Present: Sandy Birch, Rita Cimbal, Barbara Cooper, Paula Dropkin, Lorelei Ennis, Heidi Estrin, Jackie Fine, Etta Gold, Phyllis Gutmann, Sue Kirschner, Diane Malakoff, Laurie Mitrani, Lillian Nadler, Kassie Okularczyk, Sheree Pollock, Art Quinn, Annette Rindner, Arlene Robert, Rabbi Tobias Rothenberg, Sara Schandelson, Stephanie Schoenberger, Brenda & Jeff Serotte, Walter Spielman, Arlene & Harry Stein, Ruth Weiner, Lee Wixman
I) Heidi called the meeting to order at 12:30pm. Phyllis Gutmann and Stephanie Schoenberger were thanked for hosting the meeting and lunch.
II) Heidi distributed flyers for an April 27 event at Nova Southeastern University, the 20th Conference on Children's Literature. The event is free and sponsored by Broward County Library. Eric Kimmel, author of many Jewish books, is one of the featured speakers. Heidi also said that the chapter has T-shirts for sale through printfection.com/sfajl for $12 plus shipping.
III) Etta spoke about AJL convention networking opportunities with other librarians. Jonathan Kirsch will be keynote speaker. Heidi interviewed Mr. Kirsch and the interview is available on The Book of Life podcast, April 2007 episode, at www.jewishbooks.blogspot.com.
IV) Heidi asked for feedback and possible hosts for the next year's meetings. Some members expressed interest in hosting and made suggestions for future programs. Also, support for another joint meeting with the AJL chapter on the Gulf coast of Florida was expressed.
V) Heidi introduced the speaker, Brenda Serotte, author of a memoir, The Fortune Teller's Kiss. Brenda spoke about her childhood experiences in Turkey and growing up in the Bronx.
VI) Lee Wixman spoke of a book he reviewed and highly recommended called Witness by Ruth Gruber. It is non-fiction and a history of the Jewish people from 1944 to present. Lee also said he arranged displays of Passover Haggadahs at branches of the Palm Beach County Public Library System in Delray Beach and Boca Raton.
The meeting was adjourned at 1:50pm.