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 501(c)(3) 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.

Friends of the Library Donate $36,700

Our Friends of the Orange Public Library presented a $36,700 donation to our Library Services Director Dave Curtis at the October 9, 2018 City Council meeting.  The generous dollar amount coming from FOPL will be used to purchase large print books, DVDs, Summer Reading Club supplies, and a mobile app branded for Orange Public Library, as well as fund the Library’s Employee Appreciation Program.

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Pictured: From left to right, Library Services Director Dave Curtis and Friends of the Orange Public Library President Kathleen Stevens.

Friends of the Library Wins Target Grant!

The Friends of the Orange Public Library were invited to apply for a community grant by the new Target store on East Chapman Avenue.  The Friends were awarded $2,000 for its encouragement of community support for a better library and its significant impact on the Orange community.

The Friends generously provide the Library with the following:

  • Financial support for the Children's Summer Reading Program
  • Large Print books
  • DVDs for all three branches
  • Funds for other projects requested by the Library
  • Outreach Programs


  • Individual Membership - $10 / year
  • Applications available in the Friend's Bookstore
Friends of the Library Board of Directors
Kathleen Stevens
Vice President
Christine Huard-Spencer
Peter Wetzel
Mary Galuska
Bookstore Director
Dar Oleskiewicz / Mary Galuska
Membership Director
Phyllis Steele
Internet Sales Director
Peter Wetzel
E-Communications Director
Susie Huber
Inventory Director
Christine Huard-Spencer
Social Director
Outreach Director
Mary-Ellen Manning
Communications Director
Mary-Ellen Manning
Volunteer Director
Carry Youngson
Member at Large
Brien Dodd
Ellie Jordan