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Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Orange Public Library

"A growing group of public spirited citizens, dedicated to volunteer support of public library service."

The Friends of the Orange Public Library is a non-profit organization of community residents who believe in the value and future of our public library. The Friends support the Library with funds from the Friends Bookstore, by receiving and encouraging personal donations, bequests from estates and distributions from trusts, and by encouraging community support for a better library. This wonderful group of volunteers has been serving the Orange Public Library and the community since 1959.
Click here for the Friend's Winter 2013 Newsletter

In celebration of National Friends of the Library Week, and to recognize a $27,500 donation from the Friends of Orange Public Library, our City Council presented them with a proclamation on October 11.

The Friends generously provide the Library with the following:

  • Financial support for the Children's Summer Reading Program
  • Large print books
  • Children's books for branch libraries
  • Encyclopedias and CD Roms
  • Funds for other projects requested by the Library
  • Outreach Programs - books to transient children, veterans, the Olive Crest Home for Abused Children and other groups
  • Animal sculptures in Children's Library & support Orange Unified School District's yearly Festival of the Arts
  • Individual Membership - $10/year 
  • Applications available in the Friend's Bookstore

Friends of the Library Board of Directors

Peter Wetzel

Book Policy Director
Jim Geisert

Charlene Clark
Bookstore Operations
Dar Oleskiewicz
Shirley Knudson

Ellie Jordan

Volunteers Director
Mary-Ellen Manning
Membership Director
Book Sale Coordinator

Bookstore Hours & Telephone Number


Monday - Friday:  10 am - 6 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 3 pm
Sunday: Closed

Click here to see the Friends of the Library Donation Guidelines.

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