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  • Stocked the Elizabeth Clark Bookstore and Children's Cart daily and held annual Fall and Spring book sales, raising $39,123 total sales of gently-used, donated books.

  • Mailed 1,400 Fall and Spring newsletters and provided an additional 100 copies to library staff members and patrons. Member requests for newsletters via email continued to increase.

  • Hosted events in 2016 included: Lexington Reads Brunch in March, featuring author Anthony Amore, Security Director of Isabelle Stewart Gardner Museum; National Libraries Workers Day Reception during National Libraries Week in April; Annual Volunteers Reception in May; Staff Appreciation Luncheon, during Transformative Spaces construction in August.

  • Funded 2016 summer reading programs for children, teens, and adults.

  • Helped staff at library functions, including author talks, Fairy Tale Ball, Ice Cream Social.

  • Assisted Reference Department, providing volunteers who made Door-to-Door deliveries to homebound patrons. (Requests increased in 2016.)

  • Donated 20 of the 22 passes within the Museum Pass Program, adding the Edward M. Kennedy Institute and donating 2 Massachusetts State Park passes in 2016.

  • Recorded 389 members, including 1 Business and 79 Life Members.

  • Reported that 69 adult volunteers and 29 community service volunteers logged 5,268 service hours. Additional volunteers helped out at Fall and Spring book sales and others assisted the Foundation on a regular basis.

  • Disbursed, during FY16, $14,000 unrestricted cash gift to the library and $10,000 payment toward Friends of Cary Memorial Library's $50,000 pledge to the Transformative Spaces Capital Campaign.

(Submitted November 6, 2016)