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Expanded Children’s Room at UTB Library Complete

Construction keeps moving along quickly at the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library. 

We are all looking forward to its completion.   

If you haven’t seen the changes lately, you might want to stop by and see how it looks. The children’s room is now completed, and the children seem to be enjoying the new, enlarged room tremendously. Also the new reading room is completed, and new comfortable chairs are now in place.

New rugs have also been installed throughout the library. At the present time the teen room and the Friends Book Store are being worked on and should be finished soon. As soon as we get a date, we will let you know when the bookstore opens again.

Happy Thanksgiving!

By Maureen Gauzza

Gauzza is president of the Friends of the UTB Library and can be reached at mgauzza@verizon.net.

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UTB Friends Book Store Temporarily Closes

As of Aug. 12 the Friends of UTB Gazebo Book Store at the library will be temporarily closed for renovations.

The good news is that, when the library’s renovation of the area is complete, the bookstore area will be larger and will offer a bigger selection of books. While the bookstore is briefly closed, we will not be able to accept book donations. Please hold on to your great donations until the bookstore reopens in a few weeks.

We appreciate your fantastic support of the Gazebo Book Store, and look forward to when the bookstore opens and your great donations return!

Gauzza is president of the Friends of the UTB Library and can be reached at mgauzza@verizon.net.

By Maureen Gauzza

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Construction Continues at UTB Regional Library

The construction work continues to move swiftly on the UTB Library expansion. 

The contractor anticipates roof dry-in on both the north and east expansions by early June. Once it is complete, interior framing will begin. 

The artwork on display in the Children's Room this month is from Mary Bryant School. Please stop by to see the creativity of our young artists.

As always, the library will host an extensive slate of summer programs over the next few months. Please click here for a list of fun programs scheduled for the month of June.

By Maureen Gauzza

Gauzza is president of the Friends of the UTB Library and can be reached at mgauzza@verizon.net.

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UTB Friends Annual Meeting is May 7

The annual meeting and officer election for the UTB Friends is this month.

The Friends of UTB Library Annual Meeting will be on Tuesday, May 7, at 6:30 p.m. Our guest speaker will be Kimberly K. Muenter. She will be speaking on Legal Tips for Aging Well and Wisely.

Kimberly is a 1984 magna [vulgarity] laude graduate of Loyola University in Baltimore. She obtained her law degree in 1987 from the University of Maryland School of Law. She was licensed with the Maryland Bar in 1987 and the Florida Bar in 2010. She is a sole practitioner and principal of the Law Offices of Kimberly K. Muenter. Kim and her husband Bruce have been residents of Westchase for 13 years, and they have two children, Olivia and Grant. Her areas of practice cover elder and family law.

Construction continues to proceed smoothly at the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library. The first roof trusses were set in place on the east expansion. The contractor projects that all trusses and the roof deck will be in place by mid-May.

Have you seen the new blue book bag at the UTB Library? The book bag has 26-inch, shoulder length handles and the sides contain a mesh bottle holder and cell phone pocket. The book bag also has a large front pocket plus pen and business card pockets. Check at the reference desk if you would like to see or purchase one.

When you are visiting the library, don’t forget to pick up a brochure that lists all of May’s great programs.

The library will be closed on Monday, May 27, for Memorial Day.

Gauzza is president of the Friends of the UTB Library and can be reached at mgauzza@verizon.net.

By Maureen Gauzza

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Roof Work Begins on UTB Library Expansion

The UTB Library expansion is proceeding on schedule.

The walls are up and truss installation is the next big step. The contractor has informed us that there will be very noisy conditions inside the library on and off through the end of April. During this time they will be connecting the new trusses to the metal deck of the existing roof.

Some of the programs that will be at the UTB Library in April follow:

On April 12 from 4:30-5:15 p.m. children aged 8 and up can learn and practice the art of origami paper folding. Create a new animal to take home each month. April's animal will be a fish. This program is limited to 30 participants, so please register at the reference desk.

Kids use LEGO building blocks to build a fun, interactive and creative afternoon from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on April 8. The library provides the LEGOs; kids provide the imagination! This month's theme is homes. This program, for children in grades K-5, is funded by the Friends of Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library.

On April 4 and April 18 from 1:15-2 p.m. the library will host arts and crafts for preschoolers and their caregivers. This program, for ages 3-5, features projects just right for little hands. It’s limited to 20 children and their caregivers, so please register at the reference desk.

