Tuesday, July 31, 2012

August 2012

Welcome to the FOBPL July newsletter! 

Thank you to everyone who has made our store a bustling, busy place this July! 

We recently hit 129 LIKES on facebook! 

Just a little word of mouth goes a long way for the shop under the windmill.  If you're on Facebook please "LIKE" us!  If you're not, please tell your friends about the FriendShop and ask them to like our page. Spread the word!


Judith Umberger and Susan Horstman

On Tuesday, July 3, several residents from the Riverview Nursing center visited the FriendShop. Guests were treated to cookies, lemonade and a tour of the building.  Before leaving everyone received a special treat - a book of their choice!  We really enjoyed their visit and hope to have more visits in the future!


On Tuesday, July 10, the Friends sponsored Gary Joiner and his band for the last concert of the summer.  Everyone enjoyed the lovely music and yummy snacks.  After the concert, FRIENDS handed out $1.00 coupons and 20 people stopped in the FriendShop to say hi and purchase $70 in books! 

Some of us were more interested in the snacks than the music.

The FRIENDS have a garden! Several FRIENDS recently got together to dig holes, move soil, pull weeds and plant plants.  Special thanks to Burns Nursery Garden Center and Landscape for providing all the plants and Pat Beeman for watering Rebecca's tree and our plants daily!

Ann Lieber and Pat Beeman pulling weeds and marking the garden design.

Judith Umberger and Ann Hollis digging holes for the plants around Rebecca's tree.

Stop by and see the beautiful garden at the shop under the windmill!


Now is the time to plan to attend The Friends of the Boerne Public Library  Summer Spectacular Book Sale, benefitting the Patrick Heath Public Library, on Saturday, August 11, 2012 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.   Current FOBPL members are invited to arrive early to receive a members-only $2 coupon between 9am-9:30 am to use at the book sale.

A huge selection of books in many genres will be available. Many specials are planned for shoppers:   children’s books are 15 for $10, romance paperbacks for 50 cents each,  $2 off all tabletop books and buy 3 mystery/suspense get 1 free. A large selection of vintage books will be available for purchase as well a hundreds of DVDs and CDs.

Volunteers are needed to  set up the Community Rooms on  Friday, August 10, 9:00 am -12:00 pm. On Saturday, August 11,  volunteers are needed to work as cashiers, greeters, and shelf and table monitors at the FriendShop and the Community Rooms. A few volunteers will be needed to take down the Community Rooms at 1:00.  If you would like to volunteer please contact Ann Liebner at annliebner@hotmail.com or 830-537-4882 or sign up at the Library.


On Wonderful Wednesday, August 1, the FriendShop will be open from 9:00 am - noon.  Miss Constance will be visiting with her Storytime Toddlers at 10:30 am for a special  Circus Time Storytime: Big Top Tale, Tunes and Treats.  Bring your toddlers over for animal crackers and balloons for a great time!

Meeting in August

As many have said before, being a part of the FOBPL is special and fun - we have a group of like-minded, enthusiastic, friendly, and encouraging people. Our next meeting is Friday, August 3 at 2:00 pm.  Meetings are open to everyone.  Come join us!

 "Virtually anyone who loves books will find a treasure to take home from the FriendShop."

Did you see the article about the FriendShop in the Northwest section of the SA news? 

Do you love books?  Do you like helping people? Have you ever wanted to work in a book store?  The Friends of Boerne Public Library have an opportunity for you!  Volunteers are needed on Friday and Saturdays in August from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  "Shop day" volunteers work as cashiers (paper and pencil), greeters, and shelf monitors.  If you would like to help, please contact Ann Liebner at  annliebner@hotmail.com or 830-537-4882 for more information.

"I've said it before and I'll say it again...working in the bookstore is an incredible goldmine of things I knew absolutely nothing about."
~ Bev Sykes

The FriendShop is now in the Boerne Visitor Center's brochure and our book sales are on the official Boerne calendar for 2013.

Here's what it says in the brochure:

The FriendShop is located below the big windmill, adjacent to the main library building.

The FriendShop opened in April 2012 and is the only book store in Boerne. It is open the
first Wednesday of every month and every Friday and Saturday from 10-2. Browsers
can view thousands of quality used books at very low prices. All genres of books
are available including a large children’s selection, mystery/suspense, vintage, cookbooks
and fiction. Paperback books are only a dollar and hardbacks start at two dollars. Those who
love books will find many treasures at the FriendShop.

Come visit the shop under the windmill!

Questions Of The Month

Since you're not having the March book sale, are you cancelling the mini sales as well?

No!  Mini-sales will continue as an important part of our revenue stream - they are a great way to get together on a regular basis to clear excess inventory, have fun and make a little extra money.  Our first book sale at the library and FriendShop was held in June and we were excited about the results!  We made $1,250 and had the space to add pottery demonstrations, a children's play area, and a food truck to encourage folks to stay and buy.  Our next book sale is in August and books sales for next year have been scheduled.  Come help out and see for yourself how we are doing.

What are your hours at the book store and why are they so squirrely?

Current hours of operation are the first Wednesday of each month from 9 am to noon and every Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm.  In September, Wednesday hours will change to 10 am to 2 pm to be consistent with the weekend hours.  The only exception to Fridays is the weekend of book sales, when we will be closed to prepare.
Where are you spending your money?

All proceeds raised through sales at the FriendShop, after expenses, are slated for use by the Patrick Heath Public Library to supplement their budgets.  We fund new equipment and resources, databases for use by the public, gaming material for teens, and professional development for librarians.  In addition, the library staff always takes time to peruse all new book donations to make additions to the library collection if a book is in good condition and needed on their shelves.

This past June, sales at the book store alone were $5,000!  While some months will always be slower than others, we were extraordinarily pleased by that number.  We expect that the book store will open to longer hours and more activities ( book clubs, book signings, etc) in the future.

Please contact us with any suggetions for future newsletters at clp1958@gvtc.com.