Spring Newsletter 2022
The Year in Review
On August 13, 2021, The Friends presented an outdoor movie sponsored by a generous bequest from the Stella and Frank Ricciardi Trust. The movie was shown on a giant blow-up screen in the parking lot of St. Anselm’s Church to a sold out crowd. Despite the heat and the mosquitos, the crowd enjoyed the Disney movie “The Invincibles”. We want to especially thank St Anselm’s for hosting this event.
In addition to our summer movie, The Friends of the Goodnow Library presented six well attended virtual zoom programs during the 2021-2022 fiscal year. From Judy Bloomburg’s presentation of her fabulous travel adventures and beautiful photos of all her far flung destinations to our favorite chefs, Leslie Cerier and Liz Barbour, our programs have been enjoyed by many. This spring we hope you enjoyed our series of wonderful art history programs covering famous art couples, Paris cafes and impressionism, and Van Gogh,each presented by art educator Jane Oneail. The very interesting aspect of presenting zoom programs is that our reach is far beyond our Sudbury borders and attracts participants from all over the United States. This new technology offers great possibilities for libraries to connect with one another for even more programming in the future.
We are proud to have distributed a portion of our huge collection of donated books to many worthy causes in Sudbury. The Friends sorted and distributed nearly 2000 preschool books to Sudbury pre-schools and day care centers. Curtis Middle School was the recipient of most of our young adult collection. Sudbury elementary schools happily accepted our K-5 collection. We have gathered hard cover books covering politics and best sellers; some in large print, for our senior citizens. We have helped to fill many of the little free libraries you see throughout Sudbury.
The Friends continue to be active, serving the community and continuing to promote the Goodnow Library and its resources. While we did not actively fundraise this past year, we would like to thank the generous donors who continued to support our activities with both their presence and their monetary donations. We greatly appreciate the trust and the support given to us by the Sudbury community.
The Friends board would like to present the following slate of officers for the 2022-2023 year.
President: Alice Levine
Vice President: Susan Petitt
Clerk: Lisa Cornacchia
Treasurer: Laura Dowling
The board will meet on June 24, 2022 at 7:00 PM for our annual meeting. As contributing members you are welcome to attend and vote for officers at the June 24th meeting. Please e-mail the Friends at firstname.lastname@example.org with your request and we will provide you with a zoom link for the meeting.
Friends Winter Newsletter February 2022
Friends of the Goodnow Library Donate More Than 1,000 Books to Local Preschools
It may be cold and snowy outside, with ice on the way, but members of the Friends have been and continue to be very busy working hard on behalf of the members of the Sudbury community.
Over the past several weeks, members of the Friends of the Goodnow Library have sorted through the preschool books donated to the Friends. More than 1,000 books have been delivered to local preschools to serve the youngest members of our community. Aruna's Place, Bright Horizons, Sudbury Extended Day, Sudbury Cooperative Pre-School, Next Generation and Wright Farm Child Care all shared their delight and gratitude when board members delivered boxes of books. Also, to support a diversity program, the Friends pulled books with a diversity theme for a special program created by the Sudbury Cooperative Pre-School and the Children's department of the Goodnow Library.
Happy Recipients of Friend's Book Donations!
A Letter to Our Friends
We have all enjoyed this extended period of lovely, warm, summer weather. As I write this letter, ghosts, pumpkins, witches, and spiders as well as numerous inflatable Halloween creatures are starting to appear in town. We are experiencing a chill in the air, and some fall foliage is beginning to emerge
As an independent public charity, the Friends board continues to meet monthly to plan events for our Friends and the public. We are continuing to monitor Covid 19 in the hopes that we can once again resume hosting in-person programs and gatherings.
This past August, The Friends were able to host a safe outdoor summer movie at St. Anselm Catholic Church. We would like to acknowledge and thank the Stella and Frank Ricciardi Trust for the generous bequest that made this wonderful family- friendly event possible. Thank you also to St. Anselm Catholic Church for allowing us to use their parking lot for the event and to the Sudbury Police Department and Chief Scott Nix who helped with the logistics for parking cars and safe traffic patterns
In October the Friends hosted Sudbury author Judy Bloomberg. Judy spent her time during Covid putting together photographs and anecdotes from her travels for her book Always a Traveler, Never a Tourist: In Search of People and Places on the Road less Traveled. Our thanks to Judy who gave a wonderful Zoom travelogue of her adventures featuring selected photographs from her book that is available on Amazon.
