Two Year Anniversary

At their March meeting, the Arlington Libraries Foundation Board noted that the first meeting of the Foundation was March 14th 2013, and the current meeting marked the 2nd Anniversary of the formation of the board.

The transition process to form the Foundation as a separate entity from the Library predates the launch of the foundation, and the board thanks all those who helped in creating, developing and bringing to fruition this entity. In the first two years the board has had successful fundraising campaigns for all of their permanent funds, added a fund, increased awareness of the Foundation in the community, and has been able to meet the needs for funds requested by the Director of Library. With a new website, a social media campaign, and a new Director of Library, the board members look forward to seeing what success the Foundation can help the library achieve in the future.

Thank you to all who have donated be it monetarily, physically, mentally or with professional expertise.

Julie Dunn joins the Arlington Libraries Foundation

The Arlington Libraries Foundation is pleased to announce a new member of the Board.

At their March meeting, the Arlington Libraries Foundation Board voted to invite Julie Dunn to join the board. Ms. Dunn is a long time Arlington resident and has been involved in many town government and education positions. Her financial experience is of great value to the board at this time, and upon her acceptance onto the board she was elected Treasurer.

Mary Ellen Bache will assume the position of Assistant Treasurer.

Change in Board Leadership

The Arlington Libraries Foundation Board announces Ethel Doyle has stepped down from her position as Chair. The Board would like to thank Ethel for her tireless efforts as Chair during these early years of the Foundation. Many long meetings were ushered by her grace and authority to keep all participants on schedule and on topic as the organization made decisions on a wide array of topics. We look forward to her continued guidance as a board member for many years to come.

With Ethel’s departure, the Board voted to create the position of Assistant Chair, and as such precipitated opportunities for other board members to assume a leadership position. The newly elected board include: Richard A. Duffy as Chair; Maryellen Loud as Assistant Chair; and Maureen Quinn as Recording Secretary. Mary Ellen Bache remains as Treasurer.

New Board members Announced

The Arlington Libraries Foundation is pleased to announce three new members of the Board.

The Arlington Libraries Foundation Board recently invited three new members to join the board. These members are Karin Barrett, Maureen Quinn and Bettina Stevens. Their enthusiasm for the library, connection to the community and personal experiences will further strengthen the leadership of the foundation board.

The Board would also like to recognize and send appreciation to outgoing board members, Leah Rothschild Eggers, Kathryn Gandek-Tighe, Martha Parravano and Lori Uhland. They were all instrumental in getting the foundation started in the first year, and in helping create the structure from which the foundation will grow.

An extra thank you goes out to Kathryn Gandek-Tighe whose experience with non-profit organizations allowed her to guide the Library Trustees, the town, and the Foundation Board through the hurdles of creating, legalizing and documenting a new non-profit organization separate from the Library Trustees. We hope she does not mind the random phone call or email we know she will continue to receive over the coming years.

Second Annual Materials Campaign Underway

The Arlington Libraries Foundation second annual Materials Fund Campaign is underway. We hope you are ready to join your neighbors and friends in supporting our libraries.

Have you ever downloaded an e-book or audiobook from Arlington’s libraries? In the last year, the number of e-books and audiobooks downloaded by Arlington patrons has increased by 150% to around 3,000 every month. Downloadable books are just one of many kinds of materials offered by the Robbins and Fox libraries, but one that is increasingly important to patrons of all ages.