Monday, November 28, 2011

December 2011

We've Moved!
FriendShop Grand Opening
Holiday Book Sale
Volunteer Opportunities
Become a Friend

Part II of our move was completed on November 5th when volunteers and JROTC members moved hundreds of boxes of books from the library Annex to the FriendShop. Super planning by Dani and Bob Vollmer helped the move go smoothly. Here's some pictures of volunteers having a good time!



THANKS TO ALL OUR VOLUNTEERS!  The move was completed in record time and the FriendShop is BEAUTIFUL.  Stop by and say hi!

The Grand Opening of the FriendShop along with the Holiday Book sale will be on Saturday December 10, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The Grand Opening ceremony will start at 9:00 with the book sale immediately following.  A volunteer sign up list is at the library and the FriendShop if can you can help that day.

Because we weren't able to have our July book sale, the Holiday sale is going to be HUGE!  We are bursting with books from every category.   It's recycling at its best with patrons getting great books at bargain prices, donors getting a tax deduction and Friends getting much needed funds for special library projects.  It's the perfect place to do some holiday shopping! Bring you neighbors and buy some wonderful books.  During the book sale there will be several other events taking place -
  • Santa will be in the gazebo waiting to take the perfect holiday picture with the little ones. These 4x6 pictures will be taken by David Basarich, professional photographer with Boerne Photography. The photos will be immediately available for a small $5.00 donation.
  • *Throughout the day there will be an opportunity to obtain raffle tickets for 5 special items.  Tickets are $2 each or three for $5.  You do not need to be present to win. 
#1.  A gift certificate - lunch for two -from Strictly Meats 'n Things on Main Street Boerne; Neighborhood Butcher Shop & NY Style Deli.

Strictly Meats n' Things
905 North Main Street
Boerne, TX 78006

#2.  A beautiful piece of Raku pottery by Patricia Scivano, local artist and member of San Antonio Potters Guild.

#3.  A beautiful 16 x 20 oil painting, "An Ode To O'Keeffe", which was painted by well known local Boerne artist Leota Kay Biggs.

#4.  Polish Pottery: A large handmade soup/stew tureen, oven to tabletop ware from Boleslawiec, Poland.

#5. A bottle of wine and two handmade glasses by Linda Manning.
  • And finally, because we're bursting with books, a $5.00 bag sale from 4-5 pm. We'll give you the bag and you can fill your bag with books**.  You can buy as many bags as you wish and bags purchased at prior March book sales will be honored.  Definitely, the best deal in Boerne!



Did you hear?  We're having a party! We hope all our members can join us at our Christmas Open House on Wednesday, December 14 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.  A brief meeting will be held starting with welcoming remarks at 3:00 p.m. The slate of officers for the 2012 year will be presented for your approval. A sign up sheet is at the library for patrons wishing to bring an appetizer.   Joyce Basarich has again graciously volunteered to organize the festivities and can be contacted at for more information. Come and enjoy some yummy appetizers and world famous 'Friends' vodka punch. Guests are also welcome.


We need help to sort, pack and price the hundreds of books that continue to come in from the community.  If you have an interest in books and enjoy meeting some great Boerne people, please e-mail clp1958@gvtc  or call 830-249-1460 for more information.  No experience is necessary and a volunteer will guide you.

Become a Friend

  A membership table will be at the Holiday book sale or you can pick up a membership form at the library.  If you are already a member, consider asking your friends, neighbors or family members to join.  Membership is open to all!

That's it for now........


*Friends paid nothing for the raffle items.
** Excluding Vintage and Table tops.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

November 2011

Hello Friends!

It's an exciting time at the Friends of Boerne much is going on!  Come join us!

In November's newsletter ......

  •  FriendShop Update
  •  FriendShop Grand Opening
  •  Holiday Book Sale
  •  Friends' Christmas party
  •  Meeting information


IT'S ALMOST DONE! Alittle more paint and a few more tweaks and the FriendShop will be complete.

Part I of our move is complete.  On Saturday, October 29th we moved bookcases, shelves, cabinets and boxes of books out of the storage unit to the FriendShop.  Thanks to everyone for helping -  especially the ROTC members.

Our President hard at work!

Part II of the move is Saturday, November 5th at 9:00 a.m.  We'll be moving out of the Annex to the FriendShop.  Volunteers are needed at the FriendShop to unpack and shelve books. The ROTC will be helping us again by moving  hundreds of boxes of books. Moving will probably last all day, but if you can spend a couple of hours, that's fine, come on down! All volunteers are welcome! Snacks and drinks will gratefully be accepted. If you can help, be at the FriendShop Saturday, November 5th at 9:00 a.m. Thank you!


The FriendShop grand opening will be on December 10th at 9:00 a.m. with the book sale to follow.  The Mayor and past Presidents of the Friends of the Boerne Library will be our special guests.  Cake and coffee will be served.  All are invited!


The first Holiday Book Sale in FriendShop will be very special. 
  • The book sale will have extended hours and last until 5:00 p.m.
  • Raffle tickets will be available all day for beautiful artwork and local restaurant gift certificates.
Make plans along with your friends to get some fabulous holiday shopping specials!

                              Santa says, "It's the best deal in Boerne!"



The Christmas party will be on Wednesday, December 14th, 2:00-4:30 p.m. at the Library. The December meeting and election of new officers will be from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.  Appetizers, dessert and "Friends" famous vodka punch will be served.  Friends can sign up to bring an additional appetizer at the library. Joyce Basarich has graciously volunteered to be the chairperson for this event and can be contacted at for further information. 


