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Friends of the Cedar Falls Public Library

Minutes of the Annual Meeting

April 25, 2015


There were 44 members and guests in attendance as well as our CoderDojo presenters.

 President, Maelou Baxter, called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone at 11:30 a.m.

Ben Schafer, assistant professor of computer science at UNI, explained the CoderDojo program, which began in Ireland in July of 2011.  It is a program to help kids from ages 7-17 to get interested in coding or computer programming.  It is a mentoring and a social program that helps to develop more proficient members to teach beginners.  The kids actually work for belts by their proficiency, and receive wrist bands instead of actual belts.  The program meets on Saturdays at the library.  Three young ninjas, as the kids are called, aged 10, 11, and 12, showed us and explained to us the programs they had developed using Scratch Programming

The Annual meeting followed their presentation.  Secretary, Nancie Handorf, read the minutes of the April 12, 2014 annual meeting.  It was moved by Sheryl McGovern and seconded by Carol Brown that the minutes be accepted.  President Baxter introduced the slate of new board members, and it was moved by Janice Smuck and seconded by Judy Beckman that Mary Bozik, Joe Keller, and Diane Schupbach be added to the board.  All of last year’s members will remain on the board.  The motion was passed unanimously.

Maelou told of growing up in an area of Missouri where there were no public libraries, but being able to get to St Louis to visit the library there which helped to foster her love of books and reading.  She even thought of becoming a librarian, but instead became a teacher with volunteer hours devoted to the library.  She told of the many programs and activities our library offers, and how the Friends of the Library help to support these activities.  This includes book discussions, summer reading programs for children, visiting authors, the Book Nook, the purchase of The Book Page, and many other programs.  Our library is much like a community center with all of the programs it provides.  Maelou thanked Sheryl McGovern, Library Director, for her tireless efforts and organizational skills in making the Cedar Falls Library such a success. 

Maelou introduced and thanked the hostess committee for the lovely salad luncheon that was to follow, and David Walker pointed out the mock-up of the atrium display that will be in place this summer.  The meeting was adjourned at 12:20, with the delicious salad luncheon following.

 Respectfully submitted

Nancie Handorf, secretary

Contact Information

For Friends information, contact Maelou Baxter at or call the CFPL at 319-273-8643.