By Carol Poll & Peggy Brucia President of the Friends of the Sea Cliff Library June 4, 2017
Book reading is alive and well in Sea Cliff and Glen Cove as is evidenced by the great success of the Friends of the Sea Cliff Library “Giant Gently Used Book Sales,” at “Garage Day Sale” on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Sea Cliff Garage Day Sale. The book sale is a major fundraiser and community event where people come to share their love of the library, reading, and books and spend time with their friends. Many hundreds of books, DVDs and CDs are donated and sold. Over one thousand dollars was raised to support the Library.
Numerous people volunteered hours of work to make the sale succeed. Volunteers included. Carole Berglie, Peggy Brucia, Jim Campbell, Bruce Castellano, Suzanne Cohen, Wendy D’Avino, Joanna Greenspon, Don & Carol Kalen, Mimi Leipzig, Christopher Lanotte, Robbie Nuttall, Cathy Pickering, Carol Poll, Roz Poliseno, Carolyn Quenon, and Janet Swinburne. Heavy lifting was also provided by Craig Darcy and Justin Robilotti of “Muscle for Hire.” A hearty thanks also goes to the Director of the Library, Arlene Nevins, and the library staff who helped us and stored the books for us before the sale.
The North Shore Schools help was also essential. The North Shore High School provided essential help setting up the book sale. North Shore High School students who helped were William Laderer, Alexis Lavaglio and Maddie Launer. Middle School students Michael Granelli and Andrew Fabiilli. Julia Salat, the faculty advisor of the Key Club of North Shore High School and Middle Schools does an outstanding job recruiting students to help us at this very busy time of the school term. These community minded students were lifting and sorting boxes in the early morning set-up. The Sea Cliff School also donated books left from their book swap. These children’s books were very popular purchases.
The Sea Cliff Troop 43 Boy Scouts of St. Luke’s Church is crucial to the sale by helping us bring in the remaining books. We count on the Troup 43’s indispensable help. Boy Scouts Derrick Korponay, Charles LaMarca, and Kyle Soscle, worked quickly and carefully. Troop 43 leaders Pegeen Channell, Jim Korponay, and Jim Soscle were the caring parents who also pitched in carrying and organizing the remaining books. The Troop meets on Wednesday night at 7:30 at St. Luke’s Church and always welcomes new members. Their website is http://www.seaclifftroop43.org/#! Leftover books are distributed to Glen Cove Hospital and sent to Better World Books, a charitable organization supporting worldwide literacy.
In addition, we want to thank, Ann DiPietro, and the Sea Cliff Civic Association Garage Sale Committee for giving us garage day sale maps to sell that day and allow us to keep the money from the sale. But most of all the group we want to thank is the Sea Cliff community. It is the Sea Cliff community who gives us the wonderful gently used books to sell and every year turns out to buy them.
The Friends of the Sea Cliff Library is a non-profit group committed to advocacy and support of the library. Money raised by the Friends is used to benefit the library. The Friends contributed thousands of dollars towards the remodeling of the Children’s Library and money is used to provide free museum passes, iPads, new furniture and many other items. New members are always welcome at monthly meetings. Further information is available in the Library.
Photo from left to right: Front row Kyle Soscle, Derrick Korponay, Jim Korponay, Peggy Brucia, Carol Kalen Christopher Lanotte. Second row: Wendy D’Avino, Pegeen Channell, Jim Soscle, Carole Berglie, Joanna Greenspon, and Carol Poll. Photo taken by Don Kalen. Friends of the Sea Cliff Library, “Giant Gently Used Book Sale” on June 3, 2017
Submitted by Carol Poll & Peggy Brucia, Co-Presidents of the Friends of the Sea Cliff Library