Winner of three Florida Library Association First Place newsletter awards and
the national ALTAFF 2009 “Best Friends Newsletter” award
March 11 is the day to attend the Friends luncheon with
best-selling literary thriller author Lisa Unger
Here’s my recent Black Out was optioned last year by
interview with producer Barbara De Fina
(Goodfellas, Casino, Age of
Innocence). She is currently seeking a
studio. Fewer than 5% of books ever
Why do you and so many
make it to the screen. Although this
writers live in Florida?
is something I’d love to see one day,
Those with tickets it’s vapor at the moment. In the
will meet Lisa Unger Hmmm … an interesting question.
Florida is a wonderful place to live in meantime, I’ll just keep my nose to
March 11 at 11:30
many ways. It can be quite beautiful, the keyboard – where it belongs.
a.m. at The Club at
Grandezza, Ben Hill peaceful and conducive to dreamy
Griffin Parkway, thought. So maybe that’s why so many Did you have a favorite teacher in
Estero. of us seem to wind up down here. I school?
explore Florida a bit in my novel
I had wonderful teachers in school
Black Out. And I’ll also talk a bit
who impacted me tremendously. To
about Florida on March 11.
name just a few of my early teachers,
my high school English teachers Mrs.
How does one become a best-selling
Nehemia and Mrs. Galligani were the
first to encourage my writing. Mr.
Well, there’s a magic formula. But it’s Thomas, my history teacher, had
a secret! No, not really. It takes a such passion for his subject that I
little bit of talent, a little bit of luck have never forgotten his dynamic
“My mother was a and sheer never-say-die tenacity. It’s class. We sometimes forget in this
librarian. It was her that simple … and that difficult. culture how mightily important are
love of books...that our teachers. I never do.
was my earliest What TV shows have you appeared on?
introduction to the Been on Oprah's show yet? My mother was a librarian for many
magic of the written years. It was her love of books, her
word.” Locally I have been on “The Daytime passion for story, and just spending
Show,” as well as Tampa Mayor Pam hours in the library studying while
Iorio’s “Book Talk.” My books have she worked, surrounded by books,
appeared as summer reading picks on that was my earliest introduction to
“The Today Show” and “Good Morning the magic of the written word.
America.” I have never been on
“Oprah” … but if you know her, please How has bringing up a child affected
do give her a call and let her know I’d your writing life?
love to be invited!
Having and raising my daughter has
Have any of your books been picked up been one of the most important and
for a movie? joyous events of my life.
“Unger” continued on page 2
11th Annual Reading Festival Saturday, March 20, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Harborside Event Center Author Presentations
and Centennial Park, Festival Marketplace
Fort Myers River District Activities & Entertainment
Free Admission eLibrary Demonstrations
Details at readfest.org Kids’ and Teens’ Programs
A few of the authors who will speak at the festival
Lisa Scottoline is a New York Times best-selling author of 16 novels,
including Look Again and Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog. She also
writes a column for the Philadelphia Inquirer titled “Chick Wit,” which is her
witty and fun take on life from a woman’s perspective. Her latest work, Think
Twice, is being released this month.
Robert Macomber, with his Honor James O’Neal is a law
Series of award-winning naval enforcement officer who
novels, appeared at Friends of appeared as crime novelist
SCRL author luncheons in James O. Born at a February
December 2006 and January 2008. 2009 FOSCRL author luncheon.
Chris Claremont, Tim Dorsey, James Grippando, Lisa Jackson, Carla Neggers, F. Paul Wilson,
R.L. Stine, Jason Edwards, Sharon Draper, Lauren Myracle, Lee Bennett Hopkins all will appear.
Look for the Friends of South County Regional Library table at the Reading Festival. Say
hello to FOSCRL members Marcella Dooney, Dorothea Meldner and Betty and Steve
Shandor, who will be at the table.
“Unger” interview continued from page 1
Being her mother has expanded and broadened my experience of life and the
world in ways that I am only just beginning to explore in my life and in my fiction.
And even though motherhood provides unique challenges to the writing life, I am
a better person and better writer because of my daughter.
At the Friends luncheon, will you tell us something about your latest book, other
than that it's coming out in August?
At the luncheon in March, I will definitely be talking about Fragile, as well as my
other books. I’ll also discuss my journey from aspiring writer to published author.
I’m really looking forward to my visit!
Friends to Friends March 2010 Page 2
From the FOSCRL president’s pen
Accomplishments of Friends of SCRL well worth noting
It seems appropriate to share the At the Annual Meeting in January,
accomplishments of our Friends Steve Shandor and Dorothea Meldner
group this past year. In 2009, we were elected to three-year terms on the
provided $28,229 in equipment, Board of Directors. Marcella Dooney
programs and services to South was appointed to complete the
County Regional Library. This brings unexpired term of Renee Maxwell who
our total contribution since our resigned because she moved to Shell
founding in 2004 to $89,772 – a Point. The following officers have been
significant accomplishment, selected for the coming year: Claire
especially in this economic climate. Hauenstein, President; Marcella
Our largest contribution, a little over Dooney, Vice President; Karen
$17,000, was a state of the art sound Rockenbach, Secretary; Gretchen
system for the Meeting Room. We Schmidt, Treasurer; and Steve Shandor,
also funded $3,828 worth of adult Assistant Treasurer. Carolyn Piscitello,
library programs and $3,848 for the Jimmy Eichbauer and Dorothy Meldner
Youth Services program. are Directors at Large.
