April 8, 2021
Friends of the Cedar Falls Public Library
Minutes of the Annual Meeting
April 8, 2021
The 2021 Annual Meeting was called to order via Zoom by President Kay Thuesen at 4:30 pm who welcomed 24 Friends members to the meeting. The first order of business was the reading of the minutes of the 2019 Annual Meeting by secretary, Anne Hoekstra. (Let it be noted that there was no 2020 Annual Meeting due to gathering restrictions of the Covid-19 epidemic.) The minutes were approved as read (Vicki Edelnant moved/Carol Brown seconded) and were unanimously voted to be placed on file.
Margaret Empie introduced the nominee for new board member—Sheryl McGovern, and gave a brief summary of her background. Sheryl had been director of Cedar Falls Public Library and joint director of both Cedar Falls/Waterloo Public Libraries for several years. She had, in fact, been elected as a board member in 2019, but had to take a leave due to personal concerns. She was unanimously reelected to the board.
President Kay reminded the group of the mission statement of the Friends of the Cedar Falls Public Library: “The Friends of the Cedar Falls Public Library cultivate a love of learning and celebrate the joy of reading by supporting library services for the community.” Current membership is 144 members for 2020/2021 fiscal year (131 renewed and 13 new).
President Kay thanked the many volunteers who assist the library in various ways. The Book Nook is maintained by 45 volunteers who have faithfully returned following covid shut-downs. The Book Nook was headed by long-time manager Marilyn Nesvick, who recently retired because of health concerns, and whose many years of dedication are deeply appreciated. Her knowledge and organizational skills helped the Book Nook be very successful and a strong financial contributor to the Friends. Alice Meyer, Diane Thiessen, and Linda Meier have taken over Book Nook managerial duties. Kay also thanked Bonnie Stetler who acts as a financial advisor and prepares our income taxes, and Doris Mitchell who keeps the database for membership. Kay also thanked volunteers who assisted the staff this past fall by pulling books from the shelves for curbside pickup as well as other work they do throughout the year.
She recognized long-time board members who are retiring from the board–Maelou Baxter and Sue Doody, and thanked them for their many years of service to the Friends.
Kay noted that Covid-19 placed restrictions on many normal services provided by the library, but praised the library for modifying modes of service and finding new avenues to make resources available to the public. She noted that revenue from the Book Nook was significantly down (48% of normal) due to pandemic restrictions. Membership was also down (93% of normal from 2019/2020), but not significantly. The Friends’ annual report is listed on the Cedar Falls Public Library’s website under Friends.
Kelly Stern, Library Director, reviewed the library annual report for FY20 (which can also be found on the CFPL website under About). She talked about the staff’s adaptation to Covid-19 restrictions and the work they did to keep services available in spite of the library being closed to in-person usage during many weeks of the past year. She noted under “What Happens Next”: 1) recarpeting project, 2) library branding, 3) continued purposeful, multigenerational programming, and 4) continued increase in community connections and collaborations.
President Kay stated that 2022 will be the 40th year of the Friends of the Cedar Falls Public Library organization. We will be celebrating this anniversary at the next annual meeting in April 2022.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:15 pm. Participants were thanked for attending.
Anne Hoekstra, Secretary
Previous Meeting Minutes
- 2020: no meeting due to COVID-19
- 2019 Annual Meeting Minutes
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