We on the Board of the Friends of the Orange County Public Library are looking forward to a fun and productive 2017.
First, we’d like to thank all of our Friends members as well as members of the community who supported the Library after it was flooded in January. The Friends held an impromptu fund raiser to cover the insurance deductible, and with your generous help, we exceeded our goal in just a few days.
Last year, the Friends sponsored a pilot project to fund Book Harvest’s Books on Break summer-reading program at New Hope Elementary. This year, we were pleased to continue our support of this important and successful effort to provide children with books for summer vacation reading.
We have also continued our support of the Library’s terrific Summer Learning program by providing funding for activities, prizes, and events all summer long. Summer Learning kicks off June 3 with a fun run and a day of events at the Library. Stay tuned for details on how you can get involved! If you or your organization is interested in sponsoring any Summer Learning events, please contact us.
The Spring Book Sale is coming up: May 12-14 at the Library. Friends members are invited to attend a reception, auction, and sneak peek on Thursday, May 11, 5-7:30. We need volunteers to work the book sale! Please click here to sign up to volunteer.
If you have not renewed your membership for 2017, now would be a great time to do so. Please click here to download an application form, which you can drop off at or mail to the Library. You can also easily renew your membership at the book sale.
If you would like to contribute, volunteer, or join our Board, please contact us at email@example.com. Thank you for being a Friend!
The Main Library has a new drive-by book drop, located at the Margaret Lane entrance to the Eno River Parking Deck. Library staff members pick up items from the book drop twice per day, typically in the morning and then again in the late afternoon. However, times vary because staff checks in any materials that are left at the internal book drop first. You may deposit any library materials in the book drop, except kindles; return those inside. Note: please bring all donations into the library during operating hours so that you may get a tax receipt.
If you need to register to vote or update your registration, drop by the Main Library Friday afternoons, 3:00-5:30 p.m. Volunteers from You Can Vote will be here and will be glad to help you out. You Can Vote NC is a project of The People’s Alliance Fund.
At the first regular meeting of the Board of Directors for FOCPL, the Board elected a new slate of officers for 2016. Those officers are:
- Lori-Anne Shapiro, President
- Stacey Gamble, Vice-President
- Steve Smith, Treasurer
- Shannon Turlington, Secretary
In addition to these officers, there are several ongoing committees, each with a Board representative. They are:
- Finance Committee: Steve Smith
- Bylaws Committee: Hollie White
- Membership Committee: Robin Crawford
- Ongoing Book Sale Committee: Marcia Cameron
- Semi-annual Book Sale Committee: Stacey Gamble
- Website and Social Media: Shannon Turlington
Other committees may be formed as needs arise. We welcome the participation of our Friends volunteers in any of these committees. If you are interested in volunteering, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Thanks also to those members who attended our 2016 Visioning Workshop on Wednesday evening. We generated a lot of exciting ideas for future projects and ways we can better support our library. We also welcome further ideas from all of you. Email us anytime!