Children and teens are invited to join their fellow fans of the Pokémon Trading Card Game and Pokémon video games for fun at the library. Bring your playing cards and Nintendo DS. Learn the basics of the game and perfect your gaming strategies on April 27 from 2:30-4 p.m.

This is a reminder that if you haven’t sent in your Friends membership renewal yet, now is a good to time to do that.

By Maureen Gauzza

Gauzza is president of the Friends of the UTB Library and can be reached at mgauzza@verizon.net.

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UTB Library Friends Sponsor Fun March Programs

The construction for the Upper Tampa Bay Library is still on schedule.

Meanwhile the UTB Library has also scheduled many programs for you to enjoy in March.  

On March 1 from 1-3 p.m. adults may join our Upper Tampa Bay Mah Jonngg Club, which uses the American rules.  Register at the information desk one half hour before the start of the program.  This program is funded by the Friends of Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library.

On March 7 from 7-7:30 p.m. families are welcomed to make Family Time their reading time. Stories, action rhymes, songs and interactive activities make up this fun 30-minute program, which celebrates a love of reading for children of all ages. Children may wear pajamas and bring a blanket and favorite cuddly toy.

On March 4 from 11 a.m.-noon adults interested in genealogy can join us for a look at exploring census records. This program will help researchers understand federal census records and develop skills in working with these important resources. This is a Web-based program available at the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library. You can also log-in from any remote location with Internet access. Simply register with your library card for remote access. This program will be presented by George G. Morgan and is funded by the Friends of the Library of Tampa Hillsborough County, Inc.

From 1:30-2:30 p.m. on March 6, 13, 20 and 27, adults are invited to join us for Tai Chi, which reduces stress and increases alertness, flexibility and stamina. This class, brought to you by  the Friends of Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library, accommodates students of varying capabilities. Instructor Bonnie Birdsall modifies each movement to meet each student’s individual needs. Comfortable clothing should be worn for these sessions. 

On March 20 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. children and teens can have a ball trying out their aerodynamic skills while making paper airplanes! Create your most accurate or most creative design at the library. We'll supply the paper and have a paper airplane expert on hand to assist and to answer any questions you might have. This program is also funded by the Friends of Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library.

For more programs offered at the library in March, see page 81, consult the library’s program brochures or visit the library’s Web site, http:// hcplc.org, to check for additions or cancellations.  

We thank everyone who has mailed back his or her Friends of UTB membership Renewals so quickly.  We appreciate your support.  If you haven’t mailed back your membership yet, please do so soon.

By Maureen Gauzza

Gauzza is president of the Friends of the UTB Library and can be reached at mgauzza@verizon.net.

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UTB Library Expansion Begins

If I you haven’t been by the UTB Library recently, on your next visit you’ll notice that the expansion has started. Meanwhile, the UTB Friends group would like your help expanding too!

Inside the library some shelving in the back of the main reading room will be reconfigured to make way for a temporary barrier wall. While this brief relocation is under way, portions of the fiction and periodicals collections will be inaccessible. A temporary barrier wall will separate regular library activities from building construction activities throughout the expansion project. The library will remain open throughout this capital improvement project.

With the library expansion we will see a new, larger children’s library, additional space for technology and teen activities, an additional, large community room for library programs and public meetings, additional seating for quiet study and a larger Friends of the Library Book Store.

The library will maintain its regular hours of operation throughout construction: Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Thursday, noon-8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, 12:30-5 p.m.

Traffic patterns in, out and through the parking lot may be redirected at times to accommodate various phases of the construction process. Some parking spaces may also be restricted for safety. Some portions of the library will be occasionally partitioned off and some shelving and collections will be relocated to ensure the safety of library patrons while interior renovations are made.

Drive‐up book returns will remain accessible during most of the construction process. For safety, access to the book returns will be restricted during the initial phase of the project when the front portion of the parking lot is closed for installation of new sewer lines. Project completion is expected by the end of December 2013.

It’s also that time of the year to renew your Friends of UTB Regional library membership. The Friends membership renewal letters will be mailed out shortly to present members. Those who are not members yet and would like to join can find forms in the Friends Gazebo Book Store or at the library’s reference desk. Your membership and proceeds from the Gazebo Book Store help us to fund programs for all ages as well as items not included in the library budget. Your support throughout the year makes a difference in library services for all ages. The Friends Membership starts for as little as $10 for the year.

