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The president's Letter

2018 Annual Report to Members

The year just completed ushered in some changes in leadership and programs. But, more noteworthy than the changes were the things that remained the same: creativ- ity, commitment and selfless dedication to the mission of the Friends by volunteers, members and library staff.

Those things contributed to a very successful year in 2018, from fundraising to support for a variety of pro- grams and materials that added to the positive experience of Cascade library patrons.

Financial Results
Year-end 2018 results were not available at the time

of publication of this newsletter. So, the results below compare year-to-date numbers for November 2018 to No- vember 2017.
• Bookstore sales through November were $34,488, up 18.5 percent over the same period in 2017.

• Indoor Sales Events saw sales of $8,567, basically flat compared to 2017.
• The 4th of July Sale saw a decrease of 4 percent in sales to $10,463. The Board is addressing this with some changes to the event (see below).

• Online sales grew precipitously to a net of $18,100 at the end of November, an increase of 35.2 percent.
• Total Sales through November came in at $71,617, an increase of 12.9 percent.

Program Support
The Friends provided $23,550 to help fund special

programs and the purchase of supplies for the library. This was a 3.7 percent increase over 2017. Some of the programs included the purchase of large-print books, reading club prizes, teen reading materials, craft supplies for kids, materials for summer reading programs, signage, e-books and more (e.g., carts, clocks, white boards, easels).

In addition, the Friends also supported, financially and with their time, events such as Book Discussions, Booked for Lunch and Flix@theLibrary (free movies for families). Due to their popularity and support of our mis- sion, we will continue to support these kinds of events in 2019.

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