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On December 12, 2023, the Friends of the Library held their annual Holiday Volunteer Dinner
The event was orchestrated by Ruth Polansky, the Friends' Activities/Event Coordinator. It was held in the Palmbrook Country Club, and 52 volunteers, Board Members and guests were in attendance. Besides arranging for a delicious buffet, entertainment was provided by the Unique Fashion Show group.
The Read To Me Program is Active!
After a three-year long suspension, Friends of the Sun City Libraries is restarting their volunteer program, Read to Me, an interactive
reading experience for seniors in area memory care facilities. The program, originally called Book Friends, began in 2017 when Judy Wannamaker, then Vice President of Friends, and fellow Board member, Charlotte Klose, collaborated with the staff of Woodmark at Sun City to create an interactive reading program for their memory care residents.
The Book Friends program flourished at Woodmark, and grew from one volunteer reading to a single resident, to ten
volunteers reading weekly to an entire group. In 2019 ten additional volunteers joined, and the program, co-lead by Board member Linda McKnight, expanded to serve a second local memory care center. Before long, the program became vital to both staff and residents. Then in March of 2020 the pandemic hit, and the reading program was discontinued.Volunteers took a hiatus, but the Friends Board remained active with monthly meetings and continued to support the branch libraries as they shifted to on-line program and services.
Thankfully COVID eventually subsided, the bookstore and libraries reopened, and Friends got back to business! One of their top
goals was to, once again, serve the community... particularly the elderly homebound. The need to restart the reading program in assisted living and memory care facilities seemed obvious, urgent, and the best way to start. To accomplish this, a committee was formed and outreach began to revive the dormant reading program... now renamed, Read to Me. Friends Homebound Committee members Irene Nathanson and Ruth Polansky met with Woodmark’s Activities Director, Michelle DeFord and discussed plans for the program’s resurgence. It was agreed that residents at Woodmark’s Legacies Memory Care would benefit the most. Legacies is a specialized program center devoted to seniors coping with dementia and Alzheimer’s.
On June 7th , Read to Me officially launched at Woodmark at Sun City, 17207 N. Boswell Boulevard! Long-time Friends volunteer,
Cheryl Cassady, met with a group of ten residents at Legacies Memory Care and conducted her first reading. Currently, a team of nine volunteers will provide half an hour of reading and valuable weekly interaction to Woodmark’s Legacy residents.
The Friends of Sun City Libraries invite you to join the Read to Me program and become a volunteer Reader. Make an impact and become involved to enrich lives and celebrate reading. For more information regarding this rewarding venture, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Opening day of the Read To Me program at Woodmark Legacies Memory Care facility. From Left to Right... Friends President Sue Blechl, Board members Ruth Polansky and Irene Nathanson, with Michelle DeFord, Activities Director, Woodmark at Sun City ... Pictured in back is Cheryl Cassady, Friends Read to Me reader
Read To Me Volunteers met with Friends Home Bound Task Members OPENING DAY AT WOODMARK LEGACIES BOOK READING for their first interactive reading orientation.
Friends Read to Me programrecently expanded to include memory care residents at The Gardens of Sun City. Pictured on opening day, from left to right are:
- Memory Care Resident - Cheryl C., Read to Me Reader - Irene Nathanson, Board Member - Memory Care Resident -Sabina Mujanovic, Activity Director at The Gardens - Memory Care Resident
Cheryl read the Big Book of Questions and Answers.
READ TO ME PROGRAM - MEET AND MINGLE MIXER
On November 8, 2023, the Read To Me program director, Irene Nathanson, hosted its first Meet and Mingle Mixer at Mimi's Cafe on Bell Road. The volunteer readers/presenters were invited, along with Board members, for appetizers and beverages. Each group shared their stories and experiences participating in the program, and as a member of the Board. We shared a lot of laughs, and enjoyed good food and good company.
Some of the readers and Board members stayed for picture taking... others escaped before we could get them in the group shot.
Irene shared some wonderful poems with us.
More pictures from the Mingle ... Telling their story... (slideshow)
Do You Love Your Library?
Have you thought about volunteering on the Board of Directors for the Sun City Arizona Friends of the Sun City Libraries? Our Board meets once a month to review and discuss a variety of topics, including:
Approving funding for equipment and supplies
Reviewing our budget and finance direction
Coordinating with RCSC
Reviewing publicity and advertising
Exploring outreach efforts
Discussing Bookstore specials
Reviewing and updating procedures
Planning events for volunteers
Considering new ideas for committee work
We are actively involved in governing, in the business of impacting the community, and realizing our mission: “To enhance the community through support for Sun City Libraries.” We invite you to join us, and expand your volunteer activities by being on the Board.
The Board meets at 10:00am, on the second Thursday of the month. Meetings are held either in the Bell Library meeting room, or on Zoom. Meetings are open to the Public.
If you'd like to be part of a fun and diverse group of library devotees, have a say in how we spend our money and represent the community, or if you have any questions, please use the form below to let us know. Jennie will get back to you.
Our Volunteer Appreciation Dinner took place on Wednesday, March 15th at Palmbrook Country Club. Kudos to Ruth Polansky for organizing the event, Jennie O'Leary for standing in for Sue Blechl who was unable to attend, and Irene Nathanson for helping with the registration table and checking people in.
With a nod to St. Patrick's day, a photo op area was set up and many took advantage of it.
Appreciation awards were given to Cathy Weyers for her many years of service on the Friends Board and for stepping up to be the Bookstore Manager, as well as ones given to Pam Danneman and to Sue Painter for their contributions.
The food was great and the company even greater. A big THANK YOU to all of our volunteers. Without you, we could not be as effective in the community as we are. We look forward to another successful year!
And Now A Few Words From Our Volunteers:
Friends of the Sun City Libraries Book Friends Volunteers, Joan, Irene and Carol, tell us what volunteering means to them.
Volunteer Newsletters: A great way to keep on top of things! Written monthly, and delivered to your in-box by our Writer and Editor-in-Chief, Tom Everitt (past Board President)
January 2023 February 2023 This issue of the Volunteer Newsletter will be its last. Due to changing circumstances and needs, we will be communicating with volunteers in other ways. Tom Everitt, editor, has done a phenomenal job creating and sharing this regular correspondence for six years! We greatly appreciate the time and talent that has gone into this publication. Thank you, Tom!
If you would like to continue getting correspondence from the Friends, be sure to sign up on our email list at the front desk in the Books Around The Corner bookstore.