Our October meeting was held on October 7th at the library.
If you would like information about the meeting, please e-mail or Our next meeting is Friday, November 4th, 10:30 a.m. in the Community Room at the library.  Hope to see you there! 

Friends of the Boerne


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

October 2011

Welcome to the FOBPL October Newsletter!  We hope you enjoy our new blog and we look forward to your comments and suggestions.


October is Family History Month and the Local and Family History Archives (LAFHA) at the new Patrick Heath Public Library in Boerne is celebrating with a variety of activities.
  • On Saturday, October 8, from 1-2:30p.m., and Saturday, October 22 from 10:00a.m - 2:00 p.m. the LAFHA will host "Vintage photo and document scan-a-thons."  The public is invited to bring in (up to five) pre-1945 photos related to the hill country. These originals will be carefully scanned and copy will be preserved in our archives. A free digital copy and the originals will be returned to the patron.
  • A weekly Tuesday-evening speaker's series will be held in the Large Meeting room from 6 - 7:30p.m.
  •   October 11: "Finding your British Relations Across the Pond" by Francis Matt. 
      October 18: "Cousins by the Dozens: Hosting a Family Reunion" by Judy McVay.  
      October 25: "Into the Hills: Our Region's German Foundation" by Bryden Moon.    
  • A month-long photo identification contest "Picturing the Past in the Present" is taking place in the LAFHA area on the library's second floor. Stop by, identify the Boerne vintage photos displayed to be eligible to win a prize.
For more information contact Natalie Morgan at 830-249-3053.


    • Friends of Boerne Public Library meeting Friday, October 7 at 10:30 a.m. at the Patrick Heath Public Library.  All are welcome!
    • Holiday Book Sale and FriendShop Opening, Saturday, December 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Details in the November Newsletter.
    • Christmas Open House, Wednesday, December 14 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (annual meeting from 3-4).  Details in the November Newsletter.
    • Annual Membership Dues: Dues are payable now for 2011.  Membership entitles you to the FriendShop Newsletter and an invitation to the Christmas Open House.  Dues may be left at the library, mailed to The Friends at the Boerne Public Library, 451 N. Main or dropped off at the Annex on Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Dues run from August to July and are $20.00 for individual and $100.00 for lifetime membership.


    The 2011 Fall Book Sale was held on September 10th at the Library annex. It was a great success, and we grossed approximately $3,100 for library resources!      

    Early Birds!

    A big THANK YOU to the Friends' volunteers who worked before, during and after the sale.  Boxes of books that had been packed for the expected move to the FriendShop had to be unpacked, organized and put on shelves for the sale. Volunteers also restocked the shelves and worked as cashiers during the sale. Great job everyone! 

    Dan and Joyce Basarich
    John Porterfield
    Dani and Bob Vollmer
    Terry Taylor
    Ann Koble
    Jane McAuliff
    Nancy Paul
    Katherine Long
    Electa Fairchild
    Juanita Jonas
    Sandy Laurel
    Anne Liebner
    Judy Roeder
    Candace Hahn
    Eny Gatewood
    Judith Umberger
    Ede Day
    Jackie Lewis

    Volunteers waiting for the rush!

    Joyce Basarich and Sandy Laurel
    Terry Taylor and Ann Koble


    Proceeds raised during the book sales in 2011 have helped contribute the following items to the library. 
    • Lupe-Flores author visit
    • TexShare database
    • Library card stock
    • Library E readers
    • Coffee for visitors
    • Chinese New Year
    • Irish Dance Performance


    Within our new Patrick Heath Public Library there is a lot of space that needs decorating for the upcoming holidays.  The Library Foundation is asking for the Friends' help in decorating a large Christmas tree in the "Community room" and the entryway.

    Please help by donating a Christmas ornament for the tree in the Community area.....

      ...and small lightweight Christmas books for the tree in the entryway.

      If you can contribute, please bring your ornament(s) and/or Christmas books to the front desk area of PHPL and place them in the box marked "Community Christmas Contributions".

      Let's work together to make the library beautiful this holiday season.

      For more information contact Joyce Basarich at 830-249-1460

      Thank you!

      The concrete entryway to our new building was poured the week of September 26th. Bob Vollmer, the project manager, has engaged subcontractors to do the remaining electrical, flooring, and painting.

      January 2011
      February 2011

      March 2011

      Bob Vollmer supervising the pouring of concrete for the entryway.

      Little library patrons watching all the activity

      Thanks to Home Depot for their recent $50.00 donation. The money will be used to purchase some of the bathroom hardware. We continue to be confident that the FriendShop will be completed for our big Holiday Book Sale and official grand opening on December 10th.

      September 2011

      Rebecca's Tree

      At the September meeting, we voted to ask for a Big Tooth maple tree from the Boerne Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas.  Dani Vollmer asked Suzanne Young, the project director of Big Tooth Maples for Boerne Texas, for a tree to be planted at the FriendShop in memory of Rebecca Yoder, 2nd Vice President, FOBPL who died in August 2011.

      Suzanne has offered to give us a large tree, but because of the drought conditions she could not say when it would be available for planting.

      We hope to dedicate the tree at our December Book Sale and FriendShop grand opening on December 10th.


      Being on our e-mail list we will keep you informed of our meetings, book sales and activities. If your e-mail address changes, please advise  Thank you.