By Roger Ball
Sun Citians wanting to keep a closer analysis on your investments but aren’t comfortable in spending a lot of money for professional advisers, the Friends of the Sun City Libraries will soon be giving you an option – for free.
The directors have voted to purchase a one-year online subscription to “Morning Star,” a web site specializing in financial and investment news from sources all over the world, academia, and their own research. The site presents the research and data in a graphical format.
This online version will be in addition to the printed information the library provides.
This is a pilot program and once purchased, it will be available online to anyone with an Maricopa County Library District (MCLD) card. Patrons will access the link through the regular MCLD website. The program will be evaluated after the year.
Board president Marcia Davis, secretary Pat Bates, and treasurer Jessica Potter-Slider were re-elected. Sue Blechl was elected as the new vice president.
The group will be honoring their volunteers at a special event on Thursday, March 22, and are currently looking for nominations for “Volunteer of the Year.” They will have three awards. One each for the library, bookstore, and “Book Buddy” program. Volunteers will receive dinner, gifts, and there will be a bell ringer musical presentation that involves audience participation. The library has approximately one hundred volunteers.
Last year board member Charlotte Klose and four other volunteers presented 86 readings to residents in local memory care facilities as part of the “Book Buddy” program. These readings are very popular with the residents. One saying, “Charlotte, you’re better than a newspaper.”
The number of visits to their website (www.suncitylibraryfriends.org) continues to grow, with nearly 14-thousand page views in 2017.
The library has six ukuleles available for borrowing. Patrons may check out the instruments for three weeks. This has been a very successful program and the Sun City Ukelele Club is donating four additional instruments for residents to use. They will be presented at a special event in March.
The bookstore, run entirely by volunteers, hopes to bring in more than $40-thousand in 2018. They took in $3800 in January and will have a special promotion for Irish books in March. Residents may purchase used hard covers, paperbacks, magazines, jigsaw puzzles, and audio and video discs.
Located in the Bell Branch, the store is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Friends of the Sun City Libraries meets at 9:30 a.m. the second Thursday of each month at the Sun City Library, 16828 N 99th Ave.