Our largest single source of revenue In 2009 FOSCRL was honored with
continues to be our sales of used three awards: David Hauenstein
books through First Dibs, three accepted the Florida Library
annual Book Sales and our Reader’s Association’s Newsletter of the Year
Digest Condensed Book sales. These Award and also the ALTAFF (American
totaled $19,902 for the year. The Library Association) Award for Best
total of these efforts since inception Newsletter of the Year for a Friends
is $96,738. Our membership revenue Group Without Paid Staff. Kim Dailey,
for 2009 was just under $5,500. We our webmaster, received the Florida
closed the year with 260+ members. Library Association Award for Website
of the Year. She is the first recipient of
Our focus for 2010 will be toward this new award.
funding all programs—both adult
and children’s—because the current As I start my final year as president, I
Library budget includes no funding am so proud to be associated with a
for these during the current year. group of truly dedicated volunteers who
The Board of Directors has just are really making a difference in our
decided to fund the “Tables and community!
Chairs Replacement Program” over
the next couple of years as funds are Claire Hauenstein, President
available. The tables and then the
chairs in the Meeting Room will all More vital volunteers come forward
Ed Lewis, be replaced. The present 40-pound
Friends member tables must be lifted, folded and then Friends of SCRL were happy to publicize the
placed on a cart to be put away. need for more people to volunteer for SCRL.
These will be replaced with tables on 36 volunteers were working 398 hours in
wheels that can be stowed by simply January 2010, an increase of 127 hours over
dropping the table down and pushing last year when there were 16 volunteers.
it to the storeroom. (Each new table Thanks to those people and to South County
costs $500.) The chairs meet current Library’s Sally Bissell for recruiting, training
ergonomic guidelines. This project and coordinating their helpful work.
will cost $25,000.
Friends to Friends March 2010 Page 3
All are welcome to the Friends next Book Sale
April 2 (members only) from 2-4 p.m.
The public sale is April 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
In the SCRL
volunteers sort books
for display after other
boxes of donated
books from the
Friends’ storage unit.
Just over 500 book lovers attended
February’s Big Book Sale. They They know a Good Thing
spent $1,953 bargain bucks on the
when they see it
books you and your neighbors
donated. Thanks to Friends members and the
many other patrons of SCRL for
s buying First Dibs books. Since 2004
od time to bring in . when the first book case went up in
Now’s a go l Book Sale
s fo r the Apri esk. the library’s entry hall, book lovers
and puzzle culation d
e the m to the cir have put more than $53,000 into the
Please tak collection boxes, often leaving more
than the asking price.
Florida culture author Jeff Klinkenberg What fun to see WINK-TV news anchor Lois
was full of surprising comments at the Thome speak at the Friends January luncheon.
Friends February luncheon.
FOSCRL Book Queen Carolyn
Piscitello insisted on a picture with
Thome because they both have
Linda Worley won
the gift basket at
won the gift basket at
luncheon. More prize winners at the Thome luncheon.
the Thome luncheon.
Friends to Friends March 2010 Page 4
Enjoy the last 2 of 5 no-charge concerts this season funded by FOSCRL
MARCH 13 outside South County Regional Library at
2 p.m. Your toes will be tapping to traditional
Dixieland Jazz played by the NAPLES JAZZ MASTERS.
Remember when we danced to the
music of Night Train when they
played outside our library in
February 2008? Well, put on your
dancing shoes ‘cause here they
MARCH 27 at Estero Community Park (Corkscrew Palms Blvd.
off Corkscrew Rd.) as part of the Estero Festival of the Arts
enjoy NIGHT TRAIN, music from the ‘30s through the ‘60s.
Two Shows: 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Sponsored for you and everyone by Friends of SCRL
Friends member Beverly MacNellis is chairing this event.
Volunteers are needed. Call Bev at 498-0678 or go to March 27
Beverlyann@comcast.net Noon to 7 p.m.
Eight no-charge programs this season funded by Friends of SCRL
From the First: January 26 at 2 p.m.“Life and Times of
George Armstrong Custer” - Dick Magee.
To the Last: March 10 at 2 p.m. “The Four Loves of FDR” -
Rusty Brown and Joan Olsen become Eleanor Roosevelt,
SOLD Lucy Mercer, Missy LeHand and Daisy Suckley.
Overflow parking indicated overflow attendance at all eight programs.
Recent Friends member supports South County Regional Library
Judy Daige has been donating $100 a month to SCRL since January 2009 for the
purchase of new audio books on CD. She became a Friends of SCRL member in
March, 2010. Her favorite genre is suspense. As a self-employed housekeeper, she
listens to audio books while working, primarily at the nearby Wildcat Run
community. Says Judy, “Audio books keep my spirits up and make the days zoom by.”
Judy also donates to Hope Hospice.
Friends to Friends March 2010 Page 5
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