mashpee  needs to have a similar advantage.”

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Year End Message from the Executive Board

Dear Friends:

This was a successful year for the Friends of Mashpee Library, which raised more than $120,000 (so far) for the library, including a $50,000 challenge grant from the Selander family. This is the 30th anniversary year of the Friends.

At its annual meeting Nov. 5, the group elected new officers and honored past president Ceil Sneider for her years of dedication to the library. The new president, Ann Macdonald, noted that Ceil “had set the bar high for fundraising, and for successful activities.”

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Ceil Sneider, Outgoing President Photo: Kathy Mahoney

“We thank the members of the community who helped us by contributing and by participating in our programs–the Tech Campaign, Licks for the Library, Mini-Golf at the Library, and the highly successful anniversary auction and gala in June,” Macdonald said. “We already purchased iPads for the Library from funds raised in our Tech Campaign, and we will continue technology funding, including a ‘genius bar,'” she said.

Funding from the Friends enables the Library to buy materials and equipment beyond the budget supplied by government agencies. For example, museum passes and rental books are purchased by the Friends, in addition to other books, media, and special summer reading materials for the children’s program.

“The Selander Family challenge grant was a big boost to our fundraising efforts,” Macdonald reported. “This $50,000 challenge was in memory of former Mashpee residents and Library supporters Herb and Gloria Selander. Mrs. Selander was a past director of the Mashpee Library.”

“Next week is ‘Dining for Books’ week, where seven local restaurants will donate a percentage of your tab to the Friends of the Library when you eat or take out and show your library card, and I hope the local community will turn out,” Macdonald said. “Check our website or pick up a leaflet at the library for details.”

Other elected officers of the Friends include Vice President Carolyn Markowski, Treasurer Leslie Marsh, Corresponding Secretary Bette Hanson, and Recording Secretary Marje Hecht.

Annual dues are due in January, and we now offer a “Lifetime Membership” of $100.

Watch this space for more activities coming up!

Sincerely,

Friends of the Mashpee Library Executive Board

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Dining for Books returns!

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After the last years fundraising success, we have decided to do Dining for Books again! To help us raise money for the Library, simply enjoy a meal (or take out) at these places during the select times and a portion of your check will be donated to the Friends of the Mashpee Library. Make sure to identify yourself as part of the fundraiser by giving the attached leaflet to waitstaff, or show your library card or bring a book! You’ll not only get a good meal, but you’ll be helping out  your Library! 

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To view or print the full flyer, click hereWe look forward to seeing you!

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Support the Library on August 28 for Licks for the Library

Dear Friends:

Please eat ice cream on August 28th, and send this leaflet to your friends. The more ice cream sold at the participating store, the more we earn towards our matching gift!
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We are now at $28,000, which leaves $22,000 more to raise by October 1. Checks, made out to Friends of the Mashpee Library, can be mailed to us at P.O. Box 900, Mashpee, MA 02649, or can be left at the Library circulation desk. Thank you for your support!

Sincerely,
Friends of the Mashpee Library Executive Board

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