available. Similar signage will be installed at Kent Island, where Friends-funded furniture and a mobiledevice charging station are already in use.
Kristen Pironis, president of the Library’s Board of Trustees, remarked that the Friends’ work has helped the county’s library transform from great to exceptional — a sentiment echoed by Library Director John Walden.
The meeting included the selection of the Friends Board of Directors and the election of officers: Kathie Smarick, president; Carol Franks-Randall, vice president; Connie Zillig, treasurer; DeAnn Cheyne, secretary; and Sue Haddox, Penny Lins and Beth Maier, all directors.
Special recognition was given to Mary Jackson, who served as the president of the Friends Board of Directors from the group’s founding in 2014 until this year. Her determined work helped make the Friends of the Library an integral part of the community. In addition, the Friends recognized Janet Such of Centreville as the Friends Volunteer of the Year, acknowledging the hours Such committed to making the Friends’ annual used book sale a success.
The Friends have several community fund-aising events scheduled for the coming year, including a used book sale on Saturday, Aug. 26, and a second annual Adult Spelling Bee planned for Thursday, Oct. 19. The Friends will also host a “dinner out” at Rams Head Shore House on Tuesday, March 28, during which Rams Head will donate back 20 percewnt of all food proceeds to the Friends of the Librar y.
The Friends of Queen Anne’s County is a nonprofit organization committed to supporting the county’s library. New members are welcome at any time, and information on the organization and on membership can be found at FriendsOfQACLibrar y.org.