By Maureen Gauzza

Gauzza is president of the Friends of the UTB Library and can be reached at mgauzza@verizon.net.

 

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Contractor Chosen for Library Expansion

The Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners has approved the Williams Company as the contractor for the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library expansion project.

The notice to proceed with construction should be issued sometime in late December or early January. Substantial completion of the 11,000 square foot addition is expected by October 2013 and final completion by December 2013. The expansion will provide larger conference rooms, a larger children’s room, and a bigger Friends Gazebo Book Store.

In December the library features a host of fun programs for everyone. While a complete listing appears on page 87, some highlights appear below.

On Dec. 3 from 5-6:30 p.m. children will gather in the Community Room for some LEGO fun, using the blocks to build a fun, interactive and creative afternoon. The library provides the LEGOs; kids provide the imagination! This month's theme is Winter Wonders. The program is for children in grades K-5 and is funded by the Friends of Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library.

On Dec. 6 from 1:15-1:45 p.m. please join us in the Community Room for arts and crafts for preschoolers and their caregivers. This fun program features projects just right for little hands.

On Dec. 7 from 2-4 p.m. join us in the Community Room, where the West Winds Mah Jongg Club will learn to play Mah Jongg using American rules. While the program is limited to 16 players, spectators are welcomed. Please register at the Information Desk one half hour prior to the start of the program. This program is funded by the Friends of Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library.

Our teen residents are invited to the library on Dec. 20 at 5 p.m. to enjoy watching an awesome movie, just for teens aged 13-18! 

Because of the holiday the library will be closed on Dec. 23-25.

Merry Christmas and happy New Year to you all!

By Maureen Gauzza

Gauzza is president of the Friends of the UTB Library and can be reached at mgauzza@verizon.net.

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November Brings Holiday Hours to Library

Check the schedule before heading to the library this month. 

The library will be closed in observance of Veterans Day on both Sunday, Nov. 11, and on Monday, Nov. 12. It will also be closed in observance of Thanksgiving on Thursday, Nov. 22, and Friday, Nov. 23. On the Monday through Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving, the library will close at 6 p.m.

When you do stop by the library this month, be sure to check out a few of its great programs.

On Nov. 17 at 2:30-3:30 p.m., kids are invited to join fellow fans of the Pokémon Trading Card Game and Pokémon video games for fun. Bring your playing cards and Nintendo DS along and you’ll learn the basics of the game and perfect your gaming strategies.

On Nov. 13 from 6- 7:15 p.m. Westchase teens are invited to join the Teen Advisory Board to get involved with the library’s teen programs. Doing so will allow you to earn community service hours for graduation, scholarships and more.

Adult patrons are also invited to enjoy a movie on the big screen! On Nov. 9 from 2-4:15 p.m., the library will show November's matinee. The film tells the inspirational true story of a homeless teen taken under the wing of a wealthy family, his discovery of football, and his rise to become one of the most successful, highly paid players in the NFL.

Adults are also invited to join the library’s Tai Chi program on Nov. 14 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Tai Chi reduces stress and increases alertness, flexibility and stamina. The class accommodates students of varying capabilities, from those participating from a chair due to injuries to those studying Tai Chi in preparation of teaching it. Instructor Bonnie Birdsall modifies each movement to meet the individual needs of each student. Comfortable clothing, however, should be worn for these sessions.

On Nov. 15 from 12:30-1 p.m., library visitors can also learn how to add special effects and transitions to a PowerPoint presentation. This program is limited to nine participants, so be sure to register for it at the Reference Desk after noon. 

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

By Maureen Gauzza

Gauzza is president of the Friends of the UTB Library and can be reached at mgauzza@verizon.net.

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October Library Programs Feature Wildlife to Tai Chi

There’s never a dull moment at your Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library

The month of October brings programs that will entertain patrons of all interests. When you visit the library, don’t forget to pick up a brochure showing all of October’s events. All of the programs listed below (except for Family Time) are funded by the Friends of the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library.

Family Time will be held on Oct. 4 from 7-7:30 p.m. Make reading time family time. Stories, action rhymes, songs and interactive activities make up this fun, 30-minute program that celebrates a love of reading for children of all ages. Children may wear pajamas and bring a blanket and favorite cuddly toy.

On Oct. 1 from 6- 6:45 p.m. a live wildlife show featuring the amazing free-flight behaviors of beautiful raptors and parrots combines humor with audience participation to deliver lessons on conservation. The program will entertain children and families.

