Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Come one, come all!!!! 

Come share you love of books by sharing your time at the upcoming 30th Annual Friends of Boerne Library Book Sale!  We need volunteers to serve as:

  • Greeters to welcome customers, hand out maps, answer general questions.
  • Cashiers (Regular, Express, Roving) to tally sales and handle money.
  • A Head Cashier to collect money from Regular and Roving cashiers and make change.
  • Big Bucks Book Dealer Cashiers to tally sales and handle money.
  • Raffle/Membership table helpers to sell raffle tickets, Friends memberships and gift certificates.
  • Exit Checkers to verify that items have been paid for.
  • Holding Area Attendees  store books for shoppers  and monitor the 'go back' table.
  • Table Monitors to put 'go back' books back on tables, keep tables organized, and stock tables.
  • An Empty Box organizer to stack empty boxes on the stage.
  • Refreshment volunteers to bring snacks for volunteers during the week.


Monday Feb 27  thru Wednesday Feb 29:   Volunteers needed 8:00 until.....??
Thursday Mar 1: 8:00 until noon

Friday Mar 2:  11:00-2:00 and 2:00-5:00
Saturday Mar 3: 9:00-noon; noon-3:00; 3:00-5:00
Sunday Mar 4: 10:00-1:00; 1:00-4:00

Monday Mar 5:  8:00 Until...?????

As a Friend of the Boerne Public Library, we hope you'll join us by showing your volunteer spirit! Sign up now to help us with our signature event!
Sign up sheets are at the library or you can email or for more information.

Our fund raising goal at this year's book sale is $30,000, to commemorate the Friends' 30th anniversary. To reach this goal, we are selling table sponsorships!   We are reaching out to local businesses and individuals, asking everyone to give $100 to sponsor a table (or two or three!).  Would you like to sponsor a table?  For just $100, you can join the ranks of Friends' book sale supporters!!

When you sponsor a table your name will appear on an 8.5 x 11 sign and your name, or who you gave in honor of, will be announced over the PA system at the event four times a day over the three day period.

INTERESTED: Contact Judith Umberger at to arrange for your sponsorship. ALL CONTRIBUTIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE.

Our fabulous NEW building is ready!  We will be open the first Wednesday of every month from 9:00 until noon. Come browse through lots of gently used books at bargain prices and enjoy some refreshments!  Buy local and support the PHPL!



  • Our next meeting is Friday, February 3 at 10:30 in the library.  Everyone is welcome. 
  • We need boxes for packing books for the March sale. Any sturdy boxes you can donate would be appreciated.  If you're a Costco member, please get them in the back by the coffee or up front by the tobacco products. In addition, there are boxes with handles on the side that would be useful in the holding area.  So if you're making a shopping trip to Costco, please try to remember the Friends and pick up some boxes!  Thank you!



Thursday, January 19, 2012

It's Almost Empty

Thanks Bob Vollmer for making the sign!

The Adios Annex sale on January 14 was a great success!  We made a little over $600.00 which will provide many needed extras for the PHPL.

 At 9:00 AM the doors opened and in came the 30 or so shoppers looking for a great deal! 

Dani greeting our patrons!

 Quickly items began to sell and soon it was-

Bill Eichman and son doing some heavy lifting!

Karen Jackson loading up boxes of records.


Thanks everyone for helping to make it such a great day!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Time To Celebrate



The Friends of the Boerne Public Library is having a celebration and we want you to be a part of it!  Join us and thousands of book lovers as we mark our 30th year at the county's largest book sale.  By sponsoring a table for $100, you will share your love of reading in our community.

When you sponsor a table your name will appear on an 8.5 x 11 sign and your name, or who you gave in honor of, will be announced over the PA system at the event four times a day over the three day period.

INTERESTED:  Contact Judith Umberger at to arrange for your sponsorship.  ALL CONTRIBUTIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


The Adios Annex Sale is Saturday January 14, 2012 from 9:00 until noon.  Spread the word...everything must go!  Make an offer we can't refuse!  Here's a sample of what we have to sell and a few pictures.  Hope to see you there!
  • Book cases - variety of sizes and materials $15 to $20
  • Large brown tables $15
  • VHS - $1.00 for a Walmart bag full
  • Albums  $.50 per record
  • Magazine racks $5/piece
  • Old Desk  - $195.00
  • Microwave - $20
  • Copier - $15
  • Fans - $5 to $10
  • Various plastic containers - $2/piece
  • Paperback racks - $10
  • Wood and metal shelving
  • Plastic 'milk' crates - perfect for storing records, toys, tools.

$15.00 each section

$10.00 each section

$15.00  each

$15.00 each

A whole room of records! $.50 per record

Boxes and boxes of VHS!  $1.00 for a Walmart bag full (about 20).

A beautiful old, wooden desk.  Perfect for a child's room, antique store, small business, etc. 


Sunday, January 1, 2012

January 2012

2012 has arrived but not before 2011 went out with a bang at our FriendShop Grand Opening and Holiday Book Sale on Saturday 10 December.

After many months of planning by our President, Dan Basarich, project coordinators Dani and Bob Vollmer, and the hard work of many dedicated volunteers - the FriendShop was officially opened.  Yeah!!!

Dan Basarich, Dani Vollmer, former Mayor Patrick Heath, and Lad Mingus celebrate the opening of the FriendShop.

