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June 10, 2014

A great job helping with Friends month at Amesbury Public Library

To the editor:

As a group, the Friends of the Amesbury Public Library embraces the core values of literacy and lifelong learning, and supports the public library in its mission to provide access to these. With those goals in mind, the Friends raise money to fund all the programming at the library. Author visits, parenting workshops, crafting programs, genealogy programs, summer reading programs and free or reduced admission passes to area museums and attractions — all of these and more are provided by funds the Friends raise through secondhand bookshop sales and paid memberships.

May is Friends month at the APL, the time of the year when we encourage patrons and community members to “Be a Friend” by investing in a Friends’ membership. Membership fees allow the wonderful offerings to continue. We at the Friends are so grateful for this year’s outpouring of support from the Amesbury community. To say thank you to our patrons for joining or renewing memberships in May, the Friends arranged a Local Authors Love Libraries! Saturday morning lecture series, and a fantastic local mystery author panel at our Annual Celebration evening.

Many people worked hard to bring the Saturday series and the Annual Celebration to our public, and I would like to thank them as well.

For devoting significant time at the library discussing their novels, their work and the art and craft of writing, I thank: Anne Easter Smith, Holly Robinson, Carla Panciera, Margie Walker, James Sullivan, Linda Baletsa, Joel Brown, Elisabeth Elo, Edith Maxwell and Tempa Pagel.

A round of applause must go to choral director Susanne Meyer and the AHS Rhythmics for providing excellent a cappella entertainment.

Two more high school student volunteers, Tom Howley and Kira Hazelwood, brought enthusiasm to the hard work of setting up the library to accommodate the 50 or so guests present at our celebration. Thank you both for your strength and willingness to help.

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