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We’re transporting you back in time.

Back by popular demand, historian, actress Betty Steinshouer transforms into Harriet Beecher Stowe and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings in her engaging production of Florida at War: A Living History.  Come early and join our Friends group for cocktails and appetizers.  Your $20 per person cover charge helps the NSU Alvin Sherman Library.  Click here to RSVP.   Just want to come to the show?  It’s free and open to the public but we ask that you RSVP by clicking here.

In case you missed it, please enjoy this wonderful photo album from our 2017 Mystery in the Library.

Circle Of Friends Mystery in the Library 2017 Photo album

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2016-17 Activities and Accomplishments

Circle of Friends kicked off the 2016-2017 fiscal year with a Mystery in the Library event which offered a lively evening of “whodunnit” investigative entertainment and dinner raising $6,000 in underwriting for a net profit of $5,209.44.

Giving Tuesday at the Library in November 2016 resulted in raising $425.

For the second consecutive year, Circle of Friends supported Seussfest, a signature annual event that brought nearly 6,000 people to the Library and addresses literacy issues facing our South Florida community by helping to foster a love of reading.

As a result of the strategic planning meeting held in the summer, we hosted a thank you reception for our Friends and a welcome for new members which was well attended.  The reception was followed by “On Hemingway: Three Views” funded by Florida Humanities Council. The performance by Betty Jean Steinshouer offered a portrayal of three “in character” views of Hemingway.

In April, Circle of Friends hosted Dr. Carolyn George, the author of The Dorm Doctor, a college handbook for health, for a presentation geared at students and their parents.

In May, Bonnie Lippman was inducted on to the Board at the Annual Meeting, with 41 attendees present.  Lydia M. Acosta, Elaine Blattner, Larry Maurer and Gilbert H. Young, M.D. were recognized for their service and Michael was recognized for having served one year as President.

Banana Wave gave a presentation on how they became a successful company thanks to the resources of the Alvin Sherman Library.

At the Annual Gala and Fundraiser, 56 attendees enjoyed dinner and music by Fun Pianos! by 176 Keys. Underwriting totaled $10,500 plus additional contributions of $708, for a net profit of $4,246.40.

This past year, Circle of Friends implemented two new membership categories: Young Professionals and Library Staff.  We have 139 Circle of Friends memberships, compared to 93 memberships at this time last year – a 49.46% increase. This increase is due to a new initiative of a reduced rate of $25 for library staff members. We have 24 Library staff members to date.

The FY 2017-2018 Circle of Friends
Board of Directors is as follows:

Executive Board:
Ronnie Oller – President
Kitty Preziosi – Vice-President
Ann Porterfield  – Secretary
Peter Woolf – Treasurer
Michael Greenberg – Past President

Board Members:
Karla Avecillas
Adolfo J. Cotilla, Jr.
Lindsey Glantz
Jana Hanbury
Bonnie Lippman
Greg McDermott
Charles Morton
Janet Speth
Tom Zimmerman

Ex-Officios:
James Hutchens
Rachel Mojica
Luis A. Muriel

Circle of Friends Night of Dueling Pianos Annual Gala and Fundraiser

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The Circle of Friends for the NSU Alvin Sherman Library, Research and Information Technology Center recently hosted its Annual Gala and Fundraiser.

The evening began with over 60 attendees enjoying cocktails and appetizers, followed by a buffet dinner. Guests were treated to a performance of Dueling Pianos with Fun Pianos! By 176 Keys. A variety of hits were played; the oldies, the classics, and all the favorite requests, for two hours of toe-tapping, foot stomping, hard-rockin’ sing and dance along fun. Proceeds raised from the evening help fund resources for the Alvin Sherman Library.

Underwriting was generously provided by Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits Charitable Fund, Gold Coast Marine Distributor, Dr. Robert and Janet Speth, Peter and Fran Woolf, Samuel F. Morrison, C. Davis Electric, Mike and Laura Simmons & Port Consolidated, Crawford-Tracey Corporation, Adolfo & Marisela Cotilla & ACAI Associates, Inc., Levenson, Katzin and Ballotta, P.A., Dr. Robert and Ronnie Oller, Kevin and Joanne Barrett, and Dr. Robert and Kitty Preziosi, Luis and Elizabeth Muriel, Suzete Ellis, Dr. and Mrs. Anthony Silvagni, Tom Zimmerman and finally Hoffman’s Chocolates, provided a sweet ending to a fun evening; delicious chocolate covered Oreo favors.