After opening remarks by our President Dan Basarich, Kelly Skovbjerg, PHPL Director, expressed her appreciation to the Friends for their hard work throughout the year at raising funds to support special activities at the library.  Dani Vollmer thanked the many former Presidents of the Friends of Boerne Library for their efforts and noted the tree  from Bigtooth Maples of Boerne that was dedicated in memory of the Friends' 2nd Vice President, Rebecca Yoder.

After all the talking it was time for celebrating!  Everyone enjoyed the cake from Bumdoodler's....chocolate and vanilla...YUMMY!

 It was a chilly morning but great for cake and hot coffee!

 Joyce Basarich serving cake to visitors.
Ann Liebner and Judith Umberger sold over $200 in raffle tickets, signed up 9 new members, 1 new family and several people for various book sale committees!  Great job ladies!

New members!


And the winner's of the Holiday Book Sale raffle:

Linda Manning handmade wine glasses :  Dennis Kruse
Handmade Polish Pottery:  Carol Schultz
Leota Kay Biggs Oil Painting: Barb Grafton
Patricia Scivano Ceramics: Helen Bursten
Strictly Meats n' Things gift certificate: Randy Yoder

Congratulations to all and thanks for supporting the PHPL!

Santa arrived at 10:00 and stayed until noon to take pictures with all the children.

David Basarich of Boerne Photography getting a picture of Santa and a very excited little girl!

Is that really you Santa?

Over 300 people attended the Holiday Book Sale and it was the most successful mini book sale ever!

Our volunteers deserve a lot of credit for the success of the Holiday Book sale.  They set up, price and sort books before the sale, and work as cashiers during the sale.  Thank you to all of our terrific volunteers.  Here's a few of them -  

Bob Hill and Armando Vasquez

Jackie Lewis and Ede Day

Richard and Maryann Caldwell

Katherine Long, Mary and Bebe Ferstenmaker staying warm with some hot coffee.

Juanita Jonas

Terry Taylor and Ann Koble

Judy Roeder

Mayor Mike Schultz and our President, Dan Basarich conducting business during the book sale.


Oh Christmas tree...oh Christmas tree....
On Wednesday 14 December the Friends held their annual Christmas party.  Everyone had a great time chit chatting with old friends, eating terrific food and drinking loaded vodka punch which was going fast.  If you weren't there... missed it!

Dan and Joyce Basarich enjoying some holiday treats!

Holiday treats!

Joyce Basarich and Jackie Lewis enjoying the afternoon
Joyce Basarich, J.J. and Anne Liebner

Sharon Mazurek and her daughter Martha Miller

Everyone oooohed and ahhhhed at the beautiful FriendShop picture by Bettie Edmonds  The picture was given to Bob and Dani Vollmer as a thank you for their work on the FriendShop.

Bob Vollmer, Bettie Edmonds, Dani Vollmer

 After a brief business meeting, new officers were elected.   

2012 Officers
Back Row: Sandy Johnston, library liaison; Greg Rickert, Treasurer; Sharon Mazurek, Historian; Ede Day 2nd Vice President; Ann Liebner, 1st Vice President
Front Row: Cheryl Perz, President; Judith Umberger, Secretary

Thanks again to Joyce Basarich for organizing another great Friends Christmas party!


A Note from our President

I would like to thank the Friends for making my year as President a great experience.  I have enjoyed working with our special groups on Monday and Wednesday.  Our book sales are a gift to the library and the community.  The FriendShop is a wonderful addition to the PHPL campus.  It represents the city, library and Friends working together to make Boerne a great place to live.
-- Dan Basarich, President, FOBPL 2010-1011


Time to Recycle!

Would you like to do some Community service but don't have the time?  Maybe your New Years resolution is to do something for the environment?  The solution is to use the green and yellow paper retriever bins in the Library Annex parking lot (the old Boerne star building).  The recycling effort generates an average of $100.00 a month.  The volunteer staff that sort donated material use the bins to recycle newspapers, cardboard, and magazines.  They also recycle damaged books and outdated research materials - nothing is wasted. It is an easy way to help make money for the PHPL programs and promote living green. Please use the green and yellow "retriever" bins to recycle you newspapers and cardboard.


Adios Annex Sale

On Saturday 14 January the Friends will have an Adios Annex sale  (old library annex/Boerne Star building)  from 9:00 am until noon. Everything must go....make an offer we can't refuse!

Wood and metal shelving
 boxes of VHS movies

Help yourself to bargains and help the Friends support the PHPL programs.


Renew Your Membership

The time has come to renew your membership to the Friends.  Our dues year was changed at the October meeting to coincide with our business year - January to December. Dues are listed below and may be left at the library or mailed to the Friends at 451 N. Main Street, Building 100, Boerne, 78006.  We are working hard to create an accurate membership list. Benefits of membership include the newsletter and access to the 'Members Only Hour' at the March books sale!  

Individual - $25.00
Family - $50.00
Senior - $15.00 (65+)
Lifetime - $100.00 (Ind & Senior)
Corporate - $250.00



The 30th Annual Friends of the Boerne Public Library Book Sale is coming! 

Friday 2 March 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
 Saturday 3 March 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
 Sunday 4 March 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

'Members Only Hour' is on Friday from 11:00 AM until noon.  Patrons may become members at the door and shop during this hour.  As always, proceeds will benefit library services.

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