OUR BIGGEST FUNDRAISER JUST BROKE ALL RECORDS!!!

•October 20, 2015 • Leave a Comment

The Friends of the Library Board is pleased to report that receipts for  the 14th Annual Victorian High Tea (invitation only) which included seat ticket sales (@$30) and the two drawings ($10 tickets and 6/$5 tickets) broke the all-time record this year.   JoAnn Van Reenan made a very significant deposit into the FOL checking account to be used to support the various programs we offer at the Prueter Library.  In addition, the number of guests was the highest ever (140 men and women) but because of the additional space created by removing several stacks on the library floor, we all enjoyed plenty of elbow room and easy access when we walked between our tables to get food or to check out the phenomenal creativity of our hostesses.

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The one thing that sets the FOL Victorian High Tea apart from all others is the food—the quality, variety and generosity are unparalleled anywhere, and explains, in part, the popularity of our invitation-only event.  A special thanks has already been extended to our inspired chefs by the guests who either piled their tea plates high or partook of seconds and even thirds.  The two food tables actually groaned under the weight of all those delicious bites of baked goods, finger sandwiches, fruit, and candy.

Kudos and credit also goes out to our hard-working board members as well as our volunteer hostesses (Bette Alburtis, Amy Arroyo, Heather Behrens, Donna Breeze, Veronica Centeno, Carol Chapman, Marian Drabkin, Natalie Ferentz, Bonnie Goldstein, Jackie Griffin, Debbie Hernandez, Fran Hruska, Edna Ingram, Beverly Kelley, Marietta King, Miriam Kozlovskis, Colleen McCarthy, Bernadette McDowell  Carmen Nichols, Susan Nielson, Mary Neil, Cathy Penprase, Ellen Rosen, Robin Sills, Cathy Thomason, JoAnn Van Reenan, and Charity Winiarski) who made this event such a huge success.

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Double Winner Amy Arroyo

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Results of the Voters Choice for Best Table: Colleen McCarthy (Halloween Theme), Debbie Hernandez (Golden Elegance) and Amy Arroyo (Mad Hatters Tea Party).
Results of the Voters Choice for Best Hat: Amy Arroyo, Carol Porto and Christina Weiss.

Do you want to make a totally painless donation to the Friends of the Library”

•September 3, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Ralph's Just make a copy of this letter, bring it the next time you visit Ralph’s and a portion of your purchases for the entire year will go into the Friends of the Library bank account.  Thanks in advance.

Newsletter is out

•June 24, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Check out the newest newsletter for Summer. Thanks to new editor Debbie Hernandez for the new look. https://porthuenemefriends.wordpress.com/newsletters/

Korenstein Wows Audience that included Bard Family

•May 11, 2015 • Leave a Comment

KornsteinNot only is the Port of Hueneme the sole deep-water port between Los Angeles and San Francisco, but it is also an operating facility of Naval Base Ventura County.

Connie Korenstein, who retired from a 30-year career teaching Ventura County history, agreed to present ”The Port of Hueneme: A Father and Son Legacy” at the Prueter Library on Sunday, May 3, 2015.

She told the story of the development of the port, beginning in 1871 with Thomas Bard’s vision of a wharf to ship out local farmer’s crops. She based her research on several non-fiction books by the late Powell Greenland—a former Port Hueneme resident and local historian.

Not one to remain idle, Korenstein has embraced a second career that combines both historical research and community service. She has become a popular docent at a number of local must-see spots around Ventura County: the Channel Islands Maritime Museum, Heritage Square in downtown Oxnard, and the Dudley House in Ventura.Annual 2

Korenstein especially relishes performing in living history presentations and historical fashion shows. And if all that weren’t enough, Korenstein also curates the vintage clothing collection at the Murphy Auto Museum.

The audience, which also included the daughter and three grandchildren of Richard Bard, was thrilled with the way she wove stunning archival photographs with the fascinating narrative of the struggles and conflicts experienced by Richard Bard during his 14-year campaign to locate a port at Hueneme.Annual3For those of you who don’t know much about history—especially the history of the Port of Hueneme, the Port Hueneme Friends of the Library (porthuenemefriends.wordpress.com) sponsored a very special speaker at their 31st Annual Meeting.

If you missed her performance, you will have another opportunity to follow this fascinating story by visiting Channel Islands Maritime Museum (http://www.channelislandsmaritimemuseum.org/) and the new permanent exhibit on the Port of Hueneme.

