Beth Vernon, Director of the GP Library Foundation.  
Ms. Vernon’s presentation started with references in the NY Times and Rotarian Magazine about the importance of public libraries.  If not already known, our Club started the tool collection, where residents can check out tools for whatever chores they may have. 
The Grosse Pointe Library Foundation (GPLF) was founded in 
2004.  Its mission is to strengthen, 

support, and advocate for a superior free public library system.  It is dedicated to raising and responsibly administering private donor funding to enhance services and ensure the long-term financial stability of the Grosse Pointe Public Library.  Funds have been used to  build/renovate/preserve Ewald in 2005, Woods in 2006, and Central in 2013.  
The Foundation is partnering with the Friends of the Library on a masquerade ball fundraiser on October 6th at the Country Club.  Its looking to raise funds to purchase a new library van which transports books between the public libraries and the all of the GP school libraries.
Jessica Keyser gave a quick presentation on the upcoming library millage renewal vote on November 6th.  A millage that provides 30% of the library systems funding will expire in 2019.  The renewal would continue to pay for general expenses and to pay off the bonds issued for the renovations at the Woods and Ewald branches.