Teens, mark your calendars and join the Teen Advisory Board meetings, scheduled for Oct. 2 and on Oct. 16 from 6-7:15 p.m. Teens in Grades 6-12 are welcomed to join. The Teen Advisory Board gets involved with library teen programs and its members earn community service hours for graduation, scholarships and more.

One of our adult programs, Mah Jongg, is scheduled for Oct. 5 from 2-4 p.m. in the Community Room. Join our West Winds Mah Jong Club and learn to play Mah Jongg using the American rules. The program is limited to 16 players but spectators are welcome.

Tai Chi classes with Bonnie Birdsall will be held on Oct. 3 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. and on Oct. 10 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Tai Chi reduces stress and increases alertness, flexibility and stamina. This class accommodates students of varying capabilities, from those participating from a chair due to an injury to those studying in preparation to teach Tai Chi to others. Ms. Birdsall modifies each movement to meet the individual needs of each student. Comfortable clothing should be worn for these sessions.

Enjoy your October at the library!

By Maureen Gauzza

Gauzza is president of the Friends of the UTB Library and can be reached at mgauzza@verizon.net.

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September Library Programs Aim to Please Adults and Teens

While patrons often associate the library with kids’ programs, your UTB Library offers a host of teen and adult programs each month. 

If you have a teen, the Teen Advisory Board will meet on Sept. 4 from 6-7:15 p.m.  By joining the group and becoming involved with the UTB Library Teen Programs, your teen can earn community service hours for graduation, scholarships and more.  Aimed at Grades 6-12, this program is funded by the Friends of the UTB Library.

Does your teen want to take a practice SAT without it counting toward college admissions?  The Princeton Review Free Practice SAT Test will be held on Sept. 8 at 10 a.m. We are pleased to offer students in Grades 9-12 a practice test and strategy session to help boost their scores! It’s limited to 16 participants, so registration is required. Registration forms are available at the library and should be submitted no later than Sept. 4.

On Sept. 13 from 4:30-8 p.m. students of all ages are invited to a Back-To-School Bash!  Check out the library’s unique databases, Web resources and other materials that can help you achieve your goals throughout the new school year.  Scavenger hunts, art, and other fun activities are planned.  This program is also funded by the Friends of Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library. 

On Sept. 15 from 2:30-3:30 p.m., kids can join fellow fans of the Pokémon Trading Card Game and Pokémon video games for fun at the library. Bring your playing cards and Nintendo DS.  Learn the basics of the game and perfect your gaming strategies.

On Sept. 28, from 10:15-10:45 a.m. the Music and Movement Program, geared toward children aged 18 months to 5-years-old, will allow the kids and their caregivers to shake out some sillies. Come join the fun!

The UTB Library, however, also hosts a plethora of adult programs, including the following three that are funded by the Friends of Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library. 

On every Wednesday in September from 1:30-2:30 p.m., the library hosts a Tai Chi program.  Tai Chi reduces stress and increases alertness, flexibility and stamina. Instructor Bonnie Birdsall modifies each movement to meet the individual needs of each student, so the class accommodates participants of varying capabilities. Comfortable clothing should be worn for these sessions.

Join the West Winds Mah Jongg Club on Sept. 7 from 2-4 p.m. as they learn and play Mah Jongg using the American rules. While the group is limited to 16 players, spectators are welcome. Register at the information desk 30 minutes before the start of the program.

On Sept. 16 at 1 p.m. Michelle Passoff, author of Lighten Up! Free Yourself From Clutter, leads a program called Create A Legacy, Not A Mess. Passoff works with her clients to address piles of papers, bulging closets and jammed garages and attics, and guides them to make space in their lives for accomplishment and satisfaction. She will discuss goal-setting and organizational techniques.

The UTB Regional Library will be closed all day for the Labor Day holiday on Sept. 3.

By Maureen Gauzza

Gauzza is president of the Friends of the UTB Library and can be reached at mgauzza@verizon.net.

 

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Library Hosts Flurry of Summer Programs

Summer has arrived and so have some great summer programs at the UTB Library!

Don’t forget to stop by the library to pick up the Library Summer Reading Booklet, which lists all of the upcoming programs.

The expansion project for the UTB Regional Library is on schedule for fall 2012. Bidding opened on May 30, and will close on July 18.

During the summer teens might want to check out the Teen Advisory Board for middle- and high-school students. By becoming involved they can earn community service hours for graduation, scholarships and more. It runs from 6-7:15 p.m. on July 17. 

