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 Receive 60th Anniversary Proclamation

The Friends of the Orange Public Library received a proclamation from the City Council at their February 12th meeting, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Friends. 

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Pictured from left to right with the City Council are Friends Board members Christine Huard-Spencer (Vice President), Kathleen Stevens (President), Dar Oleskiewicz and Mary Galuska (Bookstore Directors).

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.

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
Bookstore Directors
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
Member at Large
Ellie Jordan