VP Community Events Robert Gordon in front of Central Library's green construction fence, now being used to promote our continuing series of author programs!
VP Community Events Robert Gordon in front of Central Library’s green construction fence, now being used to promote our continuing series of author programs!

Several author events are scheduled through the fall, thanks to our newest Board of Directors member Robert Gordon, Vice President of Community Events. Please mark your calendars and come hear the distinguished authors booked to speak! Here’s a short interview introducing Robert Gordon in his new post:

You recently retired and sought a new challenge. What is your role on the Friends Board?
Yes, I am a retired Educator, and was an Elementary School Principal for 15 years. As Friends VP, Community Events, I look forward to working with the staff of Glendale Library, Arts & Culture and the Friends Board, to build on the tradition of bringing high quality author events to the Library that reflect the diversity and vitality of the community.

What is the biggest challenge for you as VP, Community Events?
Developing programming to match the vision of the reimagined Central Library and its MakerSpace, which will include things like 3D Printers, software for design and animation, video production and industrial equipment. What an opportunity to bring the local entertainment industry into the library and offer interactive and innovative workshops and presentations for its patrons.The library is evolving and programming needs to evolve along with it.

What kinds of partnerships and programs would you like to create?
The dynamic cultural corridor in downtown Glendale provides space for organizations to share ideas, resources and venues as never before. The Friends just joined with Glendale Arts, Writ Large Press, the Museum of Neon Art (MONA), Glendale Community Development, and Abril Bookstore to develop the city’s first ever POPUP! Bookfest, a free literary event series in October. Collaborative efforts like these create civic capital.

How do community events fit in with the organization’s fundraising efforts?
Funds raised by the Friends support many popular library programs. Our revenue comes primarily from book sales and memberships. We also receive a small amount from book sales at author events. These events give us a platform to talk up all the great work we’re doing, encourage memberships, and do outreach.

I hope to meet many Friends members at upcoming events!

Check our Events page! Next up: we are thrilled to host Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Viet Nguyen discuss the importance of reading and his novel The Sympathizer on September 29.

Introducing New VP of Community Events Robert Gordon