Thanks to a good turn out, and an engaging presentation by author, journalist and musician, Phil Jenkins, the Friends of North Grenville Public Library had a very successful annual general meeting on April 2, 2023. Phil shared entertaining stories of his interviews with established Canadian authors. He not only reminded us of the value of storytelling, but had us recalling stories that we have enjoyed over the years. He concluded his presentation with two of his own lovely ballads.

Thanks to Jane Rocchio, Barbara Rousseau, and Jude Fader Levere, there were a variety of delicious refreshments to enjoy during intermission before the business meeting.

After the annual reports, which can be read on the website, were accepted, the Friends executive for the up-coming year was elected. Until a new secretary volunteers, Jude Fader Levere and Joan Simpson will act as both Co-Chairs and Secretary. Barbara Rousseau will continue as Treasurer and Barb McDerby, Jeffrey Murray, and Jane Rocchio will continue as members-at-large.

Another highlight of the afternoon was the presentation of the Star of the Library Award to Mary Carlson. Mary has been involved with Kemptville/ North Grenville Public Library since she started going to the library with her mother as a youngster. She began giving back during her high school years by volunteering at the Oxford Mills Branch. Many years later she became a member of both the Friends and the Library Board of North Grenville Public Library. She remains an active participant in both groups.


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