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The mission of the Friends of the East Manatee Library at Lakewood Ranch is to support a new library and sustain its work for the continued enrichment of the people of Manatee County. This is accomplished by educating the community, advocating the need for an East Manatee County Library, and providing funding for the library through public and private sources.
The Friends of the East Manatee Library at Lakewood Ranch started as a grassroots movement in February 2017. In January 2018, the first public meeting was held seeking volunteers for committees and board members. The first Board of Directors meeting was held in May 2018 with six board members. Our work supports the Manatee County Libraries with a focus on the new branch coming to Lakewood Ranch in 2022.
Manatee County government budget and funding is stretched to cover the costs of library facilities and staff salaries. Therefore the Friends organization raises money to support lifelong learning and enrichment opportunities for all ages. Programs supported include, but are not limited to, story time, summer reading, cultural events, computer classes, special library collections, and book clubs.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Sue Ann Miller, Ed.D. President
Regina Negrycz Vice-President
Ruth Castor Secretary
Jim West Treasurer
Alice Baumann Director
Michelle DuJardin Director
Rhonda Leiberick, APR Director
Tammy Parrott Assistant Library Services Manager
COMMITTEES & CHAIRS
Author Luncheon: Michelle DuJardin
Financial: Jim West
Fundraising : Sheila Shifrin
Grants: Sue Ann Miller, Ed.D.
Marketing & Public Relations: Rhonda Leiberick, APR
Membership: Michelle DuJardin
Mission: Janice Novello, Ph. D.
Stewardship: Janet Allen
Technology: Regina Negrycz
Social Media: Tara Middleton