Annual Membership Meeting

March 15, 2021 @ 6:00 pm 6:30 pm

Please join us for the Annual Membership Meeting of the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries on March 15, 2021, at 6 PM CT. Due to the pandemic, we will meet virtually via Zoom. You can pre-register here, and you’ll receive an email with information on how to join the meeting via computer or phone. Since this will be a virtual meeting, we’ll only have a short business meeting where current Friends’ members can vote on the 2021 Friends’ Board of Directors. The Nominating Committee recommends the following slate: President: Regina Burgess 1st Vice President: Shelley Clark 2nd Vice President: Sally Mathis Secretary: Sean Brosnan Treasurer: Sharon Mayberry At Large: James McCalister At Large: Ashley Ice At Large: Martha Spiva At Large: Brittany Rock Additional nominations may be made from the floor with the consent of the nominee. Annual membership dues remain the same for 2021: Individual ($10); Family ($20); Patron ($100); Corporate ($200). You may pay online at


March 15, 2021
6:00 pm – 6:30 pm

2020 Board of Directors

From right: Sean Brosnan, Martha Spiva, Kara Wootson, Sarah Burris, James McCalister, Merle Johnson, Shelley Clark, Sharon Mayberry, Robin Shader, and Regina Burgess

The 2020 Board of Directors are:
Regina Burgess, President
Shelley Clark, 1st Vice President
Sally Mathis, 2nd Vice President (not pictured)
Merle Johnson, Secretary
Sharon Mayberry, Treasuer
Sean Brosnan
Kara Wootson
James McCalister
Martha Spiva

Friends Celebration

January 7, 2020 @ 5:30 pm 7:00 pm

Photo of musician Sean Gaskell holding Kora and standing in front of brick wall

Come celebrate the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries! Light refreshments will be provided. Tour musician Sean Gaskell will provide a fascinating concert performing traditional songs on the 21 stringed West African Kora.

Sean Gaskell features traditional songs on the Kora, a 21 string harp that he learned how to play throughout the course of multiple visits to its homeland in Gambia, West Africa. The music is traditionally played by oral and musical historians known as Griots (Gree-ohs). The Kora is a very melodic and seemingly peaceful instrument, which is contrary to its musical repertoire. Many songs tell ancient stories of war and hardship, while others praise people of high political status and those who helped expand the Mande empire.

While the Kora is only 300 years old, some commonly played songs can be traced back 800 years to the founding of the Mande empire. Gaskell has studied extensively under the instruction of Malamini Jobarteh and Moriba Kuyateh, both of Brikama, Gambia. He was first inspired to play by Kane Mathis, a Kora player formerly based in Seattle who has lead “The Kora Band” and “The Sahel Band”. Gaskell relocated from Seattle to Asheville, North Carolina in 2014. He has been featured at a number of music festivals in the US, Gambia, and Senegal.


January 7, 2020
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
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