25th Birthday Gala

•May 11, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Burning Candles --- Image by © Roy Morsch/Corbis

Burning Candles — Image by © Roy Morsch/Corbis

We know you wouldn’t want to miss the 25th Birthday of the Prueter Library BUT, let’s face it, you are all very busy people.
We don’t want you to worry about whether or not flip-flops are appropriate party wear, whether or not the birthday cake is gluten-free, or whether or not the fire department will have to be called in to extinguish 25 blazing candles.
Most of all, we don’t want you to worry about whether or not you’ve found the perfect gift. We’ve made it uber- easy for you. All you have to do is write out a check for $25 (or more, if you insist). That’s one George Washington for every year Port Hueneme residents have enjoyed the Prueter Library. Just think about everything our free public library has done for you.
Donor Name_____________________________________ Check Amount______________(tax deductible)
Please keep this form for your records. Just write “Birthday” on memo line. Your name will be mentioned in the next newsletter unless you advise otherwise. Your gift is deductible to the full extent of the law. No goods or services were received for this donation. Federal Tax ID # 177-0084572. Mail check to: Friends, Box 532, Port Hueneme, CA 93044-0532

31ST ANNUAL MEETING SPEAKER TO TALK ABOUT BARD FAMILY

•April 7, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Don’t know much about history—especially the history of our Port? The Port Hueneme Friends of the Library are sponsoring a very special speaker at their 31st Annual Meeting from 2-4 PM on Sunday May 3, 2014.

If you have visited the Channel Islands Maritime Museum during the last two months, you saw the new permanent exhibit on the Port or Hueneme.

That particular exhibit grew out of a curriculum project by Connie Korenstein, who has agreed to present ”The Port of Hueneme: A Father and Son Legacy” at the Prueter Library (510 Park Avenue, Port Hueneme)

She describes her presentation as “the story of the development of the port, beginning in 1871 with Thomas Bard’s vision of a wharf to ship out local farmer’s crops.”

Korenstein promises to weave stunning archival photographs with the fascinating narrative of the struggles and conflicts experienced by Richard Bard as he worked for nearly two decades to realize his father’s (Thomas Bard) dream.

Not only is the Port of Hueneme the sole deep water port between Los Angeles and San Francisco, but it is also an operating facility of Naval Base Ventura County.

Korenstein comes to us after retiring from a 30-year career teaching Ventura County history. Not one to remain idle, she has embraced a second career that combines both historical research and community service.

Korenstein is a popular docent at a number of local must-see spots around Ventura County: the Channel Islands Maritime Museum, Heritage Square in downtown Oxnard, and the Dudley House in Ventura. Korenstein especially relishes performing in living history presentations and historical fashion shows. And if all that weren’t enough, Korenstein also curates the vintage clothing collection at the Murphy Auto Museum.

You won’t want to miss her captivating presentation.
Call 805 488 0363 for further information.31st huenemewharf

BLOWOUT BOOK SALE CELEBRATES 25 YEARS FOR PRUETER LIBRARY

•April 7, 2015 • Leave a Comment

The Pulitzer-prize winning author (“Winds of War”) Herman Wouk once wrote: “The door available to everyone that can lead to happiness and success is the modest door of the public library.”

On April 18th from 10 to 4, we will be celebrating the 25th Birthday of our public library with a blowout book sale. Most items will be priced at 25 cents or less.

Twenty-five years ago, the Ray D. Prueter Library was dedicated and named in honor of the beloved Port Hueneme mayor who served from 1962 to 1974.

The bespectacled, open-faced and perpetually smiling Prueter was a regular visitor to his namesake library.

He often introduced himself to the children browsing the shelves and then chuckled when they would recognize him as “The Library Man.”

He was also known to make an impromptu donation of pricey educational materials whenever he discovered that such supplies were out of the financial reach of a small town library.

While the self-deprecating Prueter, who passed away at 87 on April 7, 2008, was tickled at the prospect of having a library named after him, he also took special pride in the building’s unique archiBooksale[1]tectural features.

The ocean, so cherished by Prueter as well as the folks who populate Port Hueneme, is front and center in the wave-like forms of a roof designed to maximize use of natural light as well as the sea-colored Italian glass mosaics that decorate the outside and inside of the entryway.

All bargain hunters are cordially invited to browse the hundreds of gently-used paperbacks, hardbacks, videos, and audio books (categorized by subject) on our sunny entrance patio. If you are especially interested in cook books or books for young children, you will find a wide selection available this year.

All proceeds from the sale will be used to fund programs for children, teens and adults at the Prueter Library.