The Circle of Friends is a diverse group of individuals who share the common goal of furthering the intellectual resources of the Alvin Sherman Library. As a result of an innovative agreement between NSU and the Broward County Board of County Commissioners, the Alvin Sherman Library is a unique joint-use facility. This means that anyone who lives or works in Broward County is eligible to have a library card and to access the five-story Library, Research, and Information Technology Center.

For more information, or to join the Circle of Friends, please call 954-262-4627, email libdev@nova.edu or visit http://sherman.library.nova.edu/sites/friends/. To sign up for a library card, please visit http://public.library.nova.edu/card/

Circle of Friends Annual Meeting

COF FY 17-18 Board

Circle of Friends Board Members pictured left to right: Adolfo J. Cotilla, Jr., Ronnie Oller, Michael C. Greenberg, Larry Maurer, Janet Speth, Peter Woolf, Kitty Preziosi, Tom Zimmerman, Ann Porterfield, Jim Hutchens, and Jana Hanbury.

          The Circle of Friends for the NSU Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center recently hosted its Annual Meeting to review the past year’s accomplishments, recognize outgoing board members, and to install new board members and officers.

          Outgoing board members Lydia M. Acosta, Elaine F. Blattner, Laurence Alan Maurer and Gilbert H. Young, M.D. were recognized for their service. Bonnie Lippman was elected to the Board of Directors for a three year term from the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Elected for office were Ronnie Oller, President, Kitty Preziosi, Vice-President, Ann Porterfield, Secretary, Peter Woolf, Treasurer, and Michael Greenberg, past President. Also remaining on the board are Karla Avecillas, Adolfo J. Cotilla, Jr., Lindsey Glantz, Jana Hanbury, Greg McDermott, Chuck Malkus, Charles Morton, Janet Speth, and Tom Zimmerman. Ex-Officio Board members include James Hutchens and Luis Muriel.

Banana Wave Photo

Lydia M. Acosta and Jim Hutchens pictured with Circle of Friends Annual Meeting guest speakers Banana Wave founders “Nature” and Trendolyn

          At a reception, Banana Wave founders H.E. Neter (“Nature”) Kush Ben Alkebulan and his fiancée, Trendolyn Hopkins shared their inspirational story of how determination, perseverance, entrepreneurial spirit and the support of the NSU Alvin Sherman Library turned their dream into a successful company. “Nature” and Trendolyn dreamed of bringing his grandmother’s generational banana milk recipe to life. Armed with an entrepreneurial spirit, they dedicated themselves to making that dream a reality. Every day for two years, they planted themselves in a study room at the Sherman Library to search for answers. “What do we need to know to build a successful company?” From survey design, trade show information, market research, distribution lists, packaging information, demographics, business valuation, accounting and taxation, alternative medicine, supply and demand, law, economics, researching types of bananas to discovering buyer habits, and with the support of the Alvin Sherman librarians, a formidable business plan was built.

Today, Banana Wave (www.bananawave.com) is now being distributed through Whole Foods and Walmart.

           The Circle of Friends is a diverse group of individuals who share the common goal of furthering the intellectual resources of the Alvin Sherman Library. As a result of an innovative agreement between NSU and the Broward County Board of County Commissioners, the Alvin Sherman Library is a unique joint-use facility. This means that anyone who lives or works in Broward County is eligible to have a library card and to access the five-story Library, Research, and Information Technology Center.

Together, the Circle of Friends is dedicated to:

Promoting the development and achievements of the Alvin Sherman Library
• Encouraging greater visibility and interaction between the Library and the University, its host community, alumni, and friends
• Enriching the cultural life of the University and its larger community through funding of special exhibits, programs, and collections
• Supporting the goals of the Library through volunteer activities and programs
• Assisting in developing resources to benefit the Library and its departments and programs
• Serving as a liaison with the private sector and building strong relationships between the Library, corporations, and foundations

For more information, or to join the Circle of Friends, please call 954-262-4627, email libdev@nova.edu or visit http://sherman.library.nova.edu/cof. To sign up for a library card, please visit http://public.library.nova.edu/card/

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