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Friends of the Library Board Members

You are invited to attend any of the Board meetings as an observer. We hope you will find a variety of opportunities to participate in the Friends’ activities - by serving as a member of the Board, assisting on a committee, helping with special events, or making use of your skills in other ways.

The Board meets at 3:00 PM on the 2nd Thursday of the month.

Meetings 2012 - 2013

July 12, 2012        cancelled
August 9, 2012     cancelled
September 13, 2012         Bay Shore Library
October 11, 2012         Mark Twain Library
November 8, 2012     Bach Library
December 13, 2012     Alamitos Library
January 10, 2013         North Library
February 14, 2013 Dana Library
March 14, 2013     Harte Library
April 11, 2013     El Dorado Library
May 9, 2013         Brewitt Library

Most meetings are held at various libraries in the system, except for the annual luncheon meeting in late May and the June meeting, which is a Board potluck at a Board Member's home.

Friends of the Library Board Members

Elected Officers - elected to two-year, staggered terms.

  • President - Presides over Board meetings; President or Treasurer signs checks; with Board approval, appoints all Committee Chairs; is ex-officio member of all committees except Nominating; may authorize disbursement of funds with ratification by Board. (Currently: Jo Rae Zuckerman)
  • Vice President - Performs duties of President during President's absence; is responsible for memberships and renewals and for maintaining membership roster. (Currently: Jan Lovie)
  • Program Chair - Is in charge of special programs. (Currently: Marve Watkins-King)
  • Secretary - Keeps minutes of all general meetings and all Board meetings; assists in such notifications as may be necessary, as requested by the President. (Currently: Elizabeth Andrew)
  • Treasurer - Has custody of all funds, except those of standing committees; maintains a book of accounts; with a committee, prepares an annual budget to submit to the Board for approval; gives a financial report at each regular Board meeting; Treasurer or President signs all checks, keeping a record of them. (Currently: Doris Soriano)
  • Corresponding Secretary - Sends informal correspondences as directed by the President or Treasurer. (Currently: Jan Jackson)


Elected Directors of Standing Committees
- elected to two-year, staggered terms.

  • Blanche Collins Forum: Using a special endowment fund, each year arranges to bring a speaker of renown to an event at the Main Library Auditorium. (Currently: Juliette Ebner)
  • Book Store Chair: Arranges for staffing and operations of the Book Store at Main Library; coordinates the monthly Silent Auction. (Currently: Barbara Hubbs)
  • Helen Fuller Cultural Carrousel: * Distributes money from a large endowment to children’s programs throughout the library system; also administers the Dee Navari Storytelling Fund. (Currently: OPEN)
  • Historian: Maintains and collects historical record and documents concerning the Friends. (Currently: Patricia Benoit)
  • Legislation: Reports to the Board on legislative issues of concern to libraries, at the local, state and national level. (Currently: Beverly Stunden)
  • Public Relations: Develops publicity for all Friends special events. (Currently: Carol & Jack Feeney)


Appointed Members-at-Large
- Three or more, appointed by President with Board approval; serve the Board in a variety of capacities, as needed. (Currently: Betty Barnecutt, Bernice Van Steenbergen, Carol Collins, Carol Quinlan, and Julliete Ebner)


Appointed Chairpersons
- appointed by President with Board approval.

  • Honor Books: Arranges book purchases from special “honor” donations, and on behalf of Super Friends - membership at $100 level or higher. (Currently: Linda Bresnan)
  • Hospitality: Arranges social details for Friends special events. (Currently: Patty Benoit)
  • Memorial Books: Arranges book purchases from special memorial donations. (Currently: Sandra Kroll)
  • Newsletter & Membership Database:Produces and organizes the mailing of the thrice-yearly newsletters that is mailed to all members, as well as to various public officials. (Currently: Barbara McPherson)
  • Nomination Committee: * Committee of 3, including at least one past president; appointed by President; elects its own chair; each year meets to nominate officers to fill positions that will be vacant. (Currently: OPEN)
  • SCLC: Reports on activities at the Southern California Library Cooperative. (Currently: Marilyn Larson)
  • Website Liaison: Serves as clearinghouse for changes to website; responsible for updating changes in information. (Currently: Jo Rae Zuckerman)


Ex-Officio Members

  • Director of Library Services: Glenda Williams, Director.
  • Past Presidents of the Friends of the Library: Kathy DeSilva, Margaret Durnin, Marilyn Larson, Jerry Loeb, Marie Treadwell , Bernice Van Steenbergen, Tamara Achauer.

NOTE: If interested in joining the Library Board, please email bvs6351@hotmail.com.

* Denotes head of a committee.

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