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.