Formed shortly after the Agnes Flood of 1972. The group began by raising funds to help the library through the sale of bookmarks, cookies, and books, as well as hosting wine and cheese events and fundraising dinners.

The annual Book Sale, held the third week of June on the library patio, is the main fundraising event coordinated by the Friends. Mark your calendar for June 17-24, 2017!

Throughout the year, members sort and organize books donated by library patrons. In 2016, the Friends raised $26,274 by selling books. Over the last 40 years the Friends Book Sale has raised $451,500 to support the Osterhout Free Library. All money raised by the Friends goes directly to supporting the library’s mission.

Executive Board Members
Irene Martin, President
Diane Martindale, Vice President
Diane Krokos, Treasurer
Theresa Roebuck, Secretary

Book Sale Co-Chairs
Veronica Buzinkai & Diane Martindale

bookshop2The Friends’ Book Shop (opened in October 2015)

Great deals on New and Gently Used books of all types! Located on the 3rd Floor of the Main Library (use stairs or elevator).

Monday       10:00am – 1pm
Wednesday 10:00am – 1pm
Thursday      5:00pm – 7:30pm
Friday         10:00am – 1pm
Saturday     10:00am – 1pm

To join the Friends group, volunteer in the Book Shop or at the Book Sale,  or to make a donation, please contact Irene Martin at


Welcome to the newly formed Friends of the North Branch. Please contact Joanne Austin, North Branch Supervisor for more information at 570.822.4660 or