Do you have a new eReader or interested in getting one? Learn which devices can download the library’s free eBooks and how to load eBooks onto various types of eReaders on July 27 from 2-3 p.m. Discover the library’s large selection of eBooks in various formats! Please register in person no earlier than an hour before the start of the program.

The library is closed on July 4. Happy Fourth of July!

Click here for all the library’s programs.

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UTB Friends Honor WOW at Annual Meeting

The Friends of Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library held their annual meeting on May 8.

At the meeting World of Westchase was awarded the Number One Friend Award for their outstanding contribution to the Friends of Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library. That contribution will be used to enhance the library’s Teen Room and its programs. We are very fortunate to have an organization like WOW in our area.

At the annual meeting Hillsborough County Project Manager Jean Peters brought a drawing of the floor plan for the library’s upcoming expansion. It is now on display in the lobby of the UTB Library. Please stop by and see what the expansion will look like the next time you visit the library.

The Friends of UTB Library will again be sponsoring a host of fun and enjoyable summer programs at library. Please see the listing below for the summer programs scheduled for June. Be sure to join the fun!

By Maureen Gauzza; Photo by Teresa Trubilla

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UTB Friends Annual Meeting May 8

Mark your calendars! The Friends annual meeting in this month!

The Friends of Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 8, at the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Public Library at 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room.

Our Guest Speaker will be Dr. William Scheuerle, and he will be speaking about the Victorian Era and Charles Dickens. There will also be some updates on the expansion of the UTB Library.

Our meetings are open to the public. Feel free to bring one of your friends to attend our program to learn more about the Friends of UTB and the UTB Regional Public Library

We look forward to seeing you at the annual meeting. Light refreshments will be served.

On May 14 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. a new LEGO Children’s Program will start at the UTB Library in the community room. Children age 5-14 will use LEGO building blocks to build a fun, interactive and creative afternoon. The library provides the LEGOs and kids provide the imagination! This program is funded by the Friends of Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library.

Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to Game Zone on May 10 at UTB Library from 4:30-6 p.m. Teens will get in the zone and join their friends for some gaming with Dance, Dance Revolution; Guitar Hero; Rock Band; and other Wii games.

Another teen program will be on May 31 from 4:30-6:15 p.m. Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to join us for an evening of anime and manga! Spend some time with other kids who love to read Japanese comics and watch cartoons straight from Japan! They will meet in the community room.

By Maureen Gauzza

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Programs Abound at Your Library in April

Celebrate spring by joining the activities at the UTB Regional Library!

On Thursday, April 12, from 3-4 p.m. local artist Leah Lopez teaches children in Grades K-5 how to draw and color cartoons. Materials will be provided. This program is sponsored by the Friends of Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library.

From 4:30-5:30 p.m. Leah Lopez will then teach teens in Grades 6-12 how to draw anime/manga-style characters. Materials will be provided. This program is also sponsored by the Friends of UTB Library.

Did you know a week's stay in a nursing home can cost more than a week at a five-star luxury resort? Join financial experts Kurt Anderson & Associates on April 25 from 7-8:15 p.m. as they review the ways to safeguard your retirement assets, examine insurance options and plan for the unthinkable.

On Monday, April 23, at 11 a.m. the Adult Book Discussion will tackle Ape House by Sara Gruen. In this joyous, addictive thriller, a mysterious lab explosion, the kidnapping of a family of bonobo apes who know American Sign Language, their appearance on reality TV, and their rescue combine to entertain and challenge our assumptions about these creatures who share 99.4 percent of our DNA. The book discussion will be in Conference Room 2. Copies of the book are available at the UTB Library.

The library will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 8.

By Maureen Gauzza

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UTB Friends Book Sale March 30-31

Looking for some wonderful bargains and books in great condition?

The Friends of Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library will be having a book sale in March. Drop by on Friday, March 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 31, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  If you are a Friends of UTB member, you are invited to preview the sale from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Friday, March 30, before its public opening. Friends of UTB Membership forms will be available to enable non-members to join and take advantage of the members’ preview.

We thank all who have mailed back their Friends of UTB membership renewals so quickly. We appreciate their support throughout the years. If you haven’t mailed back your membership yet, please do that soon.

Art from the Life Enrichment Center will be on display in the UTB Library’s meeting room this month while art from Mary Bryant Elementary will be displayed in the Children’s Room.