The Friends have a number of upcoming programs planned. Our programs are always free and at this time, virtual. Registration is required. Complete details and registration information can be found elsewhere in this newsletter and on our website: www.friendsofgoodnow.org .
“The Art of the Stir Fry”
Cook along with Organic Farm to Table Chef Leslie Cerier on Zoom
Sunday, November 14, 2021, 4:00 p.m. (please note special time)
"Low Carb Holiday Recipe Transformations"
Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021 at 7:30 on Zoom
Enjoy a cooking demonstration featuring popular chef Liz Barbour
Where Have All The Books Gone?
The Friends have been very busy finding good homes for many of our books. We will be sharing and giving away our gardening books at the Nov. 4th joint meeting of The Thursday Garden Club and the Sudbury Garden Club. Our Young Adult books have found their way to Curtis Middle School and have been distributed to both the Library and English classrooms.
For those of you who have built and are hosting Little Free Libraries in your neighborhood, we will happily deliver an assortment of books to help supply your library with new selections. We have many boxes of wonderful children’s books. If you are a nursery school or kindergarten teacher and would like a box of books, please contact us at email@example.com. We would be happy to make arrangements to get books to you.
On behalf of the Friends I want to wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season and a Covid-free New Year! And as always we encourage you to use the Goodnow Library.
Alice Levine, President
Friends Present “The Art of the Stir Fry”
Cook Along with Chef Leslie Cerier
Join the Friends of the Goodnow Library for “The Art of the Stir Fry” on Sunday, November 14, 2021, at 4 PM (please note change of time) and cook along virtually with “The Organic Gourmet” Chef Leslie Cerier. Learn how to prepare delicious, colorful, vegetarian stir fries with seasonal veggies, spices, soy foods, pastas, grains, and mushrooms. Add texture with nuts and seeds. Plus learn how to make quick and easy vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free dishes with an international flair. Come learn which ingredients go first, second, etc., what makes stir fries taste deliciously Asian, Italian, Indian, Mexican, and French, what healthy fats to use, and much more.
Leslie Cerier is an internationally renowned farm to table chef, cookbook author, motivational speaker and cooking teacher. She specializes in vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free meals for optimal health and pleasure. She adapts meals according to what is freshly picked and plentiful at any given time. Leslie is a frequent guest on TV, radio, and podcasts, and she has her own blog. She also develops recipes and products for organic and natural food companies, and she has special expertise for people with dietary sensitivities.
This program is free but registration is required at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/art-of-the-stir-fry-cooking-tickets-193791354157. Please note the Zoom link will be near the bottom of the registration confirmation with a link to the recipe information which will be posted November 4th. Cook along with Leslie and have a delicious meal to serve following the program.
Friends Present “Low-Carb Holiday Recipe Transformations”
With Chef Liz Barbour
Join the Friends of the Goodnow Library for “Low-Carb Holiday Recipe Transformations” on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, at 7:30 PM.
Festive foods should always be delicious and healthy. This class will transform 2 classic high-carb and high-starch holiday side dish recipes into healthier versions that taste amazing!
Chef/Cooking Instructor Liz Barbour shares low-carb cooking wisdom and easy recipes you will love preparing and eating as part of a low-carb lifestyle.
Please register for this class using this link that Liz provided to us. Click here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_bzmMs75FT-mEXNCW_Yl_Xg
Fill in your information and you will receive a zoom link to this webinar.
Liz is an entertaining communicator whose warm, relaxed approach to food and cooking resonates with her students. With stories and instruction Liz shares her experiences as a working chef to demystify the cooking process. She is a firm believer that any home cook can prepare fresh, flavorful meals with confidence if taught just a few basic but important skills.
Liz is a regular guest on New Hampshire’s WMUR Cook’s Corner and her cooking demonstrations and recipes are featured in various publications including Where Women Cook, New Hampshire Magazine, the Nashua Telegraph, and The Hippo Press.