(From the February 2019 Circle of Friends Newsletter)

The start of a new year always causes me to reflect on the one that has just ended. 2018 was a good year for the Friends of the Library. We had several “pop-up” membership sales and promoted joining the Friends in other ways as well, and as a result we were able to increase our membership by more than ten per cent. In the coming year, we want to sustain and even grow that number, both by adding new Friends and by retaining those already a part of our organization. And it is time to renew your membership if you have not done so already!
All Friends were sent our last newsletter of 2018 via “Snail Mail.” That mailing included a renewal form and a return envelope. There also are forms available at our BookStore located in the Castro Valley Library, and you can renew there any time the store is open. Our volunteers will be happy to assist you.
2018 was a year in which some wonderful library programs were offered, including. Castro Valley Reads, the ever-popular Children’s Musical Story Hour, many classes for adults, terrific concerts, and great events targeting children. The Friends support all these programs. Please help us continue to do so.
We are looking forward to the second year of Castro Valley Reads. This year’s book is about one person’s experience as an immigrant from Russia to the United States, and this timely topic will be emphasized in numerous discussions and programs at the library for both adults and young people. I encourage you to participate in this great community-wide event.
Our large book sales, held three times a year, continued to be very successful. We were able to offer thousands of great books at bargain basement prices to the community. The first book sale of 2019 will be held on April 26-28. Mark your calendars now!
And don’t forget to stop by the BookStore when you are in the library. We continue to have a wonderful selection of books, both fiction and non-fiction, and many books for children of all ages. 

Kay Wetherwax, President

Friends of the Castro Valley Library