Leah’s Cartooning for Children will be held on April 12 from 3-4 p.m. and Leah’s Anime Drawing Workshop for Teens will occur from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Both programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library. More programs will be listed for April on http://www.hcplc.org

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By Maureen Gauzza

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WOW Donation to Enhance Library Teen Programs

A special thank you goes to the World of Westchase, Inc. for their very generous donation.

WOW recently donated $19,600 to the Friends of the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library for the Teen Program at the UTB Library. This donation will significantly enhance its teen programs. Through the generous WOW donation will purchase enhanced electronic and educational items for the teen room.

We appreciate WOW’s fantastic support of the Teen Program at the Upper Tampa Bay Library. Some of the items will be purchased this year and the remainder will be purchased in 2013 when the upcoming expansion of the library is completed.

We want to remind you that it is time to renew your Friends of UTB Regional Library Membership. The Friends Membership Renewal letters will be mailed out shortly to current members. Those who would like to join will find forms in the Friends Gazebo Book Store at the library. Your membership and the Gazebo Book Store help us to fund programs for all ages and purchase needed items currently unfunded by the library budget.

Your support makes a difference in library services. The Friends Membership starts for as little as $10 a year! If you would like to volunteer in the Friends Book Store, you can check that on the membership form and we will get in touch with you.

Remember to check http://hcplc.org selec,t locations and then Upper Tampa Bay Library for upcoming programs.

Happy Valentine’s Day to you all!

By Maureen Gauzza

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National Friends of the Library Week Celebrated

On Oct. 21 we celebrated National Friends of the Library Week at Aston Gardens.

We would like to thank Aston Gardens for their great hospitality. We also thank the following merchants for helping us to make it a special event: Aston Gardens, Aubrey Organics, Bayscripts Pharmacy, Great Art and Frame, Laseresque, The Gallery of Westchase, Catch 23, Mellow Mushroom, Stone Chase and Solar Nails and Day Spa.

One of the highlights of the evening was viewing the new schematic drawing of the UTB Regional Library’s expansion. The drawing showed the future 11,000 square foot expansion, including additional space for a larger Children’s Room, Teen Room, meeting rooms and a larger Friends of the Library Book Store.

In December the beautiful Christmas tree art collages in the Children’s Room were from Westchase Elementary School.

We will soon be sending out letters to remind our members of the Friends of UTB Regional Library that it is time to renew their memberships. The Friends Memberships helps to support the library and its programs throughout the year. Through them we are also able to provide the UTB Library with unbudgeted items. Your support is greatly appreciated. We also hope that many of you who have been thinking of joining will pick up one of the membership forms at the reference desk or in the Friends Gazebo Book Store.

If you are interested in helping out in the bookstore for an hour or so during the week, please indicate that on the membership form and we will get in touch with you.

Happy New Year!

By Maureen Gauzza, UTB Friends President

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UTB Library Features Artists’ Work in November

This month the artist welcomes artists, both young and accomplished.

The Children’s Art on display this month is from Citrus Park Elementary students. Stop by the Children’s Room to see their great art display. On Nov. 5, artist Peter Stilton, the first American to have a solo exhibition at the Sorbonne (University of Paris), will open an exhibit at the library that will run through Dec. 19.

The library will be closed on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, and Nov. 24-25 in observance of Thanksgiving.

I wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving! Click here for this month’s programs at the library.

By Maureen Gauzza, UTB Friends President

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UTB Library Welcomes New Manager

Patrons will encounter a new face among the library stacks in coming months.

The Friends of Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library welcome Ms. Janet Spearel, the library’s newly appointed manager, and they offer Ms. Ann Bush their best wishes in her new assignment.

October promises plenty of activities at the UTB Library. On Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 3:30 p.m. the library will host the Johnny Appleseed Puppet Show, funded by the Friends of the UTB Library. This entertaining show features storytelling, quilting, puppetry, whirligigs, music and lumberjacks in a heart-warming adaptation of the story of America's beloved folk hero.

October’s Teen Advisory Board Meetings are on Wednesday, Oct. 5, and Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 6:30 p.m. Teens can earn volunteer service hours for participating. The UTB Anime Club is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 13, at 4:30 p.m. for teens in Grades 6-12.

The library also hosts the Friends-sponsored Un-Believably Un-Scary Halloween on Saturday, Oct. 29. Come in costume and enjoy Halloween stories, songs, activities, crafts and treats.

By Maureen Gauzza, UTB Friends President

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