SEMINOLE – Michele Abramo, a familiar face around this community, was recently appointed to serve on the nine-member board of the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative (PPLC).
“After I was approached to apply for the position, I thought it seemed like a good fit for me,” said Abramo about her background in working with libraries many years ago.
As a video distributor for 10 years, Abramo recommended, served and sold video collections to libraries within the Southeast United States.
“During those years, I also traveled to the American Library Association conventions as a video distributor to meet with existing accounts and perspective library accounts,” she added.
Today, Abramo’s focus will be on getting the public to learn more about the PPLC and the materials that are available.
“I don’t think a lot of the public knows what’s available through this fantastic resource,” she said.
So, what is available through the PPLC? Services like Alleycat, as part of the Anywhere-Anytime Library, allows all county library patrons to search for books and request them from any library. All that is needed to request items from the Anywhere-Anytime Library is an Internet connection and a library card.
For researchers, young and old, the PPLC offers the Florida Electronic Library online that opens a new pathway to learning. The Web site, www.flelibrary.org features all kinds of resources about current events, business, health issues, homework help and Florida history.
Libraries participating in the cooperative are Clearwater, Dunedin, East Lake, Gulf Beaches, Gulfport, Largo, Oldsmar, Palm Harbor, Pinellas Park, Pinellas Talking Book Library, Safety Harbor, St. Petersburg, St. Pete Beach, Seminole and Tarpon Springs.
The whole idea is to provide access to information, materials and programs for the enrichment of individual and community life.
The board meetings are once a month and much individual brainwork is done before the meeting. Abramo said she would be reviewing grants for public libraries as well as policies in effect around the county. It is a three-year appointment.
Abramo said her familiarity with the community and its residents will be a huge plus. She is known around Seminole primarily for her involvement in the General Federation of Women’s Clubs – Seminole Junior Woman’s Club. This group serves the community by organizing and supporting a number of projects with volunteer hours and financial donations. Projects like Ronald McDonald House, Hacienda Girls Ranch, Seminole Pow-Wow and Kids Appreciation Day are bolstered by the members’ support.
Another reason Abramo volunteers throughout the community is because of the good example it sets for her children.
“I think it’s important to teach kids how we can all give back to the community,” she said. “I’m looking forward to putting a great spotlight on the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative. I’m very excited about it.”
For more information, call the PPLC administrator Mary Brown at 441-8408 or visit www.pplc.us.