If one thing is for certain, you can bet that change is constant. But, you can only hope that, if change is inevitable, you’re as fortunate as the Friends are when it comes to filling key openings on the board with excellent people.
We would like to introduce you to our two most recent additions: Stephanie Doody (Co-chair of the Basement Volunteers) and Lulu Brown (Regional Manager I for the Cascade and Caledonia branches).
Hello! My name is Stephanie Doody and I recently joined the Cascade Friends of the Library and now am the co-chair of the basement volunteers. Every day that I come to the library, I smile because I can’t wait to volunteer. You might wonder why? It’s very simple - I love books!
To hold a book in your hand, to open the pages and enter a world of imagination is like none other. I have always thought that if I could go back in time, I would love to be a librarian. Books have always been a part of me. I remember wanting to rush to the library as a kid, to get the next book I just couldn’t wait to read. To read a book, is to get lost in another world; to use your imagination and visualize the characters you are reading.
When I saw that there were volunteer opportunities with the Cascade Friends of the Library, I knew I wanted to sign up. After being a part of this group of wonderful volunteers, I am fulfilling a love of both books and community.
This group of volunteers includes some of the most generous individuals I have had the pleasure of working with. If you love books and want to be a part of a wonderful group of people that adore books and what they have to offer, please consider joining. We would love to have you!
I leave you with a favorite quote: “You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you’ve lost a friend.” (Paul Sweeney)
Hi, I’m Lulu Brown, the new Regional Manager I for the Kent District Library’s Cascade Township and Caledonia Township branches. In my new role, I will provide direct and indirect supervision of all branch staff, be responsible for ensuring efficient and effective delivery of library services and will serve as a community liaison representing Kent District Library.
The library is more than books to me. It is a place for people seeking ideas, information, and excitement. So, I am excited to continue my journey as part of the KDL team and to serve on the Friends of the Library board.
Prior to joining KDL, I spent the last decade as a manager in the retail industry, bringing a wealth of leadership experience, knowledge, and a commitment to great customer service. In my most recent role as the Regional Manager II for the Cascade and Caledonia Branches, I created branch schedules, helped with talent development, and refreshed service behaviors.
I’m very much looking forward to the opportunity to continue serving the Cascade and Caledonia communities.
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, karaoke and building a community center for children in Ghana.
Open Board Positions
While we’re happy to add Lulu and Stephanie to our board, we can’t rest on our laurels. We have two more important positions to fill: Secretary and Communications Chairperson. If you have any interest or would like more information, please send an email to Board President Joe David at email@example.com.
Secretary: The secretary’s main responsibility is to capture the minutes at the monthly board meetings (11 am to 1 pm on the second or third Monday of the month). The Secretary also ensures that paper and digital copies of the minutes and other board reports are stored in the appropriate files. Time commitment is about five hours per month.
Communications Chairperson: The Communications Chair is responsible for the preparation and distribution of key messaging to our various audiences (members, volunteers, patrons, dealers). Responsibilities also include the promotion of various events (book sales, Flix @ the Library, etc.) and--depending on interest, skills and availability--support of our newsletter, website and social media. There are well-established procedures and templates to guide these activities, and plenty of assistance from others on the team. Time commitment varies by month and by how many responsibilities are taken on. But the average is about 10-15 hours per month.
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