ORANGE — Everyone needs a friend, even the local library.
Friends of the Orange Public Library (FOPL) has been giving the Orange County Library a helping hand since the organization of the non-profit group in 1953.
Annual membership of the group has varied over the years but has always maintained over 100 members since it’s beginning.
Friends of the Orange Public Library use the annual ‘window drawing’ as a way to celebrate National Friends of Libraries as well as drawing attention to the available resources of the library. Each item in the window is donated and the design to display the pleasure of reading. The winner of a drawing will win the entire display of books and other items. Items have ranged from snacks to blankets as well as books for various age groups.
The group also sponsor the Summer Reading Program, Young Adult Program as well as the Annual Book Sale at the library and the Scholastic Book Sale.
It is through the volunteers of FOPL that the library has the Summer Reading statue in front of the main entrance. Friends raised the funds to purchase the sculpture in 2010. Through the requests of Friends, there are now street markers directing traffic to assist in locating the public library.
The organization is also responsible for the color copier inside the library for public use.
Even Friends could use a friend.
“We need more volunteers,” Virginia Bonar, president of Friends of the Library. “We could do so much more if we had more volunteers.”
There is no location requirement and a library card is not required. Membership applications are available a the Orange County Library circulation desk.
Those interested in working the board of the organization may attend the monthly board meeting on the third Tuesday of each month at the Ira Williamson Meeting Room inside the Orange Public Library.