A Message from Chuck Ferrar - Library Foundation Board President

Where do we look when trying to find information, solutions, access and/or respite? This beacon of hope for so many is often the library. In 2020, as we grappled with masks and social distancing, struggled to connect with loved ones through Zoom, navigated Wi-Fi for school or needed to escape in a good book – your library was there for you. This year, this resource has been more critical than ever.

Through a combination of public and private support, your library boldly reimagined its role to make services and programs accessible for everyone in Anne Arundel County, particularly during the challenges of the pandemic. Like your gifts, philanthropy made it possible to continue as our community's beacon of hope, solving problems and providing access to essential resources. As you will read in this issue, you made a remarkable difference in many people's lives in an immeasurable way. Last year, with your philanthropic funds, the library foundation provided over $300,000 to enhance timely and necessary services for people of all ages. With heartfelt gratitude, thank you. There are many impactful stories, and in this issue we'll highlight just a few.

I'm also grateful to our board of directors, who continued their volunteer service remotely through the pandemic to make your library better. Our board members and your gifts reflect dedication to upholding the library's service tradition for our community.

We also welcomed Cathleen Sparrow, our new executive director, who brings us over 25 years of executive-level leadership experience. Her career highlights include working in government parks and recreation, with Girl Scouts of Utah, Volunteers of America and at the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics. Cathleen's a creative and innovative development professional and is thrilled to be leading our foundation as we move to our next century. She and her husband, Randy, recently relocated here from Utah. They're  looking forward to exploring and getting involved in our community. Please join me in welcoming Cathleen to AACPL!

In celebration of our library's 100th anniversary, I'd like to invite you to join the $100 for 100 Campaign. With your gift, you'll enrich library services and your name will be listed at your favorite branch. Details on the campaign and how you can join us can be found here.

Thanks again to our remarkable board, staff and to you, our donors, who make our libraries brighter every day.

Chuck Ferrar

Library Foundation Board President, Chuck Ferrar

Cathleen Sparrow

Library Foundation Executive Director, Cathleen Sparrow

Screenshot of a zoom session featuring faces of the Library Foundation Board

January 19, 2021 Board of Directors meeting via Zoom. Row 1 (l to r): Skip Auld, AACPL CEO; Cathleen Sparrow, foundation executive director; Julie Kizer Ball, development manager; Abbey Boudreau, development assistant; Chuck Ferrar, president and Rudy Rodela, AACPL chief of support services; Row 2: Karen W. Smith, vice president; Trish Strott, secretary; Bill Hufnell, treasurer; Tessie LaRose Ballard, Sam Brown and Christine Feldmann, AACPL director of marketing and communications; Row 3: Joan Beck, Jane Campbell-Chambliss, Katie Prechtl Cooke, DeDe Duncan-White, Anna E. Greenberg and Cedric Grant, AACPL CFO; Row 4: Linda Greene, Mary Hagerty, Stephen Holt, Joyce Miller and Chris Nelson