Library Friends elect new officers, adopt 2017 budget

By Nicholas Johnson | Jan 25, 2017

The Friends of the Mukilteo Library elected officers and adopted an operating budget for the new year at its Jan. 9 meeting.

Interim President Tony Tinsley was elected President and Pat Colyer was re-elected Vice-President. Sue Shepherd is replacing Sandra Weilant as Secretary and Larry Preshaw is replacing Carla Hogan as Treasurer. All terms run through 2018.

The Friends also adopted an operating budget for 2017 that projects a deficit of $2,631, with revenues of $11,469 and expenditures of $14,100.

The deficit will be paid for with reserve funds unless revenues exceed projections, Tinsley said.

The 2017 budget allocates money to support library programs, including $4,500 for children, $3,800 for teens and $2,200 for adults.

Some $1,200 is budgeted for maintenance of potted plants located throughout the library and outside its entrance. Three additional Friends programs are valued at a total $1,000.

The Friends have also scheduled two programs for this spring.

On March 25, Professor Cornell Clayton, Director of the Thomas S. Foley Institute of Public Policy and Public Service at Washington State University, will give a talk titled, ‘Crazy Politics: Populism, Conspiracy Theories, and Paranoia in America.’

Clayton will explain the rise of today’s populist and conspiratorial politics, draw parallels to earlier periods and describe how populism on the left and right differ today.

On May 20, the Trio Nouveau will present a program of Lyrical Swing Jazz from the Great American Songbook Composers. The program will present both live music and educational information about swing jazz, and will feature composers such as George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers and Irving Berlin.

The public is welcome at regular meetings of the Friends at 10 a.m. on the second Monday of each month from September through May at the Mukilteo Library.

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