As I sit down to write my final letter as President of the Friends of the Beverly Hills Public Library, I think about how invaluable the library and its staff are to our community. As a young child and teenager, I used the library for school projects and relied on the librarians for good book recommendations. In my adult years, I still rely on the librarians to recommend books. I'm also pleased to see how my children have grown up using the library, from participating in Storytime as toddlers to using the library for their own school projects and reading books during their teenage years.
I hope that you, too, have found much to enjoy in our library during the past two years. Perhaps you've participated in one of our monthly adult book clubs, so ably moderated by Judith Palarz? Or maybe one of your children or grandchildren has participated in one of the wonderful programs offered by our Children's Library staff, like the Summer Reading Program? We've also hosted special lectures, such as an armchair trip to the British Isles, or a workshop on child-rearing techniques, or an extra special visit by nationally-renowned sportscaster Joe Buck. All these great programs are in addition to all the wonderful services offered by the Library and sponsored by the Friends, including home-delivery for our homebound readers or literacy classes for individuals who need those skills strengthened. And let's not forget our wonderful Bookstore in the Library Lobby, where you can find a great book at a bargain price! All these programs can only exist with your support. I hope you will consider joining the Friends of the Beverly Hills Public Library. If you are already one of our supporters, thank you.
I have been honored to serve as the President for the past two years.
Monique Maas Gibbons