Welcome to the Friends of the Central Library. This community minded group of volunteers was formed in 1972 to support the ongoing operations of the library. It started shortly after the Agnes Flood to help restore the devastated library collection. The group began by raising funds selling bookmarks, cookies and books, as well as hosting wine and cheese events and fundraising dinners.
The Friends eventually focused their efforts on an annual Book Sale, now known throughout the region as the premiere book sale. It is held the third full week of June under a tent on the library patio and is the main fundraising event coordinated by the Friends.
Leading up to the June book sale, members sort and organize donated books and other materials in the library basement all year long. Their dedicated efforts pay off. In 2017, the Friends raised an incredible $24,012 via the sale, and over the last 41 years the Friends Book Sale has raised $475,000 to support the Osterhout Free Library. All money raised by the Friends goes directly to supporting the library’s mission.
Please mark your calendar for June 16-23, 2018 with Friday, June 15 being Preview Night ($10 entry). The Friends goal is to surpass $500,000 in all-time sales in 2018. Plan to be there to share in the excitement of this monumental effort.
Executive Board Members
Irene Martin, President
Diane Martindale, Vice President
Diane Krokos, Treasurer
Theresa Roebuck, Secretary
2017 Book Sale Co-Chairs (photo below)
Diane Krokos & Irene Martin
Here’s a link to our Friends of the Osterhout Free Library Brochure.
Welcome to the Friends of the North Branch. This community minded group of volunteers was newly formed in 2016 to support the ongoing operations of the North Branch. Co-Chairs are Sally Miller & Linda Urban.
Please contact Joanne Austin, North Branch Supervisor for more information at 570.822.4660 or firstname.lastname@example.org or download our Friends of the Osterhout